Saturday, January 9, 2010

Why God Invented Weird Needles

Here are the weird needles.  Check out the area to the left of Santa's heel to see the stitches I took out to replace and forgot about.

Details on Monday.  I should have stopped crying by then....

This is what I did instead of working on Santa.

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Keeping Up

It might be winter, but man--it's getting busy around here!!

First of all, The Shining Needle Society has announced a cyber class with Carole Lake.   See the photo on the left?  That's her Anasazi Dream.  Let me quote from the class description:

"Carole H. Lake, one of the needlework world's leading teachers and designers, is offering her popular "Anasazi Dream" project for Shining Needle Society members.
This intermediate-level project was inspired by the Anasazi people of the ancient southwest.

Description of Project:
The deep canyons, rock palisades, high mesas, and open
desert of the Four Corners area were home to a remarkable group of agricultural people we today refer to as the Anasazi -- the ancient ones. Dotted across the southwestern landscape are the dramatic remains of tens of thousands of dwellings made of rock and mud. These, along with bits of broken pottery and scattered fragments of tools, provide silent testimony that humans lived and worked and played here long ago. The Anasazi are gone, leaving us to dream in
stitches of their lives, their world and the traces they have left for us.

Essentially a stitch sampler, this piece is inspired by the idea of the Anasazi, with a mystical feel and colors of the rocks and desert that are all we have left of their long-ago lives. It includes a variety of composite and pattern stitches, with the feel of ethnic. Geometric stitches include Burden, Altered Byzantine and Walneto.

Threads used reflect the unique colors of the Four Corners area, where the mesas and canyons reflect the clear desert southwest colors in my palette. Stitched on Sage Green 18 ct. canvas, Anasazi Dream is worked with Arabian Nights Watercolours, Kreinik #8 braid, Heathway merino wool, overdyed floss, Impressions, Soie Cristale, Waterlilies, Flair, Grandeur and Elegance.

Student to Supply: 10" x 16" stretcher bars and usual stitching supplies.

Registration is open now through January 31. The online class runs from February 15 through April 15, 2010.

$110 complete kit, domestic postage and online class
$130 complete kit, international global priority postage and online class
$65 instructions only, domestic postage plus online class (student provides canvas and threads)
$70 instructions only international postage plus online class (student provides canvas and threads)
$25 audit (no kit or instructions mailed)

Kits will not be mailed until about Jan 25th because Carole's gone to Callaway!

Registration: mail check in US funds or pay by PayPal (email Carole at
carole@... and she'll send an invoice).

For all enrollments, please email Carole directly at carole@... and
put SNS "Anasazi Dream" in the subject line of your email. Please let Carole know which method of participation you would like (full kit, instructions only, or audit (again, only available to those who have previously taken this class).  Carole will email you an invoice which can be paid via check or PayPal."

To take this class you have to be a member of the Shining Needle Society but it costs nothing to join.  Details here:

I'm raving about this because I own the kit for the companion piece, Anasazi Song.  It's a gorgeous piece and the instructions are topnotch, as is Carole's teaching.  I am sure Anasazi Dream instructions will be as good and I know Carole's going to be a delight, even in an online class.  You can see my Anasazi Song piece and browse Carole's website here.  Check out the stitch diagrams!

To switch designers, Ruth Schmuff has announced her next mystery class.  It's a heart!  These mystery cyber classes are fascinating as you know what canvas you'll stitch but not what magic Ruth will teach you to do.  Details on her website (second link below) about this cyber class and photos of the mystery class starting in March and June are also there to see.

And finally, Ridgewood Needlepoint is at the TNNA show and is having a blast!

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