Dec 26, 2013

Guide to a Silly Elf

Just in time for Christmas, Santa brought Ruth the stitch guide for her Silly Elf canvas.  You can see the elf in his twisted peppermint stockings here.   I don't know who wrote the guide--Ruth doesn't say--but they love threads and if you love Santa and threads as well, it's worth talking to Bedecked and Beadazzled about having Santa bring you the kit.

Dec 21, 2013

The Enriched Stitch Does Roosters

Patti Filshie Hoffmann is going to do a stitch guide for this amazing Liz/Tapestry Tent rooster canvas for Enriched Stitch in Connecticut.

Contact the shop for details. Since Patti just finished it, I expect the guide won't be ready until early 2014.

Dec 16, 2013

Kimberly Does Painted Canvases--And Guides!

Kimberly Crum was well known for her wonderful counted canvaswork designs but the industry changed some, painted canvases became The Thing, and Kimberly became Kimberly Smith.  Time marches on, you know!

But yesterday Ruth Schmuff announced that she and Kimberly have created a new partnership.  Kimberly is going to do painted canvas designs and Ruth is going to distribute them.

AND Kimberly is doing stitch guides for the canvases!  What could be better!!?!  (The guides aren't quite ready yet but soon, very soon....)

Here is Kimberly's space on Ruth's website.  Keep an eye on this as new designs are added.

There's nothing else quite like Kimberly's whimsical and colorful small pieces.  I can't wait to see more!

Dec 14, 2013

Laura Perin and the Pink Nutcracker UPDATED AGAIN

Laura Perin is working on her third stitch guide, this time for Sandra Gilmore's pink nutcracker.

I think it is going to be spectacular!  This should be available to order at the January 2014 TNNA trade show.  Stay tuned!

UPDATE:  Here are some closeups of the model at the TNNA Winter 2014 show.

UPDATE #2:  Laura has also created a stitch guide for the companion piece, "Clara."

Dec 5, 2013

The Woodland Santa (Melissa Shirley Designs)

Enriched Stitch's Becki Gebhardt has created a wonderful version of the Melissa Shirley Woodland Santa that the shop is selling a guide for now.  Woodland Santa shows the man in red carrying a cut Christmas tree, wreath, pine cones, etc. through the snowy forest, a fox and deer walking by his side.  There is a rabbit riding his pack and a bird in the air, watching for the decorating that is about to begin.  You can also buy the canvas from the shop.  If you pick up the threads at the same time, they will throw in the guide for free.

It's never too late to order a special Christmas present for yourself or to get started on a beautiful Christmas piece for 2014.

UPDATE:  Melissa Shirley Designs posted the official cover for this guide on their Facebook page.