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New for April

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Categories: cross stitch, new releases, spring

Happy Spring!  Hopefully, it feels more like spring where you live than it does here.  This Friday, three new patterns will be released and they definitely have a spring-like feel to them.

When I first read this quote by Henry Van Dyke, I knew I wanted to try to chart it.  Such beautiful meaning in so few words!  This piece is called Love Stays and was stitched on 32-count Zweigart linen (Sand Castle, Marbled) using flosses from DMC and The Gentle Art.  The clock in this piece is loosely modeled after the clock hanging on the living room wall.  I love the tick-tock of a clock, so comforting when the house is quiet.

Love Stays

The next two pieces were designed to go together but can stand alone as well.  As anyone who has read this blog often enough knows, I absolutely love flowers and can’t keep them out of my stitching.  I also love the meanings behind the flower names and what sweeter and more appropriate sentiments for spring can be there than ‘loving thoughts’ and ‘new beginnings’?  These pieces were stitched on 40-count Lakeside linen (Flagstone) using silk flosses from Classic Colorworks.  They are small, measuring at about 3″ x 3″.

May I present Tiny Daffodil Sampler and Tiny Pansy Sampler…

Tiny Daffodil Sampler

Tiny Pansy Sampler

The lovely framing was done by the Framer’s Nook at Stitch ‘N Stuff in Reading.

Just to clarify, the tiny samplers were stitched with Classic Colorworks silks.  I did not make that distinction on my charts and I apologize, but the silks and the cottons are named differently so there shouldn’t be much confusion.

Enjoy and thanks for your support!

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A Word About Color

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Categories: colors, cross stitch, spring

Spring brings thoughts of color after a winter of a bleak and lackluster palette. This winter was especially so since there wasn’t much snow to freshen up the landscape.  How refreshing to the eyes to finally see the yellows, greens and pinks again.

forsythia

apricot tree blossoms

daffodil I’ve been doing some thinking about color, especially as to how it fits in the world of counted cross stitch. Choosing colors is a huge part in the designing process.  I will admit it has been a struggle for me at times.  There are patterns I designed years ago that still make me cringe because of the colors I chose.  In fact, when I brought one such piece in for framing, the comment was something along the lines of how it would be hard to frame the piece since the colors were all fighting one another.  *Ouch*

Since my motto in most artistic pursuits is a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson (“Every artist was first an amateur”), I give myself some grace and then dive into learning more about the area in which I feel the weakest. This is the same way I approach piano practice.  There is always a fix for the weak spots but it usually involves more diligence and focused practice.  The same goes for color.

This winter, since I spend more time indoors and life seems to move more slowly, I pulled out a few coloring books and purposely worked on improving my sense of color. I have always enjoyed coloring and was doing it long before this latest coloring craze. I don’t have any fancy coloring pencils, just the ones Crayola makes.  After choosing a picture, I spent time seriously thinking about the colors I wanted to use.  I learned about tonal colors and choosing colors on the opposite ends of the color wheel to complement one another.  I used a separate sheet of paper to blend several shades of color together for a different effect.  I wouldn’t say that I am now a color expert but I do think I grew in my color knowledge.  On the plus side, it was a very enjoyable pursuit.

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coloring

coloring

(I had some help from a six-year-old friend for this next one.)

coloring

When it comes to cross stitch and color, there are many opinions. I realize in most cases, the choice of colors (the stitched model, the front of a chart) is what catches the buyer’s eye.  I’m sure charts are rejected because the colors used do not appeal to the buyer.  However, I would challenge you to look at a chart and see the other color possibilities.  Some color choices are better than others.  Some patterns are beautiful patterns but the colors may not work together or may not be to your preference.  Some stitchers make conversions that are better than the originally called-for colors.  Honeybee over at The Copper Fox has an extremely helpful post on doing a color conversion. She takes you through step-by-step on changing out the colors in a design.

Another thing to keep in mind is how difficult it sometimes is for designers to provide color conversions in charts. For instance, two of my next three releases were stitched with silks, some highly variegated.  Trying to find a DMC color conversion to put on my published chart is a frustrating exercise.  I designed the piece and stitched the piece with the silks and for me to try to find a comparable alternative is a challenge and truly not that enjoyable to me.  If one does not want to use silks and would rather use DMC, that’s completely fine and even encouraged.  My point in writing this is to say, be brave!  Pull out a color card or your boxes of DMC floss (or your cotton over-dyeds), some different colored fabrics and start gathering together some colors.  You don’t have to do it like I did it.  You don’t have to use any of the materials I used – my materials (floss, fabric) are suggestions.  Once you start seeing it that way, you are free to make changes.  That’s the beauty in creativity.  Make it your own!  Take my pattern and change it up to suit your interests, your room décor, etc.  I love perusing popular cross stitch patterns on line and see what other stitchers have done with them, colorwise.  It is very inspiring to see where other people’s creativity takes them.

Sometimes you will find that you made some wrong choices. I do this often.  Yes, it is a pain to have to rip everything out but diligence always pays off in the end and the hardship is always worth it.  Consider it part of the creative journey.  And as with most journeys, the destination may be the goal, but don’t miss all the learning opportunities along the way!

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New Releases

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Categories: cross stitch, new releases, spring

Hello everyone!  Here are my new springtime releases.

A Life Well-Lived is stitched on 32-count Picture This Plus linen (“Wren”) using threads from DMC and The Gentle Art with a stitch count of 84 x 155.  The quote is by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

A Life Well-Lived

 

Crocus Crazy is stitched on 40-count Lakeside Linen (“Flagstone”) using Classic Colorworks silks, with a stitch count of 73 x 55.

Crocus Crazy

 

I hope you enjoy my springtime offerings.  Flowers are obviously on my mind!

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March Releases

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Pink Moon is the eighth piece in the Luna Labels series, featuring the full moon of April.  The April moon gets its name from the wild ground phlox, which covers the ground and is one of the earliest flowers we see in the spring. This piece is stitched with threads from The Gentle Art on 30-count Weeks Dye Works linen (“Sky”).  Stitch count is 49 x 80.

Pink Moon

Welcome spring to your home with our colorful Spring Band Sampler.  From the first robin to the gentle rains to the beautiful flowering trees and bushes, spring is a magnificent time of the year.  This piece is stitched on 30-count Weeks Dye Works linen (“Honeysuckle”) with DMC threads.  Stitch count is 109 x 194.

Spring Band Sampler

Happy Stitching everyone!

 

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Spring Releases

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Spring is in the air at Misty Hill Studio!  It’s still winter outside but I’m thinking ahead with two new releases.

“Little Spring” is second in the Little Seasons series.  The first chart in the series, Little Winter, was released last October.  This one is quick to stitch and will add a little spring color to your home.

Garden Heirlooms celebrates old-fashioned vegetable varieties.  Some of these heirlooms have been passed down from generation to generation.  I’m looking forward to this spring and summer when instead of stitching these veggies, I’ll be eating them.

These patterns have been shipped to my distributor so look for them at your local needlework shop.