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Very limited quantity of beauties!

I have a number of lovely new Key rings or Scissor Fobs available, just a short line of them and since I will be away tomorrow I won't post them in our shop just yet. Instead I will put them up here and give you first dibs!  These are beautifully handmade lampwork beads, large and impressive, hanging off of a screw-on key ring which you can use on your scissors or with your keys. Lovely handmade gifts. Send me a note (orna@ornadesign.com), with the ones you want, identify them with the numbers 1-4 as shown in the photo and I'll send you a Paypal invoice for payment.

They are priced: Number 1-3: $16 and Number 4: $18

There aren't too many of them so let me know before I post them in the shop!

Number 1

Number 2

Number 3

Number 4


Thread Minders, Ultrasuede® and Beads Galore!!

At our Adorn By Orna Etsy shop you can find fantastic gifts for yourself or fellow arts and crafts addicts 😉!!


How lovely and convenient!

Find these HERE!




Come Dance With Me - New Design now available!

The product of my exciting design class 

is now available for you!

A design which grew organically to become a unique interpretation of color, texture and interesting stitches. Using 23 unique threads you will be guided step by step to bringing this design to life! 

The kit comes with all fibers and a 30 page instruction guide which includes laminated color Master Charts.

Design size: 9.5"x 9.5"

Stitched on 14" x 14" brown mono canvas

All threads and Instruction Guide - $135


Giveaway of Thread Assortment!

This week we are having a Thread Assortment Giveaway for a lucky blog follower!  

In order to participate all you need to do is sign up for our News and Newsletters on Adorn's blog page.  This is what it looks like:

On Friday I will randomly choose a winner for these beautiful fibers from 
the names added to our sign up page. Don't miss this opportunity to win
 4 silk skeins and 4 overdye skeins, coordinated for your next project.  

(Sorry, can only ship within the USA)


More new assortments !

More and more threads coming in to the studio, more and more thread assortments brought to you. 

The Pure Palette offers a silk fiber called Baroque which has a perfect blend of earthiness and an intensity of pigment, making it one of my favorite silks to use. I've chosen 12 Baroques which play off of a Watercolour, 2 such combinations in each acrylic box. 24 silk skeins and 2 Watercolour overdyes are a great buy for $112. Shop HERE.

I have also put together more of the interesting combinations of silks of different textures and weights. Here you have a grouping of Thread Gatherer, Waterlilies, Planet Earth, Baroque, Gumnut, Vineyards and more! The colors combine with two Watercolours and a metallic. These also come in a matching acrylic box and are offered at $95 HERE.

We continue to carry the smaller assortments which are perfect for a project such as the one you get as a free design for each $50 purchase you make in the Thread Assortment section of our shop. Here are a few samples:


Here comes another FREE design!

Triangular Tricks Two is here!  
It's a delightful piece that can be stitched as one triangle or put together in a foursome...

or how about 8 of these babies put together? Endless possibilities...

A PDF of this design can be yours with any purchase 
of $50 or more of our Thread Assortments. 

Take a look at the fabulous threads we have available HERE.


Thoughts on design - an insight.

Geometric canvas designs are magical. They begin like a doodle game. I remember the days when there were only landline phones and you had to sit right by the phone because it would only move so far from the wall outlet.  There you sat listening to the person on the other end and your hands wanted to do something. I think that's when doodling was invented!
A large area, just a simple shape, began splitting into smaller areas that resembled a jigsaw puzzle. Any two smaller shapes formed a negative space and in turn that area would be a playground for some more doodling.
I use the practices I developed during the long phone sit ins when I go about designing a geometric.

Let's look at one of the more important parts of my Dare Design workshop, the watercolor part. You are given 25 pieces of fine quality watercolor paper for experimentation. Your large outer space will be a triangle.

I will begin with some dividing lines and I will split up the triangle to smaller parts.

I drew a line across the top of the triangle, about 1/2 way down and then drew some dividing shapes within the top triangular shape. And I kept dividing these areas up and filling the negative spaces.

I continue working on the areas I've determined, now with color.  Each section is given a color, some are repeated in a symmetrical fashion and I build up the top triangular area until it seems right. 

Of course there is much more I can do with the sections I have formed. But that will come later, on the canvas. For now I have drawn and painted a beautiful map which will be a guide when my needle hits the canvas.

Why don't you join in on this exercise? Look at the shapes I have painted and make some suggestions as to which stitches you would use to translate the shapes onto canvas.  I have numbered a few of the areas below. Reference the numbers and make your suggestions in the comments here on the blog.

This is a small sampling of what we will be doing in my Dare Design workshop.  Our journey will lead you to acquiring the tools to design your own geometrics. 
Can't wait to hear from you!! 


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