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Monday, January 25, 2010

Hearts of Many Colors

I'm not a real heart lover but taking a cue from big box retailers it seems only apropos to bring out the hearts. The Cooper Oaks quilt style heart piece is striking if not likeable because of the intense colors. Trust me its more vibrant than it even shows here, painted on 13 count and imagine all stitches that could be used! The Lee bugs are cute desk top decor / paper weights. Even though they don't have one painted red and black I've had a customer do just this for a ladybug collector. Sekas, not sure how many strictly needlepointers know about them as they kind of exist in the counted thread (shhh cross stitch) sector. But they usually if not always call for Caron watercolors (like other counted thread they tell you what threads to use). They could be done on canvas and for cross stitchers who want to give their eyes a break Sekas usually suggests Tula or some kind of large count fabric (hence the use of watercolors). Sekas has a heart for just about every kind holiday/theme. I chose the cupcakes since apparently some marketing guru decided to make cupcakes chic. Charted with different stitches makes interesting to do and they work up nice for gifts framed or as a pillow insert when you want to turn something around quickly. Speaking of gifts, everyone can use a Cheryl Schaffer key fob; nice to stitch when you want to stay busy while having to wait places.

Cooper Oaks

Sekas

Lee NeedleArts

Cheryl Schaffer

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