I have been passionate about needlework for as long as I can remember! There is something about fabric, fibers, and of course beads(!) that I find irresistible. I am always busy stitching, knitting or doing bead work!
Turquoise Graphics & Designs started in the late 90s to pursue my passion for Computer Graphics and Cross Stitch Designs. In those years the focus was more on graphics work. Even though I designed and stitched some cross stitch designs, I never got around to publishing them. Later, with full time job and family, Turquoise was put on the backburner. In 2007, I re-launched the company, but focused mainly on Cross Stitch Designs and Beadwork Accessories this time.
I hope to continue to bring you fun and interesting designs to stitch and decorate your homes with!
About the Designs:
In order to add more texture to the finished work, in some designs, I use beads and different fibers such as silk, wool, mohair, metallic thread etc. in addition to cotton embroidery floss. I believe working with such different fibers is fun to stitch and enhances the look of your finished work!
You will find mainly full stitches and few straight stitches in my designs. If you see quarter stitches at all, it is to fill in some fine detail. Consequently, many of these designs are easily adaptable to needlepoint.
Each individual designs' information page lists the types of materials used in that design. I offer Specialty Fiber and Bead Packs for some of the designs. These are available in limited quantities.
For those of you who would rather not stitch with glass beads, there is a Glass Bead-To-DMC conversion available from Wichelt Imports.
About the Charts:
Charts are printed in black and contain a color image of the stitched model on the cover page.
About the Journal Pages and Floss Cards:
With that in mind, I posted some complementary, downloadable Journal Page and Floss Cards for each of my designs. The floss pages are ready to use once you punch some holes and insert the floss.
You will find the download links to these pages at each design's information page. But I also posted some complementary "generic" Project Pages which may be used for your other projects as well!
As for the Journal Pages... I sincerely hope you will start a stitchery journal, if you are not keeping one already. Particularly for the items that you give away as gifts, it is always great to keep an entry in a journal with a photo of the finished product.
On each design's information page, you will also find the Journal Pages for that design prefilled with Design Name and Stitch Count; all you have to do is add a photo of your finished project, fill in the date etc., and start collecting your stitching memories.
Over the years these entries accumulate and it is always a pleasure to browse through one's own stitchery work.
About the Embellishment Packs:
Sometimes we spend a lot of time trying to track down a special fiber used in a project. To save you time, I offer specialty fiber and bead packs for some of the designs. You will find the information on these packs on each individual designs' information page.
About the Beadwork: