Sunday, September 23, 2012

Some Things New.....with blue

Something new Something Blue.  Click on the title for more info.  Scroll down to see the exquisite Cleopatra by Labors of Love complete with custom frame.  Wouldn't I like to feel as hot as she does some day......or maybe I'd rather just spend a day in Venice.

Cooper Oaks Star Quilt with Thread kit
This could truly be a patchwork quilt with a multitude of different stitches.
Cooper Oaks Star Quilt Geometric

Peas of Mind Flowers on Table with Mirror
Cleopatra a Framed Dame by Labors of Love canvas shown with paper copy of frame
Custom frame by Labors of Love for Cleopatra

Silver Needle Venice
Mindy Middle East in Blues and Golds

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Halloween Part 3

Halloween Part 3......dimensional.  You don't have to love Halloween to fall in love with these cute witch hats. Below are shop models of the seasonal cupcakes and witch hats.  While others from the collection are available (just ask) I have the autumn (fall) cupcake canvas and two of the witch hats in stock.  Click on the title of each below for more info.  And one more fun or is it frightened? Poor Jack by Birds of a Feather.  No avid book collector of stitch books should be without June McKnights Spooky Stitches.  IMO forget the name, it's just a great book chock full of stitches and ideas all shown in full color.

3D Cupcakes and Witch Hats

Fall Cupcake

Fall Cupcake Canvas & Threads
The threads shown above were my own choices based on the stitch guide (included).  It calls for splendor and panache.  I added Gloriana 12 ply silk and Oriental linen for added color, texture and richness.  I selected neon rays for the leaves to give a pleasing sheen, much like one would achieve from Panache.

Witch Hat, Purple Bats

Witch Hat, Lime Plaid as shown in picture above SOLD

Poor Jack Birds of a Feather

Spooky Stitches by June McKnight

Friday, September 14, 2012

New Brenda Stofft for Halloween

Two new 2012 Halloween treats from Brenda Stofft.  A new 2012 Autumn clutch by Melissa Shirley, (though could be a pillow too).  So very earthy and natural.  Lastly an oldie of Melissa's but I think its pretty special.  Click on the title for more info. Much more Halloween canvases to share, stay tuned.

Hallowe'en on 13 count $125.

Melissa Shirley Autumn Tree Clutch SOLD

Melissa Shirley Halloween Wreath SOLD

Brenda Stofft Kitten in a Witch Costume SOLD

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Customer show and tell

Ornament canvases can make up into great stand-ups, and stand-ups make great gifts; no tree required.  The sides of these are pleated silk and most elegant.  Silver Needle (now owned by Colonial Needle) have these for so many cities, states and countries.  Next down the bird pillow is by Mary. The canvas is Toile Bird by Birds of a Feather and was offered as a shop class this summer.  Even though the canvas is only two colors there were 3 different cream colored threads used and two different blues.  We used cotton, silks, wool and and a silk and wool blend as part of the class to have stitchers experience different thread types in an otherwise simple canvas.  The bottom pillow is by Maggie and came out just great; too bad pictures don't show metallics well or you could see the subtle use of some sparkle in the flowers.  This canvas is typically on 18 count but Maggie will paint anything on larger count for a nominal up charge so here it is on 13 count.  Joanne changed the black cat to grey using alpaca and angora for the white to match her Gus. Maybe some of the flower colors were changed too?  can't recall.  Both pillows were spectacularly finished by Marlene's.

Silver Needle Interntional/State Ornaments

Birds of a Feather Toile Bird Pillow class piece


Friday, September 7, 2012

Coordinated Stitching

Nice new accessories arrived today from Carol Eix Designs.  Well known for her useful snap trays she also sent along some well coordinated sets with snap tray and frame weight,  each one makes  a handsome couple.  Trays are 40.  Frame weights are 32.  The snap trays are made from upholstery weight cotton and the frame weights are covered in silk.  As far as frame weights I find this shape to be most useful.  Snap trays ship for free!
Stitchin' Muse tray and frame weight

Meow frame weight and whimsey cat tray

Orange LLLS weight and tray

Queen frame weight and paisley Queen tray

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

New things..

Just a few new canvases, Julie Mar's Fall Mountain and the Paisley Tree are both new for 2012 as is, drum roll please...........Tidy Whitey King, great art by Hal Mayforth for that very special TW King in your life.  Click on the title for more info on each.
Julie Mar Fall Mountain for PLD Designs

Purple Paisley Tree for PLD Designs

Tidy Whitey by Hal Mayforth for Ruth Schmuff

Abstract Leaf by Sally Corey for PLD Designs

Devil Cube by Kathy Schenkel

Seafoam Blockhead by Amanda Lawford
Ruth Schmuff Mod EGC w/threads SOLD