Sunday, August 31, 2014

Raymond Does Expo UPDATED

Vicky is back home for the ANG Seminar in Chicago and is thoughtfully sharing tales from what she saw and did there. She was at Expo Night with Raymond Crawford selling the exclusive "Chicago Style Hot Dog" canvas (second link) she did a stitch guide for.  Apparently a few kits are still available if you are suddenly hungry for a new canvas in honor of Chicago and its great food.
http://mostlyneedlepoint.com/exactly-what-does-this-have-to-do-with-needlepoint/

http://mostlyneedlepoint.com/hot-dog-chicago-style-raymond-crawford-style/

UPDATE:  Vicky posts more photos of Raymond and others at Expo plus new Mindy canvases that she and Elizabeth took home.
http://mostlyneedlepoint.com/i-told-you-i-had-a-new-canvas/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 31, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Stirling Bags

While checking the stats on Blog this week I noticed several people were looking for Stirling bags. These are self-finishing tote bags from a company that went out of business when they lost their supplier, so these are hard to find. I did a little searching and came up with a few sources. Hopefully the websites are up to date and these are still in stock.   Please check the colors and sizes of the bags carefully and check to see the opening so you know if you need to pick up a canvas to fit.
http://theneedleworks.com/catalog/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=186&products_id=4786&osCsid=f128024e680298f66434fd8e8800c47f

http://needlepointthis.com/html/what_s_new.html

http://www.greatyarns.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=STIRLINGFINISHBAG

http://www.athreadgarden.com/athreadgarden.com/NNews_1.html

If your local shop has Stirling bags still, please let us know in the Comments!

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 26, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

About Laura Taylor Classes

Monica lives in California close to Aristeia Needlepoint, so she gets to take wonderful classes. Today she reports about her "Blue Bird Cage" class with Laura Taylor.   (This is a Melissa Shirley design, by the way.)
http://lazydaisyneedlework.blogspot.com/2014/08/taking-classes-with-laura-taylor.html

If you live near Santa Monica, you might want to explore other classes at Aristeia. http://www.aristeianeedlepoint.com/#!classes/cwvn

If you don't, check Laura Taylor's website to see where she is going to teach next.  (You might also want to check Laura's Facebook page since her website is not totally up to date.)
http://needlepointwithlaurataylor.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 24, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Charley Harper Day!

I name today Charley Harper Day! Why?  (Let's not ask why I think I have the right to christen today or any day a CH holiday--you will deflate my ego!) 

A)  Because Bedecked and Beaddazzled is having a Charley Harper trunk show and among their goodies is this new canvas of a robin taking a bath in a birdbath.  
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2014/08/robin-bathing.html

B)  Because Marnie is making Charley Harper Christmas ornaments from felt.  It's not needlepoint but it is charming so I included this for the many fans of Charley's work.
http://countryfriedstitches.blogspot.com/2014/08/cardinal-ornament-finish.html

Happy Charley Harper Day!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 24, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Photographing Needlework

If you have ever taken a photo of your needlework and been disappointed with the results, Mary's article on how she takes photographs of her needlework for her blog will be helpful. 
http://www.needlenthread.com/2014/08/embroidery-stitch-samples-sizes-photos.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 21, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, August 29, 2014

ANG Seminar Expo, Teacher Showcase, Auction and More UPDATED

Jan has been really really busy helping run the ANG Seminar. Luckily she has had a little time to tell us about it. 
http://stitchlady.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/seminar-2014-chicago/

Diane of the NJNA crew also has reported on these events.  Sounds like lots of work and lots of fun!
http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/28/silent-auction-teacher-expo-excursions-and-expo/

UPDATE:  Melita won several things at the Auction.  Congratulations!
http://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/ang-annual-auction/

Vicki has fun at the Life Patrons Banquet.
http://mostlyneedlepoint.com/it-cant-be-over-already/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 28, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Animal Thread Holders

If you are a little tired of the cardboard bobbins you wind floss and other threads around, then Tara's find on Etsy might be just the thing for your newest tool.  These are made from birch which means they won't be acid free in the long run. Also, they are rather expensive, having just one for your latest project's current thread might be a fun treat, particularly if you don't leave the thread on the wooden bobbin too long.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/sugarcookie?section_id=5313758&ref=shopsection_leftnav_3

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 18, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Finishing Friday: The Christmas Train is Bearing Down on Us!

Yes, finishing deadlines are upon us! And Christmas is rushing toward us like a runaway freight train.  After all, there are only 118 days until December 25!

Fortunately, some folks are ready.  Just wish it was me.
http://stephsstitching.blogspot.com/2014/08/i-think-you-are-going-to-forgive-me.html

http://ridgewoodneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-raymond-crawford-trunk-show-is.html

http://ridgewoodneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2014/08/vanessa-stitched-entire-12-days-of.html

http://ridgewoodneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2014/08/blog-post.html

http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2014/08/silly-silly-birds.html

 Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 1, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Needlepoint Nation Saga (and Magnet)

Once Upon a Time I set up a Facebook account so I could keep up with my family.   My nieces and cousins were posting photos there, so I had to have an account.  I don't much like Facebook, especially its emphasis on sharing everything, but you have to keep up with the times. (And the family!)   Once I had my Facebook page, I started exploring how it worked and discovered Groups.  Was it possible I could set up a group for my family and make our photos a little more private?  I set up a test group I called --for lack of imagination-- Needlepoint.   This was in 2011.

Fast forward to 2014.  As of this morning, Needlepoint has 5877 members.  They just all showed up!  I didn't invite anyone, although I think I did mention it on Blog once after people started arriving uninvited.  I now know what Internet billionaires feel like when their ship comes in (minus the cash of course).

Now there is a magnet designed by Rogue Needlepoint in conjunction with the online shop Needle Little More using the nickname of the group (Cynthia Baldwin's husband came up with it and it stuck).  Stitchers who belong to the group are starting to add it to their collection.
http://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/needlepoint-nation-shield/

http://brendasneedlepointstudio.blogspot.com/2014/08/needlepoint-nation-pin-82314.html

Here's where you can pick up your own Needlepoint Nation magnet if you are interested.  Say hi to Jill for me, ok?
http://www.needlelittlemore.com/store/p471/The_Needlepoint_Nation_Magnet.html

I should add that I have no affiliation with the companies that designed and sell this magnet and I do not profit from it.  Neither do the other admins I conned into helping asked to help run the group--Hi, Tara and Carole!--although Needle Little More did sent us and Cynthia Baldwin each a magnet, which was kind.   I expect there will be other merchandise eventually (two shops are considering designing NP Nation canvases), but I have no plans to be involved in their development and I won't make any money off merchandise based on the group.

I should also add my nieces and cousins have moved on and rarely use Facebook any more.  I am terrified of asking what social media they use now....

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 16, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Eleanor Pigman's Beading

Beads have become quite popular on needlepoint canvas but as Eleanor Pigman's website, blog and Etsy store show us, we have only begun to scratch the surface of beading.  Eleanor lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, which has obviously influenced her subject matter.
http://www.eleanor-pigman.squarespace.com

Here is a video that explains the process Eleanor uses.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zNC5j8L6d8

Her blog hasn't been updated in a while but it is fascinating nevertheless.
http://www.eleanorpigman.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2012-05-03T07:12:00-07:00&max-results=300&start=46&by-date=false

If you would like to add a piece of Eleanor's art to your collection, visit her Etsy store.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/Epigman

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 17, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Another Report from Chicago (ANG Seminar)

There are more reports (and updates) from our friends at the ANG Seminar in Chicago.  Melita's been shopping at Designers Desk--also known as the one shop I've move into to live in a heartbeat!
http://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/golfing-husband-at-seminar/

http://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/cloth-ornaments/

http://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/nightshirt-from-designers-desk/

http://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/faux-berge-orange-tree-egg-a-2014-ang-seminar-class-with-michele-roberts-class-progress/

http://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/faux-berge-orange-tree-egg-a-labor-of-love/

http://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/expo-a-la-mode-by-jean-hilton/

Sandy Arthur is having a blast teaching!
http://sandyarthur.blogspot.com/2014/08/ang-seminar-chicago-i-have-been.html

I've updated the article that includes the list of ANG exhibit winners.
http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-ang-winners-are.html

NJNA has had lots of blogging about their chapter experiences in Seminar classes so I've updated that article, too.
http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2014/08/heidi-goes-to-seminar.html

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 27, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Suzhou Style Embroidery

Yesterday we went to the museum with Karen--today we are visiting an art gallery in California with Laura.   The shop specializes in Suzhou style embroidery.  
http://embroideryforducks.com/2014/08/11/a-visit-to-lu-lus-part-1/

She saw a piece entirely in tiny French knots, and another with smudged edges created by layering small straight stitches done in random directions using various colors.  The effects are amazing.
http://embroideryforducks.com/2014/08/17/a-visit-to-lu-lus-part-2/

This isn't really the kind of stitching we see often, but much could be used in needlepoint.  The next time you have a background to conquer, think of Laura and her trip to this amazing silk art gallery.

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 18, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Evertites and Their Accessories

Have you been wondering why folks rave about Evertites? Nimble Needle has a nice posting about them as well as the various accessories that you can get for them.  In case you are interested in the magnets, the two different sizes fit different widths of the Evertites you own.
http://thenimbleneedle.blogspot.com/2014/08/evertites.html

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© Copyright August 12, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The ANG Winners Are.... UPDATED AGAIN

I have started to see announcements of ANG Seminar Exhibit winners (often with photographs taken at the banquet where the main ribbon winners are unveiled since photos are not allowed in the exhibit) on Facebook and on blogs.  Let's start with Melita's blog where she posted about some of the winners and also put up the list announcing who won what.  Congratulations on your ribbon, Melita!  And thanks!
http://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/ang-seminar-surprises/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/715072685236559/

Brenda Hart won a Judges Choice ribbon for this light coverage piece.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=858723554145726&set=gm.714734155270412&type=1&theater

Meredith Willett won a first place for this silk and metal embroidery piece plus the President's Choice ribbon.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/714750538602107/

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=572408216214586&set=gm.714750538602107&type=1&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152797566402868&set=pcb.10152797568742868&type=1&theater

Barb Volk won the Sampler Award for this Tony Mineri design.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=786366931385041&set=gm.714725968604564&type=1&theater

Vicky DeAngelis won a second place ribbon for this Pepperberry cat.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=688950691179284&set=gm.715110375232790&type=1&theater

Beth Pancino won a third place for this marvelous rabbit (I think it is a Brenda Stofft design).
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=786410338047367&set=gm.714767191933775&type=1&theater

UPDATE:  Arelene Cohen won two ribbons for her small rhododendron piece. Congratulations!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/715598535183974/

ANOTHER UPDATE:  Gail Stafford won a third place ribbon plus a Judge's Choice Ribbon for this wonderful original design and...
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=894622163899886&set=pcb.894623410566428&type=1&theater

...Gail also won a ribbon for this Lois Kershner class piece.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=894622163899886&set=pcb.894623410566428&type=1&theater


Many congratulations to the winners.  I know of many more but am only posting winning pieces that have photographs.

ANG finally managed to get their Live Auction website up and running.  Anyone can bid long distance--just get a bidding number and send you your offer for one of the items listed by Tuesday, 8/26.  The Auction is the evening of the 26th.  That's TOMORROW so get busy.
http://ang.afrogs.org

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 25, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

At the Museum

The owner of The Nimble Needle has been visiting the Philadelphia Art Museum, where she discovered the inspiration behind two Creative Needle canvases.
http://thenimbleneedle.blogspot.com/2014/08/needlepoint-inspired-by-deruta-ceramics.html

Amazing the things you learn while needlepointing!

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 18, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

More Proof Stitchers Are the Nicest People in the World

And it's not just stitchers--designers are great people, too!
http://brendasneedlepointstudio.blogspot.com/2014/08/american-beauty-rose-81114.html

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 11, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Chicago Kit

Melita turned lucky when shopping during the ANG Seminar in Chicago. She picked up the last Kirk and Bradley Chicago skyline ornament kit when shopping at North Shore Needleworks.
http://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/chicago-skyline-ornament/

Bet if you asked nicely (and are willing to wait) North Shore would kit one up for you, too.
http://northshoreneedleworks.com

By the way, I've updated the article on the NJNA trip to Seminar.
http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2014/08/heidi-goes-to-seminar.html

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 25, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Russian Santas: The Bearing Gifts Santa and More

Carolyn Taggart's Bearing Gifts Santa

Hurrah! Carolyn Taggart has finished another of Leigh's Russian Santa series! Above is the Bearing Gifts Santa.   For those new to Blog, Carolyn has stitched six of the eight Russian Santas Leigh Design released last December.  Carolyn has done guides for them all, too.
http://www.leighdesigns.com/Grp833x.html

I particularly love the background on this one with the mountains under a sparkling night sky, but the beard, sack, warm hat and fur trimmed robe are terrific here.  Carolyn is a terrific stitcher, isn't she?  If you want to see the others Carolyn has finished, click on the Russian Santa Stitch-a-Long tab above.  I list all the guides available I know about at the bottom of the list of articles I wrote about my Santa which I blog-stitched here.

For more information or to order one of Carolyn's stitch guides, contact her via her Facebook page. Don't do Facebook? No problem! Leave a comment below with your email address or send it to me at chilly hollow at hotmaildotcom and I will forward your contact information on to Carolyn who will then email you.

Susan's Northern Light Santa

By the way, there are other finished Russian Santas for you to admire.  Susan Flippin McPherson just got two back from West Coast Finishing.  Here is Northern Light Santa.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10202402750618895&set=a.3943163146318.2139924.1497164924&type=1&theater

Birdland Santa, also by Susan

Followed by Birdland Santa.  Great job, Susan!  They look fabulous!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10202402750658896&set=a.3943163146318.2139924.1497164924&type=1&theater

How about a round of applause for some durn great stitching?!

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 18, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Counted Canvaswork Rumor

The rumor mill says that Michael Boren is currently working on a third piece (to be named Salome) in his Reborn Series.  Counted fans probably have seen Daphne and Aurora.
http://www.customhouseofneedlearts.com/charts/SSD/ShenandoahStitcheryDesigns.html

Stay tuned!

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 5, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Chicago Seminar Reports

People are starting to blog about their time at Seminar.   I'm putting all the New Jersey Needle Artists Chapter reports together in this article.
http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2014/08/heidi-goes-to-seminar.html

Melita is at Seminar and has purchased a few goodies, took a cruise to enjoy the Chicago skyline, and added the Seminar pin to add to her new name tag.
http://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/finished-name-tag-for-2014-ang-seminar/

Orna Willis is on her way to teach, lugging goodies for Expo Night with her.  Anyone want to help Orna set up her table?
http://ornadesign.blogspot.com/2014/08/well-im-off-to-chicago.html

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 24, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

What Is a Cipher and What's a Monogram? UPDATED

It never occurred to me that monograms were not just letters of the alphabet on a design until I read Mary Corbet's very helpful article on monographs, ciphers and initials. 
http://www.needlenthread.com/2014/08/initials-ciphers-monograms.html

UPDATE:  Needle Paint which creates a lot of custom belts with various styles of monograms talks about their favorite styles with lots of photo examples.
http://www.needlepaint.com/blog/2014/10/09/needlepoint-belt-monogram-ideas/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 14, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Need a Beach Bag?

Do you want a beach bag for that trip to Florida or the Caribbean this winter? Ridgewood can fix you right up! 
http://ridgewoodneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2014/08/take-look-at-whats-on-big-comfy-couch.html

So can Old World Designs....
http://www.oldworlddesigns.com/totes.html

See you at the beach, even if it is only in our day dreams.

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 5, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Heidi Goes to Seminar with NJNA UPDATED 8/27

Heidi and her friends from the New Jersey Needle Artists Chapter have arrived in Chicago for the 2014 ANG Seminar.   They plan to blog about the experience and have invited us to listen in.  Here are their postings so far.  I'll update this article as classes begin.
http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/22/getting-to-chicago/

http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/22/we-have-arrived/

UPDATES:
Rosie is taking Chicago Blues from Joni Stevenson.
http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/23/chicago-blues/

http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/24/chicago-blues-day-2/

Carol's in the class as well.
http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/24/first-day-with-chicago-blues/

http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/25/chicago-blues-second-day/

Carol is also taking Margaret Kinsey's Little Yellow Basket class.
http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/27/the-little-yellow-basket/

Heidi is taking American Mosaic from Gail Sirna.
http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/23/day-one-of-american-mosaic/

http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/24/day-two-of-american-mosaic/

http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/25/day-three-of-american-mosaic/

http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/27/day-four-of-american-mosaic/

http://ornadesign.blogspot.com/2014/09/im-back.html

http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/09/02/forward-plans/

So is Sue.
http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/23/stitching-across-america/

http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/24/almost-to-the-mississippi-river/

http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/25/crossing-the-mississippi/

http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/27/roaring-thought-the-western-states/

DMB is taking Puzzle Pieces from Jackie Murawski.
http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/23/puzzle-pieces-first-day-progress/

http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/24/puzzle-pieces-day-2/

http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/27/puzzle-pieces-day-3-and-4/

Heidi is starting her second Seminar class, Toni Gerdes' Geometric Butterfly Angel, explains what a class angel is, and reports on her door prize!
http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/25/geometric-butterfly-angel/

Rosie's also taking the Toni Gerdes class Geometric Butterfly.
http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/26/geometric-butterfly-bittersweet-endings/

Sue is taking Toni Gerdes' Jasper class and is finished!
http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/12/26/jasper-completed-on-christmas-eve/

Sue is taking Nancy Cucci's beading class and learning how simple changes can make a big impact.
http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/28/beadazzled-is-dazzling/

http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/29/end-of-a-great-seminar/

Heidi is in Sue Reed's Spirit class.
http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/28/the-spirit-of-chicago/

http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/29/all-good-things-must-come-to-an-end/

Sue worked on Sedona: Cathedral Rocks from Lois Kershner and has finished it.
http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2015/02/16/sedona-cathedral-rock-complete/

So of course everyone is hungry!
http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/24/dinner-at-weber-grill/

Wednesday is often a free day with no classes so Heidi took tours.
http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/27/not-your-grandmothers-needlepoint/

http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/27/an-unstitched-day/

http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/28/silent-auction-teacher-expo-excursions-and-expo/

So did Sue and Rosie.
http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/27/stitching-what-is-that/

Diane has taken the time to summarize her Seminar experience now that she is home.
http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/28/reflection-on-seminar/

Heidi's home, too, and exhausted!
http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/08/28/back-in-new-jersey/

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© Copyright August 23, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

New Source for Stumpwork and Goldwork Kits

Since I am talking non-needlepoint this morning, I might as well mention this new source of gold work and stumpwork kits.  Anna Scott, the former editor of Inspirations magazine, mentioned this on her blog and when I explored, I found this wonderful stumpwork owl kit.
http://www.embellishembroidery.com.au/hootie.html 

There are books for sale, gold work kits and more.  Not all the links work but what is visible seems first rate.  If you are a threadaholic, check out all the exotic threads she sells.  (She has silk ribbons that are13mm wide!) Just remember that you are ordering from Australia so shipping may cost more and be slower than ordering from Kansas.  (Or anywhere else in the USA--Kansas just popped into my head!)

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© Copyright August 5.  2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Henry Grace a Dieu

Fans of reproduction embroidery (particularly the 17th Century) will be charmed by the Henry Grace a Dieu project that Embroidery for Ducks has started.   This is a kit from Bothy Threads, which specializes in reproduction embroidery (second link).
http://embroideryforducks.com/2014/08/05/henry-grace-a-dieu-new-project/

http://www.bothythreads.com

Bothy offers needlepoint kits ("tapestry") as well as counted thread and cross stitch.  You may enjoy watching the tapestry video on the home page, just to see some of their silk screened pieces and their tips on doing needlepoint.  It is a really good introduction to traditional needlepoint for those coming to our art from cross stitch.

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© Copyright August 5, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Vicky's Packing

Vicky is heading to Chicago for the ANG Seminar. What fun she is going to have! 
http://mostlyneedlepoint.com/chicago-my-kind-of-town/

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© Copyright August 22, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Stitching the Moon and Stars

Colleen of The Needle Works in Austin, Texas is on vacation but she has still posted a stitch diagram perfect for a light coverage moon or stars in the night sky of your latest piece.   She mixes eyelets and Smryna Crosses and other stitches to create a sort of moon crater effect for your full moon.  Individually some of these stitches would make for nice small stars, too.
http://www.stitchinginthetexashillcountry.com/the_needle_works/2014/08/august-15.html

Do you have trouble visualizing canvases where this would work?  This Ewe and Eye piece with the huge harvest moon in the sky is a good place to use all the various stitches Colleen has diagrammed for us.
http://store.needlenook.com/Ewe-Eye-Harvest-Moon-p30224.html

DJ Designs has a wonderful full moon over San Francisco piece where the individual stitches could be the stars while some of the larger ones could create texture and craters on the moon itself.
http://store.needlenook.com/DJ-Designs-San-Francisco-Moon-p30877.html

SharonG's Moon Shine (also available on 18 count) could use some star sparkle on the blue curved wave shape, don't you think?
http://store.needlenook.com/Sharon-G-Moon-Shine-13M-p31202.html

Hope you have a canvas in your stash where you can use this.  If not, guess you'll have to buy one, right?

Hugs from your Master Enabler....

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© Copyright August 17, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Finishing Friday: Beauty

Today's finishing features a particularly lovely picture frame, beautifully finished.  I am not certain that this is a Zecca design, but I think so.
http://chapelhillneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2014/07/picture-perfect.html

The classic tote from BeStitched is really nice, isn't it?
http://bestitchedneedlepoint.com/finished-fridays-needlepoint-tote/

I've always loved this Sandra Gilmore Buddha canvas but I never would have thought to make a hanging sign from it.  Clever!
http://bestitchedneedlepoint.com/finish-fridays-door-hanger/

How about this gorgeous challah cover?
http://ridgewoodneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2014/08/adrienne-stitched-up-this-lovely_21.html

I also have a lovely custom belt for you to see, based on classic buildings at the University of Virginia, that NeedlePaint created for a customer.  This is a real beauty.
http://www.needlepaint.com/blog/2014/07/22/university-of-virginia-campus-needlepoint-belt/

If your finisher is as skilled as these, your wonderfully stitched piece will be just as gorgeous.

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© Copyright July 24, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

ANG's Seminar is in Chicago August 22-29

ANG's 2014 Seminar starts this week and Sandy's packing to leave! 
http://sandyarthur.blogspot.com/2014/08/chicago-chicago-that-toddling-town-is.html

Here is what the ANG website says about this year's fun.  Everyone have fun for me, ok?
http://needlepoint.org/Seminar-14/index.php

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© Copyright August 21, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

The Stella Light UPDATED

The latest newsletter for Homestead Needle Arts has a nice explanation of the Stella Light, how it works and the various styles and colors available. 
http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=75cc9d0ed2d76a48c9e165ab2&id=5440944ade&e=810b807e3a

UPDATE:  BeStitched has posted a video about the various Stella Lights available in their shop, perfect for those who like to see a lamp in action.
http://bestitchedneedlepoint.com/stella-lighting/

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© Copyright August 13, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Three Variations of Pat Mazu UPDATED

Brenda's Cyperpointers chapter is working one of Pat Mazu's designs.  I know my counted canvaswork friends will want to see this.  Pat does wonderful things which she often shares in ANG's Needle Pointers magazine.  If you belong to ANG you should dig out some old issues with Pat's work in them.
http://brendasneedlepointstudio.blogspot.com/2014/08/pinwheel-christmas-ornaments-8514.html

UPDATE:  The link above have disappeared but thanks to Sara Leigh, you can see them here.  Thanks for the help, SL!
http://brendasneedlepointstudio.blogspot.com/2014/08/pinwheel-christmas-ornaments-82114.html

If you don't belong--And why not?  This is the premier needlepoint educational organization!--you can pick up Pat's charts through Stitches From the Heart in Indiana which specializes in counted canvaswork.  They even have Pat's finishing book.
http://stitches-heart.com/needlepoint/pat-mazu-designs/

Personally, I have trouble with counted canvaswork since I can't count reliably but Pat's pieces are not that difficult, even for me, and when you use stash threads, the results are unexpected and spectacular.  I highly recommend her designs.

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© Copyright August 5, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Breaking News: John Johannsen Has Died

Melissa Shirley just announced the death of John Johannsen yesterday morning.  She reposted the photographs she took in his studio last year for folks to enjoy his work again.
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150181506724252.341859.370199729251&type=1

His designs will continue to be available on needlepoint canvas via Melissa.  Thank you for the joy you brought to admirers of his art, Melissa.
http://www.melissashirleydesigns.com/galcol/?col=110

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The King of Stumpwork UPDATED

No, I don't know how she did it either, but it is an amazing piece of work.
http://ladysrepositorymuseum.blogspot.com/2014/08/a-handsome-beaded-stumpwork-king.html

Rachel is creating a 17th Century reproduction mirror jewelry case covered in stumpwork.

BREAKING NEWS:  Rachel's basket is featured on the cover of the latest edition of Sampler and Needlework Quarterly magazine. The second link was just posted this morning as well--it shows the King in his setting.  Don't miss the video!
http://thistle-threads.blogspot.com/2014/08/sanq-basket-issue.html

http://ladysrepositorymuseum.blogspot.com/2014/08/finished.html

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© Copyright August 12, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Kneelers from Ely Cathedral

A friend of Needlepoint Land's owner has been on a trip to England and took photos of the kneelers in Ely Cathedral that were shared with the shop, who shared them with us.  I wish there were more photographs but the bright, happy colors are just wonderful!
http://needlepointland.com/2014/07/29/needlepoint-kneelers/

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© Copyright July 30, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New Hand Painted Silk Ribbons from Planet Earth

Orna Willis has added the new silk ribbons from Planet Earth Fibers to her Etsy store. She's including them in her thread and bead packs.  Another new silk ribbon, you say?  Why is that big news?  Because the edges of these ribbons are hand painted to have a different shade to them, making them unique.
http://ornadesign.blogspot.com/2014/08/introduction-to-new-silk-ribbon-and-new.html

If you'd like to see the colors Orna has, visit her Etsy shop.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ADORNBYORNA?section_id=all

Apparently these ribbons come in solid or tonal colors.  The tonal colors come in three widths:  4mm, 7mm and 10mm.  The solid comes only in 4mm.  I think the "tonal" ribbons are the ones with the hand painted edges but it is hard to tell from the Planet Earth site.  Regardless, this is worth exploring if you want a little zing in your silk ribbons.
http://www.planetearthfiber.com

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© Copyright August 4, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Copyrights and Copy Wrongs

The Copyright Needlework blog has an interesting chart that carefully lays out what you can and can't do in the case of copyrighted cross stitch patterns. It's worth looking at. Remember, copyright law is very complex.  If in doubt, don't do it, or consult a lawyer who specializes in this area.
http://needleworkcopyright.blogspot.com/2012/09/copyrights-vs-copywrongs.html

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© Copyright July 27, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Want LEDs With That Needlepoint?

If you are interested in adding LED lights to your needlepoint, either in the finishing or to light up part of the design itself, this is the place for supplies and tutorials on how these gadgets work in sewing.  Many thanks to Dorothy H. for mentioning this on Facebook's Needlepoint Nation!
http://www.adafruit.com

Oh, they carry the components and a tutorial for a wifi controlled laser cat toy called Raspberry Pi.  Just saying.

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© Copyright August 3, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Designers Who Stitch

There are more painted canvas designers than you'd think who actually stitch, too. SharonG is a great example and so is Melissa Shirley. There are many more but I didn't know Lynda Richadson of Dream House Ventures is one of them.   If you click on one of the photos you can see the details of Lynda's stitching including the "butterfly" stitching.  The AB beads in the border have an Aurora Borealis iridescent finish, by the way.  Wish we could see this in person!
http://needlepointland.com/2014/07/26/rose-pillow/

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© Copyright July 27, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Turkeywork Made Easier

Do you dread turkey work? Colleen at the Needle Works has written an article making turkey work easier. She also shares her favorite tools for cutting and shaping the loops into perfect fur.  Great article, Colleen!  Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
http://www.stitchinginthetexashillcountry.com/the_needle_works/2014/08/share-a-stitch-august-3-lets-talk-turkey.html

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© Copyright August 3, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Today's Smart Cookie Award Goes To....

Today's Smart Cookie Award goes to [drumroll....] Ridgewood Needlepoint! 
http://ridgewoodneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2014/07/recently-our-store-copy-of-stitches-to.html

Note that not every book will bind up as well.  Some have little room on the left side to be punched or bound so consult with the printing place where you take your book.   Here is what the original book looks like.
http://www.needleorts.com/shop/Books/p/The-Original-Stitches-to-Go-by-Howren--Robertson-x713871.htm

Anyone can work up samples, though.  That would be a very fun way to expand your stitching horizons.

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© Copyright July 24, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Leather "Jacket" for Your Needlepoint

Kreinik's blog has a new article up, this one on how to use their kid leather on your needlepoint projects.  I thought it was fascinating to read, plus there are photos of the varieties of kid leather available.  I had no idea you could get copper!  I also never would have though to attach leather to my stitching using archival quality double-sided tape.  Very clever folks at Kreinik!
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2014/07/how-to-use-leather-on-needlepoint.html

There are further links at the bottom of the page for those who want to explore Kreinik's range of leathers and get more information.

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© Copyright July 23, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Goodbye to Melita's Needles

Melita has a bunch of old bent, broken or tarnished needles to dispose of. 
http://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/disposing-of-needles-a-celebration/

Long ago I read an old article by Amy Bunger in which she said the most common mistake stitchers make is to stitch with a worn out needle.  Ever since I put my old needles in a medicine bottle and collect them to dispose of every February when the Japanese festival of Harikuyo is celebrated.  Of course the fact that I have acid hands and my needle start to tarnish fairly rapidly encourages me to do this.  Recently I have heard several folks say that they treasure their needles (which were so precious to our stitching ancestors) and only discard them when they bend or break.

So there are many schools of thought about how often to dispose of your needles.  Like so much else in needlepoint, there is no right or wrong answer.  But if your hands tarnish your needles, I think it is common sense to get rid of them and start anew with each new project.  Otherwise, how you feel about needles and how often to choose new ones is up to you.

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© Copyright July 22, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Bird Camera Strap

One of the members of Facebook's Needlepoint Nation is the talented Lee Tougas, who designs and stitches custom guitar and camera straps. Recently Lee made a video showing a bird camera strap being created for those of us fascinated by his work. I was very interested to see how a line drawing becomes real with the addition of thread and asked Lee if I could post the link here so you could see it, too.  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1ZkZQXNsbQ&feature=youtu.be

Lee said Yes!  He also said, "Please encourage your readers to contact me if they have any questions. Lee.tougas@gmail.com.  I tell my customers the best I can hope to do is bring their photograph to mind when they look at the stitched image. There is no way 21 x 34 stitches can capture the detail of a megapixel photograph.  And, the first one I stitched was the worst one. I learn something new with every strap I stitch. I hope somebody else takes it up. It's a lot of fun, particularly when you hand the strap to the photographer. Wow!!!!"

This got me even more interested so I asked more questions and Lee was quite helpful in explaining his design process.  The word "Fibonacci" was tossed around and I had to know more.  Lee said:

"Fibonacci was a twelfth century Italian mathematician. Among other things, he is credited with introducing Arabic numerals to western civilization. Fibonacci numbers are numbers in the series 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, etc. Each number in the series is the sum of the previous two numbers. The ratio between two consecutive numbers is 1.618, the Golden Ratio, or Phi. Fibonacci believed this ratio defined the naturally pleasing proportion in things we humans find beautiful. If you Google Fibonacci, you will see pictures of George Clooney, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, etc., with Fibonacci grids over their faces explaining why we find these people to be attractive. Fibonacci numbers also explain the number of spirals on a pine cone, a pineapple, an artichoke, a head of cauliflower or broccoli, the spiral of the nautilus sea animal, and the spiral of the Milky Way galaxy.

For a really entertaining explanation of Fibonacci numbers, go to YouTube and watch Doodling in Math Class.

What does this have to do with photography? The aspect ratio of your HD television set is based upon Fibonacci number, as is the aspect ratio of 35mm film strips. Since I stitch on 18-ct canvas, a 21 X 34 box, with two rows of stitches between images and six rows on each edge, allows me to design a strap based upon each image occupying 2” in length and a strap a bit wider than 1 1/2”.

Every good photograph has a focal point. It is the object within the photograph that your eye rests upon if you let it wander around the frame. In a portrait, it is always the subject’s eye. For a well-composed photograph, the focal point should be off center, about one-third from side to side and from top to bottom. In photography, this is referred to as the Rule of Thirds. It is actually an approximation of a Fibonacci grid - on a Nautilus shell, the origin of the spiral.

So when I get a bunch of photographs to be stitched onto a strap, I look at each image to find the focal point. Then I place the focal point 1/3 from side to side and top to bottom, and build out from the focal point to fill the frame."


WOW!

Here is Lee's latest, a quilt inspired guitar strap designed by Lee's wife.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=680708985356163&set=gm.709749662435528&type=1&theater

Thanks, Lee.  Keep designing and stitching.  I want more videos!

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© Copyright August 4, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Finishing Friday: Hand Protectors

If you are stitching something likely to be handled by small children, you might want to use the clever finishing technique Terry's finisher came up with for her pirate ship and pirate standups--knobs on top!  Terry's grandsons will likely use the knobs to lift and position their pirates as they battle each other's ships.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=733218026738410&set=gm.695370047206823&type=1&theater

If worry about wear and tear and dirt have kept you from stitching a purse, you should see the ones Mary Agnes has stitched.  These are Elizabeth Turner customs.  The first one is over thirty years old. True it is a shop model but I bet it has been handled a lot over the years by eager customers.
http://needlenicely.blogspot.com/2014/07/mary-bag-pocketbook.html

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Barjello Magic (in Class)

Ruth shares the fun her customers had in a Bargello class with Julia Snyder. Folks picked a canvas from her And More line, then choose stitches from her iBargello book and stitched their brains out.
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2014/07/the-brilliance-of-bargello.html

Here's the book they used.  The second link is the only review I found.
http://store.apneedlearts.com/ibargello.html

http://www.nuts-about-needlepoint.com/ibargello-book-review/

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© Copyright July 21, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

So What's It Like In Embellishment Class?

Since I live so far from any shop and have never taken a canvas embellishment class, I was surprised to hear that they have several formats.   Robin King hints at how she runs embellishment classes here in her blog posting about her trip to Peacock Alley in Michigan.  Looks like she does a guide for everyone in class and they go over the stitches used in class.
http://needlepointstudyhall.blogspot.com/2014/07/teaching-at-peacock-alley-needlepoint.html

Robin promises more photos from the class once she gets home and unpacks (and crashes).  Until then, we can get more glimpses of how Robin's class went from Diane who was lucky enough to be one of The Nine.  By the way, the anti-tarnish needle minders apparently will be more widely available in case you want to polish up your needles.  (I never use mine long enough for this to be a problem but I have acid hands.)
http://www.dianestakingtimeouttoneedlepoint.com/2014/08/an-absolutely-awesome-weekend.html

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Finella: A New Laying Tool

Finella Laying Tools

When I saw Pamela Harding post this on Facebook, I asked her if I could repost her message and photos here.  Pamela said yes!  Thanks, Pam!


Pamela says:  Who doesn't need a new laying tool? I now have a new one for you to try called a Finella. They were featured in the What's New column of the last issue of Needlepoint Now and a few people have asked me about them.

They are hand-made by a welder friend of mine here in Washington state to my exact specifications - who better than a needlepointer to design a laying tool? There are two types of tools - a regular laying tool with a sharp end and a tool with a rounded end which is great for working with silk ribbon, flair, or any other thread that can get caught on a point. They come in 3", 4", and 5" lengths. Made of steel they have a slight more heft than a BLT or Teko Bari. They have square ends to keep from rolling and will stick to a magnet. They have been "blued" so that your skin oils won't discolor the metal.


Finella Ribbon Laying Tools

Retail price is $25 for the 4" and $30 for the 3" and 5" (because they are handmade, these different sizes are harder to work with). 

You can contact me directly at needlearts@comcast.net, 206-406-5642, if you would like to purchase them or get more information. 

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© Copyright August 1, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Easy, Intermediate or Advanced?

Sheena has an idea that she things will help new stitchers who are browsing for a canvas online--shops should indicate somehow whether a canvas is likely to be easy, intermediate or advanced to stitch.  This isn't a foolproof system but it is going to be useful to an inexperienced stitcher.
http://www.sheenasstitches.com/appealing-younger-generation/

Here's the site that got Sheena thinking what a cleaver idea this is--
http://www.comfy-cottage.com

If you are a shop with an online presence, this isn't a bad idea to implement as you add new photos to your web store.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What Do You Think This Is? UPDATED

I know nothing about silver or matchboxes but I am pretty sure this is not needlepoint. 
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Super-Rare-H-G-Murphy-Needlepoint-Garden-Scene-Solid-Silver-Match-Box-1938-/321476126627?pt=UK_Antiques_Silverware_RL&hash=item4ad97867a3

I'd guess this is embroidery on painted linen.  I'd also guess the threads were hand tinted with paint after stitching since this is dated 1938.  As far as I know, overdyed threads were not common then.  What do you think?

Interesting, regardless.  I suppose a regular box of matches is slid into the area below the stitching and the silver matchbox holder sits on a dressing or occasional table to make the utilitarian object of a paper matchbox more decorative.

UPDATE:  The auction ended without a buyer and has been relisted.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/321504139194?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2661&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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Mysteries, Classes and Clubs

The August newsletter for Bedecked and Beaddazzled is the complete listing of all Ruth Schmuff's upcoming mysteries, shop classes and clubs. But there is more!  Ruth always throws in a stitch diagram and explanation of how to use it and derivatives of it.   This month she talks about Milanese, how to use it, how to make compensation easier and how to work it in vertical rows instead of on the diagonal.  
http://www.bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/content/uploads/bedeckednewsaug2014.pdf

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Important Safety Tip

When I noticed that Diane just bought a cover for her magnifier, it reminded me that a friend just had her magnifier burn a hole in a cushion.   Diane's new cover is from Carol Eix Designs (second link), but you can make one yourself fairly easily or just drape a large handkerchief over the glass when your magnifier isn't in use.  
http://www.dianestakingtimeouttoneedlepoint.com/2014/07/new-purchases.html

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carol-Eix-Design/290003741061652

Safety first!

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Monday, August 11, 2014

The Fuzzy Effect (Improved)

There's big news for Japanese Embroidery fans in the United Kingdom -- Japanese Embroidery UK has decided to update and modify their teaching to make the lessons cheaper and more accessible.  Here is what Jane says about how this will work.
http://japanese-embroidery.blogspot.com/2014/08/its-been-long-time-since-i-updated-this.html

The new site that will represent many Japanese Embroidery tutors is here.  It's gorgeous!  Don't miss the videos.
http://thefuzzyeffect.co.uk

Here is the Japanese Embroidery Academy site, with descriptions of the modules.  It looks pretty bare bones until you start clicking on the links and discover the beauties within.
http://www.japaneseembroideryuk.academy

This sounds like very good news for people who want to study JE on the other side of the ocean.  Those of us who study it here, or who just admire the technique, will have a lot of fun exploring the sites.

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© Copyright August 3, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Trials of a Shop Owner

Mary Agnes' shop is in Florida and usually has quiet summers when all the tourists are at home instead of looking for beaches and sunshine. But there are always little problems cropping up and this week is no exception!   Besides the normal ripping out (or frogging), Mary Agnes has a sick thread display spinner.
http://needlenicely.blogspot.com/2014/07/broken-fiber-rack-and-some-frogging.html

The life of a shop owner is never an easy one!

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© Copyright July 21, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

News from the World of Needlepoint UPDATED

There's been a delay in the publication of the new edition of Jo I. Christensen's Needlepoint Book. Instead of coming out this fall, it won't be published until the spring of 2015. I have heard it is going to be in hardback, not paperback, which probably accounts for the delay. 

UPDATE:  According to Amazon, the hardback version is still coming out the end of November 2014.  The Kindle edition will be ready in the spring.  In other words, who knows when it will be available?!

In other news, Ehrman Tapestry just announced they are reissuing the vegetable series from Kaffe Fassett due to popular demand.  You can see them as well as the similar fruit series here.
http://www.ehrmantapestry.com/designer-products.aspx?id=7057648f-50e0-45e0-baab-cd506d20efb5

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© Copyright August 10, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

The Beaded Edge (A Tutorial)

Pamela shows how to create a simple but beautiful beaded edge for your needlework. 
http://hokkaidokudasai.blogspot.com/2014/08/how-to-make-beaded-edging.html

Pretty but easy--can't beat that!

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© Copyright August 2 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

New Alphabet Chart Generator

If you have ever wanted to stitch a special phrase on blank canvas but didn't have the skills or confidence to graph out the letters yourself, this site is for you.   The lettering is around 15 threads high and in cursive without the ability to change the font but still this may be helpful.  I saw this on Facebook but naturally I can't remember who posted it.  Thanks, mystery person!
http://www.stitchpoint.com/eng/tool/alph/chart_alphabet_paris.php

Here's another similar tool.  Only a few fonts are available for free as this is a preview of their software.
http://www.crosstitch.com/captionmaker/

Ok, let's see....  How many letters are in "It's not a tiara, I just bedazzled my horns"?

LOL

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