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Friday, April 29, 2011

Keep it Clipped

In my never ending quest to keep organized I ordered this clip board from Cooper Oaks. It just so happens it fit a canvas I had from Le Espirit de France that was intended to be a bracelet. Together they are terrific duo. For now the canvas is just folded up and inserted but once stitched it can be more vibrant. Clip Board takes an 8 1/2x 11" tablet, or paper (as shown) and the cost is $18.00. A canvas strip 2 1/4" x 8 7/8" will fit perfectly. The floral canvas from Le Espirit de France as shown is $43.00 (originally $65.00) and can be purchased with clip board or on its own including the finishing form to make into a sizeable bracelet. Hand painted on 18 count canvas.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Show and Tell

Here's a few things that have come in and have been shared with me this week.

Patty Mann Judaic Pudgie

Peppermint Candy Pear by Kelly Clark (Pear Club)

Needle Delights Aquamarine #6 in the Jewels & Gemstones series

Rebecca Wood Snowman

Thank you for sharing to Roz, Jeannie, Ruth and Theresa! and also to the fine finishers out there who make our work look even better.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Sharon G Dragonfly Class Saturday June 25th

I'm very excited to announce Sharon Garmize (Sharon G) will be coming to teach her new Dragonfly piece for an all day class on Saturday June 25th. More details to follow but here's some basics: Cost $250.00 includes canvas, stitch guide, thread kit and teaching fee. The Registration Form can be returned by fax, email or snail mail.

Its sure to be a day to remember with Sharon's stitching expertise, a lovely new design using several Gloriana 12 ply stranded silk in undeniably Gloriana colors, Kreinik Japan threads beyond silver and gold as well as Kreinik braids, cords and ribbon and Sundance beads to make the piece really become a work of art.

I'm are excited to offer this great new class and look forward to seeing you there. Download the Registration Form here (PDF format).

Carrot Cake!

Melissa Shirley's hand painted on 13 count canvas "Carrot Cake" depicting the essentials of getting ready to bake a carrot cake. Artwork is by Mary Lake Thompson. Design area is 8 1/2" x 10 1/2". Overall canvas size 15 1/4" x 17 3/4" Threads available upon request, shown with Fancy Fur and Felicity's Garden.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Rabbit Week continues with Pat the Bunny

This needlepoint canvas is painted to resemble the classic childrens book from 1940. I believe this canvas is no longer available from Silver Needle so here's your last chance to pat your own bunny needlepoint. Hand painted on 18 count canvas. Design area is 5 1/4" x 5 5/8". Threads available upon request, shown with Fancy Fur and Felicity's Garden.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit

Continuing our rabbit theme this week, this officially licensed Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit needlepoint canvas is appropriate as a small rug, stool top or window seat cushion. Stitch painted on 13 count canvas with a design area of 20" x 26". Overall canvas size 25" x 31". Was $210.00 Now just $140.00 Threads available upon request.

Woodlawn Needlework Exhibit March 2011

I received my items back from Woodlawn the other day and quite to my surprise I received some ribbons! Jean Krynicki from River Silks was kind enough to drop me a note mentioning she had seen my piece with ribbon receive an honorable mention and it did get me wondering... So the moral of the story is don't be shy and think what you do may not be up to snuff to enter in 2012. Just do it and see what happens. Compared to what I see in finished needlepoint that comes into my shop and out there in cyberspace much is superior compared to my entries. I wish I had been able to go but its a heck of a day trip from Haddonfield and with the move it wasn't possible, but there is always next year! Congratulations to all who sent something to show for the 48th Annual Needlework Exhibition.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Rabbits, Bunnies and Hares Oh My

With Easter now upon us I wanted to share a few Hares. Here is Beth Russell's classic Hare from her William Morris collection. It is available as a kit with Appleton Crewel wool (which is what the numbers on the right hand side of the canvas refer to). Keep watching this week for a series of rabbits, bunnies, and hares!

Monday, April 18, 2011

See our Ribbon Cutting Day!

A big thank you to all who came out for our Ribbon Cutting and Storewide Sale. Rosanna Gelpi-Houck from DMC was there demonstrating DMC Memory Thread for customers, and many regulars who we've not seen since the move came out for the event. Mayor Colombi of Haddonfield, the town where we are now located, came out and officiated cutting the ribbon like a pro. We may have rekindled her interest in stitching, and so we primed her with a canvas of a happy snowman decked out in a Haddonfield sweater! The canvas was a Julie Mar piece, and if you like it let us know, as we can have one made up with your favorite town or team logo.

So please enjoy some photos of the day, some images of the texture of the shop, and a short video introducing the Nimble Needle, and you, to Haddonfield, NJ.

Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer

Friday, April 15, 2011

Modigliani-esque

New this year, 2011, from Julie Mar Designs, comes the first in her introductions of elegant women. I think it's her neck that just reminds me so much of Amadeo Modigliani, one of my favorite portrait artists. I also like the starfish like flowers in her hat with sea like colors in the background. She is on 14 count canvas, 14.25" wide x 16.5" high.

Here is Modigliani:

Monday, April 11, 2011

Needlepoint scissor case

Needlepoint scissor cases may not be as popular as they once were so I'm offering this lovely case from Amanda Lawford at a 25% discount. Cases are fast to stitch up and nice because you can always stop and admire your work while your stitching and its useful, not another pillow. Gives you a chance to show off your work to stitching friends too. The finisher I use does such a beautiful job that will make you proud to bring out your case at every stitch-in. Hard protection is used between needlepoint and lining so you can't poke the scissors through the canvas. Custom cording and added bling if you like. Chrysanthemum case by Amanda Lawford was 62.00 now just $46.50. Also available is the North Garden case by Julie Mar for $46.00. This one calls for a little ribbon embroidery.

When finished, they look like this example:

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Ribbon Cutting = Storewide Sale

Saturday April 16th at 1:00 pm. Everything in the store will be on sale at 20% off with select canvas's up to 50% off. Join Rosanna Gelpi-Houck for the day while she demonstrates one of DMC's latest products Memory Thread. Rosanna has done several of the projects DMC uses to promote the product and is a leader in the application of the thread. Not to mention she's an outstanding stitcher / artist in her own right. Have something in mind? Bring your ideas to discuss with Rosanna.
Ok, now that everyones invited to Come, Shop and Save I have to backup a bit since I think some customers aren't aware the Nimble Needle has moved! After 30 plus years in Moorestown the shop has moved to a nearby town of Haddonfield, NJ. The two past store locations have only been barely adequate in terms of a retail location and I knew in order to keep the business healthy and serve my customers better I had to find a larger place. While I looked to stay in Moorestown everyplace I found had a drawbacks so my search continued. It is purely by chance that I found 50 Tanner Street, Haddonfield NJ, and it has several advantages over other towns not to mention the space is just right for a small needlework shop. I have nearly twice the space, a prominent storefront presence providing plenty of natural light, no steps upon entering, ample off street parking, easy access from Philadelphia via Patco and more. Haddonfield is an exceptional town in terms of a walking historic town with thriving retail. The Partnership for Haddonfield sponsors monthly town wide events to support all the businesses. Most notably First Fridays and the Annual juried Craft Fair in July and yes Ribbon Cuttings for all new businesses. The support is enormous and I couldn't ask for a better community to be a part of. To set the record straight the only location for the shop is in Haddonfield, I did not buy out another business and I don't live in Haddonfield nor Moorestown. Sales on my internet store (www.thenimbleneedle.com) and my ebay store have continued to grow and I now have a whole online customer base from the United States, Australia, United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Once and a while I get a distant customer dropping in which is such nice experience for me and wish my other customers from afar could come and spend a day in the shop to get the full Nimble Needle culture! I am ever so grateful for my regulars from near and far that support my efforts and keep me learning too. Ok, no more talking lets just pick up a needle and get stitching!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Are you a purple person?

Are you a purple person? I often refer to my customers who just love purple as purple people because they often can't resist a predominantly purple canvas. While sending these images off to someone and thought oh why not spread the word and have a blog post. The top one, Columbines, is absolutely gorgeous. I know that sounds all too sweet but I think its true. Vibrant colors and so many of them, just like in nature where really nothing is truly solid. Its just lovely, as many of Dream House Ventures "Element" florals are. "Columbines" is $94.00 stitch painted on 14 count. Overall design area is 6" x 9".

The other two are very special and are reproductions from a 16th century needlework hanging from the Tracquair House in Scotland. Stitch painted on 18 count the background can be stitched or left unstitched. "Mallow" has a design area of 8.5" x 8.5" and is $112.00 (overall canvas size is 13" square). "Thistle" has a design area of 7 3/4" x 11" with an overall size of 12 x 15" and is also $112.00 The original piece was stitched on a loose natural weave fabric much like burlap. The Crewelwork Co. site seems to be down right now but there are several nice pieces for those who like something a bit unusual or historically correct. I have other tracquair canvases in the shop as well as some of their belts. http://www.traquair.co.uk/ or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traquair_House.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Butterfly's, Ladybugs and a Dragonfly too

Sharon G's new book finally arrived after hearing so many good things about it. I have to spend some more time with it but what I really wanted to do was study her new triptych that came in too. It consists of three related designs, the Ladybug & Dragonfly, the Butterfly & Ladybug, and the Butterfly & two Ladybugs. I shuffled them around wondering about a pleasant arrangement of the three. How many stitches, threads or textures would I want to keep consistent between them all? I like how beads were integral to the stitches. But within an hour of opening the envelop and before I could photograph all 3 to do a blog post the dragonfly sold! (Thanks Madelyn for taking the time to come visit during your brief stay in NJ from Utah. So wonderful to meet your distant online customers in person). So the picture you see here is taken from the cover of Sharon's Stitch Guide and the two others are of the actual canvas's. But fear not I've already contacted Sharon G and she's sending another dragonfly off upon her return from Dallas. Stitch guide $29. Each canvas is $72. Thread kit has yet to be priced, but please let me know if your interested. Not positive, but I think Sharon G taught the Dragonfly at this past ANG Seminar 2010. Oh and getting back to her book! I think it looks very user friendly and helps one to feel familiar with a stitch, just to "hear" her talk about it. My only comment, though not an issue for many, is there is no numbering to help one grasp a logical sequence of stitching. I tend to want to go everywhere at once so a little more discipline for me is helpful. I've also learned that with open stitches what goes on in the back is as important as what's happening in the front. None the less a great book for a Stitchers Library. I have several copies on hand for $32.00 each.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Spring! Means Fishing?

At least Spring means new canvas around the Nimble Needle. Such as this Melissa Shirley piece perfect for the fisherman in your family, or on the couch in front of the fire in your cabin up on the lake: Fishing Creel. Its on 13 count canvas, design area 10.5" h x 12.5" w.

Monday, April 4, 2011

New Canvas - Seahorses on a brick cover.

These trusty little steeds of the sea will adorn your brick door stop, stitch painted by Amanda Lawford on 13 count canvas. And its a new design for 2011!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

New Week, More New Canvas!

This one is by Louis Caron,"Star of David" Stitch painted needlepoint canvas by Lois Caron on 18 count canvas.