Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Breaking News: Amy Bunger Closing Shop in 2021

The latest newsletter from Amy Bunger is out and it has big news—Amy is closing her shop in Memphis next year (2021).  We don't know yet what this means beyond the fact that the shop will no longer be there.  It sounds as if Amy plans to still do Home Study classes and stitch guides.  We'll have to wait and see how things unfold.  
https://www.amysgoldenstrand.com/uploads/7/2/3/6/72364657/0620.pdf

Everything changes and of course Amy may want to retire to have time to smell the roses—and stitch all the fun things around!  Whatever happens, we wish Amy the best.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright June 2, 2020 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Fiber Talk Interviews Brett of K's Creations

If you have been needlepointing a while, you are familiar with the floor and table frames that K's Creations makes.  This week Fiber Talk interviews Brett Schulle of K's, which is a family firm named after his mother Kay whose need for a better way to stitch was the reason the first K's frame was made.
https://wetalkfiber.com/2020/05/17/fiber-talk-with-brett-schulle/

If you are a new stitcher or don't come into contact with other stitchers who use frames, you can browse K's products here.  They don't sell directly but
http://kscreations.com

Full disclosure:  I own one of the K's metal floor frames and I absolutely adore it!  Their customer service is superb, too.  If an owner of one of their products has a problem or question and they mention it on Needlepoint Nation, Brett is there to solve their problem immediately.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright May 18, 2020 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, June 1, 2020

What the Heck is a Broche? UPDATED

People who are intrigued by needlework tools and those who do goldwork will be fascinated by Jessica Grimm's article on the goldwork spindle known as a broche in French.  (In Dutch it is called a brodse; Germans call it a Bretsche.)  Basically, it is a spool for goldwork threads so that you can protect them from tarnishing by not touching them once they are rolled onto the spindle.   Jessica has a nice video demonstrating how these are used in her article and a lot of history of this specialty tool.  If you are familiar with the koma used in Japanese embroidery, you'll understand how these are used instantly.
https://www.jessicagrimm.com/blog/the-brochebrodsebretsche

Jessica has arranged to have a local craftsman reproduce these.  Keep an eye on her webstore if you want one.
https://www.jessicagrimm.com/store/c1/Afgebeelde_producten.html

UPDATE:  Here's more about a broche in a new film about their history and use.
https://www.jessicagrimm.com/blog/the-brochebrodsebretsche-part-ii

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright May 18, 2020 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Horse Country Chic Decorates with Needlepoint

Are you a fan of classic tent stitched needlepoint? Then you will really enjoy seeing Horse Country Chic's stitching.  She does rugs, pillows for bedrooms and ornaments just because.
http://horsecountrychic.blogspot.com/2020/05/finished-needlepoint-projects-part-one.html

http://horsecountrychic.blogspot.com/2020/05/finished-needlepoint-projects-part-two.html

http://horsecountrychic.blogspot.com/2020/05/finished-needlepoint-projects-part-three.html

If you are tempted but on a budget, Horse County Chic is the queen of finding bargains!
http://horsecountrychic.blogspot.com/2020/05/vintage-needlepoint-finds.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright May 12, 2020 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Breaking News: ANG Seminar is Going Virtual

The American Needlepoint Guild's Seminar in the fall was cancelled but it's being held virtually!  Registration starts June 1 or June 3, depending on if you already registered for the cancelled venue, so be ready.  However, nothing is linked on their website yet.  That may not happen until June 1.
https://www.needlepoint.org/page/Seminar2020Home

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright May 30, 2020 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.