Monday, July 29, 2013

Apple Needlepointers comes to visit and Katie Molineux is back!

Saturday was great fun to have the Apple Needlepointers (ANG Chapter central PA) come to visit.  Several months ago I was fortunate to have Melita Glavin (ANG Mainline PA chapter) suggest to the Apple chapter to visit my shop for their 2013 Retail Therapy Excursion (do love this term).  Melita suggested if she designed a small project would I offer this as a 45 minute mini work shop allowing the members to try out some new threads.  I said sure and Melita came up with a clever little project.  Since the idea was to try out new threads no two apples had to be alike and it was a great way to learn what threads can and can't do on an unpainted 13 count canvas.  I chose shaded Very Velvet, Brown Paper Packages Stardust, Petite and Regular Frosty Rays, River Silk ribbon and Painters Thread Perle 5.  With lazy daisy seeds in Trebizond.  Melita thought of a quick finishing solution using the gold ornaments available from Lee Needle Arts.  Below are two I stitched one into a coin purse and the other in the gold ornament.  To make it look a bit more complete I shaded the bare canvas with soft pastels and then did a skip in gold Kreinik.  It was a huge hit and talk is Melitas' design may become their chapters name badge.  Thank you Melita!

"Thank you do much for all you did for our group today. The Apple Needlepointers Annual Retail Therapy Excursion was the best ever because of all the extra work you did for us. We have never had a shopowner do anything special for us, and we greatly appreciate all you and Melita did. I'm glad to hear that you do mail orders because I intend to take advantage of your service."

While looking for some quick self finisheing ideas for the Apple ornaments I came across these new magnets / coasters by Lee.  Thinking how perfect for the apple! However they are larger than I expected.  Coming with a clear acrylic cover they are perfect as a coaster.  Here they are shown with a Phillies ornament and the Red Sox by Keep Your Pants On.  Contact me if its a must have!

The other pleasant surprise this week was the arrival of back ordered canvases by Katie Molineux, mastermind behind Shorebird Studio. Its always a pleasure to have a little beauty around.

Molineux Carp Wallhanging $575.  15" x 35" on 13 count

Kate Molineux Carp Table Runner  47" x 11" on 13 count $600. 

Molineux rabbit 13 count 16" sq  13" x 15" $215.00

Sunday, July 21, 2013

last week in the shop.....

Just a snippet of typical week in the shop,  a few new canvases, finishing returned and Pepper Pot silks now available.

Custom by Leigh Designs
The white tulip beautifully painted by Leigh Richardson is typical of her Bloom collection (see Day Lily below) and was request by Jeanne R.  Jeanne has stitched, or more accurately I have sold to her, several of Leigh's blooms including an earlier custom piece of a pink peony.  Jeanne is one of my many long distant customers who loves flowers and trusts my eye for color when it comes to threads.

Clair bag by Elizabeth Turner stitched by Patty B
Nice small size handbag nicely finished by M's canvas house.  Stitched in vineyard, silk lame braid and some beads too.  Well stitched by Patty who has quite the collection of needlepoint purses and bags.

Custom by Gail Hendrix
Custom design for Mary M.'s grand daughter.  Going on a window seat at their beach house.  Bedding is done in a similar color pink and sage green tiny plaid.  Leave it to Marlene to do thee perfect finishing.  Customer requested very plain, I know many elsewhere in needlepoint land go for more embellishment.  Mary likes the understated.
JBW xstitch, stitched by Linda R
Very pretty ring pillow for a Linda's son's wedding in August.

Canvas by J Child stitched by Joanne H
Too bad this pillow doesn't show better in pictures.  The gimp braid looks too heavy to me but in real life the whole pillow is adorable.  Joanne stitched this for her new great-grandson.

Designer unknown
Not every pillow has to be over the top.  The pansies are so explosive that I'm not sure anything more is necessary.  Its big, wider than a chair seat, going on my customers bed.

NEW!  Kasmir by Lois Caron
Canvas is new, got me thinking I long for more elegant designs available in needlepoint. This one is 16" square on 13 count. $182.00
NEW! Day Lily by Leigh Designs
Love Leigh's Blooms for several reasons.  10" square, 13 count, no background, has presence.  $144.

NEW! Hibiscus with Lemons by Melissa Shirley
New this week also and thought it looked nice with the other two above!  Nice for a table runner, window seat bench, or over a large doorway.  (However my invoice refers to it as a bolster.) $225. Don't have the dimensions handy but its wide maybe 10" x 40".  Will post proper dimensions when I get it up in the online store.

Darks by PepperPot Silks
Oh and last but certainly not least Pepper Pot has arrived.  I know your thinking "and this is what you choose to picture?"  The colors are just wonderful, and in just one day I found 2 colors for pieces that I couldn't find in any other thread line.  The reason I chose these is just to show how they have lovely options for black.  For the most part I'm not crazy about using pure black when that's what the canvas may be showing.  Now I have options!!  These were taken in bright day light so while the blueberry appears navy in most situations it looks closer to black than blue.  Unlike other threads I've brought in to the shop such as Felicity's Garden and High Cotton I have a feeling Pepper Pot is going to sell itself.

Melissa Shirley Dress, stitched by Nancy S for her teenage grand daughter
ever popular Kathy Schenkel mini socks, Helene L stitched this for her daughter in honor of her summer internship in NYC at a posh french restaurant

Happy Halloween door hanger stitched up by Carol M.  Designer unknown.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

More new ones...

A few new ones have come in the door, sorry no fancy theme going.  Some are new new ** (meaning new to the needlepoint world) and some are just one's I like and hope you do too.  Click on a caption for more info.  
Farm Fresh Sunflowers on 13

Guacamole Mmmm on 13 **

Salsa! on 13 **

Rumi quote **

Chocolate Box brick cover

(sorry the picture's kinda blurry, its actually stitch painted)

Do you Love Camping?  **

Napping Cats by Liz

HP Chickens, now adopted by Barbara Russell

Striped Owl **

Penguin Bearing Gifts **
Penguin decorating Tree **
Penguins under Mistletoe **

 Stay tuned I got in a whole lotta Sharon G canvases and guides when she was here this past weekend.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

New Canvases for Early July

Here's what's come in during the Julie Mar trunk show.  A bit of this and that.  Variety in cavases is a comment I hear often at the shop, there's just so many styles that intrigue me.  I try my best to keep my eye on what's new; but you'll find so much more in my shop than the latest.   Click on the links for more information on each or to purchase.

Dream House Ventures Red Hibiscus 13 count

Entwining Leaf Belt, xtra long wrap style

Lee's Needle Arts Fan new 2013

Orange Flower $62. 13 count

Brito Horse $62.00 13 count

Quick stitch key fobs, on 13 count.  Finisher folds in half, binds the edge and adds a hefty key ring. Perfect for your sorority girl.
Delta Gamma key fob $28.00
Chi Omega key fob $28.00

New santa designs by Lee, a great way to practice new ways to stitch a beard.
Lee's Needle Arts Modern Santa w/gift

Lee's Needle Arts Skating Santa ornament

I love the breezy summer feel of this one, and whats up with all the pattern!
Barbara Bergsten 12 count 

Fish pieces below are just 2 in a collection of 8.  These appear by customers now and again so I thought why not have them again.  They suggest movement and mystery.  I see lots of beads and metallics.  A simple darning pattern or open stitch for the background in a black shimmery thread would make them so elegant.

Leigh Designs Cichlasoma

Leigh Designs Brown Discus

What appears to be black in the Lady with Lantern is actually a gorgeous dark blue violet color.  Now that HP has retired their designs will be cropping up under several other designers.
HP Lady with Lantern ~ ~ NOW owned by Barbara Russell!

Back in stock Kelly's Stumpwork Sampler.  A great way to practice new techniques, includes the 5"  7" canvas.
Kelly Clark Sweet Pea Sampler and Workbook $87.
Man with Guitar $62. 13 count
New stocking design by Lee's.  While I think the colors should be more muted I think its a wonderful design appropriate for anyone who prefers olde world.
Lee's Needle Arts Williamsburg Stocking $143. 13 count

The Woodland stocking by Julie Mar has gotten so much admiration that I wanted to tag it along following the new stocking design above.  Woodland stocking will only be available at 20% for one more week.  Reg. 270. now just $216.00
Julie Mar Woodland Stocking 20% off