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.)

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