Friday, June 15, 2012

A Bounty of Beautiful Bargello!

We have something new from Jeff Kulick, the designer of "Halloween Abstract." And it's something completely different too! Take a look at "There's a Garden in My Bargello."

Jeff wanted to see how a variegated thread would work up in a bargello design and came up with a very sophisticated look by using five shades of green silk floss. He felt the combination of the bargello pattern he used and the lovely greens suggested foliage, so he just had to add a latticed garden, using more beautiful variegated silk threads. They add just the right pop of color, don't you think? The title is a clever play on Thurber's "There's a Unicorn in My Garden."

But wait, there's more. He's included two more colorways in the pattern; so not only do you get his Woodlawn Original, but you also get Sea and Sky in lovely shades of blue and Rose-Colored Glasses in warm, rose tones. Each garden band provides a striking contrast to the bargello.

We're offering this award-winning design (yes, it won a blue ribbon at the 48th Annual Woodlawn Needlework Exhibition in 2011) as the chart as well as a kit for each of these distinctive colorways: Woodlawn Original, Sea and Sky, and Rose-Colored Glasses.

On top of this bounty, we just received a delightful series of small bargello designs from the talented Carolyn Mitchell. They're a great size to tuck into your bag so that you have something to stitch when the moment arises, no matter where you are. Look at the variety in this four-chart series:

You could make a pretty needle case from the two diamond-patterned designs at the top left and bottom right. Or how about a luggage tag using that bright wave-patterned piece at top right. The small square design adds a large Queen Stitch to the four-way bargello pattern to make a great Chirstmas ornament.

The individual charts are economically priced, so check them out: Florentine Diamonds and Florentine Diamond Variation are great pieces for the intermediate stitcher; Florentine Continuous Wave is a good project for a beginning stitcher; and Florentine Four-Way is just right for the advanced stitcher.

If you just have to have them all, check out our special collection offer.

But wait! Carolyn's not finished. She's also added a new design to her small monthly series: "May Mist."

Isn't this blackwork fenced, spring garden pretty? We just love the colors. You don't have to put that little fairy (included in the chartpack) up in the top left corner. She'd look great guarding the entrance to your garden. Or substitute a smaller sterling silver fairy charm as an alternative.

Carolyn's last design (for now!) is a lovely set of coasters in shades of mocha and brown, "Have a Drink on Me."

Each coaster is 3.5" x 3.5" and a combination of canvaswork stitches and blackwork. Tuck one in your bag when you're out and about, just in case you have a few moments of "down" time (is there really such a thing?). These would make a lovely hostess gift. They can be finished as shown in Sudberry House's coasters, or stitch them all as one large piece to put into a serving tray or finish as a pillow.

What are you waiting for? So much to stitch, so little time!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

More New Pretties

There's been a flurry of activity at Scarlet Thread lately. New arrivals, something new on the horizon, and long-delayed materials arriving for kits. First, the new arrivals.

When we shopped at the online Needlework Show a little while ago, we discovered a new designer, at least new to us. Freda Murfin of Freda's Fancy Stitching designs both charted needlepoint and counted thread embroidery. We were quite taken with a few of her designs, as were some of our customers browsing the show. Here's what we found.

Variations on a Rhodes Theme is a delightful study of the Rhodes stitch:

It's stitched on Congress Cloth and uses a variety of threads and stitches in addition to the Rhodes variations.

Colour & Texture works up into a lovely 7" x 7" piece on Congress Cloth.

Freda used a variety of cotton, wool, and metallic threads to create this canvaswork design. Some of the stitches that bring so much texture to this piece are Scotch, Smyrna, Cross, Sheaf, Triangle, Bargello, Rhodes, Chevron, Satin, Amadeus, and Crescent.

Last is Golden Ivory, a log cabin style design. This one is also done on Congress Cloth and is a nice, portable 4.25" x 4.25" design. You could do it on 18-ct mono canvas for a slightly larger design at 5.5" x 5.5".

We picked up a lovely new design from Brenda Kocher, Lancaster Stars.

This is worked on a 15" x 15" piece of 18-ct mono canvas in cotton floss and pearl cotton. The colors are gorgeous, especially for all you purple lovers (which includes me).

Finally, Nancy Buhl of From Nancy's Needle has created a pretty needlepoint quilt block, Blue Hydrangeas.

This charted needlepoint design is 10.5" x 10.5" on 18-ct mono canvas and is great for beginners. Nancy's used a variety of overdyed and solid threads, including some metallics for a little sparkle.

Coming up on the horizon, we're very excited about the imminent release of a new design by Jeff Kulick, who created the wonderful Halloween Abstract. This new piece is totally different, his take on bargello. I'm only going to give you a teaser right now, but look for this in the coming week.

As for the long-awaited materials that have been arriving, finally, we're still waiting for the threads for some of the Needle Delights kits. It's been a frustrating year for us, with a lot of backorders and delays from suppliers. We hope things will improve on that front very soon.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

DIY Cell Phone Case

There's been a lot of buzz about the iPhone case made for stitching, so we just had to bring it to our shop for you! It's just arrived, and we're very excited about it.

The case is made to fit the iPhone 4 and 4s phones. You get what you see in these pictures: the case, thread, a needle (hard to see), and a booklet with some designs. We got some in white and some in black so you can match the color of your phone.

I got one to preview and have been working diligently (well, whenever I have a free moment, which doesn't seem to happen often enough these days) on my own design.

It's a fun, simple design (houndstooth, in case you were wondering) that I worked up on my computer. A piece of graph paper and a pencil work just as well. I had a skein of the Pure Palette's Baroque Silk to try (love that acid green) and matched it up with a fuschia Needlepoint Inc. silk floss. At the rate I'm going on this, I may have it finished in another month. I need more time to stitch!

So go check Neo Stitch iPhone Case, Black and Neo Stitch iPhone Case, White. You know you want one!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Something Soothing and Shimmering

This week heralds the arrival of another new charted needlepoint design from the creative mind of Laura Perin.

Ebb Tide is a beautiful, richly textured piece in a cool, watery palette based on Caron Collections' Shenandoah Watercolours. Just look at the lovely aquas and greens with a touch of gold.

This kit includes the chart with Swarovski beads, the canvas, and all the threads you'll need to complete the piece. Stop in and check out the Ebb Tide Kit; we think you're going to love it!

While you're over at Scarlet Thread, be sure to look at our new ANG Stitch of the Month section. Now that this year's edition of ANG's annual mystery is well under way, we've broken down the kits and are offering the individual components for those of you who may have gathered most of the materials but are missing those one or two hard-to-find pieces. The heart beads have been difficult to find, and we have quite a few left. Even if you've already got everything, or maybe you're not planning to stitch this piece, check out the different threads in reds, blues, purples, and green.

Sara Leigh's going to be back soon with her take on the 2012 Stitch of the Month, so stay tuned.