Monthly Archives: January 2016

Hot Air Balloons Class at

Good morning everyone!

I’m so excited to finally share the latest big pieces I’ve been working on recently! It has been so difficult to keep these guys a secret, leading up to Market. The moment I saw the newly designed Kirk & Bradley Hot Air Balloons, I knew that I had to stitch them.

Hot Air Balloons
I love the vintage look of them, and the soft pastel colors. The big open spaces left lots of room for fun stitches. Plus I got to use some ribbons- which are absolutely one of my favorite materials to work with! How gorgeous would the two of them look framed, hanging as a pair in a dining room?

Hot Air Balloons

I will be teaching them both on Saturday March 12th from 9-2pm in Raleigh, NC as part of the A La Carte Retreat. You can chose from four different large balloon designs- the two single balloons you all have seen in this post, and the two multi balloons, that you can see below. I know we’re going to have an amazing time in that Saturday working on these hot air balloons- I hope you all will join me!

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Hot Air Balloons

We are also offering a myriad of other classes that weekend of various sizes. You can read more about them online here! Call the shop at 919-828-5538 for more information.

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Snow Day Stitching!

Hey everyone! I hope you all are staying warm wherever you are!

We had a snow day Friday and Saturday here in North Carolina. We didn’t get anywhere near as much snow as you all in the North East did (or much as I’m used to, having gone to school in Boston for four years!)- but we had some nasty freezing rain. With both Fort Bragg and closed Friday, James and I were both able to work from home. I was glad not to have to leave the house when the weather was so gross!

In light of the recent weather, I wanted to share this sweet little Associated Talents Snowman with you all. He just came back from the finisher this past week, and I think he’s really adorable. There was a lot of room to use many fun embellishments on his hat- drop beads worked perfectly for this! As did Spiders, Cross Stitches, Rhodes Stitches and Smyrna Crosses, for the remaining areas. Of course he also needed a bright orange carrot nose. Flair worked perfectly here in Satin Stitches.

Snow day Stitching
The ornament itself is finished with a 3/8 inch gusset using a white ribbon- to match my Christmas Candy Ornaments! As always, thank you to for the wonderful finishing!

Snow day Stitching
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Kirk and Bradley Penguin Christmas Round

Good morning everyone! I hope you’re all having a great weekend!

This sweet little Kirk and Bradley Penguin Christmas Round came back from the finisher the day before we left for market, so I haven’t had a chance to share him with you all yet! He’s an older Kirk and Bradley design- but this whole series of four has always been a favorite of mine!

Kirk and Bradley Penguin
I used black and grey Impressions for his wings, although Bella Lusso would have worked too! His belly is done using white Pepper Pot- one of my favorite threads! The bow on his present is done using Kreinik #8 Braid #002HL and Turkey Work, which gives such a fun 3-D effect! I used the same thread for his crown.

The other three penguins in the series are all carrying packages, but they each have their own personality. Two of the others are wearing Santa Hats, and there is another penguin in a scarf and crown.

Kirk and Bradley Penguin
Kirk and Bradley Penguin
Kirk and Bradley Penguin
The canvases are currently on sale with ‘s Annual January Sale on in stock canvases, and can be ordered online here. I can definitely see stitching more of these sweet little guys in my future!

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San Diego Market with

Hey there everyone!

I’m just back from a whirlwind trip to the San Diego Market. I flew out bright and early Thursday morning out of Raleigh-Durham International Airport with Melissa our shop manager. After checking into our hotel, we immediately went over to the convention center to help the girls over at our sister companies Kirk & Bradley and Burnett & Bradley put the finishing touches on their booths. It took us quite a while to get everything just perfect! Can you believe that it took 12 trunks to bring all of our curtains and cash and carry inventory from our North Carolina store?! As you can see quite a lot of work went into making our booths look extra special!

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I could not have been luckier because my job during the San Diego Market was my two favorite things, shop for new canvases and threads for All of us had an incredible weekend! Here were some of my favorite finds:

I may be biased, but the new Kirk & Bradley “Hot Air Balloons” were released this weekend! Its taken a lot of restraint to not spill the beans and ruin the surprise while stitching them because I think they’re so stunning! I’ll be teaching the four large hot air balloons at our Raleigh retreat this coming March. I put a lot of love into stitching these canvases and can’t wait to share more with you soon. You can call the shop at 919-828-5538 or look online for more information on those classes.

San Diego Market Hot Air Balloons

Kirk and Bradley also released “New Orleans” and “Scotland” Travel Rounds along with six new snow cones. Joan Lohr and Ruth Dilts taught this one at market. He is my favorite!

San Diego market Snow Cone

Associated Talents released a new “Merry Christmas” banner which was absolutely adorable! Its a lot like the “Be Merry” banner that my mom stitched.

San Diego Market Be Merry

Melissa Shirley debuted her new artist Emma Williams, who had a lot of very unique still life canvases which I think are gorgeous.

San Diego Market Emma Williams

Cheryl Schaeffer’s new wine bottle stopper canvases and tray canvases also really stood out to me as something I want to stitch soon!

San Diego Market Wine Stopper

Pepperberry had lots of new Easter ornaments, and how amazing is this whole Easter Basket stitched?

San Diego market Easter Basket

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Candy Stripe Ornaments

Good morning everyone and Happy New Year!

I hope that all of you had a restful and relaxing holiday season.

I wanted to share my two Associated Talents Candy Stripe Ornaments with you all. I initially stitched the ornament with the peppermint candies in wrappers, and after finishing the first one, I decided to make it a pair! The bright colors and open spaces gave me plenty of room for lots of different stitches.

Associated Talents Candy Stripe Ornaments

The candies on both the ornaments are stitched as “spiders” using Kreinik #8 Braid 5505 (my favorite red!). Stitch the spider all in red, and then add the white stripes over the top afterwards using Kreinik #8 Braid 5760. This stitch was a great choice because the candies became almost three dimensional and popped right off the canvas! Click here to see a great diagram on how to do a spider stitch. To get the right texture for the cellophane wrappers, I used Rainbow Gallery white Flair and long stitches.

The rest of the two designs are stitched in a combination of Cross Stitches, Square Rhodes, Small Bargello Patterns, Satin Stitch, Fern Stitch, and Smyrna Crosses. Little white lined beads made the perfect addition for the polka dots on the red stripe. As always I was thrilled by how finished them with gold ribbon gussets and swirly hooks. I know these Candy Stripe Ornaments will have a home on my tree for many years to come!