First is a new entry in the American Quilt Collection, Red Hot Peppers. (This actually came out right before her Long Autumn Panel, but we got distracted by that beauty.) We now have kits available for Red Hot Peppers, in two colorways: Red and Orange. Just look!
Both colorways share the brown, yellow, and gold threads in the center. The Red colorway is pictured on the cover of the pattern. Our kit provides the chart, threads, canvas, and needles for just $47.25.
This design is suitable for a beginner, since it's all stitched in diagonal satin stitches of various lengths except for Laura's new stitch, the Long Triangle used in the hot pepper border. That means it's also a quick stitch for you experienced stitchers, making it perfect for that last-minute gift or if you need a break from all those Hilton stitches you've been doing lately.
What's the other new design? At the end of last week, we received Laura's Holiday Ornaments, Series 1. That's right, a new series of charted needlepoint ornament designs. These are small quilt blocks that measure 4.5" x 4.5" on 18-ct mono canvas.
You can finish them in a variety of ways, for example, as a set of coasters, individually in a boxtop, combined in one canvas as a square or long panel, or a pillowtop. They work up to about 3.5" x 3.5" on 24-ct congress cloth if you'd like something a little smaller and finer looking. They're truly a versatile design. Of course, you can also do them up in any colors you happen to like, changing them to fit the season or your mood.
And as 2010 draws to a close, Scarlet Thread would like to wish everyone happy holidays and a prosperous New Year!