Jul 31, 2013

Robin King's Updated List of Available Stitch Guides

Robin has updated the list of available stitch guides on her blog, with the list sorted by designer to make it easier to find the one you want.  She also explains the difference between stitch guides for canvases she has stitched personally and those she has drawn up a road map for without actually doing the stitching.  There's a difference!

Have a fun little browse and see if a canvas of your dreams is on the list so you can stitch along with her.

P.S.  Robin's stitch guides done at Amy Bunger's shop are also listed with little thumbnail photos on Amy's website.  This is a very handy place to browse if you want a quick visual search of some of Robin's guides instead of reading the list.

Jul 30, 2013

Have You Ever Deviated From a Stitch Guide?

Have you ever deviated from a stitch guide and then felt guilty about doing so?  DON'T!  Sheena explains why in this delightful essay on Zecca, taking classes from Ruth Schmuff and how to display those ornaments we are busy stitching.

Jul 29, 2013

Laura Perin's First Stitch Guide UPDATED

Laura Peri's First Stitch Guide
Laura Perin who is one of the most prolific charted designers working today, has crossed over to the Dark Side!  She has created her first stitch guide for a painted canvas!  The stitch guide you see above is for Sandra Gilmore's Hydrangeas.  Isn't it lovely?  A second Sandra Gilmore/Once in a Blue Moon guide is underway.

Shops can buy Laura's guides from Fleur de Paris who are the distributors of Sandra Gilmore's canvases.  Congratulations, Laura!  We can't wait to see what you do with your next painted canvas!

UPDATE:   Laura explains how this all evolved.

UPDATE #2:  Laura has finished her second stitch guide, this time for Sandra Gilmore's Statue of Liberty.

UPDATE #3:  Laura is working on a Sandra Gilmore/Once in a Blue Moon nutcracker.

Jul 28, 2013

Robin is a Nutcracker Fiend

And so is 3 Kittens Needle Arts in Minnesota.  So they got together over a dede Odgen nutcrackers design and the rest is history!  Lucky us, we can get the shop exclusive stitch guide from 3 Kittens and have our own nutcracker madness!  Whether you are interested in nutcrackers or not, you have to see the amazing beards and mustaches, the uniforms and of course the lovely background stitch on this beautiful canvas.  Great job, Robin!


Jul 23, 2013

Assocated Talents Guides Page Updated

Fans of Associated Talents will be pleased to hear the company has updated their stitch guide listing on their website.  Here's the link to see if your canvas has a free guide to download--

Remember, if you are accessing the page via your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, you can download the guides to iBooks.  Go to iBooks and then swipe to the right to switch to the PDF files vertual bookcase and there it will be.

Jul 17, 2013

BeStitched Introduces PAX

BeStitched just announced a new concept called PAX, which stands for painted canvas plus accoutrements plus an "excellent guide."  In other words, you can purchase a canvas, the stitch guide for it plus a kit of goodies to help you stitch using the guide.  I am not certain of the accoutrements are just embellishments or if each kits includes the threads, however.  They are probably included in at least some of the kits, but perhaps not all, so check before you buy.  The PAX available currently are shown at the bottom of this announcement.  Their online PAX website page is the second link below.