Monday, June 18, 2018

The Wing Nut Turner

Deanna has trouble turning those big wing nuts that tighten our table and floor frames, so she had a tool made to turn them for her.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155218120937581&set=gm.1773035612773589&type=3&theater&ifg=1

Julie pointed out that sometimes you can get the big black knobs from the hardware store to make the wing nuts easier to turn but this doesn't work if your original wing nuts are an odd size the hardware store doesn't stock.

If you have the same problem and you are interested in having something similar made for you, email Jon at  j-haym@umn.edu and tell him you want what he made Deanna.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright June 15, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Frank's Bride in Cyberspace

If you are a fan of Halloween canvases, this is one you must see!  This is a Barbara Elmore/Sundance canvas called "Frank's Bride."  It was stitched by Barbara herself and she is going to offer a cyber class on Facebook about it starting August 1st.  You will buy the canvas from your favorite store (Ruth's shop has it on sale) and arrange your own supplies.  Barbara will have an optional lace kit available your shop can order if you don't have lace scraps laying around.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/05/barbara-elmore-is-offering-a-cyberclass/

If you are interested in unusual embellishment techniques, even if you aren't wild about Halloween themes, this is going to be a fabulous class by an inspired teacher.  You can read more about it on Barbara's Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/barbaraelmoredesigns/posts/10155688138613262

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.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Abigail Cecile's No Sew Tag

If you like doing little pieces from charts and then wonder what on earth to do with them later, Abigail Cecile has instructions on how to turn small charted needlepoint designs into no sew tags for luggage or tote bags or purses.
http://www.abigailcecile.com/blog/2018/5/22/charted-tapestry-tag-how-to

You can pick up Abigail Cecile's chart used for this project in her Etsy store.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/AbigailCecileCo?ref=l2-shop-header-avatar

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright May 25, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Breaking News: In Stitches Atlanta Is Closing

In Stitches in Atlanta is having a 30 percent off liquidation sale as the shop is closing.  The sale runs from June 13-June 29, 2018.
http://www.institchesatlanta.com

We wish the shop owners and employees the best in the next chapter of their lives!

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

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Needle Puller

While looking for something else, I stumbled across this great tool on the New Needlepoint site.
http://www.newneedlepoint.com/needlepoint-miscellany/needle-or-thread-puller-tool

It's a needle puller, perfect for tugging a needle through a thick mass of threads.  I hadn't seen one before.  It's probably not a Must Have but it's a very nice little item to have around, just in case.

Do you have some interesting and useful tools in your stitching stash?  If so, Tell All in the comments below.  (Or if today's the day Blogger won't let you comment, just email me at chillyhollow at hot mail dot com.)

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

Monday, June 11, 2018

Needle Guides

If you are a member of the Embroiderer's Association of Canada or have friends who are members, you might want to get a copy of Needle Guide, published by the Shuswap Chapter of EAC.    The details are here.
http://blog.eac.ca/2018/05/shuswap-needle-guide-at-seminar.html

If you aren't a member or you want something a little smaller, how about this laminated sheet to size needles from Inspirations magazine?
https://www.inspirationsstudios.com/product/inspirations-needle-guide/

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

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Breaking News: Needle Works is For Sale

After 21 years, the owner of The Needle Works in Austin, Texas is putting the shop up for sale.  If you've always wanted to own a needlepoint store, the contact information is under the video.
http://www.stitchinginthetexashillcountry.com/the_needle_works/2018/06/june-news.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright June 10, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Fort Hunter Needle Art Exhibit

Fort Hunter Mansion and Park in Harrisonburg, PA is having a needle arts exhibit through June 17th.    
https://forthunter.org/events/needle-art-exhibit/

Melita went to the show and reports in here.
https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2018/06/08/fort-hunter-needle-art-exhibit-and-half-moon-handwerks/

If you are intrigued by Chameleon Threads from South Africa, here's more about them.
https://www.facebook.com/Chameleon-Threads-379183118896758/

The size 8 perle cotton can be ordered from the UK here.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheCommonThread1?ref=l2-shopheader-name

They can be ordered from Australia here.  Thanks for the report, Melita!
http://www.allthreads.com.au/threads-wools-1/chameleon-threads

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

Washington National Cathedral Tour

The Washington National Cathedral has announced that they will have a special tour of some of the more than 1500 pieces of ecclesiastical needlepoint they own and use on June 14 and 30. See their website for details and to order tickets.
https://tix.cathedral.org/TheatreManager/1/login?event=963

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

Thursday, June 7, 2018

From "Adventure" to "Vintage"

I was amused this morning to read that Kreinik is changing a name of one of their green metallics from "Adventure Green" to "Vintage Veridian."  This is one of their newer colors and it is very pretty, no matter what the name!
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2018/05/time-for-name-change.html

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

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Breaking News: Abigail Cecile Is Going Out on Her Own

Exciting news! Abigail Cecile is going out on her own instead of using a distributor.  The changeover will happen in July 2018.
http://www.abigailcecile.com/blog/2018/5/31/bgaqnjpqosjekbd4rs3f4pvwxiqqy2

We are happy she is growing and changing and creating wonderful fun things for us to stitch.
http://www.abigailcecile.com/needlepoint-canvases/

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

Learn with Lycette's Lessons

Thanks to this note from Horse Country Chic, I've learned that Lycette Designs plans an online How To Needlepoint class via Instagram.
https://horsecountrychic.blogspot.com/2018/05/learn-to-stitch.html

It's geared toward younger folks (hence the postings on Instagram) and will probably just be the basics, but it's a great idea to help people who don't have a stitching friend or shop to show them.  The details will be posted to Jessica's Lycette blog.
https://lycettedesigns.com/lycettes-lessons/#more-1719

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright May 31, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

The Newest Mystery Class is Fleur

Ruth Schmuff has revealed the newest mystery class starting this July—it's "Fleur" the royal hamster from Kimberly!  This will be a quick class, as it is happening in the summer when there are lots of distractions, but it's a real cutie. I'll update this as Ruth posts progress reports.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/05/fleur-the-newest-royal/?mc_cid=2575848074&mc_eid=60242fbe68

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

Saturday, June 2, 2018

The Tenth Anniversary Sale

Today is Gay Ann Roger's Tenth Anniversary sale to celebrate the ten years since she set up her website.  I am a big fan of her feminine, delicate designs and will certainly do a little browsing to see if there is anything to tempt me despite my problems counting to three accurately.  I know she will have both her Echoes of Elizabeth Sampler and the Echoes Tudor Rose Sampler available, plus something new is promised.  Gay Ann usually sells out of her chart kits quickly, so if you want to pick up something special, don't dawdle.
http://www.gayannrogers.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright June 1, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Enriched Stitch is Moving UPDATED

Enriched Stitch is moving to new and larger quarters in Wilton, Connecticut.
http://astheneedleturns.com/in-the-home-stretch/

The reopening is set for today, June 2.
http://astheneedleturns.com/in-the-home-stretch/

Here are pictures. Use the side arrows to see everything.
https://www.facebook.com/348498438515811/photos/pcb.1925041004194872/1925040044194968/?type=3&theater

Here's a map and their new address.  If you are in the area, stop by and say hello for me, ok?
http://enrichedstitch.com/contact-us/

UPDATE:  The June shop newsletter has a nice photos of the shop exterior and interior.
http://astheneedleturns.com/june-newsletter-2/

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

Friday, June 1, 2018

Let's Try Something Different

The world of blogging is slowly dying, which means there is less needlepoint information Out There for me to mention.  All you have to do is check the blog list here to see how many blogs have not published in a year or five or more!  I don't have enough articles to publish every day now unless I start writing original content, which I don't have the time to do.  Writing even this short notice took me over 30 minutes this morning. time that could be spent stitching, doing chores, or even reading a good book.  So I'm going to switch to publishing articles every other day here on the odd days of the month and publishing an article about stitch guides on the Chilly Hollow Stitch Guides Blog (available by clicking on the magic carpet photo in the right hand column) every other day on the even days.  This will start June 3.

Occasionally I'll dig up an old article here for you to read.  There's a lot of good stuff.  Blog's ten years old here at Blogger and I started blogging using Yahoo's defunct 360 blogging tools at least a year before that.  Of course all the earliest information is gone, disappearing when 360 was shut down.  I published articles on both blogging sites for around six months when I learned that 360 was going to go dark.

If you show up here and there's nothing new, check out the CH Stitch Guides Blog because it must be an even day.  Or use the search function to find all sorts of fascinating things from the past.  A good topic to search on is "Bonnie," for example.  I won't tell you why, you'll have to discover for yourself!  Or read through the tabs just under the header where I have all sorts of answers to commonly asked questions in the world of needlepoint.

Sorry, but everything changes.  I am trying to keep blogging without increasing my work load too much.  Facebook is taking more and more of my time as I try to manage Needlepoint Nation there.  It is harder than you would think being a good hostess to twelve thousand needlepointers, especially if you have a busy and full real life going on, too.

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

Breaking News: The Pip and Roo Website is Live

The Pip and Roo Needleworks website is live!  Now you can read about Tarra and shop.  Don't miss the horsehair needle threader, perfect for the equestrian stitcher in your life!
https://www.pipandroo.com

Note that items that are priced at $0 are out of stock.  Stay tuned for more new designs and restocking.

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

Thursday, May 31, 2018

A New Source for Backing Boards

If you do your own finishing, you'll be thrilled to see Brenda's new source of acid free backing board.  Someone at Delaware's ANG Seashore Chapter is very clever!
https://brendasneedlepointstudio.blogspot.com/2018/05/new-source-for-backing-boards-who-knew.html

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

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Support Your Local Shop

Vicky makes an important point about shopping at real needlepoint shops instead of Amazon.
http://mostlyneedlepoint.com/support-your-local-needlepoint-shop/

There are other reason why Amazon isn't a great place to shop:  needlepoint books in particular are wildly overpriced.
https://www.amazon.com/More-Stitches-Effect-Suzanne-Robertson/dp/B001MSU5YK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1526653884&sr=8-2&keywords=stitches+for+effects

https://nashvilleneedleworks.com/shop/accessories/books/more-stitches-for-effect-2/

Amazon's treatment of its warehouse workers is suspect as well.  Next time you need something, try using a small business instead of a behemoth.  A real needlepoint store will thank you!

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

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Animal Fur Stitches

Needlepoint for Fun's latest newsletter talks about creating animal fur.  They talk about the best stitches to use for animal ears, fur and tails, and include nice diagrams to help you understand how the stitches are made.
http://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/needlepoint-stitches-for-animal-hair.htm

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

Monday, May 28, 2018

Blame It on Prince Harry

I don't stitch with metal threads much although I have a limited amount of Gilt Sylke Twist I have put away for a special project and there's a small stash of bullion and perle just waiting for another day in my stash. I have heard that it's hard to get Gilt Sylke Twist right now, though.  Tricia Nguyen (who imports Gilt Sylke Twist and colored twist and other English threads from their manufacturers) explains why.
http://thistle-threads.blogspot.com/2018/05/a-brief-needlework-interruption.html

By now you've seen photos of the Royal Wedding and probably know exactly to blame—Prince Harry and the wedding party!  Better stock up after the wedding rush is over.

Here's Tricia's website…
https://thistle-threads.myshopify.com

…and here is Tanja Berlin's.
https://berlinembroidery.com/product-category/hand-embroidery-supplies/goldwork-supplies/

Plus here is Needle in a Haystack's.
http://www.needlestack.com/WebStore/thread.html

All these online shops have wonderful threads for your stitching pleasure, not just metallics.

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

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Emboiderer's Choice Needles

Trish Burr, known for her needle painting designs, books and classes, has recently tried out a variety of needles to find the brand that works best for her.  Of course Trish is doing embroidery on linen in a hoop most of the time, so her needs are different than a needlepoint's, but I thought this was interesting all the same.
https://trishburr.com/2018/05/09/which-needles/

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

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Two Cats

I love seeing the same canvas stitched by two different people. Check out the Kimberly Santini cat portrait, stitched by two of Ruth Schmuff's customers.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/05/little/

https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/05/its-all-in-the-interpretation/

Amazing, isn't it?  The personality of the stitchers comes through clearly here.

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

Friday, May 25, 2018

How to Color Your Canvas

While wandering around Etsy, I stumbled across Diane Grant's shop and her instructions on how to color your canvas with acrylic paints.  It sounds like a fun summer project to try!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/210261625/instruction-sheet-colouring-canvas-for?ref=shop_home_active_11

If you like counted canvaswork, Diane also has some fun charts to browse and several small books on specialty Hilton-type stitches.  She's in the UK but shipping is usually pretty easy if you aren't.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/canvasworkplus?ref=l2-shopheader-name&section_id=15027206

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

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Secrets to Using Facebook

These days Facebook is where the action is when it comes to needlepoint.  There are groups on Facebook dedicated to needlepoint, to counted canvas, to buying or selling unwanted needlepoint items, to needlepoint finishing, and to even complaining about various needlepoint-related things.  Shops and designers have Facebook pages where they show off their latest designs, talk about trunk shows, changes in their hours and anything else a customer might want to know.  Some shops don't even have a website but use their Facebook page as a defacto website.

Of course Facebook is in the news for allowing all sorts of folks to harvest data about us to use in various ways.  They even use our photos for their facial recognition programs.  Basically Facebook is selling us to anyone willing to pay.  That offends a lot of people.  Facebook also is not really secure, which also offends folks.  It's very difficult to control who sees what you post.  Even secret groups are not secure.  We've even had people who are not members of my group able to comment on postings from members because the members shared their message on their personal page where non-group members who are friended with the person can see and comment on them.

Facebook is also very buggy.  I get messages all the time from folks who want to know why I deleted their message posted to Needlepoint Nation (a group I accidentally founded*).  Nine times out of ten no one running the group deleted their message.  It just isn't there because of a glitch or is buried in a flurry of newer messages.  Facebook's search engine is laughable.  Last week I wasn't able to edit any message I posted, then mysteriously I was able to again.  The constant updates to the software cause a lot of issues to mysteriously happen—then mysteriously disappear again.

So what do you do to keep yourself secure if you want to set up a Facebook account to be part of the needlepoint things going on?  First, accept that everything you post is going to be public.  My group, Needlepoint Nation, is a public group, which means anyone with a Facebook account will be able to see what is said there.  Non-members can't comment (with the exception listed above) but everyone can see messages.  And remember, even secret groups are only as secret as the members keep it.  I get screen shots or verbal descriptions of what is going on in secret groups all the time.

Secondly, when you set up a Facebook page for yourself, limit what you put there.  No birthdates, no schools attended, don't say where you live or work, anything like that.  I personally don't even post photographs of myself or other people.

Thirdly, once you have that page set up with absolutely the minimum required, set your permissions so that they are as restricted as possible.  This section from Facebook will help.
https://www.facebook.com/help/238318146535333?helpref=hc_global_nav

Fourth, don't "friend" anyone unless you must.  They can see what you post and all their friends can, too.  Post about an upcoming birthday party and all your friends can share that information with their friends.  Most of the time, folks do this without thinking.  So keep those friends list as small as you can.

Fifth, don't use your Facebook account to sign into anything else.  If you use your Facebook account to log into things like Skype, Gmail, games, etc., you are just giving the company more access to your information.  It's wise not to play any Facebook games, either.  Or use your Facebook account to  log into a game you play on your phone or tablet.

If you follow the items above, you should be relatively safe.  There are no guarantees, though!

Just head to Facebook.com, set up an account (don't use a fake name—Facebook really really REALLY hates that and will close the account when they catch it if you can't produce ID with "Joe Needlepoint" on it), then use the search bar at the top of the page to find needlepoint groups.  Mine is called https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/

But there are plenty of others, like Counted Canvas Needlepoint for those who do a lot of charted work, Needlepoint Covered Christmas Trees, even Needlepoint Complaints (really).  Just poke around a little and find a group that looks interesting.  Read the Description.  That will tell you a lot about the group and alert you to any rules they may have.  Be cautious and have fun!

*Needlepoint Nation is proof God has a real sense of humor.  How else can you explain my accidentally founding the largest needlepoint group in Facebook when I really don't like using it?

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright May 15, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Columbo and The Conspirators

This morning I spotted this on Needlepoint Nation:  Lisa wrote, "I am watching Columbo "The Conspirators" (1978) while cleaning the kitchen. Imagine my surprise when Columbo comments on a woman's needlepoint project! He notices that she is stitching with the Continental stitch but has some Basketweave mixed in. This will definitely be a clue to finding the murderer! Also, Columbo mentions that he knows needlepoint because his nephew needlepoints to relax before weight lifting meets! My Dad also used to needlepoint in the 1970's for relaxation!"

The Needle Bug posted this snippet from the show on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/theneedlebug/videos/1790235947703356/UzpfSTEwODUzNzAyNTg5MDEzMToxNzQyNTAzNDc5MTYwMTM2/

Many thanks to Lisa and The Needle Bug for this morning's fun.

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

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Debbie Says Strip and Flip

Debbie Rowley has a tip on her blog for those who are having trouble stripping their floss into individual plies.  I'll have to try this!
https://debbeesdesigns.com/2018/05/14/strip-and-flip/

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

Monday, May 21, 2018

Mindy's Color Game

I recently paid a visit to the website for Mindy's Needlepoint and noticed something pretty durn interesting. Mindy is playing with color.
http://www.mindysneedlepoint.com/shop/Mindys-Needlepoint-Designs/Asian.htm

Check these out:




Clockwise from the upper left they are Asians in Golds and Olives, Asians in Blues, Asians in Greens, and Asians in Mauves and Purples.

I am a fan of Asian-themed designs in general, but what intrigued me here is that the change of color really changes what I see in the piece.  Mauves and Purples shows up the three rectangles with buttons better, while Greens seems to have the backgrounds more visible.  I think Golds and Olives is the most balanced of the designs although I don't usually like those colors.  Funny what color does to a design?

Which do you like best?  Is that your favorite color normally?  I am of course waiting for an Asians Pink—my favorite color!

Very clever, Mindy.  Now I want them all.  Sigh.

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

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Fiber Talk Interviews Jill A. Vendituoli

This week's podcast from Fiber Talk is an interview with Jill Vendituoli.  It's a fun listen.
http://wetalkfiber.com/2018/05/06/fiber-talk-with-jill-vendituoli/

Jill's a true artist in needlepoint.  You can see her work on her website.
https://www.jillavendituoli.com

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

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Meeting the Staff at Needle Arts Studio

Needle Arts Studio in New Orleans has posted a bit about the folks who run the shop on their blog.
https://www.needlenola.com/blog/2018/5/7/all-about-caroline-laura-meme

There's a bit about the history behind the shop, too.
https://www.needlenola.com/blog/2018/1/28/all-about-needle-arts

It's a fun read and I'm told a great stop if you are in Louisiana or in nearby Mississippi.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright May 10, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Breaking News: Early Pumpkin Harvest

Sharon normally sells her needlepoint pumpkins in the fall during pumpkin "harvest," but she was cleaning house and found a bunch of not quite perfect canvases, which she has turned into not quite perfect needlepoint pumpkins.  Which you can buy right now!  But hurry, this is a short harvest.
https://www.smwollmandesigns.com/collections/sketchyaddle

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

Debbie Rowley's Starting and Ending Thread Help

Debbie Rowley has been showing this little YouTube video on starting threads in her classes and it's been such a hit, she's sharing it via her blog.
https://debbeesdesigns.com/2018/05/07/keeping-it-fresh/

She has another blog post on ending threads here.
https://debbeesdesigns.com/2018/05/09/the-end-is-near/

As a bonus, Debbie talks about parking threads.
https://debbeesdesigns.com/2018/05/11/finding-a-parking-spot/

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

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

J. Pudney: A History

If you are a fan of small printed kits you can use as travel projects, then you'll enjoy reading Needlepoint for Fun's short history of J. Pudney.
http://www.icontact-archive.com/3sPNpcHW2d6IBVeY4CRghONEhmuYuEGA?w=4

I've stitched An Overdose of Devonshire Tea and Cafe Girls from the postcard-sized series and loved them!  I also have Madonna and Dog waiting in The Stash. These come kitted with floss and are printed designs but are hilarious or sweet, depending on your mood.
http://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/shop/Kits-/Jennifer-Pudney-Small-Kits.htm

http://jenniferpudney.co.nz/product/madonna-and-dog/

I also have my eye on Hungry Woman and Bring on the Man Slaves.
http://www.buttonedup.com/Catalogue/Needlework/Needlepoint-Kits/Jennifer-Pudney.aspx

I wasn't familiar with the Mary Self line but I was able to browse some of their small, fun projects here.
http://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/module/search_content.htm?form_version=2&showSearchResults=1&search_keyword=mary+self&image.x=8&image.y=5


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

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

All the Fun at the Enriched Stitch Retreat

Ever wanted to go on a needlepoint retreat but didn't know what they were like? Suzie Vallerie spills the beans on Enriched Stitches' Spring 2018 retreat!
http://astheneedleturns.com/oh-what-fun/

http://astheneedleturns.com/day-2/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright May 2, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Breaking News: Beth's Needlepoint Nook Has a New Owner

I received this note from Beth at Beth's Needlepoint Nook this morning. She writes:


My customer, my friends,

It is with sadness, trepidation, and excitement that I send you this email.

It is hard for me to believe that Beth's Needlepoint Nook will have been in business for 14 years this October. Many of you may remember that when I first opened I had no employees and one lonely spinner of fibers. How far we have come! We now have a national clientele as well as a few customers in other countries. Does anyone remember me talking about a club member who lives in Iran? The shop has brought multiple national teachers to Louisville and launched a very successful Stash for your Cash program.

The shop's success is, in a great part, due to you, my customers. Without you, I would have never made it this far.

Beth's Needlepoint Nook had its best year ever last year and it is on this high note that I have decided to retire. The time has come for me to do something different with my life. I am not sure what I will do, but I know that it is time for a change.

To that end, I sold the shop yesterday to Elizabeth Dieruf who, several years ago, expressed interest in owning the shop. I told her that when I was ready to sell it I would call her first. I called. She accepted. And the rest as they say is history.

I offered to work for her but she prefers independence. I support her decision. Please give her your support as well. The next time you see me I will once again be a customer just like you!

Thank you again for your support and all the wonderful memories we have made together. It is my greatest wish that the shop continues to thrive for many more years to come!

Beth



Our best wishes go to Beth in her retirement and to Elizabeth as she takes the shop into the future.  If you are a virtual customer like me, here's the shop website so you can welcome Elizabeth with a purchase.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright May 14, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

An Interview with Patricia Sone

Recently The Curious Cowgirl took a class with Patricia Sone and had such a great time, she asked if she could profile Patricia. And here it is!  There are plenty of photos of Patricia's wonderful  finished pieces and of course a link to her blog (second below).
https://thecuriouscowgirl.com/personalities/patricia-sone-needlepoint-artist-teacher/

http://patriciasone.blogspot.com

There is also a link to the Stitch It, Frame It, Love It series, for which Patricia has done the guides in collaboration with Victoria Whitson.
https://www.victoriawhitson.com/stitch-it-frame-it-love-it/

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

Sunday, May 13, 2018

All Kinds of Knots

Mary Corbet has listed all the knot stitches (both individual knots and lines with knots) that she has tutorials for on her website.  It's a comprehensive list, with big knots, little knots, knots that are standalone and knots that are bumps along a line.  Surely you can find something to add texture to your stitching here! And as a bonus, there are video tutorials for all of them but one.
https://www.needlenthread.com/2018/04/12-knot-stitches-for-embroidery.html

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

Saturday, May 12, 2018

My New Silicone Thimble

My New Silicone Thimbles, One Trimmed Down


Regular Blog readers may remember Mary Corbet's foray into using silicone finger protectors as a thimble.
https://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2018/04/mary-corbet-macgyvers-thimble.html

I thought it was a clever idea and since I'm prone to split skin around my fingertips, I started trying to find local sources for these things.  We don't have cooking stores in my area but we do have several big box craft stores and I got lucky in the glue section of Hobby Lobby.  I found the same silicone finger protectors Mary used marketed as hot glue gun finger protectors.
https://www.hobbylobby.com/Crafts-Hobbies/Basic-Crafts/Glues-Adhesives/Mod-Podge-Hot-Glue-Finger-Caps/p/93942

The package has three of them, two Large and one Medium, for $4.99 plus tax.  I have small hands but the Large fitted my fingers and thumb well.  However, they were too long, so I took my paper scissors and cut half an inch off the bottom of one of the Large finger protectors.  Now it works great!  I've used it a little and find it both light weight and good protection using tiny beading needles.  Their eye ends can be sharp as you push them through something dense but so far, I haven't had a needle sink into the silicone, much less go through all the way and stick me.

It feels good on my fingers and thumbs—it isn't heavy like a metal thimble is--and will help protect any fingers with issues.  I am not certain how good it would feel it I were stitching on a sunny beach with heat, sweat and sand. Perhaps one of Blog's readers will take one for the team and go on a beach vacation with a few packed away for us and report back?

Thanks, Mary!

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© Copyright April 22, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Amber's Needlepoint Tour UPDATED

Thanks to Village Needleworks' mentioning this on Facebook, I have a link to a tour of Amber's house featuring her needlepoint. It's every where and so much fun!
http://www.thefrenchtangerine.com/2018/04/needlepoint-inspiration.html

UPDATE:  The French Tangerine also has a lovely article on a fund-raiser featuring Elizabeth Bradley pillows to be auctioned for charity.
http://www.thefrenchtangerine.com/2018/05/lauritzen-gardens-elizabeth-bradley.html?m=1

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

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Needlepoint Clothing from Paris

Thanks to EGA's Victoria chapter I have a unique clothing site to show you this morning.  The two French women behind the site are experts in costuming and now are making jackets and coats from vintage needlepoint canvases.  There are five different styles in three sizes to choose from.
https://mo-bordeaux.com

Fascinating!

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

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Tanja's Tips: Magni-Clips Magnifiers

Tanja Berlin has a good tip if you are considering buying a pair of clip on magnifiers to wear over your regular glasses:  try a pair of drug store magnifying glasses over your bifocals first to see if they will work with magnifiers.   This also will tell you what magnification to buy.  Tanja sells these if you follow the link, but she's in Canada so the pricing is in Canadian dollars.
https://berlinembroidery.com/blog/back-in-stock-magni-clips-magnifers/

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

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Melita's New Rechargable Clamp On Light

Melita has a new rechargeable clamp on light. Just in case you are in the market for one that you can use with a rechargeable battery, she has photos and Amazon links.
https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2018/04/18/rechargeable-clamp-on-light-and-battery-charger/

Do shop around, though.  Amazon doesn't always have the best price, particularly for needlework items.  Books are often 10 times the price of what you'd pay in a needlework store.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright April 18, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, May 7, 2018

The Deadline Approaches!

The deadline for signing up for classes at the Merrimack Valley Chapter of EGA's Biannual Seminar approaches!  You don't have to be an EGA member to go, although they have priority in class choices, but if you happen to be in Massachusetts the end of July, you should think about attending this fun event.
http://www.newenglandregionega.org/MVC%20Seminar.html

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

In Case You Aren't Confused Enough

In case you are not confused enough today, read Lord Libidan's research into needle sizing.
https://lordlibidan.com/why-are-embroidery-needles-given-random-size-numbers/

Yes, my head hurts too.  Need More Coffee.

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

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Shirlee's Snow White

Shirlee at Needle and Hook is an expert in tambour embroidery, but she's dabbled in other forms of needlework, including needlepoint.  Check out this amazing adaptation of a fairy tale illustration!
http://shirleestuff.blogspot.com/2018/04/still-trying-to-stay-off-facebook-sadly.html

It took her three years.  I am not surprised!
http://shirleestuff.blogspot.com/2010/09/my-stitching-starting-in-1998.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright April 18, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

The Royal Wedding Stitch Along

The Crewel Work Company is sponsoring a royal wedding stitch along, with videos showing Phillipa's progress. I thought with the wedding coming up on May 19th you'd like to see the videos.
https://www.crewelwork.com/blogs/news/royal-wedding-stitch-a-long-watch-the-videos

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

Friday, May 4, 2018

New Sources for Aficots

Kathryn has found a new source for aficots—an eBay seller based in Georgia.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1554542304599729&set=gm.1710086682401816&type=3&theater&ifg=1

As of this writing, windfare-woods (his eBay seller name) has laying tools and one aficot up for auction.
https://www.ebay.com/usr/windfare-woods?_trksid=p2047675.l2559

There's also another Etsy woodworker making aficots, Boxwoodruler.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/609092503/aficot-made-of-beautiful-osage-orange?ref=shop_home_active_1

Ann W-S found aficots available though Lacis.
http://www.lacis.com/catalog/data/AB_EmbroideryMiscTools.html

She also found mention of M and H Handcrafts.
https://vaunessewingroom.blogspot.com/2012/11/a-is-for-aficot.html

Never heard of an aficot?  Here is what Mary Corbet says about them.
https://www.needlenthread.com/2015/03/whats-an-aficot-embroidery-tool.html

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

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Stitchpirations: A Review

Carolyn Hedge Baird very kindly sent me a copy of her latest book, Needlepoint Stitchpirations, for review.  The first thing that struck me is how big this book is--327 pages, spiral bound, with a clear plastic sheet on the front and back for protection and durability.  Interestingly, the book was actually compiled in 2013 but it was so long, Carolyn split off the tiny scale stitches into her Teeny Tiny Needlepoint Stitches book.  The subtitle of this book is "Inspiring Stitches for Inspired Stitchers," and Carolyn quotes stitchers she knows about their needlepoint inspirations throughout the book.  That, combined with Carolyn's occasional black and white clip art illustrations, gives a sociable, fun flavor to the book.

The diagrams in the book are all black and white.  Many are numbered to help you follow the correct stitching path, but not all are.  There are no photographs of the stitches used on a canvas, but Carolyn gives tips as to what threads to use and what sorts of places to use the stitches in some of the brief descriptions that accompany the diagrams.  Generally speaking there are 1-3 stitches diagrammed on each page, usually of a different stitch, although Carolyn does occasionally post variations of a stitch or give you the bare bones of a stitch with suggestions on how to add to the framework to create your own variation.  There are probably over 400 stitches diagrammed in the book.   Carolyn does occasionally insert a blank grid graph for you to diagram your own stitches or a place at the end of a chapter for you to add Notes.  Here is a page I picked at random that shows you what the diagrams are like—


A Peek Inside Stitchpirations


As you can see there's room for you to pencil in notes or sketch a variation of the stitch on the grid.  The book itself is divided into an introduction with thanks to contributors and a bit about Carolyn's books, thirteen chapters, and five indexes.

The chapters are:

Outlining Stitches
4 Way Stitches
Blackwork
Combination Stitches
Inside Out Mosaic Variations
Cross Stitches
Diagonal Stitches
Eyelet Stitches
Laid Fillings
Open Stitches
Painted Pony Angel Wing Stitches
Beading
Favorite Books

The Indexes are:

Stitches Mostly in Alphabetical Order
Stitches with Beads/Sequins
Stitches with 3 Kinds of Thread
Stitches with 4 Kinds of Thread
Stitches with 5 Kinds of Thread

This book is huge, way too large for me to read thoroughly before I review it here.  I wanted to talk about all the chapters, to give you a flavor of what they cover.  "Outlining Stitches" covers the normal outline stitches (stem stitch, wrapped back stitch, etc.) and then talks about stitches useful for thin lines, for covering lines that are two canvas threads wide, and for covering lines that are fatter than two canvas threads wide.  Some of the stitches she recommends are unusual for needlepoint such as Pekinese Stitch.  In "4 Way Stitches" Carolyn describes non-directional stitches that cannot be reversed, but look the same however they are turned.  Carolyn often uses these for backgrounds.  "Blackwork" stitches are an open stitch, nice for backgrounds, light coverage, or over the top of a tent stitch foundation.  Carolyn talks extensively about how to change the inside of a blackwork skeleton to change the look of the finished stitch and provides several such frameworks for you to customize.  "Combination Stitches" are just that, combinations of stitch patterns that make a intricate design.  Carolyn encourages readers to play with thread types here, especially metallics, and to add beads and other embellishments.

"Inside Out Mosiac Variations" is a short quirky chapter that shows how to use inverted mosaic stitches to create lovely lace-like patterns using a framework of the inverted mosaic.  "Cross Stitches" covers stitches that are made from crossed stitches, some of which are dense, some of which are not.  There are a lot of stitches I've not seen before in this chapter.  Carolyn urges folks to remember to make sure their crosses are always crossed in the same direction on their canvas EXCEPT if you are doing two sides of a coat (for example).  Having the top stitch be / instead of \ on one side of the coat gives additional interest to the stitching—something I'd never thought of!  "Diagonal Stitches" are not Carolyn's first choice for a background, but she loves them for rounded items, clothing and butterfly wings—anything on your canvas where you need a mirror image.  Carolyn diagrams mirror images in at least a third of the stitches in this chapter, which is useful if you can't easily rotate stitches in your head.  "Eyelet Stitches" is another short chapter with some very pretty eyelet stitches diagrammed and tips on how to make your eyelets look good.

 "Laid Fillings" covers all sorts of laid and couched stitches.  It's not as thorough as Jean Taggart's Laid Fillings for Evenweave Canvas, by any means, but Jean's book is out of print.  Carolyn gives a nice overview of laid stitches of various types, though.  "Open Stitches" covers a variety of open stitches that will allow the intricate shading of your canvas to show through, creating depth.  If you have ever considered covering an entire canvas with just one stitch, this chapter has quite a few different stitches that would be lovely used in this way, although Carolyn likes to use them for shaded backgrounds like skies.

"Painted Pony Angel Wing Stitches" is subtitled "Or Areas Painted With Close Dots."  It's a small chapter but an interesting one.  If you are familiar with the Painted Pony angels, you know that many of the wings have little regular polka dots on them.  Carolyn has diagrammed close regular polka dots and then come up with a variety of stitches to put between the dots to create amazing patterns.  Amazing!  If you aren't familiar with the angels, here is a selection, courtesy of Nimble Needle in New Jersey.
https://thenimbleneedle.blogspot.com/2012/11/painted-pony-angels.html

"Beading" covers supplies from needles to hemostats and even defines Bead Soup.  Once you have a bit of orientation, Carolyn talks at length about various ways to add beads to canvas, from tent stitching to basketweave beading to stacking beads and making beaded fringe.  If you are looking for help with beading, I think Carolyn's chapter is very good.  It covers most of the ways to add beads to needlepoint canvas.  It's a fun chapter, full of ideas.  The final chapter, "Favorite Books," is a one page list of books Carolyn uses constantly and loves.  If you want to fill out your needlepoint reference library, this is a good place to find titles you might not know.

The Indexes help organize all the stitches in the chapters in various ways.  Besides the normal alphabetical index of stitch names, you can find stitches that use beads and/or sequins, plus you can find stitches that use 3 kinds of threads, 4 kinds of threads or 5 kinds of threads.  This is a unique way of thinking of stitches.  I asked Carolyn about it and she told me her students love mixing thread types in stitches, so this seemed a natural way to look at the stitches in this book.  It's not something that is emphasized in many books--Gone Stitching's Got Stitches? is the only book about multi-layered stitches I know of--so it's a valuable resource when you are trying to broaden your mind when it comes to complicated stitches.  I don't use multiple threads in compound stitches much, and it is something I should play with.  I'll be able to do that with this book, especially since occasionally Carolyn recommends thread types to use with a particular stitch.

So should you buy this book?  If you are a beginner, you don't need this yet.  If you don't do painted canvases, it really isn't going to be much help. If you are a tent stitch person you'll find this an eye-opener, but it won't be a Must Read because of your stitching preferences.  But, if all you stitch are painted canvases that you embellish, and you are constantly running out of ideas, this is a great book to read and re-read.  It is not a rehash of Carolyn's earlier books, but a wildly inventive teacher's look at unique and interesting stitches.  I am going to have great fun reading and re-reading this, learning from Carolyn and adapting her ideas to my stitching style.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright April 30, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

An Ode to the Mosaic Stitch

Needlepoint for Fun's newsletter is all about the Mosaic Stitch, a versatile small stitch that works nearly anywhere.
http://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/the-mosaic-stitch-in-needleoint-and-different-ways-to-use-it.htm

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

Men Doing Needlework

This little article is about a guy who learned to cross stitch and what it taught him about himself.  I'm dedicating it to all the guys who do needlework, for all kinds of reasons.  Try something new and learn something new not only about the needlework, but yourself.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cross-stitching-new-hobby_us_5a8dd2a8e4b077f5bfea840a

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

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Elsie the Elephant: A Summer Mystery

Ruth Schmuff has just announced her Summer Mystery Class at Bedecked and Beadazzled—Elsie the Elephant from Kimberly.  It's a light-hearted and pretty canvas, and I bet the lessons are just the same.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/04/elsie-the-elephant/

https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/04/elsie-the-elephant-2/

The actual class is in June but sign up now so enough canvases can be painted.  You can of course do this long distance.  Once Ruth starts posting progress photos after each lesson, I'll update this article.

UPDATE:  We have an elephant!
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/06/elsies-in-the-house/?mc_cid=1d1926d7cc&mc_eid=60242fbe68&cn-reloaded=1

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

Monday, April 30, 2018

Day of the Dead Notebook Cover

Bobbin and Fred is making a notebook cover from plastic canvas. It's really pretty.
https://sewingwithbobbinandfred.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/flapping-about-plastic-canvas-book.html#more

https://sewingwithbobbinandfred.blogspot.com/2018/04/its-finish-day-of-dead-tapestry.html

This isn't really a tutorial although an adventuresome stitcher could probably experiment on their own and come up with a nice book cover of their own.

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

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Anna Continues to Experiment

Anna Pearson is continuing to experiment with her needlepoint designs,  trying lighter coverage after experimenting with skipping rows, incorporating the color of the canvas into the design, etc.
https://anna-pearson-needlepoint.blogspot.com/2018/04/an-exciting-new-look-at-needlepoint.html

You can explore Anna's designs on her website.
http://www.needle-point.co.uk/canvasses.htm

The book Anna mentions, her Complete Needlepoint Course, is a really good one for learning traditional needlepoint.  It can be hard to find, but New Needlepoint has a copy in excellent condition.
http://www.newneedlepoint.com/new-needlepoint-reference-books/the_complete_needlepoint_course_by_anna_pearson.html

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

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Pat Thompson Talks Starting and Ending Threads

Hillside Needlepoint's newsletter has a great section by Pat Thompson on various ways to start and end your threads.  Useful stuff and good diagrams, too.
http://web-extract.constantcontact.com/v1/social_annotation?permalink_uri=2uzFLla&image_url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.constantcontact.com%2Fa5ce4852701%2Ff9a447b4-ac46-4f7a-86f5-cc1117719487.png

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

Friday, April 27, 2018

Fiber Talk Interviews Nancy Lukoskie

I finally had time to listen to the Fiber Talk interview with Nancy Lukoskie of Fancywork Finishing, a company that specializes in ecclesiastical design and finishing.  Fancywork Finishing works with churches from the design phase to the finishing phase of their ecclesiastical pieces and helps them clean and restore older cushions, hangings and other pieces that need a little repair or cleaning.  Nancy is an expert at restoration, blocking, finishing and design and she's looking for an apprentice.  The things she says about blocking are a revelation!
http://wetalkfiber.com/2018/03/18/fiber-talk-with-nancy-lukoski/

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

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Ripping Tips from Amy

The April 2018 issue of Amy Bunger's shop newsletter is out. Besides the fun new items in the shop, a book review and lots of new stitch guides, Amy has a section on tips to help you when you have to rip out stitches. It's quite useful!
http://www.amysgoldenstrand.com/uploads/7/2/3/6/72364657/0418.pdf

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

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Luv2Stitch Profiles Rhonda

Luv 2 Stitch has been working on their shop website and I noticed they added a profile of their shop manager, Rhonda Pellegrini.  It's a nice way to meet the faces behind the counter.
https://luv2stitch.com/about-our-needlepoint-store/

Have fun exploring their website, particularly if you aren't close enough to San Mateo, California to visit.  I'm enjoying their gallery of finished pieces right now.
https://luv2stitch.com/needlepoint-showcase/

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

Meet KC Needlepoint

The local online newspaper has profiled the owners of KC Needlepoint. I thought you'd like to learn more about them and see the shop.
http://www.spaceskc.com/design/five-questions-with-polly-kramer-and-carol-crowe-37110/

For more information and some browsing fun, visit their website.
https://www.kcneedlepoint.com

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

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Danji and Janet Collaborate

Looks like Danji Designs is starting to make Janet Zigler Casey's famous Santa heads available as painted canvases with Janet's stitch guide!
http://www.theneedleworks.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=14487&osCsid=ol8vogsg5vo9trnk9i1u391cr3

Here are the available designs.
http://www.danjidesigns.com/JanetCasey/index.htm

Want to see how they look stitched?  Here is Janet's website.  Hopefully more of Janet's work will be available as painted designs with guides shortly.
http://www.jzcdesigns.com/christmas.htm

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

Monday, April 23, 2018

Breaking News: Under the Rainbow Has a New Owner

Barbara's Needlepoint just announced they purchased the Under the Rainbow line from Jane Monroe, who wanted to retire.  Fans of the Under the Rainbow designs can now order by calling Barbara's Needlepoint in South Dakota or by contacting them through their Facebook page.  (The shop doesn't have a website.)
https://www.facebook.com/107558659287177/photos/a.629766710399700.1073741860.107558659287177/1861204477255911/?type=3&theater

We wish Jane a happy retirement and Under the Rainbow Needlepoint Designs a long life!

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 and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 22, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Mystery Solved!

The Spinster Sister found her magnets (used to hold her chart in position as she stitched) making marks on her linen as she stitched!  She calls this "magnet poop."
https://spinsterstitcher.blogspot.com/2018/03/a-little-bit-of-stitching-and-some.html

Turns out it wasn't the magnets making the marks at all.   (WHEW!)  It was the ink on the xerox of the chart rubbing off.  The Spinster Stitcher makes a copy of the pertinent part of a chart she's doing and clips the copy to her work with magnets.
https://spinsterstitcher.blogspot.com/2018/03/mystery-solved.html

You can use plastic sheet protectors from office supply stores to keep this from happening to you.
https://www.officedepot.com/a/browse/sheet-protectors/N=5+2310/

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© Copyright March 30, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Mary Corbet MacGyvers a Thimble

Mary Corbet put her Mad Scientist gear on and made herself a fabulous new thimble!
https://www.needlenthread.com/2018/03/my-thimble-substitute-it-works.html

These appear to be similar to what Mary used if you prefer not to patronize Amazon.
http://www.joann.com/finger-protectors/12536330.html

Thanks for the tip, Mary.

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

Saturday, April 21, 2018

A Very Special Present

Sue Dulle's been stitching Raymond Crawford's classic Mr. & Mrs. canvas. Her description of all the work she put into it is interesting, plus she gives some beading tips you might find helpful.  Note the special touch of a brass plaque on the frame.   It might have taken Sue months, but it is fabulous!
https://sudukc.wordpress.com/2018/03/30/mr-mrs-canvas-designed-by-raymond-crawford/

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© Copyright March 30, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Needlepoint Stitchpirations UPDATED AGAIN

Needlepoint Stitchpirations, from Carolyn Hedge Baird

Carolyn Hedge Baird has a new book coming out today!  It's called Needlepoint Stitchpirations. The photo above shows the cover.  Neat, huh?   It is a pretty big book, nearly 400 pages, and spiral bound.

Here is the Table of Contents. What really caught my eye was the chapters that cover stitches that use multiple kinds of threads.  This is unique as far as I know.   Many authors will mention in passing that you can mix thread types with this stitch or that, but none really classify stitches this way like Carolyn does.  I asked her about this when she sent me the photos and she says, "My students love to use lots of different threads in one stitch (as well as lots of different ribbons on their finishing) and I do, too! So we do lots of those more complicated and layered stitches in class. The stitches in the new book are more complicated."


The Contents

Good to know, Carolyn!  Anyone who wants to explore more complex stitches or who wants something a little different for their stitch reference library will want to check this out.  Your favorite needlepoint shop can order this for you, or you can ask Chaparral, where Carolyn teaches, to get you a copy.
http://ndlpt.com

UPDATE:  Sara Leigh points out Tony Minieri is the master of layered stitches using multiple thread types in his "Stars for a New Millennium" chart.   He is definitely king of this, but I think we might nominate Carolyn as queen.  Anyone have any more royalty nominations for those great at using multiple thread types in one stitch?
http://store.apneedlearts.com/stofnewmi.html

UPDATE #2:  Here is what Homestead Needle Arts says about the newest book from Carolyn.
https://mailchi.mp/9a32fef775fa/needlepoint-stitchpirations-by-carolyn-hedge-baird-new-new-new?e=810b807e3a

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