Jul 26, 2014

Laura's at The Beach

Laura Persin has started work on her next Sandra Gilmore piece, "Shellscape."  She isn't sure when this guide will be ready.  But it's fun to see how she is approaching this canvas.


Jul 25, 2014

Software For Writing Stitch Guides

The question "Which software program do you use to write stitch guides?" comes up all the time.  I thought I'd link to Linda Reinmuller's blog which lists eighteen graphing programs at the bottom of the page.  The links will take you to the program's website which often has demos you can try out. Note that many of the programs will only run on Windows machines.

Linda doesn't cover all the programs available, just the ones created specifically for stitch diagramming.  I use my Mac word processing software called Pages to create my stitch diagrams, but it has limitations such as not being able to create curves or dimensional shapes easily.  I also find it very hard to number stitch diagrams with it and haven't figured out how to layer a copyright notice on top of the grid yet.  But mostly it works for me.

I know a great many people (John Waddell used to teach a class on doing this) who use Excel to create diagrams.  I haven't tried it myself but I'm pretty sure it will work fine.

Other Mac users (and a lot of stitch guide writers use Macs) use Canvas X which is no longer supported by ACDSee, so modern Macs can't run it unless they are dual Mac/Windows machines which can run the later versions that are Windows only. A new edition called Canvas 14 (I think) is supposed to have come out last spring.  Adobe's Illustrator is also quite popular but these two programs are very powerful graphics programs, with big price tags and a steep learning curve, so only the most determined users go this route.  I believe Illustrator is a subscription only service now which a lot of people don't like.

I hope this is helpful for all stitch guide writers Out There.

Jul 23, 2014

Stitch Guides for the Russian Santa Series UPDATED

Northern Light Santa from Chillyhollow

Leigh Designs' eight Russian Santas have been very popular, so there are quite a few guides available.  My Blue Russian (above) is available in normal stitch guide format from Leigh Designs or directly from me.  You can also follow along as I blog-stitch the piece at the Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure.  The second link is the materials list.  So you have a choice--a free and long-winded guide or a more formal one that you pay for.


Sandy Arthur's two Russian Santas also have guides available from Leigh Designs.  Sandy stitched the Holly Hills Santa and the Merry Mistletoe Russian Santas. You can see all three finished models (including my Blue Russian) at the Leigh Designs website by clicking on the Russian Santa you are interested in.

Carolyn Taggart has also done guides for several of her stitched Russian Santas--the Forever Green Santa and the Birdland Santa (second link).  Note that she explained how Birdland Santa was stitched on Blog but some folks will want to pay for her nice stitch diagrams and a more step-by-step guide.


Both Carolyn and Sandy are planning to stitch more Russian Santas in the series and offer guides.  Stay tuned for a long and happy Russian Winter!

UPDATE:  In the last several months more and more stitch guides for Russian Santas have appeared. There are two shops with Russian Santa clubs as well.  For the latest, check out the bottom of this posting I made on my regular Blog.

Ewe and Eye Autumn Colors Bouquet Guide

The Needle Works in Austin just announced their latest stitch guide from Eleonore--Ewe and Eyes's "Funky Flowers" autumn bouquet.

The canvas and the guide are available from the shop but only the canvas is shown in their website right now.  If you are interested in the guide, give the shop a call.

Jul 22, 2014

Four Little Foxes Have Guides UPDATED WITH FASHION INFO

Ada Hayden of Eye Candy just announced four stitch guides for her four brand new seasonal fox canvases.  The guides are by Ruth Schmuff of Bedecked and Beaddazzled, who distributes Eye Candy designs.


UPDATE:  Many of us match needle magnets to our canvases but this is a first!