Sunday, April 22, 2018

Mary Corbet MacGyvers a Thimble

Mary Corbet put her Mad Scientist gear on and made herself a fabulous new thimble!
https://www.needlenthread.com/2018/03/my-thimble-substitute-it-works.html

These appear to be similar to what Mary used if you prefer not to patronize Amazon.
http://www.joann.com/finger-protectors/12536330.html

Thanks for the tip, Mary.

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© Copyright March 28, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

A Very Special Present

Sue Dulle's been stitching Raymond Crawford's classic Mr. & Mrs. canvas. Her description of all the work she put into it is interesting, plus she gives some beading tips you might find helpful.  Note the special touch of a brass plaque on the frame.   It might have taken Sue months, but it is fabulous!
https://sudukc.wordpress.com/2018/03/30/mr-mrs-canvas-designed-by-raymond-crawford/

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 30, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Needlepoint Stitchpirations UPDATED

Needlepoint Stitchpirations, from Carolyn Hedge Baird

Carolyn Hedge Baird has a new book coming out today!  It's called Needlepoint Stitchpirations. The photo above shows the cover.  Neat, huh?   It is a pretty big book, nearly 400 pages, and spiral bound.

Here is the Table of Contents. What really caught my eye was the chapters that cover stitches that use multiple kinds of threads.  This is unique as far as I know.   Many authors will mention in passing that you can mix thread types with this stitch or that, but none really classify stitches this way like Carolyn does.  I asked her about this when she sent me the photos and she says, "My students love to use lots of different threads in one stitch (as well as lots of different ribbons on their finishing) and I do, too! So we do lots of those more complicated and layered stitches in class. The stitches in the new book are more complicated."


The Contents

Good to know, Carolyn!  Anyone who wants to explore more complex stitches or who wants something a little different for their stitch reference library will want to check this out.  Your favorite needlepoint shop can order this for you, or you can ask Chaparral, where Carolyn teaches, to get you a copy.
http://ndlpt.com

UPDATE:  Sara Leigh points out Tony Minieri is the master of layered stitches using multiple thread types in his "Stars for a New Millennium" chart.   He is definitely king of this, but I think we might nominate Carolyn as queen.  Anyone have any more royalty nominations for those great at using multiple thread types in one stitch?
http://store.apneedlearts.com/stofnewmi.html

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 19, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

The New Unbroken Thread Studio

Kathy of the Unbroken Thread has relocated to Iowa and has her new studio set up.  I thought you'd love seeing the fabulous space she has in her new home.  Eventually she'll be able to offer classes once some necessary renovation work is finished.  Congratulations, Kathy!  Hope this is as functional and fun as it looks!
http://www.theunbrokenthread.com/blog/2018/03/27/new-embroidery-studio/

Here you can see Kathy stitching away in the new studio.
http://www.theunbrokenthread.com/blog/2018/03/31/trevelyons-pocket-progress/

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© Copyright March 28, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Background for the T Rex Coin Purse in NP Now

Bobbin and Fred's T Rex Coin Purse which is in the March-April 2018 Needlepoint Now is featured on the Bobbin and Fred blog this week.  This is a darling beginner's project using plastic canvas.  If you have someone into the Jurassic Park movies, this is a way to teach them needlepoint.  Plus Shannan has some fascinating information about the dinosaur sounds in the movies.
https://sewingwithbobbinandfred.blogspot.com/2018/03/new-pattern-t-rex-needlepoint-purse.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 28, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.