Wednesday, June 16, 2010

New From Laura J. Perin

Laura Perin's done it again! Another fresh new design, "Daisy Chain," available as a kit in your choice of colorway: coral, as shown on the cover of the chart; pink; yellow; or lavender. Just look how gorgeous the colors are.

She's made this a very economical design to stitch, with one skein of Caron Collection Watercolours, seven skeins of coordinating DMC #5 pearl cottons, and a gold YLI ribbon floss. Our kit includes the chart with bead pack, 18-ct mono canvas, all the threads, and needles. The design is 10" x 10", and Laura's included a bonus chart for a smaller 7" x 7" design.

Another new arrival is Images Stitchery Designs's lovely hand-turned wooden laying tool. It's beautifully made, very smooth, and easy to handle. The point doesn't snag, and threads slip off the tip easily. We have two sizes, 4" and 5", in a variety of exotic hardwoods: Padauk, Walnut, Maple, Brazilian Cherry, Canary Wood, and Zebra Wood. Look at the selection in the 4" size:

The tool comes with a plastic tip protector. We love the way they feel!

Dawn and I saw some luscious fibers at the Columbus market. The Caron Collection has some beautiful new colors for the Waterlilies line as well as some new charts. Look for those in the catalog soon. There are so many manufacturers coming out with new fibers. We're trying out some samples and will let you know what passes muster. Watch for more silk and soy fibers in the future. And we're trying to decide which of the new hand-dyed canvas colors to add first. They're very rich and saturated.

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