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Where in the world is Orna?

It's been way too long!  I've been thinking about you guys, at least once a day, but I haven't been able to find the time and peace of mind to sit and write.  So much has been going on that mostly has to do with being the mother of an eleven year old.  Want to hear our schedule? 
Monday-Friday, Saxophone lessons everyday, either at home or at school, including shuttling to school for very early morning practice...
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Tennis lessons, which include picking up from bus stop with food and tennis clothes in car, rushing over to the courts while poor Nina gobbles down her food, quick change and on to practice.
School projects galore, which really mean parent projects...
and homework, practicing, starting Bat Mitzvah prep, and more.

I also had a visit from my sister and brother-in-law who came from Israel.  Then we all went for a fun visit to see Nomi, (cute, cuter, cutest). 

I've vowed to get back to my needlepoint and to you, starting today.  So here I am.

On another note, I will be releasing some new and pretty designs very soon.  One such design is "Eastern Door", (see above in the house shaped locket one on the right).  This little locket is fitted with a needlepoint design stitched on 40 count silk gauze.  The design has my regular instructions with color illustrations and laminated charts.  It has a locket such as the one shown above, and the silk gauze which is mounted on stiff cardboard so that you can easily stitch. 

Here is where I need your help...  the question is: THREADS or NO THREADS??  

When stitching a piece this small, on 40 count gauze, you need just a teeny tiny bitsy amount of thread.  In this particular piece I used 9 (NINE!) different threads.  Adding the 9 skeins and spools would bring this little cutie to over $90!!!  However, cutting up skeins, marking them and then packaging the individual pieces of thread is very labor intensive, meaning I must pay to have this done, which again brings the price up.  Not including threads, is that an OK option?  Or will stitchers spend time and money looking for the threads that were used in this piece? (I will add a list of threads in the instruction pack, of course).

Please send your thoughts.  I would love to hear from you about this and any other suggestions you may have on how you would like to have designs offered.  Can't wait to hear from you!

Great talking with you again.

Z  – (October 25, 2012 at 9:07 AM)  

Perhaps you could offer an optional full skein kit. That way those that don't mind paying for full skeins as they know they'll use them elsewhere can, and those that think they have enough in their stash are also happy. Maybe you could calculate how many pieces could be stitched from one kit and mention that a group of x people could share one thread kit between them.

Orna Willis  – (October 25, 2012 at 12:33 PM)  

I love the idea of getting groups together! Stitching together is a wonderful thing to do! Thank you!

Rachel  – (October 29, 2012 at 7:37 AM)  

Perhaps encourage people to create variations on your design? Instead of including threads, include some guidance on picking colour schemes or identifying the tones necessary?

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