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

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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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

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© 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
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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
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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
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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
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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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© 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!

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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

Various cities are setting up what is called Stitch Club in their areas on Instagram.  Send inquires to stitchclubofficial@gmail.com or search Instagram.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/2105449506198863/

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.

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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.

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© 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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© 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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© 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.

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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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© 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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© 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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© 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

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