Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ann's Hero (or Should It Be Heroine?)

Ann shares her visit to Hardwick Hall, home of the amazing Bess of Hardwick, in her blog.   Besides being Mary, Queen of Scots' co-jailer with her fourth husband, Bess also was Mary's fellow embroiderer, the second richest woman in England after Queen Elizabeth I herself, and a shrewd businesswoman.  You know, she is a very impressive woman.  I think perhaps she should be one of my heroes, too!
https://dreaminginstitches.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/pilgrimage/

You can see more of Bess's tapestries and embroideries here.
https://viewfrommyattic.wordpress.com/2015/06/12/textile-heaven/

Here is a video about four of Bess's large female virtue hangings which will be conserved and returned to Hardwick Hall.
https://nttextileconservationstudio.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/after-a-lot-of-patience-and-perseverance/

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© Copyright June 17, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Two Squirrels, One Pillow and One Box

I am fascinated by finishing and how a different finisher or a different end result changes a design. So I found Ruth Schmuff's latest blog posting about two pieces from her mystery class particularly interesting.  This is Sandra Vargas's "Playful Squirrel" which was one of Ruth's mystery classes last year.  Two of her students have finished their versions and sent them to Ruth's shop for finishing.  It's amazing how different they look even though the designs themselves are nearly identical.  I can see the boxed standup on my mantel piece in the living room while its twin is a cushion for the tall leather chair in the library.
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2015/06/finishing-options.html

Great job on Ruth's part, the finishers' and of course her students!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright June 10, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, June 29, 2015

FYI - A Peek Inside SuZy's Light Stitches

Needlepoint.com just posted a photograph of the cover and two inside pages from SuZy Murphy's SuZy's Light Stitches book, which is all about using less thread to let intricate painted areas on a canvas show through.  Use the side arrows to see both photographs.
https://www.facebook.com/NeedlepointCom/photos/ms.c.eJyzMLGwNDEwMTS0MDOxNLPQs4DwDSB8SwBm2AZv.bps.a.292740180818330.65552.292665147492500/848940401864969/?type=1&theater

From squinting at the pages, I think the black and white diagrams of stitches are numbered to get you started and there are small black and white photographs of stitched examples to help you visualize how this will look.  There are also suggestions on where to use these stitches and SuZy's signature comments on stitching life.

I haven't seen a copy of this in person but I've been meaning to buy one for years.  I really like SuZy Murphy's books.  I reviewed several of them here in case you want more information about her books and how they are organized.
http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2010/09/suzy-murphy-books-review.html

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright June 17, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Dana Finds A Needlepoint Screen

Dana posted photographs of an amazing needlepoint screen she saw when touring Fioli, a National Trust house in Woodside, California open to the public, to the big needlepoint group on Facebook.  Here's the link to the photos which shows gardens and what I think is the house exterior.  One shot shows a list of names, probably the stitchers of this wonderful piece.  Dana says they have needlepoint classes in the house.  
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10207062582469830&set=pcb.871069856303507&type=1&theater

I don't see any information about the needlepoint screen on the Fioli website but I'm putting the link up here in case you live close enough to visit.
http://www.filoli.org

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright June 8, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Needlepoint Isn't Art?

Don't tell Jill A. Vendituoli that. 
http://www.foltbolt.com/#!Jill-A-Vendituoli/cy7d/557eaf2b0cf2205db3a98fdd

http://www.jillavendituoli.com/#!gallery-two/cmz0

Many thanks to Carol for mentioning this on Facebook.

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright June 16, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.