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May 16, 2010

Stuart Plaid Lion Dynasty Ornament


The stitch guide for the Stuart Plaid Lion  is available from Chillyhollow (that's me) for $10. This design is a four inch round ornament from Leigh Designs painted on 18 count canvas. The canvas itself is called Stuart Ornament/Coaster #8270 and it is from the British Dynasty Ornament series (see link below). Your shop may order the canvas from Leigh Designs if you plan to stitch it instead of just collecting my stitch guides as reference material.

The stitch guide for this piece is a thirteen page document with a complete thread list on the back and thirteen photographs to help you understand how to stitch the Stuart Plaid Lion. It is available as an emailed PDF document, although for $75 (including shipping and mailing) I can print out and mail a hard copy to you. What can I say? Paper, ink and postage are expensive!

If you have questions, please post a comment after this article or email me directly at sg from chnp at gmail dotcom.

O'jishi Noh Theater Mask


The O'jishi mask stitch guide is available from Chillyhollow (that's me) for $10. This design is a 10 inch square design from Leigh Designs painted on 18 count canvas. The canvas itself is called Ojishi #4673. Your shop may order the canvas from Leigh Designs if you plan to stitch it instead of just collecting my stitch guides as reference material.
http://www.leighdesigns.com/Grp467x.html

The stitch guide for this piece is a 20-page document with a complete thread list on the back and 27 photographs to help you understand how to stitch the Noh Theatre mask. It is available as an emailed PDF document, although for $75 (including shipping and mailing) I can print out and mail a hard copy to you. What can I say? Paper, ink and postage are expensive!

If you have questions, please post a comment after this article or email me directly at sg from chnp at gmail dotcom.

Ch'ing Dragon Chinese Dynasty Ornament


The Ch'ing Dragon Chinese Dynasty Ornament is available from Chillyhollow (that's me) for $10.  This design is a 4 inch round ornament from Leigh Designs painted on 18 count canvas.  The canvas itself is number Ch'ing Ornament/Coaster #8212. Your shop may order the canvas from Leigh Designs if you plan to stitch it instead of just collecting my stitch guides as reference material.
http://www.leighdesigns.com/Grp821x.html

The stitch guide for this piece is a 14-page document with a complete thread list on the back and 16 photographs to help you understand how to stitch the dragon.  It is available as an emailed PDF document, although for $75 (including shipping and mailing) I can print out and mail a hard copy to you.  What can I say?  Paper, ink and postage are expensive!

If you have questions, please post a comment after this article or email me directly at sg from chnp at gmail dotcom.

May 11, 2010

Leigh, Raymond Crawford, and ThreadworX

Remilia Stitch Guide from Leigh Designs' Ladies of the Night Series

ThreadworX is breaking new ground with their stitch guides for Leigh and Raymond Crawford canvases.  They are a thread company, not a painted canvas designer or teacher.  Their kit provide a stitch guide and all the threads to stitch painted canvas in a "kit" from their various thread lines.  Since they offer a great variety of fibers, the kits have a lot of various thread types in them.  They do a few designs of their own (currently the bird series) but right now the kits they furnish are just for a series of Leigh and Raymond Crawford canvases.  You can explore their available stitch guides at the link below.
http://threadworx.com/kits.php

Leigh says that if your shop calls ThreadworX to order a guide and threads for a Leigh canvas, ThreadworX will get the canvas straight from Leigh and send it all to you without the shop having to make another call to order the canvas from Leigh.

If you are not familiar with ThreadworX threads or their fine newsletter Journal, you should explore the site a little.  They are also starting a series of booklets they call WorXbooks to teach you techniques for painted canvases.  Right now there aren't many details on the site for this new venture but it looks pretty interesting to me.

UPDATE:  Beth has done a stitch guide for Remilia from Leigh Designs' Ladies of the Night series (pictured above). The stitch guide and thread pack will be available wholesale from either ThreadworX or Leigh Designs.
http://threadworx.com/productDetails.php?prd_id=1087

May 7, 2010

Aristeia Needlepoint and Melissa Shirley Guides

Aristeia Needlepoint in Los Angeles has many talented stitchers among their staff who specialize in writing stitch guides for Melissa Shirley canvases.  They've added a page to their website that shows a selection of the guides available from the shop with a purchase of the canvas there.  They will do a guide for free for a canvas purchased at the shop but there is a charge for a guide done for a canvas bought elsewhere.
http://www.aristeianeedlepoint.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=79&Itemid=69

There is no price list for the guides.  The ones shown are from Wendy Harwood and Laura Taylor but I believe they also sell guides by Beverly Churchfield.

UPDATE:  Melissa Shirley has added profiles of all the stitch guide writers for her designs.  Here is Wendy Harwood's--
http://melissashirleydesigns.com/galcol/index.cgi?index=1311381251_17255&col=158

Here is Beverly Churchfield's--
http://melissashirleydesigns.com/galcol/index.cgi?index=1311258737_6302&col=158

Here is Laura Taylor's--
http://melissashirleydesigns.com/galcol/index.cgi?index=1311384483_25605&col=158

Laura has a new website, by the way.
http://needlepointwithlaurataylor.com

May 6, 2010

A Collection of Designs

This company specializes in Christmas- and Halloween-themed canvases that are bright and cheerful.  Their website has a three page gallery of pieces that have stitch guides available but there is no information about how to order.  Your shop will probably have to contact them for you.
http://www.acollectionofdesigns.com/Stitch%20Guides.htm