Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My New Designs

I am happy to show you my first two designs under The Scarlett House. 

This one is called Coverlet Birds.  The models were stitched on 40ct. Earth linen from Crossed-Wing Collection using NPI silk.  I have always loved antique coverlets, and that is where I drew my inspiration from.

And this is Death By Candy Corn.  I used a favorite 40ct. linen of mine called Days Gone By and it is charted for DMC.  The candy corns are stitched over one, but can be done over two. 

The charts will be available on Friday at The Attic, and hopefully in other shops eventually. 

Special thanks to:
      Margaret Chess for her expert stitching of the framed piece. 

Vonna Pfeiffer for finishing the pin keeps so beautifully.

Priscilla's Pocket for the perfect frame. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Jenny Bean

It's a windy and not so sunny day here in Arizona, not a great day for taking photos.  But, I've finished and framed Jenny Bean from Scarlet Letter, and  here she is.  I stitched it on 40ct. vintage Black Forest from Lakeside Linen with plain old DMC.  It didn't kill me to use cotton thread, but it came close.  I don't know why I didn't use silk.  I guess I thought it would require a lot of it in the solid area.  I learned my lesson though and won't be using it again on any 40ct. linen.  It shreds too much, or maybe I pull too tight.  I love this sampler, and once my eyes adjusted to stitching on black, it wasn't so bad.  It's worth the effort because the colors just pop, but I'm looking forward to a much lighter linen. 
We made a quick trip to Iowa last week for a wedding.  I took this project to work on.  I'm determined to I finish the Prairie Schooler alphabets over one on 30ct.  It's been a bout a year since I picked it up, and I'm all enthused about it again. 

The ducks, Dave and Roseanne, are still hanging around.  Dave is here three times a day, but Roseanne must be sitting on a nest and doesn't come as often.  They were both sitting in the driveway when we got home from Iowa and walked right up to the car.  I think they missed their handouts.

On my last post, a comment was left asking about the designer of the stitched piece in my header.  Um, that would be me.  I am planning to use it on my chart packaging.  The house is an adaptation from an antique that I plan to reproduce.  Thanks for asking.