Friday, December 31, 2021

A Tool for Those Pesky Tails

Michelle highly recommends the GUM Ee-z Thru for pulling tails through, repairs and weaving ends.

These are also sold as teeth cleaning floss so check your local drug store for them.

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

Thursday, December 30, 2021

"Sewing Kit Storage Unit"

Nancy just posted a photo on NP Nation of a pile of Royal Dansk Danish butter cookies in their tins advertised with a sign that reads, "Sewing Kit Storage Unit."

LOL

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

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Needle Arts Mystery Retreats End

The Needle Arts Mystery Retreat is closing this year, 2021.  This was announced on their Facebook page December 21, 2021.


The four founders are continuing to teach separatedly and will post on Facebook at their renamed Those Mysterious Ladies page.

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© Copyright December 22, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Anthropologie Discovers Kaffe Fassett

Anthropolgie has discovered Kaffe Fassett.  They've even recreated his studio at one of their store galleries, the London one on Kings Road.

Want a really special gift for yourself or someone who deserves it?  Browse the Kaffe Fassett items for sale on his website.  These include needlepoint upholstered chairs, pillows and rugs, plus more from his creative mind and hands.

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 Copyright December 22, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, December 27, 2021

Stitches (and Threads) for Faces

Faces on needlepoint canvas can be hard.  There's usually not much space so even one stitch can throw the expression off.  I thought for Christmas I'd list all the stitches and threads I've seen or used that worked well.

Tent stitches or basketweave are the classic face stitches.  They work very well, but you may find you need to do a reverse tent stitch to make an eye or eyebrow or mouth's corner look right.

If you don't want to use a tent stitch, try skip tent, brick stitch over two, interlocking Gobelin, or even diagonal mosaic if your design slants.  Long and short or split stitch also works nicely.  

I often use silk for faces because of the sheen but cotton floss is a great choice if you want a more matte look.  I also used white Flair for a snowman's face once and it really was the right icy look.  

Changing the amount of thread also works very well.  I have stitched a geisha's painted white face with Caron's Impressions.  The design was painted on 13 count and I used only one strand so the painted nose and eyebrows showed through the thread.  It looked really nice.  

When it comes to the eyebrows, eyelashes and noses, I often stitch right over them with my chosen skin stitch, then stem stitch the features on top with one ply of a floss to add them back.  Eyes and mouths are a challenge at time since one stitch can change the expression.  Be prepared to rip out.  I often use a Swarovski crystal sequin for the eyes and attach it with invisible thread or with the eyelash color.  You can cover one pie-shaped wedge of the sequin with thread to create an expression or make your eyes look to one side.  For mouths I often use a tent and reverse tent stitch for the corners of the mouth and then do hoizontal stitches of varying lengths for the lips.  

Experiment and see what works for you.  Faces are the heart and soul of designs with people in them so it's worth ripping and redoing if necessary.

By the way, if you need thread brands and numbers for skin colors, this article is for you.

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© Copyright December 16, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, December 26, 2021

A Clever Idea for Christmas Stockings

It's too late for Christmas 2021 but Sarah Marie has come up with a genius way to use ornaments on top of plain stockings so that you can change the decoration as children grow and their interests change.  

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© Copyright December 22, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, December 25, 2021

The Pocket Full of Stitches Ornament Exchange

Each year I enjoy seeing Pocket Full of Stitches' ornament exchange.

It is clear they are having a lovely time!

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© Copyright December 22, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, December 24, 2021

Preview of Christmas Tree in NeedlePointers

If you are curious about ANG's magazine, NeedlePointers, Eye Candy shows off their Polka Dot Christmas Tree, featured in the December 2021 issue.

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© Copyright December 16, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Woodlawn 2022 Registration Open

Thanks to Brenda, I've learned we can all start to register for the March 2022 Woodlawn Plantation Needlework Exchibit now.  The deadline for sending in a piece for the exhibition is early this year--January 28, 2022.

The cost, how and where to register are listed on the Woodlawn website along with descriptions of the age and entry categories.

The exhibit itself will be open from March 2 through March 31 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.n. with the exception of Tuesdays when they are closed.  

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

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

No Flat Iron? No Problem!

Patricia was traveling, wanted to stitch, but didn't bring her flat iron to smooth her threads.  So she got creative with a hot stove element and a knife.

Genius!

Just don't burn yourself, folks.

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

Monday, December 20, 2021

Amy Bunger Home Studies in 2022

Needle Works in Austin, Texas just announced Amy Bunger will have three new Home Study projects offered through their shop in 2022.


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

Sunday, December 19, 2021

An Interview with Nathan Wiedenmann of Stella Lighting

This week's Pointing It Out show on YouTube interviews the founder of Stella Lighting.

Not familiar with Stella lights?  Here is their website.

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

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Ribbon Handles for Coffee Cups

Rachel Donley has a line of fun coffee cups and recently posted a photo of them on Facebook.  

Look at the two standup cups in the background--they have ribbon handles!  Isn't that clever?!  Of course you need the right shape.  My Pink Sugar Life has coffee cups that would work.

Here's a better photo.  Looks like the ribbon has a backing.

One Park Whimsy has a French press that you could finish this way to make a grouping.

Pepita has a fun Bargello coffee.

You'll need a needle minder when you stitch your coffee, right?

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

Friday, December 17, 2021

The Advent Calendar House

Colleen's Frame Station posted a fabulous piece of finishing on their Facebook page--a standup Advent calendar!  Use the side arrows to see a variety of views of this beauty.

It is really lovely.  I think that the canvas and the window magnetic pieces are designed by Kirk and Bradley but I also think it's a discontinued design.


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

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Introducing Evergreen Needlepoint

Anna's new business is on Etsy.   Do you like astrology and the signs of the zodiac?  Evergreen Needlepoint has you covered!  There are some very cute needle minders, too.

Stay tuned for more.  This is just the beginning.

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

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

An Interview with Kathy Rees of Needle Delights

The Pointing It Out podcast interviews Kathy Rees of Needle Delights Originals to hear about her charted designs and classes.

You can browse Kathy's counted designs and classes on her website.  Hint:  click on Menu in the upper left corner to explore.

(And if you are curious about Caron's Watercolours, here is the online color card.)

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

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Staging Needlepoint for Social Media

Bet you didn't realize (I sure didn't!) that the bigger needlepoint shops have people who stage those lovely photos you see on Instagram and Facebook and in shop e-newsletters.  Katy at Needlepoint.com talks about what she does, which is quite interesting.

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© Copyright December 2, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, December 13, 2021

The Six Drawer Thread Storage Cabinet

The NJNA blog just mentioned this six-drawer thread storage cabinet.

I can't tell if it is solid wood (although it looks like it) or the type of wood it is made from, but this is a good price. Of course it will have to ship from New Zealand....

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

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Dental Tools Come in Handy

Michelle highly recommends dental tools to help rip out.  

It's a clever idea.  Some folks commenting that their get old tools from their dentist as they get worn down and have to be discarded.

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© Copyright December 4,  Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, December 11, 2021

All About The System Four Frame

Melissa of the Pointing It Out podcast interviews Jennifer of System 4 about needlework frames, how and why needlepointers use them, and how the System 4 in particular works.

Here's the System Four website for some browsing to see all the products Melissa and Jennifer talked about.
www.needleworksystem4.com


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© Copyright December 2, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, December 10, 2021

Needlepoint and Acrylic Napkin Holders

Stitch by Stitch in Larchmont, NY now offers acrylic napkin holders for finishing.  Scroll down nearly all the way past the belts to see how they look.  You'll need a five inch square design.

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© Copyright December 2, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Elissa Steeves On Display

Thanks to Donna who posted about this article on NP Nation, we can all read about an exhibit in Roanoke, Virginia of Elissa Steeves' needlepoint purses and bags.  There are fifty-seven of them! (Click on the first photo to see more.). Sadly, the exhibit is over but she'll exhibit again in the area in 2024.
https://roanoke.com/z-no-digital/for-blacksburg-needlepoint-artist-it-s-in-the-bag-copy/article_4aa0f328-4bb5-11ec-bf41-ebe162d26660.html?fbclid=IwAR3FoxLNEtpHUqdv7UFYPYpxEeRdH744E9TwC1w6L6O2Pk7CmNn1ewgU6PE

And Elissa's husband got Kreinik into the fly tying business.

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© Copyright December 2, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Woodlawn Virtual Show Exhibit Tickets on Sale

Thanks to Melita's posting, I have learned the 2021 Woodlawn Needlework Exhibit is open virtually.

A ticket is $12, which allows you to visit the show onnline until it closes on January 6, 2022.

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

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Meeting Mark Craddock

The Santa Beards Class Mark Craddock Teaches 


This week's Pointing It Out podcast is an interview of Mark Craddock, who is starting to make a name for himself as a needlepoint technique teacher.

Mark teaches regularly at Nimble Needle Atlanta...

...and at Nashville Needleworks.  Check with the shops for the latest classes he plans.

He also teaches all over in the summers at various shops.  Here's an upcoming class at Needle Works in Austin, Texas.

These are classes taught last October at Needle Bug in Montgomery, Alabama.
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© Copyright December 1, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, December 6, 2021

Mindfulness and Meditation with Needlepoint

Poppypointe's article about needlepoint and meditation is particularly important as the stresses of the holiday season start to pile up.

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

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Trays, Boxes, Frames and More from Deux Bijoux Bijoux

Deux Bijoux Bijoux has updated their Facebook page with a photo album of the custom frames, boxes, trays and much more they have done for customers.

Your favorite shop can arrange for Lisa Krause and her husband to design something for you if you need a really special touch for your needlepoint.

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

Saturday, December 4, 2021

The Winter Mystery Class: The Cocoa and Cookies Nutcracker UPDATED

Ruth Schmuff has announced the winter mystery class at Bedecked and Beadazzled.  It will be Kelly Clark's Cocoa and Cookies Nutcracker, a shop exclusive for now.  The details, including the class dates in December 2021 and January-February 2022, are here.

The first lesson gives the nutcracker cute rosy cheeks, and elegant nose, and starts the layers of the background.

Lesson two works on the background more--and gives the nutcracker pink boots!  The checkerboard sections are also being started.

Dots (and Jessicas) are everywhere!   Ruth has included links to help you make a lovely Jessica.

The final lesson has pearl decorated teacups, fat chocolate strawberries, and a darling bow.

Ruth has done videos on messy beading and making bows to help with this section.


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© Copyright November 22, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, December 3, 2021

Self Finishing Tips and Tricks: The Movie

Time's getting short for Christmas and this year (and last) shops are having quadruple the number of items to finish.  Short version:  if you turned things in to your shop last June, they might be ready by December.  But if you are totally desperate, you can try self-finishing items with products from Planet Earth, Sudbury, Beth Gantz and more. 

But doing it yourself is scary, so the Pointing It Out Podcast has come to our rescue with a video about self-finishing tips and tricks.

Here is a link to Sudberry's Betsy Box.  (Sudberry has other styles and sizes of boxes.)

Here are the Sudbury trays.

Here are the Beth Gantz self-finishing ornaments and boxes.

Planet Earth's self-finishing items, including their jewelry boxes and clutches. are here.

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© Copyright November 21, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Laura Perin Helps with Color Choices

If you like to do charted designs but have trouble picking colors that work together, have I got a great tip for you!

Laura Perin's website lists the threads needed for her various charts (at least her American Quilt series of charts do; I'm a bit afraid to explore more as I really like her work but don't want to buy another chart!).

If you absolutely love one of these beauties, just copy down the thread brands and numbers needed for that chart and you'll have a great starting point for choosing colors you know you love and that will play nice together.

Thanks, Laura!  It's always nice to have a color genius help out.

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© Copyright November 19, 2021 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

The Smart Cookie Award for December Goes To....

The Smart Cookie Award for December goes to Denise, who is using a camera backpack to store her tools, books, threads, even her flat iron and small canvases, for travel.

I found multiple sizes and prices at Best Buy, so if you have a store in your area, you can browse in person.

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