Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Book for Castaways UPDATED

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Guess what? Carole Lake and Michael Boren have a new book out!   It is called Desert Island Stitches:  Volume One -- Ideas for Small Spaces and is the first in a series of little books that concentrate on stitches that Carole and Michael find very useful and which they'd take with them if they were planning on being stranded on a desert island.  (Hopefully one with a great hotel, room service, and a pool with cabanas and a bar.)


Sneak Peek Inside
The Desert Island Stitches:  Small Spaces book is divided into five sections: tent stitches, diagonal stitches, oblique stitches, straight stitches and cross stitches.  Above is a page I picked at random from inside the book so you could see what the diagrams are like.  It's 78 pages long and the diagrams are black and white and are not numbered.  Each page has multiple stitch patterns diagramed on it.  Carole says it is about the size of the Stitches to Go book, so it is definitely tote bag or briefcase-sized.

The book is intended to be something you flip through when you are looking for ideas for small areas.  Carole says, "It's for when you have that stupid little space and you want something flirty and cute but not out of proportion to the space."

Start Packing for the Remote Stitching Island....
The book will be available through Rainbow Gallery at the TNNA show.   Carole says shops can preorder from Rainbow Gallery now.  Here's to a bunch of happy Robinson Crusoes in 2015!

UPDATE:  Needle in a Haystack has copies and tells us a bit about the book size and layout on their blog.
http://needlestack.typepad.com/whats_new/2015/01/new-stitchplay-designs-book.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 29, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

The Peace Ornament (Needlepoint Now)

Needlepoint Now's latest newsletter is out online, and it includes a free Christmas ornament.  Of course there's a profile of the new issue and more.
https://www.needlepointnow.com/wp-content/uploads/NN_NWSLTR2_Dec14-.pdf

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 24, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

How to Stitch Gingerbread

You know all those really cute gingerbread men and houses canvases that you can't resist? Susan at Quail Run loves them, too!  In fact, she loves them so much that she posted a list of stitches she likes a lot for gingerbread.  So if you have a gingerbread piece in your To Do pile, Susan has ideas.
http://quailrunneedlework.com/blog/post/having-a-sweet-christmas


If you don't have a gingerbread canvas, not to worry!  Susan has a great little gingerbread stocking from Alice Peterson in stock at the shop.
http://shop.quailrunneedlework.com/search?type=product&q=gingerbread

Stitch Therapy has Kelly Clark's gingerbread man with his snowman friend.
http://www.stitchtherapyneedlepoint.com/feature.php?id=21202&title=Friends%20Forever&itemtype=hand%20painted%20canvases

Kirk and Bradley has a sweet little gingerbread house for your stitching pleasure.
http://www.kirkandbradley.com/whats-new/christmas-snowdome-gingerbread-house

Needlepoint Heaven has Danji's Gingerbread Man with his Candy Cane.
http://www.needlepointheaven.com/enlarge1/10365-gingerbread-man-and-candy-cane-DJGL85.html

Elizabeth Turner has a stocking cuff with Santa and a whole group of little gingerbread men.
http://www.canvasesbegone.com/14498/Elizabeth-Turner-Santa-and-Gingerbread-Men-stocking-cuff-needlepoint-hp-18-ct.html

Finally, Raymond Crawford has designed a gingerbread woman.  Do a little searching yourself and you are bound to find something fun that suits your personal style.
http://www.annieandco.com/products/raymond-crawford-ho764

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 22, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Mary Tyler Moore Pillows

TNNA has posted a vintage interior of Mary Tyler Moore's house on their Facebook page. 1970s needlepoint style! 
https://www.facebook.com/586677101438535/photos/a.590591267713785.1073741828.586677101438535/606260116146900/?type=1&theater

By the way, Bert Reynolds and Sally Fields are clowning with their stitching and cigar here.
http://www.facebook.com/586677101438535/photos/a.590591267713785.1073741828.586677101438535/600021036770808/?type=1&theater

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 19, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Redecorating

As you can see, I'm redecorating Blog again, changing the color scheme from a Christmas red and green to a more neutral one. Blog isn't the flashiest thing around, but keeping things simple so that any set of eyes and any computer can view it easily is The Plan.   Much as I'd like to have something more magazine-like, I know that won't work for a substantial minority of Blog's readers so that's out of the question.

Oh, well, you can pretend I am cutting edge and fashionable, right?  Even though Blog is the visual equivalent of an old pair of sweat pants and a ragged sweater?  

Seriously, if your eyes or computer have trouble with the current or any future visual layout, please let me know by leaving a comment under the latest message or email me at chilly hollow at hot mail dot whatever.  That way I can adjust the look to make things more appealing to the greatest number.

Even if I am the fashion equivalent of Elmer Fudd.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 28, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

How to Create A Sampler

Lorraine of Color Complements took Jo Christensen's book and her own hand dyed threads (but you can shop your stash) and created an original sampler of stitches. She taught herself new stitches, discovered ones she liked and would use again, and created something very pretty.   It's pretty easy, too!  So grab one of your stitch books and see what you can create.
http://colourcomplements.com/2014/12/needlepoint-stitch-sampler.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 19, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

A Free Four-Way Christmas Tree Pattern UPDATED

Kimberly has gifted us with a free chart she designed for Rainbow Gallery in 1999. Some things are classics and this four way Christmas tree with a star on top is one of them.  The little pattern between trees looks like an angel to me.  Hope you have time to stitch one or two of these for next year during the football games and after holiday relaxing time.
http://akimberlydesign.blogspot.com/2014/12/merry-christmas.html

Thank you, Kimberly!

UPDATE:  Kimberly has posted a photo of another color ways of her free four-way tree pattern. Neat!
http://akimberlydesign.blogspot.com/2014/12/little-birds-pillow.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 22, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

PFOS' Ornament Exchange

Pocket Full of Stitches had a Christmas party with an ornament exchange again this year. I thought you'd like to see the staff and the wonderful things they stitched for each other. After all, Christmas may be over but the fun lingers on! 
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2014/12/christmas-party-ornament-exchange.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 18, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Books, Glorious Books

If you love stitching books, Mary Corbet's listing of perfect embroidery gift books is something you should not miss.   Mary gives a brief review of books on embroidery, crewel, needle painting, silk ribbon embroidery, and more.  If you have Christmas money burning a hole in your pocket, Mary understands and gives a short description of each book, plus where to get a copy in both the States and abroad.  Thanks, Mary!
http://www.needlenthread.com/2014/12/great-embroidery-books-christmas-gifts.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 20, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

The Just a Thought Needlework Stand

Mary Corbet reviewed the Just a Thought Needlework Stand on her site recently.   In case you are in the market for a floor stand, her review will make it easy for you to understand how it works and whether it might be the right stand for your stitching next as she compares the Just a Thought floor stand to the Needlework System Four floor and table stands and to the Necessaire Floor Stand.  Follow the link to the JAT website for further information.
http://www.needlenthread.com/2014/12/just-a-thought-needlework-stand-review.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 16, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Needle Nicely Has Their 500th Birthday

Needle Nicely just turned turned 500! Actually neither the shop nor Mary Agnes Ruddy Cussen the owner are actually five hundred, (OW! Mary Agnes threw a shoe at me!!!) but the Needle Nicely blog just added its five hundredth blog posting. Congratulations!  Mary Agnes sums up a bit of the history of the shop and its blog here.  As always, it is a fun read.
http://needlenicely.blogspot.com/2014/12/500-smackeroos-that-is-blog-posts-wow.html

Happy Blogging, MA.  Here's to many, many more essays from your interesting mind.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 20,  2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Jacobean Crewel Work and Traditional Design

Thanks to Anna Scott, I have a link to the Smithsonian's online archive copy of Jacobean Crewel Work and Traditional Design.   The second link is for those who want to download a copy instead of reading it online.
https://archive.org/stream/jacobeancrewelwo00pene#page/n1/mode/2up

https://archive.org/details/jacobeancrewelwo00pene

This was published in 1900 by Penelope, an obvious pseudonym, and is out of copyright.  Hopefully crewel lovers will enjoy a browse and those who are curious about crewel stitches will enjoy the lovely color photos.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 16, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas to All

Boots Bailey's The Stork and The Baby

I hope everyone is enjoying their Christmas holiday, whether you are Christian and observe Christ's birth or not. If you are lucky, maybe you can do a little stitching today. If you are very lucky you are celebrating with family and friends; if you aren't, you are having a quiet holiday by yourself. Either way, my best wishes for a terrific and healthy 2015 are going out to you, along with this image of the late Boots Bailey's The Stork and The Baby.

Don't forget that those we have lost are always accessible to us again in our memories.  I hope you have the best memories of Christmases past to enjoy on this Holy Day.

If not, here's to a Happy 2015 in which to make good memories.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 25, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

The Creative Journey Gets Frequent Flyer Miles UPDATED

Joan talks about the creative journey of her three St. Nicholas designs--and their real journeys, too!  These lovelies are distributed by Dreamhouse Ventures, just in case you need one to journey to your house.
http://joaneidman.com/the-journey/

UPDATE:  Here's a better look at the Holly St. Nicholas along with Christmas wishes from Joan Eidman herself.
http://joaneidman.com/happy-holidays/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 10, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

'Twas the Night Before Christmas at The Enriched Stitch

Linda took a class from Mary Susan at Enriched Stitch in Connecticut.   Lucky us--she reported back on all the fun ideas!
http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/12/11/twas-the-night-before-christmas/

The canvas is Rebecca Wood's "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."  I suspect if you call the shop and ask nicely they will kit this up for you.
http://astheneedleturns.com/twas-the-night-before-christmas-class/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 15, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Have Yourself a Needlepoint Christmas!

Finishers are working late these days, trying to get everything made up for Christmas. I am going to collect all the gorgeous photos the shops are posting here so you can spend Christmas Eve enjoying all the lovely pieces that are out there somewhere, embellishing our Needlepoint Christmas. 

So put on the Christmas music, pour yourself your favorite beverage, and dream!

A Collection of Designs Trunk Show Models
http://ridgewoodneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2014/11/a-collection-of-designs.html

BeStitched
http://bestitchedneedlepoint.com/finished-fridays-giant-christmas-stocking/

EyeCandy
http://eyecandyneedleart.blogspot.com/2014/12/christmas-finishing.html

Labors of Love's Kindergarten Nativity (stitch guides by David McCaskill come with the canvases, finishing by Cheryl Fulkerson) - with the Manger Backdrop still to be finished
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10205745515823586&set=gm.767971463280014&type=1&theater

Pocket Full of Stitches
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2014/12/finished.html

Ridgewood Needlepoint
http://ridgewoodneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2014/11/finishing-friday_14.html

http://ridgewoodneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2014/12/reindeer-carrots.html

Stephanie's Ornaments
http://stephsstitching.blogspot.com/2014/12/no-stitching.html

http://stephsstitching.blogspot.com/2014/12/more-decorations.html

Suzanne's Santa
http://suzannehicks.blogspot.com/2014/12/tis-season-to-start-gettin-jolly.html

Threedles Ornaments
http://threadmedley.wordpress.com/2014/11/29/threedles-2012-ornaments-all-finished/

By the way, if you don't celebrate Christmas, enjoy Rochelle's lovely Hannukah pieces.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203956201117985&set=pcb.766665533410607&type=1&theater

If you celebrate Christmas and you like classic style, you'll love these stockings Kristen stitched and finished.
http://knitionary.blogspot.com/2011/12/needlepoint-stockings.html


And if you don't celebrate Christmas, or you are just sick of the holidays and winter in general, here is Linda's finished piece, just for you.
http://splittheneedles.blogspot.com/2014/12/spring-is-right-around-corner.html


Merry, merry!


Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 14, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Has Arrived Early This Year (Tony Minieri Stitch Guides)

Yes, Christmas has arrived two days early here in Chilly Hollow--Tony Minieri's website finally has some of his stitch guides available! These are electronic guides (unless you live in countries where Tony has to collect VAT) available instantly after payment. All the details are here.
http://www.tonyminieri.com/kazoos-store/

I expect more guides will be added as Tony has time to make them available. No, I haven't bought any yet. I'm still trying to decide....

If you have and you want to let the rest of us know what the guides are like (some of them are likely quite old), please comment below or email me at chillyhollow at hotmail dot com. Thanks and Merry Christmas! 

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 23, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Jingle Bells

Gayle's family tradition at Christmas involves a revolving Christmas tree with a music box playing as it rotates. I thought you'd love to see her needlepoint ornament-covered tree and enjoy the music.
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10205340524940662&set=o.108537025890131&type=2&theater

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 19,  2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Louise's Needlework Sends Holiday Greetings

Louise's Needlework sends holiday greetings in this charming YouTube video. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQpuBZpz8to&feature=youtu.be

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 17, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Design Your Own Christmas Ornament

Colour Complements is doing a Twelve Days of Make Your Own Christmas this year, featuring their hand dyed threads. Today's is a needlepoint ornament and very inspiring for those who want to make their own but who don't know where to start. 
http://colourcomplements.com/2014/12/needlepoint-ornament.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 8, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Lorraine's Cats

Colour Complements just posted photographs of an original design (intended for the lid of a Sudberry box) created by Barb using the Colour Complements overdyed perle cotton. It's wonderful and fun and looks easy, too! 
http://colourcomplements.com/2014/12/hand-dyed-perle-cotton.html

Congratulations to Barb for creating such a wonderful present.  And congratulations to Lorraine of Colour Complements for making such pretty inspirational threads.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 17, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Kristen's Classic Chairs

Fans of needlepoint as upholstery will love seeing Kristen's chairs. 
http://knitionary.blogspot.com/2011/05/little-chairs-for-little-people.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 3, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Angels and Elf on a Shelf

I have to admit the Elf on a Shelf craze seems to have skipped Chilly Hollow.  I don't "get" it but a lot of folks love these little elves. If you are one, then Enriched Stitch has an exclusive Elf ornament for you to stitch for Christmas 2015.
http://astheneedleturns.com/elf-on-the-shelf/

Ridgewood has self finishing angels.  Now angels I do get!
http://ridgewoodneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2014/12/christmas-angels.html

But whether you are an Angel lover or an Elf lover, there is a needlepoint canvas for you.  That's the great thing--something for everything in the World of Needlepoint!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 18, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Chain Stitch Twenty-Six Ways

There are TWENTY-SIX different ways to do chain stitch?!!!!!

Yep, and Mary Corbet has the videos to prove it.
http://www.needlenthread.com/2014/12/26-chain-stitch-variations.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 6, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Need a Giggle?

If you need a giggle, or want a friendly frame weight to hold your canvas in position on a table so you can stitch with two hands, then you should visit the animal frame weights from Needlepoints Ltd. 
http://www.needlepointsltd.com/whatsnew.html

I'm torn between Hello Kitty and the hedgehog....

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 14, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

The Anna Pearson Annual Retreat in Italy

English needlepointers often head to Italy with Anna Pearson each year. Their retreat sounds fabulous! 
http://anna-pearson-needlepoint.blogspot.com/2014/12/annual-needlepoint-retreat-in-italy.html

If you are interested in going in 2015, contact Anna via her website.
http://www.needle-point.co.uk

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 4, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, December 19, 2014

When in Doubt, Take a Mystery Class UPDATED

Ruth Schmuff has announced her new mystery class for the winter--Amy Bruecken's "When In Doubt, Twirl."   It is a fun piece on 13 count and there is a class in February and one in March, so it'll be a quick piece to do to compete the winter doldrums.
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2014/12/when-in-doubt-twirl.html

UPDATE:  Lesson one--
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2015/02/twirl.html

UPDATE:  The second and final lesson--
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2015/03/and-twirling-we-will-go.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 14, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Threadaholic Alert: Coloured Spiral from Golden Hinde (and more)

This message is for all my fellow threadaholics--Mary Corbet has found something called coloured spiral at the Golden Hinde website in the UK. 
http://www.needlenthread.com/2014/12/mesmerized-by-thread-2.html

I know you "need" some because I "need" some, too!  Spiral Posh, anyone?
http://www.golden-hinde.co.uk/Gold-Work/1768/goldwork-embroidery-supplies-coloured-spiral.html

By the way, if this is a little too thick or wide for your current canvas, check out what Julia Snyder did with Access Commodities' silk wrapped purl in a class for Bedecked and Beadazzled.
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2014/12/be-merry.html

Parma Violet, anyone?
http://www.hedgehoghandworks.com/catalog/metal_threads_silk_wrapped_pearl_purl.php

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 4, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Horse Hair for Whiskers

Heather just noticed this great idea on Etsy--use horse hair for whiskers! Don't have a horse handy? Not to worry--the Etsy store sells little packets of it.  There's enough for you and your entire stitching circle to do whiskers on their dog and cat ornaments.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/205553220/light-or-dark-horse-hair-for-whiskers?ref=favs_view_1

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 8, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Dag Nab It

I meant to title this "Snag Nab It" as that's the tool I wanted to mention today but I flubbed the title and it's so funny, I left it.  The Snag Nab It is a needle with a spiral at the point end that carries loose threads from the front of a knitted fabric to the back.  The original use was to fix snags but we stitchers use it to carry loose thread ends to the back side.  The first section shows the needle in close up and how it is used on clothing.  Shop around as the prices vary.
http://thriftylittlemom.com/2014/01/10/diy-fashion-repair-secrets-from-retailors/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 23, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Berdorf's Needlepoint Window for Christmas 2014

Lisa HK just posted photographs on Facebook she took of one of Bergdorf's Christmas windows in New York City.   She says that the window has both stitched and unstitched canvases that are portraits of literary figures.  The window also uses felting and macramé.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203021343039994&set=a.10203021342879990.1073741837.1397401143&type=1&theater

Here are more photographs. The red Literature window photos are the ones with needlepoint portraits.
http://ny.racked.com/archives/2014/11/24/bergdorf_goodman_holiday_windows_2014.php

Needlepoint For Fun helped create the designs.  Yeah!
https://www.facebook.com/125313707511380/photos/a.157371940972223.28096.125313707511380/824666614242749/?type=1&theater

Here is more about the inspiration behind the window series.  There are some photos of the computer stitched portraits and the felted bust but nothing else.
http://blogs.wsj.com/photojournal/2014/11/17/behind-the-scenes-bergdorf-goodmans-holiday-window-display/

If you want Needlepoint For Fun to create something custom for you, here is their website.  Sign up for their terrific newsletter, by the way.  You won't be sorry.
http://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 7, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tropical Jazz Revisited

Terry Dryden is having to scramble to pick up threads for her older Tropical Jazz kits now.  This is something that happens a lot to us stitchers as the small businesses that create our threads and other supplies run out of stock and can't afford to make more or can't get the necessary elements to make more.  Terry looks on this as Revisiting a design, and I think that's a good way to think of it.
http://www.terrydryden.com/-blog/2014/11/30/embellishment-threads.html

So the next time you pick up a stitch guide and can't get some of the threads listed,
revisit the design and customize it to your own liking with something you can get your hands on.  After all, this makes it uniquely yours.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 2, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Festival of Lights

The Nimble Needle in New Jersey is celebrating the start of Hanukkah with this posting about the Festival of Lights canvases and other related items they stock.
http://thenimbleneedle.blogspot.com/2014/12/more-winter-holiday-stitching-chanukah.html

To all my friends and family who are Jewish--Happy Hannukkah!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 15, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Need a Seam Ripper?

The Etsy store PopsTurningz just posted on Facebook that they have hand made seam rippers with either wooden or acrylic handles. If you or someone on your gift list needs a ripping tool, this might be one you should consider. I don't know anything about the quality but they certainly have lovely handles. 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/PopsTurningz?ref=search_shop_redirect

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 7, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Determining the Selvage Edge

Natalia tells us how to determine the selvage edge on a piece of silk gauze that doesn't have the selvage still attached.
http://scarletsailsminiatures.blogspot.com/2014/11/silk-gauze-and-selvage.html

Here is why it matters and how to determine selvage on white mono needlepoint canvas.
http://www.needlepoint.org/FAQ/stitching.php#Q20

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com © Copyright November 18, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Vicky's Beading Tips

Vicky talks about how she beads in her latest blog posting.   She makes it sound very easy in her step-by-step explanation.
http://mostlyneedlepoint.com/while-were-talking-beads/

If you are curious about the beading container she mentioned, here's her earlier article that mentions it with photographs.
http://mostlyneedlepoint.com/i-shouldve-known/

The beading and needle case is from Accoutrement Designs and comes in a variety of styles.
http://www.needlepointtooltime.com/product/BN

http://fobfriends.blogspot.com/p/beadneedle-and-needle-cases.html

Just in case you need to tell Santa....

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 7, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sally Goes Coach

While I was cruising around the Internet, looking for something totally different, I discovered that Sally Corey Designs was asked to turn some of Coach's signature designs into needlepoint cushions to decorate some of the Coach stores.  Aren't they nice?  The second link has slightly larger pillows.  Congratulations, Sally!
http://needlepointdesigningwoman.com/commissioned-work/

http://www.slideshare.net/sadavra/s-corey-needlepoint-pillows-for-coach-store-decor-9951573

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 30, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Using the Mighty Bright Magnifer Light

Lisa of BeStitched demonstrates the Might Bright Magnifier light with tips to care for it properly in the link below. The video is a nice way to learn more about this brand of light/magnifier and see if it might work for your stitching next.
http://bestitchedneedlepoint.com/magnifier-and-light-covers/

The company website has even more information and photographs, in case you are interested.
http://www.mightybright.com/LED-Magnifiers/Floor-Light-and-Magnifier/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 5, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

BeStitched's Kit and Club Video UPDATED

BeStitched's Lisa Kessler has posted a video about their class kits and clubs on YouTube. If you want to see what the shop has available in video form, here's the link-- 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuG4_vlu4UA&feature=em-upload_owner

If something catches your eye, here is the shop website.
http://www.bestitchedneedlepointshop.com

UPDATE:  Here's more information about their Stitch Addiction Box of the Month.
http://bestitchedneedlepoint.com/learn-new-stitching-techniques/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 30, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Stitchy Girl Temptations

Barbara Elmore, whose stitching is amazing, has opened a Zazzle store called Stitchy Girl where you can put some of her masterpieces on an iPhone case, or mug, or computer mouse pad. 
http://www.zazzle.com/stitchygirl

Take a moment to browse Barbara's designs and maybe you'll find another that you can get her to release to Zazzle so you have something more than a very boring phone cover.
http://www.barbaraelmoredesigns.com/barbaraelmoredesigns.com/Canvases/Canvases.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 5, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Little Bird Designs UPDATED

White Robin was teaching at Needlenook of La Jolla she was able to browse their Little Bird Designs trunk show.  Luckily Robin had her camera with her so she was able to bring us pictures of the new sophisticated designs in wonderful colors.   So here's Michelle Wyse's show, straight from La Jolla, California to you!
http://needlepointstudyhall.blogspot.com/2014/11/michelle-wyse-of-little-bird-designs-llc.html

Charmed?  Want to see more?  Vicky DeAngelis is working on their "Gobble! Gobbles!"
http://mostlyneedlepoint.com/gobble-gobbles/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 30, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, December 12, 2014

The SWAN Christmas Party 2014

Steph's local guild the SWANS has a Christmas ornament exchange each year and each year we eagerly look forward to seeing what delights they have stitched for each other.
http://stephsstitching.blogspot.com/2014/12/best-party-of-year.html

http://stephsstitching.blogspot.com/2014/12/more-goodies-from-swan-christmas-party.html

Here are the 2013 ornaments, each more beautiful than the last (and next).  That's a fun way of saying they are all gorgeous!  Enjoy.
http://stephsstitching.blogspot.com/2014/12/swan-christmas-party-is-tomorrow.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 2, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Play Pretties from TJB Designs

I am pretty sure I've mentioned the lovely accessories that TJB Designs makes for needleworkers--the scissors fobs, the marking pins, the beaded laying tools and the stitch pickers--but they are worth mentioning again as we work up towards the gift-giving season. If you need a pretty thing for yourself or a friend, take a little browse among her Etsy store.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TJBdesigns?ref=s2-header-shopname

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 3, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Decorating Blog for Christmas

I may not have started decorating the house for Christmas but yesterday I finished decorating Blog!  For those with vision problems, I know red and green aren't the best choices but this is just for the holidays.  The trio of Christmas ornaments on the right side are things I've stitched over the years.  The tiny Maggie stocking is in honor of Lucky, my mother's cat.  Mrs. Santa Claus is from Joan Thomasson/Stitchin' Stuff, and the blue Santa is a free design I found somewhere and changed around to suit my whim.  I've already mentioned that the little stocking welcoming you to Chilly Hollow for the holidays is a Kathy Schenkel design, kindly stitched for me by Judie of Thistle Needleworks.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 10, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

The Nimble Needle Atlanta Newsletter

Oh, boy! I always look forward to the Nimble Needle's Atlanta e-newsletter. It's full of eye candy (from upcoming classes, past classes and just plain great stitching from customers) and a stitch diagram and lots of things to enjoy like the newest things at the Kirk and Bradley trunk show.
http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=45d1a2a693824b7bef0df6f6c&id=94a61e38e1&e=dc439ad853

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 6, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

The Dangers Online (Copyright)

Ink Circles is a cross stitch designer. Like many cross stitch designers, Tracey Horner has been harmed by copyright violations.  Every day I am glad needlepoint (particularly counted canvaswork designs) are under the radar right now.  So far, this hasn't impacted us much.
http://inkcircles.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/open-letter-to-amanda.html?showComment=1417256608677

Yet.

If you would like to see Ink Circles' work, here is their website.
http://www.inkcircles.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 29, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

How To Finish Your Bunny

Thanks to Nancy B. posting about this on Facebook, I have a link to a blog with great finishing instructions for a shaped bunny ornament.   The design is from Associated Talents and is retired, although folks on Facebook are begging to have it reissued.
http://knitionary.blogspot.com/2013/08/mr-bunny.html#ixzz2cq9CjRrE&i

Finishing ornaments is easy but you do need to be patient.  That's my downfall-rushing!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 3, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Hanging the Stocking on the Tree--Next to a Magnifier

Natalia of Natalia's Fine Needlework showed off a pair of her Christmas stockings on her blog this morning...,
http://scarletsailsminiatures.blogspot.com/2014/11/christmas-is-coming-to-town.html

...which reminded me that Melissa Boling of Miniature Home posed a great little lion and lamb stocking at the Needlepoint Nation group on Facebook. 
https://www.facebook.com/MiniatureHomeDollhousePetitpoint/photos/a.149582905110957.35149.149573375111910/729962340406341/?type=1&theater

These are all original designs, by the way, and done on silk gauze.  I don't know what count Natalia used but Melissa's little angel and animals stocking is on 48 count.

Melissa's website has this design and other wonderful tiny stocking charts for sale.  I particularly like her Scotties in the snow.
http://www.miniaturehome.com/Holidays.html

Natalia's stockings are available as kits or can be custom stitched for you.  I particularly like her snowflakes on red stocking but there are a lot of lovely designs available.
http://scarletsailsminiatures.blogspot.com/p/dollhouse-miniature-christmas-stockings.html

Janet Granger sells Christmas stocking kits that include 40 count silk gauze as well.  On this count, one ply of almost any brand of cotton or silk floss works well.   These pieces are done in tent stitches and are a lot quicker to stitch than a regular 18 or 13-14 count stocking.  Her Ho Ho Ho Santa stocking is great but I also love her Wise Men stocking as I adore Nativity sets.
http://www.janetgranger.co.uk/acatalog/Christmas_Stocking_kits.html

Have a teeny tiny Happy Christmas!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 26, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Clever Use of Thread Weight

Anne of ABS Designs has created an original design as a gift for friends.  As she stitches, she is using two different stitches and two weights of threads in the same color to differentiate the border from the center of the design.   I think this is very clever!
http://thecapestitcher.blogspot.com/2014/12/dogs-and-cats-more-progress.html

Here's the finished design.
http://thecapestitcher.blogspot.com/2014/12/a-zooey-finale.html

The next time you need a subtle border, remember Anne's idea.

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 3, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Snowball Fight!

Suzanne of the Hugs and Stitches blog just hit a home run with her latest canvas from Scott Church Creative/CBK. It's a squirrel caught in the middle of a snowball fight!
http://suzannehicks.blogspot.com/2014/11/check-out-this-masterpiece.html

She got the dimension of the piece just right, balancing all the heavier elements like the tail and scarf and snowballs with heavier background and ground stitches.  Nothing really outshines any other part so that the entire design is unified.  This is the kind of thing we stitchers aim for--every bit is perfect and works with every other bit.

There isn't anything I don't love about this piece, from the beaded dimensional snowballs to the fluffy turkey work tale to the hand knit silk scarf.  Here is the original Scott Church needlepoint canvas, just to help you see how Suzanne brought this to life.
http://www.cbkneedlepoint.com/uploads/sc-pl_25.jpg

Congratulations on perfection, Suzanne.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 26, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Everyone Needs Mittens

It's winter in Chilly Hollow and it is cold! That means everyone needs mittens. Nimble Needle to the rescue with these darling mitten ornament kits which I think are from Kathy Schenkel Designs.
http://thenimbleneedle.blogspot.com/2014/11/new-mitten-kits.html

Stitch warm!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 25,  2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Needle House Newsletter News

The Winter edition of Needle House's shop newsletter is now available. It's full of interesting news, including a new club of butterfly canvases created by A Collection of Designs exclusive to the shop that starts next March.  The big news is that the shop's "From Russia With Love" monthly club that features Fabrege style eggs (also from ACOD) is now available as individual kits.  These are gorgeous pieces.
http://theneedlehouse.com/jm/images/newsletters/Winter_2015_WEB_PDF.pdf

This link shows off the finished models.  Told you they were gorgeous!
http://www.theneedlehouse.com/jm/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=106&Itemid=102

By the way, the newsletter has coupons good for December at the bottom.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 26, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Vogue Finds Us Another Closet Needlepointer

Watch the video to hear a bit about Amy Adams and her mention of needlepointing. 
http://stylenews.peoplestylewatch.com/2014/11/17/amy-adams-vogue-december-cover-73-questions/

By the way, have you ever seen Diana Vreeland's Red Room?
http://www.facebook.com/586677101438535/photos/a.590591267713785.1073741828.586677101438535/600021036770808/?type=1&theater

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 24, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Visiting Quail Run

If you have ever wondered what Quail Run is like inside, this is the blog posting for you-- 
http://needleworkerssamplings.blogspot.com/2014/11/more-catch-up.html

Click on the photos to see larger versions so you can admire all the wonderful models arranged in the shop.  If you fall in love, here's the Quail Run website.
http://www.quailrunneedlework.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 25, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Lotus Boxes

Recently I stumbled across mention of Terry Bay Needlework's "lotus" boxes.   Most of Terri's work is cross stitch but some of her boxes are done on congress cloth.  Have fun exploring her Etsy store!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TerriBayNeedlework

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 23,  2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Everything seems to be more hectic than usual this Christmas but I finally got Blog decorated for the holidays this morning.  The little stocking on the left side was a present from Judie at Thistle Threads in Connecticut about five years ago.  Isn't it darling?!   It's one of Kathy Schenkel's mini socks that come with felt things to put inside.  Judie's online shop at Alex Paras has many more to choose from.
http://store.apneedlearts.com/miwdo.html

Thanks again, Judie.  I love my little stocking as you know us stitchers mostly make and give stitched gifts and rarely receive them.  This one is special and much appreciated!

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 6, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

The Stitcher's Tool Kit

While looking at the Access Commodities thread sets yesterday, I stumbled across their tool kit. 
http://www.thenimbleneedle.com/servlet/the-2225/Raised-Work-and-Beading/Detail

There are two types of pliers (used to break beads instead of ripping them out and for bending wires and pulling needles through heavy fabric), stainless steel scissors and wire cutters, and tweezers, this is the set for the serious needleworker who needs dedicated tools for specialty work such as stumpwork, beading and finishing.

Santa, are you listening?

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 24, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Stitching Mementos UPDATED

Suzanne has been stitching a memento of a trip her daughter took to London.  
http://suzannehicks.blogspot.com/2014/11/union-jack.html

This got me thinking about all those travel ornaments that people stitch in memory of a trip they took.  There are lots available, as Janet Perry shows in this round-up of places to find such things.
http://www.nuts-about-needlepoint.com/destination-needlepoint/

Of course any ornament that triggers a good memory will work.  Hope you have fun picking just the right one to stitch this season for Holiday 2015.

UPDATE:  Ridgewood posted a lot of photos of the travel ornaments from Danji.  I rarely see so many in one place.  Some celebrate Christmas in a special spot, some just celebrate the location.  All are great!
http://ridgewoodneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2014/12/travel-rounds.html

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 19, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Thread Compilations

Access Commodities carries wonderful thread lines and has started packaging color coordinated sets of various lines for the stitch who needs a variety of textures but one color in their current piece.  Nimble Needle has highlighted some of the combination sets available for the stitcher who wants something special to play with.  The color names are luscious--Amethyst, Arborvitae, Celadon, Brass and plain Red which happens to be the most gorgeous deep crimson.
http://thenimbleneedle.blogspot.com/2014/11/for-those-who-like-to-play-and.html

Santa, these make great stocking stuffers!

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 24, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

The Bird Lady Stitches

The manager of Enriched Stitch has a new blog where she shows off her love of bird pieces. Right now she is in love with the Vicki Swayer bird pieces, which are being introduced by Melissa Shirley Designs.  You'll love seeing the mockingbirds she just finished and the new owls that came to her from Christmas.
http://stitchstyleblog.com/2014/12/home-framer/ 

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 27, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Shipping Needlepoint

Mary Agnes gives us very good advice on shipping needlepoint.   Take heed!
http://needlenicely.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-shipping-of-needlepoint.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 24, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tisha and the Twister UPDATED

Needlepoint Tool Time continues its tradition of unusual and interesting stitching accessories this month with the Twister, a needle container that twists open like a lipstick and holds needles fanned out but held by a magnet in the bottom so you can pick just the one you need.   You can see all the new items in the video on the site's home page...
http://www.needlepointtooltime.com

...or you can just click on "New Products" on the right and go straight to the Twister's photo and description.  That might be best because who can resist rhinestone scissors, or Annie Lane magnets or  My Favorite Laying Tool or a flat iron to straighten threads, or....

You get the point.  Tisha stocks a lot of great stuff.  Enter the website at your own peril.

UPDATE:  I found this video of Pyrm's Needle Twister on YouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho8xwTmSuKk

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© Copyright November 30, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

All Souped Up (with Tapestries)

Anna Pearson does needlepoint classes all over the United Kingdom and as part of the classes, lunch is served.   Now the ladies who do the lunches have collaborated on a soup cookbook.  I'm not clear if the cookbook has needlepoint charts included or just photographs of the authors' stitching but regardless this is a different and interesting present for the stitching chef in your life.  
http://www.needle-point.co.uk/all-souped-up.htm

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 4, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wonderful Stitches, with Your Host Diane

Wonderful Stitches: 320 Stitches for Needlepoint is a self-published book by Diane Schultz.  It's not a book I've ever seen although I've been aware of the various editions for a long time.  I just never got around to purchasing a copy.  That might have been a mistake!  I just found Diane's Wonderful Stitches website which not only promotes her book but has some lovely stitch diagram resources.
http://www.needlework.com

Take a little time to explore the site.  There's a free download of a sampler project (see right side of the page for the link),  and four pages of free diagrams in the "Pattern Collections" section found in the top navigation bar.  If you see an interesting stitch sample, click on it for the diagram.  Once you get to the diagram page, note that any compound stitches are diagrammed in several steps so you can see stage one, then the new stitch section in stage two, then the final diagram in stage three to make it easy to work the stitch in each step.

You can preview the first twenty-two pages or buy a copy of Wonderful Stitches via Lulu.  It is expensive at $87.02 but all self-published books with as much diagramming and color photos as this one costs to publish.  I don't know if shipping costs are included in the price.
http://www.lulu.com/shop/diane-schultz/wonderful-stitches-320-decorative-stitches-for-needlepoint/paperback/product-2825624.html?showPreview?showPreview=true

This is something you might want Santa to get you as you have all been very good boys and girls this year!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 24, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Antique Needlepoint at the Musuem

Susan (you know her as Plays with Needles) have been to the "Diligant Needle" exhibit at Winterthur and came home with some great photographs of pieces that caught her fancy.  I am most interested at the second piece she admired, which is what with think of as Victorian needlepoint but with a difference.  The flowers and at least one butterfly are over stitched with filament silk in what we now call needle painting, giving emphasis and life to select areas of the design.  
http://plays-with-needles.blogspot.com/2014/10/three-faves-from-diligent-needle-exhibit.html

Actually, based on this overstitching I'd guess this is the work of a British stitcher as it appears to be heavily influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement to my eyes.  Of course well traveled Americans would have see William Morris' work but somehow I think this is a domestic piece done by one of Morris' admirers in England.

There are several great ideas, like the chain and stem stitches that create the "eye" on the butterfly's wing and the stem and straight stitches that give detail to a leaf.  This indeed is one of the stitching ancestors of today's embellished needlepoint style!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 28, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Plenty of Stitch Guides

I keep forgetting to tell Blog readers that I've been constantly updating the Chilly Hollow Stitch Guides blog with new guides that are becoming available.    My latest guide for Tommy the Ghost is announced there.  Sharp-eyed readers will have watched the progress on the model for Tommy in the right hand column of Blog.  The reason those photos have been replaced by one of Leigh Designs' Russian maidens is that I've finished Tommy and am stitching Woodland Belle now.  
http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com/2014/12/tommy-ghost-leigh-designs.html

If you click on the link, you'll see Tommy but if you then click on the header title photo, you'll be able to go back in time to see the huge Santa's workshop piece that has a Sherry Bray guide, explore the various Vicki Sawyer guides that Carolyn Hedge Baird has created for these new designs available from Melissa Shirley, and you can check out Señor Rooster and Maggie's Laugh.

There's always something going on over there.  If the link is to a Facebook page, don't worry.  Many times those pages are visible even if you don't have a Facebook account.  Click and see!

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 3, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Need a Fox or Two?

Do you love foxes? Do you want to stitch some? Horse Country Chic loves needlepointed foxes and has posted a collection that you might enjoy.  They come in all sizes, shapes and styles, but they all have Reynard's charm!
http://horsecountrychic.blogspot.com/2014/11/o-so-foxy-needlepoint.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 13, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Elizabeth Does Storage Right

Elizabeth Hurd just posted about an unusual storage box she uses on Facebook--a glasses display box!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=624674370987970&set=gm.766813683395792&type=1&theater

Elizabeth got this from the "Eyewear Displays" section of the  PeepersSpecs.com site.
http://www.peeperspecs.com/Eyewear-Displays

Hurry because both styles are on sale for a few hours more.  There is also a thirty percent off coupon in the header and they also are offering free shipping.

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 2, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Diagonal Tent Stitch - Diagonal Basketweave

Recently my buddy Marianne (of Newneedlepoint.com fame) asked me to look at a copy of a rare booklet by Katherine Ireys about basketweave called Diagonal Tent Stitch.   I had never seen this 1974 book before and found it fascinating.  I won't repeat what I said (just read the link below) except to repeat if you are interested in better technique in basketweave or are a left handed stitcher who wants to master basketweave,  this book and Davie Hyman's Diagonal Basketweave are books you should get your hands on whenever you see a copy.  They are classics.
http://www.newneedlepoint.com/content-product_info/product_id-3093/rare_diagonal_tent_stitch_by_katharine_ireys.html

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

Visiting the Needlepoint at Washington, D.C.'s National Cathedral

If you are interested in ecclesiastical embroidery, you will want to see the video of the needlepoint cushions at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. 
http://www.nationalcathedral.org/exec/cathedral/mediaPlayer2013?MediaID=MED-6TGMR-9B0000&EventID=CAL-6T4BQ-LD000H

This article talks briefly about some of the outstanding pieces found in various chapels of the Cathedral.  These are themed pieces, with various topics meant to unify the stitching in that area.
http://www.nationalcathedral.org/pdfs/101514needlework.pdf

If you have a Facebook account, the Washington National Cathedral's page has several photographs of needlework there.  Use the side arrows to see more.
https://www.facebook.com/WNCathedral/photos/a.10152776776527552.1073741834.12141462551/10152776776567552/?type=1&theater

Sonia, who sings at the National Cathedral, took the tour and posted photographs on Facebook.  Use the side arrows to navigate.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10100860124131155&set=pcb.750621738348320&type=1&theater

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 25, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.