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.

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

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

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.

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/

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

UPDATE #2:  And he's got a mask and great feet and much more!
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/10/hes-a-fisher-bird/?mc_cid=57cdf0836d&mc_eid=c05eb4bd3b

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

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.

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

UPDATE:  Here she is framed.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2018/12/shes-home/?mc_cid=a0ccf32601&mc_eid=60242fbe68

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/

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

UPDATE #2:
Melita's local ANG chapter has also stitched for the group.
https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2018/10/07/hearts-for-hospice/

https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2018/10/29/red-heart-red-eyelet-heart-for-hospice/

https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2018/11/09/planet-earth-bargello-heart/

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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
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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.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Victorian Needlepoint for Sale

Susan of SJ Designs has a lovely Victorian needlepoint for sale that illustrates the use of penelope canvas and overstitching to create realistic faces.  Click on the thumbnail photos to study this beauty.
http://sj-designs.net/product/c1860-needlepoint-tapestry-in-the-medieval-style-45-x-46/

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

Sunday, August 5, 2018

How to Create Beaded Fringe

Louise's Needlepoint's June newsletter has a nice tutorial with lots of photos on how to create beaded fringe on painted canvases. 
https://media.rainpos.com/530/june_2018_news_blast.pdf

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright June 9, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Details Make the Bag (or Belt)

Horse County Chic was at Chuck Pinnell's store recently and shows off photos of the purses and belts he makes.  I didn't realize his purses had bumper feet to protect them and I've never seen the rolled leather edge he gave to one of his belts.  Check out the oval needlepoint inserts on other belts.  That's also new to me.  This is the best belt and purse maker around!
https://horsecountrychic.blogspot.com/2018/07/attention-to-detail.html

If you want to see more, browse the Pinnell Custom Leather website.  You'll pay a lot for these but they will last and last and are beautiful to boot.
http://www.pinnellcustomleather.com

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

Friday, August 3, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Fireside Stitching is Moving

Fireside Stitching is moving!  Betsy posted this to Facebook's Needlepoint Nation today.

"After almost 20 years at our current location, Fireside Stitchery is moving our shop a little east to 179 Lancaster Avenue, Malvern, PA 19355. The shopping center where we were located is going up for Sheriff's sale, so we are being pro-active, and moving in case they decide to come in with a wrecking ball. The shop will be closed 8/2/2018 through 8/14/2018*. We are still accepting on-line orders. For those of you who come to visit the Philadelphia area, be sure to check our new home. We are only moving about a mile and 1/2 half. My commute has now gone from 3 minutes to 5 minutes. The store is a little larger than the current location, more threads??? Verizon has been playing roulette with our phone system, so if you are trying to call us, please be patient.  For all of my Saturday morning ladies, I will not know what to do with myself tomorrow morning, no class. I will see you in our new location next Saturday.  I look forward to seeing everyone in our new shop."

In case you don't have Fireside's website bookmarked, here is the URL.
http://firesidestitchery.com

*Fireside has updated the days they will be closed but you can call in orders starting August 7.  The shop reopens at the new location on August 15.

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

Showcasing the Four Seasons

Luv 2 Stitch shows off a customer's four designs from Shorebird Studio, stitched with guidance from Susan Portra and framing from Dark Horse Framing.  The canvases are beautifully done by all involved.
https://luv2stitch.com/the-four-seasons-by-penny-chu/

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.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Stitched from the Soul Exhibit

A local online news service has profiled the Nave Museum's current exhibit which is about needlepoint.  The exhibit ends August 12, so if you are in the Victoria, Texas area, make sure you stop by.
https://www.facebook.com/southbridgestreetlive/videos/1009775169183321/?fref=gs&dti=108537025890131&hc_location=group

The exhibit is sponsored by Past Times Needlepoint.  If you fall in love with something or have questions, please contact Mary Ann at the shop.
https://www.pasttimesneedlepoint.com

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

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Breaking News: NTA Spring Show in Orlando in 2019

NTA (Needlepoint Trade Association) has announced their first Spring show, which will be held March 30 through April 1, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. Already shops and designers are planning to attend.  This is a wholesale show, though.  So it's not open to the public.
http://astheneedleturns.com/august-newsletter-2/

If you are a needlepoint professional, you can join NTA's Facebook group.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointTradeAssn/

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

Jan's Metalforms Journey

Jan at the Stitchlady's Adventures blog has been working the Jeff Kulick project from Needle Pointers magazine called "Metalforms" with a group from her local ANG chapter.  Jan is using her own colors, which makes this project especially interesting.
https://stitchlady.wordpress.com/2018/02/20/metalforms/

https://stitchlady.wordpress.com/2018/03/01/going-on-the-road/

https://stitchlady.wordpress.com/2018/03/18/metalforms-update/

The instructions have been a challenge.
https://stitchlady.wordpress.com/2018/04/02/metalforms-project/

She's adjusting colors as she goes.
https://stitchlady.wordpress.com/2018/04/05/more-metalforms/

https://stitchlady.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/metalforms-2/

https://stitchlady.wordpress.com/2018/04/17/metalforms-testing-my-brain/

https://stitchlady.wordpress.com/2018/05/29/metalforms-update-2/

https://stitchlady.wordpress.com/2018/06/07/metalforms-done-almost/

It's finished and the Southwestern colors are magnificent!
https://stitchlady.wordpress.com/2018/07/27/metalforms-complete‼%EF%B8%8F‼%EF%B8%8F👏👏/


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Melita is stitching Metalfroms, too!
https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2017/10/24/metalforms-part-1-border/

https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2018/01/08/metalforms-part-1/

https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2018/01/22/metalforms-part-2/

https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2018/01/29/metalforms-part-3/

https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2018/03/29/metalforms-part-4/

https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2018/06/10/metalforms-part-5/

I hope you enjoyed watching Metalforms grow as much as I have.

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