Wednesday, June 3, 2015

BeStitched's Birthday Gift

I imagine you have noticed BeStitched's publicity about Needlepoint Flix, their new subscription video series.  For $9.99 a month, you have access to their video stitch library and can watch their stitch videos whenever you need help with a stitch, or just want to pass a few minutes sitting in the doctor's office learning something.  If you are like me, you are wondering just what you get for that monthly amount.  Lisa tells me that they have forty-six videos in the subscription, four complimentary videos and eleven that are Pay to View (the Pay To View are very long supplementary class material to help ghosts take BeStitches' classes long distance), and are working towards a goal of one hundred videos by August.  So they are putting a lot of work into this, trying to spread needlepoint knowledge everywhere.

You don't have to wonder any more.  For today only --June 3-- BeStitched will allow you to sign up for a free month's trial as part of their Fourth Anniversary Celebration (they are having a sale, too).  You have to give them your credit card number to set up your free account but you may cancel anytime before the month is over if you discover this isn't something that will work for you.

The free code you enter when setting up your account is birthdaybash.  Basically, you click on the link, then watch the short video.  At the end is a green Create a New Account Button and a gray Login button.  Choose one and get signed up today.

Here's more on exactly how to get started.  Every step of the way is full of information, which impresses me.  It's hard to communicate, after all, especially online, but BeStitched has everything clearly laid out.

I've set up my trial subscription but haven't accessed it yet as I wanted to get this written and off you to first.  After all, this trial offer is for June 3 only.  If you think you might want to add Needlepoint Flix to your Hulu and Netflix subscriptions, act today.

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TNNA Columbus May 2015 Favorites

I've started to assemble a collection of my favorites from TNNA's Summer Show in Columbus, Ohio.  These are personal favorites, things I'd like to stitch myself, and listed in no particular order.

Melissa Shirley has created a huge number of new pieces for the summer show.

Melissa Shirley's Christmas Tree Angel Ornament 1879-D

I am particularly fond of Melissa's little angel ornaments (also available in a larger standup size),  but the dog ornaments in the Best Friends Collection from Mary Lake-Thompson are also charming!  Some of them repeat dog portraits that were released earlier as full sized pieces.

Border Collie Ornament (Mary Lake Thompson) MLT325-F

Not to worry, there's a cat among the dog ornaments.

Vicki Swayer's Snowy Nadia VS152

Fans of Vicki Swayer's animal portraits won't be disappointed.  There's a cow, a huge number of funny chipmunks, birds from the beach (and other places), a hare and a toad, and my personal favorite--this polar bear.

Leigh Designs has released their normal series of eight--this time the Gold Diggers.  Each beauty features typical gear for a gold digger in that neck of the woods.  Recognize anyone?  LOL

Leigh's Gold Digger Miami

Leigh's friends have been busy created stitch guides for this beautiful crew of ladies looking for the big bucks!    Sandy Arthur has done a guide for Hollywood, Pat Miller has done Vegas, Houston is by Carolyn Taggart, and Sharon Quick has done Scottsdale.  My personal favorite is Miami and I'll be stitching that once I finish No Flying Monkeys.

Spooky Pumpkin H-011 from JP

Juli Poitras of JP Needlepoint has a lot of classic pieces, but my very favorite is "Spooky Pumpkin" from her Halloween banners.

Pepperberry's Cool Reindeer

Pepperberry Designs also has dog ornaments (Do I sense a theme developing here?) but my favorite is this Cool Reindeer ornament!

Labors of Love's Mini Mermaid LL510T

Labors of Love has added new clip on birds and a dimensional turkey and 2-sided snowmen, but their series of eight mermaid ornaments is my favorite.   They've also added to their Storybook characters series and have created a "bridal tree" club.

Ewe and Eye's Winter Sleigh Scene with Custom Frame

Ewe and Eye and Maggie have collaborated again with Lisa Krause for some wonderful custom frames.  There is even a mirror and a dry erase board!  My personal favorite is this winter sleigh scene above.  I don't usually like folk art designs but I find this one charming.

Scott Church/CBK Beaver working on Candy Cane

CBK has some new Scott Church Creative pieces.  The beaver above cracks me up.

Those are my very favorites but I know there are many great canvases I missed.  What's YOUR favorite?

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Linda's Seeking As You Like It Nativity Pieces

Holy Family

Linda is very fond of the As You Like It Nativity set and owns a couple of pieces but is looking for more.  

Three Wise Men
She owns the Holy Family canvas and all three of the Wise Men, and has a lead on the Shepherds with Sheep.

Heavenly Host--is she part of the set?

This may or may not be the angel.  Anyone know if this is the angel that belongs to the set?  Linda thinks the colors are wrong.

Shepherds, Sheep and Donkey
But usually there are other pieces like a camel or elephant and an angel.  Anyone seen these?

Linda also wants the Scottish Santa.  

Irish Santa - Linda wants the Scottish Santa, too.

Here is her Irish Santa to give you an idea what the ethnic Santas look like.  She has the Irish one already but wants the Scotsman Santa.

Since the company has been out of business for quite a while, it isn't going to be easy for Linda to find the angel and the camel or elephant pieces, so she's turning to Blog's readers for help.  If you are a shop with one of these in stock, Linda'd like to know what the set looks like and if it is for sale, what the price is.  If you have one of these in your stash and are willing to part with it, or at least share a photograph, Linda'd love that information.  Email me at chillyhollowat hotmaildotcom and I'll forward the information to her.  

Thanks so much for helping a fellow stitcher!

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Kathy's Assessment for RSN Canvaswork

Kathy worked a lovely Asian snow scene for her Royal School certificate in canvaswork over the last few months and just got it back. You can see the finished piece and read what the folks who judged it said on her blog.  This is Kathy's first piece of needlepoint, so prepare to be amazed!

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