Monday, December 20, 2010

Stitch a Snail for Storage

Tricia Nguyen (she of the fabulous reproduction 17th Century jacket) has a new fund raiser going.  Stitch a Snail for Storage allows you to purchase a kit for a reproduction 17th Century motif (a snail if you haven't guessed) using reproduction threads and Tricia's instructions.  You can see the snail and start reading about it here.

Part of the kit price will be donated to the Fashion Museum in Bath.  They will use the funds to buy boxes with special acrylic mounts to display their collection of embroidered gloves on so that they can be handled safely when shown to costume and embroidery researchers.

If you are more curious, click on the header at the blog link above and start scrolling through blog entries until you reach the one above.  You'll see more details from the glove the snail motif was taken from and also see the reproduction thread that Tricia uses for this project.

Here's where you can buy the kit and find the link to the instructions for making it up.  It isn't a lot of money but this might be the perfect small gift for a stitcher in your life and has the bonus of helping a fantastic glove collection available to those who would see, admire and understand it.

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Monthly Club News

With January approaching, shops that start their monthly clubs the first month of the year are announcing their new design series.

Needlenook of La Jolla has Twinkle Toes, A Collection of Designs stockings with guides from Julia Snyder.  To me they look like jeweled mini stockings that will be great on a Christmas tree or hung in a row on your fireplace mantel.  I'm not sure about the size, however.  These are not shown on the ACOD website (second link), but you might find a single stocking there that charms you if you don't want to commit to a whole year of socks.

The Needlepointer has announced that their 2011 monthly clubs will be Ribbon Candy (designer unspecified but I think these canvases are by Melissa Shirley), Thanksgiving letters featuring gourds, pumpkins and squashes (Melissa Shirley) and Peppermint Patty, a series of eight two sided candies (designer unknown).  Sadly, there's nothing on their website yet about the new clubs or their current trunk show by Raymond Crawford, but The Needlepointer promises great prices for Raymond's delights and I'm sure things will go up on their website soon.

Little Shoppe of Stitches has some wonderful clubs, including the Christmas wreath club, their 3-D cupcakes and of course the Twelve Days of Christmas pear ornaments which are also 3-D.  These are ready for any one who doesn't have clubs available in their local shop or who, like me, has a "local" shop that is too far to visit all that often.

In Do It Yourself club news, if you want something very different for a personal club (or your shop is looking for recommendations), why not check out the landscape club from Julie Mar Designs?  She does wonderful vingettes of the Great Smoky Mountains and of the beach, too.  After all, her home of North Carolina has both mountains and ocean views.

And finally, don't forget to browse all the Petei Santa kits available from The French Knot in Texas.  If this doesn't put you in a Christmas mood, nothing will!

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