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Welcome to our first ever Contest Giveaway!

So here's the deal:

On my website (here) we have a "How To" section. We will be adding new "How to"s regularly but we would like to know what YOU would like to find there. Is there a technique you would like to learn or refine? Is there a stitch you are dying to try? Send us a note explaining what you are interested in and guess what? ... not only will we look to produce a "How To" on the subject, we will also enter you into a contest to win a complete kit of my design Lavender Silk Bangle which I designed for Kreinik. It's a great kit, it comes in it's own box, has instructions, charts, threads, UltraSuede, needles and closures.

The winner will be chosen randomly, not dependent on your suggested "How To". Just 'cause you care enough about needlepoint, jewelry making and us!

You can send us your suggestion in the comment section of this blog or just write to us at orna@ornadesign.com. Please add your email address so we can contact you for sending prize or if we have questions about your suggested "How To".

(We promise not to use it for anything else).

The deadline for this contest is December 17th, 2008 @ noon.

Anonymous –   – (December 10, 2008 at 8:40 AM)  

Suggestion for the how-to section.

I like the raised look of Rhodes, but I am not sure how to use it to create my own shapes. For example how would you count out a rectangle, heart of differing sizes, diamond etc. Thanks, Sharon sharrosen@aol.com

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure  – (December 10, 2008 at 8:45 AM)  

Me, I am always wondering about how to choose colors. Orna, you always pick bright and cheerful colors that look great together. Do you have tips on how to mix colors without them blending together, looking washed out or too much like clown makeup?

Jane, wondering in CH

greathill  – (December 10, 2008 at 8:53 AM)  

I love your samplers. I just finished your sampler that is on the Caron threads website and it came out beautifully and the instructions were very easy to follow. I have no problem with colors - I just like the instruction of matching different stitches and how the work off each other. I love looking at the samplers on the upper left side of your blog. thanks! put my name in the contest!

Betsy, greathill@charter.net

NCPat  – (December 10, 2008 at 8:54 AM)  

I would love more info on color, like Jane, but would love to hear suggestions on the right background stitch for a piece.

Anonymous –   – (December 10, 2008 at 9:55 AM)  

Hi Orna, I love all your artwork. I just love seeing anything new. I love your bangles. I made a bangle for my daughter. I had so much fun making it. Sheila Leigh (sheilaleigh@aol.com)

Anonymous –   – (December 10, 2008 at 1:58 PM)  

I always love learning new stitches and I hope you will include that. I do have trouble selecting threads...When you choose a certain thread, what is it about that thread that made you choose it? I understand the color factor but so many of them are similar in texture and color. Selecting a thread and discussing its characteristics and uses would be very helpful. Thanks

Ruth M.  – (December 10, 2008 at 2:59 PM)  

Hey there,

I would like to echo the color topic, and add compensation. I have the hardest time with aything but tent, and yes I am a beginner.

I have a lovely piece that ischeries on a checkered background, and do not want to do the whole of it in tent stitch, but am unsure how to curve some of the others.

Also what to do if the threads you have chosen do not lie somewhat leve, LOL, my stem on those cherres recess--more plies? A diferent thread?

How do you figure all this out without ripping out a hundred times??

Anonymous –   – (December 10, 2008 at 6:28 PM)  

How about some instruction on how to make those do-dads that are around the edge of your needlepoint bracelets?

Becky Myers

Anonymous –   – (December 11, 2008 at 4:43 PM)  

I have always loved your designs and would like to know more about how you decide color combinations.
Thanks Jean

M&Co.  – (December 12, 2008 at 9:10 AM)  

I'm with everyone who wants more info on picking colors. I'm so terrible with color that my bathroom has remained unpainted since I've lived here!

Anonymous –   – (December 14, 2008 at 12:34 AM)  

I would love info on how to create my own designs if I can't find a pattern that is what I want. Every time I try, I end up with something that looks out of proportion or amateurish.

Anonymous –   – (December 14, 2008 at 12:36 AM)  

Ooops...and my email address is debyeo@hotmail.com

Tara  – (December 14, 2008 at 8:29 PM)  

I would also suggest how to choose colours & mix them.

Zu  – (December 15, 2008 at 12:54 AM)  

Hi Orna! My suggestion will be to add a topic on how to finish more complicated needlepoint pieces, as for example, a bag. It is pretty hard to accurately join two hard canvas pieces together. Thanks!

wildfilly  – (December 15, 2008 at 8:52 AM)  

I would like to see a How to on what to do with leftover pieces of zweigart fabric- maybe some earring designs... also I would like to see more 3 dimensional stitches where we would build on a previous layer.
marilyn fitart@aol.com

tintocktap  – (December 15, 2008 at 2:46 PM)  

I'd love to see something on colours too. I'd really like to feel more confident about how to choose floss colours for a design - how to achieve a balance between light and dark colours, or how to customise the charted colours for a design to use my favourites. It's certainly something I feel a bit out of my depth with.

I know of several sites online that have good descriptions of stitches and how to stitch them, and that sort of thing often appears in books or in instructions for a design, but notes on how to choose and mix colours are not generally included and I haven't seen anything useful online (although I may not have looked hard enough yet!)

patt  – (July 23, 2010 at 10:58 AM)  

I am interested in learning how to add what ANG classifies as advanced stitching techniques to regular type designs done on a painted canvas, not through charts.

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