Tuesday, April 30, 2019

You Love Needlepoint Pumpkins, Now Acorns are Available

On May 1, Sharon Wollman will have a "harvest" of needlepoint acorns!  
https://www.smwollmandesigns.com/collections/heirloom-needlepoint-acorns

If you aren't familiar with her pumpkins or her pillows (both made from vintage needlepoint), explore the site a little and enjoy.  The pumpkin harvest starts September 1st.

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

An Interview: Pewter and Pine

Jinny interviews Tess of Pewter and Pine. Tess is a second generation needlepoint designer!
http://stitchstyleblog.com/2019/03/tess-pewter-pine/

You can browse Tess' work on her website.
https://www.pewterandpine.com

Or check her out on Facebook or Instagram.

And for us old-timers, here is her mom's website.
https://www.doolittlestitchery.com

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

Monday, April 29, 2019

K's Creations' Stowaway Floor Frame

This Flosstube video of a K's Creations Stowaway Floor Frame is fascinating.  The floss tray accessory costs extra I think.*
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqkJ1xKpgjs

The nice part about this frame is that it folds up for storage.  The standard size will hold stretcher bars that are 26 inches wide but larger versions can be made.  Ask your favorite shop to inquire if this is something you would like.
http://www.kscreations.com/floor_stowaway.htm

I understand Creative Stitches and Gifts has them in stock if you are in the market.
http://www.creativestitchesandgifts.com/home

*By the way, the lamp appears to be a Craftlite "Dublin" light-magnifier combo.
https://www.needlenthread.com/2010/11/the-dublin-craftlite-magnifier-light-combo-review.html

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

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Cover A Door Stop Brick with Needlepoint

Needlepoint.com shows how to cover a brick with needlepoint to make a doorstop.
https://www.needlepaint.com/blog/2019/02/20/brick-works-how-to-finish-a-needlepoint-brick-doorstop/

Those of us old enough to remember life before everyone had air conditioners will remember screen doors and the necessity to prop open the regular door so that the welcome breeze didn't slam the regular door.  Of course nowadays covered bricks make fabulous book ends.

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

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Breaking News: Pins and Needles in Princeton is Closing

Thanks to Needlepoint Now magazine, I saw this article about the knitting/needlepoint shop Pins and Needles in Princeton, NJ is closing in mid-May.
http://www.towntopics.com/wordpress/2019/04/24/pins-and-needles-to-close-after-18-years-in-princeton/?fbclid=IwAR2VQ1mwTvz_QNpA_OoZ8rUUCNlWeJtjQKD7eBBE8uOz5XjqJ321PF-HQ-A

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

Are You Anywhere Near Littleton, Massachusetts?

If you happen to be anywhere near Littleton, Massachusetts, stop by The World in Stitches to see the exhibit of Harvey Kravis' needlepoint.  The show ends May 3 and the shop is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, so hurry!
https://twisinc.blogspot.com/2019/04/one-man-needlepoint-show.html

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Ribbed Leaves with Fly Stitch

Anna Scott has developed a highly textured ribbed leaf done with fly stitch and has instructions on her blog.  You can see the influence of crewel in this piece which is done with one strand of silk perle on linen.  If you use a sharp needle instead of a tapestry needle, this can easily be done on needlepoint canvas.  It would really add texture to a floral piece.
http://annascottembroidery.blogspot.com/2019/03/in-my-hoop.html

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

Thursday, April 25, 2019

BREAKING NEWS: Sally Baer Exhibit

Thanks to Kreinik, I just learned Sally Baer of BB Needlepoint is having an exhibit of her needlepoint on Cape Cod.  If you are going to be in the area, do stop in and support our wonderful designers.
https://www.capenews.net/arts_and_entertainment/needlepoint-art-on-view-at-woodruff-s/article_41b4efc3-c272-5f6d-a2dc-836579d3dd11.html?fbclid=IwAR2YM1KmIGc2rh5-4OtTfqoXKfK8temelbMKZNtaQZe-6mOhvnlTJKWO8HI

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

Bobbin and Fred Interviews Anne Fisher and Emma Homent

Shannon's latest interview of young needlepoint designers for her Bobbin and Fred blog introduces us to Anne Fisher of Anne Fisher Needlepoint.
https://www.sewingwithbobbinandfred.co.uk/2019/03/lets-meet-anne-fisher-needlepoint.html

You can visit the beautiful Anne Fisher Needlepoint website here.
https://www.annefisherneedlepoint.com

The second interview Shannon's done recently is with the British designer Emma Homent of The Makers Marks.
https://www.sewingwithbobbinandfred.co.uk/2019/03/lets-meet-emma-of-makers-marks.html

Emma doesn't seem to have a website but you can follow her on Facebook or Instagram.
https://www.facebook.com/themakersmarks/

https://www.instagram.com/themakersmarks/

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

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Discontinued Kreinik Colors

Kreinik is helping those spring cleaning chores by republishing the list of thread colors they've had to discontinue because they can't get the materials to make them any more.  Kreinik suggests you print out the list and put it with your thread stash to consult before you start a project that needs a lot of one of their threads.
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2019/04/discontinued-kreinik-thread-colors.html

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

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

MAK Needlepoint's Backgammon Board

If you are a fan of backgammon, you'll love watching MAK Needlepoint stitch their new steampunk-style backgammon board canvas.  
https://makneedlepoint.weebly.com/needlework-in-progress/backgammon-board

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

Monday, April 22, 2019

Thin and Chic—And No Longer Available

The Blue Metal Threaders

Recently I heard about a very thin blue metal threader from a friend who was asking around about where to get some more of them.  They look a bit like the Dritz threader but they are blue and are made from thinner metal.  They were once available from Rainbow Gallery but are no longer being made.  Rainbow Gallery says they had them made in China but most of them were so bad they had to be thrown away.   Rainbow Gallery never reordered.  It's just not economically feasible to order items when the majority are not usable.


Dritz Brand Threaders at Joann's Fabrics

I took a photo of the needle threader display at my local Joann's Fabrics just so you can see the variety of threaders that are easily obtainable.  I prefer the wire threaders myself but this is personal preference.  The downside to the wire threaders for me is that the wires pull out, so I buy a package occasionally, lay them all out on waxed paper on the kitchen counter, and put a drop of Super Glue on the bases where the wires attach to the metal tab.  After they dry it's a lot harder to yank out the wires without meaning to.

But I plan to try out one of the blue threaders, just to see what they are like.  If you like the thin metal style of threader (like the Loran, link below), you might seek one of these out if your favorite shop still has one available.
https://www.joann.com/loran-needle-threader-for-eye-needles-large/1494061.html


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Sunday, April 21, 2019

The Superhero Needlepoints

If you have Marvel comics admirers in your life, you probably have heard about the newest movie--"Captain Marvel." Thanks to Needlepoint Now magazine who flagged this interview on Facebook, we know the actress who plays the lead was busy needlepointing an abstract piece while on set.  Stitch a little, then save the world.  Sounds like a plan to me!
https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2019/03/06/captain-marvel-how-classic-introvert-brie-larson-overcame-her-fears/3071033002/?fbclid=IwAR2Hpnb6QOPy0oh6JS-n1JsQIfQ2txF6RUtZXFTSWyqdqoJEHGsevIDB_t8

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Needlepoint.com's Favorite Essentials UPDATED

Needlepoint.com has written an article about the shop's favorite tools. There are two types of cheap, colorful scissors, their preferred brand of laying tool, both plain and fancy magnets, and the Stitcher's Best Friend to help with ripping out and poking in.  The Stitcher's Best Friend comes in two sizes, by the way.  One is better for 13 count, one for 18 count.  Read the description before you pick.
https://needlepoint.com/blogs/needlepoint-know-how/five-favorite-needlepoint-accessories?mc_cid=72aee8cd3d&mc_eid=3a360cb48b

You can browse their Accessories section online if you want to purchase one of these items.
https://needlepoint.com/collections/needlepoint-accessories

UPDATE:  The shop has done a video demonstrating how to use the Stitcher's Best Friend.  You can watch it here.
https://needlepoint.com/blogs/needlepoint-know-how/how-to-use-a-stitchers-best-friend?mc_cid=6c523507d0&mc_eid=3a360cb48b

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

Friday, April 19, 2019

Jan Goes Piloting

Jan and three friends just took pilot classes from Jennifer Reifenberg and Toni Gerdes in Colorado.  Pilot classes are a test drive of a new project from a teacher.  Folks are invited to take the class out for a spin to help proof the directions, see where the hard parts of a project are for most stitchers, find out what needs to be added to the directions that the teacher just assumed folks would know, etc.  It's a useful thing that teachers often do with various ANG and EGA guilds in their area.
https://stitchlady.wordpress.com/2019/03/10/needlepoint-adventure/

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

You Do You

The mother of Brooke Thorn of Thorn Alexander has words of wisdom about needlepoint.
https://www.triciaheatondesigns.com/blog/2019/3/3/dear-new-stitchers?fbclid=IwAR3n-RzsBo4uRa-0v7kHJ3gZFSPTgglR2dq74SzNhfrtxlWtVslT2oICQ1Y

Thanks for the heads up, Anne!

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

BREAKING NEWS: Abigail Cecile Gifts A Free Notre Dame Design UPDATED

Since the roof and spire of Notre Dame Cathederal burned this week, folks have been looking for canvases to commemorate the cathedral as it was.  Bucherie in Paris has several small pieces and one large canvas.
http://bucherie.com/products.asp?cat=34

Sally Corey has one as well.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/976880512389107/

If you are a fan of counted canvaswork, Threedles has "Cathedral" in the Notre Dame color way.
https://threedles.com/04012016/Frames/threedles_frameset.html

Now Abigail Cecile has gifted us all a line drawing of the current profile of the cathedral.  Go to her website on your laptop or desktop (link below), put your cursor on the middle of the image, then holding the cursor down, drag the image off her website and to your desktop.  There's a link to her explanation on how to transfer this to needlepoint canvas here as well.
https://www.abigailcecile.com/pages/notre-dame-free-printable?fbclid=IwAR2vVgxaDIpSZ2EKyuljZlpA4JS_LsJ4TtkdXaCcsruUJE6MTMd4xFH43RI

Thanks, Abby!

UPDATE:  Alice Peterson is providing a printed outline Notre Dame canvas.
https://bestitchedneedlepointshop.com/products/notre-dame-round?fbclid=IwAR3dDMIAJzJ_7KcrLXYUXF2pfYmBUXDL7phtgCS2cwy4J3OB1VumWcWXVjA

By the way, Tricia Nguyen of Thistle Threads was right there when Notre Dame started burning if you need a good photo of how it was when choosing colors for your version.
http://thistle-threads.blogspot.com/2019/04/april.html

UPDATE #2:  Deux Amis has a new large Cathedral of Notre Dame canvas.
https://www.facebook.com/needlenookoflajolla/photos/a.874331942611533/2481653438546034/?type=3&theater

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We Are Style Icons Now UPDATED

Thanks to sharp eyed shopper Melissa,  I know that Tory Burch's new purses include a limited edition needlepoint purse in tribute to her needlepointing parents.
https://www.toryburch.com/lee-radziwill-small-bag/54336.html?dwvar_54336_color=972&cgid=handbags-newarrivals

UPDATE:  And it looks like there are more than just one needlepoint purse!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10205594621822029&set=gm.2210503765693436&type=3&theater&ifg=1

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Sullivan Scissors

These very pretty scissors from Sullivan have oval finger holes, sharp blades and a nice decoration. Susan Porta says they are very classy.
https://www.mynotions.com/product/teardrop-handle-embroidery-scissors/?fbclid=IwAR3Efu9GH5j4poiq_gk-MQ9KvaAxepOq3qnG-QGoP4qFxbkHMyY6nvyuRjE

Designers Desk has them in stock as well.  Call them at 725-222-7757 to order from the shop.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

The Smart Cookie Award Goes to Beverly!

Beverly went looking for some tiny snowflake sequins and stumbled across these.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/2143386855738461/ 

She bought them from the Kat Scrappiness website and says she got good customer service from them.  Kat Scrappiness carries lots of different sequins for scrapbooking in a variety of sizes.  Shop carefully as many don't have holes to attach them; they are meant to be glued onto paper.  You might be able to pierce those with a needle but maybe not.
https://www.katscrappiness.com/collections/sequins

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Color Eyes Beading Needles from Beadsmith

I just learned from Quail Run that Beadsmith is selling beading needles with colored eyes so you always know which size you are grabbing.  They are not on the shop website yet but a pack of six in assorted sizes is in stock.
http://quailrunneedlework.com

Here is a video that shows them off.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcUt3uI8UQ0

It appears that the six pack of assorted needles has two each of size 10, 11 and 12 beading needles and there is a color code on the front of the package.  You can also buy packs of six needles in all one size if you prefer a size 10, for example.  I'm not sure Quail Run stocks those, however.
https://www.beadaholique.com/beadsmith-coloreyes-beading-needles-size-10-11-12-1-pack-of-6-assorted.html

If you like using varying sizes of beading needles and love knowing exactly which size you've picked up, this might be the product for you.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Threadaholic Alert: Tillie Thomas Essentials from Planet Earth Fibers

There's a new thread in town! It's called Essentials and it is half silk and half Merino wool.  It is thinner than Pepper Pot Silk, which I find a little fat for 18 count (but others think Pepperpot perfect for 18 count canvases so this is probably related to stitch tension).  This is available from Planet Earth Fibers.  Suzie Vallerie loves it and promises a review later on when she's not so busy getting ready for the Orlando show. (second link)
http://astheneedleturns.com/march-newsletter-2/

http://astheneedleturns.com/essentials-the-perfect-name/

There are 130 colors and 10 yards of thread on each card.  Stay tuned!
http://planetearthfiber.com/index.php/pepper-pot2

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Introducing Zoe Gilbertson

Thanks to Corrina, I have a new needlepoint artist's website for us to all explore.  Zoe Gilbertson is a fashion designer with an interest in needlepoint which she combines with spray paint.  You can buy her original pieces or digital prints of them if they are sold out (which most are).
https://www.zoegilbertson.com

Fabulous fun!

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Unicorns in Needlepoint UPDATED

Apparently April 9 was Unicorn Day (how did I miss THAT?!) so Accoutrement Designs has posted their unicorn themed magnets and fobs. Unicorn canvas by Oasis.
https://fobfriends.blogspot.com/2019/04/happy-unicorn-day.html

Black Rose Needlepoint has a new design—"Sophie's Unicorn." This normally comes on 13 mesh but it can be done on 18 count or 10 count for a child to stitch.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/642343941/sophies-unicorn-7-round-on-13-mesh?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=sophie%26%2339%3Bs+unicorn&ref=sr_gallery-1-2&organic_search_click=1&frs=1&fbclid=IwAR2zzMh1xHx7ax9rRjRjs_Revo591XoQUnzl0LTq9lvj7F8fMCn81a6GpXY

Needlepoint.com has a folk art version of a unicorn ornament as an online class.
https://needlepoint.com/products/folk-forest-unicorn-needlepoint-kit

Nenah Stone has a lovely one that's not too large at seven inches square.
https://needlepoint.com/collections/com-featured-categories-nenah-stone-designs-trunk-show/products/nenah-stone-designs-unicorn

A. Bradley has a darling small unicorn mini sock.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10218722251069151&set=pcb.2238783592865453&type=3&theater

My Pink Sugar Life has a sweet one.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/530114315/hand-painted-unicorn-needlepoint-canvas?ref=shop_home_active_18&fbclid=IwAR1d7l5V23a6jMi66JQEAxHW_TaBzpXSvQOc-B9-1wPp3HGBQ8p6YhQs7cM

Actually, their shop has the most unicorn small pieces I've found.  You can find a Kathy Schenkel tooth fairy unicorn or mini sock with a castle in the background, Rachel Donley's round unicorn ornament with space for a monogram (or perhaps a tiny photo?), and several versions of Princess and Me's little uni ornament, plus Burnett and Bradley's silvery Harry Potter-worthy unicorn rearing.  Plus you can get their folk art unicorn as a plain canvas.
https://needlepoint.com/pages/search-results-page?q=unicorn

Here's the Princess and Me uni made up into a pillow.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10216345068997524&set=p.10216345068997524&type=3&theater

Susan Roberts offers the Tapestry Tent unicorn Christmas stocking.
https://needlepointus.com/proddetail.asp?prod=AXS331CK

Oasis Needlepoint has a unicorn portrait that appears to be rather large.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10216104884928181&set=p.10216104884928181&type=3&theater

LizArt has a small charted one, suitable for a beginner.
http://www.lizartneedlepoint.com/Counted_Needlepoint.php

So does Burnett and Bradley (formerly A Collection of Designs).
https://burnettandbradley.com/products/always-be-a-unicorn?fbclid=IwAR1kcAoMBphfgnlg0opGqyghinK7WNje7rfQ09x7__jfKVpUNfF37MJIJjc

The famous unicorn from the Cluny Tapestries is still available for those who love Medieval designs.
Search around though.  You can get it cheaper than this.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Bucilla-Needlepoint-Kit-Unicorn-sealed-Barbara-Baatz-1998/163603748954?epid=1323004948&hash=item26178b185a:g:UCIAAOSwSP9bbhgV

Or just buy and download the chart.
https://www.koolerdesign.com/shopproductdetail?ProductID=2224

Alice Peterson has a version as well.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/676428221/unicorn-captivity-needlepoint-kit-alice?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=unicorn+needlepoint&ref=sr_gallery-1-45&frs=1

However, my favorite is the Ehrman kit from Candace Bahouth.
http://www.ehrmantapestry.com/Products/Unicorn__UNI.aspx#.XK329i-ZN3l

UPDATE:  Rebecca Wood has two new unicorn ornaments and a unicorn with rider piece.  The She Unicorn has a pink and green mane while the He Unicorn ornament has a purple and green mane.
http://www.rebeccawooddesigns.com/uploads/1/1/9/4/11948070/1055a-she-unicorn_orig.png

http://www.rebeccawooddesigns.com/uploads/1/1/9/4/11948070/1055b-he-unicorn_orig.png

http://www.rebeccawooddesigns.com/uploads/1/1/9/4/11948070/1055c-unicorn-ride_orig.png

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

150 Years Transferring Designs

I had never heard of Deighton Needleworks, but they are an English company that has been transferring needlework patterns for 150 years!  It looks like they produce the printed canvases for Ehrman, Jolly Red, Designers Forum, and Beth Russell as well as other needlepoint companies in the United Kingdom.  Click on the video to see the print machines creating needlepoint canvases for our stitching pleasure.
http://www.deighton-needleworks.co.uk/history/

The best part is that they do custom orders and there is no minimum.  So if you are in the UK and want a custom design, talk to Simon.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Breaking News: Gone Stitching Is Moving

Gone Stitching is moving to a new location, fairly close to the current shop. This is the email Renee is sending customers:

After 13 years at 31 South Washington Ave in Bergenfield, we have found a new home. Our new address will be 311 South Washington Avenue in Bergenfield. And no, that is not a typo. Clearly it was meant to be. Our phones will stay the same. The contractor is putting the finishing touches on the new beautiful store and then we will move. The plan right now is to make Thursday April 18 the last day in the shop now. We will be closed all of Passover. We will be setting up the new shop the following week, so we will remain closed. Our mail and packages will continue like normal during this time so do not worry about any finishing you may have out. 

 I can be reached at Renee@gonestitching.net while we are closed. We will keep everyone up to date. Please spread the word to those who may not be on our email list.

We wish the shop and its faithful customers many happy years in the new location.

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Thorn Alexander Raises Money for African Children

"A Kit for Kenya" is coming in May from Thorn Alexander. It's a fund raiser for The Leo Project, and for Flying Kites,  both of which raise money for African children,
https://www.facebook.com/1602091103365745/photos/a.1626687557572766/2291190424455806/?type=3&theater

https://thornalexander.com/collections/just-kitting/products/a-kit-for-kenya-the-leo-project-pre-order?fbclid=IwAR1u-HE_heEuqaZzSpKPwJwka2ZRdXWe-4L8t2WU7RPlHlg_odCaU0BxxR0

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Beep Beep (Spring Mystery Class from Ruth Schmuff)

Ruth's spring mystery class for 2019 features a darling Southwestern roadrunner from Dominic Bourbeau at Tapestry Fair.  The first class is the end of April.  Long distance students will get their lessons in the mail after each in person class or at the end, depending on their preference.  I'll update this article as Ruth shows off progress in each lesson.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2019/02/beep-beep/

UPDATES:

The first lesson of Beep Beep shows the eye and beak.  Ruth even posts a video about how to do the crescent stitch beak.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2019/04/beep-beep-2/?mc_cid=cf14c2de28&mc_eid=60242fbe68

The bird has a tummy and there is cactus!
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2019/05/just-because-you-can/

Now there are mountains and the road—all done in a family of stitches where stitching order is important for the overall look.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2019/06/stitch-order/

The final touches plus the sky.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2019/06/racing-to-my-heart/

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© Copyright February 28, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Using a Fabric Wrapped Mat in Framing

David Lantrip just posted in NP Nation about an article he wrote for Picture Framing Magazine.   And yes, David, stitched the canvas first.  His article starts on page 37.  Use the side arrows to go to that page.
http://pfmdigital.com/publication/?i=563258&fbclid=IwAR1zhLNG9orj6xQiLEE8s18Ik3e2btkqLnLoWJN0I6InWPR9O6H4DSjqtvs#%22%5C%22%7B%5C%22issue_id%5C%22:563258,%5C%22page%5C%22:0%5C%22%22

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

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Belt Frames: F. A. Edmunds

Needle Paint shows off the F. A. Edmunds belt scroll frame and how a belt is stitched with it.
https://www.needlepaint.com/blog/2019/02/27/how-to-stitch-a-needlepoint-belt-canvas/

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

Friday, April 5, 2019

Make Your Own Purse Tutorial

If you would love to have a needlepoint purse but the cost of finishing on top of the hand painted canvas is daunting, why not make your own purse on 7 count plastic canvas?  Shannan will show you how in the March/April 2019 issue of Needlepoint Now magazine.  She's even doing a giveaway of an issue, in case you don't subscribe.
https://www.sewingwithbobbinandfred.co.uk/2019/04/new-pattern-millefleur-satchel.html

This article lists the materials needed.  She uses knitting yarn for the project but you can substitute regular threads you have in your stash if you like.  Even perle cotton should work nicely.  You can also use interlock canvas but it will likely be harder to find in anything larger than 10 count.  I would try using 14 count as that will increase the repeats of the pattern on the original design by two, making it easier to work out what this will look like.

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

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Jewelry Boxes in Many Colors and Shapes

Lee has added two new colors to their line of self-finishing jewelry cases.
https://yarntree.typepad.com/needlework_news/2019/02/new-jewelry-case-colors.html,

Planet Earth Fiber has another style of jewelry case available.  Their colors are more limited but this is very new for them.
https://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2019/02/planet-earth-jewelry-cases.html

You can browse the Colonial Needle website (they own the Lee line) for canvases sized to fit their jewelry boxes.  Look for the BB canvases.
https://colonialneedle.com/pages/lees-needle-arts

Planet Earth Fiber has canvases sized to fit their cases, too.
http://blog.planetearthfiber.com/leather-self-finishing-jewelry-cases/

And of course other designers are creating pieces that fit.  Mindy's new designs for the Planet Earth Fiber jewelry cases are a good example.  These are so new they are not on the Mindy website yet, just her Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10212492530620626&set=pcb.2123679094375904&type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/mindysneedlepointfactory/photos/a.407751296547/10155680155751548/?type=3&theater

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© Copyright February 272019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Stitches to Go and Don't Go Amazon

Needlepoint.com has a brief review of Suzanne Howran and Beth Robertson's great little stitch dictionary called Stitches to Go.
https://needlepoint.com/blogs/needlepoint-know-how/stitches-to-go-a-handy-needlepoint-reference-when-youre-on-the-go?mc_cid=3532753e20&mc_eid=3a360cb48b

This little spiral bound book combines all the stitch diagrams (and nothing else) from their three Stitches for Effects books.  If you travel with your stitching a lot, it's the most compact and thorough book of stitch diagrams you can find.  But don't buy it from Amazon.  Here's why—
https://www.amazon.com/Stitches-Suzanne-Howren-Beth-Robertson/dp/0966302435

A quick search came up with The Needlepointer having it for sale at $100 less.  Their price is about what I would expect to pay for this although you might find it cheaper or get free shipping if you shop around the good online needlepoint shops or get lucky with eBay or stash sales.
https://www.theneedlepointer.com/product/stitches-go/

NEVER EVER buy needlepoint books from Amazon!

Now that we have that out of the way, where are the best online places for needlepoint books?  If they are older, try my three favorite booksellers of needlework.

Marianne at New Needlepoint excels at finding pristine copies.
http://www.newneedlepoint.com

Ruth Kerns is the best known seller of books on needle arts.  She carries everything.
http://www.ruthkernbooks.com/catalogs/index.html

Bette Feinstein in Massachusetts isn't as well known but she's an invaluable resource.  Like Ruth, she doesn't specialize in just needlepoint.
https://www.needleworkbooks.com

Threadneedle Street has a lovely mini review section and a wide collection of great books for needlepointers.
https://www.threadneedlestreet.com

Some shops have huge selections of books.  I like to browse these:

Amy's Golden Strand
https://www.amysgoldenstrand.com/store/c501/by_subject.html

Bedecked and Beadazzled
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/books/

Fireside Stitchery
http://www.firesidestitchery.com/fs/books/index.cfm

Needle in a Haystack
https://needlestack.americommerce.com/book.aspx?ps=60

Needle Nook of La Jolla
https://www.needlenook.com/product-category/books/

Pocket Full of Stitches
https://www.pfos.com/SalePages/PocketFullofStitchesBooks.htm

You'll find every book you ever wanted above.  Trust me and avoid Amazon.  The real bargains when it comes to needlepoint books are elsewhere.

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

Monday, April 1, 2019

Melita Goes to Woodlawn 2019

It's fun to hear about Melita's trip to the Woodlawn Plantation exhibit in 2019, which closed yesterday.
https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2019/03/31/woodlawn-roadtrip-2019/

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