Nov 19, 2012

Nov 16, 2012

The Holiday March Series (with Guide) on Sale

Fans of Ashley Dillon's Holiday March series (stitched models in slide show at the link below) will be thrilled to hear that Bristly Thistle has all five canvases on sale at fifteen percent off if you purchase the thread kit at the same time.   The thread kit comes with Michele's stitch guide, too.  This is a nice sale if you are a fan of Michele's stitching (which I am) and love the series Ashley (Liz of Tapestry Tent's daughter) created.  Note that the sale ends November 24, so act quickly if you are interested.

Nov 14, 2012

Stitch Guides for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Just Because

A whole slew of new stitch guides have been announced, so I thought I'd do a quick roundup.  Vicky DeAngelis has finished the First Thanksgiving set.  This will be a club offered to multiple shops by Needle Deeva.  Two characters also will be featured in the December 2012 issue of Needlepoint Now magazine, which is beginning to be mailed to subscribers.  Some shops carry extra copies of the magazine if you are curious.  Since monthly clubs and stitch guides are merging, I thought I would mention this here.

Michele at the Bristly Thistle is stitching this gorgeous Alice Peterson design featuring traditional glass Christmas tree ornaments.  I don't know about you, but my parents had similar ornaments on their tree each year, so this one has a special nostalgic pull.  When Michele finishes stitching, you will be able to buy the stitch guide as part of the thread kit for the design from her shop.

The final stitch guides are by Tony Minieri for Needle Deeva again.  The theme isn't holiday related.  Instead, you have a garden with a black cat lurking.  Vicky DeAngelis is stitching it beautifully and showed it off on her blog as well as another Tony Minieri stitch guide for another Needle Deeva canvas, this time a vase of flowers. If you are a Tony fan or just want to stretch your skills, these stitch guides are something to consider.  To order them from Mr. Minieri, take note of the Needle Deeva canvas numbers and email him at or call Edwardian Needle at (973) 743-9833, which is his home shop and leave a message for him.

However you try to reach Tony, remember he is on the road a lot so you may not get an answer right away.  Edwardian Needle's hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Nov 9, 2012

Sherry's Pocito Guide is Ready

Sherry Bray's Pocito Finished But Unframed

Sherry Bray has finished her version of one of Manuel Salas' Day of the Dead ladies and the stitch guide is now available.  Sherry choose to work Pocito, whose full name translates to a Little Bit of Color.  (If the piece looks familiar, I am stitching Pocito's sister Belleza.)  You can see Manuel's artwork translated onto needlepoint canvas at the Tapestry Fair website.

One Day of the Dead lady canvas is so new she's not on the website yet but you can see her on Tapestry Fair's blog.

Tony Minieri has done guides for Pocito and Belleza.  You can see them here.  If you are interested, email him at the address listed.

BeStitched has done classes for both Pocito and Belleza so you might be able to buy class materials from them, but ask if everything needed to stitch the canvases their way is included in the guide.  I've been told that class materials sold as stitch guides later don't allow access to the videos that class members get to help them with unusual stitches.  Just be sure you know what you are getting before you buy, ok?

If you are interested in Sherry's stitch guide, talk to Queen Anne Stitches Needlepoint via their Facebook page of the exact same name.  This was a class that Sherry taught for them.  The shop is in Santa Clara, CA and their phone number is 661/286-1248.  I believe they are open in the afternoons except for Sunday but they don't have a website so I am not certain.

Nov 3, 2012

A Change at Bedecked and Beadazzled

The November shop newsletter for Bedecked and Beadazzled is up on their website, with big news!

Their website makeover has gone live and the shop now has a Stitch Guide section.  The top of the new section has the latest releases while the bottom half has all our old favorites.  This is perfect for those who are looking for a stitch guide!  Many of these guides are for Ruth's own canvases or those she distributes so they may be harder to find elsewhere, which means we'd all better bookmark this page.  After all, Santa is coming and he might need to know about one of these guides....

Please note that the prices are sometimes for the canvas and stitch guide both, and sometimes the stitch guide is sold separately.  To be absolutely sure of your costs and to be certain who wrote the guide, email the shop for help.

This is a great service for stitch guide customers.  Thanks, Ruth!

UPDATE:  Ruth has posted about her latest stitch guide, the Swirls of Snow Snowman, on her blog just this morning.  The second link shows him finished.

Nov 2, 2012

Stitch By Stitch's New Stitch Guide

Stitch By Stitch in Larchmont just posted their latest stitch guide which is for one of Sandra Gilmore's window view canvases.  The canvas shows Manhattan which is appropriate as Larchmont is nearby.

You can contact the shop via their website but remember, more than half of the town lost power during Sandy and Con Edison is saying it might take another week to get everyone's power back on.  It might be better to wait a little before contacting the shop, ok?

Nov 1, 2012

Robin Shows Off Stitch Guides from Stacy Brown

Robin King has been teaching at the Nimble Needle in Atlanta and posted lots of photograph from her class there, many of which show off projects with stitch guides by Stacy Brown who owns the shop.  I thought you'd enjoy seeing the work of a very talented stitcher whose guides are not well known.  If you want something a little different, this is a good place to shop.