Monday, October 20, 2014

A Quick stitch for gift giving

Fleur de Lis fob, completed
Yes, they make a nice gift and they are a great very small portable project to take when you just might have down moment to do a bit of stitching.  Fobs are 42. and in most cases can be completed using your stash.  Leather and hardware is excellent quality.  Stitch and snap closed.  You might want to put a light coat of rice glue or a circle of interfacing, ultrasuede or felt to cover the back of the stitching.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Silk Thread Kits Silk Chenilles

AVS Red Silk Thread Kit $36.
Sometimes your stitching something black, but what kind of black is it?  Should it have a sheen and yet that just doesn't cut it.  Hmmm maybe if I add a little shimmer that will be better.  Or stitching white flowers and yet all the white flowers can't be the same as the next or the bouquet will look like a mass instead of individual flowers.  So maybe you need to manipulate each of the whites.  Thats where these kits assembled by Access Commodities come in handy.  Here are few with more colors available.

AVS Black Silk Thread Kit $38.

AVS Silver Silk Thread Kit $28. SOLD

AVS White Thread Silk Kit $34. SOLD
 What got me to getting around to posting these kits is the recent post online about silk chenilles.  While ago I got in the black and the fabulous color Halloween Green silk chenilles for Halloween stitching.  Then the kits from AVS came in along with a sample of silk chenille by Au Ver a Soie.  The two are quite different. The top green one is by AVS.  Its very round, and very stout.  The silk threads strand up firm sort of like the way a mohair velvet would.  The silk chenilles by Gloriana are very soft and more ribbon like.  I would use both for embellishment / couching on canvas although Gloriana's label includes to stitch with too.  Haven't tried it but I'm not sure it would hold up well after a few passes through the canvas.  AVS chenille would be too thick, more like trying to stitch with a pipe cleaner!  When I spoke the ever knowledgeable Lamora at Access she said that the AVS chenille is made for embroidery purposes while other manufacturers use a knitting grade chenille.  All of the kits above include 3 yards of silk chenille.  I do have a kit in cream; however the cream kit  doesn't include a chenille.
Au Ver a Soie & Gloriana silk chenille

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Sharing a bit of Joy Juarez

I happen to love these dutch wooden shoes, or klompen as they are known. Canvas is by Joy Juarez who's canvases have so much feeling and atmosphere to them. Canvas is hand painted on 18 count, and about 6" diameter, $74.00. With threads as shown $139.00.  SOLD
Dutch Wooden Shoes $74. 18 count by Joy Juarez 

Thread kit includes: Burmilana, Oriental Linen, Gloriana 12 ply silk, Splendor silk, Threadworx overdyed metallic and 6 ply cotton floss, Silk lame braid, Trebizond silks, Pepperpot silks, Gentle Arts overdyed floss and for the background plant based dyed lambswool in shades of indigo by Renaissance Dyeing.
With threads, $139.00
Doing my homework on dutch shoes it wasn't uncommon for them to be painted as if they were leather shoes, such as these by Joy and as shown in the picture of authentic dutch shoes. They are still worn today by laborer's and are safer than steel tipped shoes.
Traditional Dutch Shoes "klompen"

Poinsettia's by Joy Juarez, in stock, 18 count

Small Church in Holly Border $55. SOLD

Miss Poinsettia $65.00

Daylily by Joy Juarez $74.

Lily of the Valley heart $124.

Thanks for taking a look!  Happy to kit any of the canvases above, let me know you preferences if any and I can provide a quote.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Autumn specials

Two perfect canvases that capture each holiday of the fall season: Halloween and Thanksgiving.  And both are now ON SALE!  Vintage style Halloween postcard by Brenda Stofft now reduced to $99 from $125.

Brenda Stofft "Halloween" on 13 count

By Ewe and Eye, a painted canvas version of a sampler by Carriage House Samplers.  For American history or folk style fans.  This one could be done in tent stitches and leave the background unstitched.  Just need to hide your tails beneath stitches!  Was $135, now reduced to $112.

Ewe & Eye Plimouth Colony on 18 count

To see all canvases at reduced prices