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Aug 26, 2012

The Rebecca Wood Camel

This should be subtitled "Why We Buy Stitch Guides."  If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you'll see a camel from a Rebecca Wood Nativity set stitched using Diana Bosworth's stitch guide.  Diana is a master.
http://thenimbleneedle.blogspot.com/2012/08/finished-for-christmas-2012-almost.html

Rebecca Wood sells several different Nativity sets, all of which you can see on The French Knot's website.  The bottom set seems to be the one the new camel came from.  Since Diana Bosworth works at The French Knot, you can contact them to purchase the guides.
http://www.thefrenchknot.com/x-n-wood.htm

Many thanks to Karen at Nimble Needle for posting such a lovely photo for us to admire!

Stitching Chaos UPDATED

No, my stitching world isn't chaotic.  It's bland.  (I really really LIKE boring, don't you?)  However, if you want a small and fun project that memorializes the chaos that is all around you, Ruth Schmuff has a great little Ryn canvas with a Sheena James stitch guide that'll knock your socks off!
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2012/08/looking-for-weekend-project.html

This uses the new tiny cube beads.  They are almost 2mm square, which means that they are around the size of an 11 bead (sometimes written 11/0).  Since they are cubes, they lay perfectly flat.  Ruth now stocks a large range of colors of the baby cubes.  From what I can tell, the Miyuki 3mm and 4mm cubes are mostly what bead shops carry, so with the baby cubes you can have three sizes of cubes.  Sheena did us all a service by finding a source for these so Ruth can stock them at her shop, Bedecked and Beadazzled!

If you are living in the State of Love or State of Wonder instead, not to worry. Sheena's done guides for the entire license plate series from the creative mind of Ryn.
http://www.bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/products.php?catid=239&firstcid=3

UPDATE:  Here is Chaos finished.  I thought you'd enjoy seeing the model.
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2012/10/chaos.html

Aug 25, 2012

Debbie Bowers Stitch Guides

I wanted to showcase the stitching of Debbie Bowers, who has done quite a few Needle Deeva guides. If you scroll down to the bottom of this page, you can see some of her work.
http://www.needledeeva.com/stitch_guides.html

Debbie owns Needle Orts in Florida.  I suspect the clubs are her work, although I don't know that for sure, of course.  Have fun browsing the sale items, the classes listed in Upcoming Events, and of course the clubs and stitch guide section.
http://www.needleorts.com

http://www.needleorts.com/shop/Stitch-Guides.htm

Aug 19, 2012

Black Cats and Stitch Guides

Vicky DeAngelis is packing for ANG's Seminar.  She's going to be working on a stitch guide for Tapestry Fair in her class with four of the main talents of the needlepoint world today (Suzanne Howren, Tony Minieri, Beth Robertson and Meredith Willett)  This is going to be a stitch guide to remember!
http://mostlyneedlepoint.com/08/17/in-celebration-of-black-cats/

http://mostlyneedlepoint.com/08/18/black-cats-just-cant-get-enough-of-em/

Aug 9, 2012

Don't Forget Amy and Robin!

This is just a reminder that Amy's Golden Strand updates the pages of recent stitch guides by Amy Bunger and Robin King often.  Just this morning I discovered that Robin has done a guide for the Kindness Buddha by Sandra Gilmore, which is a canvas I own.  I am seriously tempted to order the guide and threads and spend a little quality time with Robin....

Want to see if one of your recent purchases has a guide by the Golden Strand team?  Amy's list is here and Robin's is the second link.  Of course older guides are already in the main stitch guide catalogue, which is link #3 but I bet you've already browsed that over and over again.
http://www.amybunger.com/custom_stitch_guides.html

http://www.amybunger.com/robin_king_stitch_guides.html

http://www.amybunger.com/amys_catalog.html

Aug 8, 2012

Vicky Goes Egyptian

Vicky De Angelis is starting to pack for the American Needlework Guild's Seminar in a couple of weeks.  She is taking the Egyptian cat goddess to Philadelphia to have help developing a stitch guide.  Interested?  Here's the canvas and a pile of goodies Vicky has assembled to work it with.  Now we have to wait and see what Vicky does to bring Bastet to life....
http://mostlyneedlepoint.com/08/03/counting-down-the-days-2/

http://www.egyptianmyths.net/bastet.htm

Aug 7, 2012

Not All Stitch Guides Are Alike

Some have block diagrams!  Follow Robin King as she talks about the latest stitch guide she helped with for a Linda Corirossi class at Family Arts Needlework in Phoenix, Arizona.
http://needlepointstudyhall.blogspot.com/2012/07/tapestry-fair-and-painted-elephant.html