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

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.

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.

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!

Noah's Ark Stocking (dede Odgen and Terry Christopher Castillo)

Marget just finished her Noah's Ark stocking for her granddaughter, using Terry Christopher Castillo's stitch guide.  The canvas is from dede Odgen, distributed by Fleur de Paris.

Jan 22, 2017

Clara (Sandra Gilmore and Laura Perin)

Laura Perin has stitched the companion piece to Sandra Gilmore's Nutcracker.  This piece is called Clara--for obvious reasons.  The canvas, Laura's guide and a set of DMC cotton flosses in the correct skins colors are all available from Fleur de Paris, Sandra's distributor.

Jan 21, 2017

Sun and Moon (Sandra Gilmore and Fireside Stitchery)

Julie's beautiful "Sun and Moon" was worked using Sandra Gilmore's canvas and a stitch guide by Fireside Stitchery.

The canvas is available from Fleur de Paris who distribute the Once in a Blue Moon canvases and the guide is available from Fireside.

Jan 20, 2017

Noah's Ark Tooth Fairy Design (Brenda Stofft and Sandy Arthur)

This darling Noah's Ark standup actually is a tooth fairy piece, designed by the amazing Brenda Stofft and stitched by Sandy Arthur.  Sandy will be teaching this at the San Jose TNNA show in January 2017.  After that, the stitch guide will be available from Sandy herself.  Of course your favorite shop can order this new design from Brenda for you.

Jan 19, 2017

Vivian Leigh (Amanda Lawford and Waste Knot Needlepoint)

Waste Know Needlepoint in Arlington, Virginia just posted a photograph of their exclusive Amanda Lawford canvas--"Vivian Leigh."  There's a stitch guide, too!

Contact the shop via their Facebook page or their website to pick up the canvas and guide.  It's not available anywhere else.

Jan 18, 2017

Petei Does Jane Austen (Petei and Susan Burris)

Debuting at the Winter 2017 TNNA show is a new set of Petei characters--Jane Austen's characters from Pride and Prejudice!  Each canvas comes with a Susan Burris stitch guide, too!

Your favorite shop will be able to order the canvases and guides from Painted Pony Designs, which  distributes Petei's designs,

Spring Topiary (Diane Ulmer Pederson and Kathy Kulesza)

At the bottom of Painted Pony Designs' latest blog posting you'll see the model for a new Diane Ulmer Pederson topiary, stitched by Kathy Kulesza.  The stitch guide will be available to order from Painted Pony along with the canvas in early spring.

Jan 17, 2017

Her Garden Blooms (Mary Kay Crowley and Tony Minieri)

Debbie just finished Mary Kay Crowley's French style interior called "Her Garden Blooms" and posted a photograph on Facebook.  The canvas is from DJ Designs (Mary Kay's distributor) and the stitch guide was created by Tony Minieri.


Jan 16, 2017

The Blue Candle Menorah (Tapestry Fair and Ruth Schmuff)

Ruth Schmuff has just written a stitch guide for Tapestry Fair's Menorah.  You can get the guide and canvas from Ruth's shop and see a similar design Ruth is starting to stitch here.  That'll give you an idea what the finished piece may look like.

Jan 15, 2017

Camo Chameleon (Zecca and Pocket Full of Stitches)

Ellen just showed off her colorful Camo Chameleon on Facebook.  This is a Zecca canvas, stitched following a stitch guide from Pocket Full of Stitches.

I'm sure the shop can help you pick up the guide and canvas if you don't own it already.

Jan 14, 2017

New Squatty Santa Stitch Guides (Strictly Christmas and June McKnight)

June McKnight has done two stitch guides for the Sugar and Spice Squatty Santa and for the Frogs and Snails Squatty Santa, both designs from Strictly Christmas.  You can see the finished models on Strictly Christmas' Facebook page.  Look for the video posted on January 10, 2017. June is adapting her guides to work for the stocking and standup versions of this, by the way.

Your favorite shop can order the canvases and guides from Strictly Christmas for you.

Jan 13, 2017

Formal Gown #5 (Lani Silver and Chris Tirey)

Pamela just finished stitching this beautiful Lani ball gown using a stitch guide from Chris Tirey of Nimblefingers in Houston, Texas.

You can get the guide from Nimblefingers or ask Chris about it directly using her Facebook page.

The canvas can be ordered by your favorite shop or you can order it directly from Lani's own shop.

Jan 12, 2017

More Ruth Schmuff Stitch Guides Available UPDATED

Ruth had another embellishment class at Bedecked and Beaddazzled in early January. You can browse the canvases on her blog and order a guide for any (or all!) of them. Ruth will supply the canvas and/or the supplies if you need those, too.  Just follow the link under each canvas to her shop website.

UPDATE:  Bedecked and Beadazzled now has a website page just for new stitch guides.

Jan 11, 2017

Under Cover (Peter Adderly, Maggie, Julia Snyder and Tony Minieri)

Lisa stitched this fun canvas using Peter Adderly's art and a guide from Julia Snyder.

There is also a stitch guide from Tony Minieri for this design.

The canvas itself is distributed by Maggie.

Jan 9, 2017

Amy's Newest Stitch Guides (December 2016) UPDATED

Amy Bunger has started listing her newest stitch guides in her shop newsletter.  Here is the Dec. 2016 edition.  I'm hoping once her new website is available that you can find everything there.

She also lists new guides by Lori Carter.  It's a fun read regardless, but you will get a glimpse of some of the designs stitched by Lori to give you an idea of what the finished piece will look like if you purchase the guide.  That's always nice!

UPDATE:  The February 2017 e-newsletter also shows off new guides by Amy, Lori Carter or Jill Wilensky.

Jan 7, 2017

Christmas Abstract (Tapestry Fair and Ruth Schmuff)

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, Ruth Schmuff did her traditional holiday workshop.  This year's treat was Tapestry Fair's "Christmas Abstract" which is a sort of mod 1960s design that resembles perfume bottles in my mind.

Isn't that all about the BLING?  LOL

The class kit is available from Ruth (the design is an exclusive to her shop for now) and that includes the stitch guide.   If you are feeling Fab, you might put this on Santa's list for stitching.

Jan 5, 2017

Spell Casters (Sharese and Cynthia Thomas)

Liz just finished her "Spell Casters," a fun witch's brew of a canvas from Sharese, and posted a photograph on Facebook.

Isn't that a hoot?  The stitch guide is from Cynthia Thomas and Lynn Mason (the designer behind Sharese) can help you find the canvas.  Contact Lynn via her Facebook page.

Jan 4, 2017

Fabulous Forest (Pippin)

Pippin's Fabulous Forest series of trees all come with their own stitch guide.

You can see the bare canvases on the Pippin website and your favorite shop can order any or all the trees and their guides for you.

Jan 3, 2017

Arctic Circle (Charley Harper and Pocket Full of Stitches)

Susan shows off her framed "Arctic Circle," a Charley Harper classic design stitched using a stitch guide by Pocket Full of Stitches.

Charley Harper's artwork is distributed on needlepoint canvas by the Meredith Collection.  Your favorite shop can order this or any other Charley Harper canvas for you.  Pocket Full of Stitches will gladly help you with the guide.

Jan 2, 2017

The Dare Devil (Deidre Wicks and Tony Minieri)

Denise posted a photograph on Facebook of her "Dare Devil," a canvas from Diedre Wicks of Chelsea Needlepoint.  She stitched this using a guide from Tony Mineri.

You can order the printed canvas straight from Chelsea Needlepoint and get the guide from Tony himself.

Jan 1, 2017

Windy Day (Purple Palm Designs and Sharon Quick)

Sharon has posted a nearly finished model of Otto Agular's Windy Day on Facebook.  Her stitch guide will be ready shortly.  The canvas is distributed by Purple Palm Designs, Otto's distributor.