Jul 30, 2018

Santa Baby (Raymond Crawford and Terri Dudley)

Terri has just finished her model of Raymond Crawford's "Santa Baby."  Contact Terri to pick up a copy of her stitch guide.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2011881738836199&set=gm.1828703307206819&type=3&theater&ifg=1

Don't know how to reach Terri?  Check the "Stitch Guide Writer Contact Information" tab above.

Jul 26, 2018

Jul 24, 2018

Woodstock (Purple Palm Designs and Stephan Mandelbaum)

Purple Palm Designs has licensed this classic Woodstock poster for needlepoint, and Stephanie Dresher-Mandelbaum is going to do a guide.  This comes on either 13 or 18 count.  Stephanie's guide will be for the 18 count version but have instructions for the 13 count as well.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/1830083827068767/

Jul 18, 2018

Cows and Cowboys (Meredith Collection and Alison Hodgkiss)

Alison just posted a photograph of the cowboys and their herd canvas that was done at a retreat for A Stitch In Time, which is Alison's shop.
https://www.facebook.com/102372503143781/photos/a.622496704464689.1073741826.102372503143781/1731965696851112/?type=3&theater&ifg=1

You can pick up the guide for this cutie from Alison at the shop.

Jul 16, 2018

What Exactly Is A Stitch Guide Like?

Lots of folks are curious about stitch guides.  What are they exactly?  What do they cost?  Where do you find one for that canvas you want to stitch?  The answer to the last question is easy--you browse here!

But the first two questions don't have easy answers because guides vary widely in costs (from free to hundreds of dollars for a custom piece) and layout. To help answer this question, I have collected guides for you to look at or read about in the links below.  First up, a review of Amy Bunger's stitch guides and a brief explanation on why you can't buy them without buying the canvas and/or thread kit with the guide.
http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com/2011/01/amy-bungers-stitch-guides-review.html

Here is a review I did of one of Beverly Churchfield's stitch guides.
http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com/2011/02/review-vintage-pears-stitch-guide.html

Here is a review I did of one of Robin King's stitch guides.
http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com/2011/08/reviewing-robin-kings-stitch-guides.html

Needlepoint.com also did a review of some of Robin's guides.
http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com/2011/11/robin-kings-creepy-creatures-set-guides.html

Associated Talents offers free stitch guides on their website for many of their smaller ornaments.  The guides aren't very long or detailed but the end result is fabulous!
http://www.atneedlepoint.com/CanvasLookup.asp?Category=Guides

CBK also has some free stitch guides on their website for some of their many canvases.  These vary in style and layout because they are from a lot of different stitch guide writers.
http://www.cbkneedlepoint.com/Stitch_Guides.html

Palma Seljan has also created quite a few free stitch guides.  Some have been posted here and some are available at Needlepoint Nation group on Facebook in the Files section.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/

Bedtime Story (Rebecca Wood and Julia Snyder)

Deby has finished her Rebecca Wood stocking, using a stitch guide from Julia Snyder.  The stocking is called "Bedtime Story" if you want your favorite shop to order for you.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156928560530110&set=gm.1816488098428340&type=3&theater&ifg=1

Jul 14, 2018

Cracked Plate Bouquet (John Johanssen, Melissa Shirley and Tony Minieri)

The "Cracked Plate Bouquet" is finished!  Meredith used a Tony Minieri guide (with a few changes) to complete this lovely framed piece.  Your favorite shop can order the John Johanssen canvas from Melissa Shirley designs and of course you can download the guide in PDF form from Tony's website.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2103399439701563&set=gm.1816817891728694&type=3&theater&ifg=1


Jul 12, 2018

Kindness Buddha (Sandra Gilmore, Robin King and Vicky De Angelis)

The Kindness Buddha canvas created by Sandra Gilmore for Once in a Blue Moon always gets a lot of comments from folks new to Needlepoint Nation where part of it is the header photo.  There are two stitch guides I know of for this beauty.  Here is Robin King's version, stitched by Nancy and made into a pillow.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153102103860872&set=gm.904088423001650&type=3&theater&ifg=1

And here is Vicky De Angelis's version, stitching using her own guide, and beautifully framed by New Creations.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1123142671093415&set=gm.1132468763496947&type=3&theater&ifg=1

The canvas is available from Fleur de Paris along with a companion piece called "Happiness."  Contact Robin for her guide.  Vicky's guide was published in the March/April 2017 issue of Needlepoint Now.
https://www.fleurdeparis.com/product/happiness/

Back issues of the magazine are still available right now.
https://www.needlepointnow.com/product/mar-apr-2017/


Jul 10, 2018

Herminia Witch (Melissa Shirley and Paula Schmidt)

Michelle just got her dimensional witch ("Herminia" from Melissa Shirley Designs) back from the finisher and it's a stunner.  Stitch guide from Paula Schmidt with input from Lisa Kessler at BeStitched.  Use the side arrows to view all four photographs.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155390930690826&set=pcb.1808248722585611&type=3&theater

Jul 6, 2018

Summer from Classic American Porch Series (Kate Dickerson and Elaine Aidonidis)

Kate Dickerson's "Summer Front Porch" has a guide from Elaine Aidonidis of EMA Needlepoint.
https://www.facebook.com/KSH.Needlepoint.Collections/photos/a.376781842357121.73704.209467389088568/1662905537078072/?type=3&theater&ifg=1

Contact Elaine via her Facebook page to get the guide.  Your favorite shop can order the canvas from Kate Dickerson.

Jul 4, 2018

Parisian Purse (Mindy and Marina Perna)

Stitch by Stitch in Larchmont, NY has a stitch guide for this wonderful Parisian Purse.  Canvas by Mindy.  Contact the shop (second link below) to get the guide and the canvas if you don't have it already.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10217118944595513&set=p.10217118944595513&type=3&theater&ifg=1

http://www.stitchbystitchneedlepoint.com/#!

Jul 2, 2018

Breaking News: Stitch Guide Sale

Enriched Stitch is having a sale on their instant download stitch guides through July 4, 2018.  All of these type of guides are on sale at 20% off.
https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn

http://astheneedleturns.com/stitch-guide-sale-and-more/

All the guides on sale this week are listed on the shop's website.  Use the code listed on Facebook to get the discount.
https://enrichedstitch.myshopify.com/collections/stitch-guides



Santa and Sleigh (Artists Collection and Janeann Sleeman)

This lovely Santa and his sleigh is a design from the Artists Collection, stitched using a guide by Janeann Sleeman. The finishing is by Marlene's.
https://www.facebook.com/needlenookoflajolla/photos/a.874331942611533.1073741836.148322051879196/2020216991356350/?type=3&theater