Tuesday, May 23, 2017

DMC Has Been Sold

Thanks to the Needlework Retailer, I found that DMC has been sold to a private equity group which bought a British yarn and pattern company at the same time.  At the bottom of the article is mentioned a photograph to chart service that DMC is apparently going to offer in the near future.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/04/06/liberty-owner-sews-needle-market-wool-gang-deal/

This isn't exactly breaking news as the acquisition happened last June.
http://uk.fashionnetwork.com/news/DMC-to-fly-the-British-flag,699966.html#.WQNo1RSldjc

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 28, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Royal School Tackles Raised Embroidery

The Royal School of Needlework has a new book out, this time on raised embroidery techniques, including stumpwork, raised stitches, padding and more techniques that make an embroidery more 3-D looking. Mary Corbet has done a review here to give you a flavor of this book and help you decide if it is something you might be interested in.
https://www.needlenthread.com/2017/04/raised-embroidery-techniques-projects-pure-inspiration.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 28, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Fiber Talk Interviews Sandy Arthur UPDATED

Have you seen Sandy Arthur's Shapes books, or lusted after one of her cyber classes? Then you will enjoy her interview on Fiber Talk.
http://wetalkfiber.com/2017/05/21/fiber-talk-with-sandra-arthur/

If you aren't familiar with Sandy's classes, stitch guides, apps or books, here is where you can get acquainted.
http://duodesignsinc.com/wpsite/

UPDATE:  The thimble dots that Sandy mentioned from Colonial Needle can be seen here…
https://www.overstock.com/Crafts-Sewing/Colonial-Needle-ThimblePad-Pack-of-12/6203865/product.html

and here.
https://www.createforless.com/Colonial-Needle-Thimble-Crown/pid230119.aspx?utm_source=bingProdAds&utm_medium=cse&CAWELAID=530001980000096533&catargetid=530001980000165791&cadevice=c

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright May 21, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

The Stitcher's Accessory Pack

Needlepoint.com has a nice little accessory pack that is perfect for travel or as a present for a new stitcher.  Of course it is a lot of fun to create your own tool pouch by picking up a nice zip container and filling it with spare scissors, a package of needles, a threader and magnet and anything else you use often.
http://needlepoint.com/stitcher-s-accessory-pack.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 4, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Michele's 3-2-1 Rule

Michele Herron of The Bristly Thistle has a neat way to keep her stock of unstitched canvases under control.   She calls it the 3-2-1 Rule.  Now all I have to do is find some self-control buried under the boxes of threads and canvases….
https://www.bristlythistle.com/blog/2017/4/26/sticking-to-the-3-2-1-rule

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 27, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Winterthur Museum Acquires Erica Wilson Collection

Apparenty the Winterthur Museum has been given many of Erica Wilson's stitched pieces. Isn't that lovely?  This article talks about the impact Erica Wilson had on many types of needlework in the 1970s and beyond.
http://museumblog.winterthur.org/2017/03/10/the-julia-child-of-needlework/

The Erica Wilson television programs mentioned in the Winterthur article can be accessed by following the instructions here.
https://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2016/10/wgbhs-open-vault-erica-wilson.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 25, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Breaking News: Death of Jean Candler

The staff at The Wool and The Floss in Gross Pointe, Michigan have announced the death of the shop owner, Jean Candler.
https://www.facebook.com/thewoolandthefloss/photos/a.147926451927833.34901.133538180033327/1281145478605919/?type=3&theater&notif_t=notify_me_page&notif_id=1494959958250652

Our condolences to the shop staff and the customers.  She will be greatly missed.
http://www.thewoolandthefloss.net

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright May 18 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

The History of Needlepoint

Nordic Needle has posted a quick history of needlepoint in their latest newsletter.
https://sendy.nordicneedle.com/sendy/w/Ms763rEz7ISjJcVJerZDpxCw/cnYPGf1UY29qb763KiNfi6zg/r763Ho5ALtxTS8M892mxp6julA#.WPyOGi1b7xE.facebook

I can't say that I agree with everything they say—Medieval stitchers were creating wall hangings, rugs and a sort of table cover, not upholstery as we think of it today plus I think basketweave wears much better than continental—but it's still interesting, with lots of great photographs.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 23, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Whimsy and Grace Tote Bag

So many blogs showcase finishing now that I rarely do so, but this tote bag stitched by a customer at The Needlepointer is really well done.
http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=2b1a4dafdf1ba6e29e773aa79&id=5a935c03c7&e=73961ee0ea

The design is from Whimsy and Grace and The Needlepointer arranged the finishing.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 2, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sunday Morning Profiles A Daughter's Profile of Love and Loss

CBS's Sunday Morning program profiled A Daughter's Profile of Love and Loss, a new book about her parents' fight with cancer by Nancy Borowick.  This is of interest to needlepointers because the cover of the book is a needlepoint sampler Nancy's father designed and stitched to commemorate their marriage in 1979.
http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/a-family-album-of-love-and-cancer/

Many thanks to the folks who mentioned this on Needlepoint Nation!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright May 15, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Meet Laura Hawley

The Needlework Retailer just found this great profile of a stitcher on a local newspaper website.
https://duboiscountyherald.com/b/laura-hawley-painting-with-thread

Hope some of you live close enough to go stitch with Laura!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 22, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, May 15, 2017

DIY Framing Tutorial

Needlepoint for Fun has posted a framing tutorial using big box craft emporium frames and mats. It's really easy.  There is also a video for those who need to see something to understand it.
http://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/frame-needlepoint.htm

Which reminds me—I need to buy a shadowbox frame for the Computer Pixie!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 21, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Owl With Key, A Mystery with Ruth Schmuff

The Summer Mystery class from Ruth Schmuff has been revealed—it is Sandra Vargas' "Owl with Key."  Lessons will be held at Ruth's company headquarters in June and July but ghost stitchers who participate via mail are welcome.  As always, I will update this article as Ruth posts after class reports.
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2017/04/the-eyes-tell-story.html


Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 3,  2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

New Website for Trish Burr

The new website for Trish Burr is open!  You can now buy her needle painting (or whitework) kits or patterns or books or classes, watch videos and read her tutorials—all in one place.
https://trishbembroidery.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright May 12, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Bead Patterns

This week two different folks posted blog articles about using beads for surface pattern in backgrounds or on special areas of a canvas.  The first blog is by Mary Legallet and it showcases a vase on a Melissa Shirley design stitched by Melissa herself.  (Yes, she stitches, too and she does a beautiful job!)  Beads are used to create a lovely glassy pattern on a vase, with a touch of thread to highlight the zigzag pattern and add more texture.
http://www.whimsicalstitch.com/whimsicalwednesdays/2017/04/19/beyond-bling

The second blog is from Vicky DeAngelis who is working on a Penny MacLeod design from The Collection using a guide by Meredith Willett.  If you can tear yourself away from the cute cat in the photos, look at the background of Vicky's canvas.  There are bead patterns making up the raindrops in the background stitches.  It's subtle due to Vicky's thread choices but the pattern is definitely there.
http://mostlyneedlepoint.com/a-big-finish-for-me/

Beads aren't just scattered here and there on these canvases—they make up substantial portions of each design.  The vase and the background would not be the same without them.

As Mary points out, if you are on TeamFullCoverage, this may not be for you, but if you want to be subtle in your patterns, beads might be a fabulous choice.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 19, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Ruth (and Sandy) Updated Their Apps UPDATED

The apps for Ruth Schmuff's iStitches, volumes one through four, now are updated in iTunes so you no longer get the error message "this app may no longer work with future versions of the Apple operating system and that it may slow down your phone" when you open them.  The apps themselves work fine. Apple is trying to get older apps to update to be compatible with their newest operating system using this message.
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2017/05/updated-apps-yay.html

These four book apps are really worth having if you own Apple tablets, iPod Touches or smart phones.  I refer to mine all the time.

UPDATE:  Sandy Arthur's updated hers, too.
http://duodesignsinc.com/wpsite/apple-app/shapes-of-needlepoint-series-1-is-an-apple-app.php

http://sandyarthur.blogspot.com/2017/05/always-moving-forward.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright May 11, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Teeny Tiny Needlepoint Stitches: A Review

I just bought a copy of Carolyn Hedge Baird's latest (2015) book, Teeny Tiny Needlepoint Stitches.  If you click on this link, Nimble Needle in New Jersey shows off the cover and several of the inside pages.  As you can see this is a small spiral bound book.
http://nimbleneedlenj.com/product/teeny-tiny-needlepoint-stitches/

The cover (designed by Brenda Stofft, by the way) is protected by a sheet of plastic.  The pages are nearly 5 1/2 inches high by 8 1/2 inches wide but it's pretty hefty as it is nearly 3/4 inch thick.  It's small enough to go in a project bag but it'll add weight to your purse if you are taking it on an airplane.

Inside there are 150 pages of stitches,  a few pages of plain graph paper to sketch out your own ideas, and indexes that divide the stitches in the book into groups:  all the stitches in (mostly) alphabetical order, four-way stitches, stitches for baskets, stitches that include beads, stitches for birds, borders and striped stitches that are only 1 canvas thread high, combination stitches that look good in two kinds of threads, and cross stitches to make bumps in your canvas.

A really nice touch in the front is a list of books by other authors that have great small stitch sections.

Each page usually has 2 diagrams on it, although some pages have only 1 and some have 4.  I found a few of the diagrams a little hard to puzzle out since they are in black and white (with occasional gray) and not really large.   A few diagrams have a plain white background instead of a grid, which may make it difficult to know how many threads a stitch goes over. Some of the grids are very faint as well.

Most—but not all—of the diagrams have the stitching path numbered in the traditional up at one, down at two, etc. format. The stitches seem to be listed in alphabetical order.  It's a great way to browse for ideas but if you find a stitch you sort of like, it'll be hard to find similar stitches that might work better for you unless they have a very similar name (and are thus nearby in the alphabetical listing).

Carolyn will usually explain what she has used each stitch for and often suggests variations or threads she's used successfully in this stitch.  Once again this isn't done for each stitch, but it is there for most of them.

A fun touch is the little line drawings scattered here and there in the book.  They serve no purpose but they do bring Carolyn's light-hearted personality to life as you skip around, looking at the stitches and waiting for inspiration to strike.

Except for books that are only tent stitches laid out in patterns (like many of Finger Step Designs' books) and Stitchplay's Desert Island Stitches Vol. 1,  this is the only book I know of that is especially dedicated to stitches that work well in small areas.   If you are constantly searching for a stitch to put in a tiny area, this is a book you'll want to add to your stitching library.

Thanks, Carolyn.  I'm going to have fun with this!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright May 10, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Stella Two Reviewed

Mary Corbet has done one of her outstanding reviews, this time of the new version of the Stella lamp, called the Stella Two.
https://www.needlenthread.com/2017/05/stella-two-you-little-beauty.html

By the way, NeedlepointUS appears to have the original Stella table lamp on sale.
https://needlepointus.com/proddetail.asp?prod=Stella001W

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright May 10, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Needle Dames Contest Winner Announced

Time to announce the winner of the contest for the Needle Dames magnet called Phoenix!*
https://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2017/04/introducing-needle-dames.html

I collected all the names of folks who entered the contest in a list and asked Ginny Stapleton, the owner of Needle Dames, to pick a number at random, then the winner was that number on the list.  Ginny picked the number of Pat Murray!  Pat, can you email your mailing address to me at chillyhollow at hot mail dot com so I can get Phoenix in the mail to you?  Thanks!

If Phoenix wasn't your style or you didn't happen to be the winner, you can always shop for the perfect person to mind your needles at Ginny's Etsy store.  New personalities were added this week, giving you 42 faces to browse for the perfect person to hang out with you while you stitch.  Currently "Fantasy" is my favorite.  Which one is yours?
https://www.etsy.com/shop/NeedleDames?ref=l2-shop-info-name

*Actually it is past time but we have two new puppies and I lost track of time trying to herd them.  Sorry!

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright May 10, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

A Stocking Tale (with Rattlesnake)

Another Christmas stocking tale posted by Past Times Needlepoint….
https://www.pasttimesneedlepoint.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 10, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Heirlooms for the Family

Louise's Needlework talks stitching family heirlooms in their latest shop newsletter.  It's wonderful to hear her family appreciates the wonderful pieces created for them.
https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/530/newsblastaprilfinal.pdf

You don't have to stitch for blood relatives, you know.  How about dear friends or co-workers?  Anyone who loves our art is worthy of a heirloom.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 8,  2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Chic Needlepoint Recommendations from Needlepoint of La Jolla

The online news page Blue Book of La Jolla has a fun visit with Needlepoint of La Jolla.  
http://www.lajollabluebook.com/blog/9-chic-creations-that-will-get-you-excited-about-needlepoint/

If anything especially chic catches your eye, visit the shop website.
http://www.needlepointoflajolla.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 7, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

SuDu's Stash Tour

Sue Dulle has a really nice set up for storing her stitching supplies—and she was nice enough to share.  Personally I think she should be able to take over the living room.  After all, one never has enough thread and tools—or places to put them!
https://sudukc.wordpress.com/2017/04/06/do-i-have-stash/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 6, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Abby Falls in Love (with Thread) UPDATED

One of the many hot new young design talents that we have these days (Man! We are LUCKY.) is Abigail Cecile, distributed by Fleur de Paris.  New to needlepoint, Abby soon fell for Rainbow Gallery threads and explains a bit about how that came about here on the Rainbow Gallery blog.
http://www.rainbowgallery.com/all-that-sparkles/

Here is a bit about the design's origins.
http://www.abigailcecile.com/blog/2015/3/20/needlepointed-paris-the-design

Intrigued?  Then you will want to read more about Abby on the Abigail Cecile website.   After you finish, click on About and then Gallery and Needlepoint to see the full range of her talent.
http://www.abigailcecile.com/about-me/

And then there is her blog….  What fun!
http://www.abigailcecile.com/blog/

By the way, your favorite shop can order anything from Abby via Fleur de Paris.

UPDATE:  Abby goes to Needlepoint.com!
http://stitchstyleblog.com/2017/05/meet-canvas-designer-abigail-cecile/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 6, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Road Trip to Kreinik Outlet Store

It's almost that time of year again, the annual Kreinik Factory Outlet Store Sale!  This year the sale is May 10-13 at the outlet store in Parkersburg, WVA.  Park and shop for all sorts of goodies and seconds and oddities and tools.
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2017/04/may-sale-at-kreinik-factory-outlet-store.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 26, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

The Smart Cookie Award for May

Before

Recently I got a note from my friend Dawn who happened to stumble across a really smart shipping idea that she is willing to share with us all.  Here's her idea, in her own words.

"Thought I would share some info with you about mailing threads. A Facebook acquaintance of mine was struggling with As You Like It's Scandia Santa and asked me what thread I used for the turkey work. Since I had quite a bit of Designer's Dream left, I mailed it to her. I didn't have a large enough envelope for all the thread so Hubby suggested I vac-pack it using my food saver. I was skeptical, but we have used this method many times to seal up items for traveling so I took a deep breath and vac-packed a hank of thread. Much to my delight, the recipient emailed me to tell me the thread sprang back to it's beautiful, fluffy self when she opened the pkg!  

Didn't know if any shop owners have done this, but I thought you would be interested. This probably won't work on delicate threads, but it would certainly work on wools which are bulky to mail. "



After

This wins Dawn the Smart Cookie Award, don't you agree?!

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 6, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

She Made Us Laugh and Cry, Now She Needs Our Support

Coni Rich, known to many of us as the Spinster Stitcher, is in Stage Five Renal Failure, which means her kidneys are giving out.  She's facing dialysis eventually although she is on the list for a kidney transplant.  All this costs money, and she needs our help to pay the bills.  You can donate here.
https://www.youcaring.com/conirich-813248

Coni has a humor column in Needlepoint Now magazine and writes the humor blog, The Spinster Stitcher.   Any little bit helps keep the Spinster healthy and stitching.  Thank you.
http://spinsterstitcher.blogspot.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright May 3, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Celebrity Stitching, "Southern Charm" Edition

The Spinster Sister was watching the premier of Bravo's "Southern Charm" last night and spotted one of the cast members needlepointing!
http://spinsterstitcher.blogspot.com/2017/04/holey-schmoleyshe-stitcher.html

Here's the clip which Lynne found and posted on Needlepoint Nation (that's a Facebook Group about needlepoint).
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/1358650054212149/

You can tour Patricia Altschul's house with glimpses of her needlepoint pillows and a framed Victorian needlepoint dog portrait that used to belong to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis by clicking here.
http://www.etonline.com/tv/214357_exclusive_southern_charm_star_patricia_altschul_house_tour/

If you get Bravo Channel on your television, you can probably watch it online.
http://www.bravotv.com/southern-charm/videos

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 6, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Insight into Eleanor of Aquitaine

Kreinik has interviewed Gay Ann Rogers about her latest design, Eleanor of Aquitaine, for their blog.   It's an interesting read as Gay Ann talks about faces, her use of Kreinik to build up layers around gems, and more.
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2017/05/new-eleanor-of-aquitaine-needlepoint.html

This kit is on sale until Gay Ann runs out of supplies, so if you are interested, visit her website.  You may also enjoy clicking on the Eleanor tab to read a bit about the inspiration behind this design.
http://www.gayannrogers.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 2, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Why Lycette Designs?

Jessica reveals the meaning behind her company name of Lycette Designs.  It's a sweet story, full of family.
http://lycettedesigns.com/why-lycette/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 5, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tool Collector Alert--Tweezers and Polishers

Tanja Berlin's latest e-newsletter had some wonderful tweezers that she stocks and sells, and something new to me--a needle emery inside an abalone shell!  The tweezers with pads on the squeeze section look particularly useful for those with hand problems but the needle polisher caught my eye.
https://pub15.bravenet.com/bravemailer/v2/online.php?id=787&usernum=1282098814&e=chillyhollow%40hotmail.com&cname=Valued%20Subscriber

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 10, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Fiber Talk Interviews Tess and Thorn

This week on Fiber Talk, Christine and Gary interview Brooke Thorn McGowan and Tess Nagle of Tess and Thorn.
http://wetalkfiber.com/2017/04/30/fiber-talk-with-tess-and-thorn/

If you aren't familiar with Brooke's and Tess' designs, check out their website.  It's a lot of fun to explore.
https://www.tessandthorn.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 30, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Threadaholic Alert: Madeira's Sticktwist Embroidery Floss Now Available

Thanks to a report on the Nashville TNNA show for cross stitch, I know that And More is now distributing Madeira's Stitcktwist Madeira embroidery floss.  This is a six ply embroidery floss in the same packaging used for Madeira's silk floss.  I don't really like their silk floss —haven't seen the cotton floss—  but the packaging is genius!
http://www.just-crossstitch.com/newsletters.php?mode=article&article_id=6443&key=JCXN&tp=i-H43-6o-XEh-2qpF4u-1o-PE45-1c-2qpQNr-1TC55t

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 5, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Eleanor of Aquitaine Arrives Tomorrow UPDATED

Gay Ann Rogers' sale of her counted canvaswork kits for the portrait of Eleanor of Aquitaine starts tomorrow, May 1, at 8 a.m. California time.  Currently her portrait of Queen Elizabeth I is on her website.  Don't miss the sale if you are at all interested.  Gay Ann only sells kits and the supplies for them.  When these run out, the sale is over, perhaps for the year, perhaps forever.  Gay Ann has no plans to bring back her kits for Elizabeth, Catherine the Great. Bess of Harwick or Mary, Queen of Scots.  In other words, don't tarry if you want this kit.
http://www.gayannrogers.com

UPDATE:  Kreinik interviews Gay Ann about Eleanor of Aquitaine and her use of Kreinik threads to create this queenly portrait.
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2017/05/new-eleanor-of-aquitaine-needlepoint.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 22, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

NeedlePaint.com Offers Belt Finishing

Seth just mentioned on the NeedlePaint.com blog that they now offer belt finishing services.
http://www.needlepaint.com/blog/2017/04/04/needlepoint-belt-finishing-high-quality-leather-with-solid-brass-buckles/

So now you can have a custom belt designed and made up by NeedlePaint.com.  They use brass buckles and have three colors of leather available and this blog entry explains how to size a belt and how much extra to stitch on the top and bottom of the length for finishing.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 5, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Mahjong Stitcher

While looking for something else, I stumbled across this blog by a mahjong player.  See all the postings about Linda Fink Steinger' custom needlepoint game bags?
https://mahjonggandme.com/tag/needlepoint/

Alice Peterson has several mahjong canvases, including this stitch and zip and (second link below)...
http://alicepetersoncompany.com/products/sz144-mah-jongg/

…these beauties.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1104089483000971&set=a.1093597670716819.1073741826.100001997882176&type=3&theater

https://nashvilleneedleworks.com/shop/canvas/oriental/cherry-blossom-mah-jongg/

JP has some lovely needlepoint designs.
https://www.needlenook.com/product/jp-needlepoint-mahjong-tiles/

https://www.annieandco.com/products/jp-needlepoint-bl-044-mahjong-belt

Lani also has some pretty game canvases.
https://www.theneedlepointer.com/product/mahjong-bag-peach/

https://www.theneedlepointer.com/product/mahjong-bag-lantern/

https://mahjonggandme.com/2015/07/25/do-you-needlepoint/

Sally Corey has a fun tiles pattern piece.
http://needlepointdesigningwoman.com/product/10089-mah-jongg-tiles-needlepoint/

So does Susan Roberts.
http://www.susanrobertsneedlepoint.com/designs-by-category/item/mahjong-welcome.html

JHL has a nice belt.
http://www.stitchtherapyneedlepoint.com/feature.php?id=21434&title=Mahjong&itemtype=hand%20painted%20canvases

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 3, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Look What Debbie Found!

Debbie Woodard, the genius behind Painted Pony Designs, just found the perfect t-shirt for your summer wardrobe.
https://teespring.com/en-GB/needlepoint-6145?a=CRI#pid=76&cid=5846&sid=front

Thanks, Debbie.  You can style my wardrobe any time you want!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 27, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Embroidery Stitch Identification Guide

Thanks to Hands Across the Sea Samplers I have a link to a stitch identification guide developed by the Henry Art Gallery to help them in their analysis of early embroidered pieces.  
http://dig.henryart.org/embroidery-stitches/first_level_pages/default.html

I am not certain how useful this will be to needlepointers,  but it sure would be nice if it was expanded to include needlepoint stitches which have multiple names for the same stitch.  I think if we want a common database to help identify stitches to use a common name, we'll have to build it ourselves.

This link has been added to the "Stitch Diagrams and Resources" area waaaaaaay down at the bottom of Blog.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 3, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Introducing the Needle Dames

Unique Needle Minders from Needle Dames
Ginny Stapleton has taken her love of stitching to Etsy where she is selling unique needle minders made from vintage Adagio jewelry, specifically the beautiful porcelain faces set with rhinestones for eyes and occasionally used as other embellishments.  You can see the current offerings here.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/NeedleDames?ref=l2-shop-info-name

Ginny asked me if I would review these for her and sent me "Phoenix" who is painted as a Native American Indian from Arizona.  You can see the package Phoenix arrived in on the left.  There is a cute little drawstring bag with the magnet on a card and a round metal magnet on the other side so she can adorn your canvas (or your collar).  Ginny also included her business card.  These were wrapped in tissue paper and shipped in a padded envelope so there was no danger that Phoenix would be chipped or marred in transit.


Phoenix at Work
Phoenix's face is really beautifully painted.  You can see her eyelashes, the pigtails and her headband which is adorned with another rhinestone in this closeup shot.  I put her to work on my current canvas.  The magnet is strong but not strong enough to hold scissors or laying tools.  I don't use my needle magnets that way but if you do, Phoenix and her kin aren't going to hold really heavy items unless you substitute a strong earth magnet for the backing magnet she comes with.  However her magnet holds needles very well, even those placed on top of her face.  I put the needle to the side under her porcelain face so that you could see her lovely features, but needles on top of her face never wavered.  They were held tight by her magnet.

Phoenix is around an inch high and a bit over half an inch wide.  If you like small needle minders like the tiny square silver ones, she is going to seem big to you, but she's two-thirds of the size of most of the Big Buddy magnets from The Meredith Collection, so she is not among the largest magnets available.  Big enough to have personality but not so large she gets in the way, in other words.  I found the size pretty comparable to the magnets I use the most.

Phoenix kept me company for nearly a week, manfully holding 1-3 needles at a time as I worked, never dropping a needle or becoming dinged by my careless handling.  I found her good company, actually, and started talking to her as I stitched, asking her opinion of this thread or that stitch.  I have to say she never talked back, either.  LOL

The variety of Needle Dames is large and I was impressed that they are not all white female visages.  Currently there is a male baseball player among Ginny's stock and there are also black and Hispanic and Native American females among the lovely faces, all awaiting a new home.  These are rather expensive as needle minders go, but these are vintage pieces.  You probably aren't going to see another magnet just like yours if you purchase one, which will appeal to those who like distinctive accessories for their stitching.

Ginny has allowed me to give Phoenix away to a Blog reader.  To enter yourself into the drawing for this unique fashion magnet, please either leave a comment here or email me at chilly hollow at hot mail dot com if the Comment Section doesn't work for you.  I will draw a name at random next Wednesday, May 3rd, and post the result here.  Then Phoenix will come to live on the winner's canvas to silently keep him or her company.

Thanks, Ginny!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 15, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Bit (And A Lot) About Compensation

Ruth Schmuff just put an interesting little explanation of compensation on her website.  She makes it easy to understand and shows a trick to figure out what you need to do when your stitch is bigger than the area you need to put it inside.
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2017/03/compensation-games.html

If you want a Masters degree in compensation, visit the four part series on compensation that Tony Minieri wrote that is on the American Needlepoint Guild's website.
http://www.needlepoint.org/Archives.php

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 31, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Profile of Jessica Chaney (Lycette Designs)

This fashion blog has a profile of the owner of Lycette Designs Needlepoint.  It's an interesting interview, touching on other aspects of Jessica's life, the dangers of copyright violations to a new designer, and more.  Many thanks to Paige of The Pink Clutch for helping us get to know one of the newest designers of painted needlepoint canvases.
http://www.thepinkclutchblog.com/2017/03/the-needlepoint-queen.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 31, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Breaking News: Sally Skeleton is Gone

Jan Grioux just announced on Facebook that the designer Sally Skeleton has died.  Use the right side arrow to see some of Sally's wonderful Southwestern-themed and saint canvases.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1896437433974562&set=pcb.1372780779465743&type=3&theater

UPDATE:  Another of Sally's amazing designs.
http://nuts-about-needlepoint.com/sally-skeltons-death/

Jan wrote a memorial to Sally that you'll want to read.  I've reprinted it below.
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"SallyJim Skelton – End of an era

A small photo hangs on the wall showing a young girl standing on the backs of two white, galloping horses dressed in a white fringed skirt and jacket and a white hat. This young rodeo cowgirl, from the panhandle of Texas became one the finest needlepoint masters, not just in Texas and New Mexico, but in the United States. Every time I visited this western cowgirl in Deming, New Mexico, I took a moment to gaze at the young girl that became my best friend and mentor.

With the death of Sally on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 this image of the romantic west came to an end and all that remains is that photo of the galloping horses and her legacy as a needlepoint artist.

I met Sally in the late 1970’s – she was walking through the El Paso Airport and saw some of my clay pieces in a small gallery. She called and my life has been better ever since. She wanted my whimsical clay Santos, flowers, and birds in her shop, Sally’s Stitchin’ Post, in Deming, New Mexico. Her promise: every house in Deming will have your pieces as well as any travelers that find her shop. Amazingly, she came close to succeeding and keeping her promise. She was not an easy mentor – didn’t like this or that, too big-too small-the critiques kept coming. But she was right and my work is still being improved upon through Sally’s voice in my head.

In Sally’s shop, besides gifts and artists, Sally sold needlepoint canvases, threads, and accessories. Sally convinced me to not only develop my clay, but also, to develop a talent for needlework. She assigned lessons, always with new stitches. I became her ghost stitcher for projects she designed.

My mentor – My friend

Needlepointing early in life, Sally learned from Bob Black, “Sister.” She would pick up a canvas between diapers, at gun shows with her husband, between horse shows, at her shop. She also studied, completed and received her American Needlepoint Guild (ANG) Senior Master Teacher Certification. Sally was a charter member and past president of the New Mexico Chapter ANG Guild as well as the Red Hot Stitchers Needlepoint Group, supported by needlepointers in the El Paso, Texas and Las Cruces, New Mexico area. Not only could Sally stitch up a storm and choose the right stitch for the area, she also designed and painted canvases, and sold saints with her New Mexican flair throughout the country.

Who would have thought that this short in stature, big hearted needlepointer had the back bone of a gun trader. With her husband, Skeeter Skelton, the youngest sheriff in Texas, at one time, Sally learned the gun business. Skeeter, her 'lawman' wrote articles in Shooting Times and became an expert in handguns. After his death, Sally continued selling guns and became an expert along with her son Bart. She continued dealing guns until her death.

Sally stayed in the home that she and Skeeter had on the outskirts of Deming, her choice to be surrounded by her horses, peacocks, dogs, cats, and thick wooden block that Skeeter used to practice and test his handguns. As her son Bart stated, 'My Mom lived her entire life on her terms-even at the end. She wanted to stay as long as she could in her home with the memories of my Dad. After so many years without him, she kept pistols, badges, cowboy hats, and shooting gates near and dear.'

If you are fortunate to have stitched any of Sally’s hand-painted canvases – or have one in waiting – you are familiar with her unique signature 'Sally Did It.' And yes she did – Sally did it! Sally did it all and did it her way!

Click on this site about Sally from article from The Oklahoman."



Thank you, Jan.
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 23, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Breaking News: Rittenhouse and Changing Woman Designs

The latest e-newsletter from Rittenhouse Needlepoint announces that after the death of Andrea Brisben, Rittenhouse has picked up her Changing Woman Designs and will be publishing them for our stitching pleasure.
http://mailchi.mp/rittenhouseneedlepoint/april-2017-newsletter?e=2ee997e4aa

Here is Andrea's website so you can explore her work.  Pour yourself your favorite beverage and settle down to read the Rittenhouse news and learn more about Changing Woman Designs.
http://changingwomandesigns.com/About.php

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 22, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Using Size 4 Kreinik Braid on 18 Count Canvas

Kreinik has posted a nice video on Facebook of an interview with Jill Rigoli showcasing how she used size 4 Kreinik very fine braid on two 18 count Danji canvases.
https://www.facebook.com/Kreinik.Manufacturing.Company/videos/10154222271990940/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 30, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Kreinik Has a Substitute For Beading

If you hate beading but still have a canvas where beads will seriously enhance the design, Kreinik will help you get a beaded effect without using beads by substituting Facets.  Facets is a metallic thread that looks like a little string of beads.  You can couch it on your needlepoint canvas to create lettering or a nice margin.  Facets comes in regular, Petite Facets and Wired Facets (useful for cursive letting on canvas).  You can read all about it here and learn how to treat the ends to keep it from unraveling.  (Hint:  Wrap the area where you plan to cut a length off the spool with regular Scotch tape, then cut the thread in the middle of the piece of tape.  You will have two wrapped ends, one on the spool and one to couch with.)
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-easier-way-to-do-beading-in.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 28, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, April 21, 2017

New Edition of A Beginner's Guide to Goldwork

A new edition of A Beginner's Guide to Goldwork is out, with an introduction by Mary Corbet. In this article on her blog, Mary explains why this is such an important book for those who live far from places to learn this beautiful art.  If you have ever wanted to learn goldwork, this might be a good book to invest in.
http://www.needlenthread.com/2017/02/beginners-guide-to-goldwork-new-edition.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright February 17, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

All About Laying Tools

Nordic Needle's newest newsletter is all about laying tools, from what they are made of to how to protect them.
http://www.nordicneedle.net/guides/stitching-materials-guides/laying-tools/?utm_source=weekly_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=specials

A bonus tip is to look in the right hand column at prior newsletters. There's lots to read and enjoy!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 22, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Madcap Cottage Loves Needlepoint

The latest Lycette Design interview is with John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nelson, the interior designers behind Madcap Cottage.  They don't stitch themselves (come on over to Needlepoint Nation on Facebook, boys—we'll teach you) but they use needlepoint in many of their interiors, including their own home.
http://lycettedesigns.com/mad-madcap-cottage/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 22, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Silk Threads: A Tutorial

Mary Corbet just published a wonderful beginner's guide to stranded silk floss.  Mary doesn't do needlepoint, but what she says about spun silks is still relevant.
http://www.needlenthread.com/2017/03/silk-hand-embroidery-thread-spun-silk.html

Next Mary tackled twisted filament silk.
http://www.needlenthread.com/2017/03/hand-embroidery-twisted-filament-silk.html

Mary promises information about flat filament silk next….
https://www.needlenthread.com/2017/03/silk-hand-embroidery-thread-101-flat-silk.html

(By the way, this is the place where you can watch the video on twisting flat silk that Mary mentions in the last link above.)
https://www.needlenthread.com/2012/03/twisting-flat-silk-video-tutorial.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 20, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Fiber Talk with Toni Gerdes

This week's Fiber Talk interviews Toni Gerdes, needlepoint designer and teacher extraordinaire!
http://wetalkfiber.com/2017/04/16/fiber-talk-with-toni-gerdes/

If you haven't seen Toni's teaching designs, go visit her website.  You will love what you see.
http://www.tonigerdes.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 16, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Newest Labors of Love Clip on Birds (Labors of Love and Amy Bunger)

Amy and Jill at Amy's Golden Strand are stitching two of the new Labors of Love clip on birds.  The guide for the Red-Headed Woodpecker is ready now. The guide for the Orange-Headed Hummingbird will be ready shortly.  Contact Amy Bunger at her shop to pick up the canvases and guides.
https://www.facebook.com/189965167681135/photos/a.195572410453744.51323.189965167681135/1596943036983334/?type=3&theater&notif_t=notify_me_page&notif_id=1489687874751038

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 16, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Smart Cookie Award for April Goes to...

Lisa just won the Smart Cookie Award for April for her clever repurposing of a pipe stand with jar as a tools container.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154214878286333&set=gm.1322650714478750&type=3&theater

I found a lot of these for sale on Etsy.  They come in various configurations and prices.  This is just a selection—
https://www.etsy.com/listing/398897361/tobacco-humidor-glass-with-wooden-pipe?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=pipe%20stands&ref=sr_gallery_31

https://www.etsy.com/listing/485714928/unique-hand-carved-wood-pipe-stand-with?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=pipe%20stands&ref=sr_gallery_44

https://www.etsy.com/listing/504697177/wood-tobacco-pipe-stand-with-tobacco-jar?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=pipe%20stands&ref=sr_gallery_5

https://www.etsy.com/listing/456837094/super-cool-mid-century-sugar-skull-pipe?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=pipe%20stands&ref=sr_gallery_15

I would avoid the ones with wooden humidors as the wood will hold the tobacco smell unless you plan to put things inside (such as orts) that you will be discarding.

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nd at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 19, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Embroiderer's Watch

When you get your tax refund, you might want to buy yourself the perfect embroiderer's watch.
https://hands-across-the-sea-samplers.com/metiers-d-arts-stitches-time/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 16, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Best Stitched Painted Canvas in April is...

I like to highlight fabulous stitching periodically. This design by Kimberly certainly fits. Isn't that cutwork border just perfect for this piece?!  It was designed and then stitched by her for a class at The Black Sheep in Florida.
http://akimberlydesign.blogspot.com/2017/03/bubbles.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 16, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

A Bit About Copyright

I stumbled across an interesting article on copyright while looking at this fabulous website of antique Valentine cards.  It makes clear exactly why copying something old may not keep the lawyers from your door and shows several ways how something that seems ok, might not be.  There's very useful information in clear language here, but always consult a lawyer who specializes in copyright before you do something that could well bring you to court.
http://www.vintagevalentinemuseum.com/p/copyright-and-fair-use-of-vintage.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright February 14, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

BLGMOM Hits the Road

Nothing is more fun to us stay-at-home types that a road trip report!  
https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2017/03/12/winter-travels/

BLGMOM went to Needlepoint Studio of Sarasota, A Good Yarn (knitting), Stitches By the Sea, In Stitches,  and of course the Woodlawn exhibit where she learned a bit about how Woodlawn is judged.
http://www.needlepointstudio.com

http://www.agoodyarnsarasota.com

http://www.stitchesbytheseainc.com

http://institchesneedlework.com

And she made a stop at Hillside Needlepoint in Maryland.
https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2017/03/12/winter-travels-addendum/

http://www.hillsideneedlepoint.com

I cannot wait for BLGMOM to get out her suitcase again!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 12, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Antique Pattern Library

As usual Mary Corbet's blog has some great information. This week she mentioned the Antique Pattern Library, which has digitized all sorts of needlework instructions into free PDF files for download.  I took a look again and realized they have now added Berlin woolwork charts.  Here's the main page, just in case you want to see everything available.  Click on Berlin Work to see the designs available.  I counted 108 designs, ranging from slippers to pillows to scenes to individual motifs.  They range in date from roughly 1850 to around 1910, when the dates can be established.
http://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org

This is a fabulous resource for the historical needleworker.

By the way, if you don't follow Mary Corbet, you should.  Here's her site.
http://www.needlenthread.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 11, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Beading Tips from Michele

Bristly Thistle's blog has several tips on beading needlepoint canvas on their blog. I think the list of good needles for beading is particularly helpful.  Hopefully this will help folks who find beading hard.
https://www.bristlythistle.com/blog/2017/3/2/beading-tips

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 10, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

All About Kreinik's Threads UPDATED

Want to learn more about Kreinik's blending filament? This is the place!
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2017/01/14-facts-that-make-you-kreinik-blending.html

I have to admit I don't like using it much but it makes fabulous beards if you add it to your needle, no matter what stitch you are using.

UPDATE:  Kreinik next showcased their size 8 fine braid.  A bit of history and tips with using it make this a fun read.
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2017/04/how-to-use-most-versatile-metallic.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 17, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Book Review: Guide to Color

Those who stitch painted canvases rarely change colors but those who are counted canvas workers change it all the time. So this is for you counted folks--Mary Corbet's review of Karen Barbe's book about color and how to pick colors.  Color Confident Stitching sounds perfect for those who like to change colors or pick out a whole color scheme for a project.
http://www.needlenthread.com/2017/03/colour-confident-stitching-a-gem.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 10, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Free for the Counted Canvaswork Fanatic

Rainbow Gallery has been busy adding new free charts to their website.  There's a pretty little Threedles piece here…
http://www.rainbowgallery.com/mardi-gras-star/

…and a set of five rollups from Rainbow Gallery's own Sally London here.
http://www.rainbowgallery.com/sallys-roll-ornaments/

Just follow the links and have fun counting!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 5, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Kreinik Repeats The List of Colors Discontinued in 2014

Kreinik has been hearing rumors they have discontinued colors--which they have not done since 2014--so they thought it would be good to list the colors they don't sell any more and also list substitutes when they are available.
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2017/03/rumors-about-discontinued-kreinik-colors.html

It's a useful list, particularly if you raid your stash for a project and run out, then discover that you need more of a color that is no longer available.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 9, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: ANG Announces the Death of Sue Strause

The American Needlepoint Guild just announced the death of past president Sue Strause, who was a teacher, past president of ANG, the first editor of Needle Pointers magazine with her husband, and also a needlepoint designer under the P3 name.  She did it all, and she did it for your stitching pleasure.  Use the right side arrow to view two of Sue's designs.
https://www.facebook.com/AmericanNeedlepointGuild/photos/pcb.1502664066444276/1502663873110962/?type=3&theater

Our condolences to her friends and family.

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© Copyright April 5, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Why We Cover Bricks

Today Needle Nicely reminds us why we need door stops.  Besides the fact that they are cuter than anything has a right to be, I mean.
http://needlenicely.blogspot.com/2017/03/blowin-in-wind.html

Now I need to rethink my use of a painted iron chicken as a door stop n the kitchen....

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© Copyright March 9, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, April 3, 2017

2017 Limited Edition Ornament from Sign of the Arrow Revealed

Sign of the Arrow just announced their 2017 Limited Edition ornament—a penguin! This is available as either a chart or a painted canvas and includes directions and all the threads needed.
http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1102635760603&ca=b7f8f8b7-50d6-4141-b918-5f35ed6fc9b5 

Sign of the Arrow's profits are donated to various charities in the St. Louis area so this is a nice way to help out those in need while stitching.

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© Copyright April 3, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Automatic Needle Threader

Thanks to Park Avenue Needlepoint, I have a video of a needle threader that might be of interest to folks who love gadgets.  I am not sure it'll work with the very tiny eyes of beading needles or with a thick thread, but it is an interesting tool and probably useful for those with arthritic hands or eye issues.  It doesn't work one-handed, though.
https://www.quiltssupply.com/products/automatic-needle-threader-device-1?variant=36237082890

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© Copyright March 6, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Acrylic Displays with UV Protection

Janet Brandt just ordered a display box for her 17th Century style stumpwork casket. She wanted to keep dust off and the sun from fading her work. You can see what she found here.
http://www.janetbrandt.com/2017/01/the-cover-up.html

This is the company she ordered from.  They appear to have all sorts of stands, cases and easels.  I don't see much about UV protection, though.  If you see something that meets your needs, I suggest you talk to the company about whether it will minimizing fading before you order.
http://www.displaycaseart.com

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© Copyright January 30, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Breaking News: Time to Send Sandy A Get Well Card

I knew Sandy Arthur got pretty sick after her latest teaching trip, but I didn't know it was this exciting!
http://sandyarthur.blogspot.com/2017/04/never-dull-moment-at-arthur-acres-so.html




But look on the bright side, Sandy!

Many hugs from your thousands of fans and admirers.

Jane

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© Copyright April 1, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

I'm Not Sure About This

???

I have no idea what to think about this. But it's for sale.
http://beardandmustachetshirts.com/beard-and-mustache-t-shirts/SO-YOUVE-TAKEN-UP-SHAVING-PERHAPS-NEXT-YOU-SHOULD-TRY-NEEDLEPOINT-T-SHIRT-BEARD-T-SHIRTS-MUSTACHE-TEES/

Many thanks to Needlepoint for Fun who found the photograph on Pinterest.

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© Copyright January 15, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.