NEW THIS WEEK - July 12th, 2006:
In the summertime, early morning walks are a great way to start the
day. Greeted by a colorful array of wild flowers, garden blooms, and delightful
birds and surprising critters, we can't help but feel invigorated and
Nature's best efforts to cheer us are always welcome in our lives,
and we are inspired to reflect this in our thread art, creating pretty things
for our homes, as well as apparel.
This week's designs offer an
opportunity to brighten and freshen a most important room of the house -- the
bedroom. Summer bedroom decor should be light and breezy, filled with an
ambiance of ease in restful surroundings.
Create a new set of lovely
linens with new designs in a wide choice of themes: daisies, roses, elegant
scrollwork, paisley, or ivy.
Learn how to apply the "lovely linens" designs to
sheets and pillowcases, with a
Delight in adding a coordinating border to new sheers for the windows, and let
the morning sun play on your walls. Splash the bed and sitting area with
summery Trapunto pillows in floral motifs.
Trapunto designs in one-color stitching are super
for summer-light fabrics. You'll love how this
high-relief work imparts a subtle beauty and rich
depth to a summer coverlet or scatter pillow. And,
this technique is also a masterful way to dress up
simple apparel -- make some pockets for a skirt,
fashion a belt, add pizzazz to a T-top.
Bring magic to every sunlit corner of your summer realm, and enjoy
sewing the designs.
Trapunto Embroidery for Papillon Fans
Liddy-Ann, who always has a house full of little creatures, counts among her
favorites the papillons, little spaniels with "butterfly" ears.
She wrote, "Attached is a photo of a 10-year-old female
papillon, rescued from a puppy-mill, that I am fostering with her new best
friend -- a 3-week-old kitten that was orphaned."
Liddy-Ann's request: "I love the new trapunto designs. Have
always been fascinated by trapunto. Think you could whip out a trapunto
butterfly? My Papillon Group would love them."
We'll do one better, Liddy-Ann. A new Papillon trapunto square is just the
framework to show off these adorable dogs. Enjoy!
If you're interested in learning about fostering or adopting a furry
Liddy-Ann notes that since this picture was taken, Abigail (the Papillon) and
Lil Gar (the kitten) have both been placed in loving homes.
Want to see more? Click here to see designs released in