Friday, February 23, 2018

Little Bird Designs' New Website (and Products)

Little Bird Designs has a new website, one that features not only their needlepoint canvases, but other fun products.  You can pick up tote bags or backpacks, read the Little Bird blog, or check out the travel cups and t-shirts with some of their fun designs.  Enjoy exploring.
https://littlebirddesignsart.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 25, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

When Needlepoint Isn't Period

Not every period of history upholstered chairs with needlepoint, even though we tend to think of it as an older style.  I thought you'd like to read about the transformation of a needlepoint chair into a leather-covered one to make it more authentic for the museum where it lives.  And yes!  They saved the needlepoint!
http://www.silkdamask.org/2018/01/a-boston-leather-chair.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright  January 25, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Stuck at Home? Visit The Needlepointer!

If you are a stay-at-home like me and wish you could see some of the fabulous shops whose websites you visit, The Needlepointer has a video for you to browse the shop from the comfort of your stitching chair.   The tiger tote is out of this world!
https://vimeo.com/251680111

If you see anything you like, visit The Needlepointer's website to order.
https://www.theneedlepointer.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 23, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Snag Nab-It Revisited (and a Give-away)

Snag Nab-Its


Back before Thanksgiving I mentioned the Snag Nab-It which is used to pull stray thread tails back to the rear of a canvas.  This is essentially a long needle with a pointed end and a roughed up end that is supposed to pull a stray thread to the back side of your canvas.  You insert the pointed needle in the hole that has a thread tail sticking out, then gently pull the Snag Nab-It through.  The rough end catches the thread and pulls it to the back side along with the needle.
http://www.123stitch.com/item/Dritz-Snag-Nab-It/DRITZ-618

When I wrote that post I heard from Jane B. that her local JoAnn's Fabrics carries them in three separate sizes.  I had no idea that they varied in diameter, but this is important since the Fiber Talk podcast just mentioned that a Snag Nab-it can tear your ground fabric if you are not careful.  This is less likely to be a problem with needlepoint canvas than linen but you still want to be careful.  I managed to find two different lengths of the Snag Nab-It pictured online here.
https://www.shop.com/Crafts/dritz+snag+nab+it

Jane sent me an assortment of Snag Nab-Its in three diameters.  They are all about the same length but you can easily see that some of the needles are thicker than others.  With her help and encouragement I am offering one of the Snag Nab-Its as a giveaway.   Post a comment here (or email me at chilly hollow at hot mail dot com if Google won't let you use Comments) and I will do a random drawing in a week's time, on February 28.  The winner will need to mail me a stamped, self-addressed envelope and will receive the single Snag Nab-It in the package in the photo above as a present from Jane.

Thanks for all your help, Jane!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright February 7, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Do You Use Thread Organizers?

Cross stitchers use lots and lots of different colors in many of their pieces, so floss organization is always an issue for them. A lot of people use what are called floss sticks or floss organizers.  Like these which are the length of office folders and meant to hang in a desk drawer on hanging file bars until needed.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/571371780/embroidery-threadfloss-organizer-bars?ref=shop_home_active_1

These are the drawer frames.  They come in two sizes, letter sized and legal sized.  Of course you don't have to use the floss organizer bars this way.
https://www.officedepot.com/a/products/767881/Smead-Hanging-Folder-Frames-Letter-Size/

Herrschners sells a shorter variety with a magnet for your needles.  The folks at Needlepoint Nation say that these have 20 holes, not 22 as the blurb says.
https://www.herrschners.com/product/floss+sticks%2C+set+of+2.do?sortby=newArrivals&refType&from=Search

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 22, 2018 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.