Sunday, January 19, 2014

Take and Make, new Big Buddies and more….

For small projects to keep with you on the go, key fobs by Julia's are a perfect.  And the purse flaps from Sophia, though moire purses aren't for everyone, are nice size projects to take for a long weekend.

Sophia Purse 13 count with thread kit

Sophia Purse without threads $124.

Ladybug red leather key fob

Ladybug black leather key fob kit

Fleur de Lis black leather key fob kit

Martini with olives Green leather key fob

Pink tote leather key fob

Sea grass in from Thread Gatherer.  While not up online for sale, its here in the shop or call and I can send some out.  $12.00 for two pack's in combinations seen below.

Green leaves and Grass Hoppers

pond scum and celery

celtic sea and Idaho Sage
Dead Wood and Vintage Browns

NEW BLING for your canvas and needles. Click here to see them all by Elizabeth Turner.

New minders by Mag Friends expected soon!

Dovo makes some of the nicest scissors available.  Still made by a family business, no outsourcing to China or Mexico.  These 3 have a bit of personality to them.

Ladybug scissors by Dovo

Dovo with satin gold handle

Bumblebee scissors by Dovo

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Whats new?

Here's a few new items.  Beginning with the Elegant Elephant by Liz Dillon for Tapestry Tent Designs.  I love the more unusual shape that accentuates the design.  Click on any caption to purchase or learn more details.  Enjoy….

Tapestry Tent Elegant Elephant SOLD

Gorgeous adaptation by Hope Hanley for Point of it All Designs.  Available with or without threads.  Interested in threads?  I have two palettes selected; one with a strong blue and green accent in jewel tones, and the other with softer accents, more caribbean like in the blues and greens.  Both are shown with Espresso by Pepper Pot silks for the background, a touch softer than a pure black.
Smithsonian Crest, adaption by Hope Hanley13 count

Smithsonian Crest, adaption by Hope Hanley 13 count
A lovely couple of Ginger Jars. I imagine the jars stitched with color, couching and perhaps some ribbons; and an open lacey stitch for the background creating a light backdrop to set them off nicely.
 Gold Ginger Jar by Melissa Shirley

Blue Ginger Jar by Melissa Shirley

Never too soon to think about Holiday Stitching.
Christmas Rabbit with French Horn, by Peter Ashe

Chimp Birth Sampler, 13 count, by Alice Peterson
Fans by Sophia, on 13 count, lends itself perfectly for different stitches and textures.
Fans by Sophia 13 count
Any Grey Garden fans will appreciate the likeness to Little Edie Bouvier.
Homage to Little Edie, by Sophia 13 count

Geometric fans, those who seek the logical, or maybe your a quilter.  I have found many customers who are strong in math skills crave the geometric patterns.

Susan Roberts Jewel Box 13 count
Changing over to accessories and tools:
Penguin Santa needle minders

Ice Skate needle minders

Tool kit (in a genuine leather case) by Access Commodities.  Recommended for help in Bead embroidery, Stump Work and working with Memory thread or wired Kreinik.  Tools snip threads and metals and wire.  Rounded tip pliers help in making smooth rounded curves and turns.  Tweezers for removing that unwanted fleck or thread.  The small pair of stainless scissors are my personal favorites and available for individual purchase.

Access Commodities tool kit

Large Owl scissor fob
In response to so many asking how to best store threads I had the fine folks at Rainbow Gallery make these up.  So many threads like Gloriana, Threadworx and the Caron Collection come in skeins.  To help them stay in their best condition consider wrapping them on a card.  Stuffing them into a floss away bag soon to become a birds nest usually leads to frustration.  20 cards with a ring make for a way to easily get organized and keep more threads in like shapes for later storing in boxes.
NN Thread cards,  20 with ring

Perfect for storing threads that otherwise come on a skein.

Portable, wearable LED light
 These affordable stitch n zip cases are perfect for those who prefer to do their own thing, prefer Bargello, would like to do a monogram or practice a birthday plaid.
Blank Stitch n Zip cosmetic case

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Canvas & threads too please!

Just a bit of show and tell.  Sometimes for fun or to help sell a piece I'll put threads along with it.  Some customers love this, what they may not know is its fun for me and something I'll do at the end of the day when I can't think any longer and need to go somewhere else with my thoughts.

And then there are many, many distant customers that I pick threads for canvases all the time, such as the one below.  Thought some might enjoy seeing the choices and also getting a feel for the types and breadth of fibers, threads, beads and ribbons one can find in the shop.

Tapestry Fair, customer specific

Eye Candy

Kathryn Molineux, in stock and available
Labors of Love
Leigh Designs Instock, available to purchase
canvas only

Jean Smith

Painted Pony available to purchase, canvas only threads upon request

Clara Wells customer specific
the Collection
Jean Smith Sold

Mindy customer specific

Sundance Designs
Cooper Oaks Sold
Creative Needle 

Kathryn Molineux customer specific

Kathryn Molineux customer specific