Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Melita's Florentine Star Trivets

Melita has been making Florentine stars using a Linda Dimianti pattern for gifts.

She put them in acrylic trivets, too. I think these are the ones she used.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Cat and Mouse Game—A Mystery

Ruth Schmuff has revealed the Winter Mystery class design for this month and next—Dominic Bourbeau's "Cat and Mouse Game."
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2017/12/its-game.html

As Ruth posts progress reports, I'll update this article with them so everything is in one place.

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© Copyright December 11, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Couched Wool Hair By Melissa Shirley

Melissa Shirley is stitching Hagatha, one of her witch canvases, and has posted a fascinating tutorial on how she created the witch's hair on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/MelissaShirley.Needlepoint/photos/pcb.10156084956404252/10156084940904252/?type=3

For those who can't see the above because you don't have a Facebook account, Melissa took four strands of a warm medium gray Silk and Ivory and laid them close together, one bunch of 4 strands at a time, then couching a bundle into position with one strand of the same thread and color with the couching stitches 1/4 inch to 3/8 inches apart.  After couching a bunch, use a large needle or sharp laying tool to pull up on the thread bunch between the couching stitches so it looks curly.  Melissa says she had to use straight stitches around the witch's earrings and at her hairline with a single strand.

I think this would work with any wool or wool-silk blend.  It might not be quite as successful with other thread types but this does depend on the look you are going for.

Thanks, Melissa!  You are as inventive a stitcher as you are a designer!

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© Copyright November 4, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Threadaholic Alert: Pashmina from Gloriana

Gloriana's new Pashmina thread is becoming more widely available so I thought I'd post some photos.   This is a four-stranded blend of silk and cashmere as you can see in this closeup photograph. I understand with care you can split each of the four plies in half to have eight plies, but I don't know how many plies will work on 18 count.  I would start with two and see how it works up as a lot will depend on the stitch used and your personal stitch tension.
https://www.traditionalstitches.com/p_glorpashmina.html

Needle in a Haystack has photos of most of the colors (Pashmina isn't on the Gloriana website yet).  Note that these are overdyes, so there will be some color variation in the skein.
http://www.needlestack.com/WebStore/Thread/Gloriana_Pashmina.html

Rittenhouse appears to have photos of all the colors up on their website.  You have to choose a color and click to see a better photo.
https://rittenhouseneedlepoint.com/fiber/pashmina.html

The prices vary greatly among all three sites but not all the skeins being sold are the same size and Traditional Stitches is a Canadian shop.  I am looking forward to my favorite shop getting some of this in stock so I can try it.  I love Gloriana's colors.

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

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Mary Agnes' Frogging Tip

Needle Nicely's Mary Agnes is working the Kimono chart in her shop as a class.  Here's a bit about it.  Sorry, the Shining Needle Society class mentioned here is long over.
https://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2011/11/evolution-of-maggie-lane-kimono.html

There is a lot of outlining to do before starting to fill in the sections, and of course folks make counting errors.  Here is how Mary Agnes rips out and then cleans up the line afterwards.  Clever!
http://needlenicely.blogspot.com/2017/12/cleaning-up-after-ripping.html

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

Friday, January 12, 2018

Anna's Golden Rules

Anna Pearson has posted a list of what she calls "Golden Rules" that will help you create perfect needlepoint on her blog. They are interesting, and thought-provoking, reading.
http://anna-pearson-needlepoint.blogspot.com/2017/11/golden-rules-for-perfect-needlepoint.html

Thanks for sharing your extensive experience with us, Anna!

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

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Japanese Ribbon Stitch: The Video

Ruth Schmuff did a little video on how to do Japanese ribbon stitch for one of her mystery classes and shared it with all of us.  It's very easy to do, but hard to explain, so this is a very helpful video.  Note that Ruth uses the Japanese ribbon stitch to lock the wide 7mm ribbon into the needle and also uses it to create foliage on her canvas.
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2017/12/funny-how-mind-works_5.html

I suspect she is using River Silks silk ribbons as it comes in 4mm, 7mm and 13mm widths and is exceptionally strong.  It won't fray as you stitch with it and comes in a huge range of colors. I highly recommend River Silks ribbons.
http://riversilks.com

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

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Smart Cookie Beader

Linda at Split the Needles has won the Smart Cookie Award for January with her Christmas banner. Check out the lettering! It's done with beads on an ombre shading style, with lighter pink at the top of each letter, then a darker pink and finally into the sparkly darker red beads that I expect have an iridescent finish.  It is a neat way to dress up letters and something we should all consider for those cute sayings canvases.
http://splittheneedles.blogspot.com/2017/12/elf-christmas-banner.html

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Lorraine's Wildest Dreams

Lorraine of Colour Complements sells hand dyed threads in a large variety of colors and thread types.  (If you happen to need something really pretty and different, here is Lorraine's store.)
http://colourcomplements.com/shop

But she also stitches, and choose Carolyn Mitchell's "In My Wildest Dreams" when she was a beginner.  This isn't exactly an easy piece for a beginner because the stitches in the original version are on the diagonal, which is not easy for a less-than-experienced stitcher.  So Lorraine turned the stitches to make them easier to create her own version of Wildest Dreams using odds and ends from her thread lines.
http://colourcomplements.com/2017/12/wildest-dreams.html

This is Carolyn's original version (bottom of list).
http://www.carolynmitchelldesigns.com/dreams.php

If you are new to counted canvaswork, take Lorraine's advice and look for a design where most stitches aren't on the diagonal.  But if you fall in love with something that is really more advanced than you are, do what Lorraine did and make it work for you!

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© Copyright December 4, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, January 8, 2018

All About Stretcher Bars

Amy Bunger's latest shop newsletter has a tutorial all about stretcher bars: the types available, the pluses and minues of each type, how to assemble them, now to attach canvases to them, accessories to make using stretcher bars easier, etc.  It's a useful resource for the newer stitcher or for someone just interested in how great stitchers like Amy work.
http://www.amysgoldenstrand.com/uploads/7/2/3/6/72364657/1217.pdf

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

Sunday, January 7, 2018

A Finishing Tour

Quail Run has posted a tour of various pillow finishing styles they've arranged for customers lately. It's a good way to see what types of finishing can be done for your own pillow canvas and also is a great reference to show a shop when you take your canvas to them to have it made up into a pillow.   If you don't have any pillows in your life, this is still wonderful to see.  The finishing is superb.
http://quailrunneedlework.com/blog/post/its-all-about-the-finishing

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

Saturday, January 6, 2018

All About Elizabeth Bradley's Pre-Stitched Pillows

Needlepoint for Fun's latest e-newsletter profiles Elizabeth Bradley's pre-stitched items.  If you ever wondered where these were stitched and by whom, you'll enjoy reading this.
http://www.icontact-archive.com/3sPNpcHW2d6IBVeY4CRghHkGpZ04OnST?w=4

These pre-stitched pillows, stools, lavender bags and tassel trims are called Elizabeth Bradley Home. The entire line can be seen here.
http://elizabethbradleyhome.us/shop/

The unstitched Elizabeth Bradley items are located here.  The kits are cheaper than the finished items but of course you will have to pay to have them finished yourself if you are not handy with a sewing machine.
https://www.elizabethbradley.com

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

Friday, January 5, 2018

Look Who's in House Beautiful!

Lycette Designs is on the back of the latest House Beautiful (February 2018 issue)!  Congratulations, Jessica!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/1611020162308469/

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

Celebrate Failures as Necessary Part of Finding Right Answer

Tricia Nguyen talks about design choices using her stumpwork canvas as an example.
http://thistle-threads.blogspot.com/2017/09/tough-choices-when-designing-your.html

It's an important lesson—"...in engineering we celebrate these failures as a necessary part of getting to the right answer."

Think of Tricia the next time you abandon a project because you are making mistakes.

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© Copyright September 29, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Threadaholic Alert: Kyo-Temari UPDATED TO MIYAKO

This morning I stumbled across Barbara Suess's temari website again.  This is the best website I know about for learning the Japanese craft of making temari balls.  I've not been there in a while so of course I did a little browse, aiming to enjoy the gallery of Barbara's finished temari.  That's when I stumbled across Barbara's page about Kyo, a thread made from cupro.  Cupro is waste from the processing of cotton fibers.  It sounds really fascinating!  Breathes like cotton but it has the sheen (and the unruliness) of nylon threads and there are metallic versions as well.  Here's the link for all those who love tracking down and trying new threads in their stitching.
http://www.japanesetemari.com/Kyo/Kyo.thread.html

The link to a website that sells kyo doesn't work but I was able to find this Australian site.
http://www.temariaddictaustralia.bigcartel.com/product/rayon-temari-thread

Kudos to Barbara for all her work introducing us to temari.

UPDATE:  I heard from Barb Suess herself!  Here is what she has to say—

"Hi Jane! Alas, I need to update my website. Kyo thread is no longer being carried by Ai (the link on my website). However she is carrying another thread that is very similar. It's called Miyako. You can buy a whole set in a beautiful box for color indulgence.
http://www.tentemari.com/AIs_store.html

The box is Chiyotemari
http://www.tentemari.com/shop/chiyotemaripage1.html

Thank you for the compliments on my temari - I'll update that page!
Barb Suess"

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Kreinik Interviews Funda Scully

Kreinik posted this fun quick interview with the designer Funda Scully on their Facebook page.



If you want to see Funda's work, check out her website.
https://www.fundascully.com

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

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

All About the K's Adjustable Z Frame UPDATED

If you have been thinking about buying a small stand for a table or your lap so you can use both hands to stitch a canvas that is on stretcher bars, you will want to view Lisa Kessler's video on assembling and then using K's Creation's Adjustable Z Frame.
https://vimeo.com/189536455

If you don't have a favorite shop to order from, Lisa's store BeStitched has them in stock.
https://bestitchedneedlepointshop.com/products/adjustable-z-frame

UPDATE:  Cindy wrote me this about her K's lap frames—
"I have both the regular & Baby Z frames. Excellent product, as it folds almost completely flat with stretcher bars attached, and easy access to the back for finishing off. Works right- or left-handed. I've used up to 11" square Q snaps and stretchers on the Baby without tipping."

Many thanks, Cindy!  That's helpful for those who are considering buying one of the lap frames from K's.

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Monday, January 1, 2018

All That Glitters

With Hedgehog Needleworks closing so the owner can retire, goldwork stitchers need places to buy goldwork threads and supplies.  Golden Hinde Goldwork, an English company, is ready to fill that gap.  Since I think of New Year's as a time of sparkle and glitter, it seems appropriate to visit their online shop and learn a bit about goldwork today.
https://golden-hinde.co.uk/a-history/

Once you read the history, click on Shop to see the wonders the shop sells.  Don't miss 3 Ply Twists in the Threads section.  These are tiny metallic braids, very beautiful as a special touch on your embroidery. Couch them around an angel's halo, use them as Santa's coat trim, or decorate a Christmas tree or swag with these beauties.

Happy New Year!  Here's to many beautiful threads in our future!

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