Everlasting Cupcakes

New from West End Embroidery: four deliciously colorful stitched cupcake designs. They fall under the category of Counted Needlepoint, or Charted Needlepoint—which means needlepointers will love them, and cross stitchers bored with basic cross stitching can do them. West End Embroidery designer Yvonne Close is a teacher as well as designer, so rest assured her instructions are easy to read and thorough.

Aside from the vibrant colors that instantly cheer you up, plus the tempting subject matter of cupcakes, these designs are a breath of fresh air for other reasons. The finished size is about 5" square, small enough that you can complete them in short time. The stitch variety is do-able but interesting enough that you will have fun stitching. Also, full kits are available (with instructions, threads, beads and a 9" square of 18-count mono canvas); this is helpful if you live far from needlework stores. These designs look like high-end boutique creations, but can be stitched at very reasonable cost.

But let's talk about those colors…Yvonne selected hues in pearl cottons, stranded cottons, Threadworx overdyes, Kreinik Very Fine #4 Braid, Kreinik Fine #8 Braid, and Kreinik Silk Serica. She added beads for extra dimension. Silk Serica is a filament silk that has a rich, beautiful sheen. The Kreinik metallic threads include newer color additions: 4013 Purple Haze, 4011V Adventure Green, 5540 Boysenberry Blue, 5735 Key Lime Pie, and 024L Fiery Fuchsia—all trendy shades in home decor. Your finished cupcakes will amaze and delight everyone. Stitch all four and hang them together in your home—gorgeous!

The four designs are:

Raspberry Ripple Cup Cake


Blueberry Cup Cake


Chocolate Mint Cup Cake




Strawberry Hearts Cup Cake



You can view all of the designs and order the kits here: http://www.westendembroidery.com/Cup_Cakes.html

If you don't want to do mail order, Yvonne will also be selling these designs plus Kreinik threads at these shows in England throughout 2014:

  • March 23, 2014 at the Sewing for Pleasure; Fashion Embroidery & Stitch show, NEC Birmingham in Birmingham, England
  • October 9-12, 2014 at The Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace, London
  • November 20-23, 2014 at The Knitting and Stitching Show, International Hall, Harrogate, England

Follow Yvonne and West End Embroidery on Twitter at https://twitter.com/canvasworkUK

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