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 …


Christmas design by Alice Peterson


Sometimes it just takes one look to know that you want to stitch a particular canvas. I spotted this one as we unpacked the Alice Peterson trunk show and had to have it.

My hope was to use bright shiny, sparkly things and a variety of stitches and techniques, but to still make it a piece that doesn’t require months to stitch.

So far, I’ve loved every choice I’ve made (knock wood) and haven’t had to rip anything out. When I am finished, the stitch guide will be included with the thread kit. I think the canvas and threads may have you singing a few Christmas songs as you stitch.

Alice Peterson Trunk Show at the Bristly Thistle

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There are so many wonderful canvases from Alice Peterson that it’s hard to just pick a few.

I love her children’s canvases–they are fun and even educational. My favorite in the bunch is the Fairy Tales canvas–it would be fun to stitch and can be appreciated by all ages. You can play “find your favorite fairy tale”–fun for all!

The AP line has a number of colorful, sparkly beautiful designs that cry out for wonderful threads and/or fun stitches. This is a terrific show … stay tuned to find out which one I’m buying …

More Alice Peterson

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Here are some more designs we picked up from Alice Peterson in Baltimore. The peacock is one of my favorites – it calls out for beads! The owl is a great design on 13m.

These are now available on our website.

Alice Peterson in Baltimore


These are just some of the new designs from Alice Peterson we will have in the store this week. The finished birds model is really amazing!

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Needlepoint designs on sale

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We have just added dozens of canvases to our sale page from Alice Peterson, Amanda Lawford, Lee, Maggie, Melissa Shirley and more.  These are all 50% off!

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Columbus Market Early Morning

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I said good morning to Doug Kreinik this morning at breakfast. His answer to what’s new—new colors of memory thread, including Japan colors for more a metallic effect. Kreinik also added new Japan colors to their braid lines.

My first class was with the very talented and very perky Alice Borge. I learned a great technique that uses wire and beads that is perfect for couching to “write” words on a canvas. The canvas by Alice Peterson is a simpler design on 13 mesh—Alice’s stitch guide punched it up—way up. Threads were provided by Rainbow Gallery, Weeks Dye Works and Vineyard Silk; Sundance provided beads. Vineyard Silk gave us 6 colors of merino wool that I can’t wait to work with. Rumor has it that it works on both 18 and 13 count canvas. This particular canvas calls for combining the wool with Wisper.

Tip of the day from Alice: Sprat’s Heads are wonderful for stitching trees.

Susan Portra’s class in Long Beach


I just came back from Susan Portra’s class “Bring Your Canvas to Life”. It was the only needlepoint class at market to completely sell out, and there are many reasons for that.

The class was a perfect blend of a great canvas, a superb stitch guide, wonderful threads and beads and a fabulous teacher. Susan paced the class well and taught us all several somethings new. And, Susan Portra is funny!

This canvas is one that I will finish (without changes) and enjoy in my home. The canvas is beautifully painted on 13 mesh canvas and even 18 mesh fanatics will enjoy stitching it.

I will be able to order it from Alice Peterson Saturday, so if you are interested in the canvas and Susan’s stitch guide, drop me an email. Or, you can place an order for it on our website.

Long Beach report for Friday

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Chris and I arrived in Long Beach yesterday before noon (love those 6 am flights) and found that we had been upgraded to the Regency Club level at the Hyatt. Happy hour at the club was indeed happy. The mood among the needlepoint group is very upbeat for the first time in almost two years. This morning as Chris and I helped set up a booth on the convention center floor, I noticed that many vendors are introducing lots of new designs.

The show opens officially at 10 am tomorrow PST and I can’t wait to buy new things. Check back for new designs by Charley Harper, Alice Peterson, Kathy Schenkel and many more.

Meanwhile, I am off to the sold-out Susan Portra class, itching to stitch.

New Alice Peterson needlepoint designs

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3478We ordered some great new canvases from Alice Peterson at the St Charles market and they are in the Florida store now.

For kids, there’s a terrific Ten Inch Worm—perfect for helping a child learn to count to ten. The worm’s face is too cute! There’s also a great race car canvas with room for a child’s name and a train birth announcement. They are all on 13 mesh, so they are easy to see and quicker to stitch.

There are two rectangular pieces that would be terrific framed or made into bolster pillows—Hummingbirds and Orchids—reminders of warm weather in these cooler months.

My favorite is the Dragonfly—it just calls out for specialty threads and stitches.