Thursday, January 30, 2020

Turning a Historical Display of Dishes into Needlework

Arlene Cohen has a new needlepoint design, inspired by a museum exhibit.  
https://worksbyabc.com/2020/01/24/how-a-dining-table-becomes-needlework/

https://worksbyabc.com/2020/02/07/an-influential-museum-exhibit/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 24, 2020 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Thread Suggestions for Needlepoint Stockings

Are you overwhelmed by thread choices for that lovely stocking you just bought? Needlepoint.com has posted a video to help you pick out just the right threads.
https://needlepoint.com/blogs/needlepoint-know-how/stockings-stockings-and-more-stockings

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 18, 2020 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Videos from Threedles

Kurdy Biggs of Threedles NeedleArt Designs has started posting videos on how to do some of what folks call "string art" or Jean Hilton-type stitches on her website.
http://threedles.com/04012016/Frames/threedles_frameset.html

To access them you have to go to her home page (link above), then look at the bottom of the left hand column.  Click on "Stitch Demo Videos."  Then pick a stitch and click on the name.  It looks like most of the videos are Kurdy's own from her classes.

I highly HIGHLY recommend Carole Lake's and Michael Boren's Twisty Stitches, Volumes 1 and 2 to learn how to do these but if you learn best from watching, these videos by Threedles may be helpful.
http://stitchplay.com/books-for-needlepoint/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright January 23, 2020 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Look What She Found!

Horse Country Chic just scored an equestrian-themed rug in perfect condition from Etsy!
http://horsecountrychic.blogspot.com/2020/01/great-etsy-equestrian-find.html

Check out this unstitched Deux Amis large rug design!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/668088302/needlepoint-rug-canvas-deux-amis-large?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=needlepoint+rug+canvas&ref=sr_gallery-1-4&organic_search_click=1&frs=1

Here's another finished rug at a decent price but I don't think it is in perfect condition.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/605943488/vintage-pink-blue-floral-needlepoint-rug?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=needlepoint+rug+canvas&ref=sc_gallery-1-7&plkey=45c71081fba00480b3c5a49d3c95f4a1f569b676%3A605943488&frs=1

Here's a real beauty.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/750453104/handmade-needlepoint-rug?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=needlepoint+rug&ref=sr_gallery-1-9&organic_search_click=1

Have fun looking!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/623747364/handmade-needlepoint-floral-rug-shabby?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=needlepoint+rug&ref=sr_gallery-2-21&organic_search_click=1&pro=1

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright January 22, 2020 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

New Approaches in 2020

I've noticed some shops are being particularly inventive in their marketing this winter. Louise's Needlework is now kitting discount canvases so that you can pick up some really cute small designs that come with threads at a very good price.  You can see what's currently available here among the beginner kits and the self-finishing leather goods.
https://www.louisesneedlework.com/shop/KITS.htm?pageNum=1

BeStitched has just released an app for your mobile device.  When you download the app you will go straight to their website and see what canvases, trunk shows, series and books are currently available.  Unlike their website you can't visit their blog or see any of their videos.  If you turn on notifications, BeStitched will let you know about specials or new items.  It looks as if you can check on an order you've placed using the app as well.  It is a nice easy way to visit the shop and browse, especially for those who mostly use mobile devices.  Of course using a desktop or laptop and going to their website allows all the features.  You can get the app for either Android or iOS devices by searching the stores for "BeStitched Needlepoint."

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright January 24, 2020 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Kreinik Dye Lot Change Announcement

Kreinik is going to have a dye lot change with their Chartreuse 015.  Plan ahead!
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2020/01/dye-lot-change-coming-to-kreinik.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright January 17, 2020 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Using a Flat Iron: The Movie

Lisa at BeStitched has posted a video demonstrating the use of a flat iron (used to straighten hair) with various thread types to make them smooth and easier to stitch with.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndJNnow6miU&t=2s&inf_contact_key=60b1f1bd809289e8687cdca8a3cb5e3d

Folks do warn us to keep the heat low and to get a cheap flat iron to use just for your threads since hair conditioning products will build up on your regular one if you use it on your hair.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright January 14, 2020 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Contemplating Thread Storage and Organization UPDATED

Horse County Chic is thinking about ways to organize her thread stash, with economy and practicality first in her mind.
http://horsecountrychic.blogspot.com/2020/01/needlepoint-thread-storage-and.html

UPDATE:  More on threads, boxes and project bags.
http://horsecountrychic.blogspot.com/2020/02/needlepoint-stash-organization-update.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright January 12, 2020 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Back History of Needlepoint.com

I enjoyed this little walk down memorial lane, remembering and learning the history of Needlepoint.com, which is a shop, a distributor, and educator—and a center of needlepoint fun!
https://needlepoint.com/blogs/needlepoint-know-how/the-history-of-needlepoint-com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 11, 2020 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Stitching a Supernova

You'll love to read this article about Cecilia Payne's Supernova needlepoint project.
https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/05/10/cecilia-payne-supernova-needlepoint/?fbclid=IwAR1SrHu5fC18H1CSm0Q5VUsQ-vjDdSmPgDayWPPWzDAWnRVoWpWicd-OAjY

Here is the material in Harvard's archives.
https://hollisarchives.lib.harvard.edu/repositories/4/archival_objects/1021816

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© Copyright January 5, 2020 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Words of Wisdom from Lisa Scottoline

Words of wisdom from Lisa Scottoline—who turns out to be One of Us.
https://www.inquirer.com/life/lisa-scottoline-ralph-waldo-emerson-new-year-20200103.html?fbclid=IwAR0HdzAMjxa__slb6q3oGEK6aHsiDbNHrwgsCvo4jVw490m79rn5hS-tSY0

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© Copyright January 4, 2020 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Reviews: Mary Legallet's New Book UPDATED

Ruth Schmuff has a quick review of Mary Legallet's new book, Mary's Whimsical Stitches.  I understand Needle Bug in Montgomery, Alabama also has copies.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2020/01/mary-wrote-a-book/

Here is a bit about it from Mary.
http://www.whimsicalstitch.com/marys-whimsical-stitches

UPDATE:  Here's a review from Amy Bunger.  I didn't realize URLs were included for at least a few of the stitches in the book so you can see colored photos of stitched examples online.
https://www.amysgoldenstrand.com/uploads/7/2/3/6/72364657/0220.pdf

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright January 18, 2020 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Important Safety Tips for Needle Minders

Judy of HildaBelle Treasures has posted some important safety tips to keep in mind if you use magnetic needle minders.
http://www.needleminders.us/blog/making-things-stick/

You can have fun browsing their gallery of needle minders  Just use them safely.
https://needlemindersus.myshopify.com/collections/all

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© Copyright January 3, 2020 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Ten Tips for Stitching Faces

Gay Ann Rogers starts off 2020 with her ten best tips for stitching faces.
http://www.gayannrogers.com/?fbclid=IwAR1cpm2gfFUvXYpeAYW1NBxomgf8OX7RZ1w7Ifb6FiWUmBXvZmvNemWR0SY

I'm not sure how long this will be available so I am going to quote Gay Ann here:

Ten Tips for Stitching Faces in Needlepoint
"The single most common question I am asked: how to make a pretty face in needlepoint. 
Here are what I hope will be Ten helpful Tips.

1. Stop and think about the typical needlepointed face. I have made faces just 7 stitches wide; the largest I do is usually 30-35 stitches wide. Because there aren't many stitches in which to accomplish a large amount of information, each stitch shows up as larger than you might expect. Keep the thread you use light in weight, soften the colors and keep the details simple and suggestive. Ugly faces usually happen in needlepoint because of too many heavy clunky contrasting stitches and lines. Keep gradations from one stitch to another low in contrast so that transitions aren't harsh.

2. The above is particularly true of noses. Keep noses light in line and detail. Google ‘illustrations of pretty faces’ and you will often see a nose suggested by a tip and two arcs for nostrils. Avoid making noses with heavy contrasting outlines stitched in black from each brow to nostril.

3. Pay attention to the shape of the line defining the face, usually a pleasing oval shape wider at the forehead, narrower at the chin .If you outline the face, do not use a color that is very contrasty with the color of the skin: a black line around a face filled with soft flesh color is too contasty. Consider changing the outline to a flesh color only slightly darker than the flesh color for filling.

4. Blend in suggestions of cheeks rather than choosing bright pink ovals or circles, unless you are creating a cartoonish character. If the face is very small, consider eliminate the cheeks all together.

5. As a rule, pretty means wide-set eyes, each eye with a slight upturn. Take advantage of a stitching a slight upturn if you have that choice.

6. Remember to make eyes ’see’. They need a dot of white. I see so many eyes in needlepoint without the white ahd they always look blind. (We don’t have these ‘dots of white’ but our eyes are aways bathed in liquid and the light reflects off the liquid).

7.  If you are faced with a choice of making the eyes slightly larger or slightly smaller, often slightly larger is a good choice.

8. If you are faced with a choice of making a forehead slightly taller or slightly shorter, often slightly taller is a good choice.

9. Needlepoint faces are usually stitched in Tent Stitch because the area for a face is so small and Tent Stitch is the smallest stitch. Tent stitch, depending on the slant, can create a jagged edge which in some circumstances can disfigure a feature.  Remember you can reverse the direction of a Tent Stitch, thereby smoothing out jagged details. This is particulary helpful on eyes and mouth.

10.  Overstitches can be your best friends: you can use them effectively to soften jagged lines, particularly helpful for eyelids and a mouth and for the suggestion of a nose. The trick to overstitching on faces: very light weight thread not too contrasting in color."


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© Copyright January 3, 2020 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Mario Bautta Auction UPDATED

Horse Country Chic has alerted us to the auction of Mario Buatta's estate next week, which will include his needlepoint pillows.
http://horsecountrychic.blogspot.com/2020/01/mario-buatta-auction-coming-later-this.html

His chintz fabrics were Must Haves in the 1980s and I think his style will come back again.  Sotheby's is holding the auction.  You can browse the two part catalogue online but the auction items will be on display in Manhattan before the sale if you are in the area.
https://www.sothebys.com/pdf/2019/N10304_Vol_1/index.html

https://www.sothebys.com/pdf/2019/N10304_Vol_2A/index.html

UPDATE:  One lot of needlepoint animal pillows sold for $17,500 USD.
http://horsecountrychic.blogspot.com/2020/01/mario-like-needlepoint-animal-pillows.html

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© Copyright January 2, 2020 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Breaking News: Mary Legallet Has a Book Out!

You've followed her blog for years.
https://www.whimsicalstitch.com

Now Mary has a book with more than 250 stitches!  Here are the details.
https://www.facebook.com/theneedlebug/photos/a.355005547893077/2800997053293902/?type=3&theater&ifg=1

The Needle Bug has it in stock.
https://www.theneedlebug.com/shop/Books/p/Marys-Whimsical-Stitches-x44971612.htm

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© Copyright January 16, 2020 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

How to Put a Canvas in the Lid of a Planet Earth Jewelry Box: The Movie

Morgan Julia has a neat video explaining how to insert a finished canvas into the lid of one of the jewelry boxes that Planet Earth sells.  This works for the Lee brand boxes, too, and I think a blunt butterknife will work as well as the tool she has.
https://morganjuliadesigns.com/blogs/news/how-to-self-finish-a-needlepoint-jewelry-box

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright December 27, 2019 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Horse Show Pillow

If you show horses, you'll love this story of a Meredith Collection design called "Horse Show" that Horse Country Chic turned into a wonderful pillow.
http://horsecountrychic.blogspot.com/2019/12/the-cutest-needlepoint-horse-pillow-ever.html

Heck, if you just live among horse farms like I do, you'll enjoy looking at this fun design and hearing how it was stitched.

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

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Queen Mary's Carpet

Queen Mary's carpet has been the subject of discussion on Needlepoint Nation recently, so I did a little searching to find this information about Queen Mary herself and her famous needlepoint rug.  Queen Mary is the grandmother of the current Queen Elizabeth II.  The rug itself was sold to raise money to pay off Britain's national debt after World War II.  It is currently in Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau but I can't find it on their website.  (Thanks for that, Christine!)

Ann Bernard's blog has a great factual article about the rug itself.
https://annbernard.com/embroideries-that-record-historyqueen-marys-carpet/?fbclid=IwAR3pk6rWxahuj9FzJpwiePmN8dwO9oz0-Vnlz7U1TS5ODKk7Th3g1HLETTg

This news reel footage shows off the rug nicely.  It took eight years and was started during World War II.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZL8ICT-V2E&fbclid=IwAR1OAIXH4LIkmN5VPf96jP9A9hYZiDXCA0JNNv1mpnGlyKQyXEKmR7FsRp4

More news reel footage.
https://www.britishpathe.com/video/queen-mary-makes-a-carpet-for-dollars

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

Monday, January 13, 2020

Haus Tirol and Stitching Well: The Video

Doug Kreinik just visited Williamsburg, Virginia and made a little movie of the Haus Tirol and Stitching Well shop.  They specialize in cross stitch and samplers but they are a great visit for any needleworker who is at Williamsburg, especially during the festival holiday season.
https://www.facebook.com/Kreinik.Manufacturing.Company/videos/3020997844595275/

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

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Creating a Sequin Edge on Ornaments: The Movie

This Instagram video demonstrates how to use sequins to create edge trim around ornaments.  I think it is best for ornaments with fairly level edges on the canvas and backing or the sequins won't lay flat, however.
https://www.instagram.com/p/B6OF2tWIPAo/?igshid=11ik0og95yrtb&fbclid=IwAR1jDSIwqTJiDpU5ytEUX2re_tV8aVeQGTkzhHZZf3Yolg1CLQ_qrVs88u0

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

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Make Fluffy Stuff By Ruching Petite Frosty Rays

Ruth Schmuff has created a fun video explaining how to create snow or other fluffy effects by rushing Petite Frosty Rays.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCfKWxgi3ho&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR0yTA6XOAfrE_WyDcz54xjnhxhRPyRRE-d_WPYckFgVbMJJDtEGFi6QOUw

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

Friday, January 10, 2020

Needlepoint Pillows in Traditional and Historic Settings

It's winter in Chilly Hollow, a time to snuggle up at home in front of a roaring fire and read about how needlepoint pillows decorate our homes throughout history.  Here is a bit about the current design trends and how they incorporate needlepoint, courtesy of Architectural Digest.  "Charm and elegance…"  not to mention needlepoint, "never go out of style."
https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/why-are-we-yearning-for-traditional-decor-again?fbclid=IwAR0sXvXc2BeEpsf1QbGTfe281bk3uhnTnsEi632ze2bofJ0tJQI7dOq-soM

Old House Online has a complimentary article about historical trends and the right textiles to pull off a period look.  Naturally we need needlepoint pillows for this!
https://www.oldhouseonline.com/interiors-and-decor/decorative-pillows-for-every-era?fbclid=IwAR1FhoIVsAK0PsGqcg0m0t_TFrgE83NQ7Qay8NYdoA-TJw2a8c-c1Q_E-vg

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

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Creating a Hat Using Mini Sparkles for Padding (The Movie)

BeStitched's latest video tutorial shows you how to make a padded hat using Mini Sparkles for padding. Sparkles and Mini Sparkles —which are the same tubular mesh as regular Sparkles but smaller in diameter— are distributed by Sundance Needlepoint.  I never would have thought to use either thread as a padding under a hat!  Very clever.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFyJM_vnqaA

If you aren't familiar with Sparkles in either size, here are the colors and two sizes.  There is also something called Matte Sparkles now, which doesn't have a metallic woven in.
https://myneedlepoint.com/fiber/sale.html

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

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Breaking News: Lois Kershner is Retiring

BLJ's Mom from the NJNA blog visits California often. She recently was able to visit Lois Kershner's house, take photos of some of Lois' teaching pieces, and release the news that 2020 will be Lois' last year teaching at ANG and EGA.
https://blog.njneedleartists.org/2020/01/08/what-a-fun-day/

Lois is offering her Threadscapes designs and a few more for sale before she wanders off into the sunset.  Browse here.
http://www.loiskershner.com

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© Copyright January 8, 2020 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Learn Needle Weaving with Ruth Schmuff

Want to learn needle weaving?  Ruth Schmuff has posted a tutorial video that makes it look really easy!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2bJSi5nW1w&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR0gmoQh8pldcFF_VnKWiRwbyr6Q0YYRBaSZbaJXiW5Te88SbXvwmrjeeVg

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

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The Free A-Z Sampler from Duo Designs

Sandy Arthur has announced that she is going to provide free instructions for her A-Z Sampler design starting this month on her blog.  I'll update this article with her instructions, tips, and each of the 26 items when they are released.  Since ANG's Stitch of the Month program is no longer available to anyone except dues-paying members, this is a lovely substitute.

Here is the background:
http://sandyarthur.blogspot.com/2019/12/surprise-gift-to-my-followers-several.html

Materials List (Please Substitute from Stash)
http://sandyarthur.blogspot.com/2020/01/hearts-to-z-sampler-okay-guys-seems.html

The Letter A
http://sandyarthur.blogspot.com/2020/01/january-11-online-mystery-classes-we.html

The Letter B
http://sandyarthur.blogspot.com/2020/01/january-18-2020-online-mystery-classes.html

The Letter C
https://sandyarthur.blogspot.com/2020/01/jan-25-last-weekend-our-ang-chapter-had.html

The Letter D
http://sandyarthur.blogspot.com/2020/02/february-1-really-already-we-go-2020.html

The Letter E is escalator stitch.
http://sandyarthur.blogspot.com/2020/02/feb-8-our-weather-here-in-central.html

The Letter F stands for Flemish Bond, a lovely woven stitch.
http://sandyarthur.blogspot.com/2020/02/feb-15-valentines-day-used-to-make-our.html

The Letter G




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Monday, January 6, 2020

The Spider Web Stitch

Needlepoint for Fun has a great essay (with diagrams) about how to do the spider web stitch. This is a great stitch for silk ribbon roses but it works for just about anything round since you can make the spoke foundation visible or invisible. Read all about it here—
https://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/how-to-do-the-spider-web-needlepoint-stitch.htm

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

Sunday, January 5, 2020

How to Attach a Slip and Why

Did you ever read about Mary, Queen of Scots' needlework and wonder what slips were and why her needlepoint was attached that way?
http://marie-stuart.co.uk/embroidery.htm

The Floss Box has a fun tutorial about attaching slips that will help you understand how they were done.  This is something you might even consider doing yourself.
https://www.theflossbox.com/tutorials/embroidery-slips-tutorial/?fbclid=IwAR33dP0dPtFhCdrlV8oT6XOpwa-8g25aAJEcYc_ktASfqWa1QFPkD7c25UY

Or if you are a history buff, you might recreate some of Her Royal Highness' work using one of these English kits and charts from Sew Much Fun.
http://www.sewexciting.com/sections/58/dundonald_designs/

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Saturday, January 4, 2020

Threadaholic Alert: Sue Spargo Threads

Thanks to a recent newsletter from Inspirations magazine in Australia, I have learned that the famous quilt designer and teacher Sue Spargo sells threads perfect for quilting and hand embroidery.

There appear to be three threads:  Eleganza, which is a perle Egyptian cotton in size 8,
https://www.inspirationsstudios.com/product/sue-spargo-thread-pack-eleganza/

Eleganza Variegated, which is the variegated version of regular Eleganza, still in size 8 perle cotton,
https://www.inspirationsstudios.com/product/sue-spargo-thread-pack-eleganza-variegated/

and Ellana, which is a thin fine Merino wool/acrylic blend.  I don't know the diameter of this but I suspect it is thinner than crewel wool.
https://www.inspirationsstudios.com/product/sue-spargo-thread-pack-ellana/

Inspirations sells thread packs which you can purchase above.  These threads are made in conjunction with Wonderfil, which sells another two Sue Spargo-branded threads:  Razzle (which is a size 8 nylon perle thread that is available in both solid colors and variegated) and Dazzle (which is a six ply metallic rayon bend, also in size 8).  They also sell Sue's wool fabric in coordinated colors.
https://www.wonderfil.ca/sue-spargo-collection

If you want something truly different, this is worth exploration although the website is wholesale only.  They do offer help in finding stores, however.   If you know any rabid quilters, you might want to raid their stash!

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

Friday, January 3, 2020

Needlepoint From A Beginner's Perspective

I found this article about starting needlepoint very interesting.  
https://www.herlifemagazine.com/blog/fine-things/needlepoint-is-back/?fbclid=IwAR1WjGl4Uwuazpmnq1jMQNL5fyXVGWGGinlQMyTsm6axC7P6u7mXL9ya3nQ

Most beginners start with kits they find locally and don't do fancy stitches or light coverage (although some jump right in to what might be a little harder).  You can have a lot of fun browsing Ehrman Tapestry's online catalogue.  Note that these are printed designs meant to be stitched entirely in wool and they are usually 10 or 12 stitches to the inch, instead of the more typical 13 and 18 count for hand painted designs.
http://www.ehrmantapestry.com

You can buy Elizabeth Bradley kits (which like other English designers are printed, use wool and are larger count) from their website.  This is their American website.
https://americas.elizabethbradley.com

Alice Peterson usually only sells wholesale except for their Stitch and Zip kits, which are self finishing and very popular among those looking for a quick gift or a carry along project for a trip.
alice peterson needlepoint stitch and zip

The two shops that the author mentions are Aristeia in California…
https://www.aristeianeedlepoint.com

…and The Needlepointer in Washington State.
https://www.theneedlepointer.com

Both are fabulous shops although the online shopping is better at The Needlepointer, and the Gallery of finished pieces at Aristeia will blow your socks off.

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

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Design Your Own Finishing Fabric

Not all of us are as creative as Morgan Julia Designs but we can all use Etsy or Spoonflower to find or design fabrics that will coordinate or enhance our stitching.
https://morganjuliadesigns.com/blogs/news/creating-my-own-fabric-for-finishing?fbclid=IwAR3ds_yojrrYZ8fUcp4cEQTD0hhFJCaqFqSaqKjWb4jt0ksOjWZsjKIZbM8

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.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Lady with Lime Green Background: A Mystery UPDATED

The Winter 2020 mystery class at Bedecked and Beadazzled is going to be all about this lovely Lady with a Lime Green Background from Colors of Praise.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2019/12/lady-with-lime-green-background/

As Ruth works her magic, I'll update this article so you can follow along.

UPDATE:  The first area Ruth tackled is the face.  Check out the special touches that brought all that tent stitch to life.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2020/01/faces-and-details/

Next, Ruth created wallpaper for the background.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2020/01/wallpaper/

Now she tackles the hair and the flower in the lady's hair.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2020/02/the-curls/

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