Monday, September 25, 2017

A Bit About Premax Scissors

Kreinik's latest blog posting talks about three styles of Premax scissors from Italy that they distribute.  I've been seeing photos of these online and am glad to learn more about them.  After all, Christmas is coming and I've been very good this year, Santa….
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2017/08/3-scissors-you-shouldnt-live-without.html

If you are tempted and cannot wait on Santa Claus, you can order online here.
http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Premax-R-Scissors/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 16, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

More Needlepoint News, This time from Dallas

The September 2017 newsletter from Leigh Designs is out, and everyone is talking about it. Leigh summaries the fun and the facts from Destination Dallas, then gives us a glimpse into the future.
http://www.leighdesigns.com/News/

It's a must read for everyone who wants to know what's going on in Needlepoint World.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 22, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Needlepoint in the News!

Needlepoint is in the news a lot these days.   Don Lynch of Associated Talents was flipping through a magazine at the beach and found a Melissa Shirley design on a couch pillow in one of those swanky apartment profiles in the September 2017 edition of "Traditional Home."
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1961541197449722&set=gm.1501785353231951&type=3&theater&ifg=1

Then Annie and Company showed off an Esurance commercial filmed at the shop in Manhattan.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar356DuRC0g&feature=youtu.be

And here is another commercial with a stitcher!
https://www.ispot.tv/ad/w6p7/eucrisa-steroid-free

I can't wait to see what's next!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 3, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Smart Cookie Award for September goes to Leigh HW

Leigh HW found an older dresser to hold her stitching supplies. She stripped and refinished it, then added casters on the bottom to make it easy to move.  The finishing is lovely and she's even figured out a way to make the knobs needlepointed!  To see all five photographs, use the right side arrows to browse.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10212837965636440&set=pcb.1492835334126953&type=3&theater

Congratulations, Leigh—this is fabulous!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 23, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

New and on Display from Lorene Salt

If you happen to live near Aurora, Ontario, you will want to stop by the Lorene Salt exhibition at The Aurora Public Library,  If not, you'll want to read the Embroidery Association of Canada's profile of new works from Lorene Salt on their blog.
http://blog.eac.ca/2017/09/needlepoint-taken-to-nth-degree.html

And you will love watching the video about Lorene and the exhibit.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=7&v=GMQprdG6pZY

For more information about Lorene and her work, look at the Counted Designers section here on Blog.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 20, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Needle in a Haystack Reports on Destination Dallas

Needle in a Haystack has news from Destination Dallas, including a mini report on the show with new products they have brought back to Alamadea.
http://archive.mailermailer.com/view/52455628a-c9158bbc%2a1254854t-1ad7bceb

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 21, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

A Brief Light Coverage Tutorial, Part Two

Melissa Shirley's "Red Geisha"

Once you understand a bit about how to create light coverage stitches by picking a stitch and a thread that won't cover the intricately painted areas, then you need to understand the problem that using light coverage stitches mixed with regular coverage stitches can cause on a canvas.

For illustration I'm using Melissa Shirley's "Red Geisha" which has areas of light coverage (the face) mixed with areas that are covered in solid stitches (everything else).  Often you will see a light coverage background with solid coverage everywhere else.  That makes logical sense because light coverage stitches recede while full coverage stitches look as if they are closer to the viewer.  So how come I used light coverage for a face?  Because faces tend to be focal points and often you can get away with light coverage on a focal point.   In this case the expression of the face, particularly the more heavily stitched lips, eyes and eyebrows mask the fact that I used light coverage stitches on the bulk of the face.

You can also get away with light coverage in foreground areas if you intend to draw the eye by using beads or sequins or metallics or other heavy textures.  Ruth Schmuff used a light coverage for her background AND flowers AND birds but the birds have beads and the flowers have very textural stitches, even though they do not complete cover the painted canvas.
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2016/02/sparkling-birdies-and-pink-flowers.html

If you use light coverage everywhere, as in Kirk and Hamilton's "Magnolias," stitched by Pat Miller you don't have to worry about heavy coverage areas overwhelming the light coverage ones.  (She has a stitch guide for this, by the way.)  In this case all the petals and leaves and the background were stitched with light coverage stitches.  Obviously if you plan to work the entire canvas in light coverage stitches, you don't have to worry about a mix of light coverage and regular coverage stitches.
http://needleartnut.blogspot.com/2016/10/magnolia-finish.html

To help you figure out what areas besides backgrounds can handle light coverage, I thought I'd use Melissa Prince's new small travel coaster canvases as examples.  These are all on 18 count, by the way.
https://www.melissaprincedesigns.com/travel-coasters.html

Look at the pink flamingo for Florida in the second row.  You could use light coverage stitches for the martini glass because in real life glasses are transparent.  Just make sure the leaves sticking out of the drink aren't too dimensional and don't use stitches that stick up really high over the glass area for the flamingo float. That will look odd.  You could add sparkle to the glass with the use of beads, metallics or crystals to draw the eye and help the glass compete with the flamingo, though.

Look at Washington, D.C. in the third row.  You can use light coverage stitches for the buildings as long as you don't make the pink cherry blossoms or the blue sky too prominent.  The cherry blossoms are the focal point so it's ok for them to be dimensional. In fact, don't use light coverage for them.  That would look odd.  But don't have too heavy a hand here if the buildings and sky are both light coverage.  Balance is everything here.

The NYC skyline in the fourth row is a good design for light coverage stitches for the background and buildings and a heavier coverage for Miss Liberty's arm and torch.  That emphasizes the importance of Liberty over the ephemeral buildings of Manhattan that come and go as the city morphs and changes over time.

Make sense?  Use light coverage for focal points only when you can add emphasis in some other way.     If you have questions, post them in the Comments or email me at chilly hollow at hotmaildotcom.

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© Copyright September 20, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Brief Light Coverage Tutorial, Part One UPDATED

One of today's needlepoint style trends is to not completely cover very detailed and shaded parts of a canvas with thread, but to choose open stitches that allow the shading to show through.   I've noticed people are curious about the technique so I thought I'd give some general  information on light coverage if you want to try it.


Melissa Shirley's "Red Geisha" Close Up

First of all, any stitch can be used for light coverage, even tent stitches.  Just use a lighter weight thread than normal.  Think about basketweave on a face—on 18 count one would normally use 3-4 plies of a cotton floss to cover.  Try using 1-2 plies instead.  Often the features (nose lines especially) will show through the thread and you can easily skip stitching those.  In the example pictured above, this discontinued Melissa Shirley 13 count design had the face stitched with one strand of Impressions, which allowed the expressive facial feature lines to shine through.  The nose, ear and neck lines were not stitched in gray.  You simply see the gray paint showing past the white Impressions.

When you use lighter coverage stitches, you are going to have to use different techniques to start or end threads since often there is no good place to tie off your stitches unless a heavier stitched area is next door.  (Red Geisha's face threads could be buried behind the robe area or her wig since those areas were full coverage.  Here is an older Blog article about starting and ending threads for light coverage stitches.
https://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2010/06/anchoring-ends-when-stitching-light.html

Here's another, more technical explanation from Joni Stevenson.
http://creative-stitch.blogspot.com/2012/10/those-pesky-ending-threads.html


Useful Books for Light Coverage Stitches

There are a whole series of books that talk about light coverage stitches. (See above.)  All three of Brenda Hart's books Favorite Stitches, Favorite Stitches II and Stitches for the Millennium (in the back row) feature stitches that work well in light coverage.  dede Odgen calls light coverage stitches Shadow Stitching and she has two books on the topic.  I own More Shadow Stitching but not Shadow Stitching.  The final book I recommend SuZy Murphy's Lite Stitches.  However, you can use any stitch as a light coverage stitch.  If you like darning stitches, the Finger Step Designs books has one you might be interested in.
http://store.apneedlearts.com/045485.html

UPDATE:  SharonG's "It's About Darn Time" is also a great reference for darning stitches.
http://nimbleneedlenj.com/product/its-about-darn-time/

Plus Amy Bunger's "Barely There" DVD is very useful as it is all about light coverage.
https://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2009/02/review-amy-bungers-barely-there-dvd.html

If you just want a few stitch ideas, read what Mary Legallet has to say about light coverage stitches, which she calls Open Work.
http://www.whimsicalstitch.com/whimsicalwednesdays/2015/8/19/open-sesame

Tomorrow I'll talk about the problems of mixing light and regular coverage stitches on a canvas.  See you then!

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© Copyright September 20, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

iOS 11 ALERT

As Jan at Thread Medley reminds us, the newest version of the Apple mobile device operating system is now available for download. But you should be aware that of all the stitch book apps for Apple devices, Stitch Landscape from Little Shoppe Canvas Company will no longer open once you upgrade.  I don't know if they plan an update to a 64 bit version of their book.
https://threadmedley.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/iphone-ios-11-advice/

You can follow Jan's advice and take photos of the stitches you use a lot, or pick up a hard back version.  This is the best price I found.
http://www.cabbagerow.com/little-shoppe-canvas-book-stitch-landscape.html

Personally I have an old iPod Touch that I cannot upgrade so I'll use the copy of this lovely little book there instead of buying a hard copy.

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 20, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Circular Ornament Finishing Tutorials

This cross stitch tutorial shows how to finish a round ornament that is slightly puffy. Ovals are discussed also.  Although the piece finished is on Aida, not needlepoint canvas, the process is the same, even if the needlepoint canvas is stiffer, thus harder to cut, fold and manipulate.
http://pinwheelponders.blogspot.com/2008/12/some-thoughts-on-circular-and-oval.html?m=1

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright August 12, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Debbie Hosts a Stitch In

Debbie at Painted Pony is hosting a stitch in for this darling Mary Charles canvas.  She's posted the threads that Needlepoint This! pulled for her with notes as to what area on the barn canvas they go and is asking for our ideas.  So everyone jump in and help Debbie get to work!
https://debbieppd.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/sunday-stitch-in/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 17, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sheena's Favorites from Dallas

Sheena shows off her favorites from the new releases for last week's Destination Dallas on her blog.  It's always interesting to see what catches each person's eyes, as we all like different things and everyone notices something different.  Enjoy!
http://www.sheenasstitches.com/stitch-market-finds/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright September 17, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Needlepoint Stitches: A Field Guide for Birds

Carolyn Hedge Baird's newest book is out now. Carolyn posted the cover page and a few inside pages on Facebook for people to see.  As you can see, it's a book of stitches useful for birds.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10210733030105901&set=pcb.1511667132243773&type=3&theater

Now use the right side arrow to see the table of contents and several pages. Carolyn says that she used clip art birds and arrows in the text to help folks understand what direction the stitches should go for each part of the bird.  Clever!

I haven't seen a copy yet (it's just now available) but if you have and would like to do a mini review, please use the comments below or email me at chilly hollow at hot mail dot com.  Thanks!
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2017/09/a-new-book.html

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© Copyright September 16, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Bargello Alert!

Liz Morrow of LizArt has come up with another unique take on Bargello designs.  She specializes in Bargello with a twist, creating 4-way designs, mirror images, overlapping patterns or other unusual ways to combine Bargello elements.
https://lizartblog.blogspot.com/2017/09/diagonals-diagonals-new-design.html

Fans of Bargello and/or counted canvaswork can pick up Liz's fun charts on her website.
http://www.lizartneedlepoint.com/Charted_Needlepoint.php

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© Copyright September 2, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: Suzie Buys Amanda Lawford

Since it is now official, I can tell you that Suzie Vallerie of Enriched Stitch has purchased the Amanda Lawford/DC Designs line of canvases.  These are the designs from Amanda and her son Derek Clark which we have grown to know and love.
http://astheneedleturns.com/i-couldnt-let-it-go/

It's lovely that Amanda Lawford pieces will still be available.  We hope you get to sleep occasionally, Suzie!  Thank you.

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© Copyright September 15, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

A Clever Tip for the Counted Crowd

If you have a charted piece in your near future, you might be able to use this tip from the Spinster Stitcher—she simply copies her chart and cuts out the relevant section and clips that to her canvas.  This makes it easier to work that section.
http://spinsterstitcher.blogspot.com/2017/09/poppers-fee-nee.html

Many thanks to Miss Joyce for this clever idea and to Miss Coni for passing it along.

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© Copyright September 3, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Kaffe Fassett Exhibition Opens

If you will be anywhere newer Mottisfort Abbey (a National Trust property in Hampshire, England) today through January 14, 2018, be sure and visit the Kaffe Fassett exhibition which will include examples of his needlepoint, quilting, knits and much more.
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mottisfont/features/kaffe-fassett-exhibition-at-mottisfont

Kaffe is a master of color and pattern.  If you get to see this, you'll never forget it.

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© Copyright August 24, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Another Mythic Crafts Special

Mythic Crafts is having another special promotion today through Sunday to promote their embroidery frames.   I got the following note from Mark this morning.

"I'm doing another promo this weekend (probably my last promotion for the year) as I need to make more embroidery frames. I'm offering free laser engraving (worth $17.50) on any made-on-demand frame (which already gets 12% off regular price!) from Friday to Sunday. These will all be shipping before the end of November, so will make a great Christmas gift. Promo is only available on my website (not Etsy). I also have a couple of new "standard" sizes listed, based on the most popular sizes for custom frames this year - this makes these large sizes much cheaper than a custom frame."

Thanks for the heads, up, Mark.  The idea of a personalize frame is intriguing, particularly as these are so beautifully made.  If you are interested, you have the weekend to get in on the offer.

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© Copyright September 14, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Expensive—Or Is It? UPDATED

Needlepoint is an expensive hobby, but considering the time spent, Enriched Stitch shows that a piece will entertain one on a per hour basis for less than the price of a cup of coffee.
http://astheneedleturns.com/lets-do-the-math/

UPDATE:  Make sure you read Pat's comment.  It's a very clever idea!

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© Copyright August 7, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Breaking News: No More Thread Heaven

Donna just noticed this Facebook announcement by Thread Heaven that they have ceased production of their Thread Heaven thread conditioner as they want to retire.
https://www.facebook.com/653373178055654/photos/a.653379324721706.1073741828.653373178055654/1556834327709530/?type=3&theater

Donna also says there is a similar product called Thread Magic if you like using thread conditioners.  Here is a bit about it.
http://www.taylorseville.com/about-thread-magic.html

http://www.taylorseville.com/hand-sewing.html

Thread Magic can be purchased at fabrics stores.
http://www.joann.com/thread-magic-round/14526271.html

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 13, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Pocket Full of Stitches and Needle Works Report on Dallas

Two more shops are reporting back from Dallas in full.  First is Needle Works in Austin, Texas.
http://www.stitchinginthetexashillcountry.com/the_needle_works/2017/09/topsy-turvy-and-destination-dallas-2017.html

Pocket Full of Stitches in Lubbock, Texas did a very full report.
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2017/09/dallas-market-extravaganza-post-1.html

http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2017/09/dallas-market-extravaganza-post-2.html

http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2017/09/dallas-market-extravaganza-post-3.html

http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2017/09/dallas-market-extravaganza-post-4.html

Many thanks to the shops that worked hard to keep us up to date.

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© Copyright September 13, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Stitch By Stitch Summarizes Destination Dallas 2017

Stitch By Stitch in Larchmont, NY has kept their blog up to date with Destination Dallas summaries. If you don't have time to check the Destination Dallas tab here on Blog, it's not a bad place to see a good smattering of the new items.    Pay special attention to the Julie Paukert landscapes.  She has specialized in Boston scenes but I am thrilled she's doing other parts of our beautiful country now.
http://www.stitchbystitchneedlepoint.com/single-post/2017/09/08/More-Sneak-Peeks-from-Market

http://www.stitchbystitchneedlepoint.com/single-post/2017/09/13/More-new-market-releases

http://www.stitchbystitchneedlepoint.com/so/8Lvu8llR?cid=68bf7f60-0c49-4a61-b2cc-4a9944579072#/main

To see even more, visit their Pinterest page.
https://www.pinterest.com/stitchlarchmont/destination-dallas-2017/

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© Copyright September 13,  2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

A Clever Tip for Buttonhole Stitch

Sandy Arthur's latest class update has a bonus—a new and easier way to start buttonhole stitch!  I am definitely going to try this as it looks like it will make for a beautiful starting edge to a row of buttonhole stitches.  Thanks, Sandy.  And congratulations on your great-granddaughter's making it into Needle Pointers!  She's darling!
http://sandyarthur.blogspot.com/2017/08/time-out-is-this-great-grandmas-buttons.html

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© Copyright August 5, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

See the Royal School of Needlework on Pinterest

The Royal School of Needlework has started posting photographs of class and student projects on their Pinterest page.  If you want to see outstanding stitching, this is the place!
https://au.pinterest.com/source/royal-needlework.org.uk/

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© Copyright August 28, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Georgian Needlepoint Slippers

I thought you'd love seeing these beautiful needlepoint slippers, dated 1730-40 A.D.   They are English, stitched with wool on linen needlepoint canvas, and are from the Victoria and Albert Museum's collection.
http://www.silkdamask.org/2017/08/two-views-of-same-georgian-shoes-c-1730.html

You can see more about the shoes here.
https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O74390/pair-of-shoes-unknown/

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© Copyright August 4, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Kathy Fenchel's Needlepoint Adventure

The Detroit News has a nice profile of the teacher and designer Kathy Fenchel on their website.  Many thanks to Needlepoint Now for linking to this article.
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/columnists/jocelynn-brown/2017/08/03/handmade-needlepoint/104270028/

If this intrigues you, you can see some of Kathy's painted canvases on the Quail Run website.  They distribute her work.
http://www.quailrundesigns.com/artists.htm

http://quailrunneedlework.com/shop/artists/?art=Kathy%20Fenchel

Kathy teaches at Homestead Needle Arts in Michigan.
https://www.homesteadneedlearts.com/needlepoint-classes/

If you aren't close enough to take a class from her, visit her 2006 Stitch of the Month project at the American Needlepoint Guild's website.  Even if you don't do her project, you can learn useful things like her turkeywork technique, whipped backstitch and how to add beads to your needlepoint canvas.
http://www.needlepoint.org/Stitch.php

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© Copyright august 4, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Free Design - Threedles

Counted canvasworkers can rejoice at this free design from Kurdy Biggs of Threedles, published by Rainbow Gallery.  It's a great introduction to her designs and to fancy dimensional stitches in general, so raid your stash and have a little fun with "Mardi Gras."
http://www.rainbowgallery.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Mardi-Gras-Free-Ornament-Kurdy-Biggs.pdf

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© Copyright August 4, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Tips for Working with Glisten

Glisten is a new wool from Rainbow Gallery.  It comes on cards and is four plies of Merino wool and a metallic filament braided together.  It is not meant to be plied.  There are 26 colors currently.  Think Silk Lame Braid but with wool.  I have a small sample in soft gray that I haven't used yet but it is very pretty stuff.
http://www.rainbowgallery.com/product/glisten/

You can see how spectacular Glisten is in turkeywork here.
http://www.rainbowgallery.com/thumbelinas-present-stitch-guide/

Suzie at Enriched Stitch has written an article with tips for stitching with Glisten which is very useful.  
http://astheneedleturns.com/working-with-glisten/

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 4, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: Patt and Lee Semi-Retires

Patt and Lee Designs (their painted canvas like is Pajamas and Chocolate) just announced their semi-retirement.  They will only design for clubs and classes.
https://www.facebook.com/pattandleeresigns.needlepointdesigner?hc_ref=ARS2girNmyTHL4PqGNnD2DpckI6Oq51Odzr3l29nAIUbyzvDMMVjyGzzBweleffVFsQ&fref=nf

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© Copyright Septemer 9, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

DIY Disaster Recovery

The Galveston History Museum has posted a series of videos about disaster recovery of precious items after flooding such as we've just seen from Hurricane Harvey that folks can do at home. Hopefully not too many of us will need to use these but they are interesting for everyone to see. Thanks, Gaveston History Museum!
http://www.galvestonhistory.org/blogs/flooded-wet-diy-heirloom-recovery

Many thanks to Mountain Shadow Studio for noticing this and posting it.

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© Copyright September 4, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Avoiding Needlepoint Pain

The latest newsletter from Needlepoint for Fun talks about ways to avoid pain when you are stitching for long periods. It's got lots of practical advice and tools to help you stitch in a more ergonomic way.
http://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/needlepoint-pain.htm

I've added the link to the Blog section on "Ergonomics, Health and Yoga for Stitchers" that is in the right hand column, under the last of four photos there.  Refer to it occasionally, won't you?  Long stitching sessions overdo things and we need to know how to stitch contentedly, not painfully.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Special on Magnets at Mythic Crafts

This week I got an email from Mark at Mythic Crafts. Mark's the woodworker who does those fabulous boxes and slate frames.  Mark says, 

"I'm going to be doing a promotion on Friday which your readers might be interested in. I have several different strengths of magnets for my needle minders and I'm not sure which strength will be correct for each style of embroidery. So all orders on Friday the 8th of Sept (regardless of value) will get 3 free needle minders ($60 value), one in each strength. I'm hoping the recipients will give me some feedback on the style of embroidery they are working on and which strength they found the best. The needle minders they don't like will make nice fridge magnets I guess? I'm happy for people to leave a comment on the order as to the needle minder style(s) they'd like to receive, or if they just want a random selection (which may also include some unreleased ones). Random selections will likely be the carvings I like the most haha.

I also have a popup on the website that shows up after awhile to offer people a 10% off coupon in exchange for a facebook like, or subscribing to my non-spammy mailing list. They are welcome to use this with their order too."

Here's Mark's site so you can browse and be ready with your order tomorrow.   Happy shopping!

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© Copyright September 5, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

The Owl's Tummy Project

Ruth Schmuff's summer mystery class was Sandra Vargas's "Owl with Key." The owl's tummy was covered with an elaborate beaded flower with a Czech button in the middle.  Now Ruth has made a standalone kit of this beaded flower for those who want to have a stunning pin or who just want to play with something totally different.
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2017/08/want-to-make-flower.html

Czech buttons are widely available on eBay so you can learn the process from Ruth's kit, then do another with a button of your choosing.  For example, here's a stunner owl button.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-Czech-Crystal-Glass-Brass-Dome-OWL-Button-A267-RARE-ANTIQUE-Compon-LARGE-/351291825679?hash=item51ca9fde0f:g:pLEAAOxy4fVS~Gzj

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© Copyright August 3, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Carolyn Hedge Baird's New Book Announced

Carolyn Hedge Baird has accounted her newest book, out September 15—"Needlepoint Stitches: A Field Guide for Birds."  Your favorite shop can place orders at Chaparral.
https://www.facebook.com/nestndlpt/photos/a.892433770801243.1073741896.141607859217175/1639253962785883/?type=3&theater

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© Copyright September 2, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Happy Birthday to the Animal Lover

Robin King's latest blog entry is about the "birthday bash" fund raiser Needle Bug in Montgomery, Alabama does each year to raise money for animal shelters in the area.  Robin even contributes a bunch of stitch diagrams, most suitable for dog or cat-themed canvases as her birthday treat.
http://needlepointstudyhall.blogspot.com/2017/09/birthday-bash-at-needle-bug.html

If you want to participate, act quickly.  The Birthday Bash ends on September 17.
http://www.theneedlebug.com

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© Copyright September 4, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

An Interview with Ruth Schmuff

"Steampunk Witch with Wolf," from Brenda Stofft and Ruth Schmuff



My friend Sheena just went to Bedecked and Beadazzled in Maryland for a three day class led by Ruth Schmuff.  Sheena took lots of photographs of the project (Brenda Stofft’s “Steampunk Witch with Wolf,” seen above) to help her finish it later and shared those with me. That gave me the idea of interviewing Ruth herself about her approach to painted canvases using the class piece as an example. And luckily Ruth agreed! So here is the interview for your reading pleasure. But first, here’s the link to the shop website with the class information, just so you have it to browse later since we are talking about this class project.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/classes/ruths-classes/projects/

Ruth, your shop Bedecked and Beaddazzled has been open in the Baltimore area for over ten years now, right?

Yes, we opened our first brick and mortar store in 2007.  In 2009 we moved and doubled our space, adding a large classroom.  In 2015 we reinvented ourselves, this time focusing on teaching and our on-line business.  While we no longer have the walk in traffic associated with a traditional brick and mortar store our students love learning in the comfy atmosphere we provide.  Since we have a large online presence we still have all the exciting components of a shop, models, tons of canvases, thousands of threads and beads etc.

Have you seen changes in what your customers want during that time? Has your own stitching style changed as well?

When we opened most of our customers were basketweave stitchers.  As time evolved they wanted more and more fun stitches and threads. We are not your typical needlepoint store.  Stockings are not our best sellers.  Most of our customers want items for their homes that they can enjoy year round.

I’ve always loved stitches.  I’ve never been a basketweave kind of girl.  I’ve done counted cross stitch but when counted needlepoint came on the scene I was hooked.  The more stitches the merrier.  And then beads! Oh my!  I love mixing medias.  My style continues to evolve incorporating techniques from the bead world, crazy quilting and scrapbooking.

The Steampunk Witch class is an exclusive design to the shop for now, right? Did you have a vision for this design when you asked Brenda Stofft to design it for you? How did that work? Did you tell Brenda what you wanted or did you just ask her to do something fun for a class?

I fell in love with Brenda Stofft’s original steampunk witch.  I think that entire series of hers is so fun.  It was a little too big for me.  I like finer details not quite such large spaces to fill with one stitch.  I asked Brenda if she would be willing to do another Steampunk Witch just for us.  We discussed adding the wolf and giving him a cape.  The rest as they say is history.  Brenda brought a color copy the canvas when she came to teach Artemis for us.  I was hooked.  She was perfect.  We didn’t change a thing.

[Here is the original Steampunk Witch from Brenda Stofft, folks. This design is 11x17 inches on 18 count canvas. Ruth’s version with the wolf is also on 18 count but the dimensions are only 10x15 inches.]

Once you got the canvas and started to think about stitching it, what inspired you to come up with the stitches you did? Did one particular part of the design catch your eye? Or did you just have a vision for the whole piece?

I do love stitches and embellishments and experimenting and random and and and, but my first goal with any canvas is depth and perspective.  If you put too many stitches and things on a canvas it just looks like a hot mess. It becomes more of a sampler and you have lost the beauty of the original art.

 
Notice the "mystical" background

I start with the background keeping it light.  This time it also needed to be mystical!  From there I build up layers of stitches trying to make each element look as much as it would in real life.  Her cape needs to be behind her but look like it is coming forward over her shoulders.  All those little details need to work in a foreground to background sort of way.

I try not to make things too fiddly.  i’m always excited to move on to the next area so I’m not big on building up layers and layers of stitches that have you working on the same section for days.  

I notice you always do the background first, which is what I do in 99% of the painted canvases I stitch. Why do you start with the background first?

I do start with the background most of the time.  I like light backgrounds because it is so much easier to build everything forward rather than lighten your stitches and threads into the background.  Once you have a section in the foreground stitched with one or two ply silk there isn’t a lot of lightening you can do to reach the background.

The other reason I stitch the background first is because it is so much easier to count a pattern over blank canvas as opposed to stitched canvas. I joke I am a lazy stitcher.  Seriously lets make this painless.

All the magic of the design really was Brenda.  I didn’t direct her at all other than the wolf to make it different than the first one and the overall size.  11 x 17 is just too big to be fun. Scaling it down is what gave me smaller areas to stitch.

I think my witch is more elegant.  The larger one borders on cartoony with the trees in the background etc.  My background is one open stitch with color changes that roughly align with the painted shading.  There are three shades of thread in the background.  The stitch pattern is worked on the diagonal so that the color changes almost make the background swirl and become more magical.

So the colors in the thread and the movement of the stitch are what gives the background its character? They build on the painted shading? It's very neat!

Yes ma’am

I'm very intrigued by your wanting to keep things in perspective and not use so many stitches that you end up with a stitch sampler, not a cohesive design. Do you have tricks you do to achieve those things besides always doing the background first?

We buy a canvas because we love the image painted on it.  Why are we covering all of that beautiful painting with stitches and threads?  If you allow the painting and shading to show through and simply enhance it with stitches and threads you have the best of all worlds.  The painting is helping do the work for you.

I knew mystery classes were your invention but I did not realize that you stitch only a few steps ahead of the class to keep your interest up and to remember what you have done.

Yes, for the longest time I didn’t want to teach a group. I had to figure out a way to make it work.  I was the first to do mystery classes.  i developed the concept to fit me.  I work best with deadlines.  That comes from my career as a graphic designer.  I have the attention span of a gnat!  If I were to stitch an entire canvas and then teach it.  A) I would probably never finish it but more importantly B) by the time I did teach it my brain would have forgotten why I loved this stitch or that.  I would have moved on in my head.

I like the wolf! Are wolves steampunk? I think of Victorian machines when I think steampunk—gears and wheels and odd machines. Not animals. It is a nice touch, though. I get tired of the traditional Halloween-y characters of the owl, pumpkin, bat and skull.

I don’t know if wolves are steampunk.  I just thought it was different and it could be white which is way more fun to stitch.

Let’s talk about the specifics of the design. In your blog entry about the class, you said you included “Leather applique, shibori ribbon, wirelace, needle painting, beads, repousse.”

One thing I really noticed is the snake-y hair of the witch, her pleated ribbon shoulders and the appliqued gold kid on her corset. What led you to try these techniques? Did you look at the witch and think about that great snake hair of Medusa in Ray Harryhausen’s Clash of the Titans?

 I love to try new things and my focus is always on the depth and perspective of the piece and making it look as realistic as possible.  I’m all about mixed media.  

Brenda showed me a photo of a real person with hair like our witch so I knew what she really looked like. From there it was an easy jump to how to recreate it.  Next was the pleated ribbon on her shoulders. What could we do to recreate the look of her cape coming forward from the back of her body?  I love ribbon so that worked. 


The Corset and Cape
One thing leads to the next to the next.  I start with what I know and build from there.  The background has to be light and mystical.  Her face has to be pretty.  I always do faces pretty early on in a project too.  You want to know that the face will turn out right. If it’s not pretty you are sunk.  The placement of the stitches and the thickness of the thread on the face is very important.

Once that was in place her bodice needed to cover all the edges from the ribbon so it couldn’t be just stitches. It also couldn’t be just stitches as that would sink back behind the shoulders.  The leather came into play.  I have an amazing amount of odds and ends of stuff that one day I will need.  I also spend a ridiculous amount of time on the internet looking for just the right thing.  Good news is most of the time its out there, bad news is a lot of the time its discontinued so it becomes a quest to find enough for a class.   I do run out of the treasures over time and have to substitute so it’s important if you love a piece and love what I did with it order early.

What’s your favorite part of this design? The one that turned out to be so much better than you ever expected?

I don’t really think I have a favorite part. Each area is its own little gem, just big enough to play with and have fun but not a lifelong commitment to an area.  I really like making her dress look like a beautiful gown.  I guess I never outgrew playing with dolls.

What’s your next large project class, Ruth? I know you have mystery classes, cyberclasses and bead technique classes planned throughout the year but I’m interested in the next project class. Have you chosen the design? Are you full of ideas and starting to stitch?

I plan the classes up to a year in advance but really only as much as picking the canvas.  The actual stitching doesn’t happen until the last moment.  For the mystery classes I’m only stitching about a week in advance.  Our next project class will be our Thanksgiving weekend class.  It has become a tradition to have a class that weekend.  There are a lot of people who don’t have a traditional family and it’s fun to spend the weekend with our needlepoint family. 



*******Spoiler Alert!*******


We are going to do something totally different - a landscape!  That will be nice and Fall ish.

Is there one tip you’d tell folks who want to embellish their own painted canvas?

Don’t be afraid to try something new.  How bad can it be?  

Thanks for doing this, Ruth. It’s been very interesting!


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© Copyright September 2, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Stitching a Doiley, a Vase and Flowers: The Movie

The designer Abigail Cecile is stitching one of her own projects, using stitches she's made up. This is an experimental project, sized to be easy to carry around and stitch on at free moments and she's having great fun with it. You can read the explanation or watch the video at the bottom if you are a more visual person. Thanks, Abigail. Good luck with the flowers!
http://www.abigailcecile.com/blog/2017/7/28/doily-still-life-project-update-1

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Thread Emergency! UPDATED



I got an email last night from Linda who is desperately looking for at least two more skeins of Planet Earth Silk, Citron 067, Lot 214.  This is a yellow with a tint of lime green.  Linda will take all the skeins of this she can find to finish her project.

If you have this in your stash, please leave a comment below or email me at chillyhollow at hot mail dot com and I'll put you in touch with Linda.  Thanks!

UPDATE:  Linda sent me a photograph of the thread she needs.  She says in person it isn't as green as it looks in the photograph.

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How to Make Kreinik Size 4 or 8 Braid: The Movie

The Kreinik blog has posted a short film on how their size 4 very fine braid and their size 8 fine braid are made. It's fun to watch—who knew Kreinik braid is braided like my pony tail!?
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2017/08/how-is-braid-made-at-kreinik.html

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Breaking News: The Exclamation Point is Closing in October UPDATED

I just spotted this notice on the Exclamation Point's latest newsletter. They are closing their doors for good October 31st.  Make sure you visit if you are in the area before the last day to thank the shop for their years of service to the needlepoint community.
http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=2c028c09a308e74e4fa674e0a&id=1caf1a8393

http://www.shop-exclamationpoint.com

UPDATE:  Wendy says the shop is relocating to Oregon where it will be online only.  So stay tuned to shop their needlepoint and the other things such as knitting supplies they will be adding.

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Tools for the Fingers and Needles

The latest shop newsletter from Amy Bunger has a lovely section on tools to protect fingers and pull needles through canvases.  Some of the tools she recommends are inexpensive and can be found laying about the house.
http://www.amysgoldenstrand.com/uploads/7/2/3/6/72364657/0817.pdf

All of the things Amy mentions can be ordered from her shop if your favorite shop doesn't stock them.
http://www.amysgoldenstrand.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Organizing Needles

Melita is becoming the Organization Queen! This time she explains how she stores her needles, with a tip to use wool felt instead of regular felt to prevent the formation of rust.
https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2017/07/01/needle-storage/

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: Houston Area Shops Reporting In

The needlepoint shops in Houston and the surrounding area are starting to report in via Facebook about their status after Hurricane Harvey.   I'll update this as more shop owners manage to get to their business premises and see what happened.  Note that most of my information came informally from Needlepoint Nation on Facebook, so call before you try and visit a shop.

UPDATE:  Kreinik posted information about closings here.
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2017/08/needlework-shops-in-houston.html

ABC Stitch and Stitch Therapy - Shop is ok.  They plan to reopen Friday, 9/1.

Bela's Needleworks - No word on this Edinburg shop.

Chandail - Everyone is fine but the shop phones are down now (8/30).  They are moving to a new location shortly.

Chaparral says the shop's ok but they will definitely be closed on Tuesday, 8/29.  They will open on Wednesday, 8/30.

Judy's Stitching Nook - was spared the worst per Kreinik

Needle House - Shop is fine and reopened today, 8/30.  They report that none of the finishing was damaged (they have checked with all their finishers) but they are a little short-staffed so please bear with them as they try to get back to normal.

Nimble Fingers - Shop is fine but owner had to evacuate her home.  The shop is closed until further notice.

We've heard that Past Times has sustained damage.

Spinning Wheel (finishers) - They are fine with all the finishing safe although some employees are stuck in place.

Stitches in Time - Shop is fine, but I don't know if it is open.  Call first.

UPDATE #2: This article mentioned by the Needlework Retailer explains why we make things—and save them in a flood.
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/eidos/2017/08/what-you-save-in-a-flood/

UPDATE #3:  What's the Point? in Ohio is selling a Texas Proud ornament with 100% of the $25 cost going to the charity of your choice.  This opportunity ends 9/15/17.
https://www.facebook.com/dublinohio2007/

UPDATE #4:  Alex Paras' Stitch for a Cause this month is for the Red Cross' Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief.
http://store.apneedlearts.com/stitchforcause.html

UPDATE #5:  Kangaroo Paw Designs has a new Texas Proud croakie design.  Sales of this through September will be donated to the Red Cross and earmarked for Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.
https://www.facebook.com/KangarooPawDesignsNeedlepoint/photos/a.172650579567047.1073741839.172598536238918/858912570940841/?type=3&theater

UPDATE #6:  All proceeds from Nenah Stone's new Animal Angels will go to Austin Pets Alive, an animal rescue organization.
https://www.facebook.com/220431741403372/photos/pcb.1392481530865048/1392476600865541/?type=3

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Wollworks Has a New Website

Wollworks, a website that specializes in recycling old needlepoint into lovely pillows and pumpkin poofs, is moving to a new website.
https://www.smwollmandesigns.com

This is particularly important if you are interested in their annual heirloom pumpkin harvest, which starts September 1 this year—and ends November 18.  Every couple of days during the "harvest," more recycled needlepoints made into pumpkin shapes are released for sale.  It's an annual event and much enjoyed by fans of recycled stitching.
https://www.smwollmandesigns.com/collections/heirloom-needlepoint-pumpkins-tm

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The First Moon Landing Needs a Home

Thanks to Needlepoint Now's posting the link on Facebook, I can share this fascinating story of a Canadian woman's huge needlepoint of man's first landing on the moon.
http://www.westerlynews.ca/community/port-alberni-needlepoint-artist-shooting-for-the-moon/

If you know of a good home….

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Spider is a Pirate (Boo! A Mystery Class) UPDATED

Ruth Schmuff has just revealed the Halloween mystery class at Bedecked and Beadazzled—it's "Boo!" by David Galchuff, an artist that Ruth distributes on needlepoint canvas.
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2017/07/what-shall-we-stitch-for-halloween.html

There's a skeleton in a witch's hat and cape, a spider in a pirate's hat and a pumpkin—who sadly has no hat at all.  There's also tons of candy corn (a must for MY Halloween!) in the side borders.  You can visit Ruth's premises for the class if you sign up quickly but of course Ruth will ship lessons to you if you don't happen to live in the Baltimore area.

Such fun!  I'll update this as Ruth posts class information and lessons.

UPDATE:  First, Ruth creates candy corn from beads.  Halloween isn't Halloween without my favorite candy corn!
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2017/08/want-some-candy.html

UPDATE:  Now Ruth has worked on the skull. He glows in the dark!
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2017/09/skully.html


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© Copyright July 28, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Neon Rays—Tamed and Explained

Enriched Stitch profiles Rainbow Gallery's Neon Rays in this fun article. Want to know how to tame it? Want to know how to get the creases out? Want to know how to secure it so it doesn't wiggle free on the back? Suzie's got you covered!
http://astheneedleturns.com/thread-thursday-neon-rays/

Here is the color card for Neon Rays on the Rainbow Gallery website.  Have fun exploring all the pretty colors!
http://www.rainbowgallery.com/product/neon-rays/

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Threads—A Needle Necessity Reissued - UPDATE

Ruth Schmuff just announced that Threads—A Needle Necessity has been updated! Copies will arrive from the printers shortly but you can pre-order yours now at a slight discount.
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2017/08/pre-order-fun.html

If you want to know about all the various threads that are available without having to visit every shop in California and Texas and along the East Coast, this is the book for you!  (I know it would be more fun to visit all the shops, but really, who has time with work, family responsibilities and all the housekeeping chores?!)

UPDATE:  Just heard from the authors who added this information—

"Thought you might enjoy reading a little information about our new book Threads: A Needle Necessity 2nd Edition that doubles the number of threads described in our first book. We are delighted to introduce stitchers to some incredibly beautiful silks, classic wools, contemporary blends, glittering metallics and other irresistible fibers that are stirring the imaginations of thread lovers everywhere.Amazing artists are producing imaginative painted canvases which has stimulated the production of beautiful threads specifically for needlepoint and all the needle arts from embroidery to the creation of temari designs.

Our tips section is full of information like: Do I stitch white thread or black thread first, how do I handle fuzzy, metallic, silk or variegated/overdyed threads?

Use this book as a guideline to develop an individual stitching style. Experiment with an array of threads to reveal the beauty of the painted canvas, look for thread alternatives, then stitch with confidence and imagination. 

The laminated quick-reference guide is great to take along while thread shopping to answer questions in a flash.

May your stitching journey-of-discovery never end,"
Jane Evans and Liv Weiss"
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© Copyright August 26, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Breaking News: Amanda Lawford is Retiring UPDATED

Suzie at The Enriched Stitch just got work that Amanda Lawford is retiring.
http://astheneedleturns.com/breaking-news-amanda-lawford-is-retiring/

Follow the link to Amanda's website to see her lovely work while you can.

UPDATE:  Amanda's son Derek (DC Designs) is also retiring.  But they will be at the Dallas show with new items and will be delivering orders through December, 2017.

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Mythic Crafts Has a New Website—And New Products! UPDATED

Mythic Crafts, the Canadian family business that turns out gorgeous slate frames, has a new website.  
https://mythiccrafts.com

And they have new products!  They are now making legs for their slate frames so that folks who need a raised frame can have one by the addition of these little legs.  They are available in two lengths.  Here is what their blog says about these "beading/couture legs."
https://mythiccrafts.com/blogs/news/a-journey-to-new-beading-couture-legs-for-slate-frames

They also are turning out very pretty wooden needle minders.  The frog caught my eye, but they are all wonderful.  These are available painted or unpainted, depending on what your personal style is.  Don't see one that appeals to you?  Don't worry.  They are making a new design every day for the rest of the year so there is bound to be a needle minder with your name on it eventually.
https://mythiccrafts.com/collections/needleminders

In the planning stages but out soon are presentation boxes and eventually trestle stands for their slate frames.  And of course they will still make a custom sized slate frame for your stitching pleasure if the standard sizes they make aren't right for you.  Aren't sure what size slate frame you need?  Read their sizing page for help and then contact Mark if you need even more assistance.
https://mythiccrafts.com/pages/selecting-the-right-size-of-slate-frame-for-your-project

Their Etsy site is still active if you prefer purchasing from there.  Right now only the slate frames are available on the site.  Shop their website for everything else.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/MythicCraftsAB

UPDATE:  Mary Corbet reviews the new Mythic presentation boxes.
https://www.needlenthread.com/2017/09/beautiful-handcrafted-boxes-for-mounting-embroidery.html

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