|Easter Crackers, Courtesy of Marilyn Owen|
Then Melissa tempted great stitchers to do stitch guides for them. Laurie Walden and Cynthia Thomas have done guides for the Christmas crackers. Palma Seijan's finishing up guides for the new Easter and Valentine's sets that are premiering this month at TNNA.
Now Marilyn Owen of Moore Than Needlepoint in North Carolina has joined in with a wonderful set of Easter crackers that are counted canvas work, not painted canvas. Hurrah! You can see them in detail in the link below There is also an ad in the January 2013 issue of Needlepoint Now if you are a subscriber. Several of the crackers will work for other times of the year if you aren't an Easter decorator. For example, change the kite cracker's colors to a red, white and blue color scheme and you have a July cracker! By the way, the instructions for each cracker (sold separately) include finishing instructions in case you want to try your hand at your own finishing for one of these, or use the instructions on other crackers in your collection.
If Marilyn's name seems familiar, she is the designer of the Folding Ort Box, Halloween Treat, and Ornament Quartet in the ANG Chapter Project Book, and created the design Sudoku Serendipity for Needle Pointers. She also is part owner of Moore Than Needlepoint. Upon exploring the shops website, I also discovered a wonderful limited edition Christmas ornament that would be quick to stitch up as a present for a golfing buddy or a friend who lives in the Pinehurst area. Nobody in Pinehurst? Substitute your own location or just your house number or even leave the lettering off.
I think this is a shop and designer to keep an eye on....
Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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