Saturday, April 23, 2011

Yoga for Needlepointers

Remember that Barbara Bergsten posted a hand exercise on her blog recently? 

That was so popular that Barbara has talked her yoga teacher into writing articles to help us keep from hurting ourselves during the long stitching sessions we love to indulge in.  Here's the first article.  I'm printing it out and sticking it next to my stitching chair.

Thanks, Barbara!

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Politicians, Finishing, Charts, and Books to Delight

Pocket Full of Stitches has one more series of photographs for you to see from the Dallas cash and carry trade show--photographs of finished pieces folks brought to show off their goods.   The finishing is unusual and eye-catching and usually the designer is identified, just in case you fall in love with something.

Nimble Needle has just  had their ribbon cutting ceremony to christen their new shop location. Want to see them charm the local mayor with needlepoint?  It is a fun film and of course the photos of the shop interior make me want to drive the thousand miles to visit!

K. asked me this morning about diaper patterns, which of course sent me looking for Ann Strite-Kurz's books and pamphlets as Ann has written about diaper patterns extensively and also uses them quite often in her designs.  Seeing all her charts and books laid out on the Needle Artworks page reminded me that some counted canvaswork folks might really love seeing everything together.  Ann does intricate layered patterns that remind me of blackwork.  She is primarily a teacher and her books are delightful.  Click on Teachers at the top of the page to read more about Ann and her classes and to see even more of her work currently only available as a class.  She teaches a lot of Charley Harper designs, by the way.  I know fans will want to see her unique take on his work.

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