Saturday, January 24, 2015

Bag Bling: A Review


What is it?

Visitors to Blog and the Chilly Hollow Stitch Guides blog have realized I work closely with Leigh Designs on models and stitch guides. It's a fun relationship for the both of us but sometimes I do other things, like test drive a new product.  Last summer Leigh sent me this to see how I liked it and how well it held up.  It's Bag Bling, made in the U.S.A. and now distributed by Leigh Designs.  It is a thirteen inch long string of beads with a lobster claw clasp at one end and a splint ring and another lobster claw at the other.  Just above the big fancy bead at the split ring/lobster claw end is a small split ring.  You can clip the top lobster claw end to this little ring to make a choker style necklace or to keep it securely on your purse or stitching tote.




Bag Bling and Keys on my Lee Nylon Tote

 
Each Bag Bling is unique. Mine combines Swarovski faceted beads, a pretty floral blown glass bead from Czechoslovakia, a very large purple glass bead, and various other smaller purple bead of various styles and a few blue beads to make up the strand. Leigh tells me some of the beads are antique and some are new. Each is chosen with the main color scheme and an overall harmony of design in mind.

 
Close Up of My Bag Bling

You can see more Bag Bling on the LD website.  Clicking on any of the photos will show you a closeup of the color schemes available.
http://www.leighdesigns.com/BB-Home.html

I use mine to attach my keys to my purse but if I ever go anywhere I'll probably put it on the stitching tote I take with me to keep my scissors handy but secure. Once I get where I'm going, I'll remove it from the bag and use it as a scissors fob so I can keep up with my traveling scissors easily in a hotel room or beach or wherever.   On the Leigh website you'll see it used to attach one of the bigger Ashland Sky bags to one of the smaller.  There are a lot of ways you can use this. My wrist is small enough I could use mine as a bracelet if I doubled it.

How sturdy is it?  Mine has been riding around on my everyday purse since early August with my heavy key ring attached to the lobster claw at the bottom.  It gets tossed in the car, dumped on the kitchen counter, stored in a desk, etc.  Despite all this abuse, it looks brand new and shows no sign of coming apart. The lobster claw holding the keys gets opened and closed constantly but it hasn't shown signs of damage.   Even the large purple glass bead isn't scratched and I was sure that would show wear very quickly.  I've had beaded scissor fobs come apart with use after only three months but I've been Bag Bling'd for nearly six months without any apparent damage.

I'd recommend this, particularly if you travel, as a great way of keeping your scissors or keys attached to something larger.  Besides, they are just durn pretty and you know we stitchers are all about the eye candy!  Where do you get Bag Bling?  Your favorite shop can order from Leigh Designs if they didn't pick up any at Market.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 22, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Perfect Present for a Stitcher

Virginia's sister found the perfect present for her birthday.  I have no idea where she found these but it looks like a wonderful present for a stitcher.
http://stitchstyleblog.com/2015/01/stitch-style-birthday/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 8, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Stitching on a Curve

Brenda and Cheryl at Needlepoint For Fun have written an interesting article on how to stitch a curved line on the grid of a needlepoint canvas. 
http://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/stitch-a-needlepoint-curve.htm

This is a question that comes up a lot on Facebook's needlepoint group, so I've added it to the Tutorials and Hints tab for reference later.  By the way, I usually use stem stitch or outline stitch to create curves.  Just FYI.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 9, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Ruth's Mysteries for 2015

Ruth Schmuff has announced her mystery classes for the first part of 2015.   The mystery for February-March is Amy Bruecken's "When In Doubt Twirl," featuring a penguin.  The March - May class is Kimberly's "Emma's Darling Bird."  Both canvases are distributed by Ruth and you can find more information on her website (second link below).
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2015/01/its-time-for-something-new.html

https://www.bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/Mystery-Classes/

You don't have to be present to take the classes (Ruth does mail order in a fabulous fashion!) and you can wait a bit and see how things develop if you aren't quite sure before you add the class to your stitching schedule.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 22, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Custom Ornament Underway

Boots and Beads has a neat custom project underway based on a work motif personal to her and her job. It's not often we do custom work items as mostly it's pets, locations or school things we want to memorialize. I think this is really clever bow to New Orleans, the job and the traditions so important to Southern life.  Can't wait to see it finished and made up!
http://bootsandbeads.blogspot.com/2015/01/my-current-wip.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 12, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.