Wednesday, February 20, 2008

My New Needlepoint Mystery: Mystery in a Corner

Mystery in a Corner is a two-part geometric design.
The photo shows Part 1.
Part 2 is the Mystery.
Mysterious corners in mysterious patterns!

How the mystery works:
Registration is open from now until June 1 08.
I will mail Part 1 patterns between April 1 and June 15 08.
I will mail the Mysterious Part 2 patterns on or before July 15 08.

Ground fabric: 18-mesh canvas, 13" x 13"
or congress cloth if you wish (you must change the weight of the thread but it will work).

Now is the time to be creative!
Begin with an overdyed thread (such as Watercolours) and choose coordinating colors of metallic thread and pearl cotton, floss or silk. Try a color combination you have always toyed with trying or return to an old favorite and try some new threads.

Shining Needle Society:
Join our online classrooms and enjoy chatting with others about your progress and your choices.
Membership is free, just write to

Price for Subscribers who register on or before June 1 08:
For single subscribers: $38.00 for both parts plus $10.00 for 2 mailings (Part 1 and Part 2).
For groups of 10 or more all mailed to a single leader: $32.00 per person, plus $4.00 for 2 mailings by Priority mail.
After June 1 08 there will be a price increase.

How to Register:
For single subscribers: send name, address and email to
For groups of 10 or more: send leader's name, address and email to

Payment in full is due on or before June 1 08.
Payment may be made by check or PayPal.
Please write to me for address:

If you have questions, please write.
Gay Ann

Shining Needle Society hits 900!

A milestone for Shining Needle Society: it now has 900 members!
Congratulations Kate and Marie-Therese, and a toast to a long life and many more members!

If you are interested in learning more about Shining Needle Society, its online classes and other activities, contact Kate Gaunt ( Membership is free.

Gay Ann

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Glittering Diamonds

Here are examples of my mystery, "Glittering Diamonds."
I would like to thank Karen Race, Marilyn Tofflemoyer,Sandy Schlueter and Jane Tanner for sending these photos of Glittering Diamonds.
Yes, they are all the same pattern!
Gay Ann

Monday, February 18, 2008

Three Mysteries from Val Reece

Thank you, Val, for sending me photos of the three mysteries you stitched!
The first is Mystery with a Little Bit of Glitz.
The second is Glittering Diamonds.
The third is Redwork Mystery.
Gay Ann

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day in Hearts!

Over the last few years, I have stitched about 2 dozen hearts and here are a lucky bunch of seven of them to wish you Happy Valentine's Day!
Enjoy the day, eat a lot of Chocolate and stitch a bit. Remember to wash the chocolate off your fingers before you pick up your needle :-)

Gay Ann

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A Mystery within a Mystery

Darlene Locke sent me her mystery which she identified as Glittering Diamonds but it doesn't look like Glittering Diamonds because of the square shape around the middle. Glittering Diamonds, as you will see shortly, has a diamond-shaped center.

When I designed these patterns, I offered all sorts of options and stitchers did some wonderful patterns with these options but often they stump me!

Is this indeed Glittering Diamonds?
A Mystery within a Mystery!
Thank you, Darlene. Your piece is a beautiful example, whichever it is!

Gay Ann

A Gallery of Mysteries with a Little Bit of Glitz

Here are five wonderful Mysteries with a Little Bit of Glitz. Thank you, kind stitchers, for sending them.
I have only one problem: your names got separated from the images and I don't know for sure which belongs to whom.
If you write to me and identify yours, I will happily add your name to my blog!

First (top one) was stitched by Carol Whitton, third from top by Linda Bell and fifth by Pat Sweet. Thank you to all three of you.

Yes, all five are the same pattern! They just show the different variations.

I don't remember which year I offered Mystery with a Little Bit of Glitz but it was a while ago. I loved inventing the pattern because of the different options and I love the chance to see what options and colors different stitchers chose.
Often I recognize Mystery with a Little Bit of Glitz only by the Eyelets around the center.

Gay Ann

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Carole Lake's Anasazi Song

I just signed up to take a class online through Shining Needle Society. Kate and Marie-Therese are offering a design of Carole Lake's that I have long admired, so I signed up!

The class is available as a kit or instructions only, or also for former students with Anasazi Song in progress. It will be a nice opportunity to try an online class at Shining Needle Society and become acquainted with the organization.

Membership in Shining Needle Society is free, just contact Kate Gaunt ( for an invitation.
Right now Shining Needle Society has almost 700 members and seems to grow daily.

Gay Ann

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Mystery with a Little Bit of Glitz and Glittering Diamonds

Mystery with a Little Bit of Glitz and Glittering Diamonds are two of my past mysteries.
I am hoping that people who stitched them will send me digital photos of their projects so that I can feature them in a gallery here on My Blog.

If you stitched either of these mysteries and would be willing for me to post your project here, would you please email me at
If you know someone who did, would you ask the person to write to me?
If you belong to a list, would you do me a favor and post a note that I am looking for stitched examples of my geometric mysteries.

I would greatly appreciate hearing from you!

Gay Ann

P.S. Mystery in a Corner (another geometric mystery) is coming soon!