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Some places where thread meets skin...

**  I need to apologize for not putting the references for the photos above.  I had them all laid out, all sourced, and then my computer did something really bad, it all vanished!!!  Please forgive me... **


New Year, New Plans

What's in store for the new year?

  • I'll be teaching quite a few classes.  If you'd like to know when and where, send a note my way, (orna@ornadesign.com). 
  • Color Class at Orna's studio/home, JULY 17-19, 2015. I will have more details in the next few weeks.  If you think you may be interested, please email me, (orna@ornadesign.com), and I'll put you on the short list.  Here is a preliminary explanation of this fascinating class...

  • New painted canvases: 3 birds (hints HERE).  
  • I have some b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l new projects baking in the oven, should be ready for you soon!

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And the wonderful completed projects from my Color Class in Chicago this past summer, keep coming in!  Here is Jackie's finished piece along with her inspiration photograph.  A remarkable job, no doubt!!


Reporting on 2015 color: Marsala

It's that time again, the Pantone choice for color of the year.  And the judges say... Marsala.

 Immediately I started a Pinterest board HERE.

Then I played with my threads and beads, but it wasn't quite right yet...

I thought it reminded me of one of my logo color combinations, but no, when I pulled the colors out I saw they were wrong.

I'll keep working on it, but could you look around in your home?  Do you have a needlepoint piece, a furniture piece, a dress or shoes that we can add to the collection of Pantone Color of the Year - Marsala?  Send it my way and I'll add it to the Pinterest board  (***).


I'm back from my wonderful trip to Israel. Hope to post a few photos soon.  Happy New Year to you all. I see many of you downloaded my freebie design for 2015, ENJOY!!

***(Just a quick note, I know there is some controversy about Pinterest and the legality of posting images.  I prefer not to enter the discussion, I understand the other viewpoints but we each make our choices. Thanks)


Keeping my promises... come on in and bring a friend!

I haven't packed yet, but I'll get to that right after I keep my promise and present a new design, a gift to you from me, for the New Year.  Click HERE and download the PDF of photos, charts and instructions. Hope you enjoy this!

Happy New Year
See you soon!

PS - make sure to sign up for my blog, to get all the various freebies, sales notices and other fun stuff!


I'm off on a voyage across the seas and other things...

I am leaving for a trip to see my family in Israel.  I'll be back in 3 weeks.  In the meantime, if there is anything you need, Rae will be watching over things.  Nina and Reid will be taking care of each other here at home while I visit with my mother, sisters, and all the rest of the family and friends.

For the New Year I have a gift for you, something I'm still working on but should have ready for you tomorrow!  Please come back tomorrow, I don't want you to miss out!!  Here is a tiny peek...

I want to thank you all for a wonderful year.  You are my great supporters, my partners in crime, my friends.  I'm so happy we have each other!  Let's make the next year just as good as this one, and even better!

So come on by tomorrow, and bring your friends along as well.  The more the merrier!

Till tomorrow...



600 Blog Entries - Let's celebrate with more SALE!

600 blog entries!  600 times we've met online! 600 dates at Adorn by Orna!

So let's do two things to celebrate...

1. extend the Boxes sale till Friday, December 26th!  There are only 7 more boxes available, grab while you can, HERE!
2. adding my Fiber Bags filled with silks to the 20% off sale!!  Check them out HERE, gorgeous rich colored silks that come in a canvas and clear plastic zipper bag.  A really great deal!  Only 10 of these bags left for this sale!


TODAY, right now, this minute ...!


It starts at 1pm and goes on for one week.  All our lacquer boxes are on sale, 20% off plus (!!) you get free design books on purchases of 2 boxes or even 1 box of the larger group.

Buy 2 boxes size 6x6 and get a free design book!

They come in Purple Tulipwood, and in Green Tulipwood

In a Royal Blue and in a pristine Red

Buy one of the larger boxes (9x6 and 12x10) and get a free book of any design of your choice!
All the boxes available are listed in our ETSY shop.  Buy two 6"x6" boxes, get 20% off and a free design book.  Buy one 12"x10" box and get 20% off and a free design book. There are a limited number of boxes so don't let them get away!


Feathered Friends.

Remember Chris Maynard from back here?  The amazing artist that creates scenes cut out of feathers? He just published a book of his work and has new creations, some of them found below. Wanna see more?  HERE

(I may need to buy his book for myself. )


This does NOT bug me!

It started with me looking closely at the magnificent wardrobe from the HBO series, Game of Thrones.  OMG!!!!  That's when I came across Michele Carraghere, the Master Embroiderer for the series costumes.  What a job!  Well deserved by what you see below and more HERE

That got me going!  WOW!  Look at the fiber insect world I found...

Mariana Popova, a wonderful Bulgarian artist, explores the insect world with her detailed felted creatures.  She has some other subjects she felts HERE


Eleanor Rose is interested in wasps, bees, butterflies and I love her display cases.

Here are some of her beetles.

 Clare Moynihan creates her insects on little felted balls.

Hannah Haworth's hand-knitted creatures, all I want to do is give them a big hug.  She has also worked on some little ones, a group of 50 life size bees

Fiber insect specimens are studied often, but these moths are a real stand out!  Yumi Okita masterfully embroiders and constructs these beauties.  There are more of these to be found HERE

Rene Sears has some exquisite stumpwork/embroidery insects, just magnificent!

and of course, Jane Nicholas, the queen on stumpwork butterflies, moths and delightful bugs.

Do you have any favorite fiber bugs?  Have them fly this way so we can see!


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