Linda Stolz is the designer at Erica Michaels Designs. She also does a bunch of designs for Silver Needle Secret Needle Nights.

 
"Halloween Hat"
This is the September 2002 Secret Needle Night design from the Silver Needle Shop.  A friend stitched the kit, and gave me the pattern to stitch again.  Therefore, there are some small color changes to the design.  The fabric is Days Gone By Tula from Silkweavers.  The gold thread is Rainbow Gallery Nordic Gold.  The copper thread is DMC copper metallic.  The black is Rainbow Gallery Very Velvet Thread.  The green is Sheep's Silk in Spring Green from The Thread Gatherer.  The purple called for in the pattern is a Fyre Werks F44 from Rainbow Gallery.  I started the brim of the hat in that, and then ran out.  I found out that color was discontinued, so I used DMC purple metallic to finish out the brim.  That thread is a total pain to work with, so I stitched the top of the hat with YLI's ribbon floss metallic, which turned out to be almost exactly like the original Fyre Werks!  I'm fine with the color change - it's a Halloween Design after all.  :)  I figure the witch would have made her own costume. 

This design took me about six hours to stitch, which is a long time because of the metallic threads.  I started it in October 2004, but only did a bit on the brim.  I stitched the rest of it on February 3rd, 2005.  I finished it into a flat-fold stand up in Feb. 2005, and the trim is made of the extra threads from the design. 



"Patch Pals"
I stitched this sometime in 2001. I just photographed it because I found it in my Halloween Box. :) It's a Secret Needle Night Kit from the Silver Needle Shop. 


 
"More Sweets to Die For"
This heart is from the Secret Needle Night kit for January 2003. I stitched this on 25-count Ash Rose Lugana fabric from Zweigart. The threads are DMC Pearl Cotton, DMC gold metallic, Rainbow Gallery silk threads, and Rainbow Gallery FyreWerks Metallic. It's accented with a little rise button from Just Another Button Company. I stitched this on May 30th, 2004, while watching three episodes of the Soprano's. :)  This is finished into a flat-fold stand-up with lace trim, pink ribbons, and fun chocolate-print fabric. 


"Pastel Heart"
This design is a freebie from the Rainbow Gallery site. It is stitched on 28 count Zweigart Pastel Linen in light blue. The large heart is Caron Waterlilies in Mulberry. The small heart is DMC, and the silver is Kreinik #4 braid. This is a gift for my mother.


"Liberty Star"
This design is a freebie from the Rainbow Gallery site. I stitched it in 22-count Vienna fabric from Zweigart, in light blue. The threads are Rainbow Gallerys' Nordic Gold in white, Nordic Gold in Gold, Razzle-Dazzle in Blue, and DMC's metallic red. It took about two hours, mainly because the Razzle-Dazzle, while beautiful to look at, was a pain to stitch! This is a gift for my mother.

 
"All My Love To You"
This heart is from the Secret Needle Night kit for January 2004. (A friend loans me the patterns after she's done stitching them.) Originally there was test to the side that said "All my Love to You". However, I left that off. :) I also changed the fibers a bit to show up on the fabric, which is "Pepe's Purple Passion" from R & R Reproductions. The threads are Caron "Snow" in gold, Caron Wildflowers in "Ruby", Rainbow Gallery Black Very Velvet Thread, and a green and a red overdyed Sheep's Silk from The Thread Gatherer. It's a bit darker than in this picture, and I'm really pleased with the way it turned out!  I finished this into a flat-fold stand up in Feb. 2005.  Lots or purple and gold - the gold lining fabric is from my daughter's kimono I made.  


"Let it Snow"
This is the Secret Needle Night pattern for November 2003. I thought it was very sweet! It's stitched in a combination of Ranbow Gallery and Thread Gatherer threads, on 20-count linen over two. This is finished into a stand-up box for my mom. 


"Christmas Tree"
This design is a complimentary design from the Rainbow Gallery web site. I stitched it on 10-count Tula in cream, using a mixture of Rainbow Gallery threads. Each section of the tree is divided by the red ribbon, and is stitched in a different specialty stitch and thread. This was a lot of fun to stitch, and took about three hours. It's finished as a "tube" ornament, and is actually straight. The picture is just skewed. :)


"Luck O The Irish"
Another Secret Needle Night project from The Silver Needle. Uses Very Velvet thread, as well as other specialty fibers. Accented with buttons from Just Another Button Company and By Jupiter charms. 


"Silver Needle Secret Needle Night July 2000"
Another Secret Needle Night project from The Silver Needle. Uses Very Velvet thread, as well as other specialty fibers. Accented with buttons from Just Another Button Company. I finished it into a miniature stocking. 


"Silver Needle Secret Needle Night June 2003"
This design is stitched in Weeks Dye Works Pearl Cotton, Rainbow Gallery Fuzzy Stuff and Silk 'N Ivory, as well as plain DMC Pearl Cotton. It is on 10-Tula fabric. I finished it into a 14" pillow. 

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