Friday, October 20, 2017

Need a Coffin?

Thanks to Jane B. I have a source for the little wooden coffins that Shelly Tribbey had at Destination Dallas 2017.  The coffins were to use in finishing these darling little Halloween pieces—the witch, Dracula, Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein.  (Put your mouse cursor over the photos to see details.)
http://shellytribbey.webflow.io/#Halloween

But Shelly ran out of the coffins and apparently didn't plan to get more.  So Jane did a little digging and discovered them at American Science & Surplus, item #94459P1, for $2.95 each plus shipping and handling. They need to be painted as they are unfinished pine, but they've arrived and Jane B. says they are perfect!
https://www.sciplus.com/p/6-LONG-UNFINISHED-PINE-MINICOFFIN_50884

Thanks for the tip, Jane.

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

Mixing Evertite Sizes

Recently someone asked on Facebook's Needlepoint Nation if you could use several widths of Evertite bars together.   Linda Mosch had the definitive answer and kindly allowed me to quote her here.  Linda said,

"Evertite bars from 6" to 18" are 3/4" in width; those from 19" to 33" are 1" in width. They are all totally interchangeable. Bars over 33" are 1-1/4" in width and designated with an XX. They are NOT interchangeable with the others so you have to get two pairs of bars that are XX, even if one pair is smaller than 33". For example, I have a piece on 42" x 24" bars - both are XX. Hope that answers the question."

Thank you very much, Linda!
Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 2, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mary's Ten Favorite Needlepoint Stitches: The Movie

The mid-week podcast for Fiber Talk is very short because of a video that Gary made with Mary McGuire, talking about her favorite stitches—with examples from her stitching.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3L9et96upc

If you like counted designs or Bargello, you'll see a lot of wonderful designs.  You'll also learn a lot about using a variety of threads in one stitch and see how the look changes with the thread.  Very neat video!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 29, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The American Needlepoint Guild Hides SOTM Behind Paywall UPDATED

ANG's new website is being built out so I've been checking it periodically to see what has been added.  Yesterday I was stunned to see that the fabulous Stitch of the Month (SOTM) program which is a great way to introduce people to various needlepoint stitches for only the cost of the materials is going to be available only to members of ANG starting next January, except for one year, presumably the current year's project.
http://www.needlepoint.org/page/SOTM

I feel this is a terrible mistake.  I use it to help new stitchers all the time.  It is a great resource for the world of needlepoint, which includes many people who are not committed needlepointers.   When folks learn the resources available from ANG, they tend to join.  Why hide your light under a barrel (or in this case behind a paywall), ANG?

Please reconsider.

UPDATE:  As an update to the Stitch of the Month's changes on ANG's new website, I'd like to report that the 1999-2016 Stitch of the Month items are now uploaded to ANG's new website but they are only available to ANG members who are logged in. 1998's Stitch of the Month items presumably will be added shortly. The 2017 SOTM material is available to all, along with the statement, "As of January 31st 2018, all SOTM offerings will become Member Only. We plan to make one year's project available to the public."

To see the most recent changes, you have to log in as an ANG member, then click on Distance Learning.  Stitch of the Month is at the bottom of the options that appear.  Slide your cursor down to there, and you'll see Stitch of the Month: Archive.  Click on that to see the older SOTM material.

I know this is a slow process as ANG has Seminar registration to deal with right now. I hope ANG will restore access to all of the Stitch of the Month items, past and present, to anyone interested in needlepoint.

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

Gay Ann Roger's e-Week Sale Starts Tomorrow

If you are a fan of counted canvaswork, particularly elegant feminine designs in soft pastels, you will want to remember that Gay Ann Roger's annual e-Week sale starts tomorrow morning, at 8 a.m. California time.  Gay Ann only sells her charts a couple of times a year and the biggest sale (often with some spectacular large new designs) is in October.  So tomorrow, watch this space--
http://www.gayannrogers.com/index.html

Since Gay Ann usually kits out the big pieces and the supplies are very hard to get, she often only offers items for sale one time.  For example, if you loved Eleanor of Aquitaine and didn't buy, you have likely missed out for good.  I'm just saying that you need to remember that these things are often not available for long.
http://www.gayannrogers.com/eleanor-of-aquitaine.html

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

Favorite Filler Stitches

Needlepoint for Fun shares their favorite "filler" stitches—stitches to put in various areas when you can't think of anything else. All are versatile and pretty stitches and I use all of them fairly often.
http://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/needlepoint-filler-stitches.htm

It's a good article to bookmark and refer back to when you are stumped.

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

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

An Interview with ANG's President and Accoutrement Design's Owner

This week Fiber Talk interviews Lisa Crespo, who is the president of the American Needlepoint Guild and also the owner of Accoutrement Designs, home of those darling needle magnets and needle cases.
http://wetalkfiber.com/2017/10/15/fiber-talk-with-lisa-crespo/

If you are not familiar with needle magnets, BeStitched has a large selection of Accoutrement Designs' offerings.
https://bestitchedneedlepointshop.com/products/monster-magnets

If you aren't familiar with the American Needlepoint Guild, you need to visit their new website and consider membership.
http://www.needlepoint.org

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

Monday, October 16, 2017

Needlepoint, The Band

Thanks to Connie's message on Facebook I have discovered there is a band in Norway called Needlepoint.
https://www.revolvy.com/topic/Needlepoint%20(band)&item_type=topic

I found this recording of "Ten Seconds" on YouTube.  They appear to be a progressive jazz group.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yQrnVCFR3A

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 1, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Display Boxes from Mythic Crafts

Mythic Crafts, known for their slate frames, are branching out into all sorts of interesting wooden projects.  Mark's latest venture is display boxes with spaces in their tops for needle work.  Mary Corbet obtained two for review and she loves them!
https://www.needlenthread.com/2017/09/beautiful-handcrafted-boxes-for-mounting-embroidery.html

Mythic has a variety of box styles available on their website.  They are expensive but very very beautiful, and given the cost of framing, they are an interesting and viable alternative for display of your best stitching.
https://mythiccrafts.com/collections/embroidery-needlework-presentation-boxes

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 1, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Hungarian Stitch

Needlepoint for Fun talks about Hungarian Stitch, a very useful little stitch. They like to pair it with basketweave for textural contrast.
http://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/hungarian-needlepoint-stitch.htm

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 1, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Needlepoint Makeup Bags

Kimberly Ann Needlepoint has some fun canvases that are to be made into makeup bags.  She finally got her models back from the finisher and they are darling!
http://www.kimberlyannneedlepoint.com/makeup-bag-collection.html

It's a great idea for that canvas you stitched and don't know what to do with.

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

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Breaking News: Gingerbread House in NP Now

Moore Than Needlepoint says this charmer of a gingerbread house will be featured with a stitch guide in the November-December 2017 Needlepoint Now magazine.  The design is by Pepperberry.
https://www.facebook.com/665326530168183/photos/a.669952133038956.1073741827.665326530168183/1703456063021886/?type=3&theater

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

Pete and Owen at the Royal School

Surrey Life sent one of its reporters to the Royal School of Needlework for a day course. A very good time was had by the guys.
http://www.surreylife.co.uk/people/men-do-embroidery-too-a-day-at-the-royal-school-of-needlework-1-5150921

Many thanks to the Needlework Retailer for alerting us to this!

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

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Needlepoint Stitches: A Field Guide to Birds

Carolyn Herself, At Her Book Party

I just bought a copy of Carolyn Hedge Baird's newest book, Needlepoint Stitches A Field Guide to Birds.  The book is 299 pages full of black and white diagrams of the stitches she uses for birds.  It is spiral bound with a laminated back page and a clear plastic sheet over the cover.  

Like all of Carolyn's books, this one reflects her personality.  It is crammed full of black and white line drawings, a list of her previous books and stitch guides, quotes from her students and dedication, a graph paper page for sketching your own ideas—all in the first five pages before the Table of Contents even!  Carolyn says that this book was a sort of collage of bird clip art and her favorite stitches, written in the way a bird watcher would keep a journal.  If you are looking for a well organized book, this is not for you.  This book is more like a six year old's idea of the perfect birthday cake—layers of vanilla and chocolate cake topped with three kinds of icing and six kinds of candy sprinkled on top with whipped cream over all!  In other words, there are lots and lots of bits of wisdom sprinkled throughout the book.

Not that there isn't organization.  Carolyn has divided the stitch diagrams in the book into five areas:  very small stitches, small stitches, medium stitches, large stitches and what she calls "bird details," which is ideas for eyes, outlining feathers, beaks, legs and feet.  You can find ideas for combs and wattles, nests, eggs and chicks in that section also.  There is a reference section in the back where the stitches are listed in mostly alphabetical order, an index of background stitches (including birdhouses and chicken wire) and an index of stitches that use beads.


Bird Icons, From Carolyn's Facebook page

Carolyn also has included clip art birds next to all the diagrams.  (See above)  These little black silhouettes show the direction your bird design should be facing to make best use of the stitch.  That's a great idea, Carolyn!  Speaking of diagrams, they are all black lines on a grid.  Some are numbered but many are not.  There are not any photographs of the actual stitches on a needlepoint canvas, but if you happen to have a Facebook account, you can see many of the stitches in photographs of Carolyn's students' work.  This adds immeasurably to the value of the book.  Publishing a book with color photographs of stitched examples would cost the earth, but anyone with a Facebook account can visit Carolyn's Needlepointing In Your Nest page and browse, looking for bird designs.
https://www.facebook.com/nestndlpt/

In a way, not having the stitches matched to a photo of a bird canvas emphasizes that this book isn't just for bird stitches.  Many of the stitches will work just as well on fish or dragon scales.  This book is great to browse but there is a lot of repetition.  There are roughly 80 stitches diagrammed in the section on small stitches.  (There are a lot more charts than that in this section since Carolyn diagrams the stitches slanting left and right or running vertically and then horizontally which is useful for those who have trouble changing stitch direction in their heads. But it made counting diagrams hard. ) Roughly 43 of those 80 stitches are ray or leaf stitch variations of some sort.   They certainly have a lot of variety but this makes the book less useful than a more general book like Carolyn's Needlepointing in Your Nest which doesn't concentrate on stitches for one type of design.

This is the sort of book that you browse looking for ideas.  And there are plenty of those hiding among the clip art.  Is it a great general stitch book?  Probably not as it really is geared toward a certain type of painted canvas.   But is it a great idea book?  Definitely.  It will spark your creativity.

I'm glad I have my copy to browse periodically.  It's going to give me some great ideas, I just know it!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 1, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Needlepointing for Puerto Rico

We've all heard a bit about the massive infrastructure destruction in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Irma hit, causing extensive damage.  Now Orna Willis is doing something to help through a new design which is a fund raiser for a charity dedicated to helping.  You can read the details here.
http://ornadesign.blogspot.com/2017/10/new-design-and-opportunity-to-do-great.html

Orna is going to kit out the design for those interested.  There are five color ways.
http://ornadesign.blogspot.com/2017/10/exciting-updates.html

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

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Breaking News: Chandail's New Location Opens Tomorrow

Chandail Needlework has finally opened in their new location. They were delayed a bit due to the hurricane in Houston and the surrounding area, but now the doors open tomorrow! Please go check out the new location, enjoy the moving sale and give them all big hugs from me.
http://www.chandailneedlework.com

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

An Interview with Doug Kreinik

Want to learn more about Kreinik? Then this Fiber Talk podcast is for you!
http://wetalkfiber.com/2017/10/08/fiber-talk-with-doug-kreinik/

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

Monday, October 9, 2017

Breaking News: Needlepoint of La Jolla Internet Only

The owners of Needlepoint of La Jolla have announced on October 6 via Facebook that they have closed their brick and mortar store to retire to New Mexico. They plan to keep the Internet shop open, though, and will still be designing and doing finishing.
https://www.facebook.com/NeedlePOINTofLaJolla/

The shop website will apparently stay open during the changes.  You can read more there at the bottom of the home page.
https://www.needlepointoflajolla.com

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

ANG 2017 Exhibit Winners

Folks are starting to post photographs on Facebook of the ribbon-winning pieces they exhibited at the 2017 ANG Seminar Exhibit which is going on right now.   This is Arlene Cohen's "Spanish Savonnerie," worked on 40 count silk gauze with one ply of DMC cotton floss from a chart by Natalia Frank. It won a President's Choice ribbon, a blue ribbon and a Judge's Choice ribbon.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1633692563331906&set=gm.1510727965671023&type=3&theater

This is an original design by Karen Garinger called "Lip Service."  It won a blue ribbon for original design.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1440347112750804&set=gm.1497350873675399&type=3&theater

Melita won two ribbons. This won an Honorable Mention but I am not sure in what category.
https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2017/08/30/herringbone-happening/

Melita's original Challenge piece won a third place in Independent Project Category, not too shabby given all the competition!  This is a Marilyn Owen design with Melita's selection of threads and beads and she says this will be in the upcoming ANG Chapter Project Book.  Thanks for the clarification!
https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2017/08/28/scotch-stew/

Lynn won a blue ribbon and a First Time Exhibitor's ribbon.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1487513334697560&set=pcb.1498452290231924&type=3&theater

Beth also won a blue ribbon.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1536720276349699&set=gm.1496771683733318&type=3&theater

Cynthia Thomas won a blue ribbon in the Professional without a Stitch Guide category for this Debbie Mumm/Melissa Shirley charmer.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1685249334826687&set=gm.1501281669948986&type=3&theater

Sue won a second place for this lovely Hollyhock House, counted design by Gay Ann Rogers.
https://www.facebook.com/860462527326471/photos/a.860479107324813.1073741828.860462527326471/1484460141593370/?type=3&theater

Julius won a first for the Youth Division!  Hurrah!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155679204376060&set=gm.2046089058953471&type=3&theater

Connie Glenn Camp won both a second place AND the Beth Robertson Award for her Raymond Crawford camel.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10210280086984373&set=gm.1513811012029385&type=3&theater&ifg=1

Kurdy Biggs won a second place and a Hilton Award for one of her original designs.
https://www.facebook.com/kurdy.biggs.9/posts/1595613813846858

Vicky DeAngelis won two awards, the Small Masterpiece and Wearable Art Awards.
http://mostlyneedlepoint.com/where-has-the-time-gone-2/

My favorite awards are these—The Lifetime Achievement Award went to David McCaskill and the People's Choice Award went to Philip Bush for his 50 Daisies/Flowers. Can't wait to see a photo of that!
https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2017/09/03/seminar-2017-wrap-up/

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

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Picking the Right Light/Magnifer

Lynn highly recommended this article by the manufacturers of Dazor light/magnifiers on Facebook and when I read it, I see why. It explains the terms used in describing these things very very well.
https://www.dazor.com/choosing-a-lighted-magnifier.html

Thanks, Lynn!

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

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Persian Qum Rug

Jan at Thread Medley is starting another original rug, this time a Persian Qum rug design on Congress Cloth using mostly Splendor silk floss but with some overdyed cotton floss used occasionally.  As Jan posted progress reports, I'll update this article so you can continue to watch her work.
https://threadmedley.wordpress.com/2017/08/17/todays-happiness/

https://threadmedley.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/persian-qum-rug-getting-started/

https://threadmedley.wordpress.com/2017/09/06/persian-qum-rug-progress-2/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 24, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Kimberly on Show UPDATED

Kimberly is having a exhibit, a one-woman show!  The opening reception is October 7th at the Swalebrook Gallery in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania.  The show features both Kimberly's paintings and needle art.  If you are in the area, please go to see the brilliance of Kimberly's mind.
https://akimberlydesign.blogspot.com/2017/09/this-is-big.html?m=1

UPDATE:  Kimberly posted photographs of some of the items on display.
http://akimberlydesign.blogspot.com/2017/10/life-is-full-of-wonder.html

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

Thursday, October 5, 2017

A Survey of Cynthia's Lights

Needlepoint for Fun has talked Cynthia Thomas into writing an article about the various lights she uses for her stitching.
http://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/best-needlepoint-lights-to-use.htm

As a teacher and stitch guide writer, Cindy stitches all the time, so her experience with lights for travel and her home is wide.  Hopefully this will give you ideas in case you need a new light yourself.

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

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Breaking News: ANG's New Website Finally Live

The American Needlepoint Guild's revamped website is now live. A lot of things are still missing, like most of the Stitch of the Month postings and the FAQ page which had lots of useful information, but the 2017 Stitch of the Month is there (hidden under Distance Learning). I am hoping their FAQ page reappears shortly as I refer folks to it constantly.  The URL is the same.
http://www.needlepoint.org

Here is the direct link to the Stitch of the Month for 2017.  Note that all the information was posted at once so it is very hard to tell what is the earlier and latest lessons.  I finally figured out that the latest was at the bottom, not the top as had been done for years.  ANG says that prior SOTM information will be added to the website at some point.   I am hoping this is done quickly as that is also information I refer people to all the time.
http://www.needlepoint.org/page/SOTM

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

Finding 10-12 Count Canvas

Margaret asked about finding 10-12 count canvas (both painted and plain) on Facebook's Needlepoint Nation. The answers were very useful so I am quoting them here for those who want a larger count, especially now that 13 and 18 count canvases are the norm.

Elizabeth Bradley kits come on 10 count canvas, as do the Ehrman Tapestry designs.
http://www.elizabethbradley.com/theamericas/

Occasionally some of the Ehrman canvases are 8 or 12 count.  Check before you buy.  Elizabeth Bradley and Erhman designs are kits, with tapestry wool included.
http://www.ehrmantapestry.com

Old World Designs has a series of 10 count canvases that come with coordinating tote bags.
https://www.oldworlddesigns.com/shop/c/p/OWD-Hydrangea-Tote-Bag-x26531509.htm


Jean Smith has some lovely florals on 10 count...
http://www.jeansmithdesigns.com

… and Cat's Cradle also has some nice 10 counts.  Your favorite shop can order from Jean Smith or Cat's Cradle for you.
http://www.catscradleneedlepoint.com

Needlepoint.com also carries 10 point canvases.
https://needlepoint.com

Designers' Desk and other shops carry 10 and 12 count plain canvas so you can work all sorts of designs from books and charts on them.
http://designersdeskusa.com

Have fun looking!

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

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Interviews with Mary Legallet and with Debbie Woodward

Fiber Talk interviewed Mary Legallet on September 24. You can learn about Mary's background, why she has both stitch guides and stitch concepts, and hear about how she works with designers and shops to pick the perfect class.  As a bonus, you can hear great suggestions for programs to stitch to!
http://wetalkfiber.com/2017/09/24/fiber-talk-with-mary-legallet/

Mary's website, the Whimsical Stitch, is here. Have fun exploring and don't forget to check each Wednesday for an update to Mary's blog so you can learn about a new stitch and where to use it.
http://www.whimsicalstitch.com

Then Fiber Talk interviewed Debbie Woodward on October 1.  You can learn how Debbie accidentally started Painted Pony Designs, learn a bit about how she organizes trunk shows, and peak behind the curtain to see how needlepoint design businesses and Destination Dallas are run.
http://wetalkfiber.com/2017/10/01/fiber-talk-with-debbie-woodward/

Here's Debbie's website, just in case you have an urge to browse her angels or something.
http://www.paintedponyneedlepoint.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 1, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Why Parkersburg, WVA is Thread Central

October 5, 6 and 7 are the days for Kreinik's special factory sale this year.
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2017/09/super-3-day-sale-at-kreinik-factory.html

It's one event I would love to attend!

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

Monday, October 2, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: Nordic Needle is Closing

I've been hearing rumors for two weeks but it's official—Nordic Needle is closing their physical store and may close their online store as well. That's not been decided yet.
http://www.inforum.com/business/4335993-fargos-nordic-needle-store-close-fall

https://www.nordicneedle.com

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

Breaking News: The Needlepoint Book in Paperback

Jo Ippolito Christensen just announced on Facebook that the third edition of her classic Needlepoint Book is coming out in paperback on October 10th.  
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/1525012727575880/

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© Copyright October 2, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Dye Lot Change to Kreinik's 002HL UPDATED

Kreinik is advising everyone of a dye lot change to their basic 002 gold in High Luster.  Thanks to The Stitcher's Garden posting this message on Facebook so I could share the news.  Kreinik wrote,

"FYI
002HL Dye Lot Change
We want to let you know that Kreinik color 002HL has a slight dye lot change that will be taking effect in the next few weeks. The new 002HL is still beautifully brassy, but just a bit darker in shade. When you receive this product, the spools will have an extra marking above the size; in this case, the letter “B” designating a dye lot difference. All spools and five-packs will be marked to give your customers a heads-up that there is a difference.
We are putting this information on our website and social media pages to raise awareness. Unfortunately, dye lot changes happen periodically, so we want to make it as painless as possible. This new letter designation on metallics is similar to the one we use on Kreinik Silk Mori, and will make it easier for retailers and stitchers to identify a color change. From now on, it will be shown on any metallic experiencing a dye lot difference.
Kreinik Mfg Co Inc"

UPDATE:  Kreinik has repeated this information on their blog with a bit of background.  Thanks for the heads up!
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2017/10/change-is-coming-to-kreinik.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright September 29, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Gail Stafford: A Profile of a Master Craftsman

I just ran across this wonderful profile of Gail Stafford, whose landscapes are often taught at EGA and ANG seminars.  Click on "Next" at the bottom of each page to see lovely photographs of her work.
http://www.woodturnersunlimited.com/index.php/eclectic/lifestyle/68-gail-stafford-master-craftsman

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright August 22, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Laundry Day with Kreinik!

Today is laundry day over at the Kreinik blog. You can learn about washing Kreinik and ironing it safely.  The blog doesn't mention using flat irons for hair to straighten out the curls Kreinik's metallics have from being on spools but I know quite a few folks who have done this successfully so it should be safe.
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2017/08/how-do-you-iron-metallic-threads.html

By the way, the two threads Kreinik says may run when washed are red and blue.  I was curious and looked it up.
http://www.kreinik.com/PDF/nov_2016_11x17_metallic_chart.pdf

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© Copyright August 22, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Free Scissor Fob Pattern

Colour Complements just posted a great free scissor fob pattern on their blog.  The design is by Susan and is in a PDF file. Susan used two colors of size 5 perle cotton from Colour Complements but of course you can raid your stash for what you need to stitch this on 18 count needlepoint canvas.
http://colourcomplements.com/2017/09/scissor-fob-2.html

Many thanks to Susan and of course to Lorraine for her lovely threads!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 29, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Barbara Bush's Needlepoint on Display

Marlys just visited the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas and took photographs of Barbara Bush's needlepoint on display. She posted the photographs on Needlepoint Nation. Use the side arrows to browse.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1306612082784451&set=pcb.1491050567638763&type=3&theater

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 21, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Needlepointer Has a New Home

The Needlepointer has moved from Everett, Washington to Edmonds, Washington.  Their new address is 22811 100th Ave West, Edmonds, WA 98020 and their phone numbers are (425) 252-2277 or (888) 252-9733.  Here's wishing them great success in the new location.

They are now open Monday through Friday from 10 - 6 and on Saturdays from 10 - 4.  They are closed Sundays.  Of course their online store is open 24/7. 
https://www.theneedlepointer.com

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

Bobbin and Fred Plays with Rhodes Stitch UPDATED

Bobbin and Fred has a lot of fun playing with colors in Rhodes Stitch on plastic canvas.
https://sewingwithbobbinandfred.blogspot.com/2017/08/experiments-with-rhodes-stitch-on.html

UPDATE:  Shannon fixed the above link!  So now you can play with colors, too.

Plus Bobbin and Fred have a great article about using plastic canvas to make a phone case that is fabulous.  It's perfect for the beginner, too.   Hope you like it.
https://sewingwithbobbinandfred.blogspot.com/2017/07/how-to-make-needlepoint-plastic-canvas.html

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

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Thirty-Five New Colors of DMC UPDATED AGAIN

Fleur de Paris just posted a photograph of the thirty-five new colors of DMC six ply cotton floss that are being released shortly!
https://www.facebook.com/FleurDeParis/photos/a.364859333567690.94239.360330090687281/1522639391123006/?type=3&theater

UPDATE:  Here's another photo, courtesy of Needle in a Haystack, for those who don't have Facebook accounts.
http://needlestack.typepad.com/whats_new/2017/10/new-dmc-colors-coming-in-november.html

UPDATE #2:  Thanks to Kate I have the photo of the new colors with their color names and numbers.



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© Copyright September 27, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sandy Arthur's Bullion Tutorial

Sandy Arthur has added a bullion knot tutorial to her latest blog posting about upcoming classes.  There are diagrams and photos and a nice explanation, plus information about the needles Sandy recommends to make things easier.
http://sandyarthur.blogspot.com/2017/08/time-for-new-lesson-postings-oh-my-am.html

If your favorite shop doesn't stock these needles, Colonial Needle sells them on their website.  In my experience, Colonial ships very quickly, too.  Plus they have Cynthia Thomas' video on making bullions right there on their page.
http://colonialneedle.com/Bullion-Tapestry-Points.html

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© Copyright August 19, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Beading Diagrams from The Needle Works

The Needle Works' blog has a nice diagram of various styles of beading. You can see diagrams for brick stitch beading, for stuffing beads inside Flair, for tent stitch beading, for attaching single beads with a cross stitch or a lasso, and for basketweave beading.
http://www.stitchinginthetexashillcountry.com/the_needle_works/2017/08/its-all-about-beads.html

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

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Berlin Embroidery Has a New Website

Tanja Berlin has a new website!  If you are curious about needle painting animals, you will love seeing Tanja's kits, many of which have diagrams posted so you get a sense of how she analyzes and then stitches animals for a very realistic look.  This is a good place for goldwork supplies as well, and her blackwork designs are gorgeous. Have fun browsing.
https://berlinembroidery.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 24, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

A Profile of Cleopatria's Needle

The latest newsletter from Needlepoint for Fun profiles the British needlepoint kit company Cleopatra's Needle.
http://www.icontact-archive.com/3sPNpcHW2d6IBVeY4CRghFboCanPyj3B?w=4

If you'd like to see more besides what the shop has on sale from the company, here is the Cleopatra's Needle website.  They use printed canvases and Appleton wool and pack everything into the kits in Scotland.
https://www.cleopatrasneedle.co.uk

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

Monday, September 25, 2017

A Bit About Premax Scissors

Kreinik's latest blog posting talks about three styles of Premax scissors from Italy that they distribute.  I've been seeing photos of these online and am glad to learn more about them.  After all, Christmas is coming and I've been very good this year, Santa….
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2017/08/3-scissors-you-shouldnt-live-without.html

If you are tempted and cannot wait on Santa Claus, you can order online here.
http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Premax-R-Scissors/

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

Sunday, September 24, 2017

More Needlepoint News, This time from Dallas

The September 2017 newsletter from Leigh Designs is out, and everyone is talking about it. Leigh summaries the fun and the facts from Destination Dallas, then gives us a glimpse into the future.
http://www.leighdesigns.com/News/

It's a must read for everyone who wants to know what's going on in Needlepoint World.

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 22, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Needlepoint in the News!

Needlepoint is in the news a lot these days.   Don Lynch of Associated Talents was flipping through a magazine at the beach and found a Melissa Shirley design on a couch pillow in one of those swanky apartment profiles in the September 2017 edition of "Traditional Home."
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1961541197449722&set=gm.1501785353231951&type=3&theater&ifg=1

Then Annie and Company showed off an Esurance commercial filmed at the shop in Manhattan.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar356DuRC0g&feature=youtu.be

And here is another commercial with a stitcher!
https://www.ispot.tv/ad/w6p7/eucrisa-steroid-free

I can't wait to see what's next!

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 3, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Smart Cookie Award for September goes to Leigh HW

Leigh HW found an older dresser to hold her stitching supplies. She stripped and refinished it, then added casters on the bottom to make it easy to move.  The finishing is lovely and she's even figured out a way to make the knobs needlepointed!  To see all five photographs, use the right side arrows to browse.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10212837965636440&set=pcb.1492835334126953&type=3&theater

Congratulations, Leigh—this is fabulous!

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© Copyright August 23, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

New and on Display from Lorene Salt

If you happen to live near Aurora, Ontario, you will want to stop by the Lorene Salt exhibition at The Aurora Public Library,  If not, you'll want to read the Embroidery Association of Canada's profile of new works from Lorene Salt on their blog.
http://blog.eac.ca/2017/09/needlepoint-taken-to-nth-degree.html

And you will love watching the video about Lorene and the exhibit.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=7&v=GMQprdG6pZY

For more information about Lorene and her work, look at the Counted Designers section here on Blog.

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© Copyright September 20, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Needle in a Haystack Reports on Destination Dallas

Needle in a Haystack has news from Destination Dallas, including a mini report on the show with new products they have brought back to Alamadea.
http://archive.mailermailer.com/view/52455628a-c9158bbc%2a1254854t-1ad7bceb

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© Copyright September 21, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

A Brief Light Coverage Tutorial, Part Two UPDATED

Melissa Shirley's "Red Geisha"

Once you understand a bit about how to create light coverage stitches by picking a stitch and a thread that won't cover the intricately painted areas, then you need to understand the problem that using light coverage stitches mixed with regular coverage stitches can cause on a canvas.

For illustration I'm using Melissa Shirley's "Red Geisha" which has areas of light coverage (the face) mixed with areas that are covered in solid stitches (everything else).  Often you will see a light coverage background with solid coverage everywhere else.  That makes logical sense because light coverage stitches recede while full coverage stitches look as if they are closer to the viewer.  So how come I used light coverage for a face?  Because faces tend to be focal points and often you can get away with light coverage on a focal point.   In this case the expression of the face, particularly the more heavily stitched lips, eyes and eyebrows mask the fact that I used light coverage stitches on the bulk of the face.

You can also get away with light coverage in foreground areas if you intend to draw the eye by using beads or sequins or metallics or other heavy textures.  Ruth Schmuff used a light coverage for her background AND flowers AND birds but the birds have beads and the flowers have very textural stitches, even though they do not complete cover the painted canvas.
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2016/02/sparkling-birdies-and-pink-flowers.html

If you use light coverage everywhere, as in Kirk and Hamilton's "Magnolias," stitched by Pat Miller you don't have to worry about heavy coverage areas overwhelming the light coverage ones.  (She has a stitch guide for this, by the way.)  In this case all the petals and leaves and the background were stitched with light coverage stitches.  Obviously if you plan to work the entire canvas in light coverage stitches, you don't have to worry about a mix of light coverage and regular coverage stitches.
http://needleartnut.blogspot.com/2016/10/magnolia-finish.html

To help you figure out what areas besides backgrounds can handle light coverage, I thought I'd use Melissa Prince's new small travel coaster canvases as examples.  These are all on 18 count, by the way.
https://www.melissaprincedesigns.com/travel-coasters.html

Look at the pink flamingo for Florida in the second row.  You could use light coverage stitches for the martini glass because in real life glasses are transparent.  Just make sure the leaves sticking out of the drink aren't too dimensional and don't use stitches that stick up really high over the glass area for the flamingo float. That will look odd.  You could add sparkle to the glass with the use of beads, metallics or crystals to draw the eye and help the glass compete with the flamingo, though.

Look at Washington, D.C. in the third row.  You can use light coverage stitches for the buildings as long as you don't make the pink cherry blossoms or the blue sky too prominent.  The cherry blossoms are the focal point so it's ok for them to be dimensional. In fact, don't use light coverage for them.  That would look odd.  But don't have too heavy a hand here if the buildings and sky are both light coverage.  Balance is everything here.

The NYC skyline in the fourth row is a good design for light coverage stitches for the background and buildings and a heavier coverage for Miss Liberty's arm and torch.  That emphasizes the importance of Liberty over the ephemeral buildings of Manhattan that come and go as the city morphs and changes over time.

Make sense?  Use light coverage for focal points only when you can add emphasis in some other way.     If you have questions, post them in the Comments or email me at chilly hollow at hotmaildotcom.

By the way, here's the link to Part One of this light coverage tutorial, in case you missed it.
https://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2017/09/a-brief-light-coverage-tutorial-part-one.html

UPDATE:  It occurred to me that some sort of mention of what color to use on a beautifully shaded area is in order.  Light coverage stitches often are put on top of a multi-colored area like a flower petal or a skirt that is rippling in the wind.  In those instances I probably will choose either the most prominent color or a medium shade from the colors painted.  That's a starting point, though.  What color works best can sometimes only be discovered through trial and error.  Lay the end of the various skeins you are considering on top of the area and see which looks best to you.

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© Copyright September 20, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Brief Light Coverage Tutorial, Part One UPDATED

One of today's needlepoint style trends is to not completely cover very detailed and shaded parts of a canvas with thread, but to choose open stitches that allow the shading to show through.   I've noticed people are curious about the technique so I thought I'd give some general  information on light coverage if you want to try it.


Melissa Shirley's "Red Geisha" Close Up

First of all, any stitch can be used for light coverage, even tent stitches.  Just use a lighter weight thread than normal.  Think about basketweave on a face—on 18 count one would normally use 3-4 plies of a cotton floss to cover.  Try using 1-2 plies instead.  Often the features (nose lines especially) will show through the thread and you can easily skip stitching those.  In the example pictured above, this discontinued Melissa Shirley 13 count design had the face stitched with one strand of Impressions, which allowed the expressive facial feature lines to shine through.  The nose, ear and neck lines were not stitched in gray.  You simply see the gray paint showing past the white Impressions.

When you use lighter coverage stitches, you are going to have to use different techniques to start or end threads since often there is no good place to tie off your stitches unless a heavier stitched area is next door.  (Red Geisha's face threads could be buried behind the robe area or her wig since those areas were full coverage.  Here is an older Blog article about starting and ending threads for light coverage stitches.
https://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2010/06/anchoring-ends-when-stitching-light.html

Here's another, more technical explanation from Joni Stevenson.
http://creative-stitch.blogspot.com/2012/10/those-pesky-ending-threads.html


Useful Books for Light Coverage Stitches

There are a whole series of books that talk about light coverage stitches. (See above.)  All three of Brenda Hart's books Favorite Stitches, Favorite Stitches II and Stitches for the Millennium (in the back row) feature stitches that work well in light coverage.  dede Odgen calls light coverage stitches Shadow Stitching and she has two books on the topic.  I own More Shadow Stitching but not Shadow Stitching.  The final book I recommend SuZy Murphy's Lite Stitches.  However, you can use any stitch as a light coverage stitch.  If you like darning stitches, the Finger Step Designs books has one you might be interested in.
http://store.apneedlearts.com/045485.html

UPDATE:  SharonG's "It's About Darn Time" is also a great reference for darning stitches.
http://nimbleneedlenj.com/product/its-about-darn-time/

Plus Amy Bunger's "Barely There" DVD is very useful as it is all about light coverage.
https://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2009/02/review-amy-bungers-barely-there-dvd.html

If you just want a few stitch ideas, read what Mary Legallet has to say about light coverage stitches, which she calls Open Work.
http://www.whimsicalstitch.com/whimsicalwednesdays/2015/8/19/open-sesame

Tomorrow I'll talk about the problems of mixing light and regular coverage stitches on a canvas.  See you then!

Here's the link to Part Two for those who arrived late to the party--https://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2017/09/a-brief-light-coverage-tutorial-part-two.html

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© Copyright September 20, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

iOS 11 ALERT

As Jan at Thread Medley reminds us, the newest version of the Apple mobile device operating system is now available for download. But you should be aware that of all the stitch book apps for Apple devices, Stitch Landscape from Little Shoppe Canvas Company will no longer open once you upgrade.  I don't know if they plan an update to a 64 bit version of their book.
https://threadmedley.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/iphone-ios-11-advice/

You can follow Jan's advice and take photos of the stitches you use a lot, or pick up a hard back version.  This is the best price I found.
http://www.cabbagerow.com/little-shoppe-canvas-book-stitch-landscape.html

Personally I have an old iPod Touch that I cannot upgrade so I'll use the copy of this lovely little book there instead of buying a hard copy.

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© Copyright September 20, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Circular Ornament Finishing Tutorials

This cross stitch tutorial shows how to finish a round ornament that is slightly puffy. Ovals are discussed also.  Although the piece finished is on Aida, not needlepoint canvas, the process is the same, even if the needlepoint canvas is stiffer, thus harder to cut, fold and manipulate.
http://pinwheelponders.blogspot.com/2008/12/some-thoughts-on-circular-and-oval.html?m=1

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 12, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Debbie Hosts a Stitch In UPDATED

Debbie at Painted Pony is hosting a stitch in for this darling Mary Charles canvas.  She's posted the threads that Needlepoint This! pulled for her with notes as to what area on the barn canvas they go and is asking for our ideas.  So everyone jump in and help Debbie get to work!
https://debbieppd.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/sunday-stitch-in/

https://debbieppd.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/sunday-stitch-in-were-painting-the-barn-red/

https://debbieppd.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/sunday-stitch-in-barn-raising/

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 17, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sheena's Favorites from Dallas

Sheena shows off her favorites from the new releases for last week's Destination Dallas on her blog.  It's always interesting to see what catches each person's eyes, as we all like different things and everyone notices something different.  Enjoy!
http://www.sheenasstitches.com/stitch-market-finds/

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 17, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Needlepoint Stitches: A Field Guide for Birds

Carolyn Hedge Baird's newest book is out now. Carolyn posted the cover page and a few inside pages on Facebook for people to see.  As you can see, it's a book of stitches useful for birds.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10210733030105901&set=pcb.1511667132243773&type=3&theater

Now use the right side arrow to see the table of contents and several pages. Carolyn says that she used clip art birds and arrows in the text to help folks understand what direction the stitches should go for each part of the bird.  Clever!

I haven't seen a copy yet (it's just now available) but if you have and would like to do a mini review, please use the comments below or email me at chilly hollow at hot mail dot com.  Thanks!
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2017/09/a-new-book.html

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© Copyright September 16, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Bargello Alert!

Liz Morrow of LizArt has come up with another unique take on Bargello designs.  She specializes in Bargello with a twist, creating 4-way designs, mirror images, overlapping patterns or other unusual ways to combine Bargello elements.
https://lizartblog.blogspot.com/2017/09/diagonals-diagonals-new-design.html

Fans of Bargello and/or counted canvaswork can pick up Liz's fun charts on her website.
http://www.lizartneedlepoint.com/Charted_Needlepoint.php

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© Copyright September 2, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: Suzie Buys Amanda Lawford

Since it is now official, I can tell you that Suzie Vallerie of Enriched Stitch has purchased the Amanda Lawford/DC Designs line of canvases.  These are the designs from Amanda and her son Derek Clark which we have grown to know and love.
http://astheneedleturns.com/i-couldnt-let-it-go/

It's lovely that Amanda Lawford pieces will still be available.  We hope you get to sleep occasionally, Suzie!  Thank you.

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

A Clever Tip for the Counted Crowd

If you have a charted piece in your near future, you might be able to use this tip from the Spinster Stitcher—she simply copies her chart and cuts out the relevant section and clips that to her canvas.  This makes it easier to work that section.
http://spinsterstitcher.blogspot.com/2017/09/poppers-fee-nee.html

Many thanks to Miss Joyce for this clever idea and to Miss Coni for passing it along.

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

Kaffe Fassett Exhibition Opens

If you will be anywhere newer Mottisfort Abbey (a National Trust property in Hampshire, England) today through January 14, 2018, be sure and visit the Kaffe Fassett exhibition which will include examples of his needlepoint, quilting, knits and much more.
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mottisfont/features/kaffe-fassett-exhibition-at-mottisfont

Kaffe is a master of color and pattern.  If you get to see this, you'll never forget it.

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© Copyright August 24, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Another Mythic Crafts Special

Mythic Crafts is having another special promotion today through Sunday to promote their embroidery frames.   I got the following note from Mark this morning.

"I'm doing another promo this weekend (probably my last promotion for the year) as I need to make more embroidery frames. I'm offering free laser engraving (worth $17.50) on any made-on-demand frame (which already gets 12% off regular price!) from Friday to Sunday. These will all be shipping before the end of November, so will make a great Christmas gift. Promo is only available on my website (not Etsy). I also have a couple of new "standard" sizes listed, based on the most popular sizes for custom frames this year - this makes these large sizes much cheaper than a custom frame."

Thanks for the heads, up, Mark.  The idea of a personalize frame is intriguing, particularly as these are so beautifully made.  If you are interested, you have the weekend to get in on the offer.

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© Copyright September 14, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Expensive—Or Is It? UPDATED

Needlepoint is an expensive hobby, but considering the time spent, Enriched Stitch shows that a piece will entertain one on a per hour basis for less than the price of a cup of coffee.
http://astheneedleturns.com/lets-do-the-math/

UPDATE:  Make sure you read Pat's comment.  It's a very clever idea!

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© Copyright August 7, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Breaking News: No More Thread Heaven

Donna just noticed this Facebook announcement by Thread Heaven that they have ceased production of their Thread Heaven thread conditioner as they want to retire.
https://www.facebook.com/653373178055654/photos/a.653379324721706.1073741828.653373178055654/1556834327709530/?type=3&theater

Donna also says there is a similar product called Thread Magic if you like using thread conditioners.  Here is a bit about it.
http://www.taylorseville.com/about-thread-magic.html

http://www.taylorseville.com/hand-sewing.html

Thread Magic can be purchased at fabrics stores.
http://www.joann.com/thread-magic-round/14526271.html

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© Copyright September 13, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Pocket Full of Stitches and Needle Works Report on Dallas

Two more shops are reporting back from Dallas in full.  First is Needle Works in Austin, Texas.
http://www.stitchinginthetexashillcountry.com/the_needle_works/2017/09/topsy-turvy-and-destination-dallas-2017.html

Pocket Full of Stitches in Lubbock, Texas did a very full report.
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2017/09/dallas-market-extravaganza-post-1.html

http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2017/09/dallas-market-extravaganza-post-2.html

http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2017/09/dallas-market-extravaganza-post-3.html

http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2017/09/dallas-market-extravaganza-post-4.html

Many thanks to the shops that worked hard to keep us up to date.

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© Copyright September 13, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Stitch By Stitch Summarizes Destination Dallas 2017

Stitch By Stitch in Larchmont, NY has kept their blog up to date with Destination Dallas summaries. If you don't have time to check the Destination Dallas tab here on Blog, it's not a bad place to see a good smattering of the new items.    Pay special attention to the Julie Paukert landscapes.  She has specialized in Boston scenes but I am thrilled she's doing other parts of our beautiful country now.
http://www.stitchbystitchneedlepoint.com/single-post/2017/09/08/More-Sneak-Peeks-from-Market

http://www.stitchbystitchneedlepoint.com/single-post/2017/09/13/More-new-market-releases

http://www.stitchbystitchneedlepoint.com/so/8Lvu8llR?cid=68bf7f60-0c49-4a61-b2cc-4a9944579072#/main

To see even more, visit their Pinterest page.
https://www.pinterest.com/stitchlarchmont/destination-dallas-2017/

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© Copyright September 13,  2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

A Clever Tip for Buttonhole Stitch

Sandy Arthur's latest class update has a bonus—a new and easier way to start buttonhole stitch!  I am definitely going to try this as it looks like it will make for a beautiful starting edge to a row of buttonhole stitches.  Thanks, Sandy.  And congratulations on your great-granddaughter's making it into Needle Pointers!  She's darling!
http://sandyarthur.blogspot.com/2017/08/time-out-is-this-great-grandmas-buttons.html

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

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

See the Royal School of Needlework on Pinterest

The Royal School of Needlework has started posting photographs of class and student projects on their Pinterest page.  If you want to see outstanding stitching, this is the place!
https://au.pinterest.com/source/royal-needlework.org.uk/

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© Copyright August 28, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.