Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Birds of a Feather

The trunk show has arrived in all its glory of color, whimsey and good design. All canvases, and threads too if you like, are all 20% now through July 21st. While I'll be posting as many as I can for sale in my internet store any canvas from Birds of Feather will receive 20%. Please contact the shop via email or phone to order. Chances are I have it in hand, as there seem to be very few I didn't receive. Please stop by its a feast for the eyes. Birds of a Feather are excellent for all skill levels and there are many many small ones that would be perfect summer projects for newbies and youngsters alike. All canvas's can be kitted just let me know. Silk and Ivory, Felicity's Garden and Watercolours are great choices.

Attention Licorice Lovers

Licorice Allsorts to stitch! These are kits I can order for you. The round piece is "Licorice Gobelin Kit". It measures 4.5 " x 4.5", it appears round does it not? $24. includes needlepoint canvas, danish "Flora" 100% wool and chart. Second piece measures 5" x 14" (pillow not included). This kit is $49. Both are done on canvas in a fine weight wool and are cross stitched, not tent or continental. Designed by Pelse AsboIf, kits come from Denmark. I wish they came with a supply of Allsorts for the life of the piece.

Liquorice allsorts (also spelled licorice allsorts) consist of a variety of liquorice sold as a mixture. These confections are made of liquorice, sugar, coconut, aniseed jelly, fruit flavourings, and gelatine. They were first produced in Sheffield, England, by Geo. Bassett & Co Ltd who had taken over Wilkinsons (Pontefract cakes/mushrooms), Barratts (sherbet fountains/sweet cigarettes) and Trebor (mints) before being taken over themselves by the Cadbury's consortium). Allsorts are produced by many companies around the world today, and are most popular in Britain, continental Europe, and North America.

Monday, June 27, 2011

A Day with Sharon G

Yesterday was a special day at the shop. Sharon IMO is an excellent teacher and think everyone left happy with much gained in their knowledge about stitching on canvas. I'm sad for anyone who has never seen a completed canvas stitched by Sharon. The difference between seeing a stitched piece of hers in a picture vs. real life is like the difference between black & white vs color. Her use of metallics and beads, scale of the stitches and composition are all too be greatly admired. Amongst the students were the NY Stitching Sisters and I am grateful they came as some of my customers were less than aware of what a needlepoint addict is! Not to mention Denise's sense of humor and kindness she spreads. Denise troubled herself to bring four framed pieces from Sharon's line based on photo graphs Denise took in Ponzo Italy. They are below and are exquisite beyond words, I've posted a picture from her blog. Several have stitch guides available. Thank you to Denise, Linda, Karen, Cliff (yes we had a man amongst us) Ruth, Lynn, Joanne and Carol for attending.

One very positive outcome of yesterday is that I would like to have Sharon return for embellishment classes. I'll work up some dates and accept registration on a first come basis. Now everyone can have a chance to learn from a leader in the needlearts. If your interested now, don't wait for me! Just email or call and let me know to put you on the waiting list. $75.00 for day including lunch, max 6 students per class.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Closed 6/25 * Trunk shows

Hi everyone, just a few "news" items to keep you posted. The shop will be closed this Saturday June 25th as Sharon G will be teaching. If you need to just pick up something let me know ahead of time and I can have it ready. Its not that no one will be there but rather it will be tight and difficult to maneuver around. Sharon G will be bringing a trunk show so if you would like to come by to see her canvases by all means stop in as I will try to have them on a table for easy access. Any canvas purchase will be 20% off. You can see much of her line by visiting her website You could typify her work as fine art if this appeals to you.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Columbus Market 2011

Seeing all there is to see makes me wish I could purge all my old stuff and buy up everything that strikes my fancy. There is always a lot to cover in walking a show and though several designers didn't exhibit I still didn't get to visit all that I planned. Of course having a fever and feeling not so great slowed me down a bit! I think of shows as a time for intense information gathering of checking out the lines I know but also learning about designers I'm less familiar with. Below are some things that were either new, like Raymond Crawford adding judaic to his line, or atleast new to me.

Colors of Praise

Hip belts, meant to sit on your hips. Really interesting and versatile in patterns so you can wear them with all sorts of colors. These belts are for those who thought all needlepoint belts were "preppy". Colors of Praise has a nice variety of pieces with their landscapes and scenes being quite striking.

Barbara Bergsten

While on the subject of belts Barbara Bergsten has many several summery belts on 14 count so you can stitch them up quick and are perfect for finishing into a pair of upscale flip flops by Eliza B.

Raymond Crawford new Judaic Needlepoint

Menorah candles shown here are 3 of the available 8. each is 2 x 4 1/4" on 18

Dove measures 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 on 18, perfect for hanging on a cord, using as a box top or as a pillow insert. I like the fresh use of color; a pleasant break from the more typical jewel tones.

Like what you see? Please contact me for pricing and availability.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Some special pillows

Lois is a prolific stitcher, the 3 pillows below are just a few awaiting pick-up. The two floral are from Kate Molineux and the footbridge by Sandra Gilmore. Last but not least a well done tag! Thanks to my customers for allowing me to share.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Tangerine Twist

Thanks Miriam for sending me a progress picture of Needle Delights Tangerine Twist. Lots of interest lately in the shop with charted work. I really like the designs of Needle Delights; excellent charts, great sense of color and plenty of stitches. Compared to other charted work I find there are more stitches than meets the eye. Piece below was done using waterlillies and not watercolours as per the chart. Customer likes how laying stranded silk looks in comparison to the softer look of watercolours. I have to agree that I like the look better too but respect the designer charting for watercolours as to not intimidate a less skilled needleworker not to mention the lower price overall. Word of caution not all watercolours are available in waterlillies, for this piece there was only one pale yellow that we needed to substitute

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Needlework Box

Just in is this exquisite leather box lined in silk by no other than Marlene's. The canvas is by Lillian Chermor. A designer I've been wanting to post about for some time. Lillian has few equals when it comes to color intensity. When showing this to customers they can't believe that this is a box from scratch, no one just pulled it off the shelf and covered it in leather with a padded needlepoint top. So pleased that the tone of the leather is a perfect match to the subtle blue in the background. Fish was stitched in Vineyard Silk with the background stitched in Gumnut Stars.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Feelin' Tropical

New items added to the online store. Coasters by Julie Mar, Beach Girls by Maggie and exotic birds by Leigh Designs. Beach sampler while maybe not tropical but in a similar fun spirit, by Cooper Oaks.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Holiday Bowl by Melissa Shirley designs

Congratulations to Lynn for successfully finishing her bowl in just a few months. Lynn is coming up on her one year anniversary of learning to needlepoint. Amazing, and if you can't tell there's alot of french knots for the berries. We think Lynn was a stitcher in her former life. She loves doing french knots and is one of those rare stitchers who insists on perfecting her stitch on a doodle cloth before threading up for the real thing. If I recall this piece is stitched in vineyard silks with the background in silk n' ivory. It is one 13 count canvas and will be so special once framed and hanging in her home. Stay tuned as I may want to post her progress on her next piece by Ewe & Eye "lovenest".

Friday, June 3, 2011

UFO by Simon Hart

I've had this piece for longer than I expected. I thought it was a great alternative for a boys room instead of sports or animals. Maybe it just shows my age when space exploration used to be so cool and futuristic before the age of computers. Then when I was pulling threads for it the other day customers said they always thought it was an odd looking fish. Time for this UFO to fly before the eyes of other stitchers. Personalize it with someones name in a funky Jetson like typeface.

See the UFO in the webstore, and the thread kit to go along with it as well.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Summer brings Sand Dollars

Another beautiful piece from Melissa Shirley perfect for an elegant interior at the shore. Threads selected offer many subtle changes in texture. Many other companion pieces are available for a mate or collection of shell motifs.

You can find the canvas on our web store, and a thread kit offered separately.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Such unique colors, and an artistic rendering of man's best friend. Gotta love these dogs by Paper Russells licensed through DJ Designs.

Schnauzer is available in the web store, along with a thread kit sold separately.