Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year from Orna

Orna Willis is welcoming the New Year with a free chart for us all.  
https://ornadesign.blogspot.com/2018/12/a-new-year-gift-sweet-pea-design.html

It's one of her classic bracelets, but it can be framed as well as worn.  Play around with your favorite colors and use all beads or all French knots, whatever you please.  Thank you, Orna!

Happy New Year to us all.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright December 26, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Ready to Exhibit at Woodlawn 2019?

Arlene Cohen has a nice article on her blog about her first entry to the Woodlawn Needlework Exhibit. Mail order entries to the 2019 show will soon be accepted, so read all about Arlene's first exhibit piece and discover links about the show and how to mail your own recent pieces to be shown in March.
https://worksbyabc.com/2018/12/04/woodlawn-needlework-exhibit/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 4, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Sudden Realization: The Geisha Mystery

Ruth Schmuff knows just what I like—an elegant and haughty geisha!  This beautiful design from David Galchutt is named "Sudden Realization," and she will be the subject of Ruth's Winter 2019 mystery class.  Stay tuned!
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/11/i-had-a-sudden-realization/

The first lesson is out—and the geisha has a face!  Her under gown is gorgeous.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2019/01/the-face-tells-the-story/

Ruth has a plan to handle the outlines.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2019/02/details-outlines/

And she uses thread layers and thicknesses to create interest.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2019/02/variations/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 20, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Too Cute for Words

Donna shows off the two Kathy Schenkel little stockings she stitched for her grandkids. They are too cute for words!  Now that so many shops are having sales, you might want to pick up some of these for your next Christmas stitching.
https://majtravaux.blogspot.com/2018/12/for-grands.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright December 28, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

A Needlepoint Cowgirl at the Hall of Fame

Nancy stumbled across this needlepoint standup of a cowgirl at the Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas.  We think this is a Boots Baily design and that it was stitched by Fern Sawyer, a member of the Hall of Fame and a needlepointer.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156157441519151&set=gm.1990725311004617&type=3&theater&ifg=1

Many thanks to Nancy for spotting this and for all the members of Needlepoint Nation who worked to identify the stitcher and designer.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright November 17, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Using Kreinik's Wired Braid

Kreinik shows off a video of a Danji gingerbread house that was "iced" using Kreinik's wired braid, couched down with blending filament in 032.
https://www.facebook.com/Kreinik.Manufacturing.Company/videos/10155135646525940/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright November 16, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Three Decorative Stitches to Use

Needlepoint for Fun's latest newsletter talks about their three favorite decorative stitches.  You'll need some space to do these stitches but they will add a nice flavor to a background or any large area on your canvas.  By large I mean a big large enough for at least three repeats of the stitch element.
https://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/how-to-use-one-decorative-stitch-to-enhance-your-needlepoint-project.htm

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright November 16, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Anna at Christmas

Like all the rest of us, the English needlepoint designer Anna Person is way too busy at Christmas! But she is staying sane by stitching.  I hope now that the Big Day is in the rear view mirror we all can take a little time for our needles.
https://anna-pearson-needlepoint.blogspot.com/2018/11/christmas-is-coming.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright November 28, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Skin Tones in DMC

Folks are always asking what threads are good for creating different skin tones. Traditionally needlepointers have used the late Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum's list of DMC colors to choose the right thread for their Aboriginal/Asian/African/European skin tones.
http://www.tiag.com/background/altcolor.html

Here's a new source, passed on from the ANG email list to me from Deborah. Thanks, Deb!
http://www.carouselcharts.com/SkinTones.pdf

Carousel Charts is a cross stitch company. They've also published a guide to changing colors in general that I found very interesting.
http://www.carouselcharts.com/LightnDark.pdf

Colleen of Needle Works in Austin just posted a list of skin tone shades from her Mom's old copy of The Needlepoint Book. There are two colors for eyes and lips as a bonus. I think these are DMC colors, by the way.
http://www.stitchinginthetexashillcountry.com/the_needle_works/2013/02/share-a-stitch-sunday-february-24.html

Carole Lake suggests these DMC floss colors:
Lips: 309, 938
Pinks/corals: 818, 761, 819
Porcelains/peaches: 948, 712, 754
Tans: 712, 437, 738, 3774, 739
Peaches/tans: 948, 754, 3778, 758
Asian: 739, 3774, 950
African-American: 632, 3772, 3773

A chart from Lord Libidan
https://lordlibidan.com/find-the-perfect-skin-tone-dmc-threads/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Santas on Parade

Brenda has stitched quite a few of the Janet Zigler Casey Santas and shows the finished ones off on her blog.  It's a fun way to celebrate Christmas!
https://brendasneedlepointstudio.blogspot.com/2018/11/janet-zickler-casey-santas-stitched-to.html

These Santas were originally line drawn canvases, taught at various Seminars.  Danji is starting to produce them as painted canvases that each come with Janet's stitch guide.
http://www.danjidesigns.com/JanetCasey/index.htm

The originals are probably still available through Janet Casey's website.
http://www.jzcdesigns.com/christmas.htm

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 16, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Ruth Shows Off Christmas

Ruth Schmuff's latest blog posting is all about the Christmas stitching of one of her students.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/12/what-to-my-wondering-eyes-should-appear/

Many of the designs are from folks Ruth's company, Bedecked and Beadazzled, distributes.  Many were done in Ruth's classes, too.  Angie is a very prolific stitcher with an eye for fun Christmas pieces.  Enjoy!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright December 23, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

A Thousand Flowers: Tapestry on Silk Gauze

Using the style of Medieval tapestries, Mary Corbet has some up with four charming charts meant to be stitched on silk gauze and used in broaches and small pins. 
https://www.needlenthread.com/2018/11/a-thousand-flowers-four-tapestry-smalls-to-stitch.html

Follow the links to see Mary's inspiration or the jewelry settings she used.  These are charming, and on either 40 or 48 count silk gauze, they are not too small to be unworkable.  A downloadable eBook chart is now available.
https://www.needlenthread.com/2018/11/a-thousand-flowers-four-tapestry-smalls-available-now.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 14, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Ornament Exchanges are Fun

I love the idea of ornament exchanges during the holidays so I enjoyed seeing the ornaments the staff of Enriched Stitch exchanged.    Some of the ornaments are credited to their designers and some aren't but if you fall in love, the shop can help you identify the design you adore.
http://astheneedleturns.com/ornament-exchange/

Pocket Full of Stitches did an exchange, too.  Look at all those smiling faces!
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2018/12/pfos-annual-ornament-exchange.html

I think both shops had a blast.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright December 19, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Breaking News: Liz Morrow is Retiring

Liz Morrow has just announced her retirement, but don't worry. If you are big fan of Liz's complex Bargello designs or her other fun charts, you can still get them from LizArt, which will now be run by Liz's buddy Rinda Just.
http://lizartblog.blogspot.com/2018/12/retirement.html

Liz plans to keep designing and charting, but now she has a business manager, so to speak.  Have a fun look around the LizArt website. If you decide to order, Rinda will be waiting!
http://www.lizartneedlepoint.com

Meanwhile, Liz is designing as always.  Just not doing the paperwork any more.  Yeah, Liz!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright December 21, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

The Annual Reveal of the SWANS' Christmas Ornament Exchange

Stephanie's local group, the SWANS, just had their annual Christmas party.  They draw names and exchange ornaments each year, but I have to say each one this year is really wonderful!
https://stephsstitching.blogspot.com/2018/12/swan-christmas-party-is-best.html

https://stephsstitching.blogspot.com/2018/12/my-swan-party.html

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© Copyright December 13, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Petersborough Cathedral Ceiling Tapestry

The Petersborough Embroiderers Guild is taking on a huge project, reproducing the ceiling pattern of Petersborough Cathedral on needlepoint canvas, with some parts painted and some charted. You can read about this custom design and the volunteers working it here.
https://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/nave-needlework-to-bring-project-to-life-1-8535826

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright June 21, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

All the Colors of Micro Ice Chenille

Kreinik's blog shows off what ThreadworX does with their Micro Ice Chenille—they dye it into the most wonderful colors!  With holiday decorating on our minds, how about picking up a skein of one of these and couching some fun color onto your current needlepoint canvas?
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2018/10/threadworx-is-making-kreinik-better.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright October 23, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Mistress of Embroidery

Susan Johnson of SJ Designs has a new booklet out. It's called The Mistress of Embroidery: Patterns for Embroidery, Counted Cross Stitch and Needlepoint.  It reproduces charts and outlines first printed in 1819 by Augustin Legrand which can be done in needlepoint, cross stitch or embroidery.  If you are interested in patterns available just after Jane Austin's death in the first year of Queen Victoria's reign, this is right up your alley.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1790217040?fbclid=IwAR1RFgWMFoNTtwof0RBp6u08YYZJm8QKzXeIC0Zr7fewQfUYjrWwVm0QOqc

This is one of a series of historical embroidery books by Susan.  Most are 19th Century Berlin woolwork type charts but not all.  Have fun browsing and learning more needlework history.
https://sj-designs.net/shop/sj-designs-books/

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© Copyright November 24, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Clover's Mini Wonder Clips

If you do your own ornament finishing (or you want to try), you'll want to read what Mary Corbet says about using Clover's mini wonder clips to help her finish her latest projects.  If you are interested, you can follow Mary's link to Amazon so that she gets a little cash for sending you to shop there.
https://www.needlenthread.com/2018/11/must-have-little-tools-for-finishing-a-sneak-peek.html

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© Copyright November 9, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Countdown to Christmas with Antique Needlework Tools

Gay Ann Rogers is posting a variety of antique needlework tools on her website to count down to Christmas. If you love needlework antiques, you'll want to visit each day to see more.
http://www.gayannrogers.com/christmas-2018.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright December 15, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Are You a Fan of Spartina Bags?

Spartina has new "needlepoint" bags. They look like they were stitched overseas and the needlepoint combined with leather.  They are fun and a good way to carry a needlepoint purse until you have time to stitch your own.  Thanks for the tip, Dell!
https://www.spartina449.com/new/queen-of-carolina/needlepoint.html

If you prefer to stitch your own, check out the Thorn Alexander canvas that Jinny stitched and had made into a fabulous clutch bag.
http://stitchstyleblog.com/2018/11/thorn-alexander-clutch/

Not all of us have any use for a clutch purse but how about a wallet?  Mindy has some new "mini" designs that you can buy with a matching ladies' wallet.
http://www.mindysneedlepoint.com/shop/Mindys-Needlepoint-Designs/Minis-For-Leather-Wallets.htm

Use the left side arrow for more photos.  Mindy says the dimensions of the wallets are four and a half inches across, three inches down, and one and three-quarters inch deep.  There are 12 colors available.  The inserts are 18 count and are two by two and three-quarter inches.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10211865379142231&set=pcb.1985578211519327&type=3&theater

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© Copyright October 23, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Be On the Look Out

Normally when I talk about stolen property here, it's copyright or trademark violations I mean. But today I discovered two antique American samplers were stolen in Vancouver, Washington and folks are being asked to publicize the theft among the stitching world as we are the most likely to notice samplers as we are out and about.  Keep your eyes out for these two, ok?
http://thistle-threads.blogspot.com/2018/12/be-on-lookout-stolen-samplers.html

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© Copyright December 15, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Making Squares Round

Needlepoint for Fun's newsletter has an interesting article about the best way to turn that square design into a round or oval ornament shape to hang on your tree.  I don't think making an oval shape is as easy as they make it sound but this is a pretty good tutorial for creating a round template for your canvas.
https://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/the-best-way-to-make-a-small-rectangular-or-square-design-into-a-round-ornament.htm

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© Copyright August 10, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, December 14, 2018

IKEA Ornament Display Stand

Reed's sharp eyes spotted this IKEA display stand and recommended it for stitched ornaments.
https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80400867/

It's metal powder-coated white and not available to order online, so you'll have to shop at IKEA to get it.

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© Copyright November 8, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

New Jewelry Settings by Nunn Design

It's been quite a while since I've been able to find good jewelry settings to create silk gauze embroidery pins and broaches, so I was thrilled to see Mary Corbet talk about the settings available from Nunn Design.
https://www.needlenthread.com/2018/09/some-tiny-embroidery-for-jewelry-with-free-patterns.html

Can these be used for needlepoint canvas or Congress cloth?  Maybe.  I imagine it will be hard to turn the edges of the raw canvas under easily unless you dampen them.  The bonus for using silk gauze is the silver backing will show and add glitz to the design if you don't stitch the background entirely.  Traditionally one puts gold lame' fabric behind silk gauze when mounting in jewelry.  I think you can do this if you wish since normally lame' is a very thin material.
https://www.nunndesign.com/product-category/shop-retail/kit-embroidery-retail-kits/

Bottom line:  If you want to try needlepoint on silk gauze, this is a great little project to use.  You can make broaches, pins, bracelets, and even ornaments.  Otherwise, I'm not sure how traditional needlepoint will work, but it is a nice thing to experiment with.  Here's the video explaining how to assemble your stitching into the jewelry setting.
https://www.nunndesign.com/assemble-handmade-embroidery-jewelry-video/

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© Copyright September 19, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Pink Imperfection Interviews Betty Scanlon

An interview with Betty Scanlon, you say? The name rings a bell, but…
Betty is the owner of Stitch By Stitch in Larchmont, NY.   Her shop newsletter is fun and so is her website and blog.  Check them all out with the second line below.
https://pinkimperfection.com/2018/11/14/stitch-by-stitch-is-how-it-will-all-get-done/

http://www.stitchbystitchneedlepoint.com

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© Copyright November 20, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Target's Metal Wall Pocket for Needlepoint Display

Rachel Donley Designs noticed this metal wall pocket at Target.  It can be hung on the wall or sit upright on a table or desk.
https://www.target.com/p/metal-wall-pocket-black-project-62-153/-/A-52808808?fbclid=IwAR2PtMj693Xq5mZ2ALTwUlMtckXPVUMuCHq_7g_a2IwtgClE6T4v8prXCw4

It's perfect for displaying needlepoint!
https://www.facebook.com/racheldonleyneedlepointdesigns/photos/pcb.2186314314957837/2186314008291201/?type=3&theater&ifg=1

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© Copyright December 9, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, December 10, 2018

How to Make a Christmas Bow

Ruth Schmuff taught Melissa Shirley's "Santa's Books" over the Thanksgiving holiday at her shop, Bedecked and Beadazzled. Part of the decoration is a pretty red bow, which Ruth explains how to create in this tutorial. It's easy if you use Wired Lace, which is a type of wire-edged mesh ribbon used in beading.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/11/its-a-pretty-bow/

You can see more about Ruth's class here.  The canvas, the threads kit and/or the stitch guide are available from Bedecked and Beadazzled.  Just follow the links.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/11/santa-likes-to-read/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright November 27, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Sandy's Back from the Danube River Cruise

Whether cruises are your thing or not, I think you'll enjoy Sandy Arthur's report on the Danube cruise she just got back from in early November.
https://sandyarthur.blogspot.com/2018/11/here-we-are-enjoying-our-stitching-down.html

If you are intrigued, Sandy leads quite a few stitching cruises.  The upcoming ones are listed on her Needles and Fins Facebook page.  I think the next (not updated yet) will be a cruise on the Mediterranean.


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© Copyright November 4, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Stitching Glasses the Leigh Designs Team Way

Leigh Designs has a tradition of releasing a series of small canvases on November 1 each year. Leigh calls this her November Surprise. For 2018, she's celebrating Oktoberfest and beer!
http://www.leighdesigns.com/Grp813x.html

There are 8 types of beer, each in their own special glass, and each canvas has a stitch guide by Leona Cole, Pat Miller or Carolyn Taggart.  To see the models, click on the photo of each unstitched canvas. If you do, you'll see a Master Class on stitching glassware!  Note how the tall, thin glasses use tall, thin stitches, for example.  Check out "Swaggering Stout."  The faceted glass is beautifully handled.  I was especially intrigued by the use of diamond shaped stitches for some of the more rounded glasses.  It works!

Kudos to the Leigh Design teams!

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© Copyright November 1, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, December 7, 2018

A Vague Yearning to Escape into Needlepoint

I thought you'd enjoy this article about a novice to needlepoint with the urge to escape into stitching that was in Elle Decor.  Many thanks to Jeffrey for finding the link to the online version.
https://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/trends/a22843630/pleasure-of-needlepoint/

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© Copyright September 13, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Mrs. Bush's Rug in Needlepoint News Reprinted

The owner of the copyright for the now defunct Needlepoint News magazine has kindly reprinted the article on Mrs. Barbara Bush's famous floral needlepoint rug on their website.  This was originally in the October/November 1986 issue.
https://www.egwpublishing.com/about1-c1td8

Many thanks to Wendy for finding this and tells us all about it.

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© Copyright December 6, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Color Magic

Debbie Rowley reminds us that color has a magical appeal.  Any counted design can be easily changed to colors that you like better.  You can change a painted canvas as well, although in my experience that's a bit harder, at least for me.
https://debbeesdesigns.com/2018/10/29/a-contrast-in-color-experiences/

But if we are going to use our precious personal time to stitch something, it should be in colors we love, right?

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© Copyright October 29, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Two Children's Chairs

The Beinecke Library at Yale just posted photos of two children's sized chairs, designs by Pablo Picasso, stitched by Alice B. Toklas.  It appears likely that Yale owns the photo of the chairs, not the chairs themselves, judging from the wording of the record.
https://brbl-dl.library.yale.edu/vufind/Record/3528440

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© Copyright October 28, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

A Seam Fix

Sue has a new tool to remove the fuzzies left behind after ripping out.  It's called a seam fix and is used by quilters.
https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2018/09/13/a-new-tool-for-me/

Here is how it is supposed to be used if you are sewing.  Basically you rub the eraser-type end over the fuzzies and it removes them.
https://sueoverydesigns.com/how-to-use-seam-fix-seam-ripper-notion-really-work/

I've never used anything except my Judy's Boo-Boo Stick to remove fluff left over from ripping out.  It works great!
https://123stitch.com/item/Norden-Crafts-Judys-Boo-Boo-Stick/MI-1002-01BOO

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© Copyright September 13, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, December 3, 2018

A Free Holly Design from LizArt

Liz Morrow just posted a new free holiday pattern of a holly branch on her website.  You can read a bit about it on her blog…
http://lizartblog.blogspot.com/2018/10/free-design.html

…then download the PDF file chart at the free section of her website.  It is quite charming and a fun way to stitch something to celebrate the season.
http://www.lizartneedlepoint.com/Free_Designs.php

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© Copyright October 23, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

A Free Hanukkah and a Free Christmas Design

Susan Johnson of SJ Designs has posted a free Hannukkah design on her website as a gift to her stitching friends. 
http://sj-designs.net/sjdwordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/HANUKKAH-RIBBONS-ORNAMENT.pdf?fbclid=IwAR08Nb4Fu63Ci8tw4wW5Sxr8MDbY4rBHLmHX0pGGSjUWs9mtoPBEHlBodjQ

There's a Christmas version, too!
http://sj-designs.net/very-very-merry-ornament-chart/?fbclid=IwAR2bPEuDcVyTpY7HE65R_4fjJQhquKFBsB7Y1g1rVR4uG8ulxx0KxPgbKHA

Thanks, Susan!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 9, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Self-Finishing Items for that Last Minute Gift

The Needlepointer in Washington State has listed all their self-finishing items in their latest newsletter to help you pick something fast and fun to stitch for the holidays. You can treat yourself or a friend or relative with any of these goodies.
https://mailchi.mp/theneedlepointer.com/take-a-look-at-all-our-great-self-finishing-products?e=73961ee0ea

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 12, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Horse Country Chic Decorating Ideas for Christmas

Horse Country Chic has some inspiring ideas for decorating with needlepoint (and other things) this Christmas, especially if you don't plan to have a tree.  Enjoy!
http://horsecountrychic.blogspot.com/2018/10/holiday-decorating-ideas.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 22, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

A Historian Discusses the Bayeux Tapestry

Mary Corbet turned up an interesting question and answer session about the creation of the Bayeux Tapestry on the BBC historic magazine website.  The person interviewed is an embroider and has a Ph.D. on Medieval embroidery to boot.
https://www.needlenthread.com/2018/10/weekend-reading-the-making-of-the-bayeux-tapestry.html

Here's the direct link to the discussion, but what Mary says above is quite interesting, too.  Those who want more information should follow the links scattered around the page on the BBC History Magazine site.
https://www.historyextra.com/period/norman/bayeux-tapestry-make-how-long-who-when-stitch/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 19, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church's Altar Guild

If you are interested in ecclesiastical embroidery, check out the needlepoint pieces the Altar Guild at Glenn Memorial UMC did.
https://www.glennumc.org/altar-guild/?fbclid=IwAR0GGqRj-epuZ14amLA4o_b3N_8LGhemFeI2HTxITOPXQlKC6Y4lcJWFIks

The designs were created by Nancy Keating of Fancywork Finishing.
https://fancyworkfinishing.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 17, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Breaking News: Baroness Trumpington Has Died

She lived a full, interesting life.
http://encyclopedic.co.uk/2018/11/27/obituary-baroness-trumpington/

And she needlepointed, naturally.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3030371/My-haven-Baroness-Trumpington-Conservative-life-peer-92-sitting-room-south-west-London-flat.html

https://www.theoldie.co.uk/blog/baroness-trumpington

Many thanks to Helen Francis for telling us that she was a great stitcher and a kind woman.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 27, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Arlene Changes Everything

Arlene Cohen of WorksByABC is always tackling new challenges in her needlework. She does a lot of original designs and sells charts for some of her work, too, but it is her adjusting of her current design (one of Threedles's complex geometrics) that intrigues me today.  If you are afraid to change anything in a kit or chart, listen to Arlene and be brave.
https://worksbyabc.com/2018/10/16/ch-ch-ch-changes/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 17, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, November 26, 2018

BLG Visits Luv 2 Stitch UPDATE

BLG has been visiting Luv 2 Stitch in San Mateo, California and has posted a great review of the shop.
https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2018/09/05/my-home-away-from-home/

If you want to visit yourself, check the shop website for directions.  And if you are too far away, just browse the website.  "Showcase" is a great place to start.
https://luv2stitch.com

UPDATE:  The shop has updated their website with information about the owner and store manager. Fun!
https://luv2stitch.com/about-our-needlepoint-store/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 5, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Picking a Background Color

Karen at Nimble Needle in New Jersey has an interesting article on her blog about picking a background color.  I would have gone with a pastel pink myself or maybe pale orange sherbet.  Or a very dark rust.  What about you?
http://nimbleneedlenj.com/laurel-burch-color-and-contrast/

There really are no right answers to this, as long as you don't pick something too close in value to the main subject matter.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 30, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Grand River Valley Chapter of ANG's Charity Stash Sale

ANG's Grand River Valley Chapter is selling the stash of a deceased member to benefit the Michigan Ovarian Alliance.  You can see the items for sale on the chapter's Facebook page.  Use Facebook's Messenger service to inquire about price and availability.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/223450981175798/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 24, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Needlepoint Recycled into Bags

Lynda's Designs on Etsy offers vintage needlepoint made into purses and tote bags.  She will also make custom bags but you will have to handle the blocking of the needlepoint (if needed) yourself.  Lynda doesn't block.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/lyndasdesigns1?ref=ss_profile

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 13, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Southern Living Profiles Barbara Bush's Needlepoint

Southern Living magazine (the December 2018 issue which is just out) has a profile of former First Lady Barbara Bush and her needlepoint.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/1997035543706927/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 22, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Couching to Create Dimensional Folds

Needlepoint for Fun's October newsletter is all about using couched threads to create dimension on your canvas, especially if you have a folded flower petal or dog's ear.
https://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/the-best-way-to-use-needlepoint-couching-to-fold-petals-and-floppy-ears.htm

Couching is quick and easy, although you do have to figure out where to start/end the couched thread so that the place where it goes through the canvas isn't obvious.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 12, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Books on Parade

Ruth Kerns is a needlework book dealer whose monthly newsletter is always fun (and tempting).  But October's is special because she profiles books from Jean Hilton whose charts and "string art" stitches are classics.
https://ruthkernbooks.blogspot.com/2018/10/but.html

Speaking of books, the fifth volume of iStitches from Ruth Schmuff at Bedecked and Beadazzled is coming out in late December!  You can pre-order now for delivery in December.  Note that the digital version isn't out yet.  iStitches5 is a print volume only right now.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/11/stitches-volume-five/?mc_cid=b6e4e2f857&mc_eid=60242fbe68

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 11, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Trees for Ornament Display

Stitch by Stitch Larchmont has a lovely selection of display trees for you to admire.  The shop isn't selling them, these are all from Pier One, but now is a good time to check out Pier One and similar stores for display ideas.
http://www.stitchbystitchneedlepoint.com/single-post/2018/11/18/Ornament-Trees

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 20, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Anna's Back from Tuscany

Anna Pearson's back from her retreat in Tuscany!  You can check out the scenery and the original designs by Anna that were worked during the retreat here--
https://anna-pearson-needlepoint.blogspot.com/2018/10/autumn-is-here.html

Anna does these twice a year usually.  You can see what's she's planning for 2019 on her website.
https://www.anna-needlepoint-pearson.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 9, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Video Review of Rosey Grier's Book

Mr. X Stitch has a video review of the 1970s book, Rosey Grier's Needlepoint for Men.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj-JNAM79rY&feature=player_embedded

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 8, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

The Rumor Mill Gets It Wrong Again

Apparently a rumor is flying around that Kreinik is discontinuing their Marshmallow white color.
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2018/11/dont-believe-this-rumor.html

Nope!

And that's a good thing because this is an icy white-white and very useful!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 13, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Another Storage Idea UPDATED

Nicola from Hands Across the Sea Samplers has a new storage idea for spools.  (The ones she is storing are the 100/3 spools of silk from Au Ver A Soie.)
https://hands-across-the-sea-samplers.com/storing-spools-of-silk-and-some-antique-samplers/

I don't see this on the USA version of Amazon but it is on the UK version.  UPDATE:  Folks tell me Amazon UK won't ship to the United States.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cosmetic-Organiser-Acrylic-Jewerly-Organizer/dp/B01FH12NOW

There's a video that explains the FEMOR 6 tier cosmetic makeup organizer box.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M66EjG4PLTE&feature=youtu.be

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 4, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Homage to Harburg

Harriet created an original bargello design in homage to Yip Harburg, whose musical contributions to our cultural are immense.
https://harrietalonso.com/2018/10/04/bargello-oz-an-homage-to-yip-harburg/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 4, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Tiny Needle Threaders for Tiny Needles UPDATED

Mary Corbet is working on 48 count silk gauze and hunting for a needle threader that works well with size 10 beading needles.
https://www.needlenthread.com/2018/10/micro-needle-threader.html

I've seen Puffin and Company's micro threader and it is really tiny.  However, I use an old fashioned wire needle threader, the kind that has a stamped tin base.
https://www.stitchpiecenpurl.com/needle-threader.htm

I buy a package whenever I find them (they are getting harder to find) and open it right away, laying the threaders out on the kitchen counter on a sheet of waxed paper.  Then I put a drop of super glue on the base where the wires attach and let them all dry.  I rarely pulled the wires out now when threading up my beading needles, whether for beading or stitching on silk gauze, since.

UPDATE:  Sara Leigh highly recommends the Colonial Needle Ultra Fine Needle Threader. Here is what it looks like-
http://www.alchemyandice.com/ultra-fine-needle-threader-for-13-needles-x1.html

Needle in a Haystack in California stocks them, as well as a wide range of other types of needle threaders.  Scroll down past all the needles to the bottom of the page to see them.
http://www.needlestack.com/WebStore/Accessories/Needles.html

Written by Jane/Chilly
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 3, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Lettering on a Stocking

Needlepoint for Fun has tips for adding a name or initials to a stocking in this newsletter.
https://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/the-best-way-to-add-a-name-or-initials-to-your-needlepoint-canvas.htm

I highly recommend you ask your favorite shop for help on this.  Many shops can add the lettering in your preferred style for you.  Practice makes perfect in this as in so many things, so having someone do this for you who has experience really makes sense.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 28, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Corkscrew Stitch: The Video

Judith has posted a video tutorial for corkscrew stitch on YouTube.  It makes great Santa beards and is really easy!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=615vLeYcp2M

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 24, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, November 12, 2018

A Needlepointer Visits Paris

Rosie and her husband visited Paris recently and of course they visited places important to needlepointers. In her first blog posting, Rosie shows off photographs of the interiors of Tapisseries de la Bucherie and Maison Sajou.  The shops are amazing to see and the displays are gorgeous.
https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2018/09/22/first-day-in-paris/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 22, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Breaking News: Stacy Brown Has Died UPDATED

The Nimble Needle in Atlanta has just posted an obituary for Stacy Brown, the owner of the shop, who just lost her long brave fight with lung cancer.  
 https://mailchi.mp/2b36ddbfcc96/stacy-brown?e=6413033b0f

We are sorry to hear that another great stitcher (and shop owner) has left us behind as they continue their great adventure.

UPDATE:  Here is the information about her memorial service on November 28.
https://www.facebook.com/358534837577981/photos/a.358608070903991/1827373307360786/?type=3&theater

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 11, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

The Duchess of Needlepoint

While looking for something else online, I ran into this mention of Ellen Ordway, "the Duchess of Needlepoint."  She stitched a lot of rugs, and designed and stitched a magnificent Alice in Wonderland screen which you'll see here.
http://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/social-history/2013/resort-life-chapter-xxix-1965-1966

I wonder where that screen is now….
http://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/legacy/i/partypictures/11_15_13/clemmer/image040.jpg

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 4, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Speciality Items for Shops

The latest newsletter from Homestead Needle Arts has photos of  two speciality items that needlepoint shops often use:  a custom storage cabinet and a canvas taping machine.   The cabinet needs a new home, if you are interested and can pick it up, but the canvas taping machine is new to the shop.
https://mailchi.mp/16048c84a06a/november-fun?e=810b807e3a

I find the business of needlepoint fascinating and thought you'd like to see the special items that shops often invest in to make things easier for us and the shop owners.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 9, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Costume Design in The Black Panther

This interview with the costume designer for The Black Panther is fascinating. She talks about using fabrics, printed patterns and embroidery and beading that was used in the costumes for various characters in the movie.  The costumes seem to be an extension of the character and a visual clue to what they are about through the designer's skills.
https://www.themarysue.com/black-panther-costume-designer-ruth-e-carter-interview/ 

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright May 26, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Breaking News: Shops Open!

It's a good week to be a needlepointer in Atlanta or Denver!  The new Labors of Love shop will have its grand opening Saturday, November 10, 2018.  The website is still under construction but the shop will be open Nov. 10 from noon until 6 p.m.
http://www.laborsofloveneedlepoint.shop/contact-us.htm

Plus Diversions Needlepoint's new location is open this week!  Their new address and directions are also on their website.
http://www.diversionsneedlepoint.com

Please go by and tell everyone hello and congratulations for me, ok?

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 8, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Stitch with JoAnn for Charity

Friends of the late JoAnn are selling her stash for charity, and I know you want to support their efforts to raise money to help the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/Stitch-with-JoAnn-502075296931361/posts/?ref=page_internal

JoAnn had an amazing stash, all of which needs good homes.  If you have a Facebook account, head to the above link and start browsing.  This is what the administrators of the FB page and sale have to say:

Welcome to JoAnn's Stash Reload, where you can purchase new (as in never been stitched) hand-painted needlepoint or charted canvas projects. New items will be posted weekly, or whenever the number dips below 12. These items come from a household that once had a smoker and a cat (though they have been aired out). To purchase comment, "Me please," and send your email and zip code via Facebook message. Shipping is included in the listed price. Payments are via PayPal; a PayPal invoice will be sent to the email provided. Shipment on receipt of payment. Check out our story on the About page.

I know the folks who are running this stash sale and it's legit.  They have over $1000 raised already.  So take a look and bring home a bargain.  Also keep an eye on the Facebook page, as new items are posted weekly.  Let's raise money for other breast cancer sufferers and give JoAnn's stash new homes!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 7, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

When Time Ran Out

I've never seen this Paul Newman disaster movie from 1980, but Barbara says he mentions needlepoint in it and his wife, Joanne Woodward, needlepointed.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081747/

Here is a bit about needlepoint in the Newman-Woodward family.
https://people.com/archive/cover-story-beyond-mrs-paul-newman-vol-4-no-3/

http://updates.seriousfunnetwork.org/blog/paul-newman-93-birthday-the-gifts-he-gave-us

If you are looking for a good movie to stitch to, perhaps this is the one.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright July 13, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Another Fabulous Ribbon Stitch Tutorial

Ruth Schmuff has done a second silk ribbon stitch video explaining how to create leaves and stems with silk ribbons.  It's amazingly easy and looks fabulous.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/09/magical-leaves/

If you missed Ruth's first silk ribbon stitch video which explains Japanese Ribbon Stitch, here's the link.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3ULp2oxTiA

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 18, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, November 5, 2018

NAN Registration for 2019 Open

Registration for the National Academy of Needleart's 2019 Assembly is now open. You can browse the classes online, learn more about NAN, or look at the 2018 exhibit at their website.
https://needleart.org/assembly/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 16, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

The Nutcracker Mystery (hosted by Ruth Schmuff)

Ruth Schmuff has revealed the mystery class she'll do this Christmas—Eleanor Grosch's abstract "The Nutcracker."
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/10/the-nutcracker/

As always, the physical classes are at Bedecked and Beadazzzled in the Baltimore suburbs but you can participate via mail order.  Once the class is over and Ruth's had time to update the instructions with any changes or clarifications that the class pointed out, she'll mail you the kit for that class.

Christmas fun is guaranteed!

I'll update this article with Ruth's class reports after each of the December 2018 get-togethers.

UPDATE #1:  The tree!
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/12/respect-the-art/

UPDATE #2 - Fairy dust!
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/12/fairy-dust/

UPDATE #3 - The Rat King is all decked out but Clara's dress is going to be even more fabulous.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/12/cliff-hanger/

UPDATE #4 - Told you the dress was going to be fab.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2019/01/say-yes-to-the-dress/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 26, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Self-Finishing Coasters

Vallerie Needlepoint Gallery introduced two styles of self-finishing coasters at Destination Dallas this September.  These are suitable for designs that are 4 inches square.
http://astheneedleturns.com/did-someone-say-self-finishing/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 16, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Visiting with Jennifer

Since the first post this morning was just eye candy, I thought you might like to spend a little time listening to Jennifer Tan talk. You know Jennifer as Pippin Studio.  I've never met her but she sounds delightful!
https://pippinstudio.ca/blog/2018/07/14/critters-to-eat-hang-out-with-and-stitch/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 17, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Let's All Sit Down

Orna Willis has found some lovely photos of needlepoint chairs.  I know that the second and third photo of chairs are designs by Kaffe Fassett.
https://ornadesign.blogspot.com/2018/09/needlepoint-to-sit-on.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 13, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Threadaholic Alert: Thistle Threads' New Threads

Tricia at Thistle Threads has a slew of new threads available in her online shop.  Do a little exploring and you'll find brief descriptions of the use of these beauties.
https://thistle-threads.myshopify.com/collections

Tricia has explained a bit about the threads' manufacture and the problems in having reproduction threads made for a small market on her blog.  It's fascinating and interesting and a bit depressing, too.
http://thistle-threads.blogspot.com/2018/10/a-bonanza-of-new-threads.html



Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 30, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Because It Is Halloween Today

Because it is Halloween today, I have a second treat—Sheena's Batwing Stitch AND Tess's Halloween display.  
https://www.sheenasstitches.com/a-halloween-extravaganza/

Better than spooky and tastier than all that candy, right?  LOL

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 22, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Glow in the Dark Halloween Sky

Kreinik has a fun article (with video) talking about their glow in the dark threads used in a Halloween night sky.  Happy Halloween!
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2018/08/how-to-stitch-night-sky.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 29,2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Cooper the Copper Dog (Cooper Oaks)

Cooper the Copper Dog is a book (available in either hardback or paperback) with artwork by Susan Wallace Barns.  Why does the name Susan Wallace Barns ring a bell in your memory?
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10217877266549772&set=gm.1871621392915010&type=3&theater&ifg=1

Because she is the artist behind Cooper Oaks and the illustrations are her needlepoint canvases!  Plus the author owns Cooper Oaks.  You can find this online or in your favorite bookstore in the Juvenile Section.

Many thanks to Mark Young of Labors of Love for the heads up!

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© Copyright August 16, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Velcro Your Stretcher Bars

Trish Burr has a nice tutorial on her website on how to use stretcher bars and double-sided tape to attach fabric to the bars before stitching.  
https://trishburr.com/2018/09/10/stretcher-frames/

I am not sure that needlepoint canvas will be held by double-sided tape but stick on Velcro will probably work, plus And More sells their own brand of Velcro that works the same way.

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 10, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Speaking of Floss

Brenda explains why doubling your thread in the needle works so well.  Of course you probably don't want to do this if you are using an overdyed thread.
https://brendasneedlepointstudio.blogspot.com/2018/09/threading-needle-91318.html

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© Copyright September 13, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Don't Forget to Floss UPDATED

Linda at Split the Needle has posted her finished rabbit piece from Melissa Prince.  I'm pretty sure by "floss" for the whiskers she means dental floss.  Who knew?!
http://splittheneedles.blogspot.com/2018/09/white-rabbit.html

Whoops!  It was one ply of DMC cotton floss!  Thanks, Linda.
https://splittheneedles.blogspot.com/2018/10/how-i-spent-my-weekend.html

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© Copyright September 9, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Another Needlepoint Spotted in the Wild

Maryellen made a great find at Walt Disney World in Florida—
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1118427468305326&set=gm.1899747340102415&type=3&theater&ifg=1

This needlepoint purse (labeled a suitcase in the case) was stitched by Grace Coolidge and is on loan to the Hall of Presidents.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 6, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Wrestling The Old Crow

Just in case you think professional stitchers don't have any problems stitching a painted canvas, here's Suzie Vallerie working away at Melissa Prince's "Old Crow."  She's had to rip out, use stitches she hates and more!  Just like the rest of us.  I've always liked this design and although I would not stitch it this way, it's going to be lovely.
http://astheneedleturns.com/its-been-too-long/

For other admirers of this canvas, Janeann Sleeman has also written a guide for this canvas.  Suzie's version above will be available as a guide shortly, once she wrestles all those pumpkins to the ground!
https://www.facebook.com/341998565857547/photos/a.483193291738073.108396.341998565857547/1748087868581936/?type=3&theater

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 16, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Lord Libidan Talks Needles

Kreinik noticed this article by the cross stitch site Lord Libidan and drew our attention to it on Facebook.  Lord Libidan does cross stitch so everything he says isn't pertinent to us needlepointers, but I think ditching a needle when you finish a project is a smart move.
https://lordlibidan.com/time-to-ditch-that-old-cross-stitch-needle/

Don't miss the related articles at the bottom of the page:  how to properly store needles and the history of the cross stitch needle.

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 8, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

All About The Tent Stitch

Peggy at Needle Paint has written a good tutorial about the tent stitch family, with diagrams and photos of how continental, half cross and basketweave look on the back side, which helps you understand why some of the tent stitch family is good for upholstery, why half cross works best when you are running out of thread, etc.  There's even a little guide to how much thread of various types to use for good coverage in tent stitches.
https://www.needlepaint.com/blog/2018/08/28/the-tent-stitch-when-where-and-why/

Thanks, Peggy!

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© Copyright August 29, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Tiny Decisions

Elizabeth overheard some cross stitchers talking about using the Tiny Decisions app to help them pick their next project and is testing it.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/1898090270268122/

If you rotate projects and have trouble deciding which one to work next, this might be of interest to you.  The Tiny Decisions app is available for Apple devices but not Android, although there appear to be many similar ones available on both systems.

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© Copyright September 4, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.