the latest…

It will be no surprise to anyone who has done major remodeling that my kitchen isn’t done yet! It’s close – I just need cabinet doors and drawer fronts with hardware – maybe in another week. I am thrilled to have a sink and all new appliances though.

On the design front, here is “Earth”, the first of four in my “Elements” series. The others will be Air (Wind), Fire, and Water. Pam & Kim from Tomorrow’s Heirlooms approached me earlier this year about designing a series of designs for them to offer as a Counted Canvas Club. I taught in their shop last summer and a lasting friendship was born so of course, I said Yes, how FUN!!

 I came up with the Elements for a theme and designed and stitched Earth first – here it is…it also looks great on point. I’m using the same layout for all four of the designs so they will coordinate with each other in a grouping. I was so fired up (no pun intended) about these designs that I immediately did the Fire and Water designs. I only have Air left but needed a breather in between to work on something else new!


Click Elements Club for all the details on the club and how to sign up – you sign up with Tomorrow’s Heirlooms, not me!

I played around with the design and also came up with another layout for a larger design to be more symmetrical – Pam & Kim liked it enough to come up with a second alternative to their Club so you can elect to get the “Large” and receive a bigger piece of canvas and extra threads to make it look like this…

Registration continues for Oasis, my latest class with Shining Needle Society for just a few more days. I’ve listed the colorways below the design. If you’re not familiar with Shining Needle, you can read all about it here. Here’s my stitched Oasis, which I have to say, provided an Oasis for me while my kitchen was torn up!
The first photo is of my original thread selection – I used a Gloriana overdyed silk to select the rest of the threads. I then pulled a Watercolour to complement it and went from there. The Gloriana is called Rainforest and the Watercolour is Oasis.

For similar colors but a brighter version, there’s Bermuda Reef – this is one of my all time favorite Watercolours!

 Cherry Tart is a soft pinks and golds and just yummy…

Copper is one of the most popular colorways so far – there’s copper and bronze and a dark brown.
The other most popular colorway (tied with Copper) so far is Fiesta -feels like a party to me! 
Graphite is a beautiful palette of grays and teals – I’m thinking of using it for a new design that will be smoldering and smoking.
For everyone who loves Fall colors, here’s another colorway for you! This one has more “red” in it, hence the Old Brick watercolour. The Gloriana is Autumn Arbor – it was the main overdye for one of my colorways of Serenity and I loved the way it stitched up.

Periwinkle is a soft palette of purplish blues.

Purples & Greens was so named because neither names of the Watercolour (Iris) or the Gloriana (Arnhem Heath) described this palette very well. A classic combination, I’m 100% positive this will turn out beautiful! Arnhem Heath was another thread I used for a Serenity colorway.

So there you have them – all nine colorways. It’s more than my typical five or six but selecting them was like eating chips – I just couldn’t stop!

If you don’t want a Club or a Class, I’ll be “exhibiting” in an online show next week. My two new designs are Starstruck and Color Delights – Seafoam. The show is a wholesale show but anyone can view the show. The shopowners will be ordering from the show and you’ll see the new stuff arriving in the shops soon! I’m also taking pre-orders now.
Happy Stitching! I started something new last night and the needle is calling….


  1. Danielle on September 11, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I would love to see a Color Delights done in the Fiesta colorway!!!

  2. Unknown on September 17, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Sorry if I am being dense, I would love to stitch Oasis in the rich purple and green colorway. When clicking the link to Shining Needle, I see a Yahoo group with 9 members and I don't see oasis on your website shop. Is there a way to purchase a kit or pattern and stitchguide? Thanks!