Sunday, December 16, 2012

Wrapping Things Up for the Holidays!

As the year ends and the holidays approach, we'd like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, whatever holiday you celebrate, and a Happy New Year! We'll be here through the holidays, but our vendors are not. So if you place an order after the end of this week, we may not be able to ship until sometime in January if we don't have everything in stock to complete a kit. Most chart inventory should be reflected correctly in our catalog (though at times it does get out of sync with reality).

We're wrapping up the year with a few new items.

From Laura Perin, we have two new charts that we've kitted up. She released her ornament and annual Christmas tree charts recently, just in time for Christmas.


"Jewel Ornaments" is the latest in the ornament series. Each of these beautiful diamond-shaped designs is 6" x 6". The original colorway, Fuchsia & Lime, is based on Caron Collection Watercolours Cerise and absolutely gorgeous! She's used DMC #5 perle coton, Kreinik 1/16" Ribbon, and Rainbow Gallery Fyre Werks Soft Sheen to great effect.

Laura's also offered a colorway in the traditional Christmas colors, Red & Green, based on Watercolours Holiday.


It's just as lovely, though I have to admit a certain fondness for the Fuchsia & Lime.

Right after Laura released this lovely, she followed up with her annual Christmas tree design, "Bargello Tree."


Isn't this a striking design! It just glows! Laura's used Watercolours Holiday as the basis for the colors, using DMC #5 perle coton and three colors of Kreinik 1/16" Ribbon.

We picked up some new charts that we think you'll like. Gingerbread Girl Designs of Canada has a delightful design by Kathryn Drummond, "La Floron."


This charted needlepoint design uses Watercolours Peacock as the basis for the various blues and browns of the DMC #5 perle coton, Kreinik braids, Wildflowers, Waterlilies, and Dinky-Dyes silk floss. I like the swirly bits and the nice gradations in color.

Finally, Freda Murfin has added a few charted needlepoint designs that look like fun stitches. She's added a couple of pieces that are companions to "Variations on a Rhodes Theme."


"All Rhodes Lead to Stitching" is stitched entirely in DMC cotton floss and perle cotons with an accent of Kreinik #4 braid and beads. The other companion piece is "More Rhodes to Follow."


For this one, Freda changed up the colors a bit. I think I might like these better than the original! The color scheme is based on Watercolours Green Tea. Both pieces are stitched on 24-ct Congress Cloth.

Last, Freda offers "Four Square," another design stitched on 24-ct Congress Cloth.


This is a slightly smaller design. I like this color scheme based on Watercolours Morning Mist.

And that wraps up the year for Dawn and me at Scarlet Thread. Hope your holidays are full of love and peace!

Monday, November 5, 2012

UPDATED: It's That Time of Year Again. All Those Ornament Exchanges, Gifts to Make.


What will you do?

Scarlet Thread has collected all of the holiday-related items in the shop in one convenient place for you: Holiday (I know, really creative). Here are some highlights of what's in store.

Ornament Cuts
We have lots of small pieces of Canvas Ornament Cuts, just the right size for holiday ornaments. The size varies, but none are smaller than 7" x 7".


These are the colors that are available (some in limited quantities): Leventeen Blue (New!), White/Silver Metallic, Eggshell/Gold Metallic (New!), Rose Blush (New!), Brown, Sandstone, Aquamarina, Lavender, Black, White, Pewter, Santa Fe Sage, and French Blue.

We're offering these in packs of 4 pieces, assorted colors or all one color, subject to availability. Just indicate your choice in Special Instructions when you check out. If there's any problem, we'll email you.

Kits
We have some complete kits and some partial kits and some delightful new designs.

While we were browsing the online Needlework Show last month, we found some great little designs from Handblessings.


This is Eileen Gurak's delightful Christmas Wreath Ort Box design. This little charted needlepoint design (only 2.75" square) is a quick stitch and great stash buster, and it comes with the ort box for finishing. It's available at an unbelievable price too.

Have a friend who's a Halloween nut? Eileen's also designed a Halloween Web Ort Box that would make the perfect gift.


(We won't tell if you want it just for yourself because you just love Halloween and stitch for it all year long.)

We have one very special Kit in a Bag in very limited quantity.


It comes with absolutely everything you need to stitch this lovely little Threedles Christmas Star ornament. Bonus? After you've stitched it, you have a handy large project bag, with scissors and magnets for the next project in your rotation. It would also make a lovely gift for a special friend.

We will restock when we run out of our initial inventory, so let us know if it's showing as out of stock. (Sometimes we just can't keep up with these things!)

Laura Perin's Christmas Tree 2011 Kit has been very popular. We haven't seen what she's got in store for this year, but look at what you can do with this design just by changing the canvas.


We switched out the canvas, using Nature's Palette's lovely hand-painted Sunset, for a stitcher who wanted just a little more pizzazz. We think it's stunning.

Boxes!
Don't really need another ornament for your tree? Want to finish something as a special presentation for a dear friend? Check out these Sudberry boxes.

This is the Simply Square Box, a very economical box that we have in two sizes: Design area of 4" x 4" (shown) and 5" x 5" (same as the photo, just bigger). Sorry, out of stock.

There's lots more in our Holiday section. Stop by and browse for a while.

Oh, before I let you go. We have a very special price on Caron Collection Wildflowers thread packs. Check it out. Individual skeins have also been discounted.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Not Your Grandmother's Log Cabin

Yesterday, I said we'd have something new from Jeff Kulick. He always enters several pieces in the Woodlawn Needlework Exhibition, and this year he was no slouch. Three of the pieces he entered were original designs, and they all three came home with ribbons! We'll be bringing them all to you over the next few months. Today, I present the first, winner of a First Prize ribbon at the 49th Annual Woodlawn Needlework Exhibition: "Deconstructed Log Cabin."


Not what you expected when you saw the words "log cabin," right? Here's what Jeff has to say about it: "I have been attracted to the many possibilities of the Log Cabin quilt pattern, but I also am attracted to asymmetrical arrangements. The challenge of this piece was to use the Log Cabin idea but break it apart and use only parts of it."

Jeff also stitched it in another colorway that really pops:


This one is called "Hot," which I find very apt. Love those vivid yellows and reds. I think of the Green colorway as the cool, serene one. Hot's his flashy, flamboyant sister.

Take a look at the threads you get to use when you stitch one of these (or both!):


The Green kit has all these lovely Caron Collection Watercolours in six shades of green, along with some neutrals, Vineyard Silk Classic in a dark green, Snow in white, and a couple of shades of Rainbow Gallery Silk Lamé Braid with a piece of Santa Fe Sage canvas.


The Hot kit, my personal favorite, has Watercolours in three shades each of yellow and red along with some neutrals, Vineyard Silk Classic in a rich, dark red, and three shades of Rainbow Gallery Silk Lamé Braid with a piece of white canvas.

So what are you waiting for? Quick! Go check these out. And while you're at it, see what else is new in the shop.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Goodness! It's been ages since we've posted. We've been so busy putting kits together, getting in new items, restocking, and just running around like crazy. We're really delighted to bring you something brand new for your Halloween stitching pleasure. Just a little something to work on in between trips to the door for all the trick-or-treaters.


Is this not delightful? Laura Perin's latest design is this clever Harvest Moon House. It's the perfect autumn project. And Halloween is a great time to get started. We've got it kitted up in the glorious ThreadworX Overdyed Floss and Rainbow Gallery Splendor that Laura used to stitch the model. Beautiful colors!

So that's your Halloween treat! Tune in tomorrow for another new release from Jeff Kulick.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

You Asked, So We've Got Your Color!

Just A Few Stitches Among Friends have created quite a ruckus! We've sold out all the copies of the patterns that we had and are working on getting more in. In the meantime, I pulled threads (most but not all) for each of the eight colorways last Friday. Feast your eyes and try to decide on just one!

Color 1, Witches' Familiar

Color 2, Topiary

Color 3, Fiesta (what's shown in this picture is Fiesta Light; it was a guess; now I know)

Color 4, Blue Grass

Color 5, Williamsburg

Color 6, Mermaid Shoes

Color 7, Autumn Bouquet

Color 8, Forest Fire

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

An Amazing Collaboration Among Friends

Here's a late addition to our haul from the TNNA Baltimore market a few weeks ago. We were excited to come upon a couple of complementary designs created by a needlepoint supergroup: Suzanne Howren, Anthony Minieri, Beth Robertson, and Meredith Willett. Does it get any better than this?

They tell how they came up with these two charted needlepoint designs in a very entertaining story on the first page of the pattern. The gist of it is, they created 24 layered stitch patterns round-robin style, with each designer adding on to each other's base stitches. Then they put them together in two crazy-quilt canvaswork pieces that turned into remarkable stitch samplers. Just look!

This is Creek Music.

And this is St. Leonard's Dance.

Both designs include eight colorways based on an overdyed silk floss: Silk N' Colors, Gloriana Silk, or Waterlilies. The other threads include Bella Lusso, Felicity's Garden, Needlepoint Inc. Silk, Planet Earth Stranded, Silk Lamé Braid, Silk Lamé Braid Petite, Splendor, Treasure Braid, and Vineyard Silk (Impressions if you're doing it on Congress Cloth). They embellished it with either Mill Hill Magnifica Beads or Sundance Size 14 beads.

When done on 18-ct canvas, the design size is 14" x 14". On 24-ct Congress Cloth, it's 11.5" x 11.5". They've included a design outline to be enlarged and transferred to your cloth.

So what are you waiting for? Check them out by clicking on the links above!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Summer's Last Fling!

Kathy Rees has been designing up a storm this summer and released several beautiful new designs in Baltimore last weekend.

First up is "Summer Logs," her take on a log cabin quilt design in charted needlepoint, using the bright colors of summer's bounty.


This really does look like a quilt to me. Do you need a closer look at those thread colors? Here you go!


What's even better than all those luscious colors? They're all Caron Collection Watercolours! I just love stitching with these threads. They're so easy to use. And the size of this design makes it perfect to take along with you in your travels. At 9.25" x 9.25" and stitched on a 13" x 13" piece of 18-ct mono canvas, it's easy to tuck into your tote bag as you dash out the door.

I think Kathy has outdone herself with "Pandora's Boxes." This fascinating stitch sampler is in the style of her Rainforest designs. It's also a whopping 16" x 20" on 18-ct mono canvas.


Kathy used Caron Collection Watercolours and Waterlilies, DMC #5 Perle Coton, Gentle Art Sampler Threads, ThreadworX Overdyed #8 Metallic Braid, and Crescent Colours Belle Soie to great effect. And she's provided eight colorways in addition to the original Peacock shown above.


We've just shown the four Watercolours threads on which Kathy based each colorway, and the canvas is sandstone, white, or eggshell, depending on the colorway (we just shot them all on the same piece of canvas for convenience). The Waterlilies in each matches the colorway name and the rest of the threads are all pulled from these threads. Scarlet Thread is offering this as a Kit on Demand, so shipping follows in 2 to 3 weeks. I'm torn between Appalachia and Sherwood Forest, two of my favorite Watercolours.

Rounding out our harvest from the show in Baltimore is "Carnival."


This design is the third in Kathy's Rio Trio of the Destination Series, which includes "Rio" and "Samba." Like "Summer Logs," it's a fairly portable project for the stitcher on the go. The design is 5.5" x 10" on a 10" x 14" piece of 18-ct mono canvas. This one uses many of the same ThreadworX Overdyed Vineyard Silks as its compatriots, with some new ones spicing it up, and uses the same white and black Vineyard Silk Classics for the border.

So what do you find calling to you? Be sure to check out the Needle Delights section of scarletthread.com to see what other temptations you can find.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

It's Another Tequila Sunrise

Sing along with us! I just know that's what Debbie Rowley sang while she was stitching her newest release, "Happy Hour." We picked this one up in Baltimore on Saturday and had a lovely chat with her about her work and her busy, busy life. She seems to be on the go all the time, at shows, at her mystery retreat, and next at EGA's National Seminar in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Phew! I'm exhausted just thinking about it. But she says she has some well-deserved time off coming up after that. Plus, she gets to be one of the crowd at Seminar and can just stitch, learn, relax, and catch up with old friends.

So I guess you want to see this "Happy Hour"?


Doesn't this just make you smile? Wait, look at the threads now.


Are you smiling now? You just have to be! I took the threads to my stitching group last night, and everyone just oohed and ahhed when they saw them. Stitch this tasty charted needlepoint design, and it will always be 5 o'clock wherever you display it in your home. Debbie used a wide variety of threads: cottons, silks, metallics, rayons, and more!

But that's not all we picked up while we were visiting Debbie. She recently released "Red Herring," the latest design in her series of stitch variation studies suitable for beginners.


This time she's putting the herringbone stitch through its paces in a band sampler. We were struck by the possibilities to make this your own through color choice. We could see it in any number of monochromatic colorways with contrasting canvas colors. I think I might choose to make it a rainbow-colored sampler, or maybe just a couple of coordinated, extremely variegated overdyes.

Be sure to look at all of Debbie's canvaswork designs in our DebBee's Designs section on scarletthread.com. I think she has something there with your name on it.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Threedles at TNNA Market

TNNA's Fall Needlework Market brought Kurdy Biggs to the East Coast, and we're so glad she came! It was great to meet her in person, and me without my camera. Dawn and I had a great visit with her, talking about the success she's had in such a short time, her new releases, and what she's working on now.

It's hard to believe that it's been less than two years since we first came across Threedles Needlework Design while perusing the online Needlework Show in the fall of 2010. Kurdy has produced so many stunning designs and attracted what seem to be legions of fans. She's won awards for all of her designs at needlework shows throughout the country. And she topped these off by winning the Hilton Stitch Award at ANG's National Seminar in Philadelphia the last week of August (along with another, I think; I really need to ask Kurdy).

Speaking of fans, we were bowled over by her latest design, released in Baltimore.


Introducing "Log Cabin Fan" in the Marseille colorway. This beautiful piece is just 6.5" x 6.5" and is stitched on a 12" x 12" piece of 18-ct mono canvas. The monochromatic color scheme is lovely, and the photo just doesn't do it justice. We've ordered the supplies and will have a picture of all the threads and canvas up soon. If you haven't tried one of Kurdy's designs, you might want to take the plunge with this one. It uses a couple of Kreinik #8 Braids, a couple of Caron Collection Soie Cristales, a Gloriana 4mm silk ribbon, and a Rainbow Gallery Sparkle! Braid. That's it. No beads! Kurdy decided to get her certification from NAN, and this is an alternative colorway of the piece she submitted (and doesn't have back yet).


This striking bag displays the Andalusia colorway of "Log Cabin Fan." I really love these colors! Once again, Kurdy's achieved a stunning effect using just a few threads: a Carrie's Creation Silk Floss, a couple of Kreinik #4 Braids, a Rainbow Gallery Neon Rays, and a Thread Gatherer Silk 'n Colors. We have the threads ordered and will have a picture up as soon as everything gets here.


Finally, the original colorway, Tuscany, which we didn't get to see. Have you noticed that Kurdy's use of color makes each of these pieces so different, yet the design is the same? This colorway uses a couple of Kreinik #16 Braids, a couple of Planet Earth Silk Flosses, and a Silk & Ivory. At this time, we're not offering this as a kit. But you never know; it may turn up at a later date.

While we were admiring all her beautifully finished pieces, we were quite taken with the bags that were made for a couple. The "Log Cabin Fan" above is one. The other was a large tote bag showcasing one of the "Sands of Time" colorways. (I'm not sure which one, but I think Calypso. Gee, I wish I had taken my camera along.) I'll be asking Kurdy to send me a picture of it. It was a great alternative to framing a piece; and I think in this case, it showed the design off much better.

In time for the holiday stitching season, Kurdy released her "Christmas 2012" ornament.


This is cleverly executed and seems easy to finish. Kurdy set it up so that it's stitched as one piece, folded on the borders, and then stitched closed on the outside of the ornament. She gives complete instructions on how to do this. What makes this ornament even better? It's a great way to use up your stash. Kurdy provides three colorways, each of which uses one Kreinik #4 Braid and one floss, either cotton or silk. That's it! The canvas size is 12" x 14". I was thinking of maybe even just making flat ornaments, using a different square for the front and the back. I think the possibilities are endless.

Before we left, Kurdy went into the back and came out with the design she's working on now. We fell in love! We can't reveal much, but just let me say it's very different and will allow the stitcher to make it her or his own in so many, many ways.

So check out all those links and see what you just can't live without! And check back tomorrow to see what else we found at the Baltimore Market.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Purple, Diamonds, and Butterflies

After what's seemed like an awfully long time, we've received a bounty of new canvaswork designs for you. Laura Perin, Debbie Rowley, and Kurdy Biggs have been very busy this summer, and we're delighted with the results.

First up is "Royal Pavillion," by Laura J. Perin, a regal addition to her Sampler Collection.


We just love the colors. Laura has based the color of this design on Watercolours Sheherezade, pulling out the light, medium, and dark shades of purple and accenting it with gold braid and ribbon floss. She's also suggested four other colorways: blue, aqua, red, and green that use alternative colors of the Watercolours and #5 Perle Coton. Here are the threads for her original colorway as shown:


Debbie Rowley cools things down with her "Diamond Delight 10," which she has said is the last of this series! And what a lovely design:


Aren't those icy blues beautiful? Debbie's added an optional flourish of tulle illusion to this design that gives it a special look if you're so inclined. Here's what you'll get in your kit:


We like that dash of pale green from the metallics and the Watercolours.

Last, but certainly not least, is Kurdy Biggs's "Mariposa," a striking butterfly design that's captured our interest.


As you may have anticipated, Kurdy's offering this design in two additional colorways:


Each one is stunning! We're kitting up the Black and Rose Blush colorways. The photos show most of the threads but not Kurdy's trademark beads, expected any day now.



Phew! I hope you'll agree, the wait has been worth it.

But this isn't all! We'll be adding the new items we got at this past weekend's Baltimore show all week long. So check back every day to see what's new and exciting from Threedles (yes, there's more!), DebBee's Designs (more here too!), Needle Delights, and four fabulous designers who've collaborated on a couple of crazy-quilt stitch samplers.



Friday, August 24, 2012

Philadelphia-Bound!

Dawn and I are getting excited about the ANG National Seminar taking place right now in Philadelphia, PA! We'll be leaving on Sunday to spend the week taking classes, viewing the exhibits of marvelous needlework, shopping the boutique and Expo, and browsing the bookstore, not to mention taking in a few sites when we have a spare hour or two and eating some great food. This is the first time for both of us. What made it all possible is Philadelphia's proximity to Northern Virginia, meaning we can drive there, avoiding the hassle and expense of air travel.

What classes are we taking? Both Dawn and I are looking forward to Toni Gerdes's "Carnival" on Monday and Tuesday.


I'll be taking Lynn Payette's "Purple Mountains and Golden Wheat" on Thursday and Friday.


It's definitely out of my comfort zone, with lots of beading and knots, both personal demons for me. Hahahaha.

Dawn and another friend of ours will be taking Sue Reed's "Graphic Expressions" on Thursday and Friday.


I've taken a class with Sue Reed, and she's a great teacher!

Why am I taunting you with this? Because although you can still place orders while we're away, we won't be able to process anything. That means shipping will be delayed until the following week. But don't let that stop you! To tantalize you a bit, here are a few things that are new to Scarlet Thread.

We've added a few more of the late Jean Hilton's beautiful designs to our inventory. Please let us know right away if you try to order and they're already sold out so that we can restock right away.

First up is "Dowagiac," designed by Jean in 1992. I just love the colors:


Then there's "Chapter Patches," a very large design (stitched on a 21" x 21" piece of 18-ct mono canvas!):


Another beautiful piece that Jean designed in 1989 is "Mother of Perle."


Last from Jean Hilton is "Gleneagle," a lovely quilt-patch design.


Something that I know quite a few of you have been waiting for is the companion piece for Amy Wolfson's "Romance" and "Rhapsody." Well, we've finally got "Rendezvous"! If you've stitched the other two, you won't want to miss this one.


Last but certainly not least, we have a new finishing item from Sudberry House. The Small Square Tray is perfect for preserving your finished square needlepoint designs. The opening fits a 9.5" x 9.5" piece, making it perfect for a lot of designs. I found that it fit Michael Boren's "Flyways" perfectly (and my sister will be so happy to finally get her birthday present back, which I gifted her and then took back right away to put into this tray).


We have a limited number of these trays available right now, so if you try to order and find that it's out of stock, please let us know! If you're interested in something to fit a smaller square piece, why not consider the Betsy Box, also by Sudberry House.

That's all for now. If I get a chance, I'll blog from Seminar. I'll only have an iPad, so any posts will be short and sweet.