Friday, March 22, 2019

Yoga Exercises for the Needlepoint Fiend

NJNA has a great article on their blog with links to yoga exercises for one's body to prevent overuse injuries to our hands, arms, wrists, backs, etc.
https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2019/02/18/needlepoint-yoga/

Thanks, Mally!  I've added this link to the ergonomics section of Blog in the right hand column so we can continue to refer to it.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright February 18, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Antique Needlepoint for Sale

Susan Johnson of SJ Designs doesn't only sell beads and sequins and chart antique designs for modern needlepointers, she sells antique pieces she finds here and there, including some nearly 150 year old examples of needlepoint.  You can see quite a few interesting examples of historical needlepoint in her Etsy shop.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/SusanJohnsonDesigns?section_id=16782233

My favorites are the needlepoint in the Medieval style dated c. 1860…
https://www.etsy.com/listing/630178183/c1860-needlepoint-tapestry-in-the?ref=shop_home_active_15

…and the beaded needlepoint on perforated paper which is probably ten years older.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/643867950/c1850-beaded-needlepoint-on-perforated?ref=shop_home_active_17&cns=1

You may be smitten by the samplers or the antique tools, though. It's a fun browse, so pour a cuppa and enjoy.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright February 18, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Pepperberry Goes Cross Stitch (Plus an Interview)

Needlework Retailer announced recently that Pepperberry's Easter lollipop designs are now available as cross stitch charts.
https://yarntree.typepad.com/needlework_news/2019/02/cross-stitch-easter-lollipops.html

You can see all 11 designs on the Pepperberry website.
http://www.pepperberry-designs.com/cross-stitch/

By the way, Jinny at Stitch Stash just interviewed the artist behind Pepperberry Designs. It's a fun short interview.
http://stitchstyleblog.com/2019/02/meet-diane-pepperberry/

By the way, here's the gingerbread house mentioned in the interview.
https://stitchtherapyneedlepoint.com/feature.php?id=44575&title=3%20Dimensional%20Gingerbread%20House&itemtype=hand%20painted%20canvases

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

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Travel Tips for Needlepointers

Brooke Thorn of Thorn Alexander travels a lot.  She took the time to write up a few of her best travel tips for those going places with needlepoint on her blog.  The idea to stitch your travel destination in the background of your travel project is genius!
https://thornalexander.com/blogs/a-tint-of-taupe-modern-musings-by-a-millenial-stitcher/stitching-on-the-fly-how-to-travel-with-your-projects

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 4, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, March 18, 2019

The Needlepoint Pew Cushion Project

This labor of love for kneelers in a Portland church is celebrated in this newspaper article. Don't miss the video!
https://www.oregonlive.com/news/2019/02/this-gift-to-a-ne-portland-church-will-outlive-all-who-created-it.html?fbclid=IwAR1nwaEKuH49WuhQ_aKI9_ngIQgvzPrcZUJdn8hTH-9jIikTeFLi-ST9yw4

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

Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Christmas Table, Featuring Mini Socks

Mary shared a video of her Christmas dining room table in NP Nation. She stitches mini socks, and uses them as silverware holders. It's lovely!
53024998_1222753777879431_2251634435969515520_n.mp4

UPDATE:  Apparently the video has been deleted.  Sorry!

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

Saturday, March 16, 2019

The Spinster Sister Recommends The Bitzy Bob Cutie

The Spinster Stitcher lugs her stitching supplies each week to dialysis and has trouble keeping everything easily reachable in the chair there.  But she might have found The Answer in this gadget from Etsy—it's called a Bitzy Bob Cutie.
https://spinsterstitcher.blogspot.com/2019/02/saturday-spinster-bliss.html

You can visit the That's So Kelly Co shop on Etsy here to see this and the larger Bitzy Bob here.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ThatsSoKellyCo?ref=ss_profile

There's even a video explaining how it works.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ThatsSoKellyCo?ref=l2-shop-info-avatar#about

Thanks for the recommendation, Spinster!

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright February 16, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Breaking News: Needle Graphics is Retiring

Debbie Woodward of Painted Pony just announced that the owner of Needle Graphics (now distributed by Painted Pony) is retiring.

We are announcing the retirement of our Needle Graphics' line and its creator, Kathy Wallace. All of our Needle Graphics canvases are now discounted at 50%. This includes lots of Christmas and Halloween designs, as well as her college rounds, hearts and Santas. 
PLEASE NOTE: we will no longer accept orders for NG canvases we do not have in-stock (this includes college pieces). We will only accept orders for canvases currently available in our inventory.
While I’m happy to tell and show you availability and send you names of your closest shops, please contact your LNS for pricing questions.
We have made arrangements to purchase several of her designs and will incorporate them into the PPD line by this fall. We will publish a list of design availability at that time. Please be aware that we are not planning to continue with the college canvases, so stock up while they are in stock!

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 15, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Bobbin and Fred Interviews Jenny Henry and Talks Stitch Club

The younger needlepoint designers are starting to band together and stitch together, which is a great idea!  I don't know what they are doing with the Needlepoint Designers Challenge Group but that will be revealed later.  For now, let's get to know the group, starting with Jenny Henry.
https://www.sewingwithbobbinandfred.co.uk/2019/02/lets-meet-jenny-henry-designs.html

If you keep reading you'll learn about how Stitch Club started in Chicago via Instagram and is evolving as a way for needlepointers and other stitchers to meet and stitch with other folks in their geographic area.  If you are interested in seeing if there is a Stitch Club in your area, look on Instagram or email stitchclubofficial@gmail.com.

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright February 15, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Breaking News: Exclamation Point Reopens in Lebanon, Oregon

Lebanon, Oregon has gained a new needlepoint shop! Exclamation Point (once based in California) has moved to town.  The original owner has retired but the new owners are involved in running the shop, teaching classes and generally making life fun for needlepointers in the Willamette Valley.
https://lebanon-express.com/news/local/needlecraft-shop-opens-in-lebanon/article_145f1677-1634-583e-b545-6461709c9da8.html?fbclid=IwAR1GfLjcM1zJ1gIENYZQOtfOJFXOGmdIHDlUwtX-c6FDYgJc7ngNRTXDOTk

If you are in the area, please stop by and give the new shop all the encouragement possible.
http://www.shop-exclamationpoint.com

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© Copyright March 14, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Needlepoint For Fun Looks at Victorian Cross Stitch

Many stitchers prefer stitching in hand, that is, they don't use a frame for their needlepoint.  They simply hold their stitching in one hand while stitching with the other.  This is particularly popular with small items or for rugs.  It's hard to find a large enough rug frame but you can roll a rug and stitch with it on your lap.  Elizabeth Bradley recommends Victorian Cross Stitch for their rugs which are never done on a frame, but stitched in hand.  Here is how the stitch is done.
https://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/the-victorian-cross-stitch-for-needlepoint.htm

Note that you always work from right towards the left.  Elizabeth Bradley tells folks to work from the bottom up but they also say you can work from the top down.  I did this stitch once on an Elizabeth Bradley project and found it uses a lot of thread, thus making it a very sturdy stitch for rugs.  (It also is a bit hard on the hands for those with arthritis.)  I don't think you are supposed to turn the canvas to work the rows right to left each time. I think you are supposed to tie off the row before you return to the right to work it.

For more information and videos, see the Elizabeth Bradley website.
https://americas.elizabethbradley.com/pages/needlepoint-kit-videos

https://youtu.be/jmuK92cC3-s

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

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

President Lincoln's Needlepoint Slippers

Thanks to Louise's Needlepoint we know President Lincoln wore needlepoint slippers featuring goats and dogs.
https://www.gq.com/story/abraham-lincoln-incredible-slippers?fbclid=IwAR04iMlh8weIFZNI5tmHAZEk--skGBDFYw_yY8msqRcyc8l3JAeH6Bk8n7A

https://www.lincolncottage.org/originals-slippers/

More information on them here.
https://www.toledoblade.com/a-e/movies/2012/12/03/Lincoln-s-slippers-take-star-turn-from-Fremont-to-Hollywood/stories/20121203096

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright February 13, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The Story Behind Painted Pony Designs

Debbie Woodward of Painted Pony Designs tells the story behind the name of her company.  Get a cup of your favorite beverage and settle down to listen to her dream and how it was fulfilled.
https://debbieppd.wordpress.com/2019/02/07/so-i-bought-a-horse/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright February 7, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, March 11, 2019

NJNA Goes to Woodlawn

If you don't like in the Washington, D.C. area and don't go to the Woodlawn Plantation exhibit, you'll enjoy visiting the show along with four members of New Jersey's Needle Artists chapter.
https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2019/03/06/a-cold-day-at-woodlawn/

Heck, you'll enjoy the photos even if you have been to Woodlawn in 2019!

The exhibit is open 10-4 p.m. every day except for Tuesdays when the museum is closed.  Tickets are $15 each for adults.  You can read more about it here.
https://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/annualneedleworkshow

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© Copyright March 7, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

How to Paint a Needlepoint Canvas

Abigail Cecile has posted a video on her website showing how to paint a needlepoint canvas.
https://www.abigailcecile.com/pages/how-to-paint-a-needlepoint-canvas

It is a fabulous tutorial, whether you want to paint something special for yourself, whether you are thinking about starting a design business, or just if you want to know how it is done.  Thanks, Abigail!

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

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Blanket Versus Buttonhole

Thanks to Anna Scott, I found this article about the different between the buttonhole and blanket stitch on Nordic Needle's website.  

Sorry, but Nordic Needle's website seems to be down.  Perhaps permanently?  Anyway, the article is gone but I did find this.
https://togs-from-bogs.blogspot.com/2009/10/blanket-stitch-vs-buttonhole-stitch.html

And this.
https://stitchfloral.blogspot.com/2017/06/buttonhole-stitch-lesson-1-basics.html

To me it sounds like what I've always called the buttonhole stitch is actually a blanket stitch.  Mary Corbett helps define the two, and now I can keep calling what I do the buttonhole stitch!
https://www.needlenthread.com/2017/10/buttonhole-stitch-vs-blanket-stitch-the-name-debate.html

I mention this here not to confuse you, but to point out that one stitch can have many different names.  What really matters to me is that I understand the stitch's construction to create it properly and use it to the best effect in a thread that will show it off properly.

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© Copyright February 10, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Hand Painting a Canvas: The Video

This time-lapse video shows SBT Stitches hand painting a canvas.  If you consider she's just using two colors and a fairly straight forward design with no shading, you'll start to understand why painted canvases are so expensive.
https://www.facebook.com/SBTstitches/videos/756772111376545/

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright February 9, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Tips for Stitching with Metallics

Needlepoint.com has written up a few tips for working with metallic threads.  I'm not sure I agree that metallic threads like Kreinik's dull scissors;  I think that if you use a lot of real metal threads you need scissors just for them, but the synthetics in Kreinik and other metallics probably don't do anything to your scissors that daily use on other types of threads won't do.
https://needlepoint.com/blogs/needlepoint-know-how/tips-for-stitching-with-metallic-needlepoint-threads?mc_cid=9e7ce9f0ff&mc_eid=3a360cb48b

If you do want special scissors just for metallic threads, look for those with serrated blades.  I think Rainbow Gallery distributes them.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/product/metallic-thread-scissors/

Kreinik distributes Purple Haze scissors with serrated (or you can get regular) blades.  Even if you aren't sure whether metallics dull your scissors, it's nice to have the luxury of a special pair just for them.
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2017/08/3-scissors-you-shouldnt-live-without.html

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© Copyright February 9, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

A Combination Seam Ripper and Laying Tool

Pocket Full of Stitches in Texas has found a local source for a combination seam ripper/laying tool with colorful acrylic handles.
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2019/01/acrylic-laying-tool-seam-ripper-combo.html

I'm not sure how long these are but if you need more details, contact the shop.
http://www.pfos.com

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

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Tips on Stitching Glass, Plus Needle Information

The January-February 2019 e-newsletter from Any's Golden Strand is out and it is jam-packed with information.  For starters, there's a tutorial on needles (with a review of the Tulip needles) and a great little paragraph with ideas for stitching glass on a needlepoint canvas.  Plus more!  Amy never disappoints with fabulous newsletters.
https://www.amysgoldenstrand.com/uploads/7/2/3/6/72364657/0219.pdf

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

Monday, March 4, 2019

Breaking News: Woodlawn Exhibit Winners Listed

Woodlawn Plantation has posted the list of award winners for the 2019 exhibit online.
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/557b0301e4b0e26cf0c4476e/t/5c7d8483e79c701d7e54ee55/1551729795671/Woodlawn+Needlework+Winners+2019.pdf

The listing is by award type, so to find a certain name will take some hunting.

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

Needlepoint Resurgence

The UK's Evening Standard Insider has a nice article about needlepoint resurgence among Millennials in their online magazine.  It has flaws (the author confuses embroidery, cross stitch and needlepoint) but at least they did an interview with Lycette Designs.
https://www.standard.co.uk/insider/style/millennials-needlepoint-embroidery-cross-stitch-palm-beach-new-york-best-instagram-accounts-a4038631.html?fbclid=IwAR1EEGzQQQ7P2It3pZjvfF4wzUEsI2aPXHVDlaE1k6_QncWLqi9ENOlRHWU

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

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Breaking News: Needle Works Might Have a Buyer

Cross your fingers folks!
https://www.stitchinginthetexashillcountry.com/the_needle_works/2019/03/sunday-march-3-2019-my-official-retirement-date-is-saturday-march-16th-buti-am-thrilled-to-announce-that-i-have-accep.html

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© Copyright March 3, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Finding Stretcher Bars in a Needlepoint Desert

Most travelers outside of the United States are going to have a hard time finding the usual needlepoint supplies we take for granted.  Fortunately Debbie Rowley is inventive and knows just what to do when she accidentally leaves her stretcher bars behind on a trip to Edinburgh.
https://debbeesdesigns.com/2019/02/04/stitching-emergency/

Actually I've used artist stretcher bars as well since stitching supplies are also hard to come by in Chilly Hollow and its environs.  The ones I own don't have the little ridge around the outside edge that Debbie's had on the front side.  The big drawback is their width—they are usually 2-3 inches wide which can be a problem if your canvas doesn't have a lot of excess blank canvas around the sides.  But needs must!

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

Finishing Tips from Needlepoint.com

Needlepoint.com has a nice article up about how to stitch your needlepoint when you are going to have it made up into an ornament.  It gives a good rule of thumb about how many rows to stitch around the outside edge, but be warned!  This varies depending on the type of finishing you want.  A puffy ornament will need a different margin than a flat finished one.
https://needlepoint.com/blogs/needlepoint-know-how/how-to-stitch-needlepoint-to-finish-into-an-ornament?mc_cid=63755d0e1a&mc_eid=3a360cb48b

A design that continues up to the very edge of your stitching might need a row or two added if you want an elaborate trim that will partly cover the stitching.  You might not need that if you just want a simple twisted braid around the edge.  Talk to your finisher or the shop that's arranging the finishing before you add anything.  They can best advise you as to what you should do, depending on your design and your preferred finish.  But if you can't do that, Needlepoint.com's article is a good guide to help you figure out what works in many cases.

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© Copyright February 5, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

The Same Old Thing

Horse Country Chic is rolling her eyes at the news stories about younger folk discovering handwork.
https://horsecountrychic.blogspot.com/2019/02/needlepoint-is-old-news.html

I'm rolling my eyes along with her.  The impulse to make things is in us all.  What's different now is that unlike when I was a kid surrounded by men and women who made all sorts of things by hand all the time as a matter of course, most people today haven't done that.

We needlepointers are very lucky that we can tap into our creative impulses whenever we wish.

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright February 7, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Attach Beads with a Cross Stitch

Needlepoint.com has an introduction to beading on their website with recommended tools and a short video that shows how to attach beads with a cross stitch.  They also offer a cyber class on beading with more videos, in case you like learning through viewing.
https://needlepoint.com/blogs/needlepoint-know-how/just-bead-it?mc_cid=92ea05db80&mc_eid=3a360cb48b 

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright February 23, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Mark Your Calendars

The Blue Bonnet Retreat classes for next February 2020 are up on their website.  There are a variety of types of needlework taught so explore a little and see if anything catches your eye.
https://bluebonnetstudio.com/retreat-classes?fbclid=IwAR1MHt2_Ucz1-xq0QKypVkjZbgd_MRZ46kpZekGTC7pKX45w6KVrz76f82E

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

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

A Needlepoint Love Story, Part Six

This is the sixth year in a row at the Fort Worth's Thistle Hill Mansion has had the A Needlepoint Love Story exhibit on display for three days in February.  Ada Hayden of EyeCandy has been helping and designed the commemorative ornament and the class project for the event.
https://eyecandyneedleart.blogspot.com/2019/02/another-chapter-of-needlepoint-love.html

I think a few extra commemorative kits are available locally, but check with Fort Worth's French Knot for help.
http://www.thefrenchknot.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright February 26, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Anna Pearson Goes Shadow

The British needlepoint designer and teacher Anna Pearson has been rather busy!  She's exploring what she calls shadow stitching, which we in the USA usually call light coverage needlepoint.
https://anna-pearson-needlepoint.blogspot.com/2019/02/new-year-new-projects.html

Her retreats sound lovely and I bet her classes are, too.  I do find it fascinating that she's starting to work light coverage stitches on painted canvas, much as many Americans do.  That's not generally the British needlepoint style.  Keep up the good work, Anna!  We need lots of choices to attract the broadest audience to the world of needlepoint.

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

Monday, February 25, 2019

New Mystery Class from Freda's Fancy Stitching

Freda's Fancy Stitching in Canada just announced a new mystery sampler design is available.  Looks like you pay each month to download the lesson.  There are 8 parts.
https://www.facebook.com/FredasFancyStitching/photos/a.277789302552375/898977207100245/?type=3&theater

Head to Freda's website for more information to participate in this fun mystery class.
https://www.fredasfancystitching.com/pages/patchwork-promises-2019-mystery-sampler

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright February 22, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Stitch like Cat Woman

Michelle Pfeiffer As Catwoman*


Remember Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman in the 1992 film Batman Returns?  Her claws were trolley needles, modified somewhat by the costume department.  And how does this relate to needlepoint?  Trolley Needles are laying tools that clip onto a finger—or in my case my left thumb.  Needlepoint for Fun's latest e-newsletter talks about using a trolley needle here.
https://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/needle-trolly---the-most-convenient-laying-tool-for-needlepoint.htm

See?  We can all be movie stars as we stitch!  By the way, I've never poked myself with my trolley needle, no matter how long I've worn it during a long stitching session.

*Photo courtesy of Catfan's website.
http://www.catwomanfan.com/en/felines/pfeiffer/gallery.php

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright February 1, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Madeira's Cotton Floss: A Review

Mary Corbet has been stitching with Madeira's cotton floss and has posted a review on her website.  Threadaholics, take note!  By the way, Madeira's silk floss is packaged the same way as the cotton embroidery floss.  I don't like the stiff feel of their silk but the packaging is genius!
https://www.needlenthread.com/2019/02/thread-talk-madeira-cotton-embroidery-floss.html#comment-908370

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright February 1, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, February 22, 2019

For the Book Lovers

Sarah at A Field Guide to Needlework has been creating artwork paying tribute to books.
https://www.afieldguidetoneedlework.com/blog/bookish-thoughts?fbclid=IwAR25becbI9oY4yHLqm3njeQrKjGX8fjupjLmRjFxWcz763QJVMOlZi8Ml-E

Some of her "books" are woven, some are drawings, some are needlepoint.   All are fun to look at.  If you were going to create a needlepoint tribute to your favorite book, which one would you choose?

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 13, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The End for the 2018 Stitch-A-Long at NJNA

The New Jersey Needle Artists (NJNA) chapter of ANG did a stitch-a-long last year based on Lorene Salt's "Autumn Kaleidoscope."  Not everyone participated but they all had a lovely time.  You can see the various color ways on the chapter's website.  And if you are going to Woodlawn's exhibit this year, check out Barbara's "Stars for a New Millennium."
https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2019/01/29/2018-sotm-wrap-up/

The chart for Stars and for Autumn Kaleidoscope are available at many shops.  These are just the top search results I got.
http://store.apneedlearts.com/stofnewmi.html

https://www.stitchingshop.com/store/index.php?l=product_detail&p=12236

The same shop that has Kaleidoscope also has a kit using the custom threads for this color set, just in case you are interested.  Any shop can kit out one of the many color ways Tony has listed in Stars.
https://www.stitchingshop.com/store/index.php?l=product_detail&p=12235

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

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Look What Libby Did UPDATED

Fans of Libby Sturdy's Just Libby canvases will be interested to hear what she designed for the Governor's Mansion in Springfield, Illinois.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/hinsdale/news/ct-dhd-column-clarkson-tl-0131-story.html?fbclid=IwAR1gr5sCVsmQQdWHCU-YcAIJWGSw_IZgfDMUWhKOKIXRITJVGSvAFTRc8N8

UPDATE:  Just realized I forgot to add a link to Libby's website so folks who are new to her designs can have fun browsing.  Some of Libby's designs are painted, some are line drawings with instructions on how to fill in each section with stitches.  A few designs are available either way.  All are fun and fabulous!
http://www.justlibbydesigns.com

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

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Cherry Blossom Rule

Threads Across the Web just posted some of the Japanese Embroidery designs she's stitched with cherry blossom motifs on them. I had no idea that you always stitch the foreground items first in Japanese Embroidery, or that the cherry blossoms are also stitched in a specific order.
https://threadsacrosstheweb.blogspot.com/2019/01/sake-boxes-cherry-blossoms.html

Thanks for this interesting and thought-provoking article, Carol-Anne!  I almost always stitch my background first—and I have never stitched flower petals in any specific order—so this gives me food for thought.

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

It's Good For You!

Need a reason to stitch? It's good for you!
https://worksbyabc.com/2019/01/08/how-craft-is-good-for-our-health/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 8, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Need Some Boots?

You don't see needlepoint boots much. These are all lovely!  The owner of this Etsy shop also creates regular slippers, shoes, half boots and purses, many of which are needlepoint.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/LauraShepherdAtelier?ref=l2-shopheader-name&section_id=23646578

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 24, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Organize Your Stretcher Bars

Brenda has organized her stretcher bars to make the right size pairs easy to find using an old liquor bottle box. If you buy wine by the case, save the box to use this way. Or get a wine-drinking friend or your favorite restaurant to save an empty box for you.
https://brendasneedlepointstudio.blogspot.com/2019/01/stretcher-bars-organized-12719.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 27, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

The ANG Online Auction Starts Tomorrow!

I grabbed this description of how it all works from the ANG Auction chair's post on Facebook.

"What happens in February? ANG Auction, that’s what! Once again, ANG will launch its Online Auction- this year it begins February 17 at 8:00 AM CT and ends February 24 at 10:00 PM CT.

We have belts, books, rugs, canvases, finished items, charts – did I mention belts? We have it all!

Anyone can bid! You don’t have to be a member of ANG (of course we would love it if you were)! Just go to ang.afrogs.org to start your shopping list. If you have bid in the past, your auction login is the same. If you are new to this, register and start shopping!

All proceeds go to support ANG and its mission to preserve the art of needlepoint through education. Don’t miss out on this stash enhancement opportunity!"

Good luck everyone!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 27, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, February 15, 2019

World's Cleverest Visual Aid for Basketweave

Do you have trouble understanding basketweave and how the stitches are done? Ashley's husband created this great visual aid for a class she's teaching about how to do the stitch. VERY clever!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10158848584354815&set=gm.2082100641867083&type=3&theater&ifg=1

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 24, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

iStitches, Volume Five: A Review


Santa brought me a copy of Ruth Schmuff's latest book, iStitches Volume Five, for Christmas and I've been dipping into it when I have time.  Ruth has five other books, iStitches Volumes 1-4 and Backgrounds Volume 1.   I own them all in one format or another and use them frequently.  They are all available from Bedecked and Beadazzled.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2019/02/the-books/

Note the varying formats.  The three earliest books are available on CDs or as hard copy spiral bound books.  All of the iStitches series are available in two book formats:  travel size (5 1/2 x 8 1/2) or regular (8 1/2 x 11).  You can also buy a digital version of all the iStitches series in both iOS and Android flavors except for iStitches 5 which won't be available until the spring as a digital download.   All are packed with stitch diagrams.

I own iStitches 5 in the travel size.  This is the first time I've seen the travel size format in person. It's really handy for those who are on the road a lot.  You can pop the book in your tote bag, suitcase, glovebox or purse.   Like the other books, it is spiral bound with a heavy plastic front and back cover for protection.  The book is 307 pages long, which includes the Table of Contents and a three page index.  The book is divided into stitch types to make finding what you need easier:  Diagonal Stitches, Straight Stitches, Crossed and Tied Stitches, Eye Stitches, Darning Patterns, Laid Fillings, Blackwork Patterns and Decorative Stitches.

Interior of iStitches 5, Page chosen at Random

There is one stitch diagrammed per page but some stitches are complex enough that there might be as many as three diagrams on one page so you can easily follow the various steps.  All the diagrams are in black and white and gray.  Most are numbered so you can follow the stitch path easily.  As far as I can tell, none of the stitches in iStitches 5 are in Ruth's other books.  There are a lot of variations on a stitch presented, which comes in handy when you want to unify a design by using several similar stitches in various places.

Some stitches are repeated in chapters if they can be classified many ways.  One is in four different chapters!  Quite a few occur twice.  But you still have a reference book of nearly 300 stitches to choose from.  Ruth is a master of light coverage stitching, and many of the blackwork and darning stitch patterns are perfect for this type of stitching.  However, you can easily basketweave an area, then put a darning or blackwork pattern on top if you are careful to use less thread than usual for the bottom layer and use a sharp needle for the top layer to easy the stitches through.  You can also fill in open stitch areas with brick stitch or tent stitches to create a denser look.   In other words, this book is useful for those who prefer full coverage if you exercise a little ingenuity when it comes to the more open stitches.

The only drawback I see for the book is that the travel size index is hard to read without my reading glasses and the numbers in the diagrams are pretty tiny, too.  If you have vision problems, the regular size of iStitches Vol. 5 is probably a better bet.  The diagrams are perfectly clear in the travel size, though.

This is a book I highly recommend and I know I'll use it as frequently as I use Ruth's other books quite a lot, especially the digital versions which I find very easy to flip through looking for ideas.

For more information, check Sheena's blog to read her take on iStitches 5.
https://www.sheenasstitches.com/blogging-in-the-new-year-2019/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 27, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Twisted Cord Tutorial Video

Ruth Schmuff used corkscrew stitch to make twisted cord for her last embellishment class.  You can use this for curls, beards, or just a raised line on your painted canvas.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2019/01/lets-do-the-twist/

Thanks, Ruth!  It's a great video!

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

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Linda Drops Off Exhibits at Woodlawn

Linda and her husband took all the New Jersey Needle Artists' pieces to Woodlawn Plantation to put them in the exhibit.
https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2019/02/12/2019-woodlawn-drop-off/

It starts today, March 1st.  Hope you get to go!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright February 12, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

The LightCraft 5 Lens Magnifier Set

Sue at the Tortoise Loft came across a pair of magnifiers really cheap and decided to try them. And she likes them a lot!  She doesn't think they'll work for everyone and explains why on her blog, but it's certainly useful to see what she thinks about using them for stitching.
https://suetortoise.wordpress.com/2019/01/22/eyes-on-stalks/

Note that the link Sue provides is to a UK company's website.  I couldn't find them available in the USA.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 22, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Stitch Club on Instagram UPDATED

Various cities are setting up what is called Stitch Club in their areas on Instagram.  
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/2105449506198863/

Stitch Club's Instagram page has logos for each city that currently has a club going on.
https://www.instagram.com/stitchclubofficial/

Right now it appears that each city picks a small canvas to stitch together or gets together to stitch periodically.    I don't have time to add another social group to my day so I don't have a lot of information beyond what Don has posted above.  Send inquires to stitchclubofficial@gmail.com.

UPDATE:  Here is an interview with Alexandra Martin, co-founder of the Stitch Club movement.
https://www.tnna.org/blogs/tnna-news/2019/03/07/stitch-clubs-are-having-a-moment?fbclid=IwAR3Hq0wYQPAatZtEp6hlTHYqodXmNWTre-RCEc_bUpHPTlOUQYHHSJUd0m0

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© Copyright February 8, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Bringing Eyes to Life

I like stitching people and have always been surprised by folks who say they find stitching faces hard.  After some thought I've realized that it is because one stitch can make a huge difference in expression.  Gay Ann Rogers talks about the impact of one stitch on the eyes on her website.
http://www.gayannrogers.com/4seeingeyes.html

You can see the difference by comparing the Before and After photos.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright February 8, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Woodlawn 2019 Lectures

It looks like the Woodlawn Plantation has revved up their motors and scheduled a slew of lectures during the Needlework Show in March 2019.  Click on the various lectures to get a description and find out the day and time it will be offered.
http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/needlework-events/

Remember, the show is March 1-31, except they are closed on Tuesdays.  Admission is $15.  I believe most of the lectures are free but you'll need a ticket or to RSVP in some way.

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright February 7, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Kimberly's Floating Shadow Box Finishing Technique

Kimberly often mounts her original needlepoint designs in shadow boxes with a beaded edge.  She reveals all in this very useful tutorial that explains just how she does it.
https://akimberlydesign.blogspot.com/2019/01/sharing-techniques.html?fbclid=IwAR0IfliRRV70xWqseixHf9mVrvTQcUucAZelNOKDicS_-dRt-b1z5RihcWc

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 21, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Ghost Stitcher Client ID #9865, Project 50008 UPDATED

Did you use Ghost Stitchers, the update New York stitching service that closed unexpectedly in the late summer of 2013 when the co-owner died?   I wrote about this last year and this weekend one of the ghost stitchers turned up with a project they would like to return to their owner.
http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2013/10/fyi-ghost-stitchers-is-no-more.html

It is a counted cross stitch project from Sunset.  The client id is 9865 and the project number is 50008.  If this is yours, let me know by commenting here or email me at chillyhollow at hot mail dot com.  The ghost stitcher would like to return the project but they don't know who owns it.

Spread the word, ok?  Thanks.

UPDATE:  The owner of Project 50008 has surfaced so if you have this project, please let Sheila at solsufka@xplornet.ca know.

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© Copyright October 25, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

A Needlepoint Corset

I have to admit I've never seen anything like this!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10213976731240425&set=gm.2077974522279695&type=3&theater&ifg=1

The finisher who created this is Vikki's Stuff. Here is her website.  I didn't find the corset there, sadly.
http://www.vikkisstuff.com

Many thanks to Bettie for spotting this and for Cynthia who knew the finisher who created it.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 20, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Old Paternayan Colors Converted

Cecilia found a list of the old Paternayan colors converted to the newer numbers online.  
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157951578648765&set=gm.2078639462213201&type=3&theater&ifg=1

I don't know if the "new" numbers are those that are available now or not.  I'm waiting to hear from Cecilia where she found this information online.

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

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Threadaholic Alert: Aurora from The ThreadGatherer

There's a new thread available from The ThreadGatherer, a mix of kid mohair, silk and nylon, that is called Aurora.  You can see the colors and read how to use it on The Needlepointer's website.
https://www.theneedlepointer.com/product/aurora-by-the-threadgatherer/

There are even better photos of skeins on the ThreadGatherer's website although they don't have as many colors shown right now.  It looks like a lovely thread if you need a touch of sheen for that special sweater or outfit on a canvas.  Bet it makes spectacular fur and witch hair, too!
https://threadgatherer.com/collections/aurora

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 18, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Threadaholic Alert: Silk Eyelash

Treenway Silks has a new thread that they call Silk Eyelash.  It comes in black, white and three shades of gray/charcoal.
https://yarntree.typepad.com/needlework_news/2019/01/silk-eyelash.html

If your favorite shop doesn't carry Treenway Silks, you can order via their website.  Please note that this is a small company and if they are on the road (check schedule on their home page), they won't ship an order until they are back home again.
https://www.treenwaysilks.com/productlist.php?category=27&secondary=71

Many thanks to Needlework Retailer for the heads up!

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 15, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Finding Shops on the Road

The place to find shops that sell needlepoint shops seems to be NeedleTravel.com.  Their online database allows you to mark the sorts of stitching shops you are interested in and what state(s) you need information on.  I think it would be wise to call the shop before you go to make sure they will be open when you can get there, however.  Small businesses don't always have the time or personnel to update their website especially when there is a family emergency or bad weather.
https://www.needletravel.com/index.htm

By the way, they have a travel guide paperback you can purchase if that's more convenient for you.  Just toss it in the glove compartment of your car and off you go!

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 15, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

A New Brand of Light Magnifier

Brighttech is a new brand of light/magnifier on the market.  They sell floor and table models and light/magnifiers that clamp onto a desk or table.  There is a five year warranty on the ones I looked at, but these are LED lights.  I don't think if they burn out the lights can be replaced.
https://brightechshop.com/collections/magnifier-lamps

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 11, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Sajou Embroidery Scissors: A Review

My Tortoise Shell Sajou Scissors

Sajou recently sent Mary Corbet a pair of their embroidery scissors for review.  These are beautiful delicate scissors, more for occasional use and display than everyday embroidery scissors.   Mine are simply gorgeous.  I haven't used them yet (they were a gift from a dear friend) but I love opening the box and sitting it on the table to look at while I stitch.  They make me feel glamorous and skilled and give me much pleasure.  If you love beautiful things, these might be the scissors for you.
https://www.needlenthread.com/2018/11/tool-talk-sajou-embroidery-scissors.html

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

Thursday, January 31, 2019

And Now For Something None of Us Own—Yet

Mindy has something new and totally different—needlepoint socks!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/2064814273595720/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 10, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Tips for Stitching on the Go

Recently Mary Corbet's mother had a health scare. So Mary's been stressed and sitting in a hospital, trying to stitch. She shares some of her tips for stitching on the go with us here.  Her tips are good ones, even if you aren't stitching something as tiny as she is.
https://www.needlenthread.com/2019/01/tapestry-small-a-grinning-deer-stitching-on-the-go.html

Hope your mom feels better soon, Mary!

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 9, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Since We Are Talking Belts….

Since we are talking belts, you'll want to see how Jennifer stores the belts she makes each year for her son's birthday.  Genius!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1825930180850730&set=gm.2089796224430858&type=3&theater&ifg=1

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 28, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Speaking of Plastic Canvas Boxes….

Bobbin and Fred have been longing for a needlepoint belt, but since Shannan's in the UK, belt finishers are hard to find. What does a needlewoman do? Make one from plastic canvas!
https://www.sewingwithbobbinandfred.co.uk/2019/01/buckle-up-this-ones-belter.html

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

Monday, January 28, 2019

Speaking of Boxes….

Gears of War/Wii Box Made for a Game Programmer

Speaking of boxes, Sue over at the Tortoise Loft blog likes to stitch boxes on plastic canvas.   They are really lovely and a good stash-busting idea, not to mention perfect gifts.
https://suetortoise.wordpress.com/embroidery-and-crafts/embroidery-stitched-boxes/

Follow her link to instructions for two styles of box.
https://suetortoise.wordpress.com/embroidery-and-crafts/embroidery-stitched-boxes/embroidery-stitched-box-instructions/

In my experience, plastic canvas is available in various colors on 10 count and 14 count is available in clear only.  I've made a box (see photo above) which was a huge hit.  Next time I will use cardboard inside to stiffen the box.

If you are intrigued by the box idea but need to see more, Sue's starting a new box here—
https://suetortoise.wordpress.com/2019/01/08/a-box-panel/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 8, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Not all Q-Tip Boxes are Alike

Mary Corbet shares a great organizational tip for your little tubes of Tulip needles.
https://www.needlenthread.com/2019/01/got-tulip-needles-or-bead-tubes-organizational-tip.html

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 4, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Six Stitches for Mountains and Hills UPDATED

The newest Needlepoint for Fun newsletter has an article about stitches for various sizes of hills and mountains. It's an interesting read with some useful stitches to consider the next time there's a mountain in your design.
https://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/four-needlepoint-stitches-for-mountains-and-hills.htm

UPDATE:  Jinny has two more mountain stitches in her blog about living in Colorado and celebrating that with a cute Pewter and Pine ornament.
http://stitchstyleblog.com/2019/02/colorado-living/

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

Friday, January 25, 2019

Restored Needlepoint at Crane Hill

Needlepoint Now found this article in Architectural Digest about the restoration of Castle Hill, an estate belonging to the Crane family in Massachusetts.  If you scroll down about half way, you'll see the vanity bench with a reproduction piece of needlepoint done to match the original which is hidden underneath.
https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/family-heirlooms-return-to-the-legendary-crane-estate-in-massachusetts?fbclid=IwAR2-RErTgzHH-dBsXIRD_8b2nCpTBo4Vs2BoKBtTjU5rr3Dj3rQIJQfYBJc

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 3, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Debbie's New Year's Resolution UPDATED

In an odd alignment of the stars, Debbie Rowley's New Year's Resolution to stitch every day is the same as mine.  By the way, Debbie, that new color way of Symphony is fabulous!
https://debbeesdesigns.com/2019/01/02/new-year-new-goals/

UPDATE:  
https://debbeesdesigns.com/2019/01/24/progress-toward-goals/

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 2, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Ever Wonder How Stitch Painted Canvases Are Done?

Ever wonder how stitch painted canvases are created?  Kimberly Ann posted a video of herself creating a stitch painted design on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/2047564381987376/

There's another video of hers on YouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ywspv8PpYzA

The next time you are tempted to complain about the cost of hand painted canvases, think of the work involved.  And Kimberly does small items, with few colors.

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 28, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Jinny Interviews Joanne

Jinny of Needlepoint.com interviews Joanna of Plum Stitchery on her blog. It's a fun read about how Joanna got into needlepoint designing and there's a giveaway, too!
http://stitchstyleblog.com/2019/01/meet-the-plum-stitchery/

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

Monday, January 21, 2019

Threataholic Alert: Melita Explores Chainettes

Melita's local ANG chapter is doing a program on threads, so she has been comparing chainette-type threads.  She has looked at 24 Karets, Alabaster, Antica, Cresta d'Or, Gold Rush, Nordic Gold, Snow and Winter.  I'm not familiar with all these metallic threads (although I know all the names) so I enjoyed reading about them and will keep her tips on sewing with them in mind.  Thanks for sharing your research, Melita!
https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2018/11/14/chainettes-explored/

By the way, Winter is NOT discontinued.  Rainbow Gallery says it is made in England and the suggested retail price for a 10 yard card is $3.10, making it a good buy.  I have a card myself that I'm going to be testing shortly.

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

Sunday, January 20, 2019

A Tour of Kaffe Fassett's Studio

Even though this was filmed as a Christmas treat, I thought the wonderful colors and patterns of Kaffe Fassett best viewed in the dreary month of January!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGLqWHbCxpk&feature=youtu.be

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

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Fun with Names

NeedlePaint.com shows off the latest custom design they created for a customer—two canvases covered with names of grandkids that the stitcher made up into a tote bag.  This was her first needlepoint project, by the way, but she's a very experienced needleworker.
https://www.needlepaint.com/blog/2018/12/19/needlepaint-perfection-a-beginner-shares-her-creation/

This looks fabulous and is unique and probably wasn't that difficult for a new stitcher to do.  Kudos to NeedlePaint for their clever printed canvas that helped the stitcher make something useful that is all about family.

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

Friday, January 18, 2019

How to Make and Use Silk Wrapped Purls

Thistle Threads' blog has a short article on how silk wrapped purls are made.  
http://thistle-threads.blogspot.com/2018/11/how-are-silk-wrapped-purls-made.html

It is a fascinating process, but labor intensive.  Here is what you end up with—threads that are perfect for creating stumpwork in the 17th Century style.  And much more!  Only your imagination's the limit when it comes to using this stuff.
https://thistle-threads.myshopify.com/collections/silk-purls

Here is now silk purls were used in the 17th Century.
http://thistle-threads.blogspot.com/2018/11/how-are-silk-purls-used.html

By the way, this Thistle Threads article shows the sizes of silk wrapped purls available, plus is shows the new silk check that Tricia had made from leftovers.
http://thistle-threads.blogspot.com/2018/11/new-sizes-of-silk-wrapped-purls-and.html

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

Thursday, January 17, 2019

(Fill in The Blanks) Scares Me to Death

At various places online people tell me that doing _______ (fill in the blank) scares them silly.  Not to worry, my dears!  We have help for the frightened stitcher!

Is beading your bete noire?  Just wander over here and browse the online help for those facing beading their needlepoint canvases for the first time. (Or the millionth—we don't judge)
https://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/p/basketweave-beading-aka-don-beading.html

Is your bugbear needle felting with all the sharp needles?  Fear not, I have a tutorial with plenty of tips.  (Tip #1:  Don't poke yourself with the needle! Otherwise it is really easy.)
https://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/p/needle-felting-needlepoint-canvas.html

What else drives you to drink?  Post a message below in Comments if you have a Google account or email me at chilly hollow at hot mail dot com and I'll try to help.  Needlepoint should be fun, not frightening.

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

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Color Magic with Colour Complements

Lorraine of Colour Complements has posted a series of articles about various designs stitched with one of her overdyes.  It's great fun to see how everything works up.
https://colourcomplements.com/2018/12/needlepoint-59.html

https://colourcomplements.com/2018/12/needlepoint-60.html

https://colourcomplements.com/2018/12/needlepoint-61.html

If you are tempted, click on "Shop" to see the currently available color combos and thread types.

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