Oct 23, 2014

Suzanne Does Free Guides

Suzanne of the Hugs and Stitches blog is sticking her toe into stitch guide territory by offering to share the steps she took for the projects she worked on her own and posted about on her blog.

Here is what Suzanne stays of what she calls "stitching plans"--

I am trying to keep up with my "stitching plans" but I will at least throw one together if someone asks for it.  So if you decide you want the plan for any of these projects that I created myself, just let me know via email and I can send you the pdf guide for reference and ideas.  Until I consider myself a professional stitch guide writer, there is no fee. And since it's free, there is no pressure for it to be, there's THAT.   heehee

I do not re-release any guide that was written or provided by a shop/writer, only those that were my creation in entirety.  thank you.

No, Suzanne, thank YOU!

Everybody, take a browse and see if anything Suzanne has created from scratch catches your fancy.  She's willing to help you out, which is very nice of her.

Oct 22, 2014

The Three Witches

Just in time for Halloween, Michele at Bristly Thistle has finished her stitch guide for Pajamas and Chocolate's "Three Witches."  I think it is charming.

I'm sure Patt (the designer--Pajamas and Chocolates is the Patt and Lee hand painted line) is very pleased.  If you are charmed as well, you can pick up the canvas and guide via Michele's shop.

Oct 20, 2014

Festival Owls Stitch Guide

Carolyn Hedge Baird just posted on Facebook that she's nearly finished stitching the Vicki Sawyer/Melissa Shirley canvas called "Festive Owls."  You can get a good idea of what the finished piece will look like here.  I think it's magnificent!

If you are interested, use Facebook's messaging system to let Carolyn know or contact her through Chaparral Needlepoint in Houston, Texas.

Oct 17, 2014

Laurie Walden, of Chaparral UPDATED

Melissa Shirley has added a profile of Laurie and the guides she has written for MSD canvases to her website.

UPDATE:  Laurie has a website now!  If you click on the Stitch Guides section you can choose between the designers Laurie's done guides for.   Click on the designer name to see models of the finished designs.  They are a varied lot, but Laurie's done a great job on each and every one.

Oct 8, 2014

A Free Stitch Guide from Palma: Seaside Shell Cracker

Seaside Shell Cracker

Palma Seljan has posted two free stitch guides for some of Melissa Shirley's little seasonal cracker canvases on Facebook, and kindly offered the guides to me to post here, too.  So here's a treat from Palma--The Seaside Shell Cracker.  The bare canvas is shown in the link below.  As you can see, there are several in this ocean-themed cracker series, all of them great fun to stitch.  Many thanks for the guide, Palma!

Yesterday I posted Palma's guide for the Halloween witch's hat cracker.  Use the Previous arrow at the bottom of this article to see it.   Now here is Palma's guide for the Seaside Shell Cracker.


Stitch Guide
Design: Seaside Crackers by Melissa Shirley - Shell

Centre Square Background
#12 Kreinik braid 9732
Skipped Tent
Oriental Linen OL 030, OL 057 #3 DMC Perle 3033
Make spokes with the DMC Perle. Then Spider Web stitch with the OL following the color design.
Weeks Dye Works 5 Pearl 1111
Upright Cross
Sea Grass 134 Crystal Braid CR13
Lay the Crystal Braid and then stitch with the Sea Grass 2 vertical stitches, skip 2
Side Panels
Watercolors 127
#12 Kreink braid 9400
6 mm Twisted Bugle beads TW206-260F (link at the bottom)
Slanted Wave from “Got Stitches”? by Gone Stitching, page 12. Watercolors for the vertical stitches and Kreinik for the Diagonal. Place bugle beads at intersection.
Blue Line
#12 ThreadworX metallic 910031
Stich 2 Satin stitches vertically, 2 Satin stitches horizontally
Tila beads TL402FR-TB, TL413FR-TB
Attach to the area following color design
Light blue line
Crystal Braid CR13
Van Dyke