Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Brenda's Laying Tools

Brenda wrote a little bit about the two types of laying tools she uses, which I thought folks would find interesting.  I use a trolley needle myself, except I wear it on my left thumb.  But I prefer shorter laying tools than the BLT.  A tekobari is more my style.  To each his/her own!  Actually, I think various types of laying tools work better or worse on certain types of threads and also in certain weathers.  What do you think?  Do you have favorites you always use?
http://brendasneedlepointstudio.blogspot.com/2014/09/laying-tools-which-do-you-prefer-91314.html

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Stitchable Pendants

Alex Paras Needlearts has something I've not seen before--stitchable pendants in acrylic or bamboo!  There's not much stitching room but I bet you could do some nice geometric shapes or an initial.
http://store.apneedlearts.com/stpe.html

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Monday, September 15, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Tony Minieri Dot Com

Yes, it's finally happened. Tony Minieri has a website.
http://www.tonyminieri.com

You can see some of Tony's original designs, check his class schedule, read his bio, and check in on occasional blog postings.  There is a link to Tony's Pinterest page and a place to buy lovely chatelaines and scissor fobs.
http://www.pinterest.com/tonyminieri/

Sadly, you can't buy old class materials or see what stitch guides Tony can provide, but perhaps that will come in time.  The first step has been taken toward that goal, however, even if it is OUR goal, not Tony's.

Congratulations to Tony and Luis and their friends!

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Peter Ashe Stocking (Video)

If you are a fan of Peter Ashe canvases or Santas, you'll want to see the video Barbara's Needlepoint posted on Facebook showing the stocking that a customer stitched. Sorry it's sideways but this was the shop's first video and it is full of information about the threads and stitches used on this Santa stocking.
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=779322395444130&set=vb.107558659287177&type=2&theater&notif_t=notify_me

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Fair Winners

This is the time of year that there are many local and state fairs, many of which offer ribbons for needlework. I've collected quite a few Facebook photos of award-winning needlepoint that I thought Id share with you.  Here's a blue ribbon from the Minnesota state fair.  This is Sue Kerndt's "Holiday Patches" but the stitcher is unknown.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203670312432357&set=gm.715049981905496&type=1&theater

Mary Ann Saurino has won quite a few ribbons from the Minnesota state fair!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/714893978587763/

Susanne is posting photos she took at the Kentucky state fair.  Stitchers are unknown.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/714684945275333/

Brenda won a second place ribbon at the Texas state fair!  This piece is in honor of her mother.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=265735670301898&set=a.114727428736057.1073741828.100005964012324&type=1&theater

Beth took a first at the Stark county fair!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=787303984624669&set=gm.715712805172547&type=1&theater

https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/717278091682685/

Summer took all sorts of ribbons with her Amanda Lawford Santa.  Applause!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10202431101323189&set=gm.718293244914503&type=1&theater

Here are five Maryland state fair ribbon winner photos.  Use the side arrows to navigate.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154568753820257&set=pcb.722213011189193&type=1&theater

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© Copyright August 26, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.