Saturday, July 26, 2014

Amy is Teasing Me

Amy Bunger is posting hints about her next home study piece on Facebook.

HOME STUDY HINT #1 -- The southern artist designing the next home study lives surrounded by still life in miniature.
STUDY HINT #2 -- The next Home Study Project is dedicated to a fictional, full-spectrum storyteller.
HOME STUDY HINT #3 -- I must be stuck on initials for Home Study Artists...MS,KCN, JP AND ??? (these initials can also stand for a guffaw)
HOME STUDY HINT #4 -- Some of the patterns are small (6" x 6"). All are rainbow-hued. The designs original from a time and place where this storyteller would have lived. "Her" fantasies weave through her own story molded by betrayal, murder, power, riches and (of course) love.
Home Study Hint #5 -- Still haven't taken the first stitch, but that doesn't mean that I haven't started. My notebook and thread bag area filling up with goodies to try on first canvas of ......... series. I will try to add a Hint #6 on AGS Facebook tomorrow or Monday. Looks like most of you have guessed the designer and "theme" so soon I need to start showing canvases and ideas.
Home Study Hint #6 -- This paisley is not quite finished but coming along. Did you know that in the 1920s and 1930s American quilters referred to the paisley design shape as "Persian Pickle?"

Amy's latest tidbits-
A. "Nights with Sheherazade" Part One and Part Two
B. Will offer an October Start date
C. Part One is three smaller canvases approximately 6" x 6" spread out in three different shipments
D. Part Two is a single larger canvas 16" x 10" spread out in three different lessons.
E. You can sign up for both parts or just one.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=814272001917112&set=a.676354722375508.1073741830.189965167681135&type=1&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=649078675169135&set=a.276881089055564.64015.100002010242464&type=1&theater

A glimpse of one of the canvases--
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=818414044836241&set=np.76176380.1277706333&type=1&theater&notif_t=notify_me

Another of the small ones?--
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=822330164444629&set=a.676354722375508.1073741830.189965167681135&type=1&theater

This must be the large one--
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=822332057777773&set=a.676354722375508.1073741830.189965167681135&type=1&theater 

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Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright June 14, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

When Your Needlepoint Falls Short....

Do you have days when EVERYTHING you stitch looks awful?  Here is what the writer Ira Glass says about making things when your reach far exceeds your grasp.
http://vimeo.com/24715531

When your mom said practice makes perfect, she wasn't kidding, so when you get stuck listen to Ira again.

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

Friday, July 25, 2014

A New Jean Hilton!

Oh boy oh boy! A new Jean Hilton chart is about to be released in August by Stitches from the Heart!
http://stitches-heart.com/jean-hiltons-a-la-mode/

Stitches in the Heart has the right to publish and distribute Jean's designs.  Most of Jean's work is available from any good needlepoint shop (see the tab labeled "Counted Canvaswork Shops" for sources of shops that stock lots of charts if you don't have a local source for them) but this particular design will be available for the next year from Stitches in the Heart only.

If you aren't familiar with the late Jean Hilton's designs or books, or you just want to add one of them to your collection, here is the place to browse.
http://stitches-heart.com/jean-hilton-designs/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright July 24, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tips for Photography

Erin has been experimenting with her camera, taking photos of her new shop and of the canvases she will sell on her website. Here is what she's learned. I found the definitions of the camera terms very helpful, even though my little digital camera doesn't have most of these settings.
http://needlepointland.com/2014/07/14/needlepoint-snaps-101/

http://needlepointland.com/2014/07/16/basta-already/

For more help taking photos of needlepoint, check the Tutorials and Hints tab.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright July 15, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Finishing Friday: It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas

Nimble Needle's customers and finishers have been very busy. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in July!
http://thenimbleneedle.blogspot.com/2014/06/customers-work.html

Suzanne has her Raymond Crawford S A N T A letter pieces done.  She's talking about finishing them as a hinged panel for a table display.  It is not back from the finisher yet but this is such a creative idea I wanted to post it here.
http://suzannehicks.blogspot.com/2014/07/s-n-t-a.html

Finally, Diane has her Carol Dupree Nativity set back. Love it!
http://www.dianestakingtimeouttoneedlepoint.com/2014/06/carol-dupree-nativity-set.html

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright June 21, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.