Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Melita Organizes with IKEA UPDATED

Melita has purchased three sets of small filing cabinets from IKEA for her threads organization.  
https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/new-thread-drawers/

https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2017/05/31/7937/

https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2017/06/02/threads-tote-for-tools/

https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/drawers-filled/

These are the Helmer drawer units.  The photos here help you see just how big they are.
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/the-many-uses-of-ikeas-mighty-128851

They are not too expensive but some assembly is required.
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40107872/#/10251045

You'll also need some sort of drawer insert to help organize the threads further in my opinion.  IKEA's Antonius basket insert is highly recommended and it looks like it will fit inside the Helmer unit drawers.
http://craftstorageideas.com/product-review-ikeas-antonius-insert/

UPDATE:  Tisha of NeedlepointTooltime.com says "IKEA has a divided plastic tray that just fits in the Helmer drawers. #500.435.73 18929. The Rainbow cards fit perfectly! As I remember, it's in the kitchen department but not in the Market Place. Photo on request."

Thanks, Tisha!

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Breaking News: BeStitched is Moving

BeStitched is moving! You can read more here.  Watch their blog or newsletter for more details as this unfolds.
https://bestitchedneedlepointshop.com/blogs/bestitched/we-are-moving

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright June 27, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

The Future of Commercial Needlepoint Workshops in China

Here's a bit about the Shanghai Yangjing Woolen Embroidery Workshop, which is facing a grim future.  Innovation appears to be their only hope but it doesn't sound likely to me.
http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1000257/without-young-embroiderers%2C-artisanal-crafts-future-remains-frayed 

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© Copyright May 25, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Perfect Stitch for Tire Tracks

Kaleen Stitch for Santa's Blue Sweater

This week's article from Needlepoint for Fun is about Kalem Stitch, which we most often use for knitted effects.  In fact, I think I used Kalem Stitch for Santa's sweater on the right above.  But the shop points out what great tire tracks it makes!  That's a good reminder that we need to keep an open mind about what stitches to use for things.
http://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/needlepoint-kalem-stitch.htm

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Abigail Cecile's Introduction to Needlepoint

The British designer Abigail Cecile talks about needlepoint for beginners.  This is the first of a series that is an introduction to needlepoint. I'll update this article as Abigail writes more.  The links will also be in the tab "Teach Yourself Needlepoint and Emblishment," which is full of great introductory information.
http://www.abigailcecile.com/blog/2017/5/18/what-is-needlepoint

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