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 I think she has something there with your name on it.

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