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Friday, February 25, 2011

De Stijl inspired

This fun geometric perfect for trying out different stitches, perfect for beginners, and perfect for any mod interior. It evokes the De Stijl style of modern painting. Mod Geometric design area is 8" x 8". Stitch painted on 13 count canvas.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bird Lady by Clarice

"Bird Lady" is a piece by an artist by the name of Clarice. 16" x 16" on 14 count, was $164.00 now just $125. Do her eyes look familar? Clarice is the artist that did many many women canvas designs now distributed through other publishers such as Lee Needlearts. Her eyes are unmistakable.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Amazing Wolf

While we're looking at canines from Barbara Russell, consider this incredible Wolf canvas. It is painted on 16 count and the design area is 14" x 14".

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Adopt a Greyhound

Barbara Russell a leader in AKC dog canvas's introduced in January her "Greyhound". I expect this to be popular with all the rescue efforts to place these retired dogs in loving homes seems like everytown across America one can see a greyhound out for a walk. Never met a greyhound? They are so loving and their eyes are sure to win the heart of any animal lover. This one measures 14" x 14" and is on 13 count. $184.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Baby Bunnies

Adorable baby rabbits by Melissa Shirley #1048-B and #1048-E. Very precious with idyllic landscape backgrounds. Were $52.00 now just $35.00 each. Handpainted on congress cloth. Design area 3 1/8" x 4 1/4"; overall canvas size 5 3/4" x 7".

überlegen – to think, consider, ponder, deliberate

For centuries women have done needlework. It was a necessary skill, it was an accomplishment, it was a chance to appear to be active while giving ones mind free reign to consider, to think. Calm, slow, careful stitches gave the appearance of activity, skill and usefulness, but the mind was free to think, to be quiet, to wander... An unbroken thread of women, stitching quietly, their minds pondering, considering, thinking, deliberating...for ages and ages.

These gloves are from 1620-1640.They are almost 400 years old. They have been cherished and kept safe for almost 400 years.

From The Unbroken Thread - read the whole article: http://www.theunbrokenthread.com/blog/2011/02/20/uberlegen-to-think-consider-ponder-deliberate/

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Some Bunny to Love

Precious Rabbit canvas's by artist John Johannsen from Melissa Shirley. Large enough to be stand-ups, finished on a stick, pillow insert / applique, or framed. Pretty Bunny is the green dress and Honey Bunny is wearing the blue dress. Design area is 8"h x 6"w. Overall canvas size 12" x 14" on 18 count canvas. Retail for $94.00 each, now just $69.00 each. Follow the links to see them in our web store.

Oh my gosh! These sold almost immediately, we are so sorry if you were eager to get them. If so contact us and we'll see if we can locate them for you.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A hidden gem at the Nimble Needle

I first saw the work of Chris Roberts-Antieau with a quilting friend at the Philadelphia Craft Show 199? Chris's applique work was fantastic filled with color, fun and layered with humor. Soon after Maggie & Co. licensed some of her pieces to be handpainted needlepoint canvas's. Then, sadly, a few years back the sweet deal came to an end and ever since I've had "Dreaming of Far Away Places" amongst my inventory receiving more comments than compliments. So here's your chance to purchase a now discontinued piece - see it in our web store. To the best of my knowledge Atomic Needlepoint is not offering this gem of a piece. 13 count canvas 12" x 17". $190.00. To find out more about the artist go to http://www.chrisroberts-antieau.com/ and enjoy!

And Dreaming has been sold, off to a new home and some stitching love!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Cooper Oaks Rooster

Cooper Oaks offers this handsome rooster with a floral pattern on his flanks. Too bad real roosters don't come this way, don't you think? A thread kit for Mr. Rooster, and a very suitable wood tray from Sudberry are posted to our web store along with the canvas.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Woodlawn 2011

Since I encourage everyone to participate I couldn't not do it myself. The first being the first pear in the Kelly Clark pear of the month club. The second is a piece I was asked to teach for an EGA chapter. The piece is based on a chart from Finger Step Designs, their wildflower series. Charted for all gumnuts the chapter wanted to learn to use silk ribbon. The violets and leaves are silk ribbon by RiverSilks and the fern leaf is waterlillies by Caron. The dragonfly is, well I don't remember exactly but I recall overstitching in bijoux to give it that metallic iridescence I think of when I think of dragonfly wings. Best lesson learned? RiverSilk silk ribbon is the only ribbon I know of that can withstand being pulled through canvas without shredding. And did you submit something? Please share.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Story of the Phoenix

I find this to be a remarkable piece that I can picture on a generous size footstool or wall hanging. It is a design of Hope Hanley who's name goes back to the 1960's as being a prominent figure in the art of needlepoint. Aside from having been the author of some decent books on technique the designs available today are quite stately. Canvas is stitched painted on 13 count and design measures 16" x 22". Cost is $338.00 Click on the image to see in the web store. I note that Hope had (or has) quite the sense of humor! In her brief bio on the end paper in "Needlepoint" published in 1964 by Scribners it reads that she hopes her book will "help to rescue needlepoint from drowning in a sea of pink cabbage rose cushions and seat covers". Does anyone know if Hope Hanley is still alive today?

According to Wikipedia "The phoenix (Ancient Greek: Φοῖνιξ, phoínix, Persian: ققنوس, Arabic: العنقاء) is a mythical sacred firebird that can be found in the mythologies of the Persians, Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Chinese, and Phoenicians."

Oh so Pretty

I loved the colors in this piece and though an unlikely sell for a shop in New Jersey I just wanted to have it. Luckily it sold to a good customer of mine in Florida. She sent it back for finishing and it turned out so nice. Even if you aren't the tassel type just having them on the left and right sides just seems so right. Stitched in Classic Vineyard silk.

Its Not Spring Just Yet

For anyone not yet tired of all the snow here are two new snowpeople canvas's brand new from Melissa Shirley's line from the artist Debbie Mumm. While one is decidedly manly the other is his girlfriend. Both are handpainted on 18 count canvas and measure 4" x 5", each priced at $48.00 Perfect for a stand-up snowman "couple". Click the images to visit them in the web store.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

A Classic Purse

Wanted to share with you a very nice purse a customer of mine stitched that is as useful as it is beautiful without being so fancy that it dominates her appearance. The canvas was custom painted based on her design of the canvas as well as how the bag is constructed. She can wear it on her shoulder or across her body. Its as good looking from the back as well as the front and the finisher paid much attention to details. Yes it was costly but she loves it and feels comfortable wearing all the time and not just when it's a perfect "accessory".