Saturday, December 19, 2015

Great Christmas Finishing!

So many cute Christmas goodies to show you this week, just in time for the holiday! 

Here is Cardinal Joy finished as a stand-up, courtesy of Fancy Stitches:

Kathy H. from Fancy Stitches finished and framed her Mod Merry from the class we had last September:

This is Linda's CandyLand Christmas with one of the cutest bow-toppers ever!

I'm slipping in another sneaky-peeky of my Palm Beach Bargello ornament that you will find in the next issue of Needlepoint Now:

Pat T.'s Mod Ornaments as a fabulous pillow!

Last but not least, Pat W.'s Santa Baby as a stand up from West Coast Finishing:

Have a wonderful holiday season everyone!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

2015 Cross Stitch Christmas Annual with Two New EyeCandy Designs!

It's that time of year again! I was very honored to once more have my designs featured in the 2015 Christmas Cross Stitch Annual, published by Craftways and Cross-stitch & Needlework magazine. Their design team always does an amazing job of taking my canvas designs and reinterpreting them to cross stitch. Already looking forward to the 2016 edition, which will feature 3 of my designs!

Here is my Tree Decorator Elf as a cross-stitch design:

And how about Mod Ornaments, in cross stitch and a blue/green color scheme?

Here is the cover design, just so you know what to look for if you want to purchase it.  Available from cross stitch shops and fine book stores now! 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Camp Allen Stitching at Christmastime!

I was lucky to spend a couple of days at Camp Allen this week, stitching at their December Needlepoint camp along with a great bunch of friends.   I wanted to share a few pictures of the great holiday decor on display and some stitching too!

Here are a couple of new things I was working on, both will be available soon I hope! 

December's Camp features tons of fantastic gift baskets, all up for silent auction, with the proceeds being donated to charity.  This is part of one of the tables loaded with goodies!

The thing I like best about Camp Allen is the beautiful woodland setting-- look at that view! Our stitching room has a whole wall of windows (more than pictured here), treating us to the beautiful fall colors outside.

In the hallway outside our stitching room, the Camp Allen decorator elves have put together holiday table-scapes along with gorgeous quilt displays, these are just two of many!

Gorgeous Christmas trees everywhere, this is the big one in the lobby:

Wish I was a better photographer, these pictures don't do it justice, and I forgot to take pictures of the outdoor decorations which were also many and great!  I will be back next year to try again! 

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Stitch a Falling Star Coming up in January 2016!

January is just around the corner and the Cardinals canvas is the first one to ship in my new Stitch a Falling Star club at Fancy Stitches!  Be sure to give Gayle and the gals a call at 817-641-4761 this month to get signed up, we want to make sure there will be a canvas ready for you at the ship date in January!  Here's a sample of two of the designs, beautifully stitched by Cynthia, along with a sample of one of her terrific stitch guides, note the fabulous full color stitch graphs!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Newest CandyLand Finish and a Sneak Peek!

Thought you might like to see this great finish of CandyLand Christmas by Linda, it's gorgeous!

I love a great bow topper, this one is fabulous!!

And here's a peek of what I have coming up in the January issue of Needlepoint Now:

Stay tuned for more details!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

A Quartet of Owls and More!

I have been waiting a long time to see these owls from my Hoot Hoot! club come back from West Coast Finishing and they were so worth the wait!  Judy G. used mostly stash threads, so I love to see the variations between these and the original series models. And as always, I just love Sue Parson's finishing! Great work, ladies!

And here is a trio of my designs made up into pillows for your perusal, each has some interesting variations as well. 

This is my Alpine Puzzle, courtesy of Fancy Stitches.  I love that this small 6x6 design has been inset into a much larger pillow, and the color, wow!  The bright had green is a very tiny part of the stitched piece, so I love that that color was chosen for the fabric, really makes it pop!

This is my Floating Hearts design, an 8 x 8 design that has been made into an only slightly larger pillow, and the extremely bright original colors have been greatly toned down, but I really like it!  Good work to the ladies at Gone Stitching!

This amazing transformation of my Lilly Damask design is courtesy of Rita S.  Originally in hot pink and lime green, Rita transformed into a very formal and elegant royal purple and green to better match her home decor.  Love it!

Keep those great finishing photos coming folks, I love to see your creativity!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

New Club Series "Stitch a Falling Star" Starts January 2016!

Big news today, I have a new club series!!  "Stitch a Falling Star" starts in January 2016 and is a shop exclusive club for Fancy Stitches.  This monthly series features the five canvases pictured below, each star is 5" on 18 count canvas.  This series is all about cute critters in their Christmas finery-- a the fox and the kitty are wearing their favorite scarves, the little birds have on their Santa hats, and the owls are decked out in their best argyle sweater vests!  And the cardinals are already naturally attired for festive winter holidays of course! 

Just give Fancy Stitches a call at 817 641 4761 to sign up or send them an email via their website  The club includes the canvas, threads and a full color stitch guide by Cynthia Pigg.  

I can't resist showing you a peek at one of the stitched ones, I wanted to wait until they are all back from the finishers, but I just can't because what Cynthia has done with them is just so wonderful!  And speaking of the finishing, just wait until you see what those Fancy Stitches gals have cooked up-- you'll be able to display these as ornaments, as stand ups or a combo of both! 

Cynthia's sweet fox:

Can't wait to show you the rest, come by again soon for more sneak peeks.  Be sure to email me here at the blog if you have any questions! 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Summer Humbug Chart Now Available to All!

My "Summer Wonderful" Humbug, originally created for CyberPointers ANG, is now available to everyone!  This is a charted needlepoint design, stitched on white 18 count canvas.   The pictures below show you the various sides of this three dimensional project, which can be used as a frame weight.   The full color, 17 page chart is available from your local needlework store, please contact me at for more information.

Humbug and chart:

Top side view of Humbug:

Side view of Humbug

 Humbug flat, before assembly

The stitched model of this design, as well as the chart is currently in stock at Fancy Stitches if you happen to be in the Dallas area, come take a look or give them call at 817 641 4761 to order!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

BOO, Part Two!

Here is the rest of the Halloween goodies that I started showing you in last week's post!  

Here is "Halloween Night" finished as the coolest pillow ever:

My Witch Hat Scissors Case finished as a stand-up:

My Witch Accessories Biscornu finished as a box top:

And finally two views of my Halloween Humbug:

Hope you all have a fabulous Trick or Treat weekend!! 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

It's Spooky Season!

Boo!  It's almost easy to forget that it's Halloween time here in South Texas, since anything that looks or feels like Fall is still several weeks away!  However, my house is all decorated for the season, and I have some great Halloween finishes to show you!

First up is my Halloween Sampler cone, brilliantly stitched by Jennifer T.  Such nice finishing by Marlene's too!

Jennifer took a lot of great photos and I am grateful-- you can finally get a look at the back and inside!

This next finish just fascinates me, I've never seen several small needlepoints combined in one piece like this.  Only one of the designs is mine, the little black "Peeky Kitty" in the top center, but the overall combination of Halloween scenes along with that amazing custom cut and hand painted mat is just too cool for words!  Photo courtesy of Needle in a Haystack, framing from New Creation.

Once again, Pat T. and West Coast have teamed up on my Candy Corn series, here are two recent finishes, I really love these!

That's a lot to look at I know!  Stay tuned for Halloween part two next week!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Tons of Stitched Models on Display!

I've loaned all of my stitched models to Fancy Stitches and they have them on display all over the shop.  And better still, their fab photographer, web page master (and teacher), Cynthia P.  came in and took pictures, then made a special web page to show them off to all the online customers!  Check it out here.

And here they all are in full size, thanks again to Cynthia! 

Bracelet Series:

Halloween Treats:

Flowers & More:

 Bags for all occasions:

 Tickled Pink ornaments:

 Halloween Treat Bags:


 Even More Halloween:

And more Tickled Pink:

Christmas Tree Trio:

 Book Covers and an Ice Cream Treat:

Some Halloween goodies:

Thanks for looking, if you happen to be in the central Dallas area, be sure to stop by!