Saturday, December 31, 2016

Another Smart Cookie: Needle Threader

Obviously all this Christmas fun is bringing out the smarts in stitchers.  Check out what Lisa did to keep track of her needle threader--she stuck a magnet on it!  Very clever!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153956674076333&set=gm.1228370163906806&type=3&theater

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 11, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Most Requested Books of 2016

Ruth Kern's newest e-newletter is always a fun read but since this time she lists the most requested books of 2016--and there are several needlepoint books on the list--I thought you'd enjoy seeing the books on her Most Requested List.
http://ruthkernbooks.blogspot.com/2016/12/december-2016-blog-may-all-your-days-be.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 15, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Still Another Smart Cookie: Magnets Display Board

Bess just won the Smart Cookie Award this week with her use of this Ikea Magnetic Board to keep her needle minders in order.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10211634513684277&set=pcb.1228470110563478&type=3&theater

"Skurar" seems to refer to a punched hole lace style of item. Ikea has a lot of things in this style available if you want to coordinate your stitching nest. Here is the magnetic board from the Ikea website.
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10310629/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 11, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A Needlepoint Profile of the Authors

Lycette Designs did a fun profile of the authors of Sophistication is Overrated by concentrating on their needlepoint shop background and love of our favorite needle art.  You'll learn their favorite shops, that "belts are men's charm bracelets" and what they binge watch when stitching.  Fun!
http://lycettedesigns.com/women-point-sophistication-overrated/

Since we also learned that their book about entertaining has a chapter on needlepoint, here's a link to learn more and perhaps buy yourself a copy if Santa didn't provide it.
http://lycettedesigns.com/women-point-sophistication-overrated/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 15, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Parade Magazine Discovers Needlepoint

The online version of Parade magazine has discovered needlepoint.
http://parade.com/529660/kellydinardo/photos-needlepoint-not-just-for-grannies-anymore/

The link at the bottom (Launch Slideshow) of the article shows off commercial products from companies like Smathers and Branson.  Very plain and basic stuff, but at least they noticed.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 10, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Need a Conservator?

The American Institute for Conservation of Historica and Artistic Works not only has a website where they have tips for protection of historic items, they have a Find a Conservator service.
http://www.conservation-us.org

If you have an antique textile or a very special stitched piece that has been damaged in some way, this is a place to start finding help.  It won't be cheap but treasures of our heart are worth the money to return them to good order.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 16, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas, Everybody!

Designs from (left to right) Maggie, Joan Thomasson and Caron

Not everyone enjoys Christmas much--too many bad memories or too many lost loved ones--but I hope the gift of love and hope Christmas represents finds its way into your heart.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 24, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

The PFOS Xmas Party

Pocket Full of Stitches (PFOS for those of us who love shortening names) just had their annual Christmas party with an ornament exchange.  Doesn't this make you want to work there?
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2016/12/annual-christmas-party-ornament-exchange.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 20, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

A Counted Christmas from Laura Perin

Fans of counted work--rejoice! Laura Perin has released a free Christmas chart called "Christmas Square" that is a companion piece to her free Thanksgiving chart called "Thanksgiving Square."   Thanks, Laura, and Merry Christmas back at you!
http://two-handedstitcher.blogspot.com/2016/12/free-christmas-gift-for-you.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 23, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

A Sweet Story For Christmas

Suzie tells the story of a new ornament she stitched for her tree this year.
http://astheneedleturns.com/you-and-me/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 22, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Linkin Logs! (Free Mystery Project from Blue Dogwood)

Kay Fite just announced the free mystery project from Blue Dogwood for 2017 will be called "Linkin Logs."  There are two color ways--purple or orange.  You can see the thread kits here.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/1227519357325220/

The first installment will be in January and you can order the overdyed threads either with or without the canvas from Blue Dogwood if you wish.  This year Kay is using Coluor Complements threads.
http://bluedogwooddesigns.com/newdesigns.php

This is the link to the Blue Dogwood page with each year's free design.  You will find the newest instructions here each month or you can browse to how older Blue Dogwood mystery designs turned out.
http://bluedogwooddesigns.com/sgom.php

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright December 10, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Judith Wins the Smart Cookie Award

This week's Smart Cookie Award goes to Judith, who uses an old bracelet to contain her threads instead of using one of those clips from the office supplies store.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154763446571069&set=gm.1227391184004704&type=3&theater

Of course if you don't happen to own one of these bracelets, you can use the rings off these laying tool bracelets instead....
http://www.bloominstitches.com/product-page/4a3be10a-6917-308d-358e-656533da6ad5

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 10, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Helen Bubick's Needlepoint Mitten Ornaments

Want a treat while waiting for Santa? Check out Helen Bubick's needlepoint mitten ornaments.  Some of her mittens are cross stitch and some seem to be embroidery as well.  Obviously Helen's mastered her needle!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/domikbubika/

Many thanks to the Embroiders' Association of Canada for mentioning these beauties!

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© Copyright December 16, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Mag Friends for the Holidays

Accoutrement Designs shows off holiday ways to use your magnets when they aren't corralling needles on your canvases.
http://fobfriends.blogspot.com/2016/12/special-holiday-card-and-gift.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 13, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas in Naples, Florida

The local online newspaper for Naples, Florida profiled a couple with a ton of pretty needlepoint stockings and ornaments.  Stylish and fun--that's needlepoint for you.
http://www.naplesillustrated.com/2016/12/18/local-neapolitans-celebrate-the-holidays-in-hand-stitched-tradition/

Don't miss the slide show at the bottom. Just slide on the side arrow to see everything.

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© Copyright December 19, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Essential Tools

Needlepoint for Fun's latest e-newsletter lists all the essential tools for stitchers.   With Santa on his way, you might want to ask him to restock an essential or maybe you have decided your eyes want a lamp for Christmas....
http://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/must-have-needlepoint-accessories.htm

It's a good starting point.  By the way, this is my favorite tool not on the list.  I store my needles here after every stitching session.  This keeps them off the floor.
http://www.joann.com/dritz-needle-twister-hand-needle-storage-tube/14161855.html

What's your favorite tool not on the list of essentials?

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© Copyright December 9, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Stitch of the Month: Basketweave on a Stick

Fredna's lovely sheep (done using Vineyard Silks and Basketweave on a Stick) is the stitch of the month for December.   It's the perfect pairing of stitch and thread.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157888889395252&set=gm.1221888714554951&type=3&theater

Fredna is working from a Julia Snyder stitch guide on an Elizabeth Turner stocking that's part of a Nativity stocking set.  Here is the shepherd and sheep design in full.
https://www.theneedlepointer.com/product/stocking-shepherd-with-sheep/

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 7, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, December 19, 2016

A Source for Finca Perle Cotton (and More!)

I'm told this is a great place to find size 8 Finca perle cotton from Prescencia, as well as a lot more.  Check out the beautiful fabrics!
https://shiboridragon.com

Five enabling points to Pat who told me about this.

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© Copyright December 3, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Newest Kreinik Colors UPDATED

Newest Kreinik Colors

I just got my hands on the newest colors from Kreinik.  That's what you see in the photograph above.   The two whites are both size 8 but the others are all size 4 which is what I use mostly. The white colors don't come in size 4 yet. The whites are 2132 HL (it has a gold highlight in it that is supposed to be copper but it looks golden to me) and 1232HL which has a distinct tinge of purple. Both are very pretty! Sorry you can't see the highlights in the photo but if you are in a shop that has them, ask to see the new colors. In good light the purple or copper-gold sheen is lovely.  By the way, the new whites are not the stark white of Marshmallow 5760 but more like 032 with additional colors mixed in.

The other colors are more muted. There are two purples--4206 is the lighter shade of pale, almost grayish purple and 5013 is the darker. The darker purple 5013 is shiny and unusual--it is a purple mixed with a sort of brick clay red. I think it is lovely but it is a flashy color.

There are two greens as well. 4203 is the darker olive green-gold and appears to have a touch of silver in it. 4201 is the paler light green.

The last set of colors are a light dull silver (4205) and 4204 which is a dark and dull charcoal with touches of silver. Both will be lovely for shading--we don't do enough shading of metallics in my opinion! The final color is 4202 which is a dull brown, again with silver. The 4201, 4202, 4203, 4204, and 4205 set are all shading colors similar to Kreinik colors that became unavailable due to Kreinik not being able to get the base materials. I think the 4206 is a new shade but the others substitute for older colors. 4203 is the most interesting of the lot. In some lights it looks golden. If you need a tarnished gold or gold with moss in it, I think this is the color.

Here are the new colors on Kreinik's blog and website.  The 4201-4205 series don't appear to be on their color card yet.
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2016/10/three-new-kreinik-colors.html

I urge you to take a look at the new colors in your favorite shop or on the Kreinik website, then look carefully at your next design.  Then tell Santa!  These will be terrific on the right canvas.

UPDATE:  Karen at Nimble Needle in NJ has a photo of the Kreinik whites and some words of wisdom about picking the right shade.
http://nimbleneedlenj.com/7-shade-of-kreinik-whites/

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© Copyright December 3, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

The SWAN Party Gift Exchange 2016 UPDATED

Every year Stephanie's local stitching guild has a gift exchange. Members draw names and exchange presents, usually Christmas ornaments. This year's set is particularly fun! 
http://stephsstitching.blogspot.com/2016/12/best-party-of-year.html

Merry Christmas, everyone!

UPDATE:  Lucky Steph shows off her SWAN exchange presents.
http://stephsstitching.blogspot.com/2016/12/swan-ornaments-given-to-me.html

UPDATE #2:  Steph shows off the ornaments she's stitched and given away to her fellow SWANS.  I think it's nice to have everything in one article so you can admire all the talent in Stephanie's local guild.
http://stephsstitching.blogspot.com/2016/12/swan-ornaments-i-have-given.html

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© Copyright December 12, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, December 16, 2016

The Newest Amy Newsletter

It's December which means Amy Bunger's newest shop newsletter (which publishes every other month) is out!  It is full of fun new items, classes, stitch guides Amy and Lori Carter have just finished, and much, much more, including a diagram for Tessellated Ts, a wonderful background stitch and a review of Lynda Richardson's second stitch book.
http://www.amybunger.com/f/1216.pdf

You'll love this!  And don't miss the customer gallery-the highlight for me is a series of designs featuring black dogs that are beautifully stitched to show great expressions, even though the dogs are black.

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© Copyright December 1, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Angel Queen Hearts (A Winter Mystery)

The latest shop e-newsletter for Bedecked and Beaddazzled has revealed the Winter 2017 mystery class from Ruth Schmuff--Lulu My Pink Turtle's Angel Queen Hearts!  This is a 10 inch square design on 18 count, so there is a lot of room to run wild. And you know Ruth--"Run Wild" is her motto!
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2016/12/a-new-lulu-for-new-year.html

As always with Ruth's mystery classes, I'll update this article with links to her class progress photos so you can see all the fun.

UPDATE:  Ruth starts the same way I do, with faces and backgrounds.  The background especially is a charmer, plus she does the wings.  I alway find wings hard.  Lots of great ideas here, even if you are not taking this class.
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2017/01/lovethatface.html

Now the angel queen has hair, a dress and lots and lots of bling.
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2017/02/the-more-bling-better.html

And suddenly, Ruth adds beads everywhere!  (I know you are SO surprised.  LOL)
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2017/02/did-someone-say-beads.html

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© Copyright December 1, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

BREAKING NEWS: Callaway Closing

Kay Stanis just posted on Facebook that after the January 2017 session, Callaway Gardens School of NeedleArts will close. It's the end of an era, folks.
http://www.callawaygardens.com/events/education-and-culture/callaway-gardens-school-of-needle-arts/course-descriptions

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright December 14, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sandy's Fabulous Family Christmas Stitching

Sandy Arthur tells the story of her Christmas stitching for her granddaughters and how that gift keeps giving.
http://sandyarthur.blogspot.com/2016/12/copied-from-my-facebook-page-for-those.html

I want to break out the needle and threads and start stitching for my family!

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© Copyright December 12, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

BREAKING NEWS: Tony Minieri Resting Up

Fans of The Headmaster Himself will be interested to hear that he's out of commission for a bit due to health issues. He posted this on his Facebook page yesterday.

"Hi Everyone!!!

I have had a very , very busy year with many great classes and surprises. The biggest surprise was lower back issues that started developing in June 2016 and became intense enough to stop me in my tracks in October. Unfortunately , my body decided it was time to remind me exactly how old I am. I had to stop working in late October and was going to be able to go back to work in late January. The day after I stopped working I started Physical Therapy 3 times a week. It was grueling at times but beneficial; however not enough for the problems I have. 

I went to the Doctor today December 12, and after a new MRI and examination the Doctor told me that a new problem cropped up and this one is only fixable with surgery, so with in the next 2 1/2 weeks I will be going into the hospital for surgery.

It seems like it is going to be a bit complicated but my Doctor told me I will be out of pain, walking normally again and I will need some further therapy but different from the type of therapy I have been doing since October. He told me I should be fine to go back to work on March 1, 2017.

I am disappointed that I could not honor my teaching commitments but I truly have not been able to work. I have loved being home every night, sleeping in my own bed and spending so much time with my dear and wonderful Husband Luis, and spending time with Family and friends here in N.J.

I wish Every one Wonderful Holidays!"

And we wish Tony Minieri a great 2017 that is pain free and full of dear friends and family and wonderful stitching.

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© Copyright December 13, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

M.R.S. Embroidery's Trestle Frames

Folks who live in Great Britain or who prefer trestle style frames will want to read what Kathy at The Unbroken Thread has to say about the new trestle stands from M.R. S. Embroidery.
http://www.theunbrokenthread.com/blog/2016/11/30/new-trestle-supplier-m-r-s-embroidery/

Trestle floor frames are made to lay your stretcher bars flat on top, then stitch with both hands, one above and one below the needlework.  These look solid and they easily come apart to be stored flat against a wall, under a bed, or behind furniture.  Nice job, Magda!

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© Copyright November 30, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, December 12, 2016

A New Purse Finisher (Stitches in Time Houston)

Stitches in Time Needlepoint has teamed up with local artisans to offer custom designed leather purses for your stitching.  
https://www.facebook.com/144034964046/photos/a.10152269018089047.1073741847.144034964046/10154838566484047/?type=3&theater

If you have a purse you want created, contact the shop.
http://www.stitchesintimeneedlepoint.com

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© Copyright November 30, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Breaking News: Needle in a Haystack Montrose

It's probably not news to folks in the Montrose, California area, but Needle in a Haystack on Honolulu Avenue has a new owner!  We feel very lucky that a new owner wanted to take over when the old wished to retire.
http://www.needhay.com

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© Copyright December 11, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

The Silk Gauze Lover's Dream

I didn't realize Frances Peterson, who has been happily posting photographs of her silk gauze needlepoint rugs on Facebook, has a website where she sells her rug charts.
http://petersonpetitpoint.com

The slide show of Frances' rugs in various dollhouses and miniature rooms is great fun to watch and then you can go browse her designs.  I suggest you click on "All Products," click on the first design photo to come up, then hit Next to see everything.  Clicking on the individual pages will give you a better look.

Boy, that Camden rug is a beauty....

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© Copyright November 15, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Etsy is Cracking Down on Copyright Infringement

Looks as if Etsy is cracking down on shop owners who are violating copyright. Good for them!  I don't think using other folks' intellectual property for your own gain is ethical or legal.  Of course I've had blog articles plagiarized, so I have personal reasons to be pretty strict about this both here and on Facebook's Needlepoint Nation.
http://www.thewriteassistantllc.com/2016/11/09/etsy-shop-shutdowns/

It also looks like they are cracking down on shops selling merchandise that they did not make themselves.  I wonder what effect this will have on shops selling needlepoint canvases?  I think this is geared towards shops that import items made in Chinese and Thai factories and pass them off as their own creations.  I'm pleased about this as I feel Etsy is supposed to be a place for creators to sell their personal handwork.

What are your opinions on this?

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© Copyright November 10, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, December 9, 2016

A Shot of Color for a Dreary Day

I write Blog articles ahead of time, mostly about three-four weeks before they will publish.  Therefore I don't really know if today's going to be dreary but hey!--it's December!  Everyone needs a shot of color and fun finishing in December, right?  Therefore I'm reviving Finishing Friday as a special treat.  First, let's see what Ruth Schmuff's students have done with their mermaids from Lulu My Pink Turtle....
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2016/11/beaches-mermaids-and-seashells.html

The design is called La Sirena and it was a mystery class from Bedecked and Beaddazzled last summer.  You can pick up the class kit from Ruth any time you need a mermaid (and mer-cat) in your life.
http://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/product/la-sirena/

Our other shot of fabulousness is from Suzie Vallerie at Enriched Stitch.  This is a Kate Dickerson piece called "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."  This also was a class at Suzie's shop.  She just got it back from the framer.
http://astheneedleturns.com/girls-just-wanna-have-fun/

If you want to play with ribbons, the kit is also available.
http://enrichedstitch.com

Now, don't you feel better?

Hugs from Chilly Hollow!

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© Copyright November 17, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Picking Colors

Recently I've been working on a counted canvaswork piece, Gay Ann Roger's Queen Elizabeth Heart.  You can see Beth's finished heart here--
http://bethsneedleworkstash.blogspot.com/2013/01/heart-of-elizabeth-stitched.html

You may have noticed photos of my heart posted here in the background or over in the right hand column as I worked away.  Obviously my colors are totally different.  That's because I bought the instructions used without any of the threads and beads that come in the kit.  I planned to substitute items from my stash.  But what colors?  Should I stick with an Elizabethean look or choose favorite colors?

I am no good at picking colors that will work together so I decide to cheat.  I google'd Japanese kimonos and choose my favorite--a wedding kimono made by Chiso--then picked the colors from that.  You can see the kimono itself in the background of Blog and you can also see it on the Chiso website.  Just click on the arrows to cycle through their lovely pieces.
http://www.chiso.co.jp

The colors I came up with are dark plum, persimmon, harvest gold, and lime green with gold, emerald and ruby touches for the jewelry along with pearls.  The heart is stitched on white Congress cloth.  I had only blue and ecru so I chose to use the ecru rather than buy new.

Then I had to go through the instructions very carefully, listing all the colors used for each part.  That way I knew charcoal silk floss was used in the original for the blackwork.  Then I went through my stash, looking for colors from the kimono that I had in silk flosses so I knew what I had to use on my version of the blackwork.  Make sense?

It took a lot of rummaging and planning and I did change my mind several times, using the harvest gold only once and changing a gold area to lime green, but I finally came up with a pretty unusual color scheme.  When I finish the heart I'll post a photograph of the final look, with apologies to Gay Ann Rogers and thanks for a very interesting design.

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© Copyright November 20, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Breaking News; Dr. Ray is Gone

A Leigh Custom for the Doctor

Over the years I've heard lots of stories about Dr. Ray Endicott, retired doctor in Hawaii who was a demon stitcher.  He loved Asian designs especially and stitched a great many, which of course made him a kindred spirit.  The design on the left is a custom Leigh Designs made for him.  Isn't it lovely?
http://www.caron-net.com/03janfiles/jan03fea.html

I was very sad to hear that the world just lost Dr. Ray.  His battle with ill health is over, but he's left a legacy of wonderful stitching and great memories.  Thanks, Dr. Ray!  Loved your geishas!  (By the way, there is also a tribute to Sandy Rodgers here. It's not been a good month for the World of Needlepoint.)
http://www.leighdesigns.com/News/

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© Copyright December 7, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Suzie's Holiday Gift List

Suzie at Enriched Stitch has listed all the great gifts for a needlepointer that the shop sells. 
http://astheneedleturns.com/holiday-wish-list/

Send the URL to Santa with a note pointing to what you'd like best....

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© Copyright November 20, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Christmas at Bed, Bath and Beyond

Many thanks to Jo I.C. who noticed that Bed, Bath and Beyond is going traditional this Christmas.
https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/100-years-of-flight-hand-stitched-needlepoint-throw-pillow/1046974334

https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/window-seat-kitty-needlepoint-square-throw-pillow/1046974426

Of course you can buy needlepoint stockings at LL Bean....
http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/75284?&qs=3127501&cvosrc=ppc.bing.cotton%20needlepoint%20stockings&cvo_crid=%7Bcreative%7D&Matchtype=b&gclid=CNC8jJaPtdACFQJNNwodr_EMwA&gclsrc=ds

...and at Sears.
http://www.sears.com/search=needlepoint%20christmas%20stockings

They aren't high quality at any place but they do seem better than what I've seen in many years past.

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© Copyright November 19, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, December 5, 2016

BREAKING NEWS: Sandy Rodgers Has Died UPDATED

I've just gotten confirmation that Sandy Rodgers, teacher, writer and stitcher extraordinary, has died.  She was a delightful person, a wonderful teacher for both ANG and EGA and a superb stitcher who did the most beautiful silk and metal embroidery on needlepoint canvas.   Plus Sandy wrote articles for all the needlepoint magazines for years and years.  I always enjoyed her profiles of new products immensely.
http://sandyrodgers.com

I am so sorry to have never had a change to take one of Sandy's classes.  My condolences to her family and friends.  We will miss her.
http://sandyrodgers.com/Classes/winterwhites.html

UPDATE:  The funeral service is planned for later this week.

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© Copyright December 5, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Crewel Videos and Embroidery Tips

Once again Mary Corbet has mentioned things of great interest to embroiderers--that there are great videos on The Crewel Work Company's revamped website and EGA has published a booklet with embroidery tips that is available for online viewing or download.  Since needlepointers often use crewel stitches, you'll want to check this out.

The Crewel Work Company is a venture by Phillippa Turnbull and you can see her video collection here.  I may be prejudiced (I learned crewel embroidery before I learned needlepoint) but I think the skills used in crewel are very useful for needlepointers who love to embellish their work. If you have trouble with French knots, for example, Phillippa demonstrates how to make them. If you ever wanted to use fly stitch for bird feathers, watch her video first.
https://www.crewelwork.com/pages/videos

The EGA brochure is called "A Little Book of Embroidery Basics."  It really does cover the basics, from keeping your hands clean to learning how to start/end a thread.  If you want a refresher course, or just because you are learning, this is a great place to orient yourself before your next stitching project.
http://www.egausa.org/images/Resources/LittleBook_8x5_2016.pdf

And of course if you need a break from Holiday Madness, a good little book or a good little movie is the perfect thing to enjoy!

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© Copyright November 19, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Self Finishing Videos

Folks who are tempted by self-finishing kits but who are a little intimidated by doing the finishing themselves will be interested to see the finishing videos by Point2Pointe, which offers kits for wine stoppers, needle magnets, and jewelry.   The videos show exactly how to finish their square and round canvases into the metal framework.  It looks like a quick, fun stitch for holiday presents.
http://www.point2pointe.net/finishing/

By the way, Amy Bunger talks about how to finish these step-by-step in her latest shop newsletter.
http://www.amybunger.com/f/1216.pdf

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© Copyright November 5, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

I Heart Backgrounds

Needlepoint for Fun shows off three pretty heart-shaped darning stitch backgrounds for your stitching pleasure.
http://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/three-ways-to-needlepoint-heart-patterns-as-darning-stitches.htm

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright November 16, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Musing on The Stash

Ann's blog has a very interesting essay about our stashes and how we feel about them today.  Ann is an English academic and mostly a quilter but a stash is a stash!  All needleworkers have them. Probably all folks who make things with their hands have them actually.  But how we use our stash and how we feel about accumulating it varies widely as you will see.
https://annjrippin.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/thinking-about-the-stash/

My stash is nuts stored up for the winter.  What's yours?

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© Copyright November 16, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

It's Time to Think Woodlawn

The Woodlawn Plantation Needlework Show is every March but since they start to accept entries January 11 and all entries must be in by February 1st this year.  So start getting everything together!  Here is everything you need to know plus a link to the brochure which the entry form to fill out and send with your stitching.
http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/annualneedleworkshow/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 27, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Duo Lamp UPDATED

I'd never heard of the Duo Lamp until BeStitched posted about them in one of their shop newsletters.
http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=2b1a4dafdf1ba6e29e773aa79&id=4a6b1625c0

It looks like the perfect clamp-on lamp for someone who needs a lot of light on their stitching or wants light from two sides to hit their project.  My only question would be how wide the clamp opens as some tables have very wide edges.  But I'm sure BeStitched will be able to tell you everything you want to know about the Duo Lamp.
https://www.theneedlepointer.com/product/duo-lamp/

UPDATE:  Donna says that these also come in a floor lamp version, AND they are in stock at Waste Knot (my LNS) where she works.  So if you live in the D.C. metro area you can check these out in person or do mail order if this is on your list for Santa.
http://www.wasteknotneedlepoint.com

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© Copyright November 15, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Breaking News: Needlepoint by Wildflowers Update

Needlepoint by Wildflowers has updated their website. Have fun shopping!
https://www.needlepointbywildflowers.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright November 27, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tree of Life Carpet One UPDATED

Natalia Frank of Natalia's Fine Needlework designed and stitched an amazing rug last spring in a short period of time give that it is on 56 count silk gauze. She entered it in a prestigious dollhouse exhibit in London and won first prize.  When you see it you will see why.
http://www.dollhouseneedlepoint.com/apps/webstore/products/category/1511398

http://www.dollshousefestival.com/index.php?page=PIMA-winners-16S~mainvideo~floorplans~cityoflondon~KDF%20Membership%202016~win-vouchers~club-tickets~howtoexhibit

Natalia stitched this using 89 shades of Gloriana's Tudor Silk.  It is the first in a series of three Tree of Life designs she has planned.  I cannot wait to see what she does next.

UPDATE:  Mary Corbet loves this design and bought one of the kits to stitch it.  Mary's first message in a series of them as she works this piece talks about the kit itself and how it is organized.
http://www.needlenthread.com/2017/01/56-count-miniature-tree-of-life.html

Then Mary explains how she mounts silk gauze for stitching.
http://www.needlenthread.com/2017/01/56-count-setting-up-silk-gauze-for-embroidery.html

Mary organizes her threads and explains why she started stitching where she did and what she plans to stitch next.
http://www.needlenthread.com/2017/02/56-count-strategies-for-stitching.html

Mary has a great idea to make it easy to see the silk gauze mesh.
http://www.needlenthread.com/2017/03/56-count-the-peacock-colors-craft-foam.html

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© Copyright November 14, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Determining Naughty or Nice (A Mystery from Ruth Schmuff and David Galchutt) UPDATED

Ruth Schmuff has started her Christmas mystery class for 2016--David Galchuff's "Determining Naughty or Nice."
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2016/11/theres-twinkle-in-his-eyes.html

If you are interested, you can sign up for this class (and attend in person or via mail order) at Ruth's website.  This is going to be interesting as this piece has so much detail.  Already Ruth has performed her magic on Santa's face.
http://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/product/determining-naughty-nice/

I'll update this article as Ruth posts progress photos after each lesson.

In the first update, Ruth solves the problem of how to stitch a very detailed mustache without taking forever.
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2016/12/what-to-do-what-to-do.html

Now Ruth is tackling the shadows on the clothing.
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2016/12/santas-getting-ready.html

The final touches are beaded snowflakes and wired silk ribbon flowers. (I spy boucle and pompoms, too!)
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2017/01/snowflakes-and-flowers-and-holly-leaves.html

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© Copyright November 14, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Chuck Pinnell: Leatherwork Divine

Horse Country Chic has been to see Chuck Pinnell recently.  You may have come across mention of his leatherwork in Martha Stewart Living.  His work is amazing.  It is expensive but you'll have a top quality needlepoint belt or purse that will last forever.
http://horsecountrychic.blogspot.com/2016/11/last-week-i-ventured-over-to-crozet.html

I've often thought a briefcase with a needlepoint insert or a wallet with the same would be a present to remember....
http://www.pinnellcustomleather.com

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 10, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

A Thankful Chart

Laura Perin occasionally creates a free chart for her fans to stitch and this Thanksgiving she has made an autumn one that is just lovely!
http://two-handedstitcher.blogspot.com/2016/11/giving-thanks.html

Thank you, Laura.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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© Copyright November 25, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thera Gloves

In case you didn't see the update to my article about items to help those with aches and pains, Sara Leigh says the Thera Gloves work really well. She used to sell them when she owned a needlework shop.  Thanks for the tip, SL!
http://www.theraglove.com/products.html

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© Copyright November 10, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Guest Post on Kumihimo Braiding from Dawn Bagnetto

Dawn Bagnetto has been emailing me about her adventure with Kumihimo braiding and graciously agreed to share her test results.  Thanks, Dawn!

By the way, Dawn is using thread yo-yos to hold her long strands of perle cotton prior to braiding.  These are also used for cable organization if you can't find them anywhere else.
http://www.containerstore.com/s/office/cord-control/cable-turtles/12d?productId=10000329


Dawn Starting to Braid

While checking out The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint site, I read an article about Kumihimo braiding. Wendy at One Off Needlework posted her adventures with this technique on her blog:
http://www.oneoffneedlework.co.uk/blog/making-my-own-cord-trim/

So, like a true needlepointer, I put away my current project and started another.

I found the loom and thread spools at Hobby Lobby. There were several to choose from and I opted to buy the loom and spools separately instead of in a kit. The total cost was $13.00 (using my coupons, of course). Instead of buying any more thread, I decided to raid my stash.

Wendy's blog included a link to a You Tube video which gave very clear instructions. My first attempt was awkward and using Appleton Wool was not the best choice. It began to shred after producing only a few inches of braid. Next up was Naturally Caron Spa Yarn. The yarn began to unravel as I worked with the loom, but it did produce a pretty braid.



Magnets Weighing Down the Braid Surrounded by Threads

Still feeling awkward, I watched a few more You Tube videos and discovered that there are Kumihimo weights available to attach to the braid to give it downward tension as you work. Okay, I'm not going back to the store again, so I began searching for alternatives. I found some small, round magnets in my tool drawer that I had used in the past as needle holders. They are very strong and stick together well. I attached two of them to the bottom of my next attempt at braiding, just below the overhand knot - success!

Final attempt was #5 Perle Cotton and the braid was beautiful! Using 1 yard lengths of thread, I ended up with 14" of braid that was 1/8th inch thick. I found that you need to keep the spools close to the loom to make sure the threads don't tangle The thread comes off the spools easily as you work, but if you use thick thread (like yarn) the spools are heavy and unwind causing the spools to hang very low and constantly tangling below the loom. You do need a weight to keep the braid taut and the thread smooth on the top of the loom.



Kumihimo Braid From Size Five Perle Cotton
The rhythm of the repetitive motion and the soft sound of the spools clicking together was very satisfying much like basketweave. A seemingly mindless task producing beautiful results!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Treats for the Counted Canvasworker UPDATED

I am not a counted canvaswork person, not being able to count to three reliably, but I still admire what you can achieve. Here is Gay Ann Rogers' various Downton Abby designs, framed together. Clever idea, although this may just be Brenda putting the photos together for display.  Click on Brenda's photo to see things better.
https://brendasneedlepointstudio.blogspot.com/2016/11/downton-abbey-framed-11816.html

Carolyn Mitchell just wrote about new newest teaching piece, Echoes of Glass, for the Embroiderer's Association of Canada.  I find this a particularly lovely design.  The second link below shows all three parts together.
http://blog.eac.ca/2016/11/echoes-of-glass-inspiration.html

http://eac.ca/eng/education/online-courses/echoes-of-glass

UPDATE:  Linda says that the American Needlepoint Guild is also offering Carolyn Mitchell's Echoes of Glass as a workshop by mail. Registration ends January 31st.   Another good reason to join ANG!  They have great classes available to members.
http://www.needlepoint.org/byMail/EchoesofGlass/index.php

Folks who love counted canvaswork should remember I maintain a list of counted designers in a tab on Blog plus a listing of shops that are said to have a good selection of counted charts for your stitching pleasure.  Have fun browsing!

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© Copyright November 9, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Belt That Is A Tray

Suzie at Enriched Stitch did something very clever--she stitched a belt and had it made into a tray!  That's a very clever idea.  Belt canvases are so versatile--they can be sandal straps, hat bands, purse straps and more.  But I had never thought of a tray.
http://astheneedleturns.com/secret-stitching/

Suzie's won our Smart Cookie Award this week!

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© Copyright November 7,  2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Source for Needlepoint Earrings and Handbags

Thanks to Needlepoint for Fun I've learned of a good source for needlepoint handbags and jewelry--Dude Relax, which has an Etsy store.  The mostly clutch-style purses are all geometric, some obviously inspired by Art Deco.  The earrings are geometric and often shaped like various African countries.  Fun browse!  Make sure you alert Santa....
https://www.etsy.com/shop/duderelax

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© Copyright November 7, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Choosing the Right Stitches: A Movie

The Needlepoint Flix channel that BeStitched runs occasionally posts free videos for all to see. I found a neat one of Lisa talking about how to pick stitches for a canvas but the video moved, the URL went dead, and I couldn't find it again. But today I managed to track it down and discovered the Vimeo channel that BeStitched posts their free videos on.  Here's the how to choose stitches video. in case the video URL died before you could see it.  It's very interesting to watch.
https://vimeo.com/148791913

Here's the Needlepoint Flix Vimeo channel.  Take a little browse and see all the free videos available!  I've added the link to the "Stitch Diagrams and Resources" area of Blog waaaay down at the bottom of the home page, by the way.  You can always find great stuff there.
https://vimeo.com/user46701235/videos/page:1/sort:date

If you love what you see, you might ask Santa for a subscription to Needlepoint Flix's videos.
http://www.needlepointfix.com

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Threadaholic Alert: House of Embroidery

Folks who love trying new threads will be interested in Mary Corbet's latest posting on her website. It's all about threads (cotton, silk flosses plus vicose threads, cotton perles and ribbons) from House of Embroidery in South Africa.
http://www.needlenthread.com/2016/11/house-of-embroidery-threads-review.html

You don't have to ask the company to ship to you from South Africa, either.  House of Embroidery has a US distributor for its cotton flosses and perles.  And Mary--bless her!--has negotiated a sale price for her readers that is good until Cyber Monday (November 28 for those who live in places where cyber sales after Thanksgiving aren't part of the normal vocabulary).
http://www.akonyekena.com/product-category/marycorbet/

Right now the sale website is down due to too many threadaholics visiting, but keep trying.  A new thread is worth returning.

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© Copyright November 18, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Town and Country Loves Needlepoint

Once again Town and Country magazine has listed their preppy gift guide for the holidays. And once again, needlepoint is on the list--three times!  They recommend needlepoint dog collars, pillows (they like Jonathan Adler designs but we have a broader selection), and of course a baseball cap with a needlepointed motif.  Not quite needlepoint are slippers made from kilim carpet remnants.
http://www.townandcountrymag.com/style/fashion-trends/news/g1004/tcs-preppy-holiday-gift-guide/?src=socialflowFB

Many thanks to Rachel for the heads up.

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© Copyright November 3, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A Walk Down Memory Lane with Laura Ashley

Hands Across the Sea Samplers has a brief biography of Laura Ashley today that shows one of her needlepoint kits.  These were very popular in the late 1980s-early 1990s.
https://hands-across-the-sea-samplers.com/laura-ashley/

Here's a rose wreath apparently called "Country Rose."
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/410601691003840058/

This is a very lovely needlepoint floral.
http://picclick.com.au/LAURA-ASHLEY-CHEVELEY-FLORAL-TAPESTRY-NEEDLEPOINT-KIT-42cms-x-162206030007.html

I found another pillow design in this not very good photo from eBay.
http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/8kcAAOSwvzRX0c4u/s-l300.jpg

Another pretty floral.
http://www.ebay.ie/itm/LAURA-ASHLEY-TAPESTRY-CANVAS-AND-WOOLS-FOR-YOU-TO-SEW-SCARBOROUGH-FAIR-/192010785436?hash=item2cb4bc129c:g:AwoAAOSwLnBX4UTF

This is a pansy design stitched with wool.
http://swimtwobirds.com/gallery/

All the kits I saw from Laura Ashley in the early 1990s were screen printed and kitted with tapestry wool.  I stitched a small rosebuds piece myself that was probably intended to be a pin cushion.  I gave it as a gift so I don't have a photograph but I think this is it.  It may have come in a blue floral version as well.
http://geb.ebay.com/g/ImportHubViewItem?itemid=122045003229

This is allegedly a Laura Ashley needlepoint but I can't see the logo at the top of the page.
https://img1.etsystatic.com/000/0/6756680/il_570xN.319834931.jpg

These seem to turn up on eBay regularly.  If you love English style tapestry, keep an eye open for some of these beauties.

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© Copyright November 3, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

"Embroidery Thread to the Stars"

Fans of Game of Thrones will love to read about how Kreinik thread is used on the amazing costumes created by Michele Carragher.
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2016/11/kreinik-embroidery-thread-to-stars.html

There's more information and videos on Michele's website.
http://www.michelecarragherembroidery.com/Queen-of-the-Desert-Gallery(3035276).htm

The costumes are astoundingly beautiful.  Have fun exploring, whether you watch Game of Thrones or not.
http://www.michelecarragherembroidery.com

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© Copyright November 1, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sale!

I don't do listings of sales and truck shows any more as I don't like training folks to go for the best price instead of developing a relationship with a shop that can help them with all sorts of things.  Customer service rules, after all!  But today I'm breaking that rule to tell you about the sale at Thistle Threads.  Thistle Threads, in cooperation with British thread manufacturers and Access Commodities, has developed and introduced reproduction threads, trims and other materials that mimic those available to our stitching ancestors in the 17th Century.  You can't find this stuff easily anywhere else and some of these things will soon go out of production as the one person who knows how to make it retires.  Therefore, this is a sale worth browsing if you are looking for something really different to put away in your stash for a special project.  Have fun browsing!
http://thistle-threads.myshopify.com/collections/special-deals

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© Copyright November 15, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

How to Lace Needlepoint Canvas

Kay Stanis of The Gilded Edge shows how to frame up and then lace needlepoint canvas on frames to keep them very taut. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7QR9iPeSKU

There are more videos on Kay's website in case you are curious about laying flat silk or adding fabric backing to your fabric in Japanese embroidery.
http://www.the-gilded-edge.com/techniques/

Many thanks to Helen for alerting me to the video.

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© Copyright November 1, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Stitching for Beginners: A Mini Review

Hidden among all the wonderful Halloween stitch diagrams on her blog last week, Sheena mentioned a new stitching magazine she found at Books-A-Million--"Stitching for Beginners."
http://www.sheenasstitches.com/happy-halloween-candy-corn-pumpkins/#comment-1079

It appears to cover the basics for beading, smocking, embroidery and needlepoint.  If you have friends who want to learn a bit about any of these hand crafts, this might be a wonderful Christmas gift to get them started.

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© Copyright November 1, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Boston College Art Club Show Has Needlepoint

The faculty and staff of Boston College have started an annual Art Club Show.  This year's showing includes a needlepoint collaboration between the designer who painted the pattern and the needleworker who stitched it.  It is called "Discernment."
http://www.bc.edu/bc-web/bcnews/art-and-culture/fine-arts/art-club-exhibit-fall-2016.html

This article shows a bit of the piece and talks about its inspiration from St. Ignatius' writings.  There is a link at the bottom of the page to see more art from the exhibit including the full view of "Discernment" on Facebook.   If you happen to be in Boston now, the show will be at Carney Hall's First Floor Gallery until December 2 at the BC campus.

Many thanks to Jo C. I. who mentioned this on Facebook.

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© Copyright November 12, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Stitch of the Month--The Wave

Amy's Tennis Ball
I thought it would be fun to post a very clever stitch I've found online here periodically for everyone to see.  The inaugural stitch is the background of this tennis ball, posted on Facebook by Amy who says the idea came from The Needleworks.




I've seen the same stitch used for the water behind this mermaid.  (Sorry, I don't know who stitched this.)  It skips a row occasionally, but otherwise is identical.  A very similar stitch is diagrammed by Ruth Schmuff as "Darning Pattern Large Wave" in her iStitches Volume 3 if you want to use it on your next project.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Glow in the Dark Beads Available

If your Halloween or any other canvas isn't glitzy enough, you can now buy size 11/0 glow-in-the-dark beads. Deborah posted two photos on Facebook. One shows the bead tubes in regular light and the other shows the glow colors.  Use the right side arrow to see the second photo.
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1113391885441451&set=pcb.1180992715311218&type=3&theater

Deborah got hers from A Thread Garden in California.
http://athreadgarden.com/athreadgarden.com/Home.html

Ruth Schmuff says she will have these in size 11 shortly.
http://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com

The beads seem to be from Toho, which is a Japanese bead company.
http://baublesandbeads.com/store/category/1/72/11°-Rounds-Japanese/9%2529%2BGlow%2Bin%2Bthe%2BDark/

If you buy online or in a local big box crafts store, make sure you check the size.  The very big size 6 pony beads have been available in glow colors for a long time but they are pretty large for most uses on needlepoint canvas.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Custom Pet Portraits UPDATED

Those of us with companion animals in our families sometimes need a custom portrait of our cat and dog (or parrot or whatever) friends.  I thought I'd compile a listing of folks who will paint a portrait of your pet from a photograph.  Here they are, in alphabetical order.  (By the way, most of the examples are of dogs.  Apparently most customers want dog portraits.)

Alice Twiggs Van Trease, Needles and Threads of Ruxton, is said to do lovely dog portraits. I haven't found any examples to show you.  Sorry.
http://needlesandthreadsofruxton.com

Barbara's Needlepoint has a painter (Cindy) who does lovely dogs.  Contact Barbara's Needlepoint via their Facebook page to arrange this at the second link below.
https://www.facebook.com/107558659287177/photos/a.471227749586931.100490.107558659287177/1082334315142935/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/Barbaras-Needlepoint-107558659287177/

https://www.facebook.com/107558659287177/photos/pcb.1369658023077228/1369657099743987/?type=3&theater

Heidi does very nice dog portraits.  You can view Heidi's designs on Flickr by searching Heidi Stanley or heididesigns. She can be reached by email at jonrheidir@gmail.com.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1622699111329011&set=pcb.933002363443589&type=3&theater

Labors of Love does a series of very nice cat and dog canvases but they will also do a custom portrait for you.
https://www.facebook.com/laborsofloveneedlepoint/photos/a.163225933826831.39001.163219983827426/692426104240142/?type=3&theater

Some of their customs are at the bottom of this page.
http://www.laborsofloveneedlepoint.com/cats-and-dogs.html

Lisa Ferguson does nice dog portraits that are like the animals but not too complicated to stitch.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10206643238509378&set=pcb.1094417757302048&type=3&theater

Contact her via her FB page (second link below).
https://www.facebook.com/lisa.ferguson.710

Sandra Gilmore/Blue Moon Studio will do custom dog portraits.  Contact her via her distributor, Fleur de Paris.
https://www.facebook.com/needlehearts18900/photos/pcb.512520835601438/512519772268211/?type=3&theater

Jackie at Smiling Cat Studios does a lovely dog that doesn't appear too complex to stitch.  The only contact information I have for her is via Needlepoint Breeze (second link below).
https://www.facebook.com/Needlepointbreeze6/photos/a.487770404613196.113970.487766711280232/1195481983842031/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/Needlepointbreeze6/

Gail Hendrix at Squiggee does nice dog portraits.
http://squiggeedesigns.com

Tammy Syrigos Irrera does fabulous dog and cat portraits.  Contact her via her Facebook page.  You can see a lot of examples of her work there, too.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10207366421909027&set=pb.1540727335.-2207520000.1474036636.&type=3&theater

UPDATE:  As Mary Agnes reminds us, many local shops have painters who will do custom pet portraits.  Just ask if you are lucky enough to have a shop nearby.

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