Sunday, October 31, 2021

More Poison Bottles!

If you are a fan of the Kirk and Bradley poison bottle series, Rittenhouse also has what they call spooky bottles which are similar.  These are available on either 13 or 18 count and the stoppers are separate.  I've not seen any of these finished but I bet they look wonderful.  

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright October 16, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Fiber Talk Interviews Margaret Kinsey of MAK Inc. Designs

Fiber Talk's latest interview is with Margaret Kinsey of MAK Inc. Designs.

You can see some of her amazing work on her website.  She specializes in Japanese Embroidery, rozashi, and silk and metal designs, many of which are on Congress cloth.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 19, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, October 29, 2021

All About The Nine

I'm a big fan of Kimberly Design, so you probably have seen her nine small designs she calls The Nine before, but she has highlighted them on her blog with little funny stories or tidbits about the designs and the techniques they teach.

Most are available now with their stitch guides through Bedecked and Beadazzled and the last one should be available shortly.

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

Thursday, October 28, 2021

For All the Dolly Parton Fans UPDATED

Are you a Dolly fan? Dolly Parton's from my neck of the woods, and we admire her musical talents, her business acumen and her charity work immensely.

But I had no idea that she had a needlepoint connection until I stumbled across this--her momma's a needlepointer.

And of course Dolly's immortalized in needlepoint.  Here's one of her fun sayings:

Over the Hill Needlepoint wants Dolly for President (there's a red, white and blue version, too).

Whenever you are trying to make a decision, just think, "What would Dolly do?"

Froopy Designs has sold this but I bet they'll make you another.

Ditto this charmer from Paige Mattie Designs.

Or simply stitch the big hair, cleavage and wild makeup.

UPDATE:  And here's Cup of Ambition from Froopy Designs.

Froopy has Dolly's saying about being called a dumb blonde.

Dolly forever!!!! 
(And if you aren't familiar with Dolly Parton, here's a nice introduction.)

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 4, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

House of Embroidery Discusses Colorfastness

The House of Embroidery thread company has a nice discussion about colorfastness in threads on Facebook.  The recommendations on several products to use or avoid are great.

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© Copyright September 9, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Button Covers from Patty Paints




Have you been intrigued by the button cover canvases from Patty Paints?  The Collection Designs, the company that distributes Patty Paints, has updated their website with plenty of photos of the available designs, the metal buttons that come with the canvas, and an explanation of how to put them together.

It looks really easy!

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© Copyright September 12, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, October 25, 2021

Recommended Tools

Diversions Needlepoint just posted a link to Tony Minieri's list of recommended tools.

You won't need all of these all the time, but it's fun to see what a master of needlepoint recommends.

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© Copyright October 1, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Brass Charms from By Jupiter

Just learned about By Jupiter, a company that sells brass charms, some with a nickel finish to appear silver.

They sell directly and there is no minimum purchase, in case you need just one special touch for a needlepoint project.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 1, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Color Cards for Sale

One tool I'm never without is my DMC color card made with real threads.  I have a few other color cards (I use the Kreinik one occasionally) but if you have a thread brand you use a lot and need to have an idea of the available colors, a color card will be your best friend.  Needlepoint Gallery sells several types of these, which is very nice!

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© Copyright August 15, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Free Alphabet for 13 Count Canvas

Abby of Le Point Studio has posted a free alphabet chart on her blog, sized perfectly for 13 count ornaments.

It will work on 18 count, of course, but will be around a third smaller.

While you are on Abby's website, browse a little.  She's one of the few designers with things on 12 count (the bulk of her designs are on 13 count) and has some unusual needle minders, too.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
 
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© Copyright October 8, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

The French Knot Tutorial

The Embroiderer's Guild of America has a brief tutorial on French knots on their website.  There's even a video!

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© Copyright September 3, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Acrylic Purses for Self Finishing

Kelly Hoch discovered these clear clutch bags on Amazon and painted, then stitched a monogram canvas to carry to a wedding.


Note that this clutch is a tad over 7 inches by a bit over 4 inches.  These come in various acrylic colors and are available with either silver or gold hardware.  You'll have to turn the raw edges of the canvas that's this size over, then whipstitch or glue fabric to hide the back before sticking inside the purse. There are a ton of styles available through Amazon (see the bottom of the page) plus these are probably widely available elsewhere.  

This Etsy shop has a nice selection of colors and good pictures.

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© Copyright September 7, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Breaking News: Sue Jennings Has Headed to the Big Stitching Party Upstairs

Sue Jennings at the Woodlawn Exhibit



I learned a day or two ago that Sue Jennings, the owner of my former favorite shop, Needlewoman East, has died.  It's the end of an era.  I miss the shop, of course, but Sue was the light of the shop, always helpful and funny and kind.  

Have fun in Heaven, Sue.  I'm sure St. Peter and the other saints are doubled over with laughter now that you are there.




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© Copyright October 18, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Gay Ann Rogers Sale October 22, 23 and 24, 2021

Gay Ann Roger's Peacock Square



Gay Ann Rogers is planning her E-Week sale for three days starting Friday, October 22.  The sale will end October 24.  There will be four charts for sale plus a few Surprise Windows on Saturday and Sunday morning of items in limited supply.

Her designs are always in great demand so if you are a fan, set your alarm.  We know her Peacock Square chart (seen above) will be available but otherwise, it's going to be a surprise.  

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 9, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, October 18, 2021

How to Make a Small Tassel: The Movie

Need to add tassels to that llama design?  Needlepoint.com has done a video tutorial on how to create a small tassel as part of your design.

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© Copyright September 14, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Floral Finesse: A Free Chart from Pat Mazu

Floral Finesse by Pat Mazu

You have probably seen Pat Mazu's charming ornaments, kites and mini socks in the needlepoint magazines.  She's a very prolific designer.  But if you aren't getting the magazines, not to worry.  Pat's donated three designs you can download from blog.  I  published them one a day for three days.  This is the last one.  If you missed the first two, just go back two days to download each.

Today's final gift from Pat is "Floral Finesse:  A Diamond-Shaped Ornament."  It's my personal favorite. The directions are below.




















You can buy Pat's Finishing 101 or charts for some of her most popular designs here--

Pat, we can't thank you enough for your generous donation of these charts for needlepointers everywhere to enjoy!

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 30 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Patriot Star: A Free Chart from Pat Mazu

Patriotic Star:  A Shaped Ornament from Pat Mazu



You have probably seen Pat Mazu's charming ornaments, kites and mini socks in the needlepoint magazines.  She's a very prolific designer.  But if you aren't getting the magazines, not to worry.  Pat's donated three designs you can download here.  I'm publishing them one a day for the next three days.

Today's treat is "Patriotic Star: A Shaped Ornament."  The directions are below.










You can buy Pat's Finishing 101 or charts for some of her most popular designs here--
https://stitches-heart.com/product-category/counted-canvas/pat-mazu-designs/

Thanks for these treats, Pat!

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 30, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Windmill: An Ornament -- Free Chart from Pat Mazu

Windmill:  An Ornament by Pat Mazu

You have probably seen Pat Mazu's charming ornaments, kites and mini socks in the needlepoint magazines.  She's a very prolific designer.  But if you aren't getting the magazines, not to worry.  Pat's donated three designs you can download here.  I'm publishing them one a day for the next three days.

First up is "Windmill:  An Ornament."  This is a carefree summer project, perfect as a stash buster.  The directions are below.









You can also buy Pat's Finishing 101 or charts for some of her most popular designs here--

Thanks, Pat!  We greatly appreciate your generosity!

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 30, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Scissors ID Tags

Here's something interesting--scissors tags to help folks determine which scissors are ok to cut paper.  And which ARE NOT.

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© Copyright August 15, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The Guessing Game

JP Needlepoint is starting a new design and posted an unfinished picture on Facebook, asking us to guess how it would turn out.


I didn't see the sand castle coming!

I love the crab with his sand dollar.

Juli has started another Christmas beach scene.  This one features Santa.

Who has a tan and red toenails.  LOL

Santa's finished and ready for another cocktail!  I love the crab who now has a beach ball.

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© Copyright September 4, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Fiber Pharm: The Threadaholic's Dream

Need threads but you don't have a shop?  Fiber Pharm to the rescue!

You can buy a collection of fibers, or just a skein, or you can purchase what they call a "Curated Collection," which is a selection of fibers for a variety of canvases.  The canvases are purchased separately.  Designs featured come from Alice and Blue, Rachel Barri, Bad Bitch, CSH Needlepoint Designs, Crude Canvases, A Dragon's Tale, Emily G Stitches, Evelyn Designs, Everyday Needlepoint, Fire and Iris Designs, Frances Mary Needlepoint, Jenny Henry, Hudson Stitchery, Jenya Rose, Kayla Lu Designs, Lazy Lane, Mopsy Designs, One Part Whimsy, Over the Hill Needlepoint, Oz Needle and Thread, Poppy's Designs, Judy Tasch, Rowdy Designs, Ruscella Designs, SBT Stitches, Silver Stitch, Skooter's Designs, Elizabeth Crane Schwartz, Texas Safari, Three Thimbles, What a Gem, WIP Stitch, Audrey Wu and Ziggy Stitches.

Never heard of the designer?  No worries.  Click on the thumbnail for a canvas you like and you'll see a link to the designer's website at the bottom of the listing for the threads for it, which is usually an Etsy page. Makes it easy to get threads that will work and then go pick up the canvas (although I suggest that you make sure the canvas is in stock before you buy the threads for it).

Many thanks to Deborah of A Dragon's Tale for telling NP Nation about this new website!

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© Copyright October 10, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Diagonal Chop Sticks

NeedlePaint.com has introduced three new stocking cuffs to their line of printed designs and as is their practice, they have listed stitch suggestions on their blog.  One stitch they have diagrammed for us is the Diagonal Chop Sticks, which I'd never seen before.  It looks like a capital K to me.  This comes from one of Susan Robert's books which are available in Kindle format only through Amazon. (Second link below)


However, Susan's website has plenty of free stitch diagrams (just not Diagonal Chop Sticks) and you can browse all the e-books she has available there, too.

Many thanks to NeedlePaint.com for this new stitch!

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© Copyright September 3, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Needlepoint Canvases from Etsy

Friday I spent a little time browsing Etsy for needlepoint canvases and I came up with some fun finds.  Pour yourself a cup of your favorite beverage and look at these!

Paige Mattie Designs has a lovely mermaid called "Mermaid By the Sea."  I also like her seahorse and lobster.

AltStitchery features a hula dancer with brown hair and a teal bikini top.  (If you think blondes have more fun, they have a blonde version, too.)

Continuing the beach theme, Tracey Dau Designs has a darling boy on the beach ready to jump in the water with her "Seashell in Your Pocket" piece.

My Pink Sugar Life's got a lot of fun Halloween small ornaments.  My personal favorite is their Day of the Dead Bat, but they have a lovely Nordic pumpkin if you want something more classic.

If you like roll ups, A Dragon's Tale has a wonderful jazzy skeleton. Her little dog ornaments are classics, though, so don't miss those if you are a dog lover.

Want a classic pillow design on 13 count?  Sally Corey's "Leaf Quadrant" is perfect for you.  There is a companion piece, too, if you want two coordinating pillows for your den or bedroom.

However, I think her "Cosmic Mandala" wall hanging is amazing!  It also works as a small rug and is on 10 count.

Like birds?  Linda Rhea Designs has some charming bird ornaments. Her "Fairy Wren" is my personal favorite.

Don't want the bother of stitching something?  I have a fabulous and funny pillow for you from Pout Design.

Hope you had fun browsing!


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© Copyright October 8, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Breaking News: A New Book from Sandy Arthur!

There's a new little book from Sandy Arthur for her Pocket Book series!  It is called "Tisket, Tasket, Lots and Lots of Baskets."  It's 55 pages and full of woven stitches for baskets, plus stitches for rims and handles.



Sandy's other little books cover hair, beards and mustaches, stars, and leaves.  Those are available directly from her Etsy shop (link below) along with her Shapes series but the new book is being shipped to the shops exclusively for now.

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© Copyright October 9, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

A Free Design from Colour Complements

Colour Complements has a free stitch sampler for download called "Summer Stitch Sampler" and it's darling.

Of course they sell the threads to stitch it as you see it here, but you can substitute your own threads on scrap canvas and try your own colors.

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© Copyright August 30, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, October 8, 2021

EyeCandy's Free Needle Minder Tree

Ada Hayden of EyeCandy has posted a fabulous free design of a Christmas (or Halloween or Easter or any holiday you wish) tree on her blog. 

She's finished it as a framed display for her decorative needle minders, which is a genius idea!  The blog posting has a link to the free download but I suggest you visit both her blog and website to get a full idea of what you'll be doing if you want to create your own "jewelry" tree.

The free counted design would make a lovely heart for the Hospice Hearts program, too.  

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© Copyright October 7, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Wee Folk Studio Makes Lettering

Salley Mavor of Wee Folk Studio has posted a fun video showing how she makes wire lettering for her art.  She wraps her wire to get the color she wants but that's a step we don't have to do since we have access to DMC's memory wire (already wrapped in thread) and Kreinik's Hot Wire which has wire inside their size 16 metallic threads.

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© Copyright August 15, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Breaking News: Palm Springs Gains Stitching Group

Dale Lenci just announced on NP Nation that Desert Stitchers Palm Springs has organized.  This is a social group for every level of needlepointer in the Palm Springs, CA area.  The first meeting is planned for November 9th in the clubhouse at the Sunrise Racquet Club, 1200 N. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs. You can sign up for email notices at their website.  

Hope everyone in the Palm Springs area gets to join and enjoy the company of other needlepoint enthusiasts.  

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© Copyright October 6, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Two Smart Cookies Talk Organization

Hair pins used to be common but now folks mostly use them for special event up dos.  Michele and Sarah have a neat way to use hair pins to organize skeins between party and wedding events!

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© Copyright  August 29, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Pointing It Out Podcast Talks to Shop Owners

Melissa (Wool and the Floss) and Megan (Needlepoint Club House) join Karen Kugal of Park Avenue Needlepoint (outside of Dayton, Ohio) and Deb Krizek of Stitcher's Garden (southwest of Chicago) to talk about owning shops in the Midwestern area.

Learn about how each shop owner started, how the finances work, the three year payback rule for purchasing a shop, the impact of the pandemic, the joy of having husbands in the legal profession, and much much more.

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© Copyright August 28, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, October 4, 2021

Self Finishing Pendants Available

Sandy Arthur's Etsy store has two styles of self finishing metal pendants available.  The needlepoint is stretched over the form and the back clipped into place.  

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© Copyright August 27, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Do Scroll Frames Annoy You?

If you need to use a scroll frame for a project and you hate sewing the canvas to the tapes at the top and bottom, you might want to look into the tapestry clip frames that Jolly Red sells in the UK.

The frames have to be assembled but the canvas just clips into the top and bottom rails.  Ask Jolly Red if you need more information on how these work.

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© Copyright August 7, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, October 2, 2021

DMC Pine Chests Back in Stock

DMC has just announced the pine storage chests from Spain are back in stock.  These are expensive but come with a printed color card and a full set of their cotton flosses.

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© Copyright August 26, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, October 1, 2021

My Turtle Bag Insert



I finally broke down and ordered a tote from Turtle Bags Inc.  

This Florida company sells both cross body and tote bags. They come with fabric-covered stiff inserts for the window(s) on one (cross body) or two (tote bag style) sides of the purses.  You can buy extra inserts from the company to change the look of your purse.  

My tote isn't as heavy as it looks but the sides are stiff so it stands up on its own.  Here is a peek at the inside.  The cross body doesn't have the zippered center and only has a display window on one side.  The other side has a zippered pocket.  I like being able to carry a lot of stuff and so far I've not had pilling issues on the handle and the fabric doesn't seem to attract pet hair.  By the way, I'm five feet, four inches tall, so this is a fairly big tote but the handles are the right size for carrying or over the shoulder wear.


In the photo to the right I unzipped the zipper at the top of the display window and pulled the fabric insert that came with my denim bag out partway so you can see it.  You might be able to see the zipper for the other side's display window at the bottom of the picture.  Again, this is the tote bag.  The cross body is slightly different.  Check the company's website for further information and the current colors available.

Of course needle artisans can stitch things for the inserts!  I stitched a Tapestry Fair birdhouse design by Pat Scheurich for mine.  If you are going to stitch your own, the tote bag style display window is roughly 5 3/4 inches wide by 6 3/4 inches tall.  I'm told the cross body bag window is slightly narrower but I don't have those dimensions as I only ordered the larger size.  The outer dimension of the canvas you put in the window should be roughly 7 1/4 inches wide by 9 5/8 inches tall.  I recommend you stitch 2-3 more rows than the window dimension in case the stitched canvas moves a bit or you want to take it out of the  cross body bag and use it in the tote bag.  All I did was fold the raw edges under to fit and stuck the canvas in the window.  

I did cover it with a layer of black tulle first. I had not planned to use this canvas as a purse so it has beads and ribbon embroidery, not the best idea for a purse that will see wear!  The tulle (an idea from Ruth Schmuff of Bedecked and Beadazzled) will help prevent snags but I will replace the canvas with a more sturdy one later once I get it stitched.  

A member of NP Nation recommended putting the fabric insert that comes with the bag in the display window behind the stitched canvas.  This works well to keep the needlepoint from bending away from the sides of the display window or shifting.  

If you aren't good at measuring, Mindy's Needlepoint designs canvases to fit the bags and Mindy also sells the tote bags.  There are six designs available currently.

Stitch by Stitch in Larchmont, NY also sells the bags and has plenty of inserts that fit from a variety of designers.  Your favorite shop can help you pick a canvas as well, even if they don't stock the bags.

This is a fun way to use needlepoint when you are running out of wall or couch space for your stitching.



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© Copyright September 27, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.