Friday, April 18, 2014

A Chair to Remember

These photos were apparently taken at the Chelsea flower show in 2012.
http://deeperdazzle.com/tag/textiles/

Design and stitching by Kaffe Fassett.  I think the rest of the needlepoint is also his design but I am not certain.  In the last photo he's on the left, stitching.  

After I wrote this article and put it in the queue to publish, I discovered Kay Fassett is being honored at the American Museum in Bath.  Here are more photos of his incredible work!
http://needleprint.blogspot.com/2014/03/kaffe-faseett-celebrates-50-colourful.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March, 25, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday Finishing: Gone to the Dogs

A dog in The City will sport a fancy new collar in Central Park soon!
http://needlepointland.com/2014/03/18/good-golly-miss-molly/

Of course note everyone has pets but almost everyone has bills or Christmas cards to keep.
http://ridgewoodneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2014/03/christmas-banner-box-nancys-banner-box.html

And we almost all have feet.  How about these needlepoint slippers?  The second link is to the Micro-Stitchery website.
http://makeitsmall.blogspot.com.es/2012/11/needlepoint-slippers-finished.html

http://micro-stitchery.com/index.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Trunk Show Models on View

Many times trunk shows include models that the designer loans a shop to show what their canvases look like stitched. It's rare to see photos of these, however, so I was excited to see that Pocket Full of Stitches has posted photographs of the models in their current Artists Collection show.
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-artists-collection-models.html

Aren't they fun?!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 12, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Do You Remember Erma Bombeck?

Back in the day when newspapers were read by everybody, certain humor columnists were wildly popular. After all, who doesn't love a laugh? Erma Bombeck specialized at laugher generated by everyday life, making us smile and occasionally think at the same time. Pepita found one of her old 1974 columns you have to read! 
http://needlepointofview.com/2014/03/23/erma-bombeck/

Here's the direct link to the newspaper article, just in case Pepita's link breaks.  If you look at the other articles, you'll see mention of the classic Battle of the Sexes tennis match that paired champion Billie Jean King against Bobby Riggs and the death of needlepointer Mary Martin's husband, not to mention O.J. Simpson's full name and nude photos of Jacqueline Kennedy and her second husband.  Some things change, some never do.  We are lucky that needlepoint obsession is eternal!
http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1346&dat=19740212&id=PO8vAAAAIBAJ&sjid=xfoDAAAAIBAJ&pg=2990,3285162

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 25, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ashland Sky Changes Hands

Ashland Sky has a new owner--Leigh Designs! 
http://yarntree.typepad.com/needlework_news/2014/04/leigh-designs-acquires-ashland-sky.html

If you follow the link to their website, you'll see the various sizes and colors of these project and tool bags that are available.  I have three of these, ranging from the shoulder strap size where I store my very largest pieces, to the medium size which will hold a lot of threads and maybe a stitch guide, to the small tool tote size, which I use for a quick trip carry all.
http://www.ashlandsky.com

These durable bags are really good for long term storage (as long as you are not in a really humid climate as they don't breath) or for a trip where you want to be sure everything is safe.  I also love the fact that the company hires the disabled to assemble the bags.  There aren't that many programs for folks who have handicaps who want to work, but Ashland Sky's original and new owners make sure that this is one.

Disclaimer:  I do a lot of stitch guides and models for Leigh Designs which has distributed these project bags for several years, but I don't think this has colored my review of the Ashland Sky bags.  They are really good project bags.

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 11, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.