Welcome to 2010! Hi everyone, here we are in a new year, many of us wrapped up against the cold ouside. A special hello to all of you making it through the unusually frigid weather in the UK! What could be better right now than the daily arrival of seed catalogs in the mail. These cold evenings are perfect for sitting with a cup of tea and dreamimg of the spring garden to come. In keeping with that, I’ve designed a pretty Magnolia Cushion Top coming in the next issue (#180) of Cross Sticth Collection. Our neighborhood in Brooklyn is filled with just about every form of this resplendent tree and it’s lush blooms in Springtime. I just love the Oriental feel of this design and I hope you will too.
Also in this issue there will be a preview of a new design coming in issue 181 that I think you might like. My lips are sealed until the end of the week but I’ll be posting a preview on the 16th of January. I can’t wait to show you what’s next!
In Issue 73 of Cross Stitch Gold you will see my Majestic Peacock. I wanted to give this regal creature a soft Renaissance setting. He is beautifully embellished with lots of Mill Hill beads and wonderful Kreinik threads.