Thursday, December 30, 2010

Winter Stitching

Not necessarily just for the Holidays here are few canvas's that can be enjoyed throughout the winter months. All except the Winter Basket canvas and stitch guide (sold as soon as it went into the store!) are for sale in my webstore - click the images to visit the store. Sorry Patchwork Pete the snowman is a little blurry, I think I need to take a new picture, but you get the idea. He's from Kelly Clark so you can rest assure that he's stitch painted.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Looks good from the back too!

Several of you have asked about the pear backs so here they are. All finished in Silk, where the fronts are just slightly padded the backs smooth. Colors match beautifully with the front. The emerald green is the back of the Chartreuse Pear and the deeper green is the back of the Patchwork Pear. Thanks for all the positive feedback. Merry Holidays!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Ornaments for All

Just a sampling of needlepoint and cross stitch ornaments from 2010, and then a set in crewel from way back early 1970's. Sports and Colleges are always popular as well as Baby's First. The cross stitch ones are cute and great for beginners or those who want to spend less per ornament than a painted canvas. I've cropped out the beaded fringe that hangs at the bottom of each but beaded fringe is nice in that it gives some weight to each piece and allows them to hang nicely. Lastly I wanted to share this set of crewel ornaments that I stitched myself when I was a kid. It appears like I had too much eggnog when it came to finishing the snowman. I do love how these are two sided. I didn't remember but my mom tells me I stuffed these with dog hair! Season Greetings to all and may everyone find some quiet time to stitch during the Holidays.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Trio of Pears

The finisher did such a spectacular job on these I couldn't wait to share. A beautiful balance of color, texture, shiny and matte. I did notice some of the silk ribbon got a little frayed, I have to remember to ask my customer who's ribbon she used. I sure hope its not RIverSilk as this is the only silk ribbon I trust that will not fray on the edge. Enjoy and I hope everyone doing the Kelly Clark Pear's is as happy with theirs as I am with my customers. Great job Miriam!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Holiday Angel

I think this is one of the lovely ornaments, a classic.  With so many cute and whimsical ornaments to choose from its refreshing to see something appropriate for all people of all ages.  I see the burgundy in splendor or very velvet.  Wings in a shimmery gold and her gown in long stitches of silk ribbon.
This is available through our current Trunk Show with Barbara Russell Designs. "Angel I" is 5" x 5" overall, design stitch painted on 18 count.  It retails for $60.00  Trunk show cost is $48.00 through December 16th.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Snowmen and other flakes

I happen to love this Snow(man) Angel from Ruth Schmuff.  A customer of mine stitched it up in a week as a winter theme insert for a Lee wristlet.  Great colors, reminds me of something a child might do because the colors are fresh and don't appear to be labored over for the "perfect" look.   It is stitched to match what was painted.  Ok, enough of this.  Barbara Russell trunk show continues until December 16th (20% off retail inc. threads).  She has a number of dog ornaments for all those dog lovers.  Just ordered some Treenway silk ribbons and threads to give them a try.  Does anyone have any experience with these?  New to the store is the floor stand by Daylight, its received good reviews and is a lower price point than a Lowery or System 4.  For those wanting the best I do allow the Lowery to be taken home for a test drive.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Continental & Basketweave - How much are they the same?

I was finishing this piece for a customer when my mind said ~ "teaching opportunity". I've always thought continental and basketweave really do appear different on the finished side. Many customers find it really hard to believe and think I'm just a stitching snob so now I tend to mention it to my more fussy customers. The yellow background in the Lee canvas stitched below was done in about 1/3 continental and 1/3 basketweave. I won't go in to details which is where; if you can't see the difference then I guess it's a mute point for you. The difference for me is continental/tent looks like rows of corn on a corn cob and basketweave provides an all over texture. I prefer the all over texture, but if using a variegated thread beware of diagonal streaks! When stitching with a thread like watercolour's or DMC variations I defer back to continental. I think this is of less importance if a thread is only shaded like Gumnut stars or Renaissance Dyeing wool and not obviously variegated. That being said I respect those who just only want to do continental or who struggle stitching on a diagonal path, needlepointing is for fun and relaxation.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Barbara Russell Trunk Show through December 16, 2010

I will be posting several of Barbara's pieces up for sale on my internet store but in the meantime feel free to browse her site and contact me with any inquiries. ALL canvas's as part of the Trunk Show are 20% off. We all know Barbara as having some of the best dogs, but there is SO much more to her line. Very artistic pieces, lovely florals, book weights, eyeglass cases, and many classic Winnie-the-Pooh too.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Gift Idea for Stitchie People

These self finishing needlebooks by Birds of a Feather make great gifts for anyone who uses a threaded needle ie. needlepointers, cross stitchers and quilters too. They are self finishing and of a very useful size that can accommodate 4" embroidery scissors, threaders, needles and other tiny tools of the trade; includes several "wool" pages for keeping your needles separated by type.. Zips closed for last minute tossing into your stitching bag. See them on our web store, Batik (blue and yellow), Gypsy Girl (purple and blue), and Bouquet Collage (red and green).

Bouquet Collage

Gypsy Girl
wool pages inside the book

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Down by the Seaside

"Down by the Sea" a few canvas's for those who love the coast. Sandra's canvas's are all stitch painted making it so easy to have pleasing results with less effort. All are available for purchase in my online store.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Sampler Stolen and other Sad News

The Burlington Country Historical Society has re-focused its mission of telling the rich history of the County to children and their families through new interactive exhibits. The sale proceeds of the needlework and furniture from the Society’s collection will be used to develop these participatory exhibitions and interpret the significant roles of transportation, agriculture, the military and Underground Railroad in the development of Burlington Country, New Jersey.
Excuse me. What about women’s history? APPALLING

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Some of Sandra's Cats

Here's a sampling of some cat pieces for all the cat lovers. "Wild Night" reg. $232. now just $186.00 Are there times when you wish you could have a night out and act like this guy? "Meow" reg. $120.00 now $96.00. "The Cat" reg. $140.00 now $112.00 All reduced prices are good until November 30th, 2010. I have these is stock for immediate shipment. This is not a virtual trunkshow except for those too far to stop in and see for yourself. White hot spot is a reflection of the flash, sorry.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Something for all the Small People

A quality I like about Sandra's pieces is the simplicity and calmness they have and yet remain strong artistically. When so many designers bend towards a shock value with humor, color and style Sandra Gilmore's pieces are not about this. Below is a child reading a book to his/her stuffed toys; a phrase about seeing the moon and one good old fashioned Frosty the Snowman. Is it just my age that appreciates these? When a canvas is also just good art it looks great in simple stitches, or is just one kind of thread. Basketweave in Splendor? Needlepoint doesn't always have to be about outdoing the piece you just finished. Oh, or if your like me and hardly finish anything its nice to have a simple piece to have on hand when your too tired to think or need to give your mind some time off.

The Sandra Gilmore Once in a Blue Moon Trunk Show continues till the end of the month. See a portion of the canvases on our web store, or call for a specific favorite.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sandra Gilmore Trunk Show continues!

Sandra Gilmore, otherwise known as the designer of Once in a Blue Moon, is truly a master of the needlepoint canvas. This is one of best received trunk shows the Nimble Needle has sponsored and most everyone has trouble deciding which canvas they like best, with many buying multiple pieces. Her canvas's are painted with great precision, otherwise known as stitch painted. Often canvas's that have alot of detail are nothing but a guessing game when the needle hits the canvas. Not the case here! Stop in and enjoy. For an overview, her designs can be seen at their web site. All trunk show canvas's are 20% off, including the threads for each if bought during the trunk show. I will be posting many of her canvas's on my web store, so for those who can't come by and see for themselves please take advantage of this "internet trunk show".

Friday, November 5, 2010

Sandra Gilmore of Once in a Blue Moon Designs Trunk Show

Now through November 30th Trunk Show featuring Sandra Gilmore of Once in a Blue Moon designs. Includes florals, landscapes, interiors, children, animals, judaic, christmas and more. This is one show not to be missed. 20% off all Trunk Show canvas's and threads if purchased for trunk show piece. View collection here.

For the span of the Trunk Show we will also be offering some of the canvases via our web store. You can find them in our Needlepoint Category.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday History Lesson

Article in the Litchfield News (Oct. 1, 2010) about a class at the Litchfield Historical Society by Missy Stevens on punchneedle embroidery (Oct. 16, 2010):

The technique uses yarn or embroidery thread attached to a hollow needle that is "punched" back and forth through a fabric to create a surface of thread loops. It was practiced by the ancient Egyptians using hollow bones of bird wings as needles. In the Middle Ages it was called the "punch stitch" and was used for decorating ecclesiastical clothing. In the 17th to 19th centuries it was popular with sailors who would use their spare time to make what look like miniature hooked rugs. Also known as Russian embroidery, the technique continues to be used by a conservative Russian Orthodox splinter group known as the Old Believers, who broke with the church in the 17th century.

Most are familiar with the resurgence in the past few years with punch needle. Some remember punch needle's popularity back in the 70's when it was commonly known as Russian Embroidery (think Igolochkoy needles). But this technique really has an interesting past. It would be nice to find a source that offered patterns from its Egyptian roots or when it was practiced in the Middle Ages. All I ever see is the prim look, and frankly I've seen enough of it. Today the punch needle technique has been used quite successfully as faux turkeywork on canvas. I recommend the Igolochkoy or CTR needles for anyone interested in giving it a whirl. It works up fast and uses up tons of left over thread. Also, don't limit yourself to cotton floss, anything you can get through the needle will work. Wildflowers (or any pearl 12) , Kreinik, Whisper, Renaissance Crewel wool.