Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Because It Is Halloween Today

Because it is Halloween today, I have a second treat—Sheena's Batwing Stitch AND Tess's Halloween display.  
https://www.sheenasstitches.com/a-halloween-extravaganza/

Better than spooky and tastier than all that candy, right?  LOL

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

Glow in the Dark Halloween Sky

Kreinik has a fun article (with video) talking about their glow in the dark threads used in a Halloween night sky.  Happy Halloween!
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2018/08/how-to-stitch-night-sky.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 29,2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Cooper the Copper Dog (Cooper Oaks)

Cooper the Copper Dog is a book (available in either hardback or paperback) with artwork by Susan Wallace Barns.  Why does the name Susan Wallace Barns ring a bell in your memory?
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10217877266549772&set=gm.1871621392915010&type=3&theater&ifg=1

Because she is the artist behind Cooper Oaks and the illustrations are her needlepoint canvases!  Plus the author owns Cooper Oaks.  You can find this online or in your favorite bookstore in the Juvenile Section.

Many thanks to Mark Young of Labors of Love for the heads up!

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

Monday, October 29, 2018

Velcro Your Stretcher Bars

Trish Burr has a nice tutorial on her website on how to use stretcher bars and double-sided tape to attach fabric to the bars before stitching.  
https://trishburr.com/2018/09/10/stretcher-frames/

I am not sure that needlepoint canvas will be held by double-sided tape but stick on Velcro will probably work, plus And More sells their own brand of Velcro that works the same way.

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

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Speaking of Floss

Brenda explains why doubling your thread in the needle works so well.  Of course you probably don't want to do this if you are using an overdyed thread.
https://brendasneedlepointstudio.blogspot.com/2018/09/threading-needle-91318.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 13, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Don't Forget to Floss UPDATED

Linda at Split the Needle has posted her finished rabbit piece from Melissa Prince.  I'm pretty sure by "floss" for the whiskers she means dental floss.  Who knew?!
http://splittheneedles.blogspot.com/2018/09/white-rabbit.html

Whoops!  It was one ply of DMC cotton floss!  Thanks, Linda.
https://splittheneedles.blogspot.com/2018/10/how-i-spent-my-weekend.html

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

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Another Needlepoint Spotted in the Wild

Maryellen made a great find at Walt Disney World in Florida—
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1118427468305326&set=gm.1899747340102415&type=3&theater&ifg=1

This needlepoint purse (labeled a suitcase in the case) was stitched by Grace Coolidge and is on loan to the Hall of Presidents.

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

Friday, October 26, 2018

Wrestling The Old Crow

Just in case you think professional stitchers don't have any problems stitching a painted canvas, here's Suzie Vallerie working away at Melissa Prince's "Old Crow."  She's had to rip out, use stitches she hates and more!  Just like the rest of us.  I've always liked this design and although I would not stitch it this way, it's going to be lovely.
http://astheneedleturns.com/its-been-too-long/

For other admirers of this canvas, Janeann Sleeman has also written a guide for this canvas.  Suzie's version above will be available as a guide shortly, once she wrestles all those pumpkins to the ground!
https://www.facebook.com/341998565857547/photos/a.483193291738073.108396.341998565857547/1748087868581936/?type=3&theater

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

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Lord Libidan Talks Needles

Kreinik noticed this article by the cross stitch site Lord Libidan and drew our attention to it on Facebook.  Lord Libidan does cross stitch so everything he says isn't pertinent to us needlepointers, but I think ditching a needle when you finish a project is a smart move.
https://lordlibidan.com/time-to-ditch-that-old-cross-stitch-needle/

Don't miss the related articles at the bottom of the page:  how to properly store needles and the history of the cross stitch needle.

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

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

All About The Tent Stitch

Peggy at Needle Paint has written a good tutorial about the tent stitch family, with diagrams and photos of how continental, half cross and basketweave look on the back side, which helps you understand why some of the tent stitch family is good for upholstery, why half cross works best when you are running out of thread, etc.  There's even a little guide to how much thread of various types to use for good coverage in tent stitches.
https://www.needlepaint.com/blog/2018/08/28/the-tent-stitch-when-where-and-why/

Thanks, Peggy!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 29, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Tiny Decisions

Elizabeth overheard some cross stitchers talking about using the Tiny Decisions app to help them pick their next project and is testing it.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/1898090270268122/

If you rotate projects and have trouble deciding which one to work next, this might be of interest to you.  The Tiny Decisions app is available for Apple devices but not Android, although there appear to be many similar ones available on both systems.

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

Monday, October 22, 2018

Redoing a Footstool

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

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

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

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

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Patricia Sone Has a Website

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

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

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

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Hiroshima Needles From Tulip



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


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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UPDATE:  Amy Bunger has done a review of Tulip needles in her January 2019 newsletter.
https://www.amysgoldenstrand.com/uploads/7/2/3/6/72364657/0219.pdf

UPDATE #2:  So has Needlepoint.com.
https://needlepoint.com/blogs/needlepoint-know-how/have-you-worked-with-tulip-needles?goal=0_6eed0b10d5-50add2f9af-579725333&mc_cid=50add2f9af&mc_eid=3a360cb48b

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright June 15, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, October 19, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy podcasting!

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.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Rainbow Gallery on TV!

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

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.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Monster Scissors UPDATED

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

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

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

Thanks, SL!

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

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

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

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Antioch Mosaic UPDATED

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

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

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

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

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 14, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, October 15, 2018

The Halloween Mystery 2018

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

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

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

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 4, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Breaking News: Lycette Palm Beach is Open

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

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

Magic Thread Trick (the Video)

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

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

Saturday, October 13, 2018

2018 Exemplary Ribbon Winners Online

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

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

Friday, October 12, 2018

For the Tea Lovers Among Us

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

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

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

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Gay Ann Roger's E-Week Sale Begins UPDATE

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

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

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

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

How to Finish a Yarmulke

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

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

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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

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

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

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

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


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

A Sneak Peak At Genius

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Kimberly's Needlepoint and Art on Exhibit

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

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

Monday, October 8, 2018

The Smart Cookie Award Goes to Pat!

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

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

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

Thanks, Pat!

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

Sunday, October 7, 2018

A Tour of Louise's Needlework

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

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

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

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Twisted Stitches Needlepoint Has Website Now

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

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

Friday, October 5, 2018

Lycette Interviews Betty

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

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

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Fun with Ruth

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

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

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

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

A Review of Needlepoint.com's Cyber Classes

Sheena's weekly posting is fun as usual, but she has included a review of one of the cyber classes that Needlepoint.com offers.  I thought folks wondering what their classes are about would like to read that.
http://www.sheenasstitches.com/a-celebratory-week/

Here is the shop's website. Click on "Learn" at the top of the page and then explore.
https://needlepoint.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright July 2, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Breaking News: Discontinued Kreinik Color

Kreinik has just announced that they are not going to be able to produce their holographic "Berry Red" 031L any longer.  The article lists substitutes, although none will come close to the shine of the holographic red.
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2018/10/farewell-to-this-kreinik-color.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 2, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Best Stitches for Stems and Branches UPDATED

If you have a canvas with tree branches or plants on it or are even stitching coral or underwater plants, you'll want to read Mary Corbet's article on ten embroidery stitches she uses for plant stems and branches.  She talks about stem stitch, outline stitch, split stitch, back stitch, chain stitch and twisted chain, fly stitch, feather stitch, button hole stitch variation, and wheat ear stitch—all stitches she uses again and again to embroider vegetation.  The only thing I'll add is that Mary works on fabrics like linen and aida.  Since we are needlepointers, we may need to use a sharp needle to pierce the threads of needlepoint canvas to successfully work some of these stitches.
https://www.needlenthread.com/2018/08/10-hand-embroidery-stitches-for-stems-branches.html

UPDATE:  Stephanie posted this morning about progress on one of her Ewe and Eye canvases, including a great tree stitch from Amy Bunger using silk ribbon.
http://stephsstitching.blogspot.com/2018/10/planting-trees-at-white-farm.html

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

Monday, October 1, 2018

What I Want on My Christmas Tree This Year

Those who love 17th Century reproduction embroidery already know Rachel Kinnison's name. She makes and sells all sorts of stumpwork pieces as well as beautiful decorated frames.  She also creates a special Christmas kit each year.  This year's is my personal favorite, a tiny music box in the shape of a 17th Century stumpwork casket!   You can read a bit about it here and see it in the video Rachel made.
https://ladysrepositorymuseum.blogspot.com/2018/08/available-now-for-preorder_6.html

Here's another look, with emphasis on the "flirty eyes."
https://ladysrepositorymuseum.blogspot.com/2018/08/flirty-eyes.html

For more details and to pre-order, visit Rachel's website.  Remember, all proceeds go to help support the Lady's Repository Museum, which specializes in early American fashion, particular children's clothing.
https://diamondkfolkart.blogspot.com/p/2018-lt-edition-ornament-kit-peaceful.html

By the way, Rachel will be teaching two beaded stumpwork classes this year.  Isn't that dog darling?!
https://ladysrepositorymuseum.blogspot.com/2018/08/new-2019-classes.html

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