Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Stars and Stripes: The 2018 ANG Seminar in D.C.

Folks at ANG's 2018 Seminar are starting to report in.  Pour yourself your favorite beverage and settle in your comfy chair to read all about it.
https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2018/08/24/ang-2018-seminar-exhibit-in-washington-dc/

Melita is taking classes, too.  She's in "Designing Geometric Samplers," by Kathy Rees.
https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2018/08/25/designing-geometric-samplers-day-1-with-kathy-rees/

https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2018/08/26/expo-at-seminar-and-day-2-of-class/

https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2018/08/27/day-3-designing-geometrics/

https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2018/08/30/designing-geometrics-sampler-post-class/

https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2018/09/05/designing-geometric-samplers-a-stained-glass-violet/

Jan has arrived and starting stitching.  She won a ribbon, too, but had to leave early.  Hope all is well now, Jan!
https://stitchlady.wordpress.com/2018/08/21/day-1-at-the-ang-seminar-in-dc/

https://stitchlady.wordpress.com/2018/08/22/day-2-of-seminar/

https://stitchlady.wordpress.com/2018/08/23/day-3-at-seminar/

Donna will be there shortly.  Here's a glimpse at a piece she's exhibiting, Sue Kerdt's "Holiday Patches."
http://majtravaux.blogspot.com/2018/08/ang-time.html

This is Linda's first time at an ANG Seminar.
https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2018/08/22/ang-seminar-2018-first-timer-report/

She had a wonderful time!
https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2018/08/25/seminar-2018-wrap-up/

Carol's taking Dawn Donnelly's "Liberty" as a class.  So is DMB.
https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2018/08/23/day-one-at-seminar/

https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2018/08/23/liberty-seminar-2018/

https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2018/08/24/liberty-day-2-seminar-2018/

https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2018/08/26/liberty-update/

Carol is also taking a rozashi class from Margaret Kinsey called "Serenity."
https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2018/08/26/serenity-at-seminar/

https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2018/08/28/wrapping-up-seminar-2018/

Dawn is taking Gail Stafford's "City Lake", tracing trees, working random stitches and otherwise stretching her skills.
https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2018/08/23/seminar-2018-day-one/

https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2018/08/24/city-lake-conclusion-and-more-seminar/

Rosie is doing Toni Gerdes' "American Plains."
https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2018/08/23/american-plains/

https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2018/08/25/more-american-plains/

Rosie also volunteered at the Exhibit and started a class with Jo I. Christensen, "Bunnies on Lavender Lane," to learn stumpwork.
https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2018/08/26/catching-up/

https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2018/08/27/confidence/

Sue's taking "Diamond City Lights," by Diane Herrmann.
https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2018/08/24/diamond-city-lights-day-1/

https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2018/08/26/day-3-of-diamond-city-lights/

DMB is taking Toni Gerdes' "New Glory" and loving it.  She also helped out at Expo and won a cute design at the auction.
https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2018/08/26/new-glory-day-1-day-3-of-seminar/

https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2018/08/26/new-glory-day-two/

https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2018/08/27/new-glory-day-3/

Brenda took Michele Robert's evening purse class and also Joan Thomasson's Christmas mini stocking.
https://brendasneedlepointstudio.blogspot.com/2018/09/ang-2018-seminar-9118.html

https://brendasneedlepointstudio.blogspot.com/2018/09/golden-gala-evening-purse-92118.html

She helped make scissor fobs to be given to ANG Seminar attendees when they registered.
https://brendasneedlepointstudio.blogspot.com/2018/09/ang-2018-seminar-scissor-fobs-9318.html

BLG first hit the shops.  (of course!)
https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2018/09/05/my-time-at-the-ang-national-seminar-part-1/

Then she went to embellishment with three fabulous teachers.
https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2018/09/05/my-time-at-the-ang-seminar-part-2/

Not all the postings are by students.  Here is what Sandy Arthur says about the classes she is teaching and Seminar in general.
https://sandyarthur.blogspot.com/2018/08/ang-seminar-washington-dc-todays-post.html

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Breaking News: Danji Has a New Owner!

Kreinik breaks the news officially: Danji has been sold to Old Town Needlework's owner Janice!
https://www.facebook.com/Kreinik.Manufacturing.Company/videos/312011792908823/

Have fun, Janice!  And Jill, enjoy being semi-retired!

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The Beading Koma UPDATED

I've seen mention of something called a beading koma recently but I had never seen photos or a clear explanation of how beading komas are used in Japanese bead embroidery until this explanation.   Basically you string beads on your thread, then wind the length around the koma.  This allows you to unroll a section as you couch it down on your design.  Thanks, Margaret!
http://www.sharpneedler.com/2018/07/beading-koma-what-great-tool.html

Regular komas are used in Japanese embroidery to hold and control pairs of gold thread as they are couched. This is what they look like—
https://berlinembroidery.com/product/japanese-koma/

They are used in a pair, one for each of the pair of gold threads that you will be couching.
https://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2012/05/need-another-pair-of-hands.html

You can see a photo of two koma being used in gold embroidery on Mary Corbet's website.
https://www.needlenthread.com/2012/04/goldwork-embroidery-never-ending-but-so-worth-it.html

Obviously a beading koma is not used in quite this way.  It is shaped slightly differently and intended to be used when you have a long line of beads to couch on something.  You can purchase a beading koma from Mary Alice here.  Looks like you need to buy the hair elastic separately and add it to your wooden beading koma.  (UPDATE:  DD says she bought a beading coma from Mary Alice and the elastic band came with it.)  But they are easily available at drug stores and places like Target and Walmart, which enables you to find a fat one in just the color you prefer.
https://bluebonnetstudio.com/wood-products/beading-koma-various-woods

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Lost and Found

Kathryn Crosby's Lost Needlepoint

Randi just saw this on display at Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama.  For those who don't know, Unclaimed Baggage sells items that were lost on flights and never reunited with their owners.  It's always a fun place to browse although I never found any nice needlepoint there.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10215752907309430&set=pcb.1851161821627634&type=3&theater&ifg=1

This has special meaning to me since my godparents were close friends with the owners of Unclaimed Baggage and they saw the Crosby needlepoint piece before it was reunited with its owner.  My godmother told me it was a beautiful large floral in lavenders and blues that was impeccably stitched.  Thanks, Randi. I always wondered what this was like.

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

The Fold and Pinch Method of Needle Threading UPDATED

Sue at the Tortoise Loft has a tutorial on how to thread a needle using the fold and pinch method.  
https://suetortoise.wordpress.com/2018/07/13/needle-threading-101/

Thanks, Sue.  Tips are always helpful, and we don't always have a needle threader right there when we need it.

UPDATE:  Dawn reminded me of another way to help threading a needle:  "Some of your readers may not know that the eye of each needle has one beveled side to make threading easier. If the thread won't go into the eye on the first try, turn the needle to the other side."

Thanks, Dawn!

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Frida in Needlepoint UPDATED

Thorn Alexander's Frida Portrait

Bobbin and Fred is in love with needle art portraits of Frida Kahlo.  One of her favorites is available as a printed canvas from Art Needlepoint.
https://www.sewingwithbobbinandfred.co.uk/2018/08/frida-fever-five-fantastic-kahlos.html

The first Frida Kahlo portrait in painted canvas I know about is Melissa Shirley's from her Wild Women series.
https://rittenhouseneedlepoint.com/canvas/people/frida-kahlo-wild-woman.html

Melissa also has the Frida chick from Vicki Sawyer, which makes me smile every time I see it.  Bet this hen rules the roost!
https://www.annieandco.com/products/melissa-shirley-vs146

Lulu My Pink Turtle has several Frida portraits for those who are more whimsical.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/product/frida-dia-de-los-muertos/

http://www.stitchtherapyneedlepoint.com/feature.php?id=46736&title=Frida%20Mermaid&itemtype=hand%20painted%20canvases

http://www.stitchtherapyneedlepoint.com/feature.php?id=32762&title=Viva%20Frida&itemtype=hand%20painted%20canvases

Bailey Jack (distributed by And More) has a butterfly portrait of Frida.
http://yarntree.typepad.com/needlework_news/2017/05/frida-and-butterflies.html

Maren Devine has my favorite Frida portrait.  Kate Dickerson distributes her work.
https://www.louisesneedlework.com/shop/NEW/p/Frida-Kahlo-x34538040.htm

I'm sure there are more Frida needlepoint canvases available.  If you know of one, please tell me in the Comments or email me at chillyhollow at hot maildotcom if Google won't let you comment today.

UDPATE:  Mary Ann found this limited edition Frida pictured above from Thorn Alexander.  It's not on their website so it may no longer be available.  So I posted the photo Mary Ann found for us.  Thanks, MA!

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Today is Local Needlepoint Shop Day!

Check their website for the first Local Needlepoint Shop Day to see if a shop near you is participating.  If you don't have a local, order something from a favorite store.  Spread the love for the shops that supply us the goodies we need to needlepoint our brains out.
http://www.localneedlepointshopday.com

Also check their Facebook page for the latest updates on all the fun at the various shops which are participating.  Not all the shops are celebrating today or just on one day.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1695077600576608/

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EGA's Storr Miniature House

EGA has a doll house among their collection of needle art.  Apparently the members furnished it with their needlework.  Some of the pieces are clearly needlepoint and many are probably also silk gauze.  It's a fun browse!
https://egausa.org/gallery/storr-miniature-house/

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Breaking News: 3 Kittens is Now Distributing

3 Kittens is diversifying from a shop in Minnesota to a distributor of needlepoint design artists under the 3K Designs name.  They are distributing designs from Katherine Parfet Designs, Sally Brandl Designs, and Cindy Lindgren.

Katherine is known for her Judiaca but she has other pieces in her line as well.
http://www.3kittensneedlearts.com/3k-designs-needlepoint-featuring-katherine-parfet.htm?utm_source=NDPT+Sep+15+2018&utm_campaign=ndpt+9-15-18&utm_medium=email

Sally has a darling Nativity set and a lot of intricate monograms.
http://www.3kittensneedlearts.com/3k-designs-wholesale-needlepoint-canvases---sally-brandl.htm?utm_source=NDPT+Sep+15+2018&utm_campaign=ndpt+9-15-18&utm_medium=email

Cindy does fantastic Arts and Crafts style pieces and there are stitch guides available for some of these beauties.
http://www.3kittensneedlearts.com/your-wholesale-source-for-needlepoint-canvases.htm

We wish 3 Kittens and their artists great success in this new venture!

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Totally Different

Here is something I have not seen before—kangaroo scissors! LOL
https://www.inspirationsstudios.com/product/embroidery-scissors-kangaroo/

These are sold by Inspirations magazine, which is an Australian publication, so I guess I should not be surprised.  I think they are adorable.  Check the Gallery at the bottom of the page for a photo of the scissors in the open position so that you get a sense of the kangaroo hopping.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Cajun Navy Ornament

You may not have heard of the Cajun Navy, an informal group of folks from Louisiana with boats who rush to flooding disasters and pull folks to safety. I have because during last year's Hurricane Harvey, they recued a friend of mine.  Now there is an ornament celebrating their service and bravery, available from Nashville Needleworks.  A donation is made to the Hurricane Relief Fund every time you buy one of these, too.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1611763242300760&set=gm.1909722135771602&type=3&theater&ifg=1

https://nashvilleneedleworks.com/shop/canvas/cajun-navy/

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Another Peek Behind the Scenes at Suppliers

Tricia Nguyen is well-known among the needle set for her 17th Century reproduction casket and mirror classes.  She's also an engineer and familiar with the challenges of making threads and fabrics for the use of needle artists.  The latest challenge has been to get the nice linen needed for her classes.  You will be amazed to read about the long shelf life of linens and how that dye lot change you are annoyed with might have occurred because environmental laws changed ten years back.
https://thistle-threads.blogspot.com/2018/05/old-white-linen.html

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Breaking News: Death Comes to Needlepoint UPDATED

It's been a sad few days in the world of needlepoint as we have lost both Mary Agnes Ruhudy Cussen of Needle Nicely in Florida and the Needle Deeva.
https://needlenicely.com

https://www.facebook.com/296478407860/photos/a.452211247860/10155929818117861/?type=3&theater

http://www.needledeeva.com

I enjoyed Mary Agnes' blog where she talked about the realities of owning a needlepoint shop and I loved the fun designs that the Needle Deeva gave us.  Our sympathies to their friends and families.

UPDATE:  For those unfamiliar with Needle Deeva's work, The Needlepointer was having a trunk show when news of her death broke and made two videos of the show.  You may like to browse the designs, just to see what a talent she was.
https://vimeo.com/289471703

https://vimeo.com/289541599

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The Boring Party (or Greg Gutfeld is Off My Christmas Card List)

Juli saw this show on Fox News last night and posted the link to Needlepoint Nation. It's a satirical piece about elections these days but the folks who wrote us decided to use the stereotype that needlepointers are boring. Sigh.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aUiA7uzwZA

Some days I'm glad needlepoint is under the radar.  Other days the fact that stereotypes like these still exist makes me mad.

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Styling My Neon Rays

My new flat iron

Recently I purchased a $10 flat iron at a big box store near my house.  This is supposed to straighten your hair, which makes it a pretty funny purchase since my hair is straight as a stick naturally.  But I didn't buy it to style my hair—I bought it to help tame threads.

As you can see in the photo, I bought the simplest model available.  It has an on-off switch that is inside the area that you clamp over the threads, so the off/on switch is not visible in the photo.  You plug it in the wall, turn it on, and wait for it to heat up.  You can buy a fancier model with a longer cord, temperature controls, etc. but I didn't bother as I'm only using this on threads that have bends in them from being wrapped around cards.  If you already have a flat iron that you use on your hair, you might want to invest in one just for threads.  I'm told that hair spray and hair conditioners build up on the flat iron's surfaces and might come off on your threads.  This was cheap enough that I can use it just for threads.

Neon Rays, Fresh off the Card

Neon Rays are notorious for being hard to handle and having crimps in them when you cut a length off the card, so I thought I'd use them to test my flat iron.  I cut 5-6 lengths, each about 18 inches long, so that I would have plenty to use in my current project without having to get the flat iron out.

I plugged in my flat iron, turned it on, and after a minute or so I picked out a length of Neon Rays, held it near the end with one hand, clamped the flat iron over the end of the thread near my fingers, and slid it down the full length of the thread.  Nothing happened!  I checked the heat of the flat iron and realized I'd not given it enough time to warm up.  Brands will vary but my basic version needs two-three minutes before it is warm enough to use.

After another wait, I tried again.  This time each strand came through the flat ironing process smooth and sleek.

Smooth and Sleek After Flat Ironing

The flat iron definitely works!  My Neon Ray lengths look about a thousand percent better and I think it will all stitch up nicely.  I will probably use it with other flat threads with kinks such as Flair and ribbon floss. My cheap version doesn't get really hot so I am not worried about melting a thread.  I will test first, though, just to make sure.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Breaking News: Diversions Needlepoint is Moving

Diversions Needlepoint in Denver is moving!  The shop is closing now as they pack up and get the new space ready.  All the details are listed on their home page.  Stay tuned for the Big Reveal of the new space!
http://www.diversionsneedlepoint.com

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Skip Tent, The Video

Needlepoint.com's Jinny Barney has done a short video on skip tent. Skip tent is a very popular light coverage stitch for backgrounds, particular if you have just a small area where a larger stitch won't fit.  The video shows how to work skip tent on the diagonal.  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AYd0U9uVkE&_bta_tid=32598328565476411863323762681160646614111499567885547289766052363158050539083657653203362937343320956190&_bta_c=2c8t1dafmyet9sg7kj5bnhtlec5if

The shop also has an online course on light coverage background stitches which this video is promoting in case you are intrigued by stitches that allow beautiful shading to show through.
https://needlepoint.com/online-needlepoint-classes/technique-online-classes/openwork-backgrounds-technique-class-24955.html

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Couching, The Video

Kreinik has posted a video tutorial on couching.  Of course the tutor from the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design doing the demonstration is using Kreinik threads on fabric, but all this works on needlepoint canvas and it's interesting to watch. She has some good tips, too.
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2018/07/learn-how-to-couch-fun-fibers.html

If you always wanted to try couching but didn't really understand written directions, this is a great resource.  There are more videos on the SF School of Needlework's YouTube channel, too.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGcG04h6WCbZ8bAveD7T7cA

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Destination Dallas Begins (with Counted Canvaswork)

Most all the shop owners, designers, thread manufacturers, authors and of course representatives of Needlepoint Nation are at Destination Dallas by now. Let's start the celebration with the counted canvaswork designers, shall we?

Kathy Rees of Needle Designs Originals has three new charts available and she'll be at Destination Dallas.  Make sure you send your shop owners to visit with her and pick up the latest.  Even if you don't stitch from charts, check out Kathy's examples to see how changing a border totally transforms a design.
http://needledelightsoriginals.blogspot.com/2018/09/where-has-summer-gone.html

Debbie Rowley of DebBee's Designs shows off a new teaching piece inspired by the ceiling of Chicago's Union Station.  This will eventually be available as a chart once Debbie is done teaching it here and there.
https://debbeesdesigns.com/2018/09/12/teaching-projects-gilded-cabochons/

I will continue to post updates in the Destination Dallas tab but I didn't want you to overlook the counted things in a sea of painted canvases.

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Brenda Hart's Cross Hatched Background

Ruth Schmuff's mystery class from last year finally came back from the finishers as a lovely pillow.  As usual, I updated the article about this Bedecked and Beadazzled class with the final product but I want to draw your attention to the background stitch.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/06/a-tiny-bird-flew-home/

Here's the article Ruth posted originally about the random cross hatched background, adapted from an idea from the great Brenda Hart.  Isn't it clever?!  Ruth has used this several times and shows off the stitch on one of the Shelly Penko canvases.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2017/03/texture-2/

Brenda's a genius.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Abigail Cecile Has a New Website

Abigail Cecile has a new website!  You can browse her designs and buy one, pick up a stitch guide, or read her blog which has a really neat way of finishing a small needlepoint design yourself that is quite easy.
https://www.abigailcecile.com

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The Enchanted Forest, A Flat Topped Casket

Janet Brandt has finished her flat-topped 17th Century style box and posted a video on YouTube. Wait'll you see what's INSIDE the box!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ70b2lB8CI

Here's a silent film about making the trees.  Click on the sentence under the photo to start the film.
http://www.janetbrandt.com/2018/06/making-enchanted-forest-trees.html

If 17th Century reproduction embroidery interests you, visit Janet's website to see her other casket.  It's even more amazing, if that is possible.
http://www.janetbrandt.com 

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

New Tools

This week shops have highlighted new tools they sell and I thought you might be interested. The first item is a storage box that Homestead sells. It has little dividers that can be moved around to make room for whatever you want inside.  This is called the Poke-a-Dot Organizer and Homestead can special order black instead of clear plastic if you prefer a solid color.
https://www.homesteadneedlearts.com/catalog/uncategorized/poke-a-dot-organizer/

Silver Needle has two new styles of needle threader and they are both cute.  The lady bug needle threader has a small light to help you see the needle's eye as you thread up.  The bird is smaller and  has the wire threader which is covered with a plastic "beak" when not in use.  The bird also has a tiny thread cutter.  These are useful and fun and because they are inexpensive, they would make nice gifts for other stitchers you know.
https://www.thesilverneedle.com/gadgets3.html

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Moore Stitching Launches!

Laura Moore's new website for Moore Stitching is up and running!  Is there anything better than a new designer to cater to our whims as needlepointers?
https://moorestitching.com/blogs/news/launched

My personal favorites are the Yoga Girl collection.
https://moorestitching.com/collections/yoga-girl-canvases

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

Creating a Shaggy Dog

Di Van Niekerk has written a wonderful tutorial on how to create a shaggy dog which she has shared here.
https://dicraft.co.za/blog/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2017/09/Dandy-Dog-A-Free-Tutorial.pdf

You should note that she is an embroiderer based in South Africa so she is using a thread most of us aren't familiar with.  Chameleon Threads can be purchased from this Australian website.
http://www.allthreads.com.au/threads-wools-1/chameleon-threads

You can also substitute cotton or silk perle and floss, of course.  The company's Facebook page might be helpful, as well.
https://www.facebook.com/Chameleon-Threads-379183118896758/

I would suggest that needlepointers use Di's tutorial as a jumping off point.  She has plenty of great ideas like using beads for the dog's nails and using turkeywork for the long shaggy look.  Experiment a bit to recreate the look of her grass.  Sadly she doesn't have stitch diagrams for the stitches she uses but I think with some experimentation you can come up with a similar look.

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© Copyright July 7, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Black Rose Needlepoint Launches!

We have another new designer! Please welcome Black Rose Needlepoint to our world!
https://www.carolinewellsart.com/tapestry

Here is her Etsy page.  Have fun browsing!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/BlackRoseNeedlepoint?ref=l2-shopheader-name

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

The Wemyss School of Needlework

We've all heard of the Royal School of Needlework but this isn't the only needlework school in the United Kingdom. There is the Wemyss School of Needlework as well.  You can read about their history, their collection of historical needlework, find out about their classes, and browse some of their kits on their website. Their blog is fun, too.
https://wemyssneedlework.com

If you are a fan of traditional needlepoint or needlepoint samplers worked in Appleton crewel, don't miss their needlepoint kits section.  Love that red and white stocking!
https://wemyssneedlework.com/needleworkkits2

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

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Let's Recycle Vintage Needlepoint

I believe the current queen of recycling vintage needlepoint is Brenda Ische.  Check out her house and some of the restaurants she's decorated and see if you agree.  Study the photos carefully and don't miss the "headboard" in her guest bedroom.
http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Home-Garden/March-2018/Color-Whimsy-Inside-Home-of-Amlies-Designer-Brenda-Ische/

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

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Breaking News: Patricia Sone's Designs are Live

The new Patricia Sone website is now live!  You probably know Patricia for her stitch guides but she is branching out into painted needlepoint designs.  Click on To The Trade to browse and ask your favorite shop to order for you.
https://www.patriciasone.com

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

Ecclesiastical Embroidery in England

Reed is in Oxford, England where he discovered a huge range of needlepoint pillows and kneelers in the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin.  Use the right side arrow to see all the photographs he took.  Sadly, he says there was no information as to the designer(s) or stitchers of these beauties.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10160622236195153&set=pcb.1857561487654334&type=3&theater

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

Friday, September 7, 2018

What Every Equestrian Needs

Horse Country Chic has a short list of items every equestrian needs.  Naturally needlepoint is on the list!
https://herridinghabit.com/profiles/ann-turnicky-horse-country-chic/

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© Copyright July 7, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Lacquered Boxes

Remember the beautiful lacquered boxes that HP Designs used to sell? Amanda Lawford bought rights to some of the styles and now that her designs belong to Vallerie Needlepoint Gallery, the shop affiliated with VNG has managed to get more of them with a 5x5 opening for a design.  (Did you follow all that?  I might need to do a diagram.  LOL)  The boxes are fabulous and are $190 each regardless of color.   There are only a few of them so if you have a great canvas that will work ready and want a spectacular display for a birthday or Christmas gift, don't hesitate to buy.
http://astheneedleturns.com/september-newsletter/

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© Copyright September 5, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Threadaholic Alert: Tonkin Floss

The French Needle is starting to import a new cotton thread with a bit of metallic woven in to the USA. They call it Tonkin Floss.  Click on the photos to get a better look at the thread and the various colors available.  Judging from the photos, this isn't a strandable thread but it's hard to be certain.
https://www.frenchneedle.com/collections/tonkin-floss

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© Copyright July 7, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Another Source for 2mm Silk Ribbon

Just stumbled across this source for silk ribbons, including the hard-to-find 2mm widths. It also appears you can order solid colors and collections of overdyes in varying sizes which is really nice if you want to do roses in the same colors but different sizes from fully blooming to tiny buds.
https://www.silkribbon.com/collections/hand-dyed-silk-ribbon

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© Copyright July 21, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Mackenzie Learns to Needlepoint

The Design Darling website has a charming article up about how Mackenzie learned to needlepoint, complete with photos of her projects and how she learned.  There are also links to Etsy shops she wants to shop at and tips in the Comments section of other places to buy fun canvases.
http://www.mackenziehoran.com/2018/07/02/how-i-started-needlepointing/

Enjoy the journey, Mackenzie!

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

Sunday, September 2, 2018

The New Rage in Backgrounds

I've started to see backgrounds done in rows of stitches like Michaela's version on Facebook lately.  It's a new trend, I think, although Michaela's color changes along the edges are a new twist.  Normally the varying stitch rows are in ecru.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10106412014847937&set=gm.1825464527530697&type=3&theater

If you want to try this, you'll need a canvas with a lot of plain background and one central motif for best results.  Michaela also worked the top half and bottom half in identical rows, which helps unify the piece.

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

Saturday, September 1, 2018

The Pumpkin Harvest Begins!

Today's the day! The annual pumpkin "harvest" at SM Wollman Designs begins!  Sharon finds and recycles old needlepoint canvases into pumpkin shapes to create one-of-a-kind recycled pumpkins.  These are all limited editions, folks, so if you fall for a pumpkin, don't wait to order.
https://www.smwollmandesigns.com/collections/heirloom-needlepoint-pumpkins-tm

The sale ends November 3, 2018—or when the pumpkins are all gone to new homes.

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© Copyright August 18, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Local Needlepoint Shop Day is September 20

The first Local Needlepoint Shop Day is set for September 20!  Check their website to see if a shop in your area is participating in the fun.  If you don't have a local shop to visit, please support your favorite online shop by ordering something.  We cannot do without needlepoint shops, so share the love!
http://www.localneedlepointshopday.com

To see what it planned in your area, check the Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1695077600576608/

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

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Free from the DMC Pattern Archives

DMC has been around for hundreds of years at this point. They have a free chart section on their website that releases old patterns periodically, so you can stitch all sorts of interesting patterns from the past.  The downloads are free but for a few dollars you can order a kit with the threads used.
https://www.dmc.com/us/patterns-5041,collection-the-archive-collection-455/?utm_source=Commonthread+Masterlist&utm_campaign=132680aadc-EMAIL_US-1k-Archive-Collection_2018_07_29&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3a652561da-132680aadc-82831385&mc_cid=132680aadc&mc_eid=f7c1b12c64

I think most of the designs were intended for cross stitch but many appear to be full cross stitches so they can easily be done on needlepoint canvas.

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

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Brenda's Favorite Beading Thread

Brenda uses fishing line as beading thread, and explains exactly what she uses and where to get it at a good price on her blog.  Don't miss the comments section where other folks chime in with their favorite beading thread.
https://brendasneedlepointstudio.blogspot.com/2018/06/beading-thread-61818.html

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© Copyright June 18, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

The Needle Park Avenue

Those of us working a piece with a lot of color changes have to figure out how to organize our threads so that we don't spend more time threading up and putting away than stitching.  The Needle Park Avenue is a good way to keep your needles with all those colors organized and handy.  Here's a bit about how it works.
https://www.margaretlee.com/npa

These can be purchased from Margaret Lee's Etsy page.
https://www.etsy.com/margaretleeneedleart/listing/276310644/thread-organizer-needle-park-avenue?ref=shop_home_feat_2

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

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

SJ Designs Introduces "Heirloom Lace Sampler"

Needlepointers who like samplers will be thrilled with the new chart by Susan Johnson of SJ Designs—"Heirloom Lace Sampler."
https://www.facebook.com/100217680025450/photos/a.100768283303723.283.100217680025450/1754462507934284/?type=3&theater

Susan says this is stitched on 18 count needlepoint canvas using two layers of simple stitches to give the illusion of lace over velvet.  You can pick up the chart at the SJ Designs website.
http://sj-designs.net/product/heirloom-lace-sampler/

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

Monday, August 27, 2018

The Most Original Finishing Idea This Year

Ruth Schmuff of Bedecked and Beadazzled has a customer whose finishing idea is truly original—a cabinet built by Deux Bijoux Bijoux to showcase a fabulous Penny MacLeod design.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/06/talk-about-a-statement-piece/?mc_cid=a138af2d8a&mc_eid=60242fbe68

Amazing!  Don't you want one, too?

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

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Amy Talks Books, Stitch Guides and More

The August 2018 newsletter for Amy Bunger's shop is online now for your reading pleasure.
http://www.amysgoldenstrand.com/uploads/7/2/3/6/72364657/0818.pdf

In this edition, Amy talks about canvases with book themes, her classes and clubs, a bit about what you can expect to find in a stitch guide, audio books that are great to stitch by (with a good section on Lea Wait's needlepoint mysteries), and much more!

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

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Queen Mary's Needlepoint Rug

Thanks to David I have a link to an interesting article on Queen Mary's stitching (and a bit about the Duke of Windsor's needlepoint).
https://hands-across-the-sea-samplers.com/the-queen-stitched/

Here's the URL for the black and white video of the huge rug.
http://streaming.britishpathe.com/hls-vod/flash/00000000/00047000/00047404.mp4.m3u8

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© Copyright June 17, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Alternatives for Thread Heaven

If you used Thread Heaven on your threads, you might want to read this article about alternatives now that the Thread Heaven manufacturers have retired.
https://lordlibidan.com/whats-the-best-alternative-for-threadheaven/

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

More Genius at Work

This morning I have a video that Kreinik posted on their Facebook page with a genius idea for the rug under a Christmas tree.
https://www.facebook.com/Kreinik.Manufacturing.Company/videos/10155135174300940/

Sally Baer of BB Needlepoint came up with the rug idea.  It's chain stitch with a loop edge that was cut, all in Kreinik.

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

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Basic is Always Classic

Some days we need to step back from all that embellishment and just enjoy a basic tent stitched piece where the original design is king.  It's just beautiful, Stephanie!
https://stephsstitching.blogspot.com/2018/07/i-really-am-stitching.html

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

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

A Celebration of Flowers Exhibit

A museum in Bath has an exhibit of Kaffe Fassett quilts and needlepoint and Candace Bahouth mosaic work.  The latest Kaffe newsletter has a link to a video of the show.  There are lots and lots of quilts but the floral needlepoint is amazing, too.  The exhibit ends in September if you happen to be in England then.
https://vimeo.com/284905929

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

Guess What's On the Cover of NY Magazine's Fall Fashion Issue?

Guess what's on the cover of New York Magazine's fall fashion issue?  Needlepoint of course!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10215954065342995&set=gm.1878621045548378&type=3&theater&ifg=1

The original design and stitching is by Jill Vendituoli based on a photograph by Emma Ressel.

I don't think this is officially out yet but when it is, you should be able to buy a copy here.
https://nymag.customersvc.com/storefront/2018/cBackissuesNW2018-p1.html

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

Monday, August 20, 2018

The Thread Finder is Live

Bedecked and Beadazzled has a new online tool called the Thread Finder.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/08/welcome-to-our-new-thread-finder/?mc_cid=2bae4f0efc&mc_eid=c05eb4bd3b

Basically you go to the Thread Finder starting page (link below) and answer a few questions.  Then you will get some suggestions of threads to try.   The suggestions tell you how many strands (or plies from a strand) to use on the size canvas you have indicated and there are links to online shopping for each brand recommended.  Note that not all the threads are up on the website yet, so some of the links don't work.  But this is a new feature and a work in progress.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/thread-finder/

It's a fun way to come up with new ideas for threads you never considered—or that your local shop doesn't carry.  Kudos to Ruth Schmuff for making thread shopping more fun than ever.

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

Sunday, August 19, 2018

The ANG Online Auction Starts Today

As part of the ANG Seminar for 2018, the online auction is about to begin today!  Bidding starts 8/19 and ends 8/25.  This year there are a series of Janet Z. Casey Santa head ornaments already finished and ready for your tree, plus Susan Wollman donated her time to turn some finished canvases into pumpkins, ready to make your house look festive for the fall.  There are books, charts, kits and painted canvases available, too.
https://ang.afrogs.org/#/index

To see the goodies, click on View Items.  If you want to bid, read all the instructions and set up an account.  Anyone can set up an account and bid.  Proceeds go to ANG for its programs.

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© Copyright August 12, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Breaking News: The Founder of Sasi Creations Has Died

Judi announced on Needlepoint Nation that Susan Ives, the artist behind Sasi Creations, has died in Florida.  Judi shared information from Susan's daughter below. Thanks for letting us know, Judi.  For those who are not familiar with Sasi, here are a few of her canvases.
http://www.knit1needlepoint2.com/shop/Needlepoint-Canvas/Needlepoint-Canvas-by-Designer/SASI-CREATIONS.htm

"Susan “Sasi” Ives passed away peacefully on August 15, 2018 in Boca Raton, Florida. Susan was born to Jack and Eleanor Seigel in New York on November 4, 1942. Born an artist, she expressed her creativity through her vivid paintings, sketches and words from a very young age. In 1958, Susan went to Camp Sequoia as a 15 yr old camper and met Mark, the love of her life. They wed in 1962 and were lovingly married for 56 years. Susan brought up her children Lori and Shari with Mark on Long Island before recently moving to Boca Raton, FL. Susan Adele Seigel Ives “SASI”, founded her company Sasi Creations Inc. early in her life and has spread her art nationwide through her needlework company and her passion for painting. She shared her talent and whimsy with almost every waiter, waitress, receptionist, and person who was blessed to get a Sasi original sketch while they worked with her. Susan also had a talent for bringing friends and family together and was greatly loved! Susan will be remembered by those that knew her as a fabulous artist, a quiet poet, and a master game player. Susan “Sasi” is survived by her husband Mark, her children Lori and Shari, her sister Bonnie, her grandchildren Jack and Danielle, and a large loving extended family. Services to be held at The Gardens at Boca Raton, 4103 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, Florida 33431 on August 20 at 11:30 pm. Donations can be made in Susan’s memory to Wind River Cancer Retreats either online at https://donorbox.org/susan-sasi-ives or checks can be mailed to 430 Larsen Lane, Tryon, NC 28782.

Mark will be receiving family and friends at his home on Sunday August 19 from 3pm – 8pm as well as after the service on Monday August 20 from 3pm – 8pm. Address: 21692 Palm Circle, Boca Raton, FL 33433 (Boca Lago Community)

For those that cannot attend in person, the Memorial Service will be Livestreamed on Monday the 20th at 12:00pm. To obtain a link, email shiftnc@gmail.com to ask for the link and the viewing instructions."

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© Copyright August 18, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Raymond Crawford in Cross Stitch

The Needlework Retailer just announced two of Raymond Crawford's needlepoint designs are going to be available as cross stitch.
http://yarntree.typepad.com/needlework_news/2018/07/here-for-the-boos.html

It will be interesting to see if this becomes a trend, although I think anyone who has seen what Pat Miller did with the needlepoint canvas version will find the XS version way too plain.
http://needleartnut.blogspot.com/2018/02/finished.html

Of course not everyone likes embellishment….

What do you think?  Are you buying the canvas and Pat's stitch guide or are you a cross stitcher?

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

Friday, August 17, 2018

Carol Martine, Artist in Dimensional Needlepoint UPDATED

Carol Martine has decided to do more dimensional needlepoint. Her blog shows off three pieces she's already finished. Now I cannot wait to see what she is working on now!
https://carolmartinedotcom.wordpress.com/2018/06/13/original-expressive-needlepoint-things-past/

Here is what Carol is starting.  What do you think?
https://carolmartinedotcom.wordpress.com/2018/06/14/new-plunge-into-original-needlepoint-piece-june-2018/

She's trying to pick her focal point and establish a good layout.  Note that she has labeled some areas of the design to remind herself of the dimensional effect she wants.
https://carolmartinedotcom.wordpress.com/2018/06/18/the-evolution-of-the-needlepoint-piece/

Carol stenciled the background pattern around the border, using various colors but making sure each color was used in three locations.  I thought that interesting.
https://carolmartinedotcom.wordpress.com/2018/06/21/the-evolution-of-the-needlepoint-piece-some-more-steps/

Carol has started with the padding for leaves on her background border once she traced the stems and leaves onto the border.
https://carolmartinedotcom.wordpress.com/2018/06/27/evolution-of-the-needlepoint-continues/

Now the stenciled background has been stitched and some of the leaves are in.
https://carolmartinedotcom.wordpress.com/2018/07/01/the-needlepoint-evolution-closing-in-on-the-end-of-the-background-layer/

Carol's having way too much fun with silk ribbon!
https://carolmartinedotcom.wordpress.com/2018/07/15/the-needlepoint-evolution-continuing-step-by-step/

Now that Carol's thinking about the center of her design, she'll pulling supplies as a way to help focus her ideas.
https://carolmartinedotcom.wordpress.com/2018/07/30/progress-notes-on-new-needlepoint/

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

Thursday, August 16, 2018

More Needlepoint Portraits from Maria E. Pineres

Maria Pineres does elaborate portraits of people from photographs on needlepoint canvas.
https://mymodernmet.com/maria-e-pineres-intricate-stitched-portraits-people/

If you are intrigued you can see more on her website.  Some of the pieces are all in tent stitches, some are more elaborate.
http://www.mariapineres.com

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

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Our Heros!

Orna Willis ran into the bane of teachers this week—supplies for her kits were lost in the mail! But the folks at Access Commodities, Caron, Edmar, Rainbow Gallery, ThreadworX and Wilchelt all came through by rushing replacements to her so her class would have what they needed.  You guys are The Best!  💙💚💛💜🖤
http://ornadesign.blogspot.com/2018/06/a-post-of-praise.html

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

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Tall Bird in a Masque? UPDATED

Ruth Schmuff has revealed her Halloween mystery class for 2018—Zecca's mysterious "Tall Bird on a Rock."  Is the bird dressed for Halloween?  Is it a bank robber out on a spree?  Is it going to a Masquerade in Venice?  Only the stitcher knows!
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/07/tall-bird-on-a-rock-mystery-class/?mc_cid=1f848b51b4&mc_eid=60242fbe68

I'll update this article as Ruth Tells All.  First, she did the background and the flower pods.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/08/background-first/?mc_cid=c615bd6136&mc_eid=60242fbe68

UPDATE:  The bird has some wild and crazy feathers!
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/09/hes-one-fun-bird/


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

Monday, August 13, 2018

Which Floor Stand is Right for You?

Which floor stand is right for you? Mary Corbet tackles this important question with information about quite a few brand names and often a link to her review of each.
https://www.needlenthread.com/2018/06/navigating-needlework-floor-stands-overview.html

For those interested, I have one of the K's Creations metal floor stands and I absolutely love it!

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Why Fit In?

Ruth Schmuff has finished one of her Mystery with a Twist classes. Here is Zecca's Why Fit in and it's lovely!
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/06/why-fit-in-2/?mc_cid=2128bcc70c&mc_eid=c05eb4bd3b

Bedecked and Beadazzled offers Mystery with a Twists class periodically.  The lessons only arrive very slowly, to give folks plenty of time to stitch the project.  By slowly, I mean it can take over a year for the class to finish.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/classes/mystery-classes/mysteries-with-a-twist/

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© Copyright June 7, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Hearts for Hospice UPDATED

The Kansas City ANG chapter has a philanthropic project called Hearts for Hospice and are looking for stitchers to help.   This is how it works—

"The members of Greater Kansas City Needlepoint Guild initiated a project in 2015 to fulfill a need at a local hospice center. When a resident passes away, a heart is placed on the door which notifies those passing by to be respectful of others who are mourning the death of a loved one. The heart is then taken home by a family member as a remembrance of the care their loved one received while at the center."

Finishing is provided by the local chapter.   If you are interested, here's how you can contribute. 


Update:  Anne of ABS Designs has stitched for the group.  Here is Anne's first heart and it's a beauty.
https://thecapestitcher.blogspot.com/2018/09/feel-good-stitching.html

Here is her second, equally lovely.
https://thecapestitcher.blogspot.com/2018/09/one-more-time.html

And the third is another pretty little thing!
https://thecapestitcher.blogspot.com/2018/09/threes-charm.html

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

Friday, August 10, 2018

The Fourth Queen UPDATED

Gay Ann Rogers' next sale is today! And it's going to include The Fourth Queen.
http://www.gayannrogers.com

The fourth queen, you say?  Gay Ann has created portraits of three queens so far.  That's Elizabeth I on the left, Catherine the Great in the middle, and Eleanor of Aquitaine on the right.
https://www.facebook.com/860462527326471/photos/a.860475930658464.1073741827.860462527326471/1815049158534465/?type=3&theater

These are all sold as kits with the canvas, beads and threads, so they are rather pricey and Gay Ann is not planning to sell any of these Queens ever again.  Gay Ann says the sale will end August 24 or when she runs out of kits.  So if you are a fan, don't tarry.

By the way, Fiber Talk will interview Gay Ann Rogers on Sunday, August 12 about the Last Queen (who is Queen Victoria) and more.
http://wetalkfiber.com/2018/08/12/fiber-talk-with-gay-ann-rogers-ii/

UPDATE:  Shining Needle Society is going to do a stitch-along with Gay Ann for those who buy the Fourth Queen kit.  Details will be in the kit if you purchase one.

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

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Various Versions of Kaleidoscope

The New Jersey Needle Artists chapter of ANG are working Lorene Salt's "Kaleidoscope" as a chapter project. I thought you'd like to see the various colors of this. A few members are working Tony Minieri's "Stars for the New Millennium" as well.
https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2018/06/10/june-2018-sotm/

Counted canvaswork designs change if the colors change, don't they?  Thanks for the lovely eye candy, NJNA!

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright June 11, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

An Award Winner

Luv2Stitch just posted a photograph of a piece stitched by a customer that won two ribbons at the San Mateo, California fair!
https://luv2stitch.com/helene-hollander-wins-2-awards/

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

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Kevin's Rainbow Gallery Thread Tips

Kevin has moved and is setting up house along the Delaware shore.  You'll enjoy learning about his new job and the ornaments he's stitching to celebrate his newest career.  But the real gem in this newsy blog posting is Kevin's tips on working with non-strandable Rainbow Gallery threads.  These threads come off the card with bends and they also can fray at the cut ends.  Kevin has strategies to cope that work well for him and they probably will work well for you, too.
https://needlesandthreadsofbethanybeach.wordpress.com/2018/06/10/a-barista-begins/

Thanks, Kevin.  I'm going to try these!

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