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Here I'll write up about new designs that I'm working on, design stuff that interests me and my general love of anything to do with textiles, fashion and photography!
By susanbates, Oct 21 2013 11:25PM
I've finally finished knitting my stripey socks, just in time for winter... They're lovely and warm and cosy!
The yarn is a Kaffe Fassett one for Regia and it's a 4 ply yarn. The pattern is by Erika Knight. You have to knit the socks on double pointed needles in the round. tricky to start, but OK once you get going on it..
Below I'm modelling, (ha ha), the finished socks.. and below that is one sock in progress.....
What I really like about this yarn is the flashed of greeny turquoise against the rustsy/ earthy colours - and the way it looks like you've knitted lots of different stripes but it's really just one continuous ball of space dyed yarn - ingenious! ;-)
By susanbates, Oct 21 2013 10:58PM
I've recently designed this Christmas design of Christmas baubles, in shades of blues and purples. (It's a nice change from the usual red and green colours often associated with Christmas!)
The design is featuresd in issue 106 of 'Cross Stitch Gold' magazine and it's on sale and in the shops now, yay!
I really enjoyed working out the different patterns for each bauble and how they would all fit together. I'm really pleased with the colour scheme and how the different sizes and shapes of the baubles draw your eye around the design. The pearl garlands in the background work nicely and break up the vertical nature of the baubles.
All in all, I'm really pleased with how it turned out!
By susanbates, Oct 21 2013 10:39PM
Here's another of my recent designs for Christmas... a festive white goose with a decorative patchwork border! The design features in the subscribers issue of 'World of Cross Stitching' magazine, (issue 209). The magazine is on sale now - although the chart for my goose design is only available if you subscribe to the magazine.
The border around the little goose is based on a patchwork design called, appropriately enough, "flying geese"!
I hope readers will like him! :-)
By susanbates, Oct 7 2013 06:07PM
I've completed quite a few Christmas designs in the last few weeks. Here's some images of my latest designs that are now in print....
I've designed a Christmas alphabet which features holly, ivy, mistletoe, Christmas roses and snowdrops - all in a paletette of reds, greens and white. These designs are featured in issue 183 of 'Cross Stitch Crazy' magazine.
I've also got some designs in issue 92 of 'CrossStitch Card Shop'. They're six greetings cards of snowy windows, each one featuring different animals. I think they look quite sweet!
By susanbates, Oct 7 2013 05:45PM
This is my firs blog on my website... hooray!
My third and latest book 'The Cross Stitch Sampler Book' is selling well! I've run out of copies of it on my website but it is available from websites in the UK - if you're trying to track it down go to these websites: