Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Breaking News; Dr. Ray is Gone

A Leigh Custom for the Doctor

Over the years I've heard lots of stories about Dr. Ray Endicott, retired doctor in Hawaii who was a demon stitcher.  He loved Asian designs especially and stitched a great many, which of course made him a kindred spirit.  The design on the left is a custom Leigh Designs made for him.  Isn't it lovely?
http://www.caron-net.com/03janfiles/jan03fea.html

I was very sad to hear that the world just lost Dr. Ray.  His battle with ill health is over, but he's left a legacy of wonderful stitching and great memories.  Thanks, Dr. Ray!  Loved your geishas!  (By the way, there is also a tribute to Sandy Rodgers here. It's not been a good month for the World of Needlepoint.)
http://www.leighdesigns.com/News/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 7, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Suzie's Holiday Gift List

Suzie at Enriched Stitch has listed all the great gifts for a needlepointer that the shop sells. 
http://astheneedleturns.com/holiday-wish-list/

Send the URL to Santa with a note pointing to what you'd like best....

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 20, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Christmas at Bed, Bath and Beyond

Many thanks to Jo I.C. who noticed that Bed, Bath and Beyond is going traditional this Christmas.
https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/100-years-of-flight-hand-stitched-needlepoint-throw-pillow/1046974334

https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/window-seat-kitty-needlepoint-square-throw-pillow/1046974426

Of course you can buy needlepoint stockings at LL Bean....
http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/75284?&qs=3127501&cvosrc=ppc.bing.cotton%20needlepoint%20stockings&cvo_crid=%7Bcreative%7D&Matchtype=b&gclid=CNC8jJaPtdACFQJNNwodr_EMwA&gclsrc=ds

...and at Sears.
http://www.sears.com/search=needlepoint%20christmas%20stockings

They aren't high quality at any place but they do seem better than what I've seen in many years past.

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 19, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, December 5, 2016

BREAKING NEWS: Sandy Rodgers Has Died UPDATED

I've just gotten confirmation that Sandy Rodgers, teacher, writer and stitcher extraordinary, has died.  She was a delightful person, a wonderful teacher for both ANG and EGA and a superb stitcher who did the most beautiful silk and metal embroidery on needlepoint canvas.   Plus Sandy wrote articles for all the needlepoint magazines for years and years.  I always enjoyed her profiles of new products immensely.
http://sandyrodgers.com

I am so sorry to have never had a change to take one of Sandy's classes.  My condolences to her family and friends.  We will miss her.
http://sandyrodgers.com/Classes/winterwhites.html

UPDATE:  The funeral service is planned for later this week.

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Crewel Videos and Embroidery Tips

Once again Mary Corbet has mentioned things of great interest to embroiderers--that there are great videos on The Crewel Work Company's revamped website and EGA has published a booklet with embroidery tips that is available for online viewing or download.  Since needlepointers often use crewel stitches, you'll want to check this out.

The Crewel Work Company is a venture by Phillippa Turnbull and you can see her video collection here.  I may be prejudiced (I learned crewel embroidery before I learned needlepoint) but I think the skills used in crewel are very useful for needlepointers who love to embellish their work. If you have trouble with French knots, for example, Phillippa demonstrates how to make them. If you ever wanted to use fly stitch for bird feathers, watch her video first.
https://www.crewelwork.com/pages/videos

The EGA brochure is called "A Little Book of Embroidery Basics."  It really does cover the basics, from keeping your hands clean to learning how to start/end a thread.  If you want a refresher course, or just because you are learning, this is a great place to orient yourself before your next stitching project.
http://www.egausa.org/images/Resources/LittleBook_8x5_2016.pdf

And of course if you need a break from Holiday Madness, a good little book or a good little movie is the perfect thing to enjoy!

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 19, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.