Aug 30, 2014

Sheep for Halloween

Sharon Quick has just finished her Annie Lane Halloween canvas.  It's called "Sheepy Wicked" and shows a sheep wearing a witch hat beside a black cauldron full of three startled chickens.  Are they brewing up anti-wolf potions?  Or just bathtub gin?  Who knows!?!  The photo shows the finished piece inserted in Sharon's Lee bag with a bit of extra stitching on the sides to make the canvas the exact size.  Want three scheming sheep of your own?  Message Sharon via Facebook to arrange a guide for your own Halloween fun.

Sharon has also finished Annie Lane's "Spinning Wool."  Sharon sees the sheep getting dirtier and dirtier as they roll down the hillside.

Aug 29, 2014

Melissa Shirley's Spring Bouquet

It's not exactly a club but BeStitched has three kits of Melissa Shirley's Spring Bouquet left from their retreat.  The stitch guide is by Lisa Kessler and the canvas itself is 13 count.

Aug 28, 2014

Melissa Shirley, Pixie Dust Added UPDATED

Take a look at this Melissa Shirley purse canvas.  It comes in three separate color ways which you can see at the bottom of the page.  Boring, right?

Not after Sandy Arthur gets her hands on it!  Add Sandy's pixie dust to a canvas and you get magic, as you can see from the photo below of one of the finished purses from a class Sandy did at the Needle Bug in Montgomery, Alabama.  It'll knock your socks off!

Courtesy of The Needle Bug

Sandy is finalizing the stitch guide for this.  You'll be able to pick it up from her website (first link below) and I bet the Needle Bug (second link below) will be happy to get the canvas, guide and thread kit for you in your choice of color ways.

Beautiful work, Sandy.

UPDATE:  The Needle Bug wrote a blog posting about this piece with tons of photographs.  Thanks!

Aug 27, 2014

Melissa Shirley's Sunflower Basket

Connie Glen Camp has created a stitch guide for Melissa Shirley's Sunflower Basket design.  You can see the finished piece on Facebook.

Contact Connie about picking up your own guide for this via Nashville Needleworks.

Aug 26, 2014

Fireworks! The Guide

Pat Miller has finished the stitch guide for her original "Fireworks!" design.  Charmed?  Click on Available Stitch Guides on Pat's Needleart Nut blog to discover how to order.

Aug 23, 2014

Yolanda Has a Guide

Sandy Arthur continues to have an "exciting" life this year.  (She broke her leg last winter.)

When you get over the sympathetic shock (and stop worrying about YOUR devices), note that Sandy's mystery class using the Day of the Dead Yolanda from Tapestry Fair is over and the stitch guide will be available from Sandy shortly.  So if you didn't take Sandy's class, you can still participate via Sandy's guide.  Here is the finished model.  The guide is now (November 2014) available.

After all, we all need a sombrero and beads like Yolanda's!

Aug 20, 2014

My Favorite Things

Are you a fan of Julie Andrew's singing in The Sound of Music?  Then Rebecca Wood's Favorite Things ornament series will sing to you.

The stitch guides are by Cynthia Thomas.  Hope you enjoyed all the great photos!

Aug 19, 2014

Imari: Meditating Mums

Pat Miller has finished stitching the small version of Leigh Designs' Imari Meditating Mums and it is lovely!

The stitch guide will be ready shortly.  You can pick it up from Pat directly (check the "Available Stitch Guides" tab on her blog) or your shop can order it for you when they order the canvas from Leigh.

Aug 18, 2014

More From Robin, Soon

Robin King has announced a bevy of new stitch guides to be available from her in mid-September.  Time to grab those canvases and get ready for more from Robin soon, very soon!

Remember, you can always check to see what guides Robin has by clicking on the "Stitch Guides by Robin King" tab on her blog.

Aug 16, 2014

Girls of Paradise

I just learned that this lovely Linda Carter Holman piece (available from Melissa Shirley Designs) has a David McCaskill stitch guide!

David can be reached through Needlenook of La Jolla if you want to get a copy of the guide for your own Girls of Paradise fun.

Aug 15, 2014

TNNA Winter Market 2014 Stitch Guide News

I decided to gather all the stitch guide news from the San Diego Market in one place--here!

Amy Bunger says Cindy McKown is going to do a stitch guide for Melissa Shirley's new witch canvas.  Here is Melissa's canvas.  There's no photo of the model since the canvas just came out.

Amy shared a photo of Cindy McKown's Raymond Crawford Christmas set, too.  I think Cindy works at Nashville Needleworks.

Laura Perin did a wonderful job with Sandra Gilmore's Pretty and her Nutcracker and also the Hydrangea and the Statue of Liberty.

Cynthia Thomas has been busy doing models and stitch guides for Patt and Lee's new Witches Through Time series and Rebecca Wood's Favorite Things ornaments.  Navigate through Cynthia's Facebook photo album starting here.

Here is what Kreinik says about the Favorite Things pieces and Cynthia's guides.

Melissa Shirley has just finished the stitch guide for her Winter Table, one of a series of seasonal table still lives that she just released.

Other folks have also done new guides for Melissa's work.  The What's New section of her website shows Beverly Churchfield's guide for her Beach Birds, Jan Ayeroff's guide for her Stitching Witches,  and both Easter and Valentine cracker guides from the duo of Palma Seljan and Cynthia Thomas.

Ruth Schmuff has been busy with new guides.  She's done one for Tapestry Fair's Egyptian dog, which is a companion piece to Ruth's version of Tapestry Fair's Egyptian cat Bastet.

Her guide for Ewe and Eye's twirling snowmen is a stunner!

Ruth also has a guide for her Silly Elf, a small Santa in wild socks out for a stroll during the (green) moonlight.

Ruth's shop Bedecked and Beadazzled often has Brenda Hart in to teach and Brenda has done guides for two canvases for the shop.  The first is Ewe and Eye's Candy Rush, the snowman skiing down the mountain on his candy canes.  The second is Melissa Shirley's beach birdhouses piece (second link).  From winter to summer, Brenda Hart does it all!

Finally, Robin King has been so busy writing guides she hasn't had time to update her blog (first link).  Robin does post photos of a canvas when she finishes a guide on her Facebook page (second link) so check there to see what fun she has been up to.  Robin also maintains a Pinterest page with guides listed there under "Robin King Needlepoint."

Well, that's everything I can remember.  It's a good time for those who love using stitch guides!

Aug 14, 2014

Love a Man in Uniform

Point of It All Designs, Stitch Guide by Vicky DeAngelis

The Point of It All Designs has announced a new stitch guide by Vicky DeAngelis for their darling "I Love a Man in Uniform" Christmas piece.  I just love the fur fluff, the beaded letters and the Christmas tree background.  Nice job, Vicky!

Aug 13, 2014

Alice in Wonderland--with Stitch Guide

If you are a fan of Sandra Vargas's canvases, Ruth Schmuff's stitch guides, or just plain a fan of Alice in Wonderland, you are going to be pleased to see the newest Sandra Vargas canvas.

Me, I am dying to know how Ruth handled those mushrooms in the background!

Aug 5, 2014

Facebook Tells All

If you hang out on Facebook like I have to, you will soon discover there are many more stitch guides available than you realized when the shops or their customers show off their latest goodies.  Cindy Salzman has done a stitch guide for Melissa Shirley's double sided Christmas bear.  You can contact Cindy via Cindy's Needle Art (second link).

Michele Herron is finalizing a stitch guide for Pajamas and Chocolate's Three Witches canvas.  Michele calls this "Girls Night Out.""  Michele owns the Bristly Thistle so you can snag a copy when the guide is ready from there (second link).

Melissa Shirley has posted covers of two new stitch guides for her canvases on her Facebook page.  Laura Taylor has written a guide for Melissa's Bright Bouquet Table and...

...Laura has also done a guide for the Mary Lake Thompson Canned Veggies canvas that Melissa distributes.  Any shop can order these from Melissa when they order the canvas for you.

Finally, Sharon Quick just finished a "blingy" version of Annie Lane's "Road Trip."  Email Sharon at or send her a message via Facebook's messaging system to order.

Aug 4, 2014

The Twelve Days of Christmas Santa from Amanda Lawford

Stitch By Stitch in Larchmont, NY has announced a stitch guide is available for one of Amanda Lawford's wonderful large stand up Santas.  This is the Twelve Days of Christmas Santa.  The guide is by Marina.  Usually Amanda has three different sizes available for her stand up Santas.  I'm sure the guide will work for all of them.

Looks like the shop has a guide for Amanda's Woodland Santa, too.

Aug 3, 2014

New Guides from Amy Bunger's Shop

Amy's Golden Strand has announced two new stitch guides--one for Melissa Shirley's patriotic Fourth of July Basket and one for Rogue Needlepoint's Queen Jane Seymour in the Henry VIII and His Wives set.  Two more guides are underway--Vicki Sawyer's "Garden Party" (she is a new designer to be distributed by Melissa Shirley starting at the Dallas trade show in early September) and Melissa Shirley's "Winter White" basket.  AND Amy is selling some of Sandy Arthur's guides for Rogue Needlepoint's Downton Abbey characters.

By the way, Julia Snyder just posted on Facebook she's going to do a guide for Garden Party, too. I love choices!  Julia's guide will be available in February 2015 and she will be teaching this at various shops.

AND Laura Taylor is going to do her own version.  I assume Julia's and Laura's classes will be available as guides eventually but I'm not 100 percent sure.

Aug 2, 2014

Stitch Guide for the Petite Berry Basket

Enriched Stitch is enjoying school's being out.  As a result of less chauffeur duties, their petite berry basket (Melissa Shirley Designs) is done!  Call the shop to order the canvas, guide and thread kit.