Monday, September 30, 2019

Learn to Stitch Hair with Anne of Pumora UPDATED

Anne of Pumora does amazing embroidery, particularly hair styles. She works on fabric like linen, but many of her ideas can be translated to needlepoint canvas.  First, here's a bit about Anne herself.
http://pumora.de/about-me/

She offers a free tutorial on stitching hair if you sign up for her email list.  Here is a taste of what it is like, based on one of the Game of Thrones character's hair.
http://pumora.de/blog/2019/how-to-embroider-hair-khaleesi-style/

You might enjoy her article on choosing hair colors.  She has a list of her favorite DMC cotton floss colors for blondes, brunettes, etc.
http://pumora.de/blog/2018/choose-right-colors-hair-embroidery/

If you would like to sign up for the hair tutorial, here's the link.
http://pumora.de/hair-embroidery-101/style-your-hairy-threads/?fbclid=IwAR0zTaSQLVEQkLDbCvnHa4JoaC7iErIm6tDncc2uC8jHFQ2mEVyWI6IFElA

UPDATE:  I signed up for the tutorial series with an email lesson each day.  It was fun and inspiring and afterwards I was not deluded with spam emails.  Highly recommended!

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

NJNA Visits Delaware Shops

Dmbstitch of NJNA was in Delaware for a beach trip to visit family but she did manage to hit two shops in the Rehoboth-Dewey Beach area.
https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2019/08/06/needlepoint-shops-in-delaware/

Personally I always go to the beach after Labor Day to dodge the crowds.  Maybe this year I'll see you in Delaware!

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

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Autumn Logs' Special Limited Edition Colors

If you are a fan of counted needlepoint, or just want to try a charted project on needlepoint canvas, you may be interested in the limited edition colors dyed for Needle Delights's "Autumn Logs."  The threads are from Colour Complements and the kit is available from their website.  You'll need to get the canvas and chart separately.
https://colourcomplements.com/2019/09/autumn-logs-thread-kit-hand-dyed-embroidery-colour-complements.html

Here is what the original colors look like.  As you can see, the Color Complements colors are richer with more blue, purple, brown and gold.  You can buy the chart only from the Needle Delights website, too.
http://www.needledelights.com/index.php/store/details/64/12.html

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

Learning to Curve Bullions

Ruth Schmuff's mystery class for Summer 2019 was the "White Cat" from Johanna Virtanen.  One of the flowers in this lesson needs curved bullions so Ruth made a How To Video.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2019/08/flowers-are-growing/

If you don't already own any bullion needles,  and your favorite shop doesn't carry them, here's an online source.  Bullion needles come in either blunt or sharp points and in a variety of lengths.
http://www.needlestack.com/WebStore/Accessories/Needles.html

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

Friday, September 27, 2019

Doug Goes to the Catskills

Doug Kreinik is on the road with his camera and visited Needlepoint Gallery and More in July. Here's the video, which features Doris Katz, the shop owner, and her great hat.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ8oh4I7Zt0&feature=player_embedded

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

About John Johannsen

Fans of the artwork of John Johannsen that Melissa Shirley Designs adapts to needlepoint will enjoy reading a bit about his life.  Many thanks to Scrim Needlepoint for the information!
https://www.facebook.com/scrimdiscovery924/photos/a.1053431794673096/2727315380618054/?type=3&theater

If you haven't seen much of his work on needlepoint, take a browse through the Melissa Shirley Designs website.
http://melissashirleydesigns.com//galcol/?col=110

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

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Favorites from Destination Dallas 2019

Speaking of BUY IT NOW, I've had lots of fun looking at the latest new designs that were revealed at Destination Dallas last week.  As usual, I have favorites and I've been looking at trends.


"Beach Happy" from Melissa Prince

It seems lamas and dogs are very popular now.  I've seen lots of new dog canvases.  The above is my favorite from Melissa Prince, but she has several others available, including a hilarious mystery lovers dachshund that I call "Baskerville."
https://stitchtherapyneedlepoint.com/feature.php?id=59266&title=Mystery%20Lover%20Dachshund&itemtype=hand%20painted%20canvases

Ehrman has lots of fun new dog kits from Magie Hollingworth (second link below shows just one of many)...
https://www.melissaprincedesigns.com/dogs.html

http://www.ehrmantapestry.com/Products/Magic__MAGYT.aspx#.XX-seS2ZN3k

…and Pippin has a wonderful black lab.
https://www.theneedlepointer.com/product/black-lab-6/


"Peruvian Reindeer Sweater" from Tapestry Fair 
This Tapestry Fair llama is a charmer.  There are two others in the series.
http://www.tapestryfair.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=67&Itemid=1


Designer Unknown
Birds and Halloween continue to be big themes.  This wonderful crow piece with tropical drinks (designer unknown) made me smile.
http://www.laborsofloveneedlepoint.shop/shop/c/p/Crow-Bar-x42937396.htm


Owl with Birds, Mary Lake-Thompson of Melissa Shirley Designs

I like this birds canvas a lot, don't you?  This is from Mary Lake-Thompson, distributed by Melissa Shirley.
http://melissashirleydesigns.com/gallery/?bsn=1&fbclid=IwAR1WOhH6nSFrq2p5TDIc4HpSQKNMJa1LZaVFOM5pQWzfFqb3ZnolW_b_wZs



The Owl from Sandra Gilmore


I love this owl.  It appears to be from Sandra Gilmore of Once in a Blue Moon Designs/Fleur de Paris.  Lots of personality in this bird!
https://www.facebook.com/nestndlpt/photos/pcb.2667027780008491/2667026920008577/?type=3&theater


3K's White Fox Ornament


I also love 3K Design's fox canvas.  There is so much you can do in this small space!
https://needlepoint.com/collections/destination-dallas-2019/products/3k-designs-white-fox-ornament


Amanda Lawford/Vallerie Needlepoint Gallery

Dragons of course are classics.  This Chinese New Year Dragon is from Amanda Lawford of Vallerie Needlepoint Gallery.
https://www.stitchbystitchneedlepoint.com/product-page/amanda-lawford-dragon-al037-vng


Love You More 
Personally I love stitching people and I really like this Love You More angel.  She's perfect.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2662677637117632&set=pcb.2458556114221532&type=3&theater


Colors of Praise

This small Colors of Praise portrait reminds me of a dear friend.
https://bestitchedneedlepointshop.com/collections/destination-dallas-2019/products/in236


Face Cards, DJ Designs

This stylized playing card is fun!  I know a lot of folks are intimidated by stitching people but these from the playing cards series would be an easy stitch.  There are quite a few in the set.  Designer is DJ Designs, courtesy of my spies!
https://www.facebook.com/189965167681135/photos/pcb.3254438184567136/3254437461233875/?type=3&theater


Mary Lake-Thompson's "Halloween Pumpkin Hat"


I also really like this Mary Lake-Thompson piece of a witch with her red-winged blackbird and decorated hat.
http://melissashirleydesigns.com/galsearch/index.cgi?index=1568489441_51601&col=



Gayla Elliott/The Collection Designs

The new portraits by Gayla Elliott (The Collection Designs) are wonderful.  I think these are all six inches square so they wouldn't be too big to work on.  It's hard to choose one!


Asian Woman, Colors of Praise

But I think this is my very favorite canvas of all I've seen.  It s from Colors of Praise.
https://www.facebook.com/needlehearts18900/photos/pcb.1174336346086547/1174337249419790/?type=3&theater

If you can identify the designer of the folks I can't, please let me know.  Leave a comment below or email me at chillyhollow at hot mail dot com.  Thanks!

UPDATE:  Many thanks to Carolyn Hedge Baird for helping me credit designers.

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Why You Should Buy NOW

Ophelia, from Manuel Salas/Tapestry Fair


Tricia Nguyen has done more than anyone to revive the art of 17th Century stumpwork caskets for 21st Century stitchers.  Read this and you'll understand why the last casket class is coming up.
http://thistle-threads.blogspot.com/2019/09/why-is-answer-no.html

(By the way, if you are interested in taking the last casket class, here's the info.)
https://thistle-threads.blogspot.com/2019/09/the-harmony-with-nature-casket-course.html

All this doesn't just apply to folks who want to recreate 17th Century boxes and mirrors.  It applies to us all.  Needlework in general is based on small businesses.  Your favorite designer is going to get sick and die eventually, or just plain want to retire.  What will  happen to their business?  Who knows?!  Do you have that one piece you really really want to stitch stashed away?

Artists decide not to renew agreements to have their work reproduced on needlepoint canvas.  See Ophelia above?  That canvas is no longer available because Manuel Salas' licensing agreement with Tapestry Fair has ended.  Unless you can find this canvas tucked away in a shop or someone agrees to let it go from their stash, you are out of luck.

Sometimes the family businesses that are the heart of the world of needlepoint buy the rights to someone's designs.  We all owe a debt to Fleur de Paris and Colonial Needle and many other distributors who are handling the designs we love.  But what happens when the family members start to die out?  Will their kids want to continue?

What will happen when Gloriana's and Kreinik's owners want to retire?  We got lucky when the owner of Needle Necessities died and their dyer opened ThreadWorX.  Will lightning strike twice?

We worry about growing new needlepointers but we need to be equally concerned about growing the little companies that supply us with charts, canvases, threads, scissors and more.

This all hangs by —pardon me— a thread.

So go buy that canvas or chart or thread or pair of fancy scissors that tempts you.  You never know when it will vanish forever.  Buying that thing secures your dream but it also helps secure the dream for the future needlepointer we haven't even met yet.

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

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

A Vicki Sawyer Interview

If you are a fan of the Vicki Sawyer artwork that Melissa Shirley puts on needlepoint canvas, you'll love reading this interview with the artist.
https://www.nextavenue.org/an-artist-displays-serious-whimsy/?fbclid=IwAR1idm8dUHkWFvfTfIl3wK7WwT_BUzy9d9uFhAEEPqMBHLWJ9LBajIdBFv8

If you aren't familiar with the designs, have fun browsing them on Melissa's website.
http://melissashirleydesigns.com//galcol/?col=167

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

Monday, September 23, 2019

Profiling Jenny Adin-Christie

Today I'd like to profile the needlework of Jenny Adin-Christie, who is a British embroiderer with magic fingers, to say the least!  Kathy at the Unbroken Thread recently took a class (the Minerva Mirror) from Jenny.  Let's start there.
http://www.theunbrokenthread.com/blog/2015/08/19/bath-textile-summer-school-day-2/

Interested?  Here are some stunning close ups of Jenny's needlework.
https://bordertextilegroup.wordpress.com/june-jenny-adin-christie/

Here's an interview, with a nice tip about avoiding magnification whenever possible, plus the story how Paul McCarthy ended up with his own slate frame.
https://egausa.org/needle-arts-magazine/profile-jenny-adin-christie/

Finally, here's Jenny's website. I encourage you to explore her whitework, goldwork, stumpwork and embroidery.
http://jennyadin-christieembroidery.com/Home.html

One talented lady!UPDATED

UPDATE:  Fiber Talk has interviewed Jenny.  Great listen!  Thanks for the tip, Gary.
https://wetalkfiber.com/2019/05/12/fiber-talk-with-jenny-adin-christie/?fbclid=IwAR0BrSaAf-OEQDSKIHFlcJbuN0K3CtWOvgP3q9J2OODbTg3mdPxcZhHPQGc

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Kreink Spools Lose Their Labels UPDATED

Kreinik's latest posting is about their struggles to help their spools keep labels in place longer.  It's interesting to learn that their label machine is broken and they are struggling to get it fixed. Mechanics for this sort of thing are no longer available so it's hard on a small business.
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2019/09/about-those-kreinik-spool-labels.html

My spools lose labels occasionally but I just pop the spool and label in a Floss-Away bag and don't stress over it.

UPDATE:  Waste Knot says that they occasionally have to replace the labels on Kreinik spools. The staff use a dab of rubber cement, then hold the spool by the ends till it adheres. It seems to work pretty well.  Thanks, SL!  We appreciate knowing what the shops do to handle this issue.

Anyone else have tips?

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A Tour of Cindy's Needle Art

Sheena's been to Canada on a short vacation, and since she was in the Toronto area, she visited Cindy's Needle Art in a suburb of that city.  She met up with friends from Facebook and had a lovely time touring the shop, seeing all the Sew Much Fun models (Cindy's sister designs Sew Much Fun canvases and Cindy stitches them and writes stitch guides for many), and generally enjoying herself.  The photos of the many Sew Much Fun models are astounding!
https://www.sheenasstitches.com/cindys-needle-art-friends-stitches/

Here is the shop website.
http://www.cindysneedleart.com/index.html

And here is the Sew Much Fun website.   Ordinarily you cannot order directly from the designer but since her sister owns a needlepoint shop, you can pretty much get any Sew Much Fun canvas you want without much of a wait if you go through Cindy's Needle Art.
http://www.sewmuchfun.ca

Thanks for the tour, Sheena!  It was fabulous!

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Sad News about Paternayan

A local Maine newspaper is reporting that Saco River Dye House (now Maine Textiles International) is in legal trouble due to their not being able to pay their rent.  They own Paternayan, so it looks like for now it will be unavailable.
https://www.pressherald.com/2019/03/21/saco-dyehouse-at-risk-of-closure-in-property-dispute/?fbclid=IwAR3NzbWbrfMSkTm0XLaS2-wKx8kJDbQuSHswimgk2NfDzTA_LFl0jzvgjQE

Local stitchers in Maine say that they lost the lawsuit and that the company is in bankruptcy now.  A buyer is apparently in the wings.  Stay tuned.

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Friday, September 20, 2019

An Interview with Morgan Julia Designs

The new Morgan Julia Designs website is live!  My favorite part so far (besides the fresh colors and style of the designs—love that elephant design on her Facebook page!—is the interview on her website (second link below).
https://www.facebook.com/MorganJuliaDesigns/

https://morganjuliadesigns.com/blogs/news/behind-the-canvas-meet-designer-morgan-julia

Congratulations on starting out in the World of Needlepoint.  We are cheering you on.

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

Thursday, September 19, 2019

NAN's 2019 Exhibit Winners Online

The National Academy of Needlearts (NAN) has announced the 2019 Exemplary winners are now online.   As always, it's amazing stuff!  We have some great stitchers exhibiting here.
https://needleart.org/2019-exemplary-ribbon-winners/?fbclid=IwAR3HUMP3ZPKQZacIDYUNljx5RC2noJpzFKyumNx_cSLD8H5GYm0h7m1EoeM

Click on each photo to get a better look and read the stitcher's information about their work.  You can also click on the first photo and use side arrows to move through the exhibit if you prefer.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Compensation Help

Unless the only stitch you ever use is a tent stitch, eventually you will have a stitch that doesn't fit the shape you are stitching. That's when you have to compensate. But how do you to that? Not to worry, we have lots and lots of help.

Ruth Schmuff has a lovely little trick to help you compensate an area.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2017/03/compensation-games-2/?cn-reloaded=1

Sandy Arthur has some good information at the bottom of this blog article in her Tips to Treasure section.
http://sandyarthur.blogspot.com/2017/08/classes-as-we-prepare-to-post-upcoming.html

If compensation drives you nuts and you need more help, you might be interested in Susan Robert's Compensation 101: The Art of Partial Stitches for Needlepoint. It's the only book that is all about compensation I know about. It is 45 pages long, so it's not a big book.
https://www.amazon.com/Compensation-101-Partial-Stitches-Needlepoint-ebook/dp/B01MSDEBQ4/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=stitsuzi-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=186208ae8224b7245c43d0a570b4f0c4&creativeASIN=B01MSDEBQ4

I've not seen it but it's gotten rave reviews from purchasers on NP Nation. Please note this is a Kindle book, so you will have to buy it from Amazon and will need the Kindle app downloaded to read it.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

A Master Uses Negative Space

Gay Ann Rogers just posted photos on her website of one of her samplers (on Congress cloth I think) she designed some years ago. Look carefully at the close up of the cat and the rug it's resting on and compare them to the rest of the sampler.  The cat isn't completely stitched and the rug isn't solidly stitched, either.  That makes them look good next to the sparsely worked wallpaper behind the cat.  
http://www.gayannrogers.com/gallery/cat-sampler.html

It's a good lesson for those of us who aren't thinking scale and density when we work.  The best results come when you pay attention to those.

If you are curious about Gay Ann's thoughts on stitching, check out her interview with Fiber Talk.
https://wetalkfiber.com/2019/09/15/fiber-talk-with-gay-ann-rogers-iii/?fbclid=IwAR2zjDP_OKMf_pGx1VSZmYhVvyqvHbt8d7NKERklGpPbqEzGfAH0z6cm7XE

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Inspirations Magazine Profiles Ecclesiastical Needlepoint

Inspirations magazine posts an online newsletter each Friday. It's always full of beautiful pictures but once I managed to drag my eyes away from the new book on Betsy Morgan's etuis (due out in late October; I've seen her needlework in person and it is gorgeous!),  I discovered a reader note about 23 kneelers, designed by Benjamin Pollack, stitched for a church in Sydney, Australia.  The photos are wonderful!
https://mailchi.mp/inspirationsmagazine/embroidery-news-issue-461343?e=cb5b277f1f

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Got Stitches Too? Size Matters (Book Review)

Needlepoint.com's blog has put up a nice book review of the latest book from Gone Stitching—Got Stitches Too? Size Matters.
https://needlepoint.com/blogs/needlepoint-know-how/book-review-got-stitches-too-size-matters?goal=0_6eed0b10d5-2430a6efa7-579725333&mc_cid=2430a6efa7&mc_eid=3a360cb48b

It's not a very thick book but it has colorful diagrams that are easy to read (assuming you aren't color blind) and also includes stitched samples of each stitch.  I think the series is very well priced, too.

This is the third book from Gone Stitching.  Got Stitches:  Multi-Layered Stitches for Needlepoint was their first book and Holey Stitches!  A Guide to Judaic Themed Needlepoint Canvases was their second. All three are the same spiral bound size with heavy stock paper and clear diagrams. The two Got Stitches? books have colored diagrams and stitched samples.  Holey Stitches is much shorter (only 19 pages) with simpler diagrams and a lovely charted Hebrew alphabet and no stitched samples.  The stitches in Holey Stitches are for things like a Star of Dave, doves, domes, challah, mountains, buildings, wine cups, a Torah, etc.   It is more a specialty book but if you need a Hebrew alphabet or ideas for a piece for a Jewish friend, this is a great purchase.

You can order directly from the shop if your favorite store doesn't have these in stock.
http://www.gonestitching.net/product-category/books/

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 9th Annual Needlework Exhibit

The 9th annual needlework exhibit held at the Rehoboth Beach Museum in Delaware will start September 14, 2019 and run through November 3rd.  Mark your calendars so you don't miss it.  After all, September 14 is today!
https://brendasneedlepointstudio.blogspot.com/2019/07/rehoboth-beach-de-9th-annual-needlework.html

http://www.rehobothbeachmuseum.org/index.php/annual-needlework-exhibition?fbclid=IwAR1fR-e2odksxFMS4c1LxGhs-931_NwB4J-zgkzZkpYTGNDH4I7cmwe2zr4

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Friday, September 13, 2019

The Brady Bunch House Recreation has Needlepoint

I never watched the Brady Bunch on tv but a lot of folks were fans. You might be interested in the recreation of the house that HGTV is doing this fall.  One of the rooms has a little needlepoint pillow stitched by one of the original stars.
https://www.adweek.com/tv-video/the-brady-bunch-siblings-on-the-tv-house-props-they-were-most-excited-to-restore-for-hgtv/?fbclid=IwAR2aUoUswv-Q4jRIAQWLynSKpOPWUSEoCLg1KsqcslIS-EiRKXFXPQLUu1k

Many thanks to Kreinik and Beth Gantz for pointing this out.

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The Blue Ridge in Needlepoint

There's a new designer in town who does the Appalachian mountains very very well-Blue Ridge Stitchery!  The tulip poplar flower is awesome, too.
https://www.facebook.com/140308589372557/photos/a.140381372698612/2832419243494798/?type=3&theater

More from Blue Ridge Stitchery.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/2351128828297595/?comment_id=2351166751627136&reply_comment_id=2351169521626859

Here is their website.  It's wholesale only but your favorite needlepoint shop can order something for you.
https://www.blueridgestitchery.com

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

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Visiting Judy's Stitchery Nook: The Video

The local news just profiled Judy's Stitchery Nook in Harlington, Texas and the local Tip of Texas EGA chapter.  They had Catherine Jordan come in and teach them a map class, too!
https://www.krgv.com/news/con-mi-gente-valley-hand-embroiders-keeping-the-art-alive?fbclid=IwAR3L6geVDkQtCzznMkaIe6HeHlRypeaQB2pv3_4R_ezp2aM69EStknt30_w

Here's Catherine's website so you can see other maps she has done.  Explore a bit. She does amazing work, much of which I've had the pleasure of seeing on display at Woodlawn,  and some is for sale.
http://www.catherinesdesigns.net/map-kits.html

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Lampwork Beads from Grace Ma

I like lampwork beads. They are very very decorative, even when they are not made by the amazing Grace Ma.  But when they are, they are lovely art.
https://blog.artbeads.com/2018/07/grace-lampwork-beads-inspiration/

Most of the big online bead stores sell Grace Beads in case you need the perfect embellishment.
https://www.artbeads.com/grace-lampwork-beads/

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Hands Free Video

If you've been curious about the K's metal floor frame, the Needlepointer has a three minute video showing you how it works. The adjustments are endless. I love mine! Hint: You can put the plate under a chair or table leg for more stability or you can put a brick or other sort of weight on it. Mine is very stable but if you move it a lot to constantly get up and down, you might want the extra security of something on the plate.
https://vimeo.com/303822921

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright July 15, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Breaking News: BB Needlepoint Designs to Close



BB Needlepoint Designs has just announced the business is closing November 1, 2019.
https://www.facebook.com/BbNeedlepointDesigns/

Make sure you have your favorite shop order anything you've had your eye on before it is gone forever!
http://www.bbneedlepointdesigns.com

And Sally, have fun in your new adventures!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright September 9, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

How to Pad a Strawberry with Felt

Anna Scott does a lot of embroidery, especially crewel, and was kind enough to explain how she created padded strawberries using felt in her latest blog posting.  It gives a very dimensional berry, something that needlepointers might want on one of their pieces.  Note her tips on attaching the felt layers in particular and notice that she has done a trellis stitch on top of the felt/satin stitch layers to finish the strawberry.  Nice work!
http://annascottembroidery.blogspot.com/2019/04/strawberry-feast-raised-embroidery-wip.html

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

Sunday, September 8, 2019

SJ Designs' Victorian Dogs for Sale

SJ Designs is featuring a lovely Victorian era needlepoint of two dogs on their sale site. The stitching is interesting because of the background stitch chosen and the interesting random stitching on the basket.
https://sj-designs.net/product/c1860s-berlin-work-needlepoint-hunting-dogs/?fbclid=IwAR27tm2xBz9jxAuDGT0gFjIzv5GkY3m2SenVev0GOqFO_eN6w0Xw53eSGhg

Susan thinks this dates to between 1850-70.  It's a great lesson on how needlepoint has and has not changed.

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

Saturday, September 7, 2019

A Tool for Ripping

Kathy at the Unbroken Thread has been working on an Amy Mitten sampler and finding her Stitch Fixer invaluable when ripping out.
http://www.theunbrokenthread.com/blog/2019/04/10/a-few-things-ive-learned/

You can learn more about the Stitch Fixer at Mary Corbet's website.
https://www.needlenthread.com/2014/01/needlework-tool-thread-tucker-tweaker-fixer-thingy.html

Nordic Needle no longer carries them but you can find the size 26 at Stitchers Paradise.
https://www.stitchers-paradise.com/tools/MISCtoolsS.html

Here's the Stitchville USA website, which is where Kathy got hers.
http://www.stitchville.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright April 10, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Grab and Go Stitches: A Review



I just received a copy of the Lone Star Chapter of ANG's first book, Grab and Go Stitches, courtesy of Cynthia Thomas who is a member.  Thanks, Cindy!  You can pick up a copy at many of the big Texas shops and other stores are starting to stock it as well.  I understand that the first edition is sold out so you might have to wait for a second printing to be printed and distributed before you can get your hands on a copy.
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5b37ed75cef372bdd50ce75a/t/5d5fd5b6d7c1240001f8db49/1566561719109/Order+Information.pdf

The stitches were compiled by Lone Star's membership over a year, with everyone submitting hand drawn diagrams of their favorite stitches.  The only caveat (beside the fact that the diagrams had to be hand drawn) is that any stitch submitted should not be in Stitches to Go since this book was designed along the lines of Suzanne Howren and Beth Robertson's classic.  Like it, the book is small enough to put in a tote bag or large purse and is spiral bound with a cardboard front and back.
https://needlepoint.com/products/stitchestogo

The book is divided into eight sections, according to the direction of the stitch.  The sections are:

Stitches That Read Straight
Stitches That Read Diagonal
Stitches That Read Oblique
Leaf Stitches
Laid Fillings
Blackwork
Darning Patterns
Lagniappe (basically anything that doesn't fit in the other categories)

The section on Straight Stitches is the largest.  There are not many pages of blackwork or darning stitches.  The other sections are medium-sized.  There's a three page section in the back called "Tips and Tricks" with some general information on things like how to create mirror images of a stitch.  All the pages are printed front and back, so "Tips and Tricks" is essentially six pages long, for example.  There is no index and the stitches are not named.  To find something you need to figure out if you want a straight or diagonal stitch (for example), then hunt through that section.  The editors suggest you refer to stitches by page number and position on the page:  "10 UR means page 10 upper right."  

It's 92 pages long plus an introduction.  Most pages (but not all) have six stitches on them, front and back, so there are a LOT of stitches. The diagrams are usually two inches square and in black and white (with gray stitches sometimes) without the stitch path numbered.  There are no photographs of the stitches stitched on needlepoint canvas.  There are no thread suggestions or ideas where to use any of the stitches—this book is just diagrams.  The online price seems to be in the $25 range, so this is a good deal.  (Stitches to Go is 64 pages with fewer diagrams per page and costs $20-25.)

Page Chosen At Random

Beginners won't have the skills to figure out how to stitch many of the more complex stitches without a numbered path, and folks who have vision problems may have trouble seeing the diagrams without magnification.  I leafed through my copy today and I don't see many stitches that I haven't seen often in other books.  Probably only a dozen at most are truly new to me.  If you have a large stitch library, you may not want this book unless you need a good reference book that is small enough to take everywhere with you.  

Don't get me wrong, this is a great little book!  Pair it with Stitches to Go and you have a fabulous collection of stitch diagrams in just two little books that are easy to carry anywhere.  It's just not suitable for every needlepointer because of the issues listed above.  

Cindy says they have enough stitches to do a second book if the first does well.  Keep your fingers crossed!  

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

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Some of My Favorites

The newest Needlepoint for Fun newsletter talks about some of my favorite stitches—the woven stitch group of woven stitch, double woven and woven trellis variation.  All these are wonderful backgrounds for Asian-themed designs, among others.
https://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/how-to-do-the-woven-needlepoint-sitch-and-its-variations-and-the-best-places-to-use-them.htm

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

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

BREAKING NEWS: SuZy Murphy Has Died

We've just heard that SuZy Murphy, author of some of the best stitch books I own, has died.  She was also known for her teaching and even worked a few fun stitch guides.

Suzy Murphy passed away on Sunday, September 1 and is survived by her husband Randy. Many of us know and love Suzy's needlepoint books.  The service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, September 9,  at the First Congregational Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Suzy and her husband were both very active in Cheyenne Young Life. Donations may be made in her name to them at P.O. Box 1062, Cheyenne, WY 82003.

Our condolences to her family and close friends.  She'll be missed.

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

The Needlepoint Card Table

My godmother told me that needlepointed bridge tables and bridge table covers were all the rage in the 1960s when everyone had bridge parties.  When we talked about this in the late 1980s she wondered where they all disappeared to.

Now Cher has turned up one with a hunt theme at an estate sale. Nice find!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/2342624535814691/

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

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Squeakie

Lisa just finished a custom Annie Lane design of her dog and added a real squeaker to the piece. Isn't that darling?!
https://lisasalwayswriting.com/stitching/2019/7/1/oh-squeak-my-heart?fbclid=IwAR0MQ7Zt9ip1ik2Q9q62tFFNFsuXUyrC4AgR2yD2367EzG_G16LRC0fOfc0

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

Monday, September 2, 2019

Chicago Shops Tour

A friend of Sheena's visited a bunch of Chicago-area shops recently and took photos for Sheena to share on her blog. If you live in the area or are visiting this summer, check out the photos and pick some new stores to patronize.
https://www.sheenasstitches.com/a-few-needlepoint-shops/

As a bonus, Angie hit up nine shops in the Chicago area and posted a photo of the exterior and interior of each.  Use the right side arrow to see them all.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/2341448059265672/

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

Sunday, September 1, 2019

The Pumpkin Harvest Has Begun!

Sharon Wollman's "pumpkin harvest" has begun!  She turns vintage needlepoint into pumpkins and sells a selection once a week during her season.  Have fun browsing!
https://www.smwollmandesigns.com/collections/heirloom-needlepoint-pumpkins-tm

Right now the first batch are sold out but there are still "acorns" available.

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

New Books on Goldwork and Metal Thread Embroidery

This is a particularly great time to pick up new books on goldwork and metal thread embroidery.  Kay Stanis, a master of silk and metal embroidery, has released a book! It's called Techniques of Metal Thread Embroidery and for $30, it looks like a real bargain.  You can purchase it from her website and it will be on Amazon shortly if it isn't available already.
https://www.the-gilded-edge.com/book-techniques-of-metal-thread-embroidery/cuflh8jlttniphz0g4r3buuq4s07vf

If you aren't certain if you are interested, explore Kay's website.  You can see her classes, purchase metal and silk threads, and explore techniques.  She's wildly talented, folks. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.
https://www.the-gilded-edge.com/levels

Alison Cole is well known for her goldwork.  She has two books out on it already and a third called The Goldwork Masterclass, is just out.
https://www.inspirationsstudios.com/product/the-goldwork-masterclass/

You can hear more about the newest book on the Fiber Talk podcast.
https://wetalkfiber.com/tag/goldwork-masterclass/

I have her first book and it is gorgeous!  Alison is in Australia but you can still order her books in the USA or work via her website.  There's a link to where to buy in the Fiber Talk link above.
https://alisoncoleembroidery.com.au

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