Monday, August 19, 2013

New Releases

I was thrilled to hear that the Fall TNNA Needleart market was moving back to St. Charles. What a great place to come back to markets with my new company! That was not to be when I saw the dates. As I have talked about in posts & on FB...we will be moving our baby into his dorm room...enough said!

I usually like to wait & showcase designs at market for attendees first, but since I can't be there, I am helping Norden Crafts (who is taking my precious models with them!) by doing a little pre-marketing.

Here we go...

HD-6 Count Stitches
 
I used both the yummy colors from Wichelt: 28ct Milk Chocolate & Chocolate Raspberry. Elizabeth from Dames of the Needle/From the Cauldron has a new line of terrific dyed trims. I used 2 different sizes on the finishing for the perfect touch. I will definitely be using these again.
 
 
 
Here's a close up shot of the Piece-o-Cake wedge finish. I had fun with those red felted balls! I used about 4" of heavy gauge wire - wrapped 2/3 of it around a pen - freehanded a leaf out of wool & tacked it into place - opened a space in the wool ball with a big needle & inserted the wire with a bit of glue - tada! Cherries - to match the cherries on top of the cake!
 
You can have your cake & eat it too!
 
 
HD-7 A Proper Young Lady

 

 
 The sampler is stitched on 35ct WDW Parchment. Since we must all be "Proper Young Ladies" - the red flowers are different specialty stitches. The tray insert & pincushion are stitched on 30ct WDW Parchment. I've included a tutorial for the mattress finish on the pincushion. It could easily be done on the 35ct too...wouldn't that be dainty?
 
I had a lot of fun with both of these pieces. As usual, you can purchase them through your LNS or ONS. They can purchase them at market or through any one of 4 distributors!
 
 
If you have seen my chart "Come Sail Away" on my FB page...I will be posting the complimentary chart here next week. I have had lots of finishing questions over the last few weeks that you all got me thinking...and you should be scared! (not really). I will give out more details as I they take shape.
 
 
Think of me this Friday as I lug boxes, bags, suitcases, etc up 3 flights of stairs...it will be sad, but a good kind of sad. It is the next step in the process. By his going away, it tells me that I have done my job to this point. I will certainly miss my market friends, but we will meet again very soon.
 
A wonderful week to you all,
Cathy
 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Keep 'em all in the air!

Does your life ever feel like a juggling act? WOW - since coming back from vacation we have been doing so many things between getting Chris ready for college, Billy back to his Year 13 program, DH for big renovations at work & of course there's me!

If there is a time when you don't see much chatter on Facebook, blog lists, yahoo groups, etc from designers, that can only mean one thing...market time! No matter how much advance prep, it is always a mad dash to the finish...so much so, that this will be one of the shortest posts I ever do!

I will show you the new releases soon, but here's a sneak peak...sort of. It's more of a camera shoot gone wrong!


Photo shoot tip of the day: check your backgrounds! You can see what kind of fridge Chris got for his dorm room and stacks of essentials for every freshman! Also be aware of animals. Zeza, one of our cats, likes to photo bomb these sessions all the time (upper left corner). At one point the dog wagged her tail so hard, it got caught in the lace scarf on the table & sent all the models to the floor!

Assembling charts all weekend, yep that's what is happening in our exciting house. We really know how to live on the edge!

Have a great weekend & Happy Stitches!
Cathy