Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Introducing The Computer Pixie

Now that I've gotten some counted canvaswork out of the way, it is time to pick up a new painted canvas.  I'm going to stitch Ruth Schmuff's Computer Pixie.  She is rather small at 7 inches square on 18 count canvas and there are a lot of small areas so I should make lots of progress.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/product/computer-pixie/

There are a series of these pixies which you can see on Ruth's website.
https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/?s=pixie&post_type=product&tags=1&limit=10&ixwps=1

Mine has a guide by Sheena James and I plan to follow it--until I am distracted or have another idea since I have to raid my stash for threads and materials.  No, I don't follow instructions well.  Why do you ask?  That's why Blog is named "The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint ADVENTURE."  You just never know what I'll do....

Frankly, me either.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 9, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Judy Keenan's Photographs

Fans of bird designs (and those who just are curious about artistic inspiration) will enjoy looking at the Facebook page of Judy Keenan NeedleArt.  Find the group of photos posted on January 12, 2017 to see her birds and a turtle and how she turned these pictures into needlepoint canvases.
https://www.facebook.com/Judy-Keenan-NeedleArts-1658037397771146/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 12, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Star Octagons Done Four Ways

Mary Legallet's latest blog article is about the star octagon stitch. Mary has spread the octagons out and filled the empty spaces with other stitches, making the stitch a very versatile one.
http://www.whimsicalstitch.com/whimsicalwednesdays/2016/12/28/quadfecta

So pretty!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 28, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

A New Way to Organize Cotton Flosses

Vonna Pfeiffer,  The Twisted Stitcher, is a cross stitcher and finisher who has come up with a very clever way of organization cotton flosses.  Check it out here--
https://thetwistedstitcher.blogspot.com/2016/01/organizing-your-over-dyed-threads.html

I'm not sure it will work for all thread types but if you have a large stock of threads, this is a cost-effective and clever way to organize some of them.

Many thanks to Gary and Christine for interviewing Vonna on their weekly Fiber Talk podcast.
http://wetalkfiber.com/2017/01/29/fiber-talk-with-vonna-pfeiffer/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 29, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Needlepoint Saves Lives!

Judy Keenan points out how needlepoint saves lives.  LOL
http://www.judykeenanneedlearts.com/single-post/2017/01/09/Needlepoint-Saves-Lives-Or-Why-I-Dont-Like-to-Count

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 9, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

How To Frame Using Pins and Foamcore

Mary Corbet has a wonderful explanation of how to frame your stitching using foam core and stainless steel pins.  She's right that the most important thing is to not rush!
http://www.needlenthread.com/2017/01/diy-how-to-frame-needlework-using-pins.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 9, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Stephanie Does Wings

I thought you'd like to see Stephanie's Painted Pony angel and the lovely stitch she choose for the wings.  I have a lot of trouble coming up with the perfect stitch for angel wings myself, so I am full of admiration for Steph's choice of this very pretty stitch which fits exactly between the little orange dots.
https://stephsstitching.blogspot.com/2017/01/owl-angel-from-painted-pony.html?showComment=1483973856559#c2829783753607275815

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 9, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Fiber Talk: A Podcast about Fiber Art

There's a new podcast in town--Fiber Talk! The discussions led by Christine and Gary will center on the fiber arts and the artists who create works of art with threads. The very first podcast features a discussion with Debbie Rowley, the artist behind DebBee's Designs. It's nearly an hour long so get your favorite drink and start stitching while you listen to how DebBee designs are created, learn tips from Debbie on using rayon threads and more!
http://wetalkfiber.com/2017/01/22/fiber-talk-with-debbie-rowley/

Here's a bit about the podcast from Debbie's point of view.
http://debbeesdesigns.com/DDWrdPrs/?p=1833

If you want to see some of Debbie's work, visit her website.
http://debbeesdesigns.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 24, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Optical Illusions for Needlepoint

It used to be the only optical illusion painted canvases were available from Maggie.  (At least those are the ones I remember but correct me if I am wrong.  After all, as Little Brother puts it, I am OLD.  LOL)
http://www.maggieco.com/html/drill.php?category=6&pg=4&q=

However, now Needlepoint Designs by Laurel Wheeler has a whole series of these in various sizes for when you want to make your head spin!
http://www.laurelwheeler.com/OpticalGeometrics.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 5, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

DMC's Stitchable Metallic Mesh

Just before Christmas DMC sent me a package of their new stitchable metallic mesh and asked that I play around with it. This is what I got in the mail--
https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product/DMC-Reversible-STITCHABLE-MESH-FABRIC-03982-DMC03982

The mesh is a ten inch square of metallic mesh that is gold on one side and silver on the other.  It reminds me of Congress cloth in that the holes are quite small in relationship to the threads that create the mesh.  The mesh is reversible.  You can stitch on either side.  The package comes with a floral line drawing that you can transfer onto the mesh and stitch.


The Stitchable Metallic Mesh Package Opened
In the photograph in the link above you can see that it is in an embroidery hoop.  I think using a hoop will dent the mesh and I want to use as much of it to create Christmas ornaments as possible.  So my first task is to figure out how to mount the mesh so I can stitch with it.  My second task is to figure out what size needle and thread to use and decide on a design.  Stay tuned!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 21, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Witches and Monsters from Winter 2017 TNNA SHOW

This TNNA show is full of witches and other monsters.  For example, Barbara Elmore's "Frank's Bride" is ultra creepy.
https://www.facebook.com/barbaraelmoredesigns/photos/pb.102579373261.-2207520000.1484949261./10154354572533262/?type=3&theater

And Barbara's stitching is ultra amazing!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1484182218259965&set=a.626139447397584.1073741829.100000046036480&type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1492100767468110&set=a.626139447397584.1073741829.100000046036480&type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/barbaraelmoredesigns/photos/a.10152584568623262.1073741828.102579373261/10154337040318262/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/barbaraelmoredesigns/photos/ms.c.eJwzNDA0NTE2MTEwMrIwMDYyM9IzhIgYm1sYGxhZGJkZAQB8xwb5.bps.a.10152584568623262.1073741828.102579373261/10154344022803262/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/barbaraelmoredesigns/photos/pb.102579373261.-2207520000.1484949261./10154344022803262/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/barbaraelmoredesigns/photos/pb.102579373261.-2207520000.1484949261./10154354591418262/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1517950838216436&set=a.108078765870324.15151.100000046036480&type=3&theater

Are you a fan of Brenda Stofft's steampunk series?  If so, you will adore her "Steampunk Witch."
https://www.facebook.com/brenda.stofft/posts/10210238663196891

Sandra Gilmore's "Decisions, Decisions" is hilarious!
https://www.facebook.com/scrimdiscovery924/photos/a.1053431794673096.1073741828.1053431734673102/1550012898348314/?type=3&theater

Alice Peterson has two witches which seem to be Victorian to me.  More steampunk?
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2017/01/san-jose-market-even-more.html

Labors of Love has a new companion to last year's Frankie.  She is called "Frank's Bride."
https://www.facebook.com/laborsofloveneedlepoint/photos/pb.163219983827426.-2207520000.1484613048./793105194172232/?type=3&theater

Labors of Love also has a superb lady for their limited edition series of 2017, by the way.  This is "Morgana."  She was a witch.
https://www.facebook.com/laborsofloveneedlepoint/photos/pb.163219983827426.-2207520000.1484613048./790119001137518/?type=3&theater


Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 13, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Needlepoint Sculpture UPDATED

Orna Willis shows off photos of needlepoint sculptures from the Swedish artist Ulla Stina Wikander.  Orna links to Ulla's website as well if you want so see more of her art.
http://ornadesign.blogspot.com/2016/12/needlepoint-sculptures-yes.html

UPDATE:  Here is even more, although it is unfortunately labeled cross stitch.
https://hands-across-the-sea-samplers.com/10351-2/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 21, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Glow in the Dark Beads Available

Ruth at Bedecked and Beaddazzled has announced the shop is stocking glow-in-the-dark beads now.  There are ten colors (in regular light) of beads which you can buy as a set or separately.
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2017/01/add-little-glow-to-your-life.html

https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/product/glow-bead-kit/

These aren't just for Halloween, you know.  They make great accents.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
 at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright  January 21, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

The Walnetto Video

When someone on the ANG email list had problems figuring out how the Walnetto stitch is worked, Beth referred them to a video she made showing it being stitched.
https://vimeo.com/178996409

The American Needlepoint Guild's website has a nice diagram.  
http://www.needlepoint.org/StitchOfTheMonth/2011/oct.php

By the way, Beth also did a video for the Sprats Head Stitch.  Many thanks for your help, Beth!
https://vimeo.com/177743835

http://www.needlepoint.org/StitchOfTheMonth/2001/01-01.php

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 6, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Stitching People: Inspiration from the Masters

Chris Tirey Does Lani Ballgown


I don't know about you, but I love stitching people.  So when I noticed these photographs posted on Facebook last month, I wanted to share the fabulous hair and clothing that the masters of needlepoint embellishment are stitching these days.  Starting in alphabetical order, what you see above is Chris Tirey of Nimble Fingers in Houston stitching a Lani ball gown.  The light coverage background, the random placement of sequins for sparkle and the masterful bow all make this a wonderful piece.
http://nimblefingerstx.com/NimblefingersTx.com/Welcome.html

http://www.lanisneedlepoint.com/pd-5e-formal-gown-5.aspx


Lani Stitches her Leopard Evening Coat
Speaking of Lani, Lani herself is a masterful stitcher.  Check out this Leopard Evening Coast stitched by Lani herself with a touch of fur on the collar and hem.  Once again the light coverage background is terrific but what makes this special is the leopard coat's luxury and the fur trim, not to mention the two borders.  This design is new for Fall 2016, by the way.
http://www.lanisneedlepoint.com/ec-1b-leopard-evening-coat.aspx


Kathleen Stitching Santa Using Mark Young's Guide


Mark Young of Labors of Love is also a master of design and stitching.  In the photo above you see Kathleen's stitching Labors of Love's Red Stand Up Santa using Mark's stitch guide.  The beard is a masterpiece of shape and movement and contrasts nicely with Santa's clothing.  This piece is a four-sided tear drop that finishes into a Christmas standup.  You can see all the pieces on the Labors of Love website.
http://www.laborsofloveneedlepoint.com/santas-and-snowmen.html


Madame Pompadour, Stitched From Tony Minieri's Guide
Our last inspirational piece is also a Labors of Love design, stitched using a guide from Tony Minieri.  This is a limited edition canvas titled "Madame Pompadour."  It has magnificent greenery and a background pillar that work perfectly with the dress.  It is exceptionally hard to attach dimensional pieces to a canvas and achieve a balanced look but Tony's student did a terrific job with this.  Labors of Love designs a limited number of canvases with the china faces and hands to be attached when the stitching is finished.  This piece is sold out but you can see other limited edition figures on the Labors of Love website.
http://www.laborsofloveneedlepoint.com/limited-editions.html

By the way, this is the 2017 Limited Edition figure from Labors of Love.  There are only ten.  Place your order now.
https://www.facebook.com/236197349333/photos/a.477851644333.261602.236197349333/10154893875159334/?type=3&theater

Hope you enjoyed seeing what masters of embellished needlepoint canvas can do with the human figure.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 5, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Stitch Your Own Stubbs Needlepoint Slipper Class

Once again Reed Stewart is teaching a "Stitch Your Own Stubbs" class in Palm Beach.  The Stubbs referred to is Stubbs and Wootton, a footwear company, which will be making up the slippers designed in class.  The classes have started already but you might be able to still take the remaining classes or at least sign up for 2018.
https://www.fourarts.org/event/stitch-your-own-stubbs-with-reed-stewart/#lightbox/0/

The "Press" section of the Stubbs and Wootton website shows off their needlepoint and velvet creations.
https://www.stubbsandwootton.com/press/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 19, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, January 20, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: Leigh Shafer is Dead UPDATED

Messages have been posted to both Facebook and the ANG email list this morning, mourning the passing of Leigh Shafer. Leigh was well known for her lovely personality and her great finishing. She will be greatly missed in the world of needlepoint.

UPDATE POSTED TO FACEBOOK:  Hi everyone, this is Leigh's daughter Marissa. Thank you all for you wonderful and kind words. Mom loved you all so much. We will be doing a celebration of life for her on Sun Jan 29th at the Sedona Public Library at 1pm. I will also be streaming it live on her fb page for those who cannot attend.

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

Mary Agnes Is Collecting Nobuko Stitch Variations

Mary Agnes of Needle Nicely in Vero Beach is collecting variations of Nobuko Stitch and making a sampler of them. You can see it here (click on the photo for a closer look).
http://needlenicely.blogspot.com/2017/01/a-study-in-nobuko.html

If you know of other versions of Nobuko, could you let Mary Agnes know?   You can add a comment with a book and page number of where you found the variation or you can contact her via the shop.
http://www.needlenicely.com

Happy collecting, MA!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 5, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Threadaholic Alert: Rainbow Gallery's Glisten

Threadaholic alert! Rainbow Gallery has a new thread called Glisten that mixes metallic and Marino wool.
https://www.facebook.com/rainbowgallerythreads/photos/pcb.1713149552348172/1713149522348175/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/rainbowgallerythreads/photos/pcb.1713149552348172/1713149412348186/?type=3&theater

They say it makes for killer turkey work!  (the canvas is from JP Needlepoint)
https://www.facebook.com/rainbowgallerythreads/photos/a.1466449090351554.1073741828.1439340233062440/1713151629014631/?type=3&theater 

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

Petei Introduces New Characters

For the first time in a very long time, Petei has added new characters to her line of book people. Painted Pony is introducing a dozen characters from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice to Petei's fans.
https://debbieppd.wordpress.com/2017/01/18/pride-and-prejudice/

These all come with stitch guides by Susan Burris and can be ordered by Painted Pony which is Petei's distributor.  Kudos to Painted Pony for talking Petei into coming out of retirement for our stitching pleasure!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 18, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sandra's Skin Colors

I've just discovered that Fleur de Paris sells sets of DMC cotton floss called "Sandra's Skin Colors" that match Sandra Gilmore's skin tones in her painted canvases.
http://two-handedstitcher.blogspot.com/2017/01/clara-is-going-to-tnna.html

I searched all over the Fleur de Paris website and didn't see any mention of this but I bet your favorite shop can order for you if you have one of the Sandra Gilmore people to stitch, or just stitch lots of faces and am a collector of skin tone threads.

Many thanks to Laura Perin for the tip!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 13, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Managing Multiple Projects

This time of year everyone seems to want to get organized, whether they are organizing their needlepoint stash, getting projects kitted out and lined up, or just tidying up the mess leftover from 2016's projects.  Mary Corbet likes to have several projects going at the same time and has some great ideas for keeping them organized when it isn't their turn.
http://www.needlenthread.com/2017/01/organization-managing-multiple-embroidery-projects.html

 Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 4, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Dreading TNNA

If you have been looking forward to the January 2017 TNNA show, you are NOT a designer of painted canvases! Debbie of Painted Pony lets you look behind the scenes where things are FRANTIC.
https://debbieppd.wordpress.com/2017/01/13/winter-is-coming/

On the other hand, the weather in San Jose, California will seem like spring and Debbie is looking forward to seeing all her friends in the industry.  Have fun for us, Debbie!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 13, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Katherine's Purple to Gold Canvaswork Sampler

Katherine has finished her purple and gold stitch sampler.  This was done as part of a faculty research grant she received.  Hopefully it will inspire you to try something similar.
http://katherinediuguid.blogspot.com/2017/01/purple-to-gold-canvaswork-sampler.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 19, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Turn Your Photo into a Line Drawing

ReallyColor.com is a website where you can turn any photograph into a line drawing.  The first photo translated into a coloring book type line drawing is free.  It appears after that you have to buy credits to do more images.  Read the FAQ page for more information on how this works.
https://www.reallycolor.com

This is perfect for those who want a line drawing of their house to stitch but there are many other uses, too.  Many thanks to Tricia Nguyen of Thistle Threads for mentioning this.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 10, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A Profile of SM Stitches in Brooklyn

Jo I. Christensen discovered this profile of SM Stitches in Brooklyn in a local online news site. It's a family business with an emphasis on Judaic designs.
http://www.communitym.com/article.asp?article_id=104330&article_type=0#

They don't appear to have a website but maybe you can make a visit if you are local.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 2, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Needlepoint Pillows from Karen Carpenter UPDATED

David posted photos of two needlepoint pillows stitched by Karen Carpenter on Facebook's Needlepoint Nation. She died in 1983 so these are late 70s-early 80s designs.  Use the side arrows for more photographs.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=948470655286415&set=pcb.1247113662032456&type=3&theater

UPDATE:  David's found two more photos showing some of Karen's needlepoint pillows.  Use the right side arrow to see the second.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1078603088939837&set=pcb.1455861861157634&type=3&theater

Thanks, David!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 2, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Debbie at the Last Minute

Debbie at Painted Pony posted a bit about her design process and in the process, shows off her newest angel (a crazy quilt angel) for the January TNNA show.
https://debbieppd.wordpress.com/2016/12/30/after-midnight/

Her angels don't look like last minute designs, do they?
https://www.paintedponyneedlepoint.com/designs.htm

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 30, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The New Loretta Spears Design

Last year when I was sorting through a bunch of Loretta Spears mystery design charts that had been donated to me to give away to Loretta's fans, I stumbled across a real treasure--a chart of a design I'd never heard of.  It's a one page free design dated 1993 meant to promote Needle Necessities threads which are used in the project.  The design is untitled except "A Design By Loretta Spears" is at the top of the page.  So that's what I call it.  More about this design is on the Loretta Spears blog.
http://lorettaspears.blogspot.com/2015/09/the-needle-necessities-chart.html

I am starting to stitch this so I'll have photographs for the article about the design.  You can follow along here.
http://lorettaspears.blogspot.com/2017/01/a-design-by-loretta-spears-free-chart.html

As a special bonus, Pat Miller is also stitching this piece.  She is sticking closer to the original instructions than I am.  You can watch her progress on her blog.  This should take you to all her postings about this piece but if not, just click on A Design By Loretta Spears in the right hand column where she lists all the pieces she has stitched.
http://needleartnut.blogspot.com/search/label/A%20Design%20by%20Loretta%20Spears

Unfortunately, the copyright on this new design still belongs to Loretta's heirs, not Needle Necessities' heirs, so this design cannot be copied and distributed.  Loretta's family, following her wishes, will not sell her copyright or allow her designs to be distributed.  The best I can do is stitch it for you to see.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 9, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Silken Trinket Box

If you have been drooling over Tricia Nguyen's classes on how to make reproduction 17th Century stumpwork boxes but the prices are a bit more than you can justify, there's good news. Tricia is going to have a class on a smaller and simpler box, done in tent stitches on linen, but using many of the same materials used for the fancier stumpwork boxes and mirrors.  You can read about the kit and class on her Thistle Threads website and on her blog.
http://thistle-threads.myshopify.com/products/silken-trinket-box

http://thistle-threads.blogspot.com/2017/01/join-stitch-along-with-trinket-box.html

But don't dawdle.  There are only 100 box kits available as the linen that covers them is no longer available.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 10, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Mythic Crafts: New Source for Slate Frames UPDATED AGAIN

If you are in the market for a well-made slate frame, then you'll want to look over the Etsy shop of Mythic Crafts AB.  Tanja Berlin, trained at the Royal School of Needlework, raves about these Canadian products.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/MythicCraftsAB

These are completely hand made.  You can even have them engraved with your name or stitching motto.  Very very nice!

UPDATE:  Mary Corbet reviews and raves about this brand of slate frame here.
http://www.needlenthread.com/2017/03/slate-frame-for-embroidery.html

MORE UPDATES, this time from The Unbroken Thread:
http://www.theunbrokenthread.com/blog/2017/03/16/story-mythic-crafts-slate-frames-part-1/

http://www.theunbrokenthread.com/blog/2017/03/17/give-away-story-mythic-crafts-slate-frame-part-2/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 15, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Let It Snow!

The newest video from Needlepoint Now magazine is on how to create a snowflake.  (Of course Mother Nature is making those at my house right now but hers won't last long enough for your project.)  You will have to make the video full screen to see what is going on since silver on white doesn't have much contrast.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMs4bcQKCK8

Needlepoint Now has created a series of videos to supplement the diagrams that appear in their magazine articles.  You can browse them all on their website, even if you don't subscribe.
https://www.needlepointnow.com/project-information/video-instruction/

Or you can subscribe to their YouTube channel.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChSmve6538WtqlyuLnOs6Zw?spfreload=5

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 24, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Visiting with Dianne UPDATED

This morning I made a visit to the A-Z Needlepoint website that used to belong to the Regal Rabbit. The shop has closed and the owner moved away to be closer to her family now that she's retired but the website has been turned into a personal blog.  UPDATE:  An employee of the Regal Rabbit says that the person posting here isn't Dianne, the owner of Regal Rabbit.  It is possible someone else purchased the domain name and is using it.

It was fun to listen to her talk about stitching a bit and the role it has in her life now and in the past.  I think you might enjoy listening, too.  Just get a favorite beverage, settle yourself down with your Internet device and enjoy.
http://www.a-z-needlepoint.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 23, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

When Beads Go Bad-Substitute!

Recently I obtained a used copy of the instructions for Gay Ann Roger's Queen Elizabeth 1 heart.  Gay Ann's hearts are usually sold with a bead and threads kit but of course since someone already stitched this, they weren't included with my design.  So I had to improvise, using what I had here in my stash.    For comparison purposes, here is the Queen Elizabeth 1 heart, stitched beautifully by Beth as Gay Ann intended, using Gay Ann's threads and beads.  Click on the photograph for a good look.
http://bethsneedleworkstash.blogspot.com/2013/01/heart-of-elizabeth-stitched.html

My heart is not nearly as elegant!  After all, the pulled work wouldn't pull on Congress cloth so I abandoned pulled work for gathered Flair.  I cannot replicate the necklace exactly, either, since the beads I have here are not the same sizes or shapes.  So I tried to improvise.


My Heart, with Wonky Central Necklace Area

You can see the start of my necklace above.  Beads are wiggly things in general but I found it very hard to keep mine straight.  The sizes weren't quite right and even though I went through all the beads several times and backstitched around them, they still are not quite straight.  Part of this is because my new eyes after cataract surgery don't do close work perfectly.  (Dazor lamp here I come!)  Part is also due to the fact that I was hurrying.  I'd heard from various folks that the necklace was the hardest part of the whole design anyway.  I believe them.  So what to do?  Keep trying?

Nope, I have a Secret Weapon which you see on the right side of the heart, just sitting there.  That, my friends, is a Sundance Golden Square #BDS-MA006A.  It is from Sundance's new line of Metallic Accents!  You can see most of them here, although the Golden Squares aren't shown yet.
http://www.sundanceneedleworks.com/catalog.php?LimitRows=all


My Heart After Sundance Came to the Rescue

Looks a lot better now, doesn't it?  Golden Squares cover an area about 5 threads high and 5 wide on 18 count needlepoint canvas.  My heart is on Congress cloth, where the Golden Squares cover an area a bit more than 6 threads high and wide.  There's a lot more to do to finish this necklace and then I need to do the second pearl necklace but now I feel a lot better about how it looks.

The moral of the story is that when beads go bad, you can sometimes find a great substitute for your look.

By the way, there is good news for those who love Gay Ann Roger's varied heart designs.  She is stitching more for her traditional February sale.  Keep an eye on her website for news about the sale dates. Gay Ann only has 2-3 sales a year since she needs time to stitch.
http://www.gayannrogers.com/index.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 7, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Ultrasuede for Ornament Backing (and More)

Those who do their own ornament finishing will be happy to hear I've discovered another source for Ultrasuede.  Micro-Stitchery is a source for miniature doll house rug charts so the pieces of Ultrasuede available are two and four inches square, but this is perfect for small ornament finishing  (or for small appliqués) and a lot of colors are available.
http://microstitchery.com/a_ultrasuede_1.html

Have fun browsing the charts after you pick out the right fabric squares for your finishing.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 21, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Learn Long and Short Shading

Trish Burr has made a series of video tutorials to help folks learn long and short shading, sometimes called needle painting here in the U.S.   She also has a video on padded satin stitch, which you may also find useful.
https://trishburr.com/tutorials/

Thank you, Trish!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 14, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Tips on Passing Along Needlework Skills

The Cooperative Extension Office in Kentucky has a little article with tips for teaching needlework.  Wouldn't that make a great New Year's Resolution--to teach someone needlepoint?
http://www2.ca.uky.edu/hes/fcs/factshts/ct-mmb-700.pdf

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 13, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Stitch of the Month 2017 (Deborah Forney)

ANG's Stitch of the Month program is up on their website. This year is a color and pattern study by Deborah Forney.  The introduction and January 2017 lesson are here.  A new lesson is posted around the first of each month.  Just click and enjoy!
http://www.needlepoint.org/Stitch.php

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 2, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Tips on Stitching Hair from Anne Marie UPDATED

Anne Marie takes time out of her busy schedule to show off the hair on her "Gone With the Wind" themed canvas.  AND she explains how she stitches hair.  If you've been dithering over hair on a painted canvas, this article will help you a lot.  Thanks, Anne Marie!
http://thebfgoodstitch.blogspot.com/2016/11/well-i-do-declare-its-been-terribly.html

UPDATE:  Here's more hair!
http://thebfgoodstitch.blogspot.com/2017/07/dont-get-bull-about-bullions.html

Her canvas is by Labors of Love.  You can see the entire thing at the bottom of this page from their website.
http://www.laborsofloveneedlepoint.com/people.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright November 30, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, January 2, 2017

A New Retreat for January 2018

The Needle Bug has revealed the classes and teachers for their January 2018 retreat.
https://leigh-miller-yr9s.squarespace.com/classes/

You can see more on their Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/canvasaneedlepointadventure/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 2, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Facing Down Failure

I always try to choose something special for important days, something to inspire Blog's readers or make them think. For the first day of 2017 I've chosen this article by Tricia Nguyen, written for the people in her Casket of Curiosities class.  
http://thistle-threads.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-fear-of-failure.html

It may not seem relevant to those of us who mostly do needlepoint,  but think about it--how many times have you not started (or even purchased) a canvas or chart because you think it's too hard or you have no clue how to get started?  Tricia is teaching a class for those who want to design and then stitch a reproduction 17th Century stumpwork piece for a casket or mirror.  Her students are taking on a huge challenge.  

Tricia knows a lot about failure.  A little background here--she's a materials engineer who is dyslexic.  Between helping understand how 17th Century threads and stitches and stumpwork were made so that she can teach them, she brings reproduction techniques and materials back into production for her classes, and works with kids on the First Lego League robotics challenges and contests.  Failure is just another daily occurrence for her, on par with getting meals on the table, dealing with the day job and of course stitching her brains out.  Moms learn quite early to take failure in stride and move on to the next challenge.  

Please read Tricia's article carefully and think about how it applies to your personal stitching. Then take on a challenge despite the fact that you are going to fail.  That's not such a bad thing, you know.  You are going to learn from the things that aren't perfect the first time.  You are going to learn A LOT.

So promise me you will fail in 2017, ok?  It'll make me happy to know you are learning.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 4, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.