Sep 20, 2017

Janice Holden Stitch Guides

Janice Holden Designs is a one-woman creative needle art operation.  Janice designs all sorts of things, from painted canvases to custom quilts to painted accent tables.  You can browse her creative pieces at her Etsy shop, Coastal Cottage Studio.  And there are stitch guides by Janice for some of her needlepoint canvases.  Have fun checking her out, particularly if you want something different from what you see in the homes of all your stitching friends.

Sep 18, 2017

Melissa Prince Guides from The Enriched Stitch

The Enriched Stitch loves Melissa Prince designs and have done stitch guides and kits for many of them.  Suzie has listed all the Melissa Prince models they have stitched which have guides available here on the shop blog.

Contact Enriched Stitch to pick up the guide and kit.

Dancing with the Stars - Tango (Julie Mar and Sharon Quick)

This lovely Julie Mar and Friends design has been beautifully stitched by Sharon Quick.  Contact Sharon via her Facebook page to get your own copy of her stitch guide.

Sep 17, 2017

Hanging Birds (Zecca) UPDATED

Ruth Schmuff is turning Zecca's new Hanging Birds into kits with stitch guides using the stitches Karen Hennessy used as she stitched these beauties.  Karen owns Zecca so you know you are seeing the artist's vision for the threads and stitches.

You can order the first pair on the Bedecked and Beaddazzled website. There are six birds but they come two to a canvas.  Ruth will sell the canvas, guide and/or thread kit, too.  The other two sets will be available from Ruth soon.

UPDATE:  Pair number two!

Sep 16, 2017

City of Lights (Abigail Cecile and Becki Gebhart)

Enriched Stitch just posted a group of photos of the Parisian landscape by Abigail Cecile that is called "City of Lights."  The canvas is available from the shop or your favorite store can order from Fleur de Paris who is Abigail's distributor.

It appears to be an amazing piece of stitching.  The stitch guide is available at the shop and hopefully the companion piece, "London," will be stitched and available as a guide shortly.

Sep 15, 2017

Sun and Moon Phases (Brenda Kooler, CBK Needlepoint and Robin King)

Robin King proudly shows off a student's rendition of Brenda Kooler/CBK's "Sun and Moon Phases," stitched using Robin's guide.  Contact her to get a copy.

Sep 14, 2017

Witchy Women UPDATED

The latest series from Leigh Designs, just released at Destination Dallas 2017, is "Witchy Women."  As Leigh herself puts it, "Elegantly mysterious, the sorceress practices her black magic, or white, as suits her mood. She's a Witchy Woman, altering anything in her path with a snap of her fingers!"

As always with Leigh, there are eight designs in the series, and five have stitch guides already.  You can see the models by clicking on the photo of any witch with "stitch guide" under her picture.  Don't miss Circe's stunning silver jewelry and beaded cape (Pat Miller), Nyla's amazing blackwork skirt and shredded sleeves (Sharon Quick), Belladonna's astounding feathered headdress and beaded belt (Jane Wood*), Serafina's puffed sleeve jacket and amazing veiled hat (Suzie Vallerie), or Drusilla's amazing robe with beaded trim.  Each is gorgeous!

Your favorite shop can order these from Leigh Designs and get the stitch guide there as well, assuming that there is one for your favorite Witchy.

*Note that Belladonna is my stitching,  Just FYI.  We do full disclosure here!

UPDATE:  Here's a better look at Circe' who has the lovely purple gown.

UPDATE #2:  Here's a better look at Serafina, particularly her detailed beading.

Sep 11, 2017

Skunk with Amaryllis (Scott Church Creative and Julia Snyder)

Gloria has posted a photograph of her finished "Skunk with Amaryllis" by Scott Church, distributed by CBK.  This cutie was stitched using a Julia Snyder stitch guide.

Gloria says that Needle Orts in Alamonte Springs, Florida has the guide available.

Sep 10, 2017

Woodland Fox (Jennifer Brinley, Maggie and Gina Liuzzi)

The lovely fox wearing a red scarf from Jennifer Brinley at Maggie has been stitched using Gina Liuzzi's stitch guide and a photo posted on Facebook by Charlene.  Nice job!

Contact Gina about the guide and/or canvas at A Stitch In Time Needlework.

Sep 8, 2017

Sep 3, 2017

Ginger (Rachel Donley and Erin Clark)

Erin has just finished up Rachel Donley's "Ginger" and she is fabulous!

Erin Clark's stitch guide is available.  Contact her via her Facebook page or contact Rachel Donley Designs for the guide.  Erin is starting to work on the boy version of this canvas and there will be a guide available for that, too.  

Aug 25, 2017

4th of July Patchwork Star (Fancy Carole and Gina Luizzi)

Just learned there is a Gina Luizzi stitch guide for Fancy Carole's "Fourth of July Patchwork Star."

You can get the guide from Gina herself by using her Facebook page or by contacting A stitch in Time Needlework in California.

Aug 23, 2017

Imagine (Laurel Burch, Danji and Tony Minieri)

Tony Minieri Designs just posted a finished "Imagine" from the creative mind of Laurel Burch on Facebook.  This was stitched by Sarah using Tony's guide.

Your favorite shop can order this canvas from Danji and you can pick up the guide from Tony himself.

Aug 21, 2017

Chaise Lounge and Chandelier (Shelly Tribbey)

Garden Gate Needlepoint shows off Shelly Tribbey's canvas of a chaise lounge and chandelier.  This was stitched using Shelly's stitch guide.  Your favorite shop can order the canvas and guide straight from Shelly herself.  Use the right arrow to see five more closeups of this beauty.

Aug 19, 2017

Squid and Whale (Charley Harper and Laura Taylor)

Laura Taylor's stitch guide for Charley Harper's "Squid and Whale" is now available for both the 13 count and 18 count version of this classic design.

Your local shop can order the canvas and guide for you (The Meredith Collection has the rights to distribute Charley Harper designs) or you can email Laura at if you have the canvas tucked away at the bottom of your sea of stash already.

Aug 18, 2017

Barbara's Bunnies (Barbara's Needlepoint and Angie)

Barbara's Needlepoint has some lovely custom rabbit designs, and many of these come with Angie's stitch guides.   Call the shop or contact them via their Facebook page for more details.

Aug 16, 2017

Yellow Pumpkin Barn (Mary E. Charles, Painted Pony and Lynn Elbert plus Sharon Quick)

Lynn has just finished stitching the model for Mary Charles' "Yellow Pumpkin Barn."  Her stitch guide is now available.

Contact Lynn via her Facebook page.  Sharon Quick also has a guide for this piece which you can get by contacting her.  Here is her model.

The design can be ordered by your favorite shop from Painted Pony Designs.

Aug 15, 2017

Mr. and Mrs. Claus (Labors of Love and Nilguin Gencsoy)

Carol just posted photographs of her Mr. and Mrs. Claus (designs by Labors of Love) on Facebook.  She used a stitch guide by Nilguin Gencsoy of Always Stitching in Fort Lauderdale.

I'm sorry I don't have contact information for either Nilguin Gencsoy or Always Stitching, which doesn't appear to have a website.

Aug 12, 2017

Robin King Patriotic Update

Robin King has updated her blog with a series of newly available guides, all with a patriotic theme.  There is a class listed as well.  Robin teaches a lot and usually after the class the guide is available.

This isn't the complete list, of course.  Check the tab labeled "Stitch Guides by Robin King" just under the header on her blog to see what treats Robin has tucked away for your stitching pleasure.

Aug 10, 2017

Pumpkins (Mary Lake-Thompson and Patricia Sone)

Susanne just finished her "Pumpkins" using a guide by Patricia Sone.

This is a Mary Lake-Thompson design, available from Melissa Shirley.  You may be able to get the guide from Melissa as well.  Just ask Patricia Sone where the best place to pick it up is.

Aug 8, 2017

The Girls from Oz (Sandra Vargas and Ruth Schmuff)

Sandra Vargas has redone her Girls from Oz into six little portraits, each with their own Ruth Schmuff stitch guide.

These are available from Ruth's shop. Just follow the links to have your own Wizard of Oz set.

Aug 7, 2017

The Black Swan (Ellen Giggenbach and Eleanor Marquis)

The latest stitch guide from Bedecked and Beaddazzled is for Ellen Giggenbach's "The Black Swan."

This canvas is distributed by Ruth's shop and Eleanor Marquis' stitch guide comes with the canvas.  Of course the shop will kit it out for you if your stash isn't the size of Texas.    Contact Bedecked and Beaddazzled for more information.

Aug 6, 2017

Santa and his Sleigh (Liz, Tapestry Tent and Diane Bosworth)

Margie has just finished her Liz stocking showing Santa in his sleigh.  This was done using a stitch guide by Diana Bosworth.

You can pick up the guide from The French Knot in Texas and the canvas is available for order by your favorite shop from Susan Roberts.

Aug 4, 2017

Boo (Melissa Shirley and Cynthia Stroud Pigg)

The Melissa Shirley "Boo" sign has a stitch guide by Cynthia Pigg of Fancy Stitches in Texas.  Here is Kathy's version, all made up at Marlene's.

Contact the shop to pick up the guide and the canvas if you don't have it already.

Aug 2, 2017

Cat with Yarn Ball Flowers (April Murphy, Maggie and Cynthia Thomas)

April Murphy's "Intoxicating Bouquet"  has been beautifully stitched by Cynthia Thomas.  The guide will be available shortly.  Your favorite shop can order from Maggie, who distributes April's artwork on needlepoint canvas.

Jul 30, 2017

Eleven New Guides from Ruth Schmuff

Ruth Schmuff has done another of her famous embellishment weekends.  There were eleven new canvases this time, which means eleven new guides.  There won't be full photos of any of these until the eleven stitchers finish them, but you can get a glimpse of Ruth's plans here.  It's fun to browse with the bonus that you may fall in love with one of the designs.  Have fun!

Jul 28, 2017

The Pink Chaise Lounge (Shelly Tribbey)

Garden Gate Needlepoint just posted photographs on Facebook of a charming pink chaise lounge chair from Shelly Tribbey.  The stitch guide is by Shelly as well. I don't know if it comes with the canvas but Garden Gate can tell you.

Jul 26, 2017

Autumn Silhouette (MAP Designs and Sharon Quick)

Sharon Quick has just finished the stitch guide for "Autumn Silhouette."  Her guide is available from her directly and your favorite shop can order the lovely fall tree straight from MAP Designs.

Jul 23, 2017

Heart Mermaid (Mary Engelbreit and Mary Ann Davis)

Mary Ann Davis of Past Times Needlepoint posted progress photos on her "Heart Mermaid," a Mary Engelbreit design.

Mary Ann is writing a stitch guide for this.  Contact her at the shop to pick up a copy.  If you don't have a favorite shop, Mary Ann can also get the canvas for you from Painted Pony Designs, Mary Engelbreit's distributor.

Jul 22, 2017

Challah Cover (Sew Much Fun)

Norma's lovely challah cover is a design by Sew Much Fun, with Cindy Saltzman's (co-owner of Sew Much Fun) stitch guide.

Contact Sew Much Fun for the canvas and guide.

Jul 21, 2017

Jul 20, 2017

Susan Roberts' Nutcracker (Pat Dettman)

Pat Dettman's stitch guide was used to stitch this awesome thirty inch tall Santa nutcracker from Susan Roberts.  Thanks for posting your photo, Bettie.

Jul 19, 2017

Angelika (Otto Agular and Pat Miller) UPDATED

Pat Miller's stitch guide for the Otto Agular portrait of "Angelika" is ready!  Look at those feathers!

You can contact Pat to get her guide and your favorite shop can order the canvas for you from Purple Palm, which distributes Otto's artwork on needlepoint canvases.

UPDATE:  Angelika is back from the framer's.  She's gorgeous.

Jul 18, 2017

New Colonial Needle Rounds and Mary Engelbreit Flower (Summer 2017)

Cynthia Thomas has posted photographs of five new rounds from SOS/Colonial Needle meant for the Lee round leather items and a new whimsical flower design from Mary Engelbreit/Painted Pony Designs.

The canvases and guides are available from Colonial and Painted Pony.  Use the right side arrow in the photo to see them all.

Jul 16, 2017

Hagatha (Melissa Shirley and Amy Bunger)

Jeanne posted a photo of the front of her Hagatha witch on Facebook, stitched using a guide from Amy Bunger.

This is a double-sided Halloween design from Melissa Shirley.  Your favorite shop can order the canvas from Melissa.  If you want Amy's guide, you will have to buy the canvas and/or the thread kit from her before she will sell you the guide.

Jul 14, 2017

Cowgirl Princess (J. Joyner and Robin King)

Nicolle showed off her finished "Cowgirl Princess" sign on Facebook.

The design is by J. Joyner and the stitch guide was written by Robin King.

Jul 13, 2017

FIsh Your (Thread) Stash (Finger Step Designs)

Finger Step Designs has a lovely ocean canvas with colorful fish that comes with a stitch guide, written to let you practice fancy stitches using threads from your stash.  It's a great introduction to thread substitutions.

Jul 12, 2017

Fishful Thinking (Charley Harper's Wife and Leona Cole)

Dee shows off her "Fishful Thinking" piece on Facebook, stitched using Leona Cole's guide.

This design was created by Charley Harper's wife, Edie Harper, and the canvas is distributed by The Meredith Collection. The bubbles on the left were painted out and pearls and Swarovski crystals substituted.  Contact Leona to pick up a copy of her guide.

Jul 10, 2017

Sky Spirits (Laurel Burch and Laura Taylor)

Nancy just finished her gorgeous "Sky Spirits," featuring a canvas from Laurel Burch and stitched beautifully following Laura Taylor's stitch guide.

The canvas is available from Danji, who distribute Laurel Burch's artwork on needlepoint canvas. Contact Laura Taylor to pick up the guide.

Jul 8, 2017

Hippity Hop (Sandra Gilmore and Laura Perin)

Bunny canvas collectors rejoice!  Laura Perin is starting to stitch Sandra Gilmore's "Hippity Hop." A stitch guide will be available through Sandra Gilmore's distributor, Fleur de Paris, or you can order the guide from Laura if you have the canvas already.

Jul 5, 2017

Good Harbor Needlepoint Has Stitch Guides in Stock

The shop has posted photos of the stitch guides they have in stock on their Facebook page.

Guides are for Raymond Crawford's "Wicked" (Anne Thornton), Needle Deeva's "Fall Basket" (Suzie Vallerie at Enriched Stitch), Needle Deeva's "Holiday House" (Owl Stitchery),  Sandra Gilmore's "Bun Bun" (Patricia Sone), Mary Engelbreit's "Flower Pot" (also from Patricia Sone), Leigh Designs' "Champagne Glass" (Sharon Quick), and Melissa Shirley's "Saguaro Table" (Laura Taylor).

Jul 4, 2017

Jul 3, 2017

Decisions, Decisions (Sandra Gilmore and Joan at PFOS)

Joan at Pocket Full of Stitches (fondly known as PFOS here in Chilly Hollow) has written a stitch guide for Sandra Gilmore's fun "Decisions, Decisions."

Joan is now stitching this new Halloween piece so the shop blog showed off some progress photos.  If you want to join in the fun, contact Pocket Full of Stitches.

Jul 2, 2017

Lagoon with Mermaid (Labors of Love and Robin King)

Adrienne just posted a photo of her finished lagoon and mermaid from Labors of Love on Facebook.  She stitched this using a Robin King stitch guide.

Jun 30, 2017

Floral Kimono Tapestry (Joy Juraez and Tony Minieri)

Kathy just posted this fabulous Joy Juarez kimono on Facebook.  She used a Tony Minieri stitch guide.  Your favorite shop can order the canvas from Fleur de Paris and you can pick up the guide from Tony Minieri.

Jun 29, 2017

Two New Stitch Guides by Mary Legallet

Mary Legallet has finished two stitch guides for Bedecked and Beaddazzled that are now available from the shop.   One is Emma Williams' "Passion Flower and Birds" and the other is Zecca's "Royal Peeps."  Lovely!

Jun 28, 2017

Love You More Updates Website

Love You More has updated their website and as part of their makeover, they now add "SGA " which stands for Stitch Guide Available to any photo of a canvas that has a stitch guide!  You will have to look at the design pages, though, and I don't know if the stitch guides come with the canvas or cost extra.  This isn't available for photos on the home page.  Still, it's a nice touch.

Jun 27, 2017

Twirling on the Beach (Patti Mann and Connie Glenn Camp)

Connie Glenn Camp just finished this darling little girl twirling on the beach.  Canvas by Patti Mann. Contact Connie's shop, Nashville Needleworks, for the stitch guide and/or canvas.

Jun 26, 2017

Green Parrot (Labors of Love and Pam Lemire)

Pam Lemire at Needlepoint by Pam has just finished the model for the green parrot from Labors of Love.

Bird fanciers can pick up the guide by contacting Pam on her Facebook page.  The canvas can be ordered by your favorite shop.

Jun 25, 2017

Bird Houses (JP Needlepoint and Mary Ellen Winnicki)

Stitch by Stitch Larchmont just posted a photo of the framed version of JP Needlepoint's Bird Houses.  Mary Ellen Winnicki did the stitch guide and the model.  Contact the shop if you want Mary Ellen's guide.

Jun 24, 2017

The Whale (Renaissance Designs and Sherry Bray)

Sherry Bray posted this great ocean canvas on Facebook.  The design is from Renaissance Designs and I think Sherry did the stitch guide.  The canvas can be ordered by your favorite shop and the guide is available from Queen Anne Stitches.  They don't have a website, but you can send them a message on their Facebook page.

Jun 23, 2017

SeaHorse (Earth Art International, Danji and Jill Rigoli)

Danji posted their recently finished model of Earth Art International's "SeaHorse" on Facebook.

The canvas is available from Danji now and the stitch guide will be available from them shortly.

Jun 21, 2017

Victorian Children (Melissa Shirley and Needle Works)

The Needle Works in Austin has posted three of Melissa Shirley's Victorian Children canvases complete with stitch guides to their shop website.  I think the guides were done by the shop although it is difficult to tell.  Girl in Blue Coat--

Boy with Wreath and Tree--

Girl with Snowball--

As I write this all three are out of stock but I am hoping that just means they have to wait for more of the canvases to arrive from Melissa Shirley Designs.  Contact Needle Works for help.

Jun 19, 2017

Jeweled Evening Bag (Lani and Susan Portra)

Jeanne is justifiably proud of her evening purse from Lani, stitched using a guide from Susan Portra.  Your favorite shop can order the canvas from Lani (I think it is Jeweled Evening Bag EB-3a) and you can contact Susan herself for her guide.

Jun 18, 2017

Sandra Gilmore and Tony Minieri Stitch Guides from Stitch By Stitch

Stitch by Stitch in Larchmont, NY posted thumbnail images of Sandra Gilmore canvases for which they have stitch guides.  The article also shows off their available Tony Minieri stitch guides.

I don't know who authored the guides or what the finished pieces look like.  Check with the shop for help.

Jun 17, 2017

Jun 15, 2017

Ham and Kip (Vicki Sawyer and Angie)

Angie at Barbara's Needlepoint has finished the stitch guide for Vicki Sawyer's charming "Ham and Kip."

The canvas can be ordered from Melissa Shirley Designs by your favorite shop or you can ask Barbara's Needlepoint for help getting the canvas when you order the guide from them.  The shop doesn't have a website but they have a Facebook page.

Jun 14, 2017

Sunflowers in Vase (Melissa Prince Designs and Robin King)

Quail Run just posted a photograph on Facebook of a Melissa Prince design stitched in a Robin King class at the shop.  It turned out great!

Here's another view.

Your favorite shop (or Quail Run) can order the canvas for you from Melissa Prince Designs and Robin will happily furnish the guide.

Jun 13, 2017

My Hood (Machelle Somerville and Pat Miller)

Pat just finished stitching the model of Machelle Somerville's "My Hood" in the pinks and purples version.  This piece is a master class on stitches useful for buildings.  Pat used eighteen different stitches on the houses with twenty-nine different threads to create texture. This is a great guide just to have if you stitch lots of architectural stitches.

The canvas and stitch guide are available from Fleur de Paris which distributes Machelle's designs.  Or you can get the guide only directly from Pat if you have the canvas already.

Jun 11, 2017

A Couple of Friends (Zecca and Ruth Schmuff)

Karen Hennessy created "A Couple of Friends" for a spring retreat at Bedecked and Beaddazzled.  Ruth Schmuff did the stitch guide.  The canvas and guide is available at the shop in case you need whimsy and birds in your life.  Not to mention a good time!

Threads and the rest are extra.

Jun 9, 2017

The Penguin and the Umbrella (dede Odgen and Sally London)

Are you a penguin lover?  Then this little bird out for a stroll in the rain is for you.  It's been beautifully stitched by Sally London of Rainbow Gallery and the stitch guide will come with the canvas.

Your favorite shop can order dede's canvases from Fleur de Paris, which is her distributor.

Jun 7, 2017

Guides from Queen Anne Stitches

Because Queen Anne Stitches doesn't have a website, just a Facebook page, it can be difficult for people who don't live near Santa Clarita, California to know just what the shop has to offer.

Fortunately, I've run across several Facebook photos of pieces finished using Queen Anne Stitches guides.  Here is a Melissa Shirley floral, guide by Heide Bontempo.

This tree with birds is from Birds of a Feather, guide by Sherry Bray.

Thanksgiving Parade, from Susan Roberts, was stitched using a Sherry Bray stitch guide.

Here is a 3-D pig from Tapestry Fair, using a Sherry Bray guide.

Contact the shop about getting these guides.

Jun 5, 2017

The Blessing Tree (Sundance Designs Needlepoint)

Galia just posted her finished and framed "Blessing Tree" on Facebook.  The canvas and stitch guide are both from Sundance.  Use the left side arrow for a closeup peek.

Jun 3, 2017

Stitch Guides from Flying Needle

The Flying Needle in Florida has added a page of available stitch guides to their website.  Some of the available guides are from Lee Cox but I don't know if they all are.

Sirena De Tu Corazon (Lulu My Pink Turtle and Lee Cox)

A very sharp-eyed Carolyn Hedge Baird spotted this charming mermaid at Flying Needles in Florida when she was there to teach.  The canvas, called Sirena De Tu Corazon,  is from Lulu My Pink Turtle, distributed by Ruth Schmuff.

Your favorite shop can order this from Ruth or you can talk to Flying Needles about getting the canvas and Lee's guide.

Jun 2, 2017

Summer Sips (Leigh Designs, Sandy Arthur, Pat Miller, Sharon Quick and Carolyn Taggart) UPDATED

Need a summer pick-me-up?  Leigh Designs just released their new "Summer Sips" series.

All eight are on view at the Leigh Designs website, and four have stitch guides available from the usual party animals—Sandy Arthur, Pat Miller, Sharon Quick and Carolyn Taggart!

UPDATE:  Here's another view of Pat's "Strawberry Daiquiri."

To see the finished models, click on any photo that has "Stitch Guide" written under it.  Anyone seen the cabana boys?  I need a mojito!

Jun 1, 2017

Best Friends (Love You More and Laura Taylor)

Louise's Needlework just posted "Best Friends, " which shows a lady and her peacock, on Facebook.  The stitch guide is from Laura Taylor while the design is from Amy Jo Design/Love You More.  Your favorite shop can order the canvas or you can ask Louise's Needlework to help you with the stitch guide and canvas (second link below).

May 31, 2017

High Tea (Ann Kagi for Patti Mann and Pat Miller)

If you like fancy hats and ladies, you'll love "High Tea" from Ann Kagi for Patti Mann Designs.

Pat Miller (AKA the Needleart Nut) has written a guide for this cutie.  Contact Pat for the guide and have your favorite shop order the canvas from Patti Mann.

May 29, 2017

Oh Joy (Kate Dickerson and Patti Filshie Hoffman)

Patti Filshie Hoffman just posted her "Oh Joy" Christmas sign (design by Kate Dickerson) on Facebook.  Your favorite shop can order the canvas from Kate Dickerson for you.  Contact Patti (second link below) to pick up her stitch guide or leave a message for her at The Enriched Stitch in Connecticut.

May 27, 2017

Under Cover (Pater Adderly, Maggie and Tony Minieri)

Trudy just posted this darling dogs piece (with one cat hiding in the midst of dogs) on Facebook.  It was stitched using a Tony Minieri stitch guide.  The canvas is from Peter Adderly and distributed by Maggie.  You can get the guide from Tony's website.

May 26, 2017

Angel with Tree (Melissa Shirley and Jane Wood)

The stitch guide for Melissa Shirley's Angel with Tree, one of a series of angels available as stand ups, stockings or round ornaments, is ready!  Your favorite shop can order the canvas from Melissa Shirley Designs…

…and I will happily sell you the stitch guide!

The guide for her as a stand up can be used for the stocking and ornament as well, although you'll have to add holly leaves, a name and ornate snowflakes to the stocking on your own.  Thanks, Melissa.  She's a darling angel, as are her sisters.

May 25, 2017

Hal O' Ween (Labors of Love and Carolyn Taggart)

Do you want to stitch something special for October? Then take a good look at Hal O' Ween from Labors of Love, beautifully stitched by Carolyn Taggart.  From the tip of his green top hat to his watch fob and mismatched pants to his great jacket and greater umbrella, Hal is a fashion plate ready to answer your door Halloween.

Your favorite shop can order Hal from Labors of Love for you.  To pick up Carolyn's guide, email her or send a message via Facebook.

May 23, 2017

Old Fashioned Tree (Raymond Crawford and Michele Herron)

Raymond Crawford's "Old Fashioned Tree" has been beautifully stitched by Michele Herron of the Bristly Thistle.

Your favorite shop can order the canvas for you.  Contact Michele at The Bristly Thistle to pick up the stitch guide.

May 22, 2017

Charley Harper and Tony Minieri

Stitch by Stitch in Larchmont, NY is having a Charley Harper trunk show, so their latest e-newsletter shows off the canvases available. At the very bottom of the article there is a photo montage of all the Charley Harper canvases that have Tony Minieri stitch guides.

You can call the shop to order or your favorite shop can pick up Charley Harper canvases from The Meredith Collection, which distributes his designs now.  Then you can ask Tony Minieri himself for a guide from those shown above.

May 21, 2017

Little Red Riding Hood (Julia Snyder and Ruth Schmuff)

Ruth Schmuff and Julia Snyder have collaborated in a stitch guide for Ruth's design "Little Red Riding Hood."  This is one of a series of updated fairy tale canvases which are charming and fun.  And the threads Ruth has assembled look like a blast!

May 20, 2017

May 19, 2017

Western Santa (Past Times Needlepoint)

This gorgeous Western Santa is from Tapestry Tent and can be ordered from Susan Roberts.  The stitch guide is from Past Times Needlepoint. You can get it from the shop.  However, I am pretty sure they won't throw in a rattlesnake skin….

First time I ever added THAT disclaimer to a posting here!

May 17, 2017

Snowfall (J&J Graphics and Carol Skill)

Hingham Square Needlepoint announced they are selling Carol Skill's stitch guide for the lovely New England winter scene from J&J Graphics called "Snowfall."

Contact the shop if you want to pick up the canvas or the guide—or both!

May 15, 2017

Bird on Teal (Ellen Giggenbach and Ruth Schmuff

Ruth Schmuff has finished a stitch guide for Ellen Giggenbach's "Bird on Teal."  I don't have a model for you to see but Ruth laid out all the supplies on the canvas, so I can tell you it combines beads, metallics, specialty fibers, silks and Ruth's unique overdyed Color Dreams floche.

If you need a shot of birdsong in your life, contact Ruth's shop to order.  The stitch guide comes with the canvas.  The threads and such are extra.

May 13, 2017

Ikat Blue Mini (Needlepoint For Fun)

Needlepoint for Fun has a free stitch guide for their Ikat canvas on their website.

The canvas is color printed, not hand painted, but this makes it an inexpensive alternative for learning to follow a stitch guide.

Plus, NP for Fun shows you how to frame it!  This makes it an affordable and fun project for those who want to try a little Do It Yourself.

May 11, 2017

The Steampunk Fox (Brenda Stofft, Colour Complements, and Denise Park)

Brenda Stofft's "Steampunk Fox" has been stitched by Denise Park using some of the wonderful threads from Colour Complements in Canada.  It turned out great.  Denise is selling the stitch guide, but probably not until she finishes teaching this at Madonna Needleworks in California.

Contact the shop for further information.

If you want the thread kit, Colour Complements will package all of them for you.

May 9, 2017

Free Stitch Guide for Thumbelina's Present (JP Needlepoint and Rainbow Gallery)

Rainbow Gallery just announced that they have a free stitch guide for the charming "Thumbelina's Present," a canvas from JP Needlepoint.  The guide is from Rainbow Gallery's own Sally London and features their new Glisten thread in the turkeywork.

The canvas (which is one of a series featuring Thumbelina the cat) can be ordered from JP by your favorite shop.  Here's the stitch guide.

May 5, 2017

Vallerie Needlepoint Gallery Stitch Guides UPDATED

Recently Enriched Stitch has developed their own line of canvases from the artwork of Kim Leo.  You can see the available canvases on the shop website.

Now Suzie is starting to develop stitch guides for the line.  She started with this fabulous hydrangea basket canvas.  The guide will be ready about the time the canvases arrive in the shop from the painting service, ready to be kitted up and sent to your door.

UPDATE:  Here is Hydrangea framed.

I'll update this article as Suzie stitches more from the VNG line!

Apr 30, 2017

Guides from Wellesley Needlepoint

Wellesley Needlepoint has opened their new online shop, which includes stitch guides available for some of their Annie Lane and TWNC designs.

Apr 25, 2017

Rainbow Clock (Mindy and Terry Christopher Castillo)

Vikki shows off her finished "Rainbow Clock" stitched using Terry Christopher Castillo's stitch guide.  Contact Terry for her guide and ask your favorite shop to order the clock (including the works, not installed yet in this photo) from Mindy.

Apr 23, 2017

Yellow and Orange Owl Dome (Debbie Mumm and Cynthia Thomas)

This cutie is  Vicki W's latest finish.  The design is by Debbie Mumm and the stitch guide by Cynthia Thomas.  Your favorite shop can order the canvas and guide from Melissa Shirley Designs.

Apr 21, 2017

Ladybug Lover (Charley Harper and Leona Cole)

Dee showed off her Ladybug Lover canvas from Charley Harper/Meredith Collection on Facebook.  This was stitched using a guide by Leona Cole.

Apr 19, 2017

Three Stylized Trees (Melissa Shirley and Terry Christopher Castillo)

Marget just posted a photograph of her three green winter trees by Melissa Shirley Designs on Facebook.  This was stitched using a guide from Terry Christopher Castillo.  I cannot find this on the Melissa Shirley website but apparently this is design 1552-A.

Apr 17, 2017

Christmas Tree in a Gazebo ( Needlepoint by Sharese and Lynn Mason)

Lynn of Yarn Explosion in Roanoke, Virginia has just finished the stitch guide for the Christmas gazebo by Needlepoint By Sharese.

Contact Lynn via Yarn Explosion to pick up the canvas and guide.

Apr 15, 2017

Funny Reindeer Ornaments (Pepperberry Designs and Laurie Walden)

Bristly Thistle just showcased the series of funny reindeer ornaments from Pepperberry, complete with stitch guides from Laurie Walden.

Your favorite shop can order the canvas, which come with a stitch guide and the embellishments, from Pepperberry Designs.

Apr 13, 2017

Frida (Lulu My Pink Turtle and Lynda Hauss Rowland)

Kathryn just posted a photograph of her finished "Frida" portrait from Lulu My Pink Turtle.  This was stitched using a stitch guide from Lynda Hauss Rowland.

The canvas can be purchased from Bedecked and Beaddazzled which distributes the Lulu designs.

The shop has their own stitch guide for this design which comes with the canvas.

The stitch guide Kathryn used can be obtained by asking Queen Anne Stitches for help.  This shop does not have a website but you can reach them via Facebook.

Apr 9, 2017

What a Witch! (Jude and Pat Miller) UPDATED

The stitch guide for "What a Witch!" is now available from Pat Miller at her Needleart Nut blog.  The canvas is from Jude.  Your favorite shop can order that for you.

UPDATE:  The pillow is back from West Coast Finishing where Sue Parsons did her magic using a glow-in-the-dark fabric Pat found at Joann's Fabrics.

Apr 8, 2017

Free Daisies Stitch Guide (Pippin Studio and Needlepoint for Fun)

Needlepoint for Fun just posted a free stitch guide for Pippin's "Daisies" on their website.  The guide is intended for folks who are just starting to explore using fancy stitches on their needlepoint canvas.  There are links at the bottom of the guide (which can be downloaded as a PDF file, by the way) to stitch diagrams, too.

Apr 7, 2017

Socks with Stitch Guides (Ruth Schmuff)

I just noticed a set of four mini socks from Ruth Schmuff available on the Nashville Needleworks website.  They each come with a stitch guide, probably written by Ruth herself. If you want to try something small, flashy and fun from the amazing brain of Ruth, one of these might be just perfect.

Apr 6, 2017

Enriched Stitch and Melissa Shirley Canvases

Enriched Stitch is having a Melissa Shirley truck show, so they listed all the Melissa canvases they have stitch guides for on their blog.  The guides are written by various people but the photos show the models to help you pick the one that is more like your stitching style.

Visit the shop's website to buy a guide. Most are available as instant downloads but if you want the canvas and threads, call or email the shop for help.

Apr 5, 2017

Three New Painted Pony Stitch Guides from Kathy Kuleza

Painted Pony Designs just posted models for three new designs on Facebook, all stitched by Kathy Kulesza.  There's the Mary Engelbreit straw hat, her little Pink Rose and the fabulous Diane Ulmer Pederson "Topiary Birds."  Your favorite shop can order the canvases and guides from Painted Pony.

Apr 4, 2017

Desert Light (Purple Palm Designs and Linda Corirossi)

Bedecked and Beaddazzled has Linda Corirossi's wonderful stitch guide for Purple Palm Designs' "Desert Light" cactus still life available.

The canvas is available with stitch guide from Bedecked and Beaddazzled.  They will kit up the threads for you as well if you wish.

Apr 3, 2017

Saguaro White (Purple Palm Designs and Sharon Quick)

This lovely cactus floral has been beautifully stitched by Sharon Quick, who is making the stitch guide available.  The canvas can be ordered by your favorite shop from Purple Palm Designs.

Apr 2, 2017

Amy's Stitch Guide Makeover

Amy Bunger has updated her Amy's Golden Strand shop website.  You can read about the update (and see a listing of the newest stitch guides available from Amy and a listing of the guides she is working on now) in her Feb/March 2017 e-newsletter.  By the way, at the very end of the newsletter Amy shows off students' stitching so you can see what the end product for some of her guides looks like.

This is a direct link to the stitch guide section of the updated website.  Remember to go to AMYSGOLDENSTRAND.COM, not the website, which still goes to the old website format.

Apr 1, 2017

Poppies and Lavender (Cathy Horvath-Buchanan and Laura Taylor)

Harriet just finished stitching 's "Poppies and Lavender" landscape using Laura Taylor's stitch guide.  The canvas is available from Maggie, who put Cathy Horvath-Buchanan's lovely landscape on needlepoint canvas.

Mar 31, 2017

Five Girlfriends (Ann Kagi and Patti Mann)

Stitch Therapy has the stitch guide for Ann Kagi's "Five Girlfriends" for sale at their online store.  The shop doesn't say who wrote the guide but they can also sell you the canvas from Patti Mann.

Mar 29, 2017

Robin in a Wreath (Melissa Prince Designs and Sandy Arthur)

Robin in a Wreath

Melissa Prince shows off the model Sandy Arthur stitched of Melissa's Robin in a Wreath.  It is gorgeous and elegant!

You can ask Sandy how to pick up a copy of the guide via her website.  Here are the guides currently available.

Mar 25, 2017

Three Dogs in Costume (Maggie and Connie Glenn Camp)

Nancy has finished her three dogs in New Year's Eve costume and posted the finished design to Facebook.

Connie Glenn Camp did the stitch guide and the canvas is by Maggie.  You can pick up the guide from Connie via Nashville Needleworks.

Mar 23, 2017

Baja Ornaments (Leigh Designs with Pat Miller and Sharon Quick)

Leigh Designs has a new release, a series of 8x8 squares called Baja.   Leigh herself describes these as "fruit stand meets Talavera."   The fruit and pottery designs are on deep blue 18 count canvas.  Half the designs have stitch guides from Sharon Quick and Pat Miller available.  To see the finished models, click on the photo of the designs that have "stitch guide by" under them.

Here on Pat's blog you can see her two Baja pieces together.  Don't they make a nice pair!?

Pat's stitch guides are available with the canvas from Leigh Designs or you can pick up the guide alone from Pat.

Sharon Quick's two Baja designs are posted on her Facebook page.  Use the right side arrow to see the second piece.

Mar 21, 2017

The Steampunk Fox (Brenda Stofft and Denise Park)

Denise has finished her Steampunk Fox from Brenda Stofft.  Now she needs to write the stitch guide.

Denise has a Facebook page.  Use Messenger to ask her about her guide.

Mar 19, 2017

Sand Dune Quilt (BB Needlepoint)

BB Needlepoint just posted this beautiful landscape on Facebook.  It's inspired by Cape Cod,  just finished,  and there's a stitch guide with the canvas.  Ask your favorite shop to order this from BB for your stitching pleasure.

Mar 17, 2017

Caps and Curls (Kimberly Smith)

Kimberly has finished stitching her "Caps and Curls" design.  It's all about mushrooms and fiddlehead ferns and dimension.  Kimberly is teaching this at the Black Sheep in Orlando and the canvas and guide is available from the shop (second link below).

Mar 16, 2017

Snowbirds Bluejay (Eleanor Grosch and Ruth Schmuff)

Bedecked and Beaddazzled shows off their "Snowbirds Bluejay" from Eleanor Grosch's artwork.

Ruth Schmuff herself did the stitch guide for a customer and the above is the result.  If you need a bluejay in your life, give her shop a call.

Mar 14, 2017

Lotus Scissor Case (Zecca and Ruth Schmuff)

Ruth at Bedecked and Beaddazzles shows off the threads and canvas for Zecca's "Lotus Scissor Case."  Ruth has written a guide for this.  Contact the shop to pick up the guide, canvas and/or threads.

Mar 12, 2017

Trust the Journey (Tapestry Fair and Tony Minieri)

Peggi and another stitcher have finally finished Kelly Rae Robert's "Trust the Journey."

The canvas and other artwork on needlepoint canvas is distributed by Peggi's company, Tapestry Fair.  Your favorite shop can order it for you and you can get Tony's stitch guide directly from him.

Mar 10, 2017

Wise Men and Camels (Raymond Crawford and Connie Glenn Camp)

Connie just posted photographs of the camel and Wise Man she just finished from Raymond Crawford's Three Kings set.

For more information about the guides and when Connie thinks she will have the set finished and the guides ready, contact her via Nashville Needleworks.

Mar 8, 2017

Gingerman Man Feet (Meredith Collection and Karen Johnson)

Karen Johnson at M's Canvashouse created the stitch guide for the charming gingerbread man's feet ornament which was stitched by Kelly.

The canvas is from the Meredith Collection (formerly the Elizabeth Turner Collection).  The shop, which belongs to Meredith, can help you get the canvas and guide.

Mar 6, 2017

New Stitch Guides from Larchmont

Stitch by Stitch in Larchmont, NY just listed the new guides they are preparing or just finished in their latest e-newsletter.

Contact the shop for help ordering.

Mar 5, 2017

Beauty Bird (Zecca and Ruth Schmuff)

"Beauty,"  Zecca's bird with a Coco Chanel quote in the background, has been stitched for Ruth Schmuff's shop using Ruth's stitch guide.  Isn't it wonderful?!

You can pick up the stitch guide from Bedecked and Beaddazzled by following the link in the above message.  Or Ruth can sell you the canvas and guide, or even through in the materials kit.  It's all up to you how you wish to express your inner beauty.

Mar 3, 2017

Santa's House (Debbie Mumm and Sherry Bray)

Kimberly shows off her "Santa's House" from Debbie Mumm, which was stitched using Sherry Bray's stitch guide.    Your favorite shop can order the canvas from Debbie's distributor, Melissa Shirley Designs, and you can contact Sherry for the guide.

Mar 1, 2017

Valentine Cottages (Melissa Shirley and Chris Tirey)

Mountain Shadow Studio arranged for the finishing of these marvelous Valentine Houses by Melissa Shirley Designs.  The stitch guide is by Chris Tirey.

Here is the link to the Mountain Shadow Studio website.  Although primarily a frame shop, they do all sorts of creative woodworking for clients as well.  Chris' contact information is listed in the Stitch Guide Writer Contact Information tab.

Feb 28, 2017

Pineapple Cottage (Kelly Clark and Lynn Mason)

Lynn Mason showed off her finished "Pineapple Cottage" on Facebook.  The canvas is from Kelly Clark/Colonial Needle and Lynn has written a stitch guide for it. The finishing was arranged by Yarn Explosion in Roanoke, Virginia.

Your favorite shop can order this from Kelly and you can ask Lynn about getting the guide at Yarn Explosion.

Feb 26, 2017

The Kelly Clark Makeover

Kelly Clark has a new website to showcase here stitching, but it doesn't list available stitch guides any more.  Instead, her distributor Colonial Needle has her designs listed in their Kelly Clark catalogue.  There is no longer a separate page for stitch guides but any canvas that has a guide available is marked SG.  Just FYI if you are looking for a guide from Kelly or your shop is ordering for you and can't find Kelly's old website.

Feb 24, 2017

Lizard Maureen (Brooke Connor and Ruth Schmuff)

If you love whimsical animals, then the new Lizard Maureen from Brooke Connor is for you!

Ruth Schmuff taught the lizard at her last embellishment class so a stitch guide is available.  Just contact Bedecked and Beaddazzled for help as they also distribute Brooke's canvases.  The stitch guide comes with that canvas.

Feb 22, 2017

Cleo's Mummy and Friends ( and StitchLaw) UPDATED

Laurie at StitchLaw has posted a photograph of her finished "Cle O Patra" (canvas by Labors of Love) to her Facebook page.

The canvas is available for your favorite shop to order from Labors of Love and you can pick up the guide from StitchLaw.

UPDATE:  Laurie has now completed the entire set of eight Halloween characters. They are amazing!

Feb 20, 2017

Sailing By the Sea (Cooper Oaks and Stitch by Stitch)

Stitch By Stitch in Larchmont, NY has posted a photograph on Facebook of Cooper Oaks' "Sailing by the Sea."  The canvas and stitch guide is available from the shop (second link below).

Feb 18, 2017

The Tailor (Beatrix Potter, Needlepoint Inc. and Chris Tirey)

Jan just finished her tailor canvas using Chris Tirey's stitch guide.  Love the little glasses!

The canvas is available from Needlepoint Inc.'s Beatrix Potter line.  Contact Chris to pick up her guide.

Feb 16, 2017

Easter Business (Rebecca Wood and Tony Minieri)

Judy just finished stitching Rebecca Wood's "Easter Business" using a stitch guide from Tony Minieri.  Use the side arrow on the right side for two closeups.

Feb 14, 2017

LOVE Hearts (Melissa Shirley and Amy Bunger)

Jeanne just posted a photograph of her finished LOVE hearts canvas, stitched using Amy Bunger's guide, on Facebook.

The canvas is from Melissa Shirley Designs.

Snowman (Kristine Kingston, Chris Lewis and Mary Waldsmith)

Mary Waldsmith of Owl Stitcher has finished the model for this darling Kristine Kingston snowman.

Your favorite shop can order the canvas and guide from Chris Lewis, who distributes Kristine's designs.

Feb 12, 2017

Small Staffordshire Dog (Lycette Designs and Virginia Barney)

Jinny Barney just stitched one of the Staffordshire Dog canvases from Lycette Designs.  This is a new ornament size of their popular Staffordshire series that debuted at the January 2017 TNNA show.  She very kindly posted the stitch guide for it on her blog.  You can see exactly what she did and stitch your own version by following along here--

Feb 8, 2017

Girls Night Out Movie Coaster Series (Melissa Prince and Suzie Vallerie)

The Melissa Prince canvases that made up Enriched Stitches' Girls Night Out coster club are now available individually from the shop.

If you are a movie fan and would like to stitch one of those new movie coasters, the shop has Suzie's guides available.  Talk to the shop about getting the canvas and guide as these new movie coasters may still only be available from Enriched Stitch.  During the club they were a shop exclusive.

Feb 6, 2017

Christmas Decorated Reindeer (Little Bird Designs and Rosanne Fleming)

Rosanne Fleming has finished stitching the model for this Little Bird Designs Christmas reindeer ornament.

The guide and canvas aren't on their website yet as this canvas just debuted at the January 2017 TNNA show but your favorite needlepoint shop can order them for you.

Feb 4, 2017

Sand Cat (Maggie and Diana Bosworth)

This cat on the beach was stitched by Linda using a stitch guide from Diana Bosworth.

The canvas is by Maggie.  Your favorite shop can order from her while you contact Diana via the French Knot in Texas.

Feb 3, 2017

Holly Ornament (Melissa Shirley Designs and Patricia Sone)

Pat of the Needleart Nut blog has finished stitching her "Holly Ornament" using Patricia Sone's stitch guide.  It's a lovely little piece and a very quick stitch, too.  More details on Pat's blog.

Feb 2, 2017

Limited Edition Madame Pompadour (Labors of Love and Tony Minieri)

Ellen has finished stitching her limited edition "Madame Pompadour" from Labors of Love using a Tony Minieri stitch guide.

This limited editions Labors of Love created has sold out, but if you happen to have one stashed away, you might wish to ask Tony for his guide.

Feb 1, 2017

Kristine Kingston Snowman (Chris Lewis and Owl Stitchery)

Mary Waldsmith of Owl Stitchery shows off her model of Kristine Kingston's Snowman with Stars on Facebook.  Love those snowflakes, scarf and carrot nose!

Kristine's canvas and Mary's guide are available from Chris Lewis, who is the distributor for Kristine's work.

Jan 31, 2017

Nativity Set (Kathy Schenkel, Stacey S. Brown, and Jan Rogers)

Adrienne shows off her Nativity set.  The designs are from Kathy Schenkel and the stitch guide for the stable is by Jan Rogers. The character stitch guides are from Stacey S. Brown. Your favorite shop can order the set from KS Designs.  You can reach Jan via her Facebook page and Stacey through Nimble Needle in Atlanta.

The stable is available from Nimble Needle in Atlanta.

Jan 30, 2017

Labors of Love Nativity (Sharon Quick)

Sharon Quick has finished her Nativity set from Labors of Love.    It's gorgeous!  Use the right side arrow to see the backs.

The stitch guides are now available from Sharon.  Finishing was done by West Coast Finishing, by the way.

Jan 29, 2017

What a Witch (Jude and Pat Miller)

This charming design by Jude Designs is full of glow-in-the-dark fun.  Pat Miller will have the stitch guide ready shortly so you can have this done before next Halloween.

Jan 28, 2017

Spring Fever (Machelle Somerville and Pat Miller) UPDATED

Pat Miller has just finished stitching Machelle Somerville's "Spring Fever" bouquet.  Pat blog-stitched this beauty.  If you'd like to watch what she did, look for Spring Fever by Machelle Somerville in the right hand column and click on that.  All her postings will magically appear.

UPDATE:  If winter is getting you down and you want to stitch this beauty, too, your favorite shop can order the canvas and  Pat will gladly sell you the guide directly if you are collecting flower stitching ideas.

UPDATE #2:  Here is Pat's model, framed. A breath of spring!

Jan 27, 2017

July 4th Picnic Baskets (Mary Lake-Thompson and Tony Minieri)

Janice showed off her 4th of July Picnic Baskets canvas (Mary Lake-Thompson) on Facebook.

The stitch guide is available from Tony Minieri while the canvas is available from Melissa Shirley Designs.

Jan 26, 2017

Kitty and Hollyhock (Sundance and Cynthia Thomas)

Sundance shows off their model of the new "Kitty and Hollyhock," model and stitch guide by Cynthia Thomas.

Your favorite shop can order the canvas and guide from Sundance for you so you can purr along.

Jan 25, 2017

Five Perfume Bottles (Lani and Susan Portra)

Susanne's perfume bottles canvas from Lani was stitched using a stitch guide from Susan Porta.

Talk to Absolutely Needlepoint to see if they can get you the canvas and the guide.

Jan 24, 2017

Three New Guides from Cynthia Thomas

Cynthia Thomas has three new stitch guides available and has posted photos for all on Facebook.  First up is her Brenda Stofft Santa (finishing by Fundy Scully).

Then she posted two more photos here of Brenda Stofft's Steampunk Mouse and of Sundance's Garden Cat Number Two.

Contact Cynthia for information on where to get the guides.  I think probably the Brenda Stofft ones are available directly from Cynthia but I am not sure about the Sundance cat.

Jan 23, 2017

Illuminations, Chinese Lanterns By Leigh Designs

Leigh Designs' newest series is a set of Chinese lanterns called "Illuminations," just released at the Winter 2017 TNNA Market.

There are three stitch guides ready to ship with canvases, of course!  The first is "Gateway to Paradise," which is the peacock lantern, beautifully stitched by Sandy Arthur.  Here is the model.

The second, "Portal to Immortality," is the tiger screen lantern, stitched by me.  Here is the model.

The third is "Sentinel of Wisdom," which features a dragon stunningly stitched by Carolyn Taggart.

The rumor mill says Laura Taylor is debating whether to stitch the purple butterflies ("Victorious Passage") or the pink birds lantern ("Spiritual Staircase").  Stay tuned for more guides!