Sunday, December 17, 2017

Deconstructing a Stitch Diagram (and More!)

The newest shop newsletter from Louise's Needlework is fascinating. You'll enjoy reading how one of the customers at Louise's stitched a large blossom (she did something totally different than what you would expect) and the tips for analyzing a stitch diagram to discover the repeats that will make it easier to count it out and compensate it are very useful. Enjoy!
https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/530/august_2017.pdf

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 5, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

If You Want to Overpay For a Needlepoint Gift

If you want to overpay for a needlepoint gift, 1st Dibs has you covered.
https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/more-furniture-collectibles/textiles/pillows-throws/1960s-age-state-mind-needlepoint-pillow-velvet-backing/id-f_7085193/

To see more of their offerings (and to be far, some of the antique chairs are lovely), use search.  It's fun to explore all the offerings, from tennis racket covers to tote bags, pillows and slippers, rugs and furniture.
https://www.1stdibs.com/search/?q=needlepoint

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 10, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Lycette's Wish List for Santa

Lycette Designs is like the rest of us, she has a wish list for Christmas Goodies.
http://lycettedesigns.com/holiday-wishlist/

Jessica got me thinking—what's on MY list of needlepoint desires?  Here they are, in no particular order—
Machelle Somerville's "Light Candles" which I think would make a magnificent Christmas serving tray.
http://www.stitchtherapyneedlepoint.com/feature.php?id=28804&title=Light%20Candles&itemtype=hand%20painted%20canvases

Vicki Sawyer's "Heron Royalty" is gorgeous.  This would make a great piece for my husband who adores blue herons.
http://www.stitchtherapyneedlepoint.com/feature.php?id=45078&title=Heron%20Royalty&itemtype=hand%20painted%20canvases

"Chilly Christmas" is a Mary Engelbreit/Painted Pony design that looks a lot like my niece.  I just love it!
http://www.theneedlepointer.com/product/chilly-christmas/

I've always loved Kelly Clark's Halloweenies.  Which one to buy?  Should it be the mummy? Or The Grimm (page 22 of second link below).
http://www.stitchtherapyneedlepoint.com/feature.php?id=14254&title=Sarr%20Cofagus&itemtype=Hand%20Painted%20Canvases

And naturally I might need a Dazor….
https://catalog.lightingspecialties.com/viewitems/dazor-magnifiers/dazor--led-circline-magnifier?s=bing.base

Have fun assembling your list of goodies for Santa!

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 1, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Spending Time with a Master of Embellishment

Since it is Thanksgiving, I thought we might have a little extra time to spend over at Susan Portra's website while everyone else eats themselves silly and watches parades and football games.  Just click on the date to see each featured canvas. Many have stitch diagrams but they all are full of fabulous ideas!  Plaid entirely in beads?!  Who'd a thunk it!  That Susan is a genius.
http://www.susanportra.com/featured-canvas.html

There are other things to see but nothing beats studying with a master of canvas embellishment.

NOTE:  I have no idea why this published two weeks after it was suppose to.  Mysteries of the Computer strike again!

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Profile of A Stitch In Time

A local online newspaper has profiled Bethel, CT's A Stitch in Time. This is both a knitting and needlepoint shop, and most of the article is about knitting. Obviously, the reporter felt more comfortable asking about knitting.  But the slide show has lots of eye candy for needlepointers.
http://www.newstimes.com/business/article/Knitting-needlepoint-center-stage-at-Bethel-s-12348056.php#photo-14527762

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 16, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.