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 to see what other temptations you can find.

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