Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Cat and Mouse Game—A Mystery

Ruth Schmuff has revealed the Winter Mystery class design for this month and next—Dominic Bourbeau's "Cat and Mouse Game."
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2017/12/its-game.html

As Ruth posts progress reports, I'll update this article with them so everything is in one place.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 11, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Couched Wool Hair By Melissa Shirley

Melissa Shirley is stitching Hagatha, one of her witch canvases, and has posted a fascinating tutorial on how she created the witch's hair on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/MelissaShirley.Needlepoint/photos/pcb.10156084956404252/10156084940904252/?type=3

For those who can't see the above because you don't have a Facebook account, Melissa took four strands of a warm medium gray Silk and Ivory and laid them close together, one bunch of 4 strands at a time, then couching a bundle into position with one strand of the same thread and color with the couching stitches 1/4 inch to 3/8 inches apart.  After couching a bunch, use a large needle or sharp laying tool to pull up on the thread bunch between the couching stitches so it looks curly.  Melissa says she had to use straight stitches around the witch's earrings and at her hairline with a single strand.

I think this would work with any wool or wool-silk blend.  It might not be quite as successful with other thread types but this does depend on the look you are going for.

Thanks, Melissa!  You are as inventive a stitcher as you are a designer!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 4, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Threadaholic Alert: Pashmina from Gloriana

Gloriana's new Pashmina thread is becoming more widely available so I thought I'd post some photos.   This is a four-stranded blend of silk and cashmere as you can see in this closeup photograph. I understand with care you can split each of the four plies in half to have eight plies, but I don't know how many plies will work on 18 count.  I would start with two and see how it works up as a lot will depend on the stitch used and your personal stitch tension.
https://www.traditionalstitches.com/p_glorpashmina.html

Needle in a Haystack has photos of most of the colors (Pashmina isn't on the Gloriana website yet).  Note that these are overdyes, so there will be some color variation in the skein.
http://www.needlestack.com/WebStore/Thread/Gloriana_Pashmina.html

Rittenhouse appears to have photos of all the colors up on their website.  You have to choose a color and click to see a better photo.
https://rittenhouseneedlepoint.com/fiber/pashmina.html

The prices vary greatly among all three sites but not all the skeins being sold are the same size and Traditional Stitches is a Canadian shop.  I am looking forward to my favorite shop getting some of this in stock so I can try it.  I love Gloriana's colors.

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© Copyright December 7, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Mary Agnes' Frogging Tip

Needle Nicely's Mary Agnes is working the Kimono chart in her shop as a class.  Here's a bit about it.  Sorry, the Shining Needle Society class mentioned here is long over.
https://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2011/11/evolution-of-maggie-lane-kimono.html

There is a lot of outlining to do before starting to fill in the sections, and of course folks make counting errors.  Here is how Mary Agnes rips out and then cleans up the line afterwards.  Clever!
http://needlenicely.blogspot.com/2017/12/cleaning-up-after-ripping.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 7, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Anna's Golden Rules

Anna Pearson has posted a list of what she calls "Golden Rules" that will help you create perfect needlepoint on her blog. They are interesting, and thought-provoking, reading.
http://anna-pearson-needlepoint.blogspot.com/2017/11/golden-rules-for-perfect-needlepoint.html

Thanks for sharing your extensive experience with us, Anna!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 14, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.