Friday, December 19, 2014

When in Doubt, Take a Mystery Class

Ruth Schmuff has announced her new mystery class for the winter--Amy Bruecken's "When In Doubt, Twirl."   It is a fun piece and on 13 count and there is a class in February and one in March, so it'll be a quick piece to do to compete the winter doldrums.
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2014/12/when-in-doubt-twirl.html

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© Copyright December 14, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Threadaholic Alert: Coloured Spiral from Golden Hinde (and more)

This message is for all my fellow threadaholics--Mary Corbet has found something called coloured spiral at the Golden Hinde website in the UK. 
http://www.needlenthread.com/2014/12/mesmerized-by-thread-2.html

I know you "need" come because I "need" some, too!  Spiral Posh, anyone?
http://www.golden-hinde.co.uk/Gold-Work/1768/goldwork-embroidery-supplies-coloured-spiral.html

By the way, if this is a little too thick or wide for your current canvas, check out what Julia Snyder did with Access Commodities' silk wrapped purl in a class for Bedecked and Beadazzled.
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2014/12/be-merry.html

Parma Violet, anyone?
http://www.hedgehoghandworks.com/catalog/metal_threads_silk_wrapped_pearl_purl.php

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright December 4, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Horse Hair for Whiskers

Heather just noticed this great idea on Etsy--use horse hair for whiskers! Don't have a horse handy? Not to worry--the Etsy store sells little packets of it.  There's enough for you and your entire stitching circle to do whiskers on their dog and cat ornaments.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/205553220/light-or-dark-horse-hair-for-whiskers?ref=favs_view_1

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© Copyright December 8, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Dag Nab It

I meant to title this "Snag Nab It" as that's the tool I wanted to mention today but I flubbed the title and it's so funny, I left it.  The Snag Nab It is a needle with a spiral at the point end that carries loose threads from the front of a knitted fabric to the back.  The original use was to fix snags but we stitchers use it to carry loose thread ends to the back side.  The first section shows the needle in close up and how it is used on clothing.  Shop around as the prices vary.
http://thriftylittlemom.com/2014/01/10/diy-fashion-repair-secrets-from-retailors/

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© Copyright November 23, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Berdorf's Needlepoint Window for Christmas 2014

Lisa HK just posted photographs on Facebook she took of one of Bergdorf's Christmas windows in New York City.   She says that the window has both stitched and unstitched canvases that are portraits of literary figures.  The window also uses felting and macramé.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203021343039994&set=a.10203021342879990.1073741837.1397401143&type=1&theater

Here are more photographs. The red Literature window photos are the ones with needlepoint portraits.
http://ny.racked.com/archives/2014/11/24/bergdorf_goodman_holiday_windows_2014.php

Needlepoint For Fun helped create the designs.  Yeah!
https://www.facebook.com/125313707511380/photos/a.157371940972223.28096.125313707511380/824666614242749/?type=1&theater

Here is more about the inspiration behind the window series.  There are some photos of the computer stitched portraits and the felted bust but nothing else.
http://blogs.wsj.com/photojournal/2014/11/17/behind-the-scenes-bergdorf-goodmans-holiday-window-display/

If you want Needlepoint For Fun to create something custom for you, here is their website.  Sign up for their terrific newsletter, by the way.  You won't be sorry.
http://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com

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© Copyright December 7, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.