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.