Sunday, March 28, 2010

Let There be Light

I thought it be a nice idea to stitch a lamp shade to help customers think about alternative items to stitch. This is a demi-shade by Amanda Lawford on 13 count. I'm fairly pleased with how it turned out though looking at it now I think the butterflies wings should have been done using some sort of long and short stitch. I sent it off to Marlene's for finishing. I especially love the coordinating twisted cord but not convinced about the pom-pom trim. I had envisioned glass beads or something that leans towards a dressy look and pom-poms just scream casual to me. I used a many different threads for this rummaging through my stash. Any opinions on the finishing would be appreciated.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mellerstain Stag Crewel Workshop

Registration is now open for the Monday June 7, 2010, workshop with Phillipa Turnbull. Monday's workshop will run from 9 am-4 pm. The workshop will be held at Perkins Center for the Arts, just down the street from the Nimble Needle. Preceeding the Monday workshop on Sunday June 6th from 4 - 6 pm there will be a reception and presentation by Phillipa. "Crewel work and other Embroideries from British Castles, Museums and Country Homes". Sunday's event will also be held at Perkins, is open to the public and admission is free.

Registration Form

Perkins Center History

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Mindy's Arboretum

Tree's with so many different styles; traditional, funky, cute, classic, and elegant. The stitched bases or trunks can be used for finishing or they can be done as stand-ups as in the pictures. Canvas cost 43.50 through 3/25/10, regularly 59.00. Finishing by Marlene's Custom Pillows. Looking forward to blogging about new things soon, until then I'm in Mindy mode. New blogging topics I have in mind needles, laying tools and boxes for needlework. And final details on my upcoming workshop with Phillipa Turnbull.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Every Buddy Needs a Stocking

I've decided Mindy's stockings are really meant for Santa's elves. They can be finished open at the top for small gifts. Or to hang on a door or as a stand up with small toys or greens poking out the top. EIther way they are fun and not just another stocking with a familiar motif ~ perfect for the less traditional holiday decor. Use of metallics could really make these sparkle and sing. Approximate size 8.5 x 4.5" Regular price 88. Trunk show price $66.00

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Kelly’s Pear Club

The Pear Club is perfectly designed for the beginning to intermediate level stitcher. Each month you will receive one pear canvas, stitch guide, threads and accessories. Kelly’s stitch guide will include information about the threads used, stitch diagrams and color photo of the finished piece. The club begins June 2010. If interested please contact me via email or phone. Canvas cost per pear is 44.00 Threads additional. Stitch guide FREE. If enough interest is expressed it would be nice to do this as a monthly stitch-in. Collect them all, perfect for gift giving come autumn and the Holidays. Deadline to sign up March 31st, 2010.

Mindy in a Box

A tree in a tree. I think its a fun play with a Mindy tree in a real wood box that came from a tree. Mindy's tree is full of wonder with stars and moons and a playful border fun for all kinds of stitches. I have to point out that its a real wood box, none of that composite crap with a sprayed on gloss finish. Something about real wood even when its gets a few dings and scratches can just look loved and appreciated. Hinged box 98. Autumn Tree Canvas 67.00 (thats 20% off). Friends Forever 46.40 (this is 20% off too).

Queen of Hearts

Mindy has quite the collection for heart lovers. All heart canvas's 25% off thru March 25th.

Parisian Hearts Regularly 126. Trunk Show Special 94.50 9"x9"

Hearts in Red Regularly 136.00 Trunk Show Special 102.00 9" x 9"

Hearts in Heart 165.00 Trunk Show Special 123.75

Hearts in Yellow 96.00 Trunk Show Special $72.00

Hearts in Color 170 reg. Trunk show Special $127.50

Hearts in Purple 116.00 87.00 Now thru March 25th 2010. One of very favorites of Mindy.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Name that Tune

Three music themed canvas's by Mindy. Music is something loved by nearly everyone but not often celebrated in needlepoint. Mindy trunk show continues to March 25th, all three offered individually at 25% off and free shipping too only! They are 9" square on 18 count mono.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Vogue Ladies

Four canvases for those stitchers who love doing the Vogue style women. My understanding is the artist is the same as the Vogue women from Lee and Barbara Russell. Since I can't say with any certainty I won't go in to details. Though kudo's to Barbara Russell who does give credit to the artist, Clarice. The eyes are distinct. Three are from Sophia. The smaller two are 72. each and the larger one with the sun hat is on sale for 97. The Lady with the Birds is from Barbara Russell, sale price is 109.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Mindy Trunk Show in Shop Now!

Mindy Trunk Show going on Now! Enjoy 20% off every trunk show canvas. Buy threads at the same time and save 20% on total purchase. Free shipping to all my long distance customers. Wednesday March 24th is the last day for the Trunk show. For those who can stop buy there is ALOT to choose from. All her purse canvases come with spectacular handles to coordinate.

With a Touch of Turquoise

Three new Kate Molineaux / Shore Bird Studio canvases arrived this week. She is one of my favorite "artistic" designers. These pieces are great choices for those who just enjoy doing basketweave. They are so pretty on their own, and would work up very nice in Splendor, Silk & Ivory and possibly Vineyard Classic (I've yet to try VC on 13 to know the coverage). They are on 13 count and measure 9" x 9" and retail for under 90. I really enjoy Kate's sense of color and as mentioned in the title I often notice a touch of turquoise in many of her canvas's at times when I least expect to see it.

Fall Square

Spring Square

Japanese Rose

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


For the stitcher who thought they had everything Mid-Atlantic EGA offers these car magnets (or for fridges) Help spread the word with what we all love to do. 8.00 each.

Monday, March 1, 2010