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.

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!

Americana Sampler (Whimsy and Grace) Guide Available

Following their Americana Sampler class, The Forest Needle in Lake Forest, Illinois has released the stitch guide for this charming patriotic patchwork piece from Whimsy and Grace.  I believe the stitch guide is by Candice Engelhard.  A kit is available if you want to do a little one-stop shopping.


The shop doesn't have a website but you can contact them via their Facebook page.  Many thanks to Debra P. for bringing this to my attention.

Jul 21, 2014

Stitch Guides for Renaissance Designs' Woodland Christmas

I just happened to notice that the cute Woodland Christmas Collection of small animal pieces that just came out this spring from Renaissance Designs all come with stitch guides.  (Sorry, I don't know who the stitch guide author is.)  There is the moose...

... the owl...

... the raccoon...

... my favorite, the fox...

... Santa...

... and his sleigh overseen by blue birds.

For those who don't know, Renaissance has a special stitch guide page on their website.  They offer guides from SHEAR Creations, Gail Martin, SuZy Murphy, Carolyn Hedge Baird, Julie Elder, Cathi Rosengren, Tony Minieri, Lynne Segill, Gina Marie, Cynthia Thomas Needlenook of La Jolla, Leann Bemis, Vicki Fish and their own creations.

Jul 20, 2014

The California Basket Bouquet (Melissa Shirley) Has a Guide

Tbis lovely piece was created by Melissa Shirley for a retreat at Needlenook of La Jolla last spring.  Now that the canvas is widely available, Needlenook has released their David McCaskill stitch guide for purchase with the canvas.  Note that you can get several types of threads kits as well if you wish.