Friday, April 20, 2018

Needlepoint Stitchpirations UPDATED

Needlepoint Stitchpirations, from Carolyn Hedge Baird

Carolyn Hedge Baird has a new book coming out today!  It's called Needlepoint Stitchpirations. The photo above shows the cover.  Neat, huh?   It is a pretty big book, nearly 400 pages, and spiral bound.

Here is the Table of Contents. What really caught my eye was the chapters that cover stitches that use multiple kinds of threads.  This is unique as far as I know.   Many authors will mention in passing that you can mix thread types with this stitch or that, but none really classify stitches this way like Carolyn does.  I asked her about this when she sent me the photos and she says, "My students love to use lots of different threads in one stitch (as well as lots of different ribbons on their finishing) and I do, too! So we do lots of those more complicated and layered stitches in class. The stitches in the new book are more complicated."


The Contents

Good to know, Carolyn!  Anyone who wants to explore more complex stitches or who wants something a little different for their stitch reference library will want to check this out.  Your favorite needlepoint shop can order this for you, or you can ask Chaparral, where Carolyn teaches, to get you a copy.
http://ndlpt.com

UPDATE:  Sara Leigh points out Tony Minieri is the master of layered stitches using multiple thread types in his "Stars for a New Millennium" chart.   He is definitely king of this, but I think we might nominate Carolyn as queen.  Anyone have any more royalty nominations for those great at using multiple thread types in one stitch?
http://store.apneedlearts.com/stofnewmi.html

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© Copyright April 19, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

The New Unbroken Thread Studio

Kathy of the Unbroken Thread has relocated to Iowa and has her new studio set up.  I thought you'd love seeing the fabulous space she has in her new home.  Eventually she'll be able to offer classes once some necessary renovation work is finished.  Congratulations, Kathy!  Hope this is as functional and fun as it looks!
http://www.theunbrokenthread.com/blog/2018/03/27/new-embroidery-studio/

Here you can see Kathy stitching away in the new studio.
http://www.theunbrokenthread.com/blog/2018/03/31/trevelyons-pocket-progress/

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© Copyright March 28, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Background for the T Rex Coin Purse in NP Now

Bobbin and Fred's T Rex Coin Purse which is in the March-April 2018 Needlepoint Now is featured on the Bobbin and Fred blog this week.  This is a darling beginner's project using plastic canvas.  If you have someone into the Jurassic Park movies, this is a way to teach them needlepoint.  Plus Shannan has some fascinating information about the dinosaur sounds in the movies.
https://sewingwithbobbinandfred.blogspot.com/2018/03/new-pattern-t-rex-needlepoint-purse.html

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 28, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Barbara Bush's Needlepoint on Display UPDATED

We've all just learned that Mrs. Barbara Bush has died.  I think the Spinster Stitcher says it best--
https://spinsterstitcher.blogspot.com/2018/04/rest-in-peace-mrs-bush.html

Marlys just visited the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas and took photographs of Barbara Bush's needlepoint on display. She posted the photographs on Needlepoint Nation. Use the side arrows to browse.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1306612082784451&set=pcb.1491050567638763&type=3&theater

The former First Lady's famous needlepoint rug was featured in both a special edition of Needlepoint Plus (1990) and...
https://www.etsy.com/listing/175486264/needlepoint-plus-1990-barbara-bushs-rug?show_sold_out_detail=1

…the September-October 1986 issue of Needlepoint News.
https://www.amazon.com/needlepoint-news-christmas-two-needle-september-october/dp/b002tn7t7i

The famous needlepoint ornaments were featured on one of the White House Christmas trees in 1991's Needlepoint Christmas theme and I think some of the Nutcracker theme tree ornaments for 1990 were also needlepointed.
http://rockycoastnews.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-white-house-christmas-gallery-george.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_House_Christmas_tree

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© Copyright August 21, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Piloting Wishful Thinking

National Seminar classes have to have a test run before the class is actually held at the ANG or EGA seminars. These are called pilot classes and they are often held at local chapters so the teacher has a chance to do a run-through of the class and have extra eyes checking the instructions.  Recently some of the New Jersey Needle Arts chapter of ANG members went to California to take a pilot class from Ann Strite-Kurz.
https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2018/03/27/wishful-thinking/

https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2018/03/30/progress-2/

If you aren't familiar with Ann's charted designs, have fun checking out her website.
https://www.annstritekurz.com/classes.html

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© Copyright March 27, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.