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Sally Barton, the journey she took in my class Dare Design...

Sally tunes into my online class, Dare Design, all the way from New Zealand! Her journey has been really fun to watch. At first, it seemed that she was a bit intimidated, and perhaps not sure how brave she wanted to be with color, however looking at where she took her design, I see a daring designer in the making!

Here is one of her very first drawings. The goal was to look at triangles as a composition of shapes and colors. We played with possible tessellations of her shapes.

Above are her second set of drawings.

The triangles from above were tessellated and this is what Sally achieved:

Next Sally looked for the right stitches to convey the shapes she came up with.

 And after much work and trials, we charted her final triangles. She decided to work with two different triangles and bring them together in a complete design.

Her final master chart looked like this:

Here is her work in progress!!!!
It's quite brilliant!

Kindly remember!! 
We are all well aware of the importance of respecting the ownership of a designer's work. 
These designs belong solely to Sally Barton. 
Do NOT print or use these designs for any purpose without Sally's explicit permission!!!


The House I Built, not the needlepoint one.

It's progressing, right? The metal window wall is up as well as the walls of the greenhouse. The hanging wood cabinet is NOT the right color! This will have to be fixed to a color much closer to the wood floor. 
The view from my windows is not a city view, is it?
I'm very happy with the mix of shiny new cabinets and old beaten up wood cabinet.
 I love the pattern we did in the wood floor at the entrance! It almost looks like a wood area rug.
Our Master Bath is full of pattern. There are SO many decisions that need to be made when building a house and I love most of my choices. The stone floor in the bathrooms is not one of my favorites but it will do.
 I really obsessed with the tiles in the kitchen. I saw them in a European magazine, tracked down the US supplier, realized that I can only afford a small area and placed them sort of like a runner in the kitchen. I love them!! Not everyone does, I realize that.
 Our stove top is Induction. We love the way induction works, even more than gas.
That's it for now.


Student to Designer, Mary Frances Kelly-Poh

Mary Frances didn't let anything stand in her way! She had been traveling for a good part of the class so the challenge was to keep working on her design with fewer tools and more distractions. Here is her journey in photos of her drawings and stitching.

I love the transition from the above square pattern to the "Petal" pattern below.


Mapping out the possible stitches.
First go...

Second go...

And the charts:

It's now in Mary Frances' hands and she has begun the journey...

Kindly remember!! 
We are all well aware of the importance of respecting the ownership of a designer's work. 
These designs belong solely to Mary Frances Kelly-Poh 
Do NOT print or use these designs for any purpose without Mary Frances' explicit permission!!!


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Another Student to Designer transformation!!

Lynn Decker Miller is now stitching her completed piece. 
While she works on that, let's take a look at the path she took...
The first assignment was to map out a triangle and then paint it with watercolors:
Next the process of transforming the shapes inside the triangles into stitches. 
Here students found that they needed to be flexible, 
what looks good on paper doesn't always work on the canvas.
With the chart in hand, Lynn tackled the canvas, with great success!

She worked on a second colorway for the same triangle:

Her work was now in my hands. 
I charted her original triangle and then tessellated a few options for a final piece. 
Here are Lynn's charts for her design.

Kindly remember!! 
We are all well aware of the importance of respecting the ownership of a designer's work. 
These designs belong solely to Lynn Decker Miller. 
Do NOT print or use these designs for any purpose without Lynn's explicit permission!!!


How my Students became Designers , AMAZING work!

Dare to Design, one of my most challenging and yet gratifying classes is in its final stages. 
I want to share some of the work of my very talented students. 

Patricia Karpenko has taken us on a wonderful journey. 
She began with the watercolor phase of the process and came up with this beautiful triangle, 
an initial cell of her tessellating design.
After working off of this painting for a bit, she woke up one morning with a variation that excited her, and she embarked on a slightly different direction.
After this initial drawing, she went to the canvas and interpreted the drawing in an exquisite way!
 The shapes and colors are magnificent.

Once she finalized the stitches, it was my turn to chart her design. 
Pat received this first laminated chart of her new design: Step Into My Garden.

I also sent her this chart of her triangle tessellated, coming together into a square. 

The ball is back in her court. Pat is working on her piece, stitching the complete design 
with any final changes or additions she may come up with.
I will share her completed design when she is done.

Congratulations Pat!!


Wonderfully wacky clothing.


A week ago today, AMAZING!

We were all together to celebrate the amazing event! Orin, our son-in-law, produced the beautiful musical, THE BAND'S VISIT, which won 10 Tony's at the award show on Sunday, June 10th.

Here is a screen shot of Shiri and Orin at the awards show.

and here they are rocking the red carpet!
Our family was all together, a huge treat!

 Nina looked beautiful and was soooo proud of Orin!
 My beautiful daughter, Shiri.
It was an amazing night!!


A Post of Praise!

When does a package get lost in the mail? When it's very, very important!

On May 31st I sent out a very important package full of kits and instructions for a class on my design Sunflower. The class was to start on June 18th, plenty of time, right? Not if the package disappears! Yesterday I found out that the package never reached its destination, and nobody knew where it was. After realizing that even if the Postal service found it and returned it to me, it wouldn't reach the stitching group in time for their class, I immediately began making calls to all the fiber companies whose fibers were in these kits. I begged them to help me by sending out the threads I needed immediately, and ship them overnight so that I would receive them all today. I assumed that by tomorrow I would be able to complete the packaging, the printing, the laminating, the shipping labels and ship it out overnight to its destination. So many things had to happen just so, on time, it was a long shot but it had to be done. I called: Rainbow Gallery, Threadworx, Edmar, Caron Collection, Wichelt, Access Commodities and gave them all my lists.

drum roll...... at 11:30 this morning EVERYTHING arrived! Package after package, it all came in. By that time Rae and I had printed and laminated the instructions, we put the fibers together in packets for each colorway and not 5 minutes ago, at 12:50 this afternoon, Rae took the big box to the Postal shop nearby.
All these wonderful companies helped me achieve this feat! All the students ready to start stitching on Monday will not be disappointed! I'm so relieved and so happy to be working with people who understand the importance of service and valuing the customer.

Hurray for Sally at Rainbow Gallery, Debbie at Threadworx, Lois at Caron, Lamora at Access Commodities, Sue at Wichelt, and the wonderful people at Edmar! Thank you all!!


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