Friday, April 30, 2021

In Stitches: A Shop Profile

This online newspaper has a profile of In Stitches, which is very near Woodlawn Plantation in the Alexandria/Mount Vernon area of D.C.

It's a great shop, with both knitting, counted embroidery charts and needlepoint, plus a great collection of tools and Mill Hill beads and findings, and lots of threads to explore.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 6, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Meeting Abigail Cecile

The Pointing It Out podcast interviews Abby Timmis of Abigail Cecile.

It's a fun one!  Here's the Abigail Cecile website for you to explore.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 3, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

A Look Back at 2020

Needlepoint.com takes a look back at 2020, the challenges and how the shop met them.

Kudos to us all!

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© Copyright March 25, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Turtle Bags

Mona found these Turtle Bags for her needlepoint canvas.

She suggests you order the bag and measure the opening before you buy a canvas.  The website may be able to furnish this if you ask.  The bags come in two styles.  The "shells"are fabric covered stiff boards made to be inserted in the window(s) on the side.  Each shell is 7 x 9 1/2 inches.  I'm guessing that some of the shell is covered by the fabric window.  The crossbody bag has one window, the totes have two windows.  

Apparently the openings are 5 1/2 inches by 7 inches and you should allow a half inch selvage all around.    Note that the style of the linen fabric totes is changing in June and they will be more expensive.  A denim style should be available in June.


UPDATE:  Mindy has started painting designs sized for Turtle Bags.



UPDATE #2:  Dianne Decker Bomar says "The size of the crossbody window is exactly 4 1/2" x 6 3/8" and I would recommend keeping your canvas 7"x9 1/2" so it fills the pocket and your stitching will remain centered in the pocket and visible in the window. The size of the tote windows is 5 1/2" wide by 7" tall."

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© Copyright March 24, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Princess Diana in Needlepoint

While I was wandering around Etsy, I realized Princess Diana's a style icon for younger designers.  Her sweaters have been immortalized in needlepoint.


Her engagement ring is available as a painted canvas.

The tiara she wore memorably is a needle minder.

Her outfits are also available to stitch.


If you are lucky you might find Candace Bahouth;s Princess Diana memorial canvas from Ehrman.

Rest in Peace, Princess.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 4, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Name Charting for Stockings

Some shops will paint a name on your stocking for you, but if you don't have a shop offering this, Needlepoint by Sharese now offers to chart a name out for you.

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 1, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Free Charts from ANG (for a limited time)

Pat reminded me that the American Needlepoint Guild has a large group of free small charted designs they call "Holed Up Minis" available on their website.  These are from well-known teachers like Marilyn Owen, Debbie Rowley, Kathy Rees, Pat Mazu, Toni Gerdes and Sue Reed and more!

These won't be available forever, so take advantage of ANG's generosity and download the ones you like now, then rummage in your stash to see what you can create.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Pointing It Out Interviews Melissa Prince

Pointing It Out interviews Melissa Prince.

If your'd like to see her work, here is her website.

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 31, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Needlepoint Resales

There's a new stash sales site on Etsy--Needlepoint Resales!

Sharon's new shop is in California and currently has some fun painted canvases (a few with threads) for your browsing pleasure.  Have fun browsing!

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 31, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The Finishing Problem (and Solutions)

Horse Country Chic talks the finishing dilemma, with a few solutions.

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 31, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Visiting Old World Designs

Shops are getting very creative since many of us are stuck at home.  For example, Old World Designs  has a shop walk video on YouTube that allows us to see the shop and enjoy the Kathy Schenkel truck show.

Here's the shop website, but if you live in the Menlo Park, CA area, stop in and tell them hi from me.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 7, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

A Source for Lois Kershner Kits

I just realized Twisted Stitches in Albuquerque carries some of Lois Kershner's kits.

Lois is now retired from teaching but you can see more of her work here--

These are line-drawn and I think some of the backgrounds are lightly colored,  You'll have to supply threads but I'm told the shop carries a HUGE range of threads so they can probably kit these for you.

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 31, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Etsy Fun

By accident I stumbled across these charming pottery needle minders on Etsy.  The artist also does buttons and bowls and trays, perfect for embellishment/finishing and for ort bowls or tool trays
https://www.etsy.com/shop/OriginalsbyNoelle?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=984203047&section_id=33210520

This got me wondering what other needlepoint items I might find.  JudyAnn's printed designs are always a delight, whether you like bunnies or shamrocks.


Want a lovely autumnal acorn?

Or a funny crocodile to delight a tot?

Love geometrics or just want an easy basketweave stash buster?  TEW Designs has some gorgeous small rounds in a wide range of patterns and colors,

Want something classic?  This Terry Enfield Japanese-inspired morning glories piece is a wonderful vintage piece.

Etsy is turning into a nice place to shop for needlepoint items,

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 30, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Fishie Experiments

Rachel over at VirtuoSew has been experimenting with a fish design.  She's not entirely happy, but it is just an experiment.  She's about to start another fishy design and there's even a video so you can watch!
https://www.blog.virtuosewadventures.co.uk/wordpress/2021/03/30/first-fishie-experiment-finished/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright March 30, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

More New Tools from Clover

The blog for the New Jersey Needle Artists chapter of ANG  mentions two new tools from Clover--

The first is a combination magnet/needle sharpener called the Sweet 'n Sharp Macaron.  Looks like it comes in raspberry or pistachio.


The second is a beading needle called the Swift Bead Quick Beading Needle.  It's three inches long with a huge flexible eye and apparently works with beads sized from 11 to 15.  It looks like a good tool for stringing beads for fringe or couching.  Each package has two needles.  Note the manufacturer says "pulling beads from the needle tip may damage the needle."

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 29, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, April 16, 2021

NeedlePaint's Masked Santa, with Free Stitch Guide

NeedlePaint.com has a new employee, Caroline, who introduces herself a bit in this fun blog posting.  

Caroline has done a free stitch guide for the company's masked Santa.  Isn't it cute?!

You can order the canvas from them if you are interested.  Santa is printed, not hand painted, just so you know.   People say that the NeedlePaint canvases are very well done.  You shouldn't have too much trouble knowing what color goes where on this.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 22, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Vintage Silver Repurposed

Homestead Needle Arts has found an artisan who turns old silverware into lovely laying tools.

These are very pretty and unique.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 21, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Master Craftsman Designs Ready for Display UPDATED

Melita's Step One and Three designs to get her EGA Master Craftsman in Canvas are ready for display.

UPDATE:  Melita has finished step four and it will also be displayed. It is a very pretty combination of Bargello patterns.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 26, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Free Mini Sampler

Color Complements has a free mini sampler chart for download on their blog.  It looks like spring to me!

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 26, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Beautiful Butterflies

Sheena's blog has a dynamite butterfly stitch for a background or a border.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 25, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Sunday Meeting (Ewe and Eye with Amy Bunger)

Kathy's "Sunday Meeting" is magnificent.  The canvas is from Ewe and Eye and the stitch guide by Amy Bunger.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 25, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Bloody Mary Drink (Sew Much Fun)

Sew Much Fun's "Bloody Mary" canvas comes with a stitch guide from Sew Much Fun.

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 25, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Steve's Stitching Trivet

Steve just showed Needlepoint Nation a very clever stitching trivet he made from a Mindy canvas.

It is finished with two pieces of foam core, making fabric and cording, just like an ornament.  Many folks suggested putting magnets inside.

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 26, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Breaking News: Chaparral Changes Hands

Chaparral has a new owner!  Sally Anne is retiring but Heidi Henrich has stepped up to continue the fun.

And of course there's new shop dog, a King Charles Cavalier spaniel named Mary Poppins.

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 5, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Breaking News--ANG Seminar Goes Virtual

ANG's 2021 Seminar will be virtual again in 2021.  Registration is open now.
https://www.needlepoint.org/page/ANG2021Seminar

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April5, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, April 5, 2021

What A Difference

What a difference different frames and mats make!  Ada Hayen at EyeCandy and her friend Dana both stitched Ada's "Love Home Joy" trilogy and choose very different finishing at the framer's.
http://eyecandyneedleart.blogspot.com/2021/03/love-home-joy-and-friends.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 24, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Learning About Threads

Cathe of Needle in a Haystack has partnered with Fiber Talk to discuss commonly available threads.  
'The world is your oyster.  Play with the threads."

They also interviewed Danny Ravan about Rainbow Gallery threads.

(By the way if you want to learn more about Rainbow Gallery threads, watch this Pointing It Out podcast.)

It's fascinating!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
 
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 23, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Coffee Cups has a New Home

Melita's stitching group stitched this fun piece and donated to the local coffee shop as they met in one (now closed) to stitch together.

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 23, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

New from Rainbow Gallery UPDATED

Silk Lame Plus

Fiber Talk interviewed Daniel Raven of Rainbow Gallery and Fleur de Paris this week.

And guess what? Rainbow Gallery is coming out with a new thread later this year:  a Silk Lame-type ribbon they call Silk Lame Plus.  (photo above)

UPDATE:  Amy Bunger has a little bit about this new thread just after the stitch diagram, plus photos of the colors available soon.

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 28, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.