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We have much to do here today, so let's begin with two bits of news---firstly, we are retiring some older designs, (Cedars of Lebanon, Reflections of Joy, Entomology and a few others). It's sad to say goodbye, but, as you can see above, I have new designs going up every day!  

Silky Safari is a twist on traditional samplers.  It's full of interesting stitches, and unusual threads, Ultrasuede applique' and beads to top it off.  It is a wonderful design to have fun with! 

Also out this week, Windmills of Color, pictured below. This Kit comes in three colorways. With a focus on color application, color balance and color placement, I wrote the pattern to give the user more options and freedom with their choices!

And finally: It's that time again!!!!  It's a Giveaway.

For this Giveaway, I designed a beautiful "Paper Bag" with two contrasting shades of Ultrasuede® to highlight the simple familiar lines of a classic grocery store bag. 

Standing 13 inches tall, and 9 inches wide, it's the perfect bag when you are running errands or just need to take a few things with you. It snaps closed, and is adorned with a couple of whimsical lampwork beads.

To be entered in this drawing, we are going to continue in the spirit of the Color articles I've
been writing for Needlepoint Now over the past months. (If you haven't seen this series, it's a wonderful way to hone your skills as a colorist--to better understand how to use color in a way that speaks for you.)  All you need to do is post a creative, color inspired name for this bag, (click on the post a comment below). Try to take into consideration all that you see in the pictures, and let's see what you come up with! We will announce  a winner (chosen at random from the entrants) on Tuesday November 2nd.

 Good Luck!

MNStitcher  – (October 27, 2010 at 5:32 AM)  

I know this isn't original.....but anyway ...... Fire edged sandy bag

Donna  – (October 27, 2010 at 5:49 AM)  

Bruno Rosso

Why I am thinking Italian, I have no idea.

Anonymous –   – (October 27, 2010 at 5:52 AM)  

I just found your blog and website and love both of them. I have purchased your patterns in the past from nearby shops but I wasn't aware that you had a website. Are the patterns that you are retiring still available for a limited time? I went to your website to see the designs and couldn't find them.

Debbie  – (October 27, 2010 at 6:38 AM)  

"Not Brown Anymore!" I'm not the kit or pattern type of person (not since my earlier years, anyway) but, I always enjoy seeing your patterns and color combos. I know that you will be replacing the old ones with even better ones. Good luck Orna, and thanks for counting me in.

Kelly  – (October 27, 2010 at 7:10 AM)  

Funky Bronzed Sac - I love this bag. The bead really adds a lot to the look.

kerrykatiecakeskeb43  – (October 27, 2010 at 7:27 AM)  

Not Just for Groceries Anymore...

Okay, not exciting or original! I love this bag.

Wendy –   – (October 27, 2010 at 2:11 PM)  

Because it is so fashionable, "le fourre-tout des couleurs d'automne" (the carry-all of autumn colors). What a beautiful beautiful bag! Which I will use to tote my craftwork around.

Jennifer  – (October 27, 2010 at 2:17 PM)  

I would call it the Bazaar Bag. The colors remind me of a bazaar in an old city with the sandy colors and the bright bits. It would also be fun to use when shopping at a bazaar.

Sharon  – (October 27, 2010 at 2:18 PM)  

"If you must do the grocery shopping..do it with style!"
Love it it is quite a fashion statement.

Anonymous –   – (October 27, 2010 at 3:02 PM)  

The BSB -- brown suede bag!

shirleyk  – (October 27, 2010 at 4:42 PM)  

How about Earth (the brown bag), Wind (the blowing streamer) and fire (the bright bead).

Janus  – (October 27, 2010 at 5:04 PM)  

Killer bag! Can't wait to see your new jewelry designs.

Carol in Indian Springs Village  – (October 27, 2010 at 7:14 PM)  

The first thing I thought was "patriotic with a twist" but how about "The New Patriot" since it is kind of red/white/blue.

Diane Lithgow  – (October 27, 2010 at 7:49 PM)  

My thoughts were "grocery chic"
"Stitchery Baggery"

I love the idea and as I have loads of green and blue ultrasuede I can see that I will be making bags from them. I have a wonderful little pattern that I have used from the "Stitch" magazine a number of years ago and this would be a very chic look to that bag.
diane, New Zealand.

Suztats  – (October 27, 2010 at 8:05 PM)  

The handle looks like an umbrella, and the dangle is the handle. The suede looks like a tawny deer colour, so how about 'Raindeer (or even Reindeer) Suede'?

SilkLover  – (October 28, 2010 at 2:01 AM)  

"Little Brown Bag".

Yikes! I stink at this! The bag is very cool, Orna.

Oh, How about "Desert Sand"? That's better.

Sallie  – (October 28, 2010 at 4:49 AM)  

I like the name Golden Autumn for your beautiful bag.

Evelyn  – (October 28, 2010 at 5:35 AM)  

My name would be "Pumpkin Latte". So seasonally appropriate. I LOVe the bag by the way.

jane  – (October 28, 2010 at 12:41 PM)  

Love, love, love this bag. If it were mine, I would call it "The Have It All Bag". Thanks for the giveaway!

shortoldlady  – (October 28, 2010 at 12:42 PM)  

I think of "Sahara Sand"! It's lovely!

madrid  – (October 28, 2010 at 4:20 PM)  

noone is more stylish than me. yes, I am the best bag in the city. my name? Joue-joue (ask a somebody french speaking to pronounce it ;)

Mary  – (October 28, 2010 at 4:28 PM)  

Sunset on the desert.... ok may I had one glass of wine too many.


Dolores  – (October 28, 2010 at 9:04 PM)  

Tan bag with a hint of spice. i think it's gorgeous. Understated elegance.

Connie –   – (October 28, 2010 at 11:07 PM)  

How about - Simply Suede?


Anonymous –   – (October 29, 2010 at 5:46 AM)  

Scarlet Transom -- It reminds me of large door transoms from the forties

Marie-AndrĂ©e  – (October 29, 2010 at 7:55 AM)  

Desert or Happy Desert....
This is beautiful. Thank you

Anonymous –   – (October 29, 2010 at 8:05 AM)  

I think a good color name would be "Spice of Taupe"

Singtatter  – (October 29, 2010 at 9:03 AM)  

Orient Charmer! The red makes me think of red packets we Chinese give out during Chinese New Year :)

J  – (October 29, 2010 at 11:20 AM)  

How about "Cafe Au Lait"?

Jane Jeffress Thomas  – (October 29, 2010 at 3:33 PM)  

Colorfully studded!!!! That is what I could call this nifty bag.

sharon  – (October 29, 2010 at 3:49 PM)  

I love the bag, such clean lines and your blog- fantastic...I think I may call it simple spice

vienna  – (October 29, 2010 at 5:45 PM)  

"Sav-Sway". Coming from savvy and the phonetics for suede.

Pierrette =^..^=  – (October 30, 2010 at 4:15 AM)  

This is a wonderful bag and it looks very sophisticated.

I would call it "Windows into my World"

Crossing my fingers in hope of winning it.


Pierrette =^..^=

superstitches  – (October 30, 2010 at 4:57 PM)  

Great bag. It looks like a Dash of Color to me.

Anonymous –   – (October 31, 2010 at 5:02 PM)  

"Just for me" :)

E Caneer –   – (November 1, 2010 at 11:08 AM)  

Look's like a great tote to grab and go...Toffee Spice Tote

Lois  – (November 2, 2010 at 12:10 PM)  

How about Creamy Caramel Bag?

You could create a series of earth-toned totes with names based on chocolate -- Dark Chocolate Bag, Milk Chocolate Bag, Salted Caramel Bag, Mocha Truffle Bag .... mmmmmmm.

inhabiting_trees  – (November 2, 2010 at 12:15 PM)  

The colours and textures say Tuscany to me! so...

Siena Sandwich Bag?

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