Sunday, September 26, 2010

Exciting News

You may have been wondering where I've been. So now I can tell you. Firstly, Paula of Kelmscott Designs asked me to stitch a couple of her models to be released this weekend in St Charles. So I did these for her. Now I can show you photos of those. I think they turned out really well. The first was She Doth Work:

The second was A Magnolia Doth Blossom:

But then I really got busy as I have released two new designs myself. My new design company is called Lady K Needlearts and we are now being distributed by Kelmscott Designs. Paula took my two new designs and two of my previous designs (formerly MadStitcherDesigns) to St. Charles also. My previous designs were released on my blog and sold on TheMadStitcher. They are the Tulip Garden Tapestry and the Daffodil Garden Tapestry which you may have seen here. The two new designs are now on my website and I am so pleased to introduce them here as well.

The first one is a teaching piece that I did. It is a comprehensive study of 16 specialty stitches with in-depth descriptions and step by step diagrams which make it easy for even the beginning stitcher to do them. While I stitched the model in 2 colors of Waterlilies silks, it is suitable for any fibers in one or two colors or in multicolor using different threads for each stitch. Here is
A Sampling of Stitches:

The next design is for a set of smalls. I originally designed the needlebook and fob for myself and stitched one for a good friend for Christmas a couple of years ago. Everyone who saw it really liked it and encouraged me to publish it. So I added a pincushion which can be finished as a square pillow pincusion or as a biscornu (finishing instructions for both are included) and then a small bag which can be used as a scissors keep or for your cell phone, ipod, or even your cash/credit cards and keys when you don't wish to carry a purse. While I stitched the model in Carrie's Creations silks, cottons can easily be used (DMC equivalents were given). This would also be a good design to use up lots of bits and pieces left over from other projects. All the finishing instructions are included with the chart. The chart uses the Diamond Eyelets stitch and thus its name--Just Give Me Diamonds-- but it can be stitched entirely in cross stitch if you prefer.

Now I am back to working on some consignment pieces but also have a couple more designs in progress as well. So check back often to see what is up with this MadStitcher. And remember if you stitch one of my designs please send me photos to share here.

Until next time....

Friday, September 03, 2010

I finished up part 14 of my Zentangle and although this is a really bad photo I wanted to share my progress. I am stitching this on white 36 ct linen using a variegated red silk floss. I am really enjoying this one a lot. It is a SAL through the German Yahoo group with permission from the designer.

I am also just received a photo of a consignment piece I did a few months back. It is Guardian Angel from L&L and Venessa needed some help finishing it up. She has a wonderful framer and it looks beautiful.

I will also be able to show you some model photos soon. They will be debuting at St Charles Market in a couple of weeks. So please check back.

Until next time...

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

This is my most recent photo of my Odds & Ends by Tam's Creation done through the German Yahoo group with the permission of the designer. This is through Part 3. I am stitching it on 30 ct Northern Cross linen using all sorts of *Odds and Ends* from my silk stash. It is such fun to stitch. I have a test piece of fabric that I use for all my test stitches and testing of colors and I am thinking of turning it into something like this. I can use all of these tiny motifs to fill in around my test samples and I think it would look great as a companion to this one! I really must pull it out and look at it more closely.

Alas, I did not win the beautiful pincushion but I still would love to know how to make them. I think they are gorgeous. However while looking around t my favorite blogs today I did find another give-a-way that I have entered--not that I think I will win, but you never know. It is a wonderful scissors fob and laying tool from Wawanna. Isn't it beautiful? I just love the colors! And her work is simply fantastic. Thanks, Wawanna for offering this as a give-a-way.