This project has been such a fun and unique challenge. When you've been designing for 16 years, it's wonderful to have an interesting, new needlework riddle to solve. I've been chatting with Katy Fong from Norden almost daily, bothering her with details, questions, thoughts and ideas. The process has been so exciting, I've lost sleep dreaming about it (or is that menopausal sleep loss?). Whatever...Katy has been really flexible and helpful, and I'm so excited to reveal our joint project!
I decided on a Halloween theme, since stitchers are CRAZY for this holiday and I love Halloween colors and motifs! Summer is the perfect time to work on a Halloween project, too. Norden Crafts has just sent details to your local needlework shops, so check with them for specifics and pre-ordering info. Below is a portion of the promo card we sent to shops and they can forward to stitchers. You can catch a black/white glimpse of the actual project in the lower left corner.
The Mystery Sampler will be revealed in 3 parts, one each month this summer. There won't be the usual project photo on the front...hence, the MYSTERY sampler. The three designs will fit together to form one, tall spooky stitchery! Each design will come with it's own embellishments and a BONUS design (more about these later!).
While looking through the piles of paperwork I've generated while working on this project, I found some original sketches I made. I always begin a design with a pencil sketch, before moving to the computer and the design software. Sometimes the finished design actually resembles my original sketch! It's interesting for me to look back on my original ideas and see how they evolved.
That's enough MYSTERY for now....stay tuned for more details and check with your local needlework shops for additional info.
BTW, bacon lovers...the winners of the BACON contest were notified at the close of the contest and prizes were mailed. Thanks to ALL of you who participated in the blog contest. May your days be filled with happiness and BACON!