Thursday, December 5, 2019

Bird Feathers, Leaves and Dragon Scales

Needlepoint for Fun's latest e-newsletter is all about the ray stitch. It's perfect for leaves, for bird feathers and for scales on critters like alligators and snakes and dragons.  They have a great diagram and a second variant of ray stitch that is slightly taller, plus good photos to show you where this stitch has been used to good effect.
https://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/the-ray-stitch-in-needlepoint-how-to-do-it-and-the-best-places-to-use-it.htm

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 6, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

How to Ruche Threads: The Movie

BeStitched has a nice video showing how to ruche Petite Sparkle Rays and attach it to your canvas for a dimensional effect.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULaCHfkRuUI&feature=youtu.be&inf_contact_key=5cc8ef9b7bd56dd80e058a8a62a0b187

This works for many Rainbow Gallery threads.  If you ruche Flair, you should use a big size 18 needle (or larger if you have one) and perle cotton to put a thread inside the Flair tube first.  This is easiest to do if you poke the needle through using the eye first so you don't accidentally pierce the tube of thread with the sharper end.  Once you have perle cotton inside the Flair, just scrunch it up until you have a ruched look.

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

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Cynthia's Bead Removal Tip UPDATED

Cynthia Thomas posted a very clever tip on Facebook for easily removing a bunch of beads you need to rip out.
https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.thomas.7355/posts/2808501155834827

UPDATE:  I didn't realize Cindy's tip was posted to her personal page, not Needlepoint Nation which is public.  For those who don't have a Facebook account, Cindy said:

"Neat trick to remove beads. Put Press and Seal over front of canvas on top of beads over lapping stitching, press against beads, turn canvas over and cut beading threads and remove, turn canvas back over and press Press and Seal against beads again, gently roll back Press and Seal and beads will stick to it."

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

Monday, December 2, 2019

Kreinik Visits the Black Sheep

Doug Kreinik has been on the road, visiting various shops and reporting back as he does his Kreinik educational tour.  He and Dena stopped at the Black Sheep in Orlando, Florida.  It's fun to meet the owner, learn the history of the shop and see some of the interior.
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2019/10/visiting-black-sheep-needlework-shop-in.html

Here's the shop website.
http://www.theblacksheepshop.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright Octo her 1, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Anna's Back from Italy

Anna Pearson is back from another needlepoint retreat in Italy.  
http://anna-pearson-needlepoint.blogspot.com/2019/10/recent-italian-trip.html

These sound like a lot of fun.  Eat, talk, stitch something original from Anna's fertile brain, eat some more.  If you are interested, check her website for the upcoming retreat details.  She also does classes in London, if you are going to be in the area at the right time.
https://www.anna-needlepoint-pearson.com

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

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Ripping Out: The Video

BeStitched's latest video is all about ripping out.
https://vimeo.com/148802682?inf_contact_key=4a2e7a8003034fc6cc5e79e8e92650dd

Some people like to use scissors with blades that curve up or tweezers (or both) to help rip out stitches.  You can see a variety of these on Tanja Berlin's website.
https://berlinembroidery.com/product-category/hand-embroidery-supplies/gift-ideas/

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

Friday, November 29, 2019

How to Work Raised Closed Herringbone Stitch for Leaves

Ruth Schmuff just got one of her mystery pieces back from the finisher. Once you stop admiring Zecca's bird, check out the video Ruth included of how she made the lovely closed herringbone stitch leaves with silk ribbon.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2019/10/another-finish/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 19, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

How To Approach a Needlepoint Canvas: The Movie

Happy Thanksgiving, folks! Needlepoint.com has a special treat for us today—a short video on how to stitch a variety of painted canvases.   Jinny Barney always works background first on these designs, but you can simply do one full row across the largest area of background if you don't like to work backgrounds first and there's no reason to work the background before anything else.  That way you know that all the rows of background will match up even if you do the center motif first.  I also find it easier to count across unstitched areas when I am compensating around fiddly bits.
https://needlepoint.com/blogs/needlepoint-know-how/how-to-approach-your-needlepoint-canvas

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

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Breaking News: Shop Changes in Charlottesville

The owner of Threads has just posted that she has decided to close the shop after learning the building where Threads is located has been sold and will be demolished shortly.  So she is closing November 30, 2019.
https://mailchi.mp/313eb89e2b93/may-at-threads-2645373?e=44268e93ab

However, stitchers in Charlottesville, VA can rejoice in learning that a new shop, Poppypointe, will open in December.  Here is the new shop's website.  It's not fully functional yet, but you can check out the new location's address.
https://poppypointe.com

We love our shop owners here in Chilly Hollow and wish the retiring ones a grand adventure and the same for the new ones.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 26, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

For the Fans of Cheeky Sayings

Sarcasm Sign, From Lund Enterprises


If you like funny or borderline obscene sayings on your needlepoint, you belong to a long line of fashionable people, as Horse Country Chic explains.
http://horsecountrychic.blogspot.com/2019/10/fun-cheeky-needlepoint.html

http://horsecountrychic.blogspot.com/2019/10/more-cheeky-needlepoint.html

Here are designers with quite a few of these to charm and amuse you.
https://lycettedesigns.com/category/cheeky-sayings/

https://evahoward.com/collections/canvases

http://www.winnetkastitchery.com/sassysayings.php

https://www.annieandco.com/collections/lund-enterprises

http://thepointofitallshop.com/sayingsandsigns.aspx

https://www.pewterandpine.com/designs

https://bestitchedneedlepointshop.com/collections/in-stock-at-the-shop/products/dirty-dishes

Cooper Oaks, Zecca, and Ewe and Eye are also good places to look for that perfect funny saying.

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

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Breaking News: Pewter and Pine Reborn

Pewter and Pine has announced a rebranding and a new name for the company—they are now Hello Tess Designs.
https://www.facebook.com/pewterandpine/photos/a.349638198807811/805307486574211/?type=3&theater

To go along with the new name, Hello Tess has a new website.  Everything else, including their fun designs, is the same.
https://hellotessdesigns.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 26, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

The Stainless Steel Short Laying Tool (and More)

Mary Corbet has a rave review of a new, short stainless steel laying tool from the UK.  I personally prefer short laying tools so this is a Must Have for me.  You may prefer the feel of wooden laying tools or want something that doesn't have to ship from the UK.
https://www.needlenthread.com/2019/10/jennys-little-laying-tool-stiletto.html

However, when I visit the tool section of Jenny's new website I have lust in my heart for everything.
https://jennyadin-christieembroidery.com/product-category/hand-made-tools

By the time this publishes, her kits section should be available.  Don't miss the eye candy there.

Or the Cornish hand made buttons and broaches that a side trail led me to.
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/StockwellCeramicsUK?

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

Monday, November 25, 2019

From Sketch to Tapestry Cushion

Janet Haigh is an artist who does drawings and all sorts of needle arts, including designs for Ehrman Tapestry in England.   Recently Ehrman commissioned her to create several designs based on inspirational words.  Here is how she came up with her designs.
https://janethaighherwork.com/2019/08/20/designing-stitched-cushions/

If you aren't familiar with Janet's Ehrman kits, here're links so you can explore.
http://www.ehrmantapestry.com/Janet-Haigh.aspx

http://www.ehrmantapestry.com/designer-products.aspx?id=f47c9eab-b753-47af-a88e-be3d96a2008e

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

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Mile High Princess Uses Wired Braid: The Video

Doug Kreinik has another fun video, this time with Mindy of Mile High Princess who used Kreinik's Wired Braid to make the bow on a Christmas package.
https://www.facebook.com/Kreinik.Manufacturing.Company/videos/320828438761387/

If you've never seen a tekobari, this is what Mindy used to poke her hole in the canvas to insert the fat Wired Braid.  The tip is pretty sharp but the shaft has corners so it doesn't roll off your table when you put it down.
https://jecstore.com/tools/tekobari.html#.XZ81ly2ZN3k

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

Saturday, November 23, 2019

The Golfer's Accessories

Thanks to Kreinik I can refer you to this fun article from Golf.com about great things that pro golfers have in their golf bags.
https://www.golf.com/gear/pros-bags/2019/08/14/9-most-interesting-things-found-rummaging-tour-pros-golf-bags/?fbclid=IwAR3EaXduUsFgPb1_EuBw0mza92HVRuwBxdAdhtcXxZOW36bT1O8fGkOKZvI

Golf club covers were a thing in the 1970s but they are less popular today.  Companies like Needle Golf carry them, though.
https://needlegolf.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 16, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Melita Goes to Cape Cod

Melita's on the road again, this time on a trip to Cape Cod in Massachusetts.  She managed a brief visit to Osterville Needlepoint in Mashpea (not Osterville, but close).  Look at all those threads!
https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2019/10/08/osterville-needlepoint-shop-in-cape-cod/

Thanks for the write up, Melita.  Us stay-at-home types love seeing the shops all around the country—and world.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 9, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

A Lesson for the Perfectionist Inside Us

I've always thought that needlepointers fall into two camps: the perfectionists and the stitchers who needlepoint for fun and relaxation.  I'm a fun and relaxation person myself (if you toss in a bit of "Let's Try Something New").  It took me a long time to realize that I needed to learn to Not Settle in my stitching and that my lackadaisical attitude of Fun First had something to teach the perfectionists among us.  We both need to learn from each other's personality style.

Reading this article from Thistle Threads about perfectionists who are interested in taking Tricia Nguyen's stumpwork casket classes, I wonder if there aren't more perfectionists among us than I realized.  What do you think?
http://thistle-threads.blogspot.com/2019/10/the-difference-between-embroiderers.html

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

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Why Needlepoint.com Loves Openwork Background Stitches

Some folks love full coverage for their needlepoint but the trend is to use light coverage for the backgrounds these days as it is faster, and allows the subtle paint shading to be part of the design without the pain of constantly changing thread colors.  Needlepoint.com's latest needlepoint essay is on openwork background stitches, why they use them and which are their favorites.  If you are thinking about trying this on your next piece, you'll enjoy seeing what the shop has to say.
https://needlepoint.com/blogs/needlepoint-know-how/why-we-love-small-openwork-background-stitches

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 5, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Threadaholic Alert: Essentials Available from Terry Dryden Designs UPDATED

Terry Dryden just announced she is now selling Planet Earth's Tilli Thomas Essentials and posted all the available colors.  This thread is half silk and half merino wool and works well on 18 count. (I find it a bit thin myself but your stitch tension may be much different than mine.)
https://www.facebook.com/TerryDrydenDesigns/photos/a.10153335918681489/10157591294836489/?type=3&theater

 If your favorite shop doesn't carry it you can pick up some from Terry's Etsy store.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TerryDrydenDesigns?ref=shop_sugg

UPDATE:  Here's a mini review of Essentials from Terry.
https://www.facebook.com/TerryDrydenDesigns/photos/a.10153335918681489/10157618041706489/?type=3&theater

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 5, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Threadaholic Alert: New Kreinik Color—Wisteria

Here is Kreinik's newest color, Wisteria 9593.  It is available in sizes #8, #12, #16 braid and in 1/16" ribbon. (But not in #4 Braid—it's too thick.)
https://www.facebook.com/Kreinik.Manufacturing.Company/photos/pcb.10156331927355940/10156331926275940/?type=3&theater

I think it is a beautiful pastel.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 5, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Threadaholic Alert: New Color Family for Soie d'Alger

Thanks to Needle in a Haystack, we have learned there is a new color family for Soie d'Alger.  The shop says they are sea glass colors. The numbers are visible in the photo but the names are not known yet.
https://www.facebook.com/needleinahaystackshop/photos/a.387721521673/10156413069256674/?type=3&theater

Contact the shop to get skeins or order hanks.
http://www.needlestack.com/index.html

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

Monday, November 18, 2019

Breaking News: Kimberly Ann Carter Died Last Weekend UPDATED

Kimberly Ann Needlepoint posted on Instagram that Kimberly Ann Carter herself died last weekend.  She leaves a grieving husband and two small children.  The company itself will continue.

This is really sad.  She was only 36.  Apparently she died of a known health issue.  We wish the company well and send prayers to her family and friends.
http://www.kimberlyannneedlepoint.com/about.html

UPDATE:  If you would like to help the family, here's how.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/2597847126959096/

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

Breaking News: YLI is Discontinuing Candlelight

Ridgewood just posted that YLI is discontinuing Candlelight.
https://ridgewoodneedlepoint.com/2019/11/important-information-about-candlelight-metallic-thread/?fbclid=IwAR05lmQqOjZzI74ywTWhhpTsAZJi3EQ1y3C-f15M33hHF7PPaSlZ0ZNRCmM

Apparently the machinery that makes Candlelight, a braided soft metallic yarn, has broken down and cannot be repaired.
https://ylicorp.com/products/candlelight?variant=38858318478

If you need more colors than Ridgewood has left, order from YLI or this big Brazilian Embroidery website.
http://www.jdr-be.com/YLI-Candlelight.htm

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

Jan's Original Ornaments UPDATED

Jan Sprague has been happily stitching little squares with Christmas threads in patterns she makes up as she goes.  She says they are great fun and they look like it.  She sends hers out for finishing but if you are feeling crafty, use yesterday's instructions to finish your original squares yourself.
https://stitchlady.wordpress.com/2019/10/04/fun-designs/

UPDATE:  Here are more, all very pretty in their traditional Christmas red and green.
https://stitchlady.wordpress.com/2019/11/19/more-fun-ornaments/

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

Sunday, November 17, 2019

DIY Leaf Stitch Coaster Instructions

Karen Barbe's blog has a fun tutorial for making leaf stitch coasters. She has both the instructions on how to stitch this and also how to finish it easily yourself.
https://www.karenbarbe.com/blog/leaf-stitch-the-new-needlepoint/

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

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Ok, Now That I've Stitched This, What Do I Do With It?

The traditional uses of needlepoint were wall hangings, table covers and upholstry. These days we mostly make pillows and pictures, but that's far from the only thing you can have needlepoint finished into.  Needlepoint Now magazine has some great ideas for using your finished needlepoint projects.
https://needlepoint.com/blogs/needlepoint-know-how/creative-finishing-ideas-to-make-your-project-your-own

If you have plenty of cash, how about a needlepoint purse or belt from Chuck Pinnell?  It will take a while but you'll have a heirloom to use for a very very long time.
https://www.pinnellcustomleather.com/needlepoint-accessories

Not made of money?  Hilltop Leather will do a fabulous belt or keychain for you that won't cost the earth.
https://hilltopleather.com

Want to do the finishing yourself?  This online store has a great variety of leather goods that are self finishing.  You can make a box, wallet, credit card holder, tissue box, purse, luggage tag, key chain, coasters, cosmetic bag, jewelry container, ornaments, and much much more.  Stitch your canvas, trim it close to the stitching and pop it into the item!
https://needlepoint.com/collections/leather-products-self-finishing

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

Friday, November 15, 2019

Breaking News: Come to the Point is Closing November 24

I just saw that Come to the Point in is closing their physical location in San Rafael, California in less than 10 days.  They plan to reopen as an online only store shortly.  Stay tuned for details!
https://mailchi.mp/5a9579de20dd/come-to-the-point-wil-be-closingsunday-november-24?e=44c597fc71

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

Threadaholic Alert: Whites

Thanks to Waste Knot, I know that there is a new thread in town—And More's Whites.
https://www.facebook.com/wasteknotneedlepoint/photos/a.158379324188895/3080011852025613/?type=3&theater

It's too new to be on the And More Threads website yet but Waste Knot says "The Whites 2 will need to be couched. The Whites 3, only in white right now, can be used in stitches." If your local shop doesn't carry this, you can order from Waste Knot. http://www.wasteknotneedlepoint.com

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

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Threadaholic Alert: Thread Gather's Aurora

Palma has some of the new Aurora from Thread Gatherer for her current project and posted a close up photo on Facebook.  It appears to be a silk/mohair/nylon blend.  She says it is nice to stitch with.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10220689767773567&set=p.10220689767773567&type=3&theater

Looks like Aurora comes in thirty colors.  You can buy it from Thread Gatherer's Etsy shop (second link below) if your local shop doesn't stock this.
https://threadgatherer.com/collections/aurora

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheThreadGatherer?section_id=24530934

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 1, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Carol's Fall Treasures

Carol doesn't do needlepoint any more due to the time involved but she has lovely original pieces that she displays, including these two autumnal designs.
https://carolmartinedotcom.wordpress.com/2019/11/09/sharing-autumn-stitchery-pieces-an-old-love/

I have a soft spot for original needlepoint designs but really, even if you no longer stitch, you can still display and admire the beauties you did in an earlier incarnation.

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

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

How to Create Tiny Snapdragons From Silk Ribbon UPDATED

BeStitched has a lovely short video on how to make tiny flower petals using silk ribbon. They look like tiny snapdragon petals but are very easy to do. You can also add a bead in the dimple you create by going through the ribbon loop with the ribbon (this will make sense when you see the video), although she doesn't talk about that.  You'll just use a beading needle and a thread that matches the color of your silk ribbon.  Come up from the back in the middle of the dimple, slide on a bead, then go down again where you came up.  Easy!
https://vimeo.com/148802681?inf_contact_key=05416fb76f58a0561e84169e0f35871c

UPDATE:  If you like silk ribbon roses, you'll enjoy this tutorial on using spider webs stitch.
https://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/how-to-do-the-spider-web-needlepoint-stitch.htm

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

Monday, November 11, 2019

The Mystery of Dye Lots and Thread Colors

Tricia Nguyen's latest blog posting is about the mysteries of dye lots and thread colors and thread numbers.
http://thistle-threads.blogspot.com//2019/09/when-2916-became-235.html

I found this utterly fascinating!

By the way, Stitcher's Paradise has a nice older article (Elaine Warner has died and Jay Paterson retired to his Lego obsession) about thread dye lots and how to plan to avoid disasters when threads bleed and run.
https://www.stitchers-paradise.com/articles/Bleeding_Colors_Article.htm

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

Sunday, November 10, 2019

The Met Talks Up Needlepoint

Thanks to the Forest Needle, I have a link to the Met's introduction to needlepoint.  It's surprisingly comprehensive and even has a video explaining continental, half cross, and basketweave.
https://mymodernmet.com/what-is-needlepoint/?fbclid=IwAR12Q2MkNsD_hNIOgSw4qxuiYywQxKrq0H8YwloxBL8R97V63q_hfp8fX-8

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

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Using Running Stitch for Colorful Backgrounds

Needlepoint For Fun's latest e-newsletter is about using a running stitch and Flair to cover a colorful background.
https://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/how-to-do-the-running-stitch-for-the-background-on-your-needlepoint-canvas.htm

Of course there are other ways to handle a background with a lot of color changes.  You can frame the piece over gold lame' fabric without stitching anything in the background, for example.  You can use a single ply of cotton or silk floss in a medium shade taken from the background.  You can use thin metallics as well and work random sized boxes all over the piece.  There are a lot of fun things you can do to enhance the background.

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 27, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, November 8, 2019

The Meaning of Life (and Needlepoint)

Thanks to Needlepoint Now, I have an interesting article about downsizing and the meaning of various items we've accumulated over the years.  I think we'd be wise to put a note on the back of very special items so that our descendants understand why stitching them was so special.
https://www.mtdemocrat.com/business-real-estate/7-insights-for-those-downsizing-through-generations/?fbclid=IwAR17tKyQupVPc8oJqjP7oxbpdK37XnBMj9ffgFaf4NVIqxDEErl6nMKR-FM


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

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Mary Corbet Reviews a Lighted Needle Threader UPDATED

Mary Corbet has a fun review up of a needle threader that comes with a little light.
https://www.needlenthread.com/2019/09/lighted-needle-threaders.html

It's called the SE SN-LT24-4 Assorted Color Illuminated Needle Threader. You can see the video Mary mentioned here.
https://www.sciplus.com/lighted-needle-threaders-58719-p

UPDATE:  Paula found these on Amazon to use while she recovered from carpel tunnel issues.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2980140168667642&set=p.2980140168667642&type=3&theater

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 25, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Introducing the FrameLok

Look what Ian did for his mother!  They are called FrameLoks and they are little gadgets that fit inside the corners of your stretcher bars to keep them square.  If you look at the comments you'll see a photo of Ian's creation in use.  You simply use thumbtacks to attach them inside the stretcher bar corners once you assemble them.  Then the stretcher bars can't wiggle out of shape slightly as you stitch or carry them around in a tote bag or suitcase.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10217204287593669&set=gm.2560480314029111&type=3&theater&ifg=1

These will start to show up in the shops around Christmas 2019.


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

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Hearts for Hospice Pattern Downloads UPDATED

If you have seen the hearts folks are stitching to give to hospice programs and wanted to participate but didn't know where to begin, Lorraine of Colour Complements has a great article summarizing how it all works. She also has a heart pattern to download with the outline and stitch instructions and information about where you can send your heart once it is complete.
https://colourcomplements.com/2019/11/hearts-for-hospice-needlepoint-colour-complements-embroidery-threads.html

UPDATE:  Here is another design to download for your hospice hearts stitching.
https://colourcomplements.com/2019/12/hospice-hearts-hand-dyed-threads-colour-complements.html

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

Monday, November 4, 2019

The New Swivel Head for K's Table Stand

I always enjoy reading Sheena's latest blog. She always has a new stitch (or two) diagrammed plus she always has lot of eye candy to enjoy.  This time she shows off some of Lynn's cat designs from Designs by Sharese as well as her new table stand from K's Creations.
https://www.sheenasstitches.com/stitch-variations-designers/

The swivel head on the table clamp stand is a new design, similar to their metal floor frame. It's infinitely adjustable, which is just the thing for some stitchers like Sheena who need to recline as they stitch.  Because it fits on the table next to your stitching chair, it's even more useful than the floor frame for some folks.  Thanks to the review and photos Sheena posted, folks who are interested in a clamp on table stand can see how this works in detail.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright September 19, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Morgan Julia's Travel Tips

Morgan Julia Designs' blog has some great tips for traveling with your needlepoint—and she reveals some of her new designs.
https://morganjuliadesigns.com/blogs/news/the-canvases-im-packing-for-vacation

The tips are great.  I'd just add to always have a spare packet of needles in your purse, wallet or suitcase.  Nothing's worse than losing the one needle you have with you!

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

Yet Another Writer Discovers Needlepoint

Thanks to Melissa Shirley (who alerted Facebook to this), we can read yet another article about needlepoint making a comeback.
https://www.flowerpowerwithjill.com/needlepoint-makes-a-comeback-and-its-a-whole-new-ballgame/?sfns=mo&fbclid=IwAR2seQwek9gd2Q-YXse-i5jWeum1R6rF0ZG7okAId6e-kg4LWlM0A564itY

I'm not sure I agree with the author that needlepoint should be meditative.  I often find it so but the world of needlepoint is wildly diverse in both the stitcher and the design he or she chooses.  And I like it that way.

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

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Staggered Cross and Double Stitch Have a Baby

This interesting variation on Double Stitch simply melds Staggered Cross with Double Stitch on a slant.  The stitch variations are endless with these two stitches.  Note that BeStitched included a mistake to show how obvious it is if you accidentally put the wrong leg of a cross on top.  You do have to be consistent in making this stitch.
https://vimeo.com/148691792?inf_contact_key=071c53bb0845cf56c393f4ceef93b00e

Here's the more typical Staggered Cross.
https://www.sheenasstitches.com/happy-hanukkah/

Here's Double Stitch.
https://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/how-to-do-the-double-stitch-in-needlepoint-and-the-best-places-to-use-it.htm

Of course you can change the spacing.  You don't have to blend the two stitches to get something unique and interesting.
https://www.needlepointteacher.com/stitches/d/double/

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

Friday, November 1, 2019

How to Stitch Curves with Kreinik Size 16 Braid

Nancy from The Needle House in Houston has a great tip for using Kreinik's size 16 braid and a chenille needle for swirls and curves.
https://www.facebook.com/Kreinik.Manufacturing.Company/videos/2452997711688260/

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 12, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

A Tutorial For Creating Needlepoint Argyle Plaids

Jane Gable's Argyle Plaid

Courtesy of Jane Gable, here are instructions for creating a needlepoint argyle plaid by working skip row basketweave. Jane says feel free to share her instructions for her take on needlepoint argyle plaids.


ARGYLE PLAID
  1. Choose your date
  2. Choose your threads
  3. Choose your colors, one for each number
  4. Choose your color order

IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER FOR THE ARGYLE PLAID:

  1. The ONLY stitch you will be using is every other row basketweave
  2. You will count ONLY the STITCHED rows for your number sequence
  3. Always use 10 stitches for a zero
  4. Partial dates are just fine
  5. Decide how many repeats or partial repeats of your date that you want
  6. Deciding the dimensions of your canvas:  Using the date July 12, 1942,
    those numbers total 70.  Since you aren’t counting your skipped stitches, you will double this to 140.  Your canvas will be 140 stitches by 140 stitches.  Mark this dimension into a square on your canvas.  This will be the final size of your stitched piece.

You will be combining the diagonal stripes of both directions to form a diagonal, or Argyle design.  the “every-other-basketweave” stitch is used to provide spaces for the two angles to meet.

You will start in the lower right hand corner and work to the upper left hand corner with the first number of your date, the month. When you reach the top, skip a stitch to the left of your first row and start your “down” row.  When you reach the bottom, skip one stitch to the left and start another up row.  Continue in this manner for as many rows and colors you have in your date.  You will be filling in the LEFT HAND SIDE OF YOUR CANVAS.

When you have finished stitching the left side of your canvas, turn it 180 degrees and repeat the process to fill in the other half of the canvas.

To complete your plaid, return to the original TOP and work from the UPPER RIGHT CORNER TO THE LOWER LEFT CORNER  continuing your color sequence, keeping the EVERY OTHER ROW BASKET WEAVE to fill in the spaces left.  When half of the canvas is complete, turn it again and start the same process filling in the last half and completing your plaid.

Jane Gable



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

A Tutorial For Creating Symmetrical Needlepoint Plaids

Courtesy of Jane Gable, here are instructions for creating a symmetrical needlepoint plaid based on dates by working skip row basketweave. Jane says feel free to share her instructions for her take on needlepoint plaid, sometimes known as birthday plaids since birth dates are often used to create the pattern.



STRAIGHT SYMMETRICAL PLAID


  1. Choose your date
  2. Choose your threads
  3. Choose your colors, one color for each number
  4. Choose your color order

IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER:

  1. The ONLY stitch you will be using is every other row basketweave.
  2. You COUNT the unstitched rows when counting out your number.
  3. Always use 10 stitches for a zero in your date.
  4. Partial dates are just fine...January 11,1948 can be shortened to January 11, 48 for example.
Deciding the dimensions of your canvas:  Using the date July 12, 1942, the center strip on your canvas will be 7 stitches wide, on each side of that, making a mirror image there will be an additional 28 stitches.  Decide how many repeats, or partial repeats of your date you want.  

Count the stitches both vertically and horizontally making a square.  Mark this on your canvas.

When you have finished your first date completion on both sides of your center column, start again with the 7 stitch column and work out from there.

EACH SIDE OF YOUR DESIGN WILL BE A MIRROR IMAGE OF THE OTHER SIDE WORKING OUT FROM YOUR INITIAL 7 STITCH COLUMN.
In a symmetrical design, the first number in the date (the month) is ALWAYS the center of your design and each side is a mirror image of the other side.

To achieve your symmetrical straight plaid, start in the CENTER of your canvas with the FIRST number of your date.  Stitch a vertical column the length you want, number of repeats of your date, in every other row basketweave.

When you reach your desired length, go back to the top and start on either side of your first column with the 2nd number in your date.  Continue this way, on both sides of your center column until you have achieved the number of date repeats you want.

To complete your plaid, go to the UPPER RIGHT CORNER of your canvas.    STARTING WITH THE LAST NUMBER IN YOUR DATE, work horizontally across filling in the unstitched areas of your canvas to complete rows corresponding to the numbers in your date.  Using the January date, your stitched rows will be this number of stitches wide...1 - 11- 1- 9 - 4 - 8

Jane Gable



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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Boo to You

Susan Johnson of SJ Designs has posted another free chart on her website.  This one celebrates Halloween and is intended to be done all in beads, but of course you can use thread instead of you aren't into beading.
https://us2.campaign-archive.com/?u=35aa40000a83a7d7f36608669&id=b991a4c782

Thanks, Susan!

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

Woodlawn Owns a Martha Washington Chair Cushion

One of the dozen chair cushions Martha Washington needlepointed has been given to Woodlawn Plantation. It was on display during the 2019 needlework exhibit.
https://savingplaces.org/stories/a-martha-washington-chair-cushion-puts-needlework-front-and-center-at-woodlawn#.XTm9Pi2ZN3k

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

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Tips for Winning Ribbons

Brenda worked as a judge's assistant a few years back, helping them as they judged a needlework exhibit.  She has tips she gleaned from listening to the judging and comments of the various judges as they went through all the pieces on exhibit.  Whether you plan to ever submit a piece for judging or not, it's interesting to hear what we could all do better.
https://brendasneedlepointstudio.blogspot.com/2019/09/exhibitions-and-judging.html

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

Monday, October 28, 2019

The Holiday Mystery: Girl with a Deer

Ruth Schmuff of Bedecked and Beadazzled has just announced the holiday mystery for 2019: Blu My Pink Turtle's "Girl with a Deer."  The details are on Ruth's blog.  As usual, I'll update this as Ruth posts about each lesson.  It's always fun to see what she comes up with.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2019/10/holiday-mystery-class/

Ruth's posted a hints video about lesson one.
https://www.facebook.com/bedeckedandbeadazzled/videos/500312040562072/

The first lesson is all about the deer.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2019/11/sweetness-overload/

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

Sunday, October 27, 2019

How to Make a Perfect French Knot: The Video

Needlepoint.com's latest video is all about making a perfect French knot.
https://needlepoint.com/blogs/needlepoint-know-how/how-to-make-the-perfect-french-knot

(By the way, my personal opinion is that wool threads make the nicest French knots, so if they are giving you fits, try using wool.)

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

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Kreinik Specializes in The Perfect Hair

Kreinik's latest blog is all about the perfect fuzzy touch for a Halloween project—ThreadworX's Chenille.
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2019/09/fuzzy-metallic-fibers-add-more-fun.html

https://www.threadworx.com/product.php?catid=41&catName=Kreinik%20Ice%20Chenille%20-%20Artisan%20Dyed&pg_num=1

It's actually Kreinik's Micro Chenille, especially dyed in ThreadworX's fun colors.  In other words if you need hair that isn't orange, lime or purple, Kreinik can still fix you right up.
http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Micro-ice-Chenille-3m.html

The next time you need spiky Halloween hair, you know where to go.

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

Friday, October 25, 2019

Melita's Tips

Melita picked up a Stitch and Zip eyeglasses kit to use as a travel project.  Instead of using the threads included in the kit, she choose threads from her stash and bought some Silk and Ivory to fill out colors she didn't have already.  She has a wonderful tip for minimizing pilling of Silk and Ivory.  She also recommends turning the design and stitching it from the original bottom down toward the original top so that the top edge looks good.
https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2019/07/21/watercolor-poppies-stitch-zip/

If you aren't familiar with Stitch and Zip kits, here are the current designs available from Alice Peterson.  They are 14 count printed designs that come with cotton floss for stitching.  There are five styles for each design, plus there are Christmas mini sock and ornament kits available.  There is no finishing, you just zip them up after stitching.  However, some folks go to the trouble of lining their coin purse or glasses cases, just to get a smooth inner surface.
https://www.stitchandzipkits.com/stitch-and-zip-kits/

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

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Learn Needle Painting with Emillie Ferris

Mary Corbet recommends the e-Books of Emillie Ferris (she is a UK embroiderer) if you want to learn or practice needle painting.
https://www.needlenthread.com/2019/07/a-great-resource-for-needlepainting-exercises.html

Her website is an amazing browse!  I enjoyed the two little movies at the bottom of the home page a lot.
https://www.emillie-ferris.co.uk

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

Monday, October 21, 2019

Mary Corbet Goes Full On Cyclops

Mary Corbet does embroidery but she also reviews many tools, threads and books that needlepointers might like.  Today's posting reviews a rechargeable headlamp to use to direct better light to your stitching area.
https://www.needlenthread.com/2019/09/portable-lighting-solution-for-needlework-coast-headlamp.html

Like all her reviews, Mary has lots of information and pictures to help you decide if this is the type of light that will work for you.  Thanks, Mary!

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

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Threadaholic Alert: Jumbuck from Dinky Dyes

I don't usually see Dinky Dyes in the stores as this Australian company is more focused on cross stitchers and counted thread stitchers, but they make very nice overdyed silk flosses and silk perles.   Now it looks like they have a silk/wool blend called Jumbuck as well.  If you live near a big cross stitch shop or run across one in your travels, this is worth checking out.
https://dinkydyes.com

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

Saturday, October 19, 2019

We have a Tie for the Smart Cookie October 2019

This month we have a tie for the Smart Cookie Award. I can't decide who is more inventive, Bethany with her needle chart in the lid of her needle box…,
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10162321539805644&set=gm.2423098257767318&type=3&theater

… or Toni who turned her Jude voodoo doll canvas into a holder for her tv remote.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/2420715964672214/

You guys are amazingly inventive!

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

Friday, October 18, 2019

Will The Color Run?

Donna works in my "local" needlepoint shop and noticed something interesting when she was sorting threads and putting them away.
http://majtravaux.blogspot.com/2019/10/colorfast-word-that-caught-my-eye.html

It's something to think about if you plan to have a piece blocked.  Or spill something on your stitching.  Reading the labels is always a good idea anyway.

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

Florentine TV

Anna Pearson has a new YouTube channel! You can learn more about how she choose Florentine as her YouTube topic here.
http://anna-pearson-needlepoint.blogspot.com/2019/11/making-my-first-youtube.html

She's starting out with "An Introduction to Florentine" for those who love or who are just interested in learning about Bargello-type stitches.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUvphha_FKY

Anna shows the materials you need to stitch your own Florentine pillow.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U698iDzVqTk

Here is how you work the first row.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXlbwg0C2AA

Help picking colors.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sYj9iMRAz8

Help making it into a pillow or box top with tips for finding the right fabric or box.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h__eZQEiCM

All the pillows in the background are her own designs, plus she makes doing a pillow look really easy.    If you are charmed, you can see more Bargello (including free charts) online at these sites.
https://www.needlepointteacher.com/stitches/numbered-a-b/bargello/

https://www.needlework-tips-and-techniques.com/bargello.html

http://www.nordicneedle.net/guides/stitching-techniques-guides/canvaswork-needlepoint/bargello-canvaswork/#.XWAB-C2ZN3k

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

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Help Purchasing a Lighted Magnifier

Dazors are the gold standard of lighted magnifiers. They are expensive but very long lasting.  For those who are considering a purchase but who don't understand the terminology of lenses, or who are confused about which model will suit them, or what diopter means, Dazor has an information page useful for anyone considering a magnifier, whether you end up with a Dazor model or not.
https://www.dazor.com/choosing-a-lighted-magnifier.html

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright July 3, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Gay Ann Rogers' Sale Starts Today

If you are a fan of Gay Ann Roger's designs, her sale starts tomorrow, October 17, 2019.
http://www.gayannrogers.com/pre-week-.html

Gay Ann does counted canvaswork and her designs are usually stitched on either 18 count or Congress cloth.  We know that three samplers will be available (The Flowers of Spring, Echos II  Tudor Rose Sampler, and Drawn Thread Sampler) plus she has new designs that will be available.  Of course there will be more old favorites, and it looks like Carolyn Meachum will sell antique needlework tools as well in the Saturday Surprise Windows.  

Stay tuned!

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

Learning To Create Perfect Padded Satin Stitch Circles

If you ever wanted to create a nice round circle on your canvas with padded satin stitch, Anna Scott has a lovely short tutorial on her website.
http://annascottembroidery.blogspot.com/2019/08/doodle-stitching-going-dotty-on-satin.html

Anna mostly does crewel on linen but if you use a sharp needle, you can replicate her circles on needlepoint canvas.

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

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Using the Binding Stitch on a Belt Canvas



I've finished all the basketweave on my belt canvas so now I need to finish the edge with binding stitch.  Not all belt finishers want a binding stitch, so check with your finisher or the shop that is arranging finishing for you first.  Some will want two extra rows of tent stitches instead.  I like the binding stitch, however, and the finisher I'm using does as well, so I have to master it before I can send my belt out.

I found several tutorials on doing the binding stitch on a belt.  Note that she counts holes, not threads, when figuring out where each part of the binding stitch goes.  You may prefer to count threads as I do, but it's easy to just count two threads instead of three holes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niT5P--H35U

Here's another video.  She folds the raw edge down, which might make it easier for you to count or stitch the binding stitch.  I find it a little too easy to get my thread twisted if I turn down the edge myself to work this way.  There's great information on starting/ending a thread here whether you use her turn over technique or not.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXFSMtRsAwU

M's Canvashouse also has a good video by Tink Boord-Dill.  I think this "back three, up one" technique is the fastest way to work binding stitch.  The video makes clear that you always work from the right towards the left and that you only bind the two long edges, not the ends of the belt canvas.  I used this technique to work my binding stitch.  But pick the technique that works best for you.  Like much in needlepoint, there isn't one right way to do binding stitch.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6kenW41SbQ

If you prefer the written word in a tutorial, Serendipity has a nice write up.
https://www.serendipityneedleworks.com/needlepoint-binding-stitch/

Many thanks to Hingham Square Needlepoint, Serendipity Stitch, M's Canvashouse and Eye of the Needle for help with binding stitch.

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

Monday, October 14, 2019

Donna Demo'd at Woodlawn

Donna of the Needleworker Not in Paradise blog lives close enough to Mount Vernon to be able to demonstrate stitching at the Woodlawn Plantation needlework exhibit. She talks a bit about what she did here.  It sounds like fun!
http://majtravaux.blogspot.com/2019/06/march-demo-day.html

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

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Thoughts on Creativity and Home

This morning I have a short essay from Anna Pearson about creativity and our homes, with lots of photos of her work over the years and how she displays it in her own house.
http://anna-pearson-needlepoint.blogspot.com/2019/08/working-in-creative-room.html

Anna is an English needlepoint teacher and designer.  You can see more of her work and check out her current classes on her website.
https://www.anna-needlepoint-pearson.com

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© Copyright  August 19, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Need a Free Alphabet? Lord Libidan Has 53

Need a Free Alphabet? Lord Libidan Has 53 charted.  They are intended for cross stitch but will work nicely on needlepoint canvas.
https://lordlibidan.com/53-free-cross-stitch-alphabets/?fbclid=IwAR1tYd6qaBAYfMsLFZHsS7i7m9noeouKh8HUcq91j0HFxLZE9wwu-24crQM

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

Friday, October 11, 2019

Using Fuzzy Stuff (A Video)

Needlepoint.com shows how to use Fuzzy Stuff, Angora and Alpaca on needlepoint canvas in this interesting video.
https://needlepoint.com/blogs/needlepoint-know-how/fuzzy-threads?utm_source=Needlepoint.Com&utm_campaign=6067ea199b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_08_15_07_59&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6eed0b10d5-6067ea199b-579725333&goal=0_6eed0b10d5-6067ea199b-579725333&mc_cid=6067ea199b&mc_eid=3a360cb48b

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