Each year since 2007 I have designed two new ornaments to teach in workshops and sell as kits outside of classes as well. I've just completed the designs for 2014, and I'm very excited about them. It seems to be a red, green, and gold kind of year for me, and I love the way the three ornaments work with each other and alone.
"Heart of Gold" comes in two color options: Red & Gold and Green & Gold. It is one of the simpler designs I have created, so it should be one of the quicker ornaments to stitch. The background fabrics and beads are so rich on their own that I wanted to let them really shine. "Birds of Paradise" is the most elaborate ornament design I've created yet, and I had a great time incorporating lots of pressed glass beads, lots of sparkle, and a lot of fringe.
Here are the "Heart of Gold" ornaments, which will debut in class on Saturday, November 15, at Mill House Quilts in Waunakee, WI:
Here is the "Birds of Paradise" ornament, which will debut at Mill House Quilts for more experienced stitchers on Saturday, December 6:
And here's a fun look back over all of the ornaments I've designed as kits since 2007:
(All of the ornaments are created as kits with a limited edition of fewer than 100. The bottom two rows are sold out, as is the far right ornament in each of the top two rows. The other six designs, from 2013 and 2014, are or will soon be available.) Feel free to contact me at email@example.com for details.
I really look forward to working with both new and returning students on these projects, and I also look forward to shipping kits out around the country and into other countries for bead enthusiasts new and continuing who may be too far away to take one of my classes but who would like to create an ornament on their own or with friends. I love the network these little projects has created. :)