Friday, April 27, 2012

The Classic Thing: Needlepoint Rugs

Janet Perry just posted a link to an online article with lots of photos of needlepoint rugs.

The direct link is here, just in case Janet's website article changes and the link disappears.

Rugs are one of the classic uses for needlepoint.  I know a rug is a huge commitment in time and materials, but these things are heirlooms that will last a very long time.  Why not start with a smaller piece, like one of Jan Fitzpatrick's fabulous classic rug designs?  She's currently working on a Chinese rug, but the chart for her Mosaic Rug, which is based on traditional Moroccan rug patterns, is now available (second link).

If you prefer the English floral patterns of Elizabeth Bradley, her kits are made so that you can mix and match center designs and borders to make the size of rug you prefer.  The second link shows the border and corner designs available, and how to purchase the corners and borders to get your size.

The classic Arts and Crafts rugs by Beth Russell are a set size, but very beautiful.

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The Newest Thing

Designers are posting new things online again in a sort of preview of what's going to be available this summer. Let's start with EyeCandy's fabulous new pirate mermaid.  Doesn't that look like a fun stitch?!  Don't forget to scroll down and see the wonderful scissor fobs.  I can't decide whether I "need" a cat or a starfish one but those pastel owls are pretty durn wonderful, too.  What is your favorite?

There's a cowgirl witch as well.

For the counted canvaswork enthusiast, Orna Willis has come up with a new colorways for her classic Midnight Garden piece.  I love the original but a black background isn't the easiest thing to stitch, so Midday Garden will suit those who prefer not going blind when stitching.  The new Contemporary Tartan piece is going to be a classic, in my opinion, while the Beader's Toolboxes are a fun treat for oneself or a friend.

Vicky's got a new Snap Tray.  The variety of these fabric trays that unsnap at the corners to lie flat for travel amaze me but really they are a fun organization touch for your stitching.

Pat Mazu has a new charted series out--Snacking. It's perfect for Halloween decorations.

Pat does wonderful mini stockings. You can see more of her designs, plus her finishing book, at the Stitches from the Heart website.

Painted Pony Designs has new travel ornaments for the adventuresome stitcher.

They've also put all of their popular "dress forms" canvases up on their website.

Finally Sandy Grossman-Morris has posted a few of her new designs on her site.  Scottish ghosts?  How wonderful!  If you find these charming, too, there are links to her website and to her shop if you don't have a local shop to order for you.

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