Tuesday, March 3, 2015

At Last!

I am sorry I have been away so long but a hospitalization and the holidays really put me behind.  Between illness and family obligations  I missed my release deadline in January.  But I am happy to report that I am feeling much better and am back on schedule!

The Patchwork Series: Lone Star

The fourth and last (I think!) design The Patchwork series:  Lone Star is ready and I must say that I have enjoyed both designing and stitching this series so very much.  I am actually thinking of stitching it a second time and sewing it into a wall hanging.  As with the other three-Mended Heart, Milady's Fan and Winter Blooms-this one is stitched on 32 count white Jobelan using Needlepoint Inc. Silks and Mill Hill Magnifica Beads.  I have included a DMC conversion.

I have also finally finished the next design in the International Series.  Can you guess which one?  It is English Eloquence and I will add a photo on the release date.  Until then just imagine all the wonderful icons and imagery from Great Britain!

The last of the new releases is a sampler for readers and book lovers!  This one is a surprise and will be revealed on the tentative release date of March 12th.  Please come back to check it out.  I think you will like it!

Till next time...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Patchwork Series: Winter Blooms

The latest design  The Patchwork Series:  Winter Blooms has just been released and I am so pleased with how it turned out.  It is the third in this series and I have enjoyed both designing and stitching it so much.  The model was stitched on 32 ct white Jobelan using NPI silks and was framed by The Stitch & Frame Shop in Rock Hill, SC.  Hope you like it!

Tll next time...

Monday, September 15, 2014

Finally Part 2 of The Patchwork Series

      MiLady's Fan- Part 2 of The Patchwork Series

Finally I can show you the second of the four part series.  It is MiLady's Fan and I am so pleased with how it turned out.  I was sad when it missed the deadline for release in July and have been waiting rather impatiently for September's release so that I can share it.  It has a stitch count of 151w x 91h and uses Needlepoint Inc Silks in the same color palette as Mended Heart.  A DMC conversion is provided for your convenience although I love the rich colors of the silks.

The next part is ready and will be released as soon as my distributor can manage it.  So hopefully you won't have to wait too long before you can get it also.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

New Release

                                                                       The Patchwork Series: Mended Heart

I am excited to announce the start of a four design series.  It is The Patchwork Series and the first design Mended Heart is being released today.  All four designs will be using the same color palette and will be the approximate same size.  Mended Heart is a bit smaller so you may want to stitch it on 28 count fabric and the others on 32 count if you want them to be about the same size.  The stitch count is 124w x 123h and is 8-3/4" x 8-3/4" on 28 count fabric or 7-3/4" x 7-5/8" on 32 count fabric.

Included in each of the charts is the amount of floss needed for the individual design and for the complete set so you can plan ahead and save money!  All colors are not used in every design but those colors are also noted.  I chose NPI silks but have included a DMC alternative if you prefer.  There are also Mill Hill Beads used but can be subbed if you prefer.

I really love this series and hope you will also.  The next design in this series is  MiLady's Fan and will be released on July 15th.

Until next time...

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

New Release!

French Elegance II
I am thrilled to announce the release of my newest design in the international series --  French Elegance IIFrench Elegance was such a hit that I thought you might also enjoy this one.  It measures 279 x 279 and features motifs representing the French way of life--Tour de France, fluer de lys, haute couture, beret, art, wine, breads, bistros, fragrances, and lavender .  Also several important landmarks such as the Arc de Triumph, Notre Dame, Point du Nour, Statue of Liberty and, of course, the Eiffel Tower are illustrated.  I think this one truly represents the French culture. 

It was model stitched on 40 count hand dyed linen from Lakeside Linen in Vintage Sand Dune using Gloriana Silks.  This design can easily be stitched using one color of floss but I chose to add additional colors to create depth and definition to the piece.  Colors include  Cranberry (main color), Rosewood (optional), and Cinnamon (optional).  I also added just a touch of #4 Petite Gold Braid (also optional).  I truly enjoyed designing and stitching this one and hope you will also.  You can also stitch the smaller motifs for smalls, ornaments, etc.  Feel free to "change it up" to your own personal taste.  I can visualize it in many different colors.  

Until next time.... 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Here is the photo I promised for American Glory.  This was just released today and will be available from your favorite LNS as soon as they can get them from Kelmscott.

It was very difficult to get a good photo of this one for some reason but I assure you it is wonderful in real life.  The white and touches of gold just don't show up very well in the photo.  Among the motifs are Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness, Justice, e pluribus unum, Home of the Brave, Land of the Free, and In God We Trust.  The verses are: One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, One nation evermore--Oliver Wendall Holmes, From Sea to Shining Sea from America the Beautiful and From the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans white with foam from God Bless America.  The postal abbreviations for each of the fifty states surround the motifs in alphabetical order to form the border.  The overall design is 228w x 206h.  It was model stitched on 40 ct Lakeside Linen Vintage Sandune using GAST threads but I must warn you that there is quite a bit of over one stitching so if you have trouble seeing that, you might want to use a 32 ct instead.   The GAST colors used are Schoolhouse Red, Presidential Blue, and  Chalk, with just a few touches of Gold Leaf.  Can you identify all the pictorial motifs?

I really hope you like this one.  I really enjoyed designing and stitching it.
Until next time...

Christmas gift for you

2013 has been a very productive one for me and I want to thank each of you for your support.  My newest design American Glory will be released later this week and I will show you a photo then.  But for now I wanted to give you this small design in time for the Christmas Season.  If you wish to share, please do so by sending your friends to my blog.  Thanks in advance for doing that.  (If there is anyone out there familiar with blogspot can tell me how to add these as pdf.s please let me know.)

Christmas at the Yellow House

Designed By:
Kathy Geddes Bonham
Lady K Needlearts
Aida 14 or evenweave (28 over 2) Platinum

78w X 78h Stitches
14 Count,   5-1/2w X 5-1/2h in

Floss Used for Full Stitches:

Smokin’ Guns (DMC 318)
Wrought Iron (DMC 414)
Topaz-VY LT
Rich Chocolate (DMC 898)
Reflections (DMC 5200)
Devilish (DMC 321)
Tropical (DMC 700)
Electric Blue-DK


Backstitch using one strand of floss: 
House, windows, porch, columns and benches in DMC 310
Steps and snowman in ThreadworX Wrought Iron 11213 (DMC 414)
Wreath and bush branches in ThreadworX Tropical 11611 (DMC 700)
Scarf in ThreadworX Devilish 1097 (DMC 321)
Bow on wreath in DMC 727 or use a metallic gold braid #4
Icicles strands in ThreadworX Reflections 10302 (DMC 5200)

Substitute French knots for beads or vice versa.


***Please remember that while this is a gift to you, it is still under my copyright.