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
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© 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.


Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© 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!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© 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/

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, 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.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© 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?

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© 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

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© 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

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© 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

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!

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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

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© 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
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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

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© 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
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© 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
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© 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
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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

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© 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

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© 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
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© 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
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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
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© 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
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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
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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
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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/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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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
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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
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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
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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



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© 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
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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
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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!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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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.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© 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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© 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.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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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.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Redoing a Footstool

Rachel has just refurbished a footstool her grandmother stitched on binca with tapestry wool.  
http://www.blog.virtuosewadventures.co.uk/wordpress/2018/09/04/renovating-grandmamas-footstool/

I had never heard of binca before but managed to find a closeup photo.  It's not needlepoint canvas but the way Rachel washed and restitched her heirloom footstool is similar to what she would have done with needlepoint canvas.  She just would have figured out the thread count on the original needlepoint and put patches of the same size canvas under any holes or rips.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Binca-Cross-Stitch-Fabric-25x25cm/dp/B0089CSM3I?tag=duc08-21

It's wonderful to give life to old pieces, particularly when they are family treasures.

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

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Patricia Sone Has a Website

Patricia Sone is planning to design and sell canvases. Her website is in the works.
https://www.patriciasone.com

Check out her Facebook page to see her Stitch It-Frame It-Love It series, complete with frames.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2642970605928618&set=pcb.2642971655928513&type=3&theater

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© Copyright September 3, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Hiroshima Needles From Tulip



The latest "must have" tools are Tulip's Hiroshima Needles from Japan.  BeStitched has a nice video on their shop website about these needles, with a little about their beading awl as well.
https://bestitchedneedlepointshop.com/collections/accessories/products/tulip-tapestry-needles


These are high quality needles that are very smooth.  They come in little glass jars with a cork stopper which is a nice touch.  I was given a package of assorted sizes nearly two years ago, put them in a safe place, and forgot about them!  But with all the buzz about these needles, when I found them again I pulled them out, choose what I think is a size 24 out of my package of assorted sizes, and have been stitching with it on my current project.

My package of assorted tapestry needles has six needles, two each of size 22 and size 23, plus one size 24 and one size 25.  You'll note that they have "between sizes" which aren't always easy to find.  This assortment seems to run $8.50-$9 per box online.  The needles themselves have a gold finish at the eye.




In the photo above, the bottom needle (the one nearest the cork) is a size 24 I've been using exclusively on my last project over the last 5-6 weeks, which is probably 40 hours of stitching.  If you enlarge the photo you will see how much the gold tip has faded on the needle as I used it.  I have acid hands which take the plating off most needles.  The needle also appears scratched around the eye when I examine it closely.  I was stitching on 18 count canvas with normal threads for that type of canvas and not doing anything that might scar a needle like beading.

Folks say these are exceptionally smooth needles that are a little flexible, making them a good choice for folks with arthritic hands or wrist problems as there is less drag.  (A friend with arthritic hands loves them!)  They are more expensive than other brands available to us.  I have heard that some folks find they break more often than their usual brand, but other folks say they break less.  I didn't find them especially smooth compared to the Bohin or Piecemakers needles I normally use, however. They didn't seem to be extra flexible to me but I think I've broken perhaps 1-2 needles since I taught myself to needlepoint in 1988!

I liked them although having the plating come off because of my body chemistry means I will toss a needle after each project.  I can use my Bohin and Piecemaker needles (my preferred brands) without noticing such damage so I can use them longer than just one project although I often don't do that if I used the needle extensively.

Here's what Mary Corbet says about them.  Remember, Mary is an embroiderer, not a needlepointer, so she's stitching things differently than we needlepointers do.
https://www.needlenthread.com/2018/03/have-you-tried-tulip-needles.html

Here's a little more information on these needles from Melita.
https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2018/10/04/tulip-needles/

Here's the manufacturer's website.
http://www.tulipbeadingneedles.com

Tulip has beading needles as well as tapestry needles which are supposed to fit inside bead holes well and also sell a beading awl, which can be used as a laying tool.  If you need a really small beading needle you might want to check out the Tulip beading needles.

Bottom line:  My acid hands mean I damage these needles after just one project.   I like Bohin and Piecemaker needles just as well without seeing so much damage on them, so I probably won't buy more Tulip needles for regular use.  (I do want to try the beading needles, though.)  I think folks with arthritis might want to invest in a packet to see if they help make stitching easier.  I also think that if you break a lot of needles, these might also be worth a trial.  These needles won't work for everyone as we all stitch differently.  If you like the brand you normally use, stick with it.  If you have issues, try the Hiroshima needles from Tulip.  They might be the answer to your needle problems.

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

Friday, October 19, 2018

Fiber Talk Interviews Shana Behnayoun of SBT Stitches and Kimberly Ann Needlepoint

This week the fun is with Shana of SBT Stitches, a fourth-generation needlepointer.
http://wetalkfiber.com/2018/09/02/fiber-talk-with-shana-benhayoun/

If you are intrigued, here is the SBT Stitches website.
https://www.sbtstitches.com/about

Then they interviewed Kimberly Ann Carter of Kimberly Ann Needlepoint.
http://wetalkfiber.com/2018/09/15/fiber-talk-with-kimberly-ann-carter/

Here is some of her recent models from the Dallas show.
https://www.facebook.com/theneedlebug/photos/a.603460569714239/1959949214065361/?type=3&theater

This is the Kimberly Ann website.
http://www.kimberlyannneedlepoint.com/home.html

Happy podcasting!

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© Copyright August 2, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Rainbow Gallery on TV!

A local LA station made a visit to the Rainbow Gallery headquarters and showed some of the machinery that makes the threads they sell, some of their threads on cards and some of the needlepoint that has been stitched with their threads.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/1870130539730762/

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

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Monster Scissors UPDATED

For those who are expecting scissors with dragons, dinosaurs or demons on them, sorry!  I know it's nearly Halloween, but "monster scissors" actually refers to the Little Monster Scissors by Sajou.  They are small embroidery scissors with extra large holes, perfect for those with arthritic hands!  I first heard about them from a friend with arthritis who just loves them.
http://sassy2stitch.com/shop/sajou-little-monster-scissors/

If you are a fan of Bohin scissors, they appear to have something similar.  If you have swollen, tender joints, these might be just the thing for you.
https://www.inspirationsstudios.com/product/bohin-mini-embroidery-scissors/

UPDATE:  The above link is dead but Sara Leigh found them here—
https://www.stitchingbitsandbobs.com/cgi-bin/Store/showimage.cgi?BohinScissors024313-225Mini1700

Thanks, SL!

Happy Stitching!  (And here are scary scissors with a matching magnet for those who were crushed when I didn't have dragon scissors for them.)
https://www.etsy.com/listing/620140995/owl-embroidery-scissors-and-scary-black?ref=shop_home_active_13

https://www.etsy.com/listing/620140383/witch-boot-embroidery-scissors-and?ga_search_query=witch+boot&ref=shop_items_search_1

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© Copyright August 31, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Antioch Mosaic UPDATED

Arlene Cohen has a new website to sell her designs and there is also a link to Arlene's blog.  One thing you'll want to read is her story about the inspiration behind and the evolution of her Antioch Mosaic design. It is a fascinating story!  If you are charmed, check Arlene's "Gallery" section to see more of her original work.
https://worksbyabc.com/2018/10/02/the-antioch-mosaic/

https://worksbyabc.com/2018/10/04/the-antioch-mosaic-part-2/

https://worksbyabc.com/2018/10/07/a-last-bit-about-the-antioch-mosaic/

UPDATE:  Colour Complements shows off some of their overdyed threads used in four of Arlene's designs.  Lovely!  If you like it to, follow the link to Arlene's Etsy store.
https://colourcomplements.com/2018/10/needlepoint-55.html

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© Copyright October 14, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, October 15, 2018

The Halloween Mystery 2018

Ruth Schmuff has just announced the mystery class for October-November 2018—"Ghost Collage"!  This is one of Ruth's own designs and it'll be over in just two classes.  If you are in the mood for Halloween fun, check it out.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/09/halloween-fun/?mc_cid=e3487c9d07&mc_eid=c05eb4bd3b

First up, Ruth does the background.  It is the setting for everything to come.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/10/the-ghosts-are-coming-to-town/

There are beads and bats and spiders and the ghosts glow in the dark.  Genius!
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/11/things-you-need-to-know/

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

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Breaking News: Lycette Palm Beach is Open

Do you love Lycette Designs? Or do you live near Palm Beach in Florida? Or both? Then you will be thrilled to hear that Lycette has opened Lycette Palm Beach there.  Check out the Facebook announcements for the address and photos of the new store.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/1943075355769613/

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© Copyright October 14, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Magic Thread Trick (the Video)

Michele of Bristly Thistle posted this neat tip on Needlepoint Nation.  Julia Snyder taught her this way of getting exactly the right color for her canvas.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/1890343834376099/

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

Saturday, October 13, 2018

2018 Exemplary Ribbon Winners Online

The National Academy of Needlearts has updated their website with all the winners from their 2018 Exemplary.  If you click on a photograph, you'll see a larger image with the stitcher's artistic statement underneath.
https://needleart.org/exemplary/2018-exemplary-ribbon-winners/

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© Copyright August 27, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, October 12, 2018

For the Tea Lovers Among Us

Janet Granger is having a sale of her miniature tea cozy kits (intended to be stitched on silk gauze for a dollhouse), sparked by a customer of hers who has a collection of miniature teapots and wanted to stitch cozies to match.
https://janetgranger.wordpress.com/2018/10/10/special-offer-on-cute-dollhouse-needlepoint-teacozies/

The tiny teapots and the cozies are charming, aren't they?  Like Janet, I really like the Ginger Cat tea cozy.  It would still be charming on Congress cloth or 18 count or even 13 count canvas if you wanted to experiment.

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© Copyright October 11, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Gay Ann Roger's E-Week Sale Begins UPDATE

If you like feminine designs and you love charts, set your alarm clock for 8 a.m. California time! Gay Ann Roger's E-Week sale is about to begin!
http://www.gayannrogers.com

Gay Ann Rogers only sells her counted canvaswork designs around three times a year and we won't know what is included in the sale until it starts except we do know that the bride/groom hearts are included.
https://www.facebook.com/860462527326471/photos/a.860479107324813/1939133606126019/?type=3&theater

UPDATE:  Remember that the Surprise Windows start on Saturday, October 13.  There are always interesting things for sale, and this year Gay Ann is selling pieces of Hoiton Lace as a way of encouraging interest in this needle art.
http://www.gayannrogers.com/4honitonpreview.html

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

How to Finish a Yarmulke

Needle Paint has a fun article on their blog that explains how to finish a yarmulke.  I'm not Jewish but I bet this idea could be adapted for a little needlepoint cap for a teddy bear.  It's also just interesting to see how the round cap is created out of a flat needlepoint canvas.  I particularly like the idea of using bias tape around the edge to create a smooth finish that won't catch hair when worn.
https://www.needlepaint.com/blog/2018/08/22/finishing-a-needlepoint-yarmulke/

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

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Breaking News: Tony's Going to Have Surgery UPDATED AGAIN

Tony Minieri posted this message to Facebook on October 7, 2018.   We are thinking good thoughts and hoping that in about six months, he'll be better than ever!

To all my students.
I am so sorry I will not be able to teach for the rest of this year.
On October 15,2018 I am going in for a hip replacement surgery.
The recuperation period is approximately 3 months after surgery.
Once my recuperation period is over, I will resume my travel and teaching schedule as best I can.
Thank you all for your understanding , I will miss you all
Until then,
Happy Stitching!
Love,
Tony

UPDATE:  Surgery was briefly postponed.  Here's the latest.

Tony update!
As you all know his Hip replacement surgery was postponed.
A new date has been set for November 26! 
Fingers crossed all will continue as planned!
Thank you all for all your concerns. Will keep you posted as we approach surgery & recovery.
Happy stitching!
Love Tony


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

A Sneak Peak At Genius

Check out this work-in-progress piece by Kaffe Fassett.  I think these are circus tents.  Note that he doesn't use a frame, works all in tapestry wool,  and uses the scoop method to stitch instead of going up and down.
https://www.facebook.com/ehrmantapestry/photos/a.1482740371985400.1073741838.1455089021417202/2050095271916571/?type=3&theater

Design genius he definitely is but having seen some of his work in person, it's not technically perfect. But the colors he uses and the patterns he creates are amazing.

There's a lesson for us regular stitchers here somewhere.

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

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Kimberly's Needlepoint and Art on Exhibit

Back in August Kimberly's needlepoint and paintings were on display at a local art gallery in Lakeland, Florida.  Kimberly was kind enough to do a video for us to see.  It's wonderful to see the same themes repeated in needlepoint that she uses in her paintings.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/1878740148869801/

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

Monday, October 8, 2018

The Smart Cookie Award Goes to Pat!

The Smart Cookie Award for the month goes to Pat Correz who emailed me about her genius way of getting canvases off stretcher bars.  Pat uses this:
https://www.staples.com/staples-one-touch-staple-remover-23444-cc/product_763688

You slide the metal fork under your staples or tacks and push down.  Up pops the staple or thumb tack.  Done!

Note that these have to be ordered online. Staples no longer carries them in stores although you can order online and pick them up at a local Staples location.

Thanks, Pat!

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.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

A Tour of Louise's Needlework

Sheena's on the road, visiting Columbus, Ohio's Louise's Needlework.  It looks like she had a great time!  I love shop tours.  We get to see stores we are not close enough to visit.  By the way, click on a photo for a larger view.
https://www.sheenasstitches.com/a-fun-week/

In case you didn't notice Sheena's link to the shop website, here it is again, just in case you fell in love with something in the pictures.
https://www.louisesneedlework.com

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

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Twisted Stitches Needlepoint Has Website Now

Twisted Stitches Needlepoint is a new shop in New Mexico (by the way, they are the only NP shop in the state) and their website is live!
https://www.twistedstitchesnp.com

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

Friday, October 5, 2018

Lycette Interviews Betty

Lycette Designs has done another interview with a needlepointer, this time Betty of Montauk!  She comes from a family of needlepointers and is doing her best to stitch her brains out.  Welcome to the club, Betty!
https://lycettedesigns.com/women-on-point-betty-dankowski/

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

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Fun with Ruth

Sheena just took an embellishment class at Bedecked and Beadazzled in the Baltimore suburbs.    As you can imagine, she had a blast and shares a lot of photos of the work other students were doing in the class.  Sheena says that Ruth Schmuff's stitch guides for these classes come bound now, which is a nice touch.  Even if you aren't really into painted canvases, do check out the two background stitch diagrams Sheena has created for us.  One is perfect for fall designs.
https://www.sheenasstitches.com/fun-fun-fun/

If you are intrigued, Ruth's blog has more photos from this class.  All the designs in class have stitch guides available from the shop now.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/09/creative-energy/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 21, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.