Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Finish Small Ornaments with Hoops

If you want to try finishing small round ornaments yourself, NeedlePaint has a nice tutorial on their blog about finishing their Twelve Days of Christmas designs into small hoops.
https://www.needlepaint.com/blog/2019/06/27/hoop-them-up-needlepaints-diy-christmas-ornaments/

Karen advises you to buy all your hoops at the same time from the same manufacturer.
https://www.needlepaint.com/blog/2019/08/05/thinking-of-christmas/

Joann's Fabrics carries three inch wooden embroidery hoops.
https://www.joann.com/wood-hoop-3in/1043868.html

Michael's has colorful plastic four inch embroidery hoops.
https://www.michaels.com/susan-bates-hoop-la-embroidery-hoop-4in/10337140.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright June 27, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Breaking News: Luna and Prisms Available from Brenda Stofft

Brenda Stofft just announced on her Facebook page that she now distributes Prisms and Luna.
https://www.facebook.com/BrendaStofftDesigns/

Shops can contact her to order.  Prisms is a thin iridescent thread that looks like strips of cut saran wrap.  It makes great windows or ice.  Prisms used to come in various colors but I think now only the white with pink and green sparkles is the only color.

Lume' is a thread I'm unfamiliar with.  Sorry.  We will  have to wait and see if something appears on the Brenda Stofft Design website.

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© Copyright August 20, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

New Historical Charts from the Victorian Period

SJ Designs has re-issued an updated and enlarged version of their Berlin woolwork chart books and…
https://sj-designs.net/product/victorian-berlinwork-pattern-plates/?fbclid=IwAR3pgTO7vVXsmu15iMC75cdRLCMYBO5w9ivPE0eK7VUuTn_2UZZ3KbYBObc

…has a new chart booklet out on 1870 Victorian "oriental" rug designs.
https://sj-designs.net/product/victorian-charted-tapestry-patterns-from-1870/?fbclid=IwAR0It-ZZJEAhAW3IRIopxJ7n07xsMv6Qw8A9MMUppE6YA3OBqSk6Gwm_fjc

If you like historic interiors and love charted canvaswork, you'll want to check these out.  (Also available via Amazon, just follow the links.)

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© Copyright June 27, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Using Planet Earth Boxes to Store Cords and Chargers

After yesterday's posting about Apple watch bands, I thought today I'd link to Karen's posting about various boxes that can be used to corral all those computer cords and chargers we have hanging around our desks.
https://nimbleneedlenj.com/cord-control/

These would make fabulous Christmas gifts for the techie in your life!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright Jun 23, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

BREAKING NEWS: Joyce Lukomski Has Died

The National Academy of Needle Arts just announced the death of Joyce Lukomski. She was the founder and first editor of Needlepoint Now magazine and a force in the world of needlepoint. She was charming, energetic and she brought us all much joy. She'll be greatly missed.
https://www.facebook.com/118153386709/photos/a.369271916709/10156083691466710/?type=3&theater

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© Copyright August 18, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Apple Watch Bands and Hardware from Point2Pointe

Point2Pointe's watch bands for the Apple watch are ready, sized to fit the watch sizes. They come with the connectors and buckle needed.  Many designs are available to stitch.
https://yarntree.typepad.com/needlework_news/2019/06/apple-watch-bands.html

https://www.point2pointe.net/painted-canvases/apple-watch-bands/

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© Copyright June 22, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Breaking News: Lea Wait Has Died

I heard this morning that the mystery author (known to us as the author of the Mainely Needlepoint series, although she wrote many more books), has died.  She was a trail blazer in many ways.
https://sincne.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=2507&club_id=338034&item_id=2026&pst=9252&fbclid=IwAR0ZAQwypUhZ2HLdXS7OBxgDY-XT368KvEkArYhDWeDgwNrI-WXDDmPVuLE

One of her fans thinks a new Mainely Needlepoint book is due out in October 2019.  Let's hope so and remember her fondly.

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© Copyright August 17, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

A Master Class on Couching

Kreinik just posted a wonderful video of Jill Rigoli of Danji Designs explaining various ways to couch using Kreinik threads:  metallics, Facets, and chenille.  Jill even shows you have to couch with beads.  It's an easy way to create a solid line on your canvas with little effort.
https://www.facebook.com/Kreinik.Manufacturing.Company/videos/309156673099885/

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© Copyright May 8m 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, August 16, 2019

The Ort Box With A Zipper Bottom UPDATED

Pocket Full of Stitches just posted a unique piece of finishing—an ort box that has a zipper in the bottom.  Zip it up and you can use the open top box to hold oats, scissors, etc. Unzip the zipper and you can fold the box flat for storage or travel. Neat!
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2019/05/more-and-melissa-shirley.htmlATED

UPDATE:  Knotted Needle in Michigan has three of the ort box canvases in stock.  I'm told these are designs from And More, too.
https://www.knottedneedle.com/module/search_content.htm?form_version=2&showSearchResults=1&search_keyword=ort&image=Search&fbclid=IwAR1iVkSsJHJfgXlVXZV9zZNP6bCe49ppPtsUiAtPUwiLgFPylpuedyBX2uk

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© Copyright May 1, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Witch Shoe Collage: A Halloween Mystery Class

Ruth Schmuff has announced the fall mystery class at Bedecked and Beadazzled: Her Witch Shoe Collage!
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2019/08/did-someone-say-halloween/

As always, I'll update this article with links to Ruth's class progress once the class starts September 8, 2019.

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© Copyright August 13, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

An Interview with Toni of Whimsy and Grace

Kreinik has posted another short video, this time interviewing Toni Randall of Whimsy and Grace.
https://www.facebook.com/Kreinik.Manufacturing.Company/videos/313772449319410/

Toni's motto is "Needlepoint Soothes the Soul."  When you browse her website you'll see what she means.
https://www.whimsyandgrace.com

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© Copyright April 29, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A Very Special Thread Waxer

I just stumbled across a very special thread waxer on A Thread And A Thought's website.
https://a-thread-a-thought-ltd.myshopify.com/products/ceramic-heart-thread-waxer

The website is the brainchild of Jenny Adin-Christie, former tudor at the Royal School of Embroidery.  It's a new venture so only one kit is available right now, for her Gawthorpe Needlecase. The ceramic heart waxer is meant to be inserted in the Needlecase.  I think the Wordsworth Harp needle case is still being taught so a kit isn't available right now.  She is an amazing artist with a very inventive mind and a taste for pieces that echo history.  Have fun browsing!
https://www.needlenthread.com/2018/04/unique-and-beautiful-harp-needle-case-by-jenny-adin-christie.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright June 16, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, August 12, 2019

An Interview with Joanna Somers of Plum Stitchery

Fiber Talk's latest interview is with Joanna Somers, whom we needlepointers know as Plum Stitchery.  There are three other interviews with Joanna mentioned on Blog, but hearing someone talk is special.  Enjoy!
https://wetalkfiber.com/2019/06/16/fiber-talk-with-joanna-somers/

Don't forgot to follow the link to the Plum Stitchery website.

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© Copyright June 16, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

An Interview with Pip and Roo

Jinny Barney has interviewed Tarra from Pip and Roo!  It's fascinating to learn she stitches her designs from black and white drawings and adds the colors in the stitching, for example.
http://stitchstyleblog.com/2019/06/meet-tarra-pip-roo/

You can visit Tarra's work on her Pip and Roo website.
https://www.pipandroo.com/shop

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© Copyright June 15, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

More Recycling Storage Tips

Remember how Mary Corbet repurposes plastic Q-tip boxes as storage for those Tulip needle glass vials?
https://www.needlenthread.com/2019/01/got-tulip-needles-or-bead-tubes-organizational-tip.html

Sheena has discovered plastic chewing gum boxes that are even taller, and work well for Kreinik spools and tubes of beads.
https://www.sheenasstitches.com/fun-borders/

It's fun to be able to reuse items that are meant as throwaways for travel as organization tools at home.

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© Copyright June 13, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Haylo Emergency Power LED Light Bulbs

Do you have lots of power outages? Do you go places with lots of power outages (or just dim lighting)? Then you'll be interested in the Haylo Emergency Power LED Light Bulbs that Pat Correz told me about in June. (Hint: When Pat says something is useful, immediately get it. Pat knows her stuff Big Time.)
https://www.boundery.com/collections/featured-products/products/emergency-power-led-light-bulb

These bulbs have a lithium battery backup circuit.  They work in regular lights as long as there is a single on/off switch.  (They won't work in ceiling fans with multiple bulbs and aren't dimmable. It's likely that if your lamp is on a wall switch instead of your turning it on with the lamp's switch they won't work, either.)  They take 6-8 hours to fully charge, but also function as a regular light bulb.  So you can turn on your lamp and leave it on to charge when you first install one of these bulbs.  They are quite expensive but you get a discount for buying multiple bulbs.  I don't know how long they will last but generally LED bulbs are very long lasting.

When the power goes out, just turn on the lamp with this special bulb and it will burn for 3-4 hours.  They have to recharge after that but once the power's back you can use them as a regular bulb as they recharge.  The bulbs come with a plastic cap that goes over the socket base so you can carry it in hand to use like a flash light.  This cap has a built in hook so you can hang it to use as a light source.  Some folks say the plastic cap is rather cheap looking but works well.

Here's a video.  There are other brands available, but this is the one Pat uses and recommends.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9P2qGZE6Rs

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© Copyright June 12, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

What Size Is My Needle?

Someone in Facebook's Needlepoint Nation asked how to tell what size their needles are if they are no longer in the packaging. Here's a nice chart, courtesy of John James.
https://www.jjneedles.com/images/downloads/JJ-Needles-Types-and-Sizes-Guide.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0yHeyOk01ko8kjQ3WC5DJRk1lMGmin3_1eFD5S75auUCPe_qvIz-bsaXM

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© Copyright June 12, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Learn A Beaded Stem Stitch

Many stitches can be done with beads as BeStitched proves in this video that demonstrates doing stem stitch with beads.
https://vimeo.com/236132896?inf_contact_key=b3338fff28f3ccc6a4872b313ab7a7dc

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© Copyright June 11, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Using a Laying Tool: The Video

Needlepoint.com has posted a short video about how to use a laying tool. If you learn best by watching, this is for you!
https://youtu.be/DHjlZ1idePU

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Monday, August 5, 2019

A Great (and Unusual) Needle Minder

Doris wins the Smart Cookie Award for August with this repurposing of a Nite Ize magnetic LED Marker into a needle minder.  Doris found it at Eddie Bauer.  It clips onto fabric (or your canvas) and is held with a magnet.  It has a light as well.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10214470594578545&set=p.10214470594578545&type=3&theater

Doris has a dog that will eat anything dropped on the floor so she is worried about a bottom magnet falling off a pair of needle minders.  This solves the problem very nicely!

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© Copyright August 4, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Needlepoint In Lizzie's House

I'm glad I spotted some needlepoint pillows in this feed by a Fall River, Rhode Island history site since on August 4, 1892 (127 years ago today) the parents of the former owner of this house were hacked to death with an axe.  The murders didn't happen here.  Lizzie Borden moved here with her sister afterwards.  Use the side arrows to see more of the period restoration that's been done, including more needlepoint cushions.  I don't believe any of the furnishings belonged to Lizzie.  These are all added by previous and the current owner.
https://www.facebook.com/lizziebordenwarpsandwefts/photos/pcb.2579228112090159/2579228045423499/?type=3&theater

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Made in the USA: Stitch and Zip Kits

Alice Peterson just posted photos of the steps in making Stitch and Zip kits.  Use the right side arrow to see them all.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2241454485931126&set=pcb.2241455069264401&type=3&theater

If you aren't familiar with the Stitch and Zip kits, you can see them here.  They are fabulous small travel projects although it can be tricky to stitch the edges near the zipper and backing.
https://www.stitchandzipkits.com

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

The Border Queen UPDATED

Amy Bunger's doing a series of six small canvases as her home study pieces in 2019. She calls them Needlepoint Mosaics.  They are quite interesting as she's chosen tiny pieces and is adding big borders to them all.  You can see this best by looking at the cardinal (click on the dots at the top of the current picture and choose the next to last dot).  You can see the design and the borders she's building around it.
https://www.amysgoldenstrand.com/store/p3168/Needlepoint_Mosaics.html

You can see more in her latest newsletter, specifically how she is adding stitches around the tiny pine cone canvas.
https://www.amysgoldenstrand.com/uploads/7/2/3/6/72364657/0619.pdf

UPDATE:  There are more photos of the series here in the just published newsletter.
https://www.amysgoldenstrand.com/uploads/7/2/3/6/72364657/0819.pdf

If you want to try this yourself, look for a small design that has a wide border of blank canvas around it.  Some of Amy's were custom painted for her so you may need to limit yourself to 1-2 inches of new border area.

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Friday, August 2, 2019

How to Open a Skein of Boucle and Pop the Top of a Kreinik Spool

The June-July newsletter from Amy's Golden Strand is out and as usual, it is full of eye candy. It also has some great information about how best to open a skein of boucle and how to use the Kreinik spools to secure threads once you start using them.  If you've ever tangled a skein of threads or didn't know Kreinik spools have a pop top, this newsletter is for you!
https://www.amysgoldenstrand.com/uploads/7/2/3/6/72364657/0619.pdf

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© Copyright June 2, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Behind the Scenes with Gay Ann Rogers' Samplers

Gay Ann Rogers has a new website (same URL as the old one) and is practicing updating it by posting photos of her favorite samplers. These are on either needlepoint canvas or Congress cloth, not linen.  Click on a photo to read about each of them and see details and a better big photo.
http://www.gayannrogers.com/gallery/index.html

I don't know how long these will be available so don't miss reading about them.  The stories behind each are fascinating!

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© Copyright July 30, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Essential Skills for Physicians and Engineers

Tricia Nguyen talks about hand coordination skills and their importance in the 21st Century. 
http://thistle-threads.blogspot.com/2019/05/hand-skills-doctors-of-sewing-needed.html

Here is the NY Times article that prompted Tricia's message.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/30/well/live/surgeons-hobbies-dexterity.html?action=click&module=Discovery&pgtype=Homepage

Go forth and teach a kid needlework.  You're giving them valuable skills for life.

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© Copyright May 31, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Studio Stitches: An Interview with Barbara Reinfeld

I love reading about new needlepoint designers from all over the world, so I was thrilled when Needlepoint for Fun published this interview with Barbara Reinfeld of Studio Stitches.
http://www.icontact-archive.com/archive?c=741718&f=10538&s=11216&m=394269&t=10bfd1d682bdcd7b3d7e5b30144e5d1c3da8cfc81f6c09170be7d7e898ef1035

If you aren't familiar with Barbara's work as Studio Stitches, here are her kits available through Needlepoint for Fun.
https://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/shop/Kits/Studio-Stitches-Needlepoint-Kits.htm

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Mary Explains How To Choose Stitches

Mary Legallet of Whimsical Stitch does weekly stitch diagrams which are always fun, but this week she has done something different—an explanation of how she chooses a stitch.  Read along as Mary tries and discards four stitches until Number Five turns out to be perfect.
http://www.whimsicalstitch.com/whimsicalwednesdays/2019/04/24

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© Copyright April 25, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

An Ornament Finishing Tutorial by Abigail Cecile

August is usually the deadline for Christmas finishing these days.  But don't worry--Royal School trained needlepoint designer Abigail Cecile has posted a fabulous tutorial on finishing ornaments on her website.  She has posted a great article on finishing ornaments on her website, with both a video and step-by-step photo instructions.
https://www.abigailcecile.com/pages/how-to-finish-a-needlepoint-ornament?fbclid=IwAR38ZffC1ZVdPSI2qtW_Yr5jQtRJ8gm3wcbpxbkrzhJSdRisTZcIkphIm8Y

Thank you, Abby!  This is a much appreciated help!

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© Copyright July 6, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Confused About Ordering a Belt from Sign of the Arrow?

Belts can be confusing as some places need an edge finished with binding stitch, some don't because they want two extra tent stitches rows top and bottom.  Sign of the Arrow has a little graphic explaining how their belts work.  You can always call the shop for help as well.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10161929251700722&set=p.10161929251700722&type=3&theater

Remember, different companies have different needs for finishing belts.  Always check with the shop or belt finisher before you stitch your belt canvas to make sure you are doing what will work for them.

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© Copyright April 26, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Interviewing Joanna of Plum Stitchery

Shannan of Bobbin and Fred is interviewing Joanna of Plum Stitchery this week.  It's a fun look at a designer who is fairly new to needlepoint.
https://www.sewingwithbobbinandfred.co.uk/2019/04/lets-meet-joanna-of-plum-stitchery.html

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© Copyright April 26, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The NAN Class List is Online

If you are interested in the 2010 class list for the National Academy of Needlearts, it's available online now.  All sorts of techniques (including needlepoint) are taught.
https://nationalacademyofneedlearts.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/assembly-2020-class-descriptions-and-teacher-bios-v5-with-photos.pdf

You can read about their exhibit and classes during Assembly next March in the Detroit suburbs here.
https://needleart.org/assembly/?fbclid=IwAR2u_xiHzG6LBfqf4D6azLVTYZiEgX4uAOXhvq1wa6XPf4VgDI5hTd2HxLw

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© Copyright April 22, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Pastel Pencil Shading

Susan Johnson of SJ Designs just posted an antique needlepoint piece for sale on her website, making special note of the pastel shading on the faces.
https://sj-designs.net/product/c1900-tea-time-needlepoint-tapestry-with-hand-painted-faces/?fbclid=IwAR0xYvPBYA5RIM_y8_wEhtJcReNNYgL_9jLLdZIPSKASyunbGVeZqaH3VsU

Both Melissa Shirley and Lisa at BeStitched Needlepoint do this on their stitching.
https://vimeo.com/148802688

Lisa also uses fabric markers to shade silk ribbons.
https://vimeo.com/164029492

It can be done.  I would not do it on pieces that need to be wet blocked but it's perfect for some situations.

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© Copyright May 24, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Turkeywork Tips from Jinny

Jinny Barney of Needlepoint.com just finished a fox ornament from Pip and Roo for her Christmas tree. She writes about it on her blog and included some good tips for doing turkeywork.
http://stitchstyleblog.com/2019/05/pip-roo-fox/

It turned out great!

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© Copyright May 23, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, July 22, 2019

How to Make Needlepoint Wall Hangings

Abigail Cecile has added a step-by-step tutorial (with video) on how to make a needlepoint wall hanging with a fabric backing to her website.
https://www.abigailcecile.com/pages/how-to-make-a-needlepoint-wallhanging?fbclid=IwAR10TgXcroniUNVZTwsIG5Ydtrf6pBFL_Jmw3fO1GD_0L1I-EculglRTekc

Thanks, Abby!

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© Copyright May 21, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

A Custom Needlepoint Designer in Israel

Thanks to Needlepoint Nation, I learned about a designer of custom needlepoint, particularly Judiaca, in Israel. Her name is Lisa Sambol and her company is Loops Custom Designed Needlepoint.
http://loops.co.il

If you are planning a trip, you might want to contact her.  She works out of her home.  Of course, this being the 21st Century, she also has a Facebook page.  You can certainly order something wonderful online.
https://www.facebook.com/lisa.sambol

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Needlepoint.com's How to Measure and Finish the Edge of a Belt

Needlepoint.com wants something totally different when it comes to measuring a belt length and how to work the edges than what Hill Top Leather wants. The moral is, always ask how to measure the length and the preferred edging technique before you start your belt.
https://needlepoint.com/blogs/needlepoint-know-how/everything-you-need-to-know-about-stitching-a-belt?utm_source=Needlepoint.Com&utm_campaign=ece01b8591-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_07_12_06_57&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6eed0b10d5-ece01b8591-579725333&goal=0_6eed0b10d5-ece01b8591-579725333&mc_cid=ece01b8591&mc_eid=3a360cb48b

Hope you enjoy their Everything You Need To Know About Stitching a Belt article and video.

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Friday, July 19, 2019

The NJNA Needlepoint Exhibit is at the Morris County Library

The NJNA Needlepoint Exhibit is at the Morris County Library until August 9.
https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2019/07/18/njna-morris-county-library-exhibit-not-your-grandmothers-needlepoint/

I hope this is the correct library.  The article doesn't say.
https://mclib.info

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

DMC's New Storage Boxes

DMC has two sizes of fabric-covered storage boxes available. You can see both here. The insides are quite different so click on the photos to get a look.
https://www.dmc.com/us/recherche.html?motclef=storage+box&utm_source=Commonthread+Masterlist&utm_campaign=cb9e3d1bd1-EMAIL_US-COTON-PERLE-CRAFTS_2019_04_12_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3a652561da-cb9e3d1bd1-82831385&ct=t(EMAIL_US-COTON-PERLE-CRAFTS_2019_04_12_COPY_01)&mc_cid=cb9e3d1bd1&mc_eid=f7c1b12c64

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Trina Turk is Selling Needlepoint Sunglasses Cases

Thanks to Marty's shop eyes, we discovered that Trina Turk sells needlepoint glasses cases as well as sunglasses. 
https://www.trinaturk.com/eyewear-and-sunglasses/

Just FYI.  Of course the ones you can make yourself will be really much nicer but if you like the Trina Turk style, it's a nice change of pace from what you normally see in the stores.

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© Copyright May 18, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Bobbin and Fred Interviews Tess of Pewter And Pine

Shannon of Bobbin and Fred has another fun interview on her blog, this time with Tess Nagle of Pewter and Pine Needlepoint Design.
https://www.sewingwithbobbinandfred.co.uk/2019/05/lets-meet-tess-of-pewter-pine.html

Here is Tess's website so you can explore Pewter and Pine.
https://www.pewterandpine.com

And here is The Common Thread's website.  I'd heard mention of this but had no idea they had a website.  More needlepoint, but arranged as an online exhibit using Pantone's Living Coral color as a theme.
https://ourcommonthreadco.com/living-coral

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Monday, July 15, 2019

A New Book from the Author of The Girl with the Pearl Earring

There's a new book out from Tracy Chevalier, whom you probably know as the author of The Girl with the Pearl Earring.  And guess what?  It's about NEEDLEPOINT!
https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/profiles/article/80675-tracy-chevalier-is-threading-the-past.html?fbclid=IwAR1ciC2zFDCC62vZ6tJWAT-HTuTEvSuj3e-oaf51th6EETiUjwjeO4yNBbo

More specifically, ecclesiastical needlepoint created in the 1930s in the Winchester Cathedral in England.  The book comes out in early September 2019 but I'm telling you now so you can get on your library waiting list for it.

Many thanks to Tara for the heads up.

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Road Trip! Kreinik Visits Homestead Needle Arts

If you rarely leave home but still like to learn about new shops, you'll love the Kreinik interview with Theresa of Homestead Needle Arts.
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2019/05/visit-homestead-needle-arts-shop.html

You can follow the links to shop online, by the way!

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Stitching a Belt Tighter

I noticed when putting my belt canvas on roller bars that I couldn't get the needlepoint canvas as tight as I'd like. Apparently this is a common problem. K's Creations has come up with an unique tool called tension collars that help tighten the canvas more than you can get manually.

Here's how they work, courtesy of Needle in A Haystack.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nc0mwYmCY5s

The shop sells these singly or as a pair.
http://www.needlestack.com/WebStore/Accessories/Frames.html

I haven't used these so I can't say if they help with a belt canvas.  Hopefully someone who has can tell us how well they work in general, and specifically for a belt canvas.

Speaking of which, I'm working away on the belt.  It's relaxing and fun.  Here's what I have accomplished to date.


A Chinese Lantern Motif from The Belt

I will post updates as I work this in the right hand column.  Belts are essentially basketweave, so there isn't much to talk about, but I thought you might like to see progress, especially as I am making this up as I go along.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Oasis Needlepoint Has a New Artist

If you are looking for something a little different for your next piece and you like animals, you will be charmed by the animal designs that Madeleine-Elizabeth Harwell is doing for Oasis Needlepoint.
https://www.oasisneedlepoint.com/madeleine-elizabeth

Madeleine-Elizabeth is a new, young artist whose elephant and peacock designs are definitely winners in my eyes.
https://www.oasisneedlepoint.com/copy-of-cases-inserts

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

How to Stitch Circles

Needlepoint.com has written a nice article with ideas for stitching circles.  Of course they are promoting their classes that include some of the tips they mention but it's still a good read.  After all, circles are hard to do well on the grid of needlepoint canvas.
https://needlepoint.com/blogs/needlepoint-know-how/tips-and-ideas-for-stitching-round-objects-in-needlepoint?goal=0_6eed0b10d5-9847a637f4-579725333&mc_cid=9847a637f4&mc_eid=3a360cb48b

Other ideas:

Couch a spiral of thread working from the center out
Use any stitch you want and then cover the jagged edge with an outline of stem stitch
Cut out a fabric circle (Ultrasuede or felt work well) and stitch it to the canvas with tiny stitches in a matching color.
Cover the circles with round sequins or paillettes or spangles

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Tina Francis Interviewed

Stitchery Stories interviews Tina Francis of Tina Francis Tapestry in their weekly series.
https://www.stitcherystories.com/tinafrancis/

Because Tina operates out of Birmingham, England, you may not be familiar with her designs.  She does tapestry kits using Appleton and Anchor wool on printed canvas or charts (your choice), among other things.  She's very fond of Bargello, too.  She also sells charts for a Use Your Stash series to encourage folks to use up bits of leftover threads from other projects.
http://www.tina-francis-tapestry.co.uk/shop/

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TinaFrancisTapestry

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Miniature Scissors from Japan

I find Japanese scissors to be very high quality so I was thrilled when someone on Facebook mentioned Cohana Seiko Mini Scissors.  They are said to cut very well.
https://www.connectingthreads.com/cohana-seki-mini-scissors/p/82673?media=PPCBNBT&msclkid=75b6ae003e521c5ed084f2d58c665742&utm_source=media&utm_medium=marketing&utm_campaign=PPCBNBT

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Monday, July 8, 2019

The Smart Cookie Award for July Goes To….

The Smart Cookie Sward for July goes to Barbara, who has a really clever storage idea for her magnets.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2417437294974798&set=gm.2237140156363130&type=3&theater&ifg=1

Hobby Lobby has lots of metal flower items online, although what is in stock at your local shop will vary.  If wall decor doesn't work for you, look at metal trash cans or perhaps desk top items.
https://www.hobbylobby.com/search/?text=metal+flowers

For a flatter item, search Etsy for metal magnet boards.
https://www.etsy.com/search?q=metal%20magnet%20board

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Deconstructing a Complex Stitch

Needlepoint for Fun Makes This Easy

Needlepoint for Fun's latest article covers how to dissect a complicated, multiple step stitch so that you can understand how it is created and easily recreate it on your canvas.  If you look at a diagram like the above and panic, this article is for you!
https://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/how-to-dissect-a-complicated-stitch-in-needlepoint-to-make-it-simple.htm

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

I Want to Stitch A Belt UPDATED

Let's Stitch a Belt!

I've noticed that many nights I am too tired to stitch anything complicated. but I still want to keep my hands busy. So I took a dive into The Stash and pulled out some narrow scrap canvas and all my colors of size 8 perle cotton to make myself a belt.  Then I borrowed a set of small scroll bars from a friend and put the canvas on the roller bars.  To do this, you need to first measure your belt size, cut the canvas the proper length to fit your waist, and make sure your canvas for the belt isn't wider than the scroll bars.  Then you sew each end of the plain canvas to the material stapled to the roller bars, using long basting stitches.  (See above.)  I also marked with a pencil the start line on my canvas.  The end line (I need 35 inches of belt length*) is also marked but of course you can't see that because it is rolled out of sight.  I will roll my end tighter when I start to stitch.  I just wanted you to see the basting stitches.  You'll need a sharp needle and a thin thread (like size 16 perle cotton or regular sewing thread) to baste the canvas to the stretcher bar fabric.

If you do a lot of belts, invest in K's belt frame.  You can see it below, mounted in a table stand.
http://kscreations.com/acc_belt.htm

You can also use regular scroll or roller frames in your floor stand.  I borrowed a small scroll frame (the dimensions are roughly seven inches for the side bars where the fabric is attached and eight inches for the bars that are normally at the top or bottom).
https://www.amysgoldenstrand.com/store/p1833/K%27s_Creations_Belt_Frame_12%22.html

Some folks also stitch belts in hand, rolling each end and clipping it shut with something like the giant paper clips available at office supply stores.

I'll be stitching this turned on end, with the side bars that have the nuts to tighten/loosen the canvas on the top and bottom.  Here's another view so you can see the two rows of basting I did.



I charted two vaguely Asian motifs (a flower and a paper lantern) for my belt.  I've decided to use dark navy blue for the background and will stitch the motifs in other contrasting colors.


My Size 8 Perle Cotton Threads

Stay tuned!

*As always, think about finishing before you start a project.  Since I plan to send my stitched belt to Hill Top Leather Shop to make up into a belt, I read over their belt information very carefully.  That's how I know my belt needs to be 35 inches long and that the first and last two inches of stitching will be covered by the leather and buckle of the finished belt.    The belt finisher you choose may use different finishing techniques, so always check with them first.
https://hilltopleather.com/belt-finishing

UPDATE:  Here is belt information from Needlepoint.com.  They want something totally different when it comes to measuring a belt length and how to work the edges.  The moral is, always ask how to measure the length and the preferred edging technique before you start your belt.
https://needlepoint.com/blogs/needlepoint-know-how/everything-you-need-to-know-about-stitching-a-belt?utm_source=Needlepoint.Com&utm_campaign=ece01b8591-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_07_12_06_57&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6eed0b10d5-ece01b8591-579725333&goal=0_6eed0b10d5-ece01b8591-579725333&mc_cid=ece01b8591&mc_eid=3a360cb48b

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Tapestry Helps You Focus UPDATED

Tapestry makes you focus, says the head of the Sydney Opera House.
https://www.afr.com/leadership/afr-lists/how-tapestry-helps-sydney-opera-house-chief-louise-herron-focus-20190411-p51d8h?fbclid=IwAR0YSFZmNAO55isNZMAU40nVLG1vMdQ1X7J7jaA7Glo7QAxCYgzCxt7vovc

UPDATE:  This article may be out from behind the paywall.
https://www.afr.com/leadership/afr-lists/how-tapestry-helps-sydney-opera-house-chief-louise-herron-focus-20190411-p51d8h?fbclid=IwAR3-PZtn2VaDhaxu_mqR1_dAWEed1hAl-P3IU1vZ0OGyypoGiL7w-w1t94g

Many thanks to Needlepoint Now magazine for the link.

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Need Some Tweezers?

If you want a nice pair of tweezers for your stitching toolbox, Tanja Berlin has a great selection on her website.
https://berlinembroidery.com/product-category/hand-embroidery-supplies/gift-ideas/

She also has some very beautiful limited edition needle minders for sale.  These appear to be done in goldwork and they are unique!  They are expensive but you will have top quality needlework and something none of your stitching friends own.
https://berlinembroidery.com/product-category/hand-made-needle-minders/

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

A Stitch in Time Designs Shows Off

A Stitch in Time Designs has updated their shop website to show off all of their designs. There's something for everyone, from Asian-themed classics, florals and landscapes, small fun things like trick or treaters and whimsical animals and fantasy creatures like mermaids, to Christmas mini socks in geometric patterns of red, green and white, collages for each holiday, and of course their famous Christmas Village.  I knew they had branched out into designing but I had no idea of the breadth of their designs.  Kudos to A Stitch in Time Designs!
http://www.needlepoint-knitting.com/shop/Canvas/A-Stitch-In-Time-Designs.htm?pageNum=1

Have fun browsing.  I did.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Mary Corbett Reviews The Amazing Stitching Handbook for Kids

Mary Corbett has done another of her great book reviews, this time about Kristine Nichols' new book, The Amazing Stitching Handbook for Kids.  Mary really likes this book although she does say that it doesn't go into great depth on any type of needle technique.  It is a great introduction for beginners of any age.
https://www.needlenthread.com/2019/05/the-amazing-stitching-handbook-for-kids.html

If you know someone you think would like to learn needlework, why not pick up a copy of this book and send it to them with some stitching supplies this summer?

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Tea Time

A friend and I were talking about tea cozies which are used a lot in the United Kingdom but are much rarer here in the USA. But there are some wonderful needlepoint designs meant for tea cozies. Here are the ones we found—

Janet Granger has some really darling miniature tea cozies meant to be stitched on silk gauze.
https://www.janetgranger.co.uk/product-category/teacosy-kits/

She's in the UK but you can buy from her Etsy store.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/179388816/miniatures-kit-dollhouse-miniatures?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=needlepoint+tea+cozy&ref=sr_gallery-1-27

If you are more into stitching painted canvases, how about these two from Ziva?
http://www.ziva-needlepoint-designs.com/shopping-for-tea-cosies.html

Or these from Needlepoint Inc.?  They are more expensive because they are double-sided with gussets.
https://needlepointinc.com/collections/tea-pot-cozies

Kirk and Bradley has several abstract designs that might appeal.
https://needlepoint.com/pages/search-results-page?q=tea+cozy

Ehrman has a classic rose tea cozy that is beautiful.  Since it is printed on 12 count canvas, it'll stitch up fast.
http://www.ehrmantapestry.com/Products/Rose-Teacosy__ROSETC.aspx#.XNGd7S-ZN3l

Let's drink (tea or coffee, your choice) to these!

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Floor Stands, Lights and Magnifiers in Use UPDATED

Sheena just got back from one of Bedecked and Beadazzled's great classes. This one was a flamingo canvas from Lulu My Pink Turtle and it looks fabulous.  Flamingos have been all the rage (along with llamas) at the Orlando NTA show, so Ruth is on trend with this darling piece.
https://www.sheenasstitches.com/flamingo-fun/

Besides the class project and some other fun items, Sheena took good photos of the various lights, magnifiers and floor or table stands folks used.  It's a great way to see the System 4, the K's floor stand, the Dublin Craft Magnifier and the Duo Lamp in action.  After all, the best stand, light or magnifier is the one that works in your stitching nest!

Thanks for the great shots of the fabulous stands, lights and magnifiers, Sheena!

UPDATE:  The Needlepointer has a little video up showing a K's metal floor stand in use.  Very helpful!
https://vimeo.com/303822921

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

A Quick Video of Absolutely Needlepoint in Cincinnati

If you happen to live in or are going to visit Cincinnati, Ohio, you'll want to see the little video that Kreinik did of the ladies who run Absolutely Needlepoint in Cincinnati.
https://www.facebook.com/Kreinik.Manufacturing.Company/videos/481676005704856/

Here is the shop website for your browsing pleasure.
http://absolutelyneedlepointcincy.com/?fbclid=IwAR3mb5hbHcGgC3OzTC6jRmgU8GGrZdOM86C0s_dUL7jptePbYFZjBH2NnEM

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Yet Another Newspaper Notices Needlepoint is Popular

The local Omaha online newspaper just noticed needlepoint is gaining in popularity. So they interviewed the owner of Village Needleworks.
https://www.omaha.com/inspiredliving/sip-stitch-and-share-old-school-craft-gets-a-hipster/article_ab7f7ce1-61fd-5d4f-b463-0951a993ce7b.html?fbclid=IwAR2mEGLstNij3sVWwb66PtoT_CoyFSKlkUIvQRAheSjuh-CBtjwe6tkgSNw

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Pears Everywhere!

Stephanie loves pear ornaments and has stitched a lot of them. She posted a few on her blog recently. These are from HeartStrings and Kelly Clark. Melissa Shirley has quite a few pear canvases as well.
http://stephsstitching.blogspot.com/2019/05/pears-everywhere.html

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Meaning of Colors in Persian Rugs

Natalia Frank turned up this interesting article that lists typical colors in Persian rugs and what they mean.
https://www.dorisleslieblau.com/articles/what-is-the-meaning-of-colors-in-persian-rugs?fbclid=IwAR1uGLJ5ZDLosL0ehzDnYn8X7Z7zgsQR2zJDc82g0b03KpWb2LBjCUc8bLk

Those who like to work charted rug designs might use this to help pick colors.  It's also interesting to read with the colors of oriental rug patterns you prefer in mind.  Check out Natalia's charts for miniature rugs or look at Canvasworks' huge range of painted canvases.
https://www.dollhouseneedlepoint.com

http://www.canvasworksneedlepoint.com/red-and-blue-pillows-.html

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Monday, June 24, 2019

The Queen of French Knots

Ipnot is the queen of French knots! Watch this video to see why I think so.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncEquktWDg8

If you are intrigued, you can visit her website.
http://www.ipnot.info/about.html

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Woodstock Christmas Logo Finally Done—Really!

Beads are the final touch!

The Woodstock Christmas Logo from Purple Palm is done!  I finally just added 28 mm green drop beads from The Collection to the edge.  That gave me the extra bling I wanted in a muted way.

In case you've forgotten, here is what the design looked like originally.  This is an ornament about 4 inches in diameter, on 18 count canvas.


Unstitched


Here is what it looks like now.  I changed the background green to a more Christmas green, darkened the brown of the guitar, and decorated the ornament with a peace symbol.

Done

Now I need to put this away until the county fair in August. I always enter something there, just to promote needlepoint.  After the fair I can send this to the folks I stitched it for, to use on their Christmas tree.  Hope they like it!

I am adding each week's progress report to a tab on the Chilly Hollow Stitch Guides blog. If you want to catch up on what you missed or just re-read everything, it's all there. Click on the Magic Carpet photo on the right side of this blog and you'll go straight there. Then all you have to do is click on the right tab at the top of the page under the header photo. Click on the Magic Carpet photo there to return to Blog's home page.

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Finishing Acrylic Trays

Yesterday we had an unique folding ort box with a zipper in the bottom. Today Needlepoint.com explains in detail (including pricing estimates) how they finish needlepoint canvases to insert them into acrylic trays.
https://needlepoint.com/blogs/needlepoint-know-how/an-elegant-and-versatile-needlepoint-finishing-option?mc_cid=d273517aac&mc_eid=3a360cb48b

Fascinating!

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

The Woodstock Christmas Ornament Finished—Or Is It?

Woodstock Finished?


Now that the stitching on the Woodstock Christmas Logo piece is done, it's time to make it up into an ornament.  This is a roughly four inch round, by the way, so it can be hung on a tree for Christmas although I would personally probably hang it on a door or off the mantelpiece.  I don't like finishing but I do my own ornament finishing when possible to save money.  

What you see above is the finished piece.  The needle and clear beading thread I used to attached the braid I made from leftover Kreinik metallic are sticking out of the top because once I added the trim, I decided I needed something else.  But what?

I rummaged around in my stash and pulled out 20 or so bead tubes and 2-3 sequins, trying to find the perfect red-green-gold or silver colors, sizes and shapes to make the edge just a little more festive.  I also sent the following photo around to stitching friends, asking them if I should use the red beads, the green or the silver.



Decisions!

I didn't realize unti I arranged the beads around the ornament that I already have two shades of red in the ornament.  I think I should stick with the green and/or silver beads instead of adding more reds to the mix.  But all bets are off when it comes to what I'll end up with.  Guess we'll all have to wait and see what I do. I haven't a clue right now!

I am adding each week's progress report to a tab on the Chilly Hollow Stitch Guides blog.  If you want to catch up on what you missed or just re-read everything, it's all there. Click on the Magic Carpet photo on the right side of this blog and you'll go straight there. Then all you have to do is click on the right tab at the top of the page under the header photo. Click on the Magic Carpet photo there to return to Blog's home page.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright June 21, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Since It's June Let's Talk Santa Beards

Ok, I know Christmas is six months away BUT finishing deadlines are coming right up, so let's talk about Santa beards.  After all, I know a lot of us are stitching a Santa Claus and trying to come up with great beard ideas.  Let's start with the new Vallerie Needlepoint Gallery Santas.  Suzie has posted about them here with photos of the finished items.  Check out those beards!
http://astheneedleturns.com/the-birth-of-a-santa/

White Santa has a beard done with thin wool in long random stitches.  So does Patriotic Santa and Fifth Avenue Santa.

Courtly Santa has French knots on a Stalk for his beard.  I suspect Wisper has been used here, probably mixed with another thread.

Beach Santa has horizontal satin stitches that are offset in a zigzag effect, probably also in thin wool.

If those aren't enough ideas for you, Diana Bosworth's little booklet "Beards I Have Known" will show you more beard ideas than you could ever stitch!
https://bristlythistle.wordpress.com/2010/03/06/needlepoint-beards/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright april 30, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Fun with Open Spaces

Needlepoint.com's latest article is about stitches for open spaces.  They recommend two books with great stitches for large spots on a design, too.  I have both books and use them often.
https://needlepoint.com/blogs/needlepoint-know-how/needlepoint-canvases-with-wide-open-spaces?mc_cid=bbfa958cdc&mc_eid=3a360cb48b

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 23, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Breaking News: Northwest Needlepoint Opens

Grand Opening June 22!
The Portland, Oregon area is getting a new needlepoint shop! Northwest Needlepoint will have its grand opening June 22, 2019 at 15090 Bangy Road in Lake Oswego, OR, which is a Portland suburb.  The fun kicks off at 9 a.m. sharp.  Hope all the Oregon stitchers in the area make it over to congratulate the owner on his plans.

This happens in three days, people.  Check your calendars and make your plans.  Directions are on their brand new website.
https://northwestneedlepoint.com

Many thanks to Jane for the information and visual aid!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright June 17, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

A Dragon's Tale Does Diagrams

A Dragon's Tale has a new section of their website just for stitch diagrams.  What's especially nice is that there are stitched samples of the stitch as well as diagrams.  (Note:  The Basic Gobelin Stitch photo is not correct at this time.)
https://adragonstaleneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2019/04/stitches.html

I've added this to the Stitch Resources and Links section of Blog, which is all the way down at the bottom of the home page.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 28, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Daylight's Portable Light/Magnifier

Needle Point Breeze showed off a new small folding light/magnifier from Daylight on their Facebook page.  Use the right side arrows to see more views of how this works.
https://www.facebook.com/Needlepointbreeze6/photos/pcb.2276702502386635/2276701765720042/?type=3&theater

This looks like a great little item for checking for missed spots.   I can't see using it consistently when you stitch but I bet shops really can use this to help customers with problem areas.

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Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright February 2, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.