Alice Peterson Christmas Pillow & stitch guide

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AP2006gThis 12×12 pillow is now in stock! Our kits include the canvas, threads, Swarovski crystals and the stitch guide.

This is a really fun project known to some as the Death Ray because when you hold it just right …


New Designs from Leigh

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Here are two great new designs from Leigh that will be in the store this week. Stitch guides from Jane Wood and Sandra Arthur are included. We hope to have pictures of the finished canvases soon!

New needlepoint books from Brenda Hart & June McKnight

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We have 3 stitching books from Brenda Hart and the new Bling, Glitz & Glamour book by June McKnight in stock now. We have a few Bling books autographed by June.

These are going to be very popular!

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Kirk & Hamilton designs at the Bristly Thistle

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I was looking for some small ornaments that could be finished this year and found them at the Baltimore show from Kirk & Hamilton. Some of them are on 13m and many include a stitch guide.

Just what we needed!

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Fraidy Cat Class at the Baltimore Market

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Robin King taught the only needlepoint class at this market “Fraidy Cat”, one of the series of Creepy Characters by NeedleDeeva. Poor Robin…for the second time at a TNNA market, Robin, her stitch guides, thread kits and models arrived as scheduled. Unfortunately, the canvases did not.

Showing grace under pressure, Robin and Judy (the NeedleDeeva) rescued the class. We were all given blank canvas to practice the stitches and Robin did a great job of teaching the class. In addition, Robin refused to accept our money for class materials, and Judy gave each of us a “Hooty the Owl” canvas to ease the pain of not being able to stitch Fraidy in class. With luck, we will be able to pick up our canvases tomorrow in the NeedleDeeva room and get stitching!

Robin started the class by demonstrating how to straighten Neon Rays with a hair straightening iron (possibly incorrect nomenclature). The techniques is truly magic and you can watch it on Robin’s blog Beats the heck out of fighting the thread, giving up on it, or heavens (!) ironing it. You can find a mini-version at Bed Bath & Beyond to keep in your kit.

I’ll be stitching my cat Sunday on the long drive back to Amelia Island.

New stitch guide from SuZi

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SuZy Murphy has published another must have book. SuZy’s Portable Stitches II distills SuZy’s Lite Stitches and SuZy’s Mini Stitches into one very portable book, the same size as Portable Stitches.

We have these in stock on our website.

Needlepoint Reference

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I’ve been working (= getting to play) on a couple of stitch guides, one for a La Patisserie hinged box and one for a patchwork Santa. I can almost find a stitch blind-folded in my usual library, so I’ve been playing with a couple of books, one new and one old. Both are new to me and I have to say they are like really fun textbooks—full of new twists on old standbys.

Written by Jane Zimmerman, they are “The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Canvas Embroidery”, volumes one and two. Volume one focuses on Mosaic, Cashmere, Scotch, Gobelin, Eyelet and Plaited stitches. Volume two features variations on Diagonal, Crossed, Woven, Tied and Miscellaneous stitches. Each stitch has a black and white photo of the model and a large clear diagram of the stitch. (The LARGE part is getting more important for some of us.)

I found a wonderful Straight Gobelin variation for a roof that looks a bit like graham crackers and a combination of tent and Cashmere stitches that will look just like pastry wafers with icing in between. For Santa, I’ve found at least 6 stitch variations that are not just the same old thing.

(PSSST: Santa, I want these for my library, please. You can buy them on our website.)

Amy Bunger’s new needlepoint DVDs are in …

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…and I know what I’ll be doing tonight—getting a “private lesson” from Amy and her special guest, Kelly Clark.

Volume 7 “The Ins & Outs of Needleweaving covers attached and detached needle weaving. Watch how to weave such things as an open pocket, a door latch, cute little sheep’s ears and seaweed. Kelly Clark demonstrates Picot needleweaving, a woven basket technique that covers the basket, the rim and the handle, and semi-detached weaving for a scarf.

Volume 8 is all about Spider stitches—raised, oval, padded raised, ribbed horn, woven spider and more. Who knew there were so many variations to add punch to our canvases? Amy, of course! With 18 “chapters” this is loaded with new techniques.

These are in stock now and are $38 each. Here’s to learning new stitch techniques!

Bugs, butterflies & feathers from Waterweave

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Any of these 3 canvases—butterflies, bugs or feathers—would be beautiful in a wooden tray, framed or as pillows. Each comes with a stitch guide with a color photo of the finished canvas. They are all available on our website.

Needlepoint 101 and 202

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You can’t beat this beginner’s book for the price. This book diagrams 21 stitches, including basketweave, suggests uses for each stitch and refers you to a color model that uses that stitch. The second half of the book features 12 canvases shown in color, both stitched and unstitched. The best part of this book, though, is the collection of helpful hints scattered throughout the book. The beginner will find all sorts of hints that will prevent mistakes most of us learned about the hard way. Spiral bound in paperback, this book’s small size (6” x 8”) makes it the perfect companion for your project bag.

After Needlepoint 101 came Needlepoint 202. I based a class on this book and found it to be chock-full of great stitches and models. My students got the book with the class and many bought extra copies to give to friends.

The book features 12 techniques—beading, couching, knots, padding, ruching (my favorite), Santa’s hair and beard stitches, thread blending, thread painting, tufted stitches, twisted cord and wrapped cord. (As they say in those television commercials)… But wait, that’s not all. The authors have diagrammed 42 stitches that are shown on the 12 color models, all of them current canvases. Each of the models is photographed in color before and after stitching. AND each model comes with the stitch guide. If you love the canvas, you can order it and use the book for the stitch guide. The photographs of the stitched models are very clear and definitely give you ideas for your projects.

This book is also a spiral-bound and small, so it is very portable. My only complaint is that the layout of the book is not easy to figure out—the authors placed the model/stitch guide and stitch sections in the middle of the 12 techniques. A small complaint for another reasonably priced book with lots of great ideas. Both books are available on our website.

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