Sunday, July 18, 2010

Crewel Work Co. Workshop.

Finally, here is a review of the Crewel Work Co. Workshop we held on June 7th. A big thanks to Betsy Anderson for taking these pictures. So much information was flowing it couldn't have been easy to take such great pictures too. I hope after having a few more workshops under my belt that I can be so composed as to take pictures too! Here is Phillipa during her presentation on historic embroidery from English castles, mansions and country homes. It was quite a history lesson! Most of us can appreciate hand embroidery but knowing the history behind it all is so fascinating. They had reasons for why they did the embroidery, what it would depict and where it would be placed in the home. It wasn't to pass time or just to make something pretty. What amazes me is the skill level evident in these works of art. We all have much to be grateful for with Phillipa's research. Many of these pieces are in privately owned estates. There because well they've been there for hundreds of years and most likely just taken for granted. Through Phillipa's keen interest and knowledge she has discovered stitches and techniques not widely known or used since then.

Here are some action shots. Phillipa is a marvelous teacher. She expects everyones' full attention, notice there's no chit chat going on? Her one on one assistance is the norm; everyone gets valuable feedback.

If Phillipa isn't helping and doing her rounds she is teaching technique. If only Betsy had captured a picture of the pile of papers on the floor, Phillipa likes to draw and talk, good for the verbal and visual learner alike.

And a good time was had by all.

We have several of Phillipa's Crewel Work Company pieces available on the Nimble Needle web store. We also have an open order with the Crewel Work Company right now, so if you see a piece on their web site which is not available on our web store we can add it to our order for you. Otherwise check back later for new pieces.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Finished but not "Finished"

Here's my Chartreuse Pear Sampler, pear one from the Kelly Clark Pear Club.

It was alot of fun to stitch and I see why stitchers can get hooked on small pieces. I followed the guide about 95%. For the perfectionists out there looking yes there are things less than perfect but not to the degree that I wanted to rip out. I can't wait to get going on Pear II.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Sweater Ornaments

They just came in. Sweaters seem to have become quite popular as holiday tree ornaments, but I think these could be equally as nice in a shadow box and enjoyed all year long.

Sports theme is shown with Silk and Ivory, Gumnut mohair and Neon Rays plus (incase its to be an ornament you gotta' have a little shimmer). Those not familiar with Gumnut Mohair, what a gem this thread is. Yes its a wool but under a microscope it must look quite different. It reflects light in a way that reminds me of whipped egg whites, a lovely gloss. Canvas is 48. Threads as shown 16.00

Nurse's sweater shown with Silk and Ivory with Trebizond for a little play on texture. Angora for a feminine touch and Caron snow for that little bit of bling. Canvas 48. Threads as shown 14.50. Does anyone know when Nurses stopped wearing hats like this?

New Canvas's Part 3

Rainforest Birds by Charlie Harper. About 9" x 11" on 13 count, $90.. Great for doing different stitches or for the basketweaving purist no fussy shading.

She's been on my wish list for some time now, Flower Shopping by Shelley Tribbey. About 12 "x 12" on 18, $112. This one calls for some very velvet, some silk lame, a few beads and lush silk ribbon work. A proper lady for all ages.

And last by Needle Crossings, Old Barney, the lighthouse located at Barnegat Light on Long Beach Island NJ. 5 x 7, $56. Needle Crossings has a fantastic selection of light houses from all over the USA.

Friday, July 9, 2010

New Canvas's Part 2

Kelly Clark's Spooky Ghost, not too big that it will take long and not too small that it won't make a statement. 7" x 8" on 13 count. $74. Stitch Guide 19.

Mioshi Doll by Red Thread. 7" x 12" $98. Stich guide not available however a close up of a nicely stitched one is, courtesy of Red Thread. Last image was done by a great customer of mine, done in colors of her liking. I've always had a thing for dolls and one day I'd like to stitch her. I like the play of the butterfly perched lightly on her head, and seeing her sleeves like "wings".

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

New Canvas's Part 1

Its so hot out that I'd like to think I could be as cool and serene as this Mermaid by Laurel Burch. 12" x 16" on 18. $174.

Houses for my house loving customers. This is new from Needle Crossings and is a shortened version of a much longer piece. 6" x 16" on 13 count. (probably also available on 18 as NC often comes on either size) $119.

Here comes the Bride. Perfect for those of us who are always trying to cram too much in too little amount of time..........and causing us to often be late. Either way its a cutie and can't help but make you stop and smile. 10 x 10 on 13 count $120

Mindy Dragonflies. A favorite during her Trunk Show. 11.5" x 11.5" on 18 count. $174.