Sunday, February 19, 2017

Connie Stover's Canvas Video

Connie Pickering Stover shows off how her original canvas designs develop in this YouTube video.  Fascinating!  She promises more videos once she learns more about filming and editing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pi9LZX0IiBs&feature=youtu.be

You can always see more on Connie's website.  Don't miss reading her blog articles for more insights into her designs and work process.
http://conniepickeringstover.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 19, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Review: The DuoLamp from Daylight

Cynthia Thomas raves about Daylight's DuoLamp. 
https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.thomas.7355/posts/1440297595988530

If you would like to learn more, Dick Blick's art supply website has them on sale.  Note the tabs that have detail specs of each type of DuoLamp, a review and photographs to help you see exactly what you are getting if you order.
http://www.dickblick.com/products/daylight-duolamp/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 19, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Travis Wood Paints the Meaning of Stitching

Rebecca Wood's son Travis is an artist in oils who just painted what needlework means to families for his mother. You can see the original on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=703855569774056&set=a.203756976450587.1073741829.100004488573475&type=3&theater

The painting is on exhibit at the TNNA show now and it is for sale, as well as reprints. If you are going, make sure you take a look at it.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 8, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Mighty Bright's XtraFlex2 Book Light: A Review

Mary Corbet just posted a review of Mighty Bright's XtraFlex2 Book Light on her website.  Although this is not a light to use all the time, Mary thinks it's pretty good for travelers, for power outages, and other temporary lighting needs.  As usual, Mary covers all the pros and cons to help you decide if this product is going to work for you.  After all, things that work beautifully for some won't work at all for others, depending on your stitching style, where you stitch and of course what you are working on.  That said, make sure you pay attention to her labeling warning!
http://www.needlenthread.com/2017/01/clip-on-lights-for-needlework-mighty-bright-review-tips.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 19, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Frankenstein and the Pixie

My Monitor Edge is Too Prominent


I've been working away on my Computer Pixie,* enjoying every bit of her.  She has presented challenges, though.   There is a lot of dimension in this piece.  The Pixie is in front of the computer, the tote bag is in front of the chair, the beach ball is behind the computer monitor, etc.  My first real issue was with the edge of the computer monitor.  I worked it in padded satin stitch, using Flair over perle cotton padding.  See how far forward the monitor comes?  It is overwhelming the Pixie's arm and the glass she's holding.  That was easy to fix--rip out the Flair and remove the padding, then restitch the monitor's edge in plain satin stitch.  It worked!


Frankenstein Fingers!

This closeup shows that the new monitor edge is much less prominent, but it also reveals another issue--I gave the Pixie Frankenstein fingers!  What you see are bullions done in the darkest pink floss.  That is the color the fingers were painted but when you see them stitched, it screams "WRONG!"

So I ripped again.  This time I went with the palest pink floss.  Using the dark pink drew too much attention to the Pixie's hand, detracting from the glass of tropical punch she holds.


Better Fingers

The new fingers work much better.  You don't see them before you see anything else and you don't think Dr. Frankenstein's monster, either.  The moral is you don't always need to copy the painted colors exactly.  The original color won't work with every stitch.  Bullions are plenty prominent already without making them dark pink against a light area like the glass.


The Pixie Relaxes While I Stitch Blanket

Here's my progress to date.  I have a lot still to do of course.  Once I finish the blanket her chair's sitting on, the Computer Pixie needs wings, antenna, tote bag and contents, shells and a starfish, not to mention chair arms and legs!  Stay tuned...

*The Computer Pixie is by Ruth Schmuff.   The canvas comes with a stitch guide by Sheena James which I have mostly ignored so I can have fun trying to solve the dimension problems this design presents myself.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/product/computer-pixie/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright February 13, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.