Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Once Upon A Time A King Fell in Love

Blickling Hall, from the TNNA Winter Show 2014

Once Upon a Time there was a young English upper class lady, born in a lovely English manor house called Blickling Hall somewhere in the early 1500s.   Blicking Hall still exists.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWt8-4bBUI0

The lady has long been dust but she became Queen of England after Henry VIII broke from the Catholic Church, taking his whole kingdom with him, so he could marry her.  Only a few years later she was executed by her husband so he could marry someone else after she failed to produce a male heir, but her legend still lives.  I'm talking Anne Boleyn, of course.  Henry VIII's love letters to her exist in the Vatican, of all places,  Their only child, Queen Elizabeth I, is considered one of England's greatest rulers.

Blickling Hall, Seen As in a Dream

When Leigh Richardson showed me her Manor Born series, which celebrates the huge variety of ancient and beautiful buildings that exist all over England today, I was bewitched by Blickling Hall and its lion.  I had to stitch it.  Here are Blickling Hall's siblings, by the way.  Each is special architecturally and because of its history.  But Blickling Hall spoke to me.
http://www.leighdesigns.com/Grp720x.html

If you compare my finished piece to the unstitched Manors on the Leigh Designs website, you will notice that my version of Blickling Hall has a border added.  Because of Amy Bunger's Tudors Home Study last year, I knew that Anne Boleyn had a favorite pearl necklace with three pear-shaped pearls.
http://www.amybunger.com/f/1013.pdf

Because of Amy's mention of this necklace, I did a little more research and discovered that Anne loved pearls (as did Queen Elizabeth I) and also loved initial jewelry which was very popular in the 16th Century.  This is the origin of my optional pearl and gold initial necklace border.
http://onthetudortrail.com/Blog/2011/03/18/anne-boleyn’s-jewellery/

Ingatestone Manor
I'm not the only one who has stitched a Manor so that you can have a stitch guide.  Here is Sharon Quick's Ingatestone Manor.  The Petrie family has lived there since they bought the place in the early 1500s.

Hatton Hall

Sandy Arthur stitched Hatton Hall.  For me, this is the classic British estate house.  It's not a castle, it's a home complete with sheep grazing in the foreground.  It would be wonderful to wander any of these manors, however.  They are not castles, although many housed queens (or ghosts).  They are historic houses, the perfect settings for costume dramas and daydreams.

Enjoy....

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@ Copyright 2013 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Magnetic Key Finders Reporposed

Some folks are using these large magnets, marketed by Bonjour as Magnetic Key Finders to be attached to your purse, as their canvas magnets.  They come in a variety of shapes.  If you love large magnets, do some hunting as they are all over the map when it comes to price.
http://www.neatlysmart.com/catalog/default.aspx?catid=1184

http://www.fitsinthepurse.com/c-345-bonjour-key-finders.aspx?gclid=CICzy7mN8L0CFcg7Ogod0x8AuQ

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© Copyright 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

We Wait (And I Worry) UPDATED AGAIN

If you are like me, during your stitching career you have ordered something from a shop they didn't have in stock, then waited and waited for it to come in.   I once waited six weeks for a piece of silk gauze I was told should be there in a month, then when I contacted the shop for an estimate of the arrival date, they told me they hadn't actually placed the order yet because they couldn't order from that manufacturer unless they met the minimum order dollar amount.  They were waiting until they had enough things on their Wish List to place an order.  This happens enough to stitchers that I see a weekly posting on Needlepoint Nation that says something like "Would any shop that has this in stock contact me?"  Stitchers have been burned enough that they try to find the item they desire from anyone before they place an order with their local shop and end up waiting until they barely remember what they ordered.  Ever wonder why businesses are run this way?  Tricia gives us a glimpse of the business thinking behind this behavior.
http://thistle-threads.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-dreaded-backorder-how.html

She also points out that the artisans who are the heart of this business are retiring, and not replacable.
http://thistle-threads.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-time-is-now-how-our-textile.html

UPDATE:  Tricia talks about the death of one of her businesses, illustrating how the various forces operate on small companies that cater to the handwork elite.
http://thistle-threads.blogspot.com/2015/11/end-of-era-tokens-and-trifles.html

UPDATE #2:  Kreinik is stocking up on the Tokens and Trifles items while they can.
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2015/11/update-tokens-and-trifles-perforated.html

I have to tell you, when I see all the threads we have available today and then read the above, I am really worried about the future.  Are we living in the last Golden Age of Needlepoint?  But Tricia doesn't just worry, she has a proposal.
http://thistle-threads.blogspot.com/2014/04/a-kickstarter-for-historic-threads.html

UPDATE #3:  Tricia was sent information about the wool industry that explains even more just how precarious needle art businesses are and the things that have to go right to give us our supplies.
http://thistle-threads.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-wool-industry.html


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© Copyright March 31, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Needlepoint Boxes

If you are a fan of tiny Limoges china boxes for rings and other small items, you will love the boxes Ridgewood customers have stitched. 
http://ridgewoodneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2014/04/blog-post.html

I think these are all from Julia's Needleworks, but I am not certain.
http://needleworks.ehclients.com/index.php/jngallery/category/C43/

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© Copyright April 1, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Why There Aren't More Online Needlepoint Shops UPDATED

If you ever wondered why your favorite shop doesn't have an online store, the owner of Exclamation Point explains the challenges. 
http://exclamationpoint.org/wordpress/?p=82

UPDATE:  I used to come up with cataloguing schemes for a living.  It does stretch your brain!
http://exclamationpoint.org/wordpress/?p=86

We are eagerly awaiting the Grand Opening, Melanie!
http://exclamationpoint.org

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© Copyright April 19, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Back in Time to the 1840s

Deborah just turned up this wonderful video about a piece of needlepoint dating from the 1840s, creating by a little girl in a Baltimore Catholic girls school exclusively for African-American girls.  Looking back in time we tend to think blacks in this country were all slaves before the Civil War, but the reality was much more complex.  This little girl was obviously from a prosperous family who wanted their daughter to have the best education possible, including mastery of her needle.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMMiyR2Pb98&feature=youtu.be

The piece is part of the Bayou Bend Collection and Garden, which is part of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas.

Thanks for the great find, Deborah!

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© Copyright 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

More Russian Santa News

Forever Green Russian Santa
Those of you who admired Carolyn Taggart's Forever Green Santa (above) from the Leigh Russian Santa series will now be able to pick up Carolyn's stitch guide for this beauty!  Carolyn has written a thirteen page guide full of diagrams with a full color photo of the finished design to help you understand what to do.  Each stitch suggestion has a terrific graph, there is a full photograph of the completed Santa, and a supply list of threads and other items Carolyn used.  Price of the PDF version is $20. Price of printed version sent by snail mail is $25 plus $8 extra for postage/shipping and handling.

To order, contact Carolyn Taggart through her Facebook page.  If you don't do Facebook, send me your email address and I'll message it to Carolyn via Facebook.  I am at chilly hollow at hotmaildotcom.
https://www.facebook.com/carolyn.taggart.5?fref=ts

By the way, Vicky DeAngelis is working on her Holly Hills Santa.  Here is the latest.  Those reds and golds are gorgeous!
http://mostlyneedlepoint.com/leighs-red-russian-santa/

Becki at Enriched Stitch is working on her Golden Maiden, too.  Again, the colors are beautiful!
http://astheneedleturns.com/exclusive-golden-maiden-progress/

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© Copyright April 19, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Needlepoint Now May Preview

Needlepoint Now's newsletter preview of the May/June issue is up on the web to whet your appetite for the next edition.  It looks like the next edition will kick off a series of Henry VIII and Wives canvases plus much more!
http://www.needlepointnow.com/wp-content/uploads/NN_NWSLTR_Apr14.pdf

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© Copyright April 25, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

May 3-5 is On the Horizon

I know half of you read the title and said so what?  Of course the first week of May is just around the corner! But the above dates are for next weekend's TNNA show in Indianapolis.   The designers are getting ready, packing madly, making dinner reservations, checking their To Do lists frantically!
http://createneedlepoint.typepad.com/create_needlepoint/2014/04/needlepoint-showcase.html

The shops are getting ready, too.  Many have sales just before the trade shows so they clear out inventory and have a little extra cash to buy-buy-buy!  Don't forget to keep an eye on the April Trunk Shows and Sales tab as well as the one that reads "TNNA Indianapolis May 2014."  I've already been posting lots of updates about new items as the manufacturers and designers drop hints or post photos on their Facebook page.  I've also been updated the CH Stitch Guides blog with the newest guides.  Don't forgot to ride the magic carpet over to see what is there when you are looking for inspiration.

The Blue Russian Santa is all ready.  He and two brothers have been turned into stand up figures. They are going to hang out in the Leigh Designs booth with Leigh's latest series (which is fabulous, naturally).  If you are going to the show, I hope you drop by to see him in person.  Nothing beats seeing a piece right in front of you.

Meanwhile, we stitchers are waiting impatiently for everyone to arrive in Indianapolis and for the show to begin!

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© Copyright 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Shapes IV: A Mini Review

Yesterday I had to take the car in for an oil change so I took my copy of Shapes of Needlepoint  Series IV:  Diagonals Verticals Horizontals by Sandy Arthur to amuse myself while I waited. WOW! I read it cover to cover for the first time, admiring the gray scale diagrams and looking carefully at the stitches as I mentally try to find something good for my next project.
http://networkedblogs.com/OPVam

As you know, this is the fourth in Sandy's series of Shape books, all of which categorize stitches by their general shape and then arranges them in the books by their width and height.  This makes it very easy to find a stitch that will fit in an area on your canvas.

The thing I enjoyed most in this book, besides the diagrams which I admire greatly, was seeing vertical, horizontal and diagonal versions of the same stitch. You don't see that in most books and it is something that I will find invaluable when I do repeats of the same stitch oriented differently. The book is worth the admission price for that alone if you are constantly stitching and making it up as you go along.  I don't generally count threads when I am looking for a stitch to put in a space, and I should get into that habit. Sandy's books make it a lot easier to solve stitch problems because they are set up that way.

I loved the book. Now that I have actually sat down with it and become familiar with what it covers, I will probably refer to it at least once per project. 

If you are not familiar with Sandy's books, some of which are available as apps in the iTunes store, check out her website.  Right now she has a special if you buy all four books at once.
http://duodesignsinc.com/wpsite/

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© Copyright March 25, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Iris Cyberclass

Laura Perin has announced her summer cyberclass--the Iris.  The design is actually called "Fleur-de-Lis" and will be available in purples or in blues.  The class will start in July and registration is open now.
http://two-handedstitcher.blogspot.com/2014/04/its-iris-time.html

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© Copyright April 26,  2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

A Little Bit of History

I thought the history buffs among us might like to visit Carolyn Meacham's website to see two small Berlin woodwork charts she has for sale.   If we were Victorians, these ancestors of counted canvaswork charts would be what we used to stitch from.
http://elegantarts.com/product_info.php?products_id=538

Carolyn is an antiques dealer who specializes in needlework items.  Gay Ann Rogers talks about many of the unique items that Carolyn sells through eBay auctions in her Shining Needle Society classroom.  Visiting Carolyn's website and eBay auctions is a great way to learn about the history of needlepoint by studying the tools that our stitching ancestors used.  Besides, where else will you see a solid gold needle case in the shape of the bust of a Roman matron?  (click on "My Collection")

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© Copyright April 23, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Bunny Time

Spring is the time when rabbits run wild (except in Chilly Hollow where we only see bunny tracks in the winter as having large dogs tends to keep rabbits at bay).  Nimble Needle in New Jersey is following this trend by showing off some of their bunny canvases, which range from the amazing Elizabeth Turner portrait of a black and white rabbit to the gourd piece wearing a needlepoint front shirt.  In between is a classic crewel portrait and a Victorian bunny egg.  Something for everyone who loves rabbit themes!
http://thenimbleneedle.blogspot.com/2014/04/bunnies-rabbits-and-hares.html

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© Copyright April 20, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

A Wonderful Display

Some days I just want to sit and look at lovely finished projects. So this morning I have two photo galleries for you to explore and enjoy. The first is from Amy Bunger's shop. These are customer class pieces and finished stitch guide models as far as I can tell.  Use the Next command to move through the album, admiring the lovely stitching and interesting effects.  If you fall in love, I'm sure Amy and her staff can help you with the canvas and a guide or lesson plan and the threads.
http://www.amybunger.com/albums/album_image/6262614/7263528.htm

Next let's head north from Memphis to New Jersey, where the New Jersey Needle Artists Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild has a gallery of finished member pieces that is a joy to browse.   Click on a photo and then use the right and left side arrows to navigate through the fun.
http://njneedleartists.org/photo-gallery/

Many thanks to the shops and guilds who post their wonderful needle art online!  You are an inspiration to us all.

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© Copyright April 1, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Welcome to The Forest Needle

I just discovered there is a new shop in Lake Forest, Illinois.  It's called the Forest Needle. Here's a bit about it.  Note that the video at the top of the article isn't about the shop, but right under the video on the left, click on "Photo Gallery" and you'll be able to explore the shop a little.
http://lakeforest.suntimes.com/news/business/forestneedle-LFR-04032014:article

There isn't a website that I can find but Forest Needle has a Facebook page.  Head over if you are a member and Like them.

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© Copyright April 22, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Why Randi Likes Mermaids

The owner of The World in Stitches loves mermaid canvases. Here's the charming story behind her purchase of the Mermaid Flag from The Collection.
http://twisinc.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-babes_2497.html

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© Copyright April 18, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Finishing Friday: The Holidays and More

Pocket Full of Stitches has some very busy stitchers among their customers! Look at all the cute finishing! 
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2014/03/finished-projects.html

Diane has a wonderful over-the-top 4th of July piece just back from her finisher.  Isn't it pretty?
http://www.dianestakingtimeouttoneedlepoint.com/2014/03/hooray-for-red-white-and-blue.html

There are several Valentine's Day themed pieces here (but much more).
http://ridgewoodneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2014/04/finishing-by-bertha-by-bettie-by-jane.html

But given that Easter is here, check out the darling Easter House Stephanie posted a photo of.
http://stephsstitching.blogspot.com/2014/04/darling-easter-house.html

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© Copyright March 29. 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Duality Wins!

Needle Delights is proud to announce that their design "Duality"won at Woodlawn! Here's the stitcher with her prize winner. 
http://needledelightsoriginals.blogspot.com/2014/04/woodlawn-winner.html

I don't see "Duality" on the Needle Delights Originals website so this may be a teaching piece only.  I did find some interesting color ways, though.  Enjoy!
http://www.needledelights.com/index.php/articles/view/32/1.html

http://needledelightsoriginals.blogspot.com/2013/06/sugar-land.html

Before I forget, here are Donna's ribbon entries.  I think I've posted this photo before but she does lovely work. I just love her original Moxie design!
http://majtravaux.blogspot.com/2014/04/a-splash-of-color.html

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© Copyright April 18, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

More Background Magic from a Master

Anne Sradal of ABS Designs likes to blog-stitch various items from her line but occasionally she works on something else. I was particularly interested to read her description of why she choose the background color, thread and stitch for this Amanda Lawford stand up Santa.   Her points are very valid for all of us to remember when we are choosing our own backgrounds.
http://thecapestitcher.blogspot.com/2013/10/chipping-away-at-background.html

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Boston Strong (with Manatees)

I missed posting canvases celebrating the spirit of Boston during the Boston Marathon earlier this week but the Boston Strong theme is always relevant.   Wellesley Needlepoint has two ornaments that are fund-raisers.
http://www.wellesleyneedlepoint.com

Here are two new canvases about Boston and sports.  (When I lived in Boston the most popular sports were baseball, football, hockey and politics.)
http://twisinc.blogspot.com/2014/04/a-big-day-in-boston.html

Congratulations to Boston and the marathon runners!

Speaking of fund raisers, Robin King, Charley Harper and EGA's Sun Region are getting together during their regional seminar (second link).  If you live in Florida or Bermuda, make sure you include this EGA event in your plans for early May.
http://needlepointstudyhall.blogspot.com/2014/04/man-oh-man-oh-manatee.html

http://www.sunregionega.org/seminars-retreats-etc/crs-2014/

Manatees are a favorite of my husband's from growing up in Miami and The Keys.  They are amazing gentle animals and much loved in our household.

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© Copyright April 22, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

A Ralph Lauren Vest in Needlepoint

Mountain Shadow Studio stumbled across this on Etsy and shared the photo on Facebook. I had no idea that Ralph Lauren did needlepoint vests! 
http://www.etsy.com/listing/125713516/rare-1990-ralph-lauren-country-americana?ref=shop_home_active

I did a little hunting and found needlepoint belts-
http://www.polyvore.com/skull_bones_needlepoint_belt/thing?id=25491689

(although I must say I prefer the J. McLaughlins ones.)
http://www.papermag.com/2010/04/guy-ccessory_j_mclaughlins_nee.php

and also shoes and of course...
http://www.etsy.com/listing/173512150/vintage-ralph-lauren-flats-needle-point?ref=shop_home_active

...sheets and pillows.
http://www.houzz.com/photos/291961/Lauren-by-Ralph-Lauren-Poet-Society-Bed-Linens-Paisley-Wool-Needlepoint-Pillow--traditional-bed-pillows-and-pillowcases-

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@ Copyright 2013 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Oh, Canada!

While I was compiling the list of counted canvaswork designers for Blog, I discovered that Linda Lachance of Northern Pine Designs is part of an association of Canadian needlework designers.  The members, with their websites and contact information, are on Linda's site.
http://www.northernpinedesigns.com/membershiplist.html

They have their own website, too.
http://www.needleworkdesigners.com

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@ Copyright February 15, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Shoreline Stitchers Showcase April 26-27

If you happen to be anywhere near Palos Verdes, CA April 26-27 don't miss the needlework exhibit sponsored by Needle Artists by the Sea at the South Coast Botanic Garden.  Here are all the details.  There will be an exhibit and boutique and if you go, we expect a full report!
http://www.needleartistsbythesea.org/ShorelineStitchersShowcase2014.html

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© Copyright April 19, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Designers Desk Newsletter

Designers Desk is a fabulous shop (rated five Chilly Hollow stars in customer service and size of inventory), with a very good newsletter that comes out only a few times a year. The latest is available online. It starts out with news and then segues into little bits about upcoming classes and new products.  It's a fun read.  If you are ever in the area, you have to visit this shop!
http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1102470515590-133/Newsletterdraft42014.pdf

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© Copyright April 18, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Train Your Brain

This CNN article on how crafts and creativity are good for our brains has been making the rounds recently. If you haven't read it, here's the link.
http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/25/health/brain-crafting-benefits/

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© Copyright March 26, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Patty's Blue Russian (and More)

Patty's Blue Russian Done!
This morning I have another wonderful finished Blue Russian to share, this time from Patty.   Her Blue Russian is special to me because Patty has to mail order her threads and she waited patiently while I got far enough in stitching my model so that she would only have to order threads once.  I appreciated that!   Patty's Russian Santa varies a little bit from mine in that his blue eyes were made from one cross stitch over one with a very light blue #4 Kreinik metallic and she used Brian’s Steppe Stitch to create the snow under his feet.  This gives him both a solid grounding and an intense expression.  He's now on the way to the finisher while Patty puts the Forever Green Russian Santa on her Evertites and starts thinking stitches and threads.

In other Russian Santa news, since the May 2014 issue of ANG's Needle Pointers magazine is in the mail, I can reveal that I wrote an article about choosing threads and stitches for painted canvases in this issue, using my Blue Russian as the example when I explained how I go about picking just the right stitch or thread.  I've already been asked if I will post the article here.  I think ANG won't allow that--although I will ask--since they want people to join the organization, but there is an article on how to stitch a painted canvas written by me several years back on their website and freely available already.  If you read through my public blog-stitching of Blue Russian here and read this, you will have a lot of information about how to tackle a painted canvas.
http://www.needlepoint.org/FAQ/phobia.php

Remember, you can always revisit my blog-stitching of Blue Russian by clicking on the tab above.

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© Copyright April 17, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Spring Fobs

If you like scissor fobs (or if you are looking for the perfect zipper pull for your project bag), you'll want to see the beaded scissor fobs Pocket Full of Stitches has in stock.   There are chicks, bunnies, puppies and kittens, all ready to declare you think it is spring at last.  Of course as I type this there is snow in my forecast for tomorrow night....
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2014/04/canvases-fobs.html

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© Copyright April 14, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

It Wouldn't Be Easter....

It wouldn't be Easter without a glimpse of the Easter bunny tree that one of Steph's friends puts out each year.   The double-sided rabbits (and the single cat) are canvases from MCM Designs.  These are no longer available but they turn up on eBay occasionally.  Expect to spend about $80 or more if you find one.  
http://stephsstitching.blogspot.com/2014/04/ruths-adorable-easter-tree.html

Happy Easter if you celebrate the holiday, happy Sunday if you don't.

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© Copyright April 15, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

The Easter Bunny

I think this MCM double-sided rabbit is the cutest bunny I've ever seen. Happy Easter Bunny!
http://stephsstitching.blogspot.com/2014/04/still-no-stitching-by-m.html

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© Copyright April 2, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Kathy Goes to RSN

Kathy Andrews of The Unbroken Thread blog is at the Royal School of Needlework! How wonderful is that?! She took lots of photos and is starting to write about her visit here. 
http://www.theunbrokenthread.com/blog/2014/02/13/im-at-the-rsn-in-hampton-court-palace/

http://blog.hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace/spiders-and-star-flowers-at-hampton-court/

http://www.theunbrokenthread.com/blog/2014/02/17/rsn-canvaswork-day-1/

http://www.theunbrokenthread.com/blog/2014/02/20/rsn-canvaswork-day-2/

http://www.theunbrokenthread.com/blog/2014/02/24/rsn-canvsawork-a-day-exploring-london/

http://www.theunbrokenthread.com/blog/2014/03/02/rsn-canvaswork-day-3/

http://www.theunbrokenthread.com/blog/2014/03/06/rsn-canvaswork-course-day-4/

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse of what being a Royal School of Needlework student is like.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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@ Copyright 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Mystery--and a Little Dog, Too!

Ruth Schmuff has started her next mystery class, based on a watercolor-like design from Shelly Penko.  It's going to be interesting to see how Ruth handles all those competing areas of pattern.
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2014/04/just-chillin-with-friends.html

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© Copyright April 14, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Ann The Dazzler

Needle Artworks just announced a new design from Ann Strite-Kurz and a new class as well. The new design is called Diamond Dazzler.
http://www.needleartworks.com/dsgnr/ask/ASK47.htm

The class is on open patterns, and includes lots of ways to hide stitches as you do light coverage or blackwork patterns.  Ann is an expert on complex, layered stitches which are unlike anyone else's work.  Check out her articles in Needlepoint Now and her free 2004 Stitch of the Month design for ANG on their website (second link).
http://www.needleartworks.com/dsgnr/ask/cask/CASK45.htm

http://www.needlepoint.org/Stitch.php

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© Copyright March 25, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, April 18, 2014

A Chair to Remember

These photos were apparently taken at the Chelsea flower show in 2012.
http://deeperdazzle.com/tag/textiles/

Design and stitching by Kaffe Fassett.  I think the rest of the needlepoint is also his design but I am not certain.  In the last photo he's on the left, stitching.  

After I wrote this article and put it in the queue to publish, I discovered Kay Fassett is being honored at the American Museum in Bath.  Here are more photos of his incredible work!
http://needleprint.blogspot.com/2014/03/kaffe-faseett-celebrates-50-colourful.html

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© Copyright March, 25, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday Finishing: Gone to the Dogs

A dog in The City will sport a fancy new collar in Central Park soon!
http://needlepointland.com/2014/03/18/good-golly-miss-molly/

Of course note everyone has pets but almost everyone has bills or Christmas cards to keep.
http://ridgewoodneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2014/03/christmas-banner-box-nancys-banner-box.html

And we almost all have feet.  How about these needlepoint slippers?  The second link is to the Micro-Stitchery website.
http://makeitsmall.blogspot.com.es/2012/11/needlepoint-slippers-finished.html

http://micro-stitchery.com/index.html

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© Copyright 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Trunk Show Models on View

Many times trunk shows include models that the designer loans a shop to show what their canvases look like stitched. It's rare to see photos of these, however, so I was excited to see that Pocket Full of Stitches has posted photographs of the models in their current Artists Collection show.
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-artists-collection-models.html

Aren't they fun?!

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© Copyright April 12, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Do You Remember Erma Bombeck?

Back in the day when newspapers were read by everybody, certain humor columnists were wildly popular. After all, who doesn't love a laugh? Erma Bombeck specialized at laugher generated by everyday life, making us smile and occasionally think at the same time. Pepita found one of her old 1974 columns you have to read! 
http://needlepointofview.com/2014/03/23/erma-bombeck/

Here's the direct link to the newspaper article, just in case Pepita's link breaks.  If you look at the other articles, you'll see mention of the classic Battle of the Sexes tennis match that paired champion Billie Jean King against Bobby Riggs and the death of needlepointer Mary Martin's husband, not to mention O.J. Simpson's full name and nude photos of Jacqueline Kennedy and her second husband.  Some things change, some never do.  We are lucky that needlepoint obsession is eternal!
http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1346&dat=19740212&id=PO8vAAAAIBAJ&sjid=xfoDAAAAIBAJ&pg=2990,3285162

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© Copyright March 25, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ashland Sky Changes Hands

Ashland Sky has a new owner--Leigh Designs! 
http://yarntree.typepad.com/needlework_news/2014/04/leigh-designs-acquires-ashland-sky.html

If you follow the link to their website, you'll see the various sizes and colors of these project and tool bags that are available.  I have three of these, ranging from the shoulder strap size where I store my very largest pieces, to the medium size which will hold a lot of threads and maybe a stitch guide, to the small tool tote size, which I use for a quick trip carry all.
http://www.ashlandsky.com

These durable bags are really good for long term storage (as long as you are not in a really humid climate as they don't breath) or for a trip where you want to be sure everything is safe.  I also love the fact that the company hires the disabled to assemble the bags.  There aren't that many programs for folks who have handicaps who want to work, but Ashland Sky's original and new owners make sure that this is one.

Disclaimer:  I do a lot of stitch guides and models for Leigh Designs which has distributed these project bags for several years, but I don't think this has colored my review of the Ashland Sky bags.  They are really good project bags.

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© Copyright April 11, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

A New Version of Christmas Parade

Needle Nicely just posted a photo of a finished Christmas March canvas from the Ashley Dillon/Susan Roberts series of holiday parade canvases.   The interesting thing about this canvas is that the stitcher asked for help simplifying her stitch guide to her comfort level and of course Needle Nicely is known for their customer service.  It was easy for Mary Agnes to customize the guide to give the stitcher stitches she was comfortable with.  It looks great!  
http://needlenicely.blogspot.com/2014/03/a-stitched-christmas-parade.html

This just shows how much of a collaborative art needlepoint is.  In this case the designer, stitch guide writer, shop owner and stitcher all worked together to create a work of needle art that will grace the stitcher's home for many Christmases to come!

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© Copyright March 22, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Facet Facts

Kreinik has posted an informational note on their blog about their Facets line.   Facets comes in two sizes-- regular and mini --as well as a wired version.  It's a very pretty thread and does look like a line of faceted beads.  I have not used it, but I probably will on my Egyptian Catra once I turn my attention back to her this summer.  
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2014/04/how-to-do-beads-without-mess.html

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© Copyright April 11, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

I'm a Sucker

I'm a sucker for a good Nativity set, so I was thrilled to see Diane's Nativity progress on her Carol Dupree Creche set.  She's only got the angel to go, so pretty soon I hope we will have photos of the finished set made up into figures.
http://www.dianestakingtimeouttoneedlepoint.com/2014/03/my-nativity-is-almost-finished.html

Here's the link to the set offered by The French Knot in Fort Worth, which has sponsored this monthly club.
http://thefrenchknot.com/current-series.htm

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Russian Santas--Forever Green


Carolyn Taggart's Latest Russian Santa Finish

Carolyn Taggart ---who must never sleep!--- has finished another Russian Santa from the Leigh Designs series that came out last December. Here is Forever Green Santa!   Isn't he lovely?  I find the fur especially gorgeous. Carolyn says the fur on the cuffs and the edge of Santa's robe was made from 2 strands of Wisper mixed with one strand of silk for strength, worked in stem and outline stitches and then brushed to make it fuzzier.  The hat is five strands of silk worked in Jump Thru the Loop Turkey Work, then cut and trimmed and brushed.

How do you work Jump Thru The Loop Turkey Work, you ask?   Sheena James has very kindly allowed me to share her diagram of this stitch.  Make a long stitch up and down in the same hole, then a small anchoring stitch goes down in the same hole as the first long stitch.

Sheena's Diagram for Jump Through the Loop Turkey Work

Susan Flippin McPherson has finished her Blue Russian!  Here's what he looks like.

Susan's Northern Light Santa Finished
Don't you just love his expression?  Susan used Brian's Steppe Stitch to create snow around her Russian Santa's feet.  That is diagrammed here in case you've forgotten.
http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2014/03/blue-russian-final-glimpse.html

Great stitching, Carolyn and Susan!  Many thanks to you both and to Sheena for sharing your stitching and diagramming for our viewing pleasure.

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© Copyright March 31, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Help Stitching that Bunny

Sue just wrote a very interesting message about stitching a rabbit canvas. She has stitch tips, thread ideas, and more that any bunny lover will enjoy. (Click on the stitch diagrams to see them well.)
http://sudukc.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/mom-and-me-bunny-stitching/

Thanks for sharing, Sue!

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© Copyright March 14, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Bead in a Berry

Anna Scott has posted a great tutorial on how to create berries by wrapping large beads with threads.  The real trick here is to use a very thin needle.
http://annascottembroidery.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/wrapped-bead-berry.html

Milliner's needles are perfect but threading that eye is not going to be easy.  This is the kind and size of needle Anna used.  Look at the eye and you'll see why threading up is a challenge.
http://www.amazon.com/Goldn-Glide-Milliners-Needles-Size/dp/B004KYW744

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© Copyright April 11, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tools in Action

Danielle shows off her new folding ort container, new magnet set and her Bead Buddy. Seeing how she uses these may help you decide if you need such tools in your stitching tool kit or not.
http://stitcherista.blogspot.com/2014/03/bead-buddy.html 

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© Copyright March 19, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Royal School of Needlework's Canvaswork Book UPDATED AGAIN

The Royal School of Needlework has published another in its series of Essential Stitch Guides, this time one on needlepoint (or as it is called in England, canvaswork).  As I read the review, I can't say I would recommend this to anyone who wants to add good needlepoint books to their library.  Not  if you do needlepoint American style, anyway.
http://www.needlenthread.com/2014/02/rsn-stitch-guide-canvaswork.html

The English style is on limited colors of canvas with fewer threads than what we have available to us, uses mostly slate frames (which are hard to find here, expensive and heavy--they also need good support which means a floor frame), and the English are used to working needlepoint from kits on large count with wool.  Mary's quote "there’s a small revival of individuality in canvas work today" pretty much sums up how the Brits view the world of needlepoint.  Recently I talked to a famous American designer about her one foray into producing designs for Ehrman, the well-known English needlepoint company.  Although Mr. Ehrman was delightful, "he had a ‘formula' of X-number of colors, 10-12 mesh, stitch painted, and he would determine subject."  This rigidity of format has produced some lovely designs but they are a far cry from what an American needlepointer expects and desires.  So the only reason I would see to buy this book is if you are interested in learning to transfer a design you want to stitch onto needlepoint canvas.  The Royal School knows everything there is to know about that topic!

It's not a Must Have, in other words, at least not for American stitchers.

UPDATE:  I got a note from Gretchen, the owner of Threads in Charlottesville, VA this week.  Gretchen has seen and sold quite a few copies of this book.  Here's what she has to say about it.

"I noted with interest your comments on the Royal School's book on Canvaswork. I have sold 6 copies or so to a variety of customers. Personally, I think it is eye candy for many levels of stitcher, has some great ideas for stitches, and above par color illustrations. And, at $21.95, it is a good value to boot! I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss it!

FYI, the Royal School also has books in this series on Bead Embroidery, Silk Shading, Stumpwork and Whitework.  the only one I have not sold is the Whitework - as it isn't applicable to my shop.  I have been favorably impressed with each  - especially at the price point."

Thanks for the input, Gretchen.  Judging from the comments I got from Donna and Carol (see below), I've been too hard on this book!

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© Copyright February 27, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Quail's Quill Online

The Quail's Quill is online, bringing you a quick update on classes, trunk shows and new products available at Quail Run.  This mini-newsletter isn't as informative as the monthly one the shop does but it still has plenty of eye candy.
http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk//launch.aspx?pbid=69bfa3f1-dd93-4618-b806-6880fc346117

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Another Brilliant Organizer At Work

Mary Corbet shows off a way to organize a full range of thread colors.   It won't work for everyone but this might be the answer for you, for at least your favorite brand.
http://www.needlenthread.com/2014/03/thread-organization-for-whole-sets-of-embroidery-threads.html

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© Copyright March 19, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Details on a Labor of Love Exclusive

Nimble Needle in New Jersey just snagged the last of ten exclusive Labor of Love canvases featuring the Young Queen Victoria with her dog.  I really enjoyed reading about these canvases which all are limited to an edition of ten and come with china heads and other attachments (a purse in this case).   If you are a counted canvaswork fan, you will enjoy seeing the new Imperial Fan from Finger Step Designs and the gorgeous shades of silk perles from Gumnuts pulled to go with the canvas.
http://thenimbleneedle.blogspot.com/2014/04/labors-of-love-young-victoria-and-how.html

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Friday Finishing: Spring!

I am not sure it is going to be spring-like weather when this publishes, but it doesn't matter at Ridgewood, which is showcasing some wonderful spring like finishing! 
http://ridgewoodneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2014/03/finishing-this-elegant-lamb-is-stitched.html

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© Copyright March 15, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Help Wanted UPDATED

Exclamation Point needs a new staff member. Here is what they want. 
http://exclamationpoint.org/wordpress/?p=77

UPDATE:  They found Jennifer.  It's going to be fabulous.
http://exclamationpoint.org/wordpress/?p=84

Here is the shop website, just in case you are curious.
http://exclamationpoint.org

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© Copyright April 9, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Stitching Games Update

Ada Haydan of Eye Candy updates us on her progress with the March clue for Stitcherie's Stitching Games.
http://eyecandyneedleart.blogspot.com/2014/04/stitching-games-update-march-clue.html

Stitcherie is an online stitching hangout and K.B. runs a game there each year.  Each month there is a clue (April's is "bacon") which the participants use to inspire that month's stitching.  Before the end of the month the game players post a photo of their progress and explain how they interpreted the clue on their particular canvas.  You can join Stitcherie here, then click on the Stitching Games discussion to watch this year's 60+ stitchers run wild.
http://stitcherie.ning.com

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© Copyright April 6, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Another Project Carrier

A few days ago I posted a link about a project "safe" that enables you to carry a canvas on stretcher bars around with you safely. I have another project tote for you to see on the Stitcherista's blog.  This one is also hand made and very beautiful but unfortunately as I write this the Etsy store is closed because the owner is away.  If you are interested in ordering one of these, you might have to keep checking back until the designer/manufacturer returns.
http://stitcherista.blogspot.com/2014/04/project-envelope-bags-and-almost-done.html

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© Copyright April 5, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pillows and More, Set to Music

Needlepoint Tool Time has created a new video of the newest tools in the shop. "Tools" is defined loosely. In the video you will see June McKnight's latest book, some spectacular self-finishing pillow kits from Marlene, Swarovski crystals, serrated blade scissors and much more.   The video's on the home page, so after you watch it you can use the navigation bar on the left to explore for items you found interesting.
http://www.needlepointtooltime.com

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© Copyright April 6, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Silk Ribbon Embroidery Help


Bird Wing from Brazil Cha-Cha
The owner of Exclamation Point! has just taken a class on silk ribbon embroidery and posted some information on her blog.   If you happen to live near the shop, do drop in and see the books and talk with the staff about this wonderful technique.
http://exclamationpoint.org/wordpress/?p=71

A friend loaned me several of Ann Cox's books and I can recommend them, too.  I adore River Silks silk ribbon as it is very sturdy, has a lovely sheen and comes in a very wide range of colors and several widths.  My only caution in silk ribbon embroidery is that the cards of ribbon don't have a lot of yardage and silk ribbon embroidery uses a LOT of ribbon.  You'll need more than you think.  The photo above is a bird wing from my Brazil Cha Cha canvas.  I used one card of each color on the wing which was about 5 inches long and perhaps three at the widest point.  The red stitches are satin stitches without a laying tool so I'd have a more feathery appearance and the overdyed yellow and orange ribbon is done in Japanese Ribbon Stitch.  You can see the entire finished canvas with the bird wings and tail all in ribbons here.
http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com/2010/10/brazil-cha-cha-stitch-guide-is-now.html


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

How Much Thread?

Mary Agnes tackles the problem of how much thread is needed for a needlepoint canvas often in her role as a shop owner. Here is how she does it.  Very clever, MA!
http://needlenicely.blogspot.com/2014/04/fiber-coverage-and-mathematics-in.html

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© Copyright April 5, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Beaded Penguins are Hilarious

Since beads are used so often on needlepoint these days, the two books Mary Corbet is reviewing in the link below are something folks might be interested in.  Both books are by Yasuko Endo.  One is mostly bands and the other mostly individual motifs, but they both are quite interesting and full of ideas, even if all you do is look at the pretty pictures Mary added to her review.  
http://www.needlenthread.com/2014/03/bead-embroidery-stitch-samples-motifs-books-review.html

Beaded penguin families are funny as all get out and beaded cakes look delicious!

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© Copyright March 18, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Copyright From A Quilting Lawyer's Perspective

This article on copyright and how it applies in the United States is both clear and very interesting. It talks about sewing and quilting but the law applies to any hand embroidery technique. 
http://www.whileshenaps.com/2014/03/can-you-copyright-a-sewing-pattern.html

Many thanks to Mary Corbet for finding this and posting about it.

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© Copyright April 1, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wait'll You See What Suzanne Did!

All I can say is "WOW!" and "What fun!" 
http://suzannehicks.blogspot.com/2014/03/whoville.html

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© Copyright March 17, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Theresa Talks Thread Books

Theresa of Homestead Needle Arts posted a mini review of the new Threads: A Needle Necessity on her website when she listed the book for sale. It's quite interesting and makes me think this is a book I certainly need in my library! Read her comments here.
http://www.homesteadneedlearts.com/detail.cfm?ID=3709

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© Copyright April 4, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Ways to Stitch Bugs

How to stitch bugs with Kreinik metallics, courtesy of Mr. X Stitch.
http://www.mrxstitch.com/7-fun-ways-stitch-bugs/

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Teabag Tray and the Canvas Holder

I've never seen a teabag tray before. Have you?   Besides the weekly stitch diagram, a glimpse at the Brenda Stofft Nativity club piece that is being stitched now, Coleen shows off the painted canvas holder that protects your canvas and stitches while you are on the road.  These can be ordered from Needle Works and are made to order.
http://www.stitchinginthetexashillcountry.com/the_needle_works/2014/04/march-31-share-a-stitch-and-a-whole-lot-more.html

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© Copyright April 1, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Framing: Lacing, Pinning or Glue?

Brenda asked the ANG email list the eternal question: do you lace or glue your pieces when you have them framed?   Here are the answers she got.
http://brendasneedlepointstudio.blogspot.com/2014/02/framing-lacing-pinning-or-glue-updated.html

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Friday, April 4, 2014

The Magic That is Tony

The genius behind Eye Candy met the genius that is Tony Minieri and Cinderella's carriage started to roll.... 
http://eyecandyneedleart.blogspot.com/2014/03/in-classroom-with-tony-minieri.html

I'm going to postpone publishing this in the hope that Cindy's smaller carriage is done quickly and you can see that, too.

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Friday Finishing: It's Halloween! (with Pillows)

Aren't these little Halloween ornaments cute? I think the apple is from Kelly Clark and the others from Associated Talents but I am not certain.
http://ridgewoodneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2014/03/blog-post_1.html 

Here are the pillows in the title.  They are fabulous!  I don't know who Enriched Stitch sends their pillows to but they are really talented.
http://astheneedleturns.com/staff-finishing/

Needlepoint Land has a series of cute customer pieces to show off.  I particularly like the Keep Calm double sided stand up.  Position it to let folks know how the day is going!
http://needlepointland.com/2014/03/02/latest-finishings-2/

The Needlepointer has loop fringe available from their finishers.  Isn't this pretty?  I also think it looks like home with the soft, rag-rug colors.
http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=2b1a4dafdf1ba6e29e773aa79&id=5a6482b692&e=73961ee0ea

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Woodlawn Winners from 2014 and 2012 UPDATED

Since March 31st was the last day of the Woodlawn needlework exhibit, I did a little Googling to see if anyone has reported on the Best of Show winner. I came up with two hits--apparently the 2014 Best in Show winner was a "blackwork" piece.  There are no any photos of it I can find but you can see one of the blue ribbon winners (in the Surface Embroidery catagory) here.
http://www.paperstitch.net/2014/03/02/woodlawn-2014/

I also stumbled across a photo of the 2012 Best in Show winner, which is a charming embroidery piece.  I actually saw this in person the last time I made it to the show.  The embroidery details among the letters and the flowers are very charming--they include a tiny snail, butterflies, a dragonfly, a lady bug, etc.  Click on the photo for a slightly better look.
http://www.heraldstandard.com/society/local-needle-arts-teacher-wins-best-of-show-award/article_a5037f10-c9ad-50a4-8807-65e8e571ba35.html

Congratulations to all those who entered and all those who made it to the show!

UPDATE: I found a list from Woodlawn of all the folks who entered in 2014 with a list of any ribbons they won.  Apparently this was published in a program, presumably the one they hand out to visitors to the exhibit.
http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/2014-Entry-List-for-Program.pdf

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