Where has Debbie been?

You’re probably wondering if I fell off the face of the earth, it’s been so long since I updated my blog! I’ve been busy, busy, busy, but I’ll try to keep my blog updated on a more regular basis.

First, I’ve been working on the Needle Arts Mystery Retreat. This annual event requires a lot of time, coordination with my partner teachers, stitching, and tons of details to insure our stitchers have a great time. This year we were in Phoenix, and I’ll share more about our projects later. I have other news to share this time!


I’m always preparing new designs, and have two new designs for the Norden Crafts Online Show in August.  I’ll share one now, and one in a couple of days.

The first one is Enticing Garden, a counted canvas design stitched with all Rainbow Gallery Entice thread. Entice is a rayon/metallic braid, similar to Silk Lame’ Braid. This rayon is much easier to work with than other rayons, and the sparkle is divine!

Enticing Garden features crescents in various sizes, Jessicas, Rhodes stitches and French knots (don’t worry, you can use beads instead if you want). This is a quick stitch, just about 5 1/2″ square, perfect for a box top or small framed project. Of course all the stitches are completely diagrammed for you. You’ll love stitching with Entice! And, Rainbow Gallery is bringing out even more colors of this new thread introduced this year.

Stay tuned for more info! Check out the Norden Crafts Online Show website, and get your credit cards revved up!

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Design update 4 – The Goddesses



And now for something a little different! I indulged my whimsical side with these designs – Garden Goddess, Domestic Goddess and Kitchen Goddess, all in the same leaflet. These are all cross stitch with backstitch, no specialty stitches at all. Each Goddess has three ornaments included, so a total of nine designs in the leaflet. Kitchen Goddess has a chocolate chip cookie, an apple and a cupcake. Garden Goddess has a pansy, a leaf and a daisy. Domestic Goddess has a heart, a double heart and a house. The ornaments can be stitched separately (instructions included for finishing as an ornament), or stitched with the project.

The Goddesses measure about 7 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, with each ornament about 2″. I stitched them on 28 ct. white Belfast. Garden Goddess and Domestic Goddess are displayed on table pedestals from Ackfeld Wire (source info included on the leaflet), and Kitchen Goddess is on an apron (purchased). I stitched the Kitchen Goddess separately, then stitched the finished piece to the apron so I could put the eyelet ruffle around it, but it would certainly work with waste canvas and stitched directly to the apron.

I had fun with these! Deciding how to decorate the sayings took a little thought, and I’m happy with the way they turned out.

Next time I’ll start discussing some of my teaching projects, and upcoming teaching engagements!

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Design update – The Home Samplers


And now for something a little different! Of course DebBee’s Designs is noted for counted canvas work, but did you know I also design other things? Many are surprised to discover that, but I have always done counted cross stitch designs, specialty stitch designs on fabric and Hardanger. I’ve even dabbled in punch needle!

Last summer my daughter and son-in-law went to India on a mission trip. My daughter brought back a tea towel with the sentiment “Home is Where Mom Is”. I thought it was absolutely lovely of her to bring me the towel, but I also thought, what a great thing to put on a sampler!

I picked a few, easy specialty stitches – Rhodes, Smyrna cross, queen stitch and satin stitch – for dividing bands in the sampler. Cross stitch vines and flowers with back stitch leaves form the border. I included 2 alphabets, one large and one smaller, for those who want to change the sentiment (for instance, Home Is Where Nana Is). And the sampler is offered in 2 sizes (in the same leaflet), one oblong, one square. I’m showing the square one in a box from Patches n’ Planks.

I stitched the models on 32 ct. Lakeside Linens Exemplar over 2. The Belfast 32 ct. was new for me; I usually use 28 ct. And, it was the first time I’d used Lakeside Linens. I stitched the models with Gentle Arts Sampler Threads, and included DMC alternates on the charts.

I hope you like my venture into sampler land! It probably won’t be the last time you see something like this, I’m already working on new designs on fabric.

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Design update – Glitz & Glamour Silver

Glitz & Glamour Silver

Glitz & Glamour Silver

Next in our design updates is another counted canvas piece, Glitz & Glamour Silver. Can you believer this is #19 in the series?! I’m astounded! I always intended to do the precious metals in addition to precious and semi-precious stones. I did Glitz & Glamour Gold a couple of years ago, and am now thinking about Glitz & Glamour Copper. But I digress – let’s talk about Silver!

My stitch samplers are really popular (Tahiti Triangles, Twinkling Gems), so I though why not use that as a basis for this design. I didn’t want it to be just a grid of stitches, so I altered the arrangment a tad. Each square is 1″ x 1″, and the entire piece is 6″ square. There are 35 different stitches (I repeated one of the stitches in the center). All of the threads are silk and metallic in various shades of silver. It’s really easy to do one or two squares per stitching session. There’s no border stitch between the squares.

Of course, it’s entirely possible to completely change all the colors if you want to stitch it to match something particular, or if there’s a color you really love (or two or three!).  That’s what I love about the Glitz & Glamour series; because the color palette is monochromatic, it’s easy to change the colors by finding the textures of threads in the color you want to use.

I hope you enjoy the latest Glitz & Glamour!



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Design update – Kaleidoscope



As promised, the next few posts will be a little bit about the new designs we released at Nashville. I’m busy working on other things, but wanted to catch up a bit.

Kaleidoscope came about because I have always been fascinated by kaleidoscopes and the ever changing view through them. When we lived in Oklahoma City, we used to visit Arts in the Park every spring, and there was a vendor who had beautiful hand-made wooden kaleidoscopes. Oh, how I wanted one! But they were far too expensive for a frivolity, so I had to pass. We haven’t lived in Oklahoma for 19 years – I wonder if that artisan still goes to Arts in the Park? I’ll have to plan a visit to find out; maybe now that we no longer have to devote every dollar to raising children I just might be able to get a small one.

Anyway, since I’ve always been intrigued by Kaleidoscopes, I researched online for kaleidoscope pictures, found several, and attempted to create a pattern that called to mind a kaleidoscope. Do you know how hard it is to make rounded shapes in counted canvas? I abandoned the first few attempts, and decided to go with diagonal and triangular shapes instead.

All of the stitches in Kaleidoscope are diagonal or triangular stitches. Believe it or not, I think this is a “suitable for beginners” piece, because none of the stitches are very complicated. The delight in this piece is the way the colors change, so I included a full color graph to indicate where to change colors.

I also did most of the piece with cotton floss and pearl cotton, with touches of Rainbow Gallery Silk Lame’ Braid and Neon Rays, and of course Kreinik (have I every done a counted canvas piece without Kreinik?). There’s no shading in this piece; all the color changes are pretty abrupt, just like a kaleidoscope. I went with bright jewel colors, to make a strong visual statement.

I hope you like my Kaleidoscope, and visit your local needlework shop to pick up the design, the canvas and needed threads. And, of course, I’d love to see your own color interpretations!

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