Jun 27, 2015

Hungry? (Buffet by Raymond Crawford and 3 Kittens)

This lovely display of items for the grill is by Raymond Crawford, using a stitch guide provided by 3 Kittens Needle Arts.   Jill stitched it and posted a photograph on Facebook.  Thanks!

Jun 24, 2015

Santa and the Snowman (Curtis Boehringer) UPDATED

Fleur de Paris is working with Sandy Arthur on a stitch guide for their "Santa and Snowman" piece from Curtis Boehringer.  Sandy is a speed demon stitcher so I expect this will be available in a month or two, just in time to get stitched for next Winter.

UPDATE:  Mountain Shadow Studio finished this as a spectacular stand up.

Jun 22, 2015

Christmas Moose by Maggie (and Tony and Harriet)

Harriet has just finished this Maggie canvas using a Tony Minieri embellishment class guide.  It's wonderful!  You can pick up the guide via Tony Mineiri's website or through Edwardian Needle, which is his home shop.

Thanks for posting a photo on Facebook, Harriet!

Jun 21, 2015

Ridgewood Needlepoint's Stitch Guides UPDATED

Ridgewood has updated their website to list the pieces for which they have shop stitch guides.  Many of these designs were clubs from past years.  There's everything from the Rockefeller Center stocking guide to chocolate bunny guides, from their seasonal doors to the paper doll dresses, all with pictures of the models so you can get an idea of the finish product if you follow the guide to the letter.   It's a great resource if you are looking for something a little different.

Ridgewood also has their Coat Ladies guide (written by Adrienne) still available.

UPDATE:  Ridgewood shows off "Five Little Black Dresses" from Pippin (this was a shop class taught by Stephanie), and "Hen in a Basket" (designer unknown but Gretchen taught the class).  Guides and the canvases are available from the shop.


Jun 20, 2015

Chocolate Bunnies UPDATED

Ridgewood Needlepoint in New Jersey still has a series of chocolate rabbits (in regular and white chocolate colors) with a stitch guide from Gretchen left over from a class.  You can see the unstitched and the finished canvases on their blog.  These look like a lot of customizable fun to stitch this summer and fall for Easter display in 2016.

UPDATE:  More photos of finished bunnies, plus a matching needle magnet!

Jun 18, 2015

At the Beach with Lynda (And Sandra Gilmore)

Lynda Hauss Rowland, who teaches at Queen Anne Stitches, just finished this lovely model of a Sandra Gilmore beach scene.  The guide will be available through Fleur de Paris (Sandra's distributor) before too long.  Congratulations, Lynda, on a job well done.

Jun 17, 2015

Three Halloween Drinks (A. Bradley and M. Waldsmith)

Mary Waldsmith has been busy stitching A. Bradley's three Halloween drinks canvases that premiered at the Columbus trade show.  They have the cutest names:  The Eye Ball, The Ghostini, and the Witches Brew.  You can see them on Mary's blog.

 Contact Mary for more information on picking up the guides.

Jun 16, 2015

Laugh (Maggie and June McKnight)

June McKnight did the stitch guide for Maggie's "Laugh"  (three funky chickens laughing) posted on Facebook by Cammie.

Contact June via her website.

Jun 15, 2015

Sherry Bray Update

Melissa Shirley just announced the newest stitch guide in her collection--Sherry Bray's interpretation of John Johanssen's "Watermelon."

Use the side arrows to see the model and two more pieces (one a Debbie Mumm called "Apple Cart Farm" and the other a Mary Lake-Thompson called "Farm House") that were stitched using Sherry's guides.

Sherry has just finished stitching this folk art winter scene from Ewe and Eye as well. It will be a class at Queen Anne Stitches in August.  The stitch guide should be ready soon after.

The guides for canvases Melissa Shirley distributes or creates are available from her.  Ask Sherry (see the contact information tab for information how to reach her) about how to get the Ewe and Eye guide.

Jun 13, 2015

The Victorian Carolers Set (Kathy Schenkel)

Wellesley Needlepoint has announced a new Kathy Schenkel set exclusive to the shop for now.  It is called Victorian Carolers and each piece of the set has a stitch guide (stitch guide writer unknown).

Jun 11, 2015

Friends of Our Family (Charley Harper)

This large Charley Harper canvas of dogs, cats, and birds now has a stitch guide written by the talented duo of Ruth Schmuff and Julia Snyder.  You can see all the threads that are called for displayed next to the canvas on Ruth's blog.

The guide is $85 and is available from Ruth's shop, as is the canvas itself.

Jun 10, 2015

Cynthia's Been Busy (Betsy B. Originals and Scott Church)

Cynthia Thomas has posted photos of two models she did on Facebook.  Each has a stitch guide by her.   Click on the link and you'll see Scott Church/CBK's parent and child polar bears and the pretty White Christmas piece (Betsy B. Originals/Painted Pony Designs).  Use the side arrows to navigate.

Jun 9, 2015

The Dog Fetches the Christmas Tree (Cheryl and Melissa MacLeod)

Melissa MacLeod have finished her stitch guide for Cheryl's golden retriever in the Christmas truck piece.  A photograph is posted on Facebook.  Contact Melissa via her Melissa MacLeod Needlepoint FB page.

Jun 8, 2015

Associated Talents' Halloween Mice

Nimble Needle in Atlanta posted a photo on Facebook of five new Halloween patterned mice silhouette from Associated Talents that have stitch guides.  Thank you!

Jun 7, 2015

Four Small Ann Wheat Pace Florals

Threads LLC in Charlottesville, Virginia is doing classes on a series of small Ann Wheat Pace florals.   You can see the third in the series here.  Once class is over, stitch guides and kits will be available for a series that emphasizes flowers and fun new threads.  I'm sorry that I couldn't find any more photos of the series, but based on how nicely this one turned out, I think folks will be interested.

Jun 6, 2015

Stitch Guide Saturday

Enriched is going to do a Stitch Guide Saturday the first Saturday of every month (except July when the Fourth holiday interferes).  Here is how it works. I think it's a great idea!

The Whimsical Stitch

Mary Legallet's new Whimsical Stitch website and Facebook page have gone live!

When you are exploring, don't miss Mary's blog.  Her first read posting is about brick stitch beading.

Mary's name may not ring a bell but I bet you have seen her fabulous models for Melissa Shirley Designs.  Right now her guides are only available for your shop to order from Melissa Shirley but eventually you will be able to order directly from Whimsical Stitch.

Congratulations on going online, Mary!  We are looking forward to your next fabulous stitch guide.

Bee Kind Bee Skep (Debbie Mumm and Linda Corirossi)

Linda has just finished Debbie Mumm's/Melissa Shirley's Bee Kind bee skep and is starting to write up the stitch guide.  Any shop can order this from Melissa along with the canvas once Linda is finished.

Jun 5, 2015

Kirk and Bradley Snow Dome Santa and Gingerbread House (Joan Lohr)

Needlepoint.com (which has a business relationship with Kirk and Bradley) shows off the Kirk and Bradley snow dome pieces with Joan Lohr's stitch guide.  The shop sells these as a kit with the threads and guide included.  One has Santa and the other has a gingerbread house.

Jun 4, 2015

The Gold Diggers (Leigh Designs)

Leigh Designs' newest series of eight canvases feature the Gold Diggers.  Each sports the typical hunting outfit for their native locale.  Scottsdale has squash blossom jewelry, Houston has amazing custom cowboy boots, Nashville has big hair and long fingernails, etc.

Leigh describes them this way-

"These flashy arm-pieces draw attention and raise eyebrows as they sashay into view, always in pursuit of a ‘little security’. Meet the 'Gold Diggers'! Each of these 8 lovely ‘hussies’ is outrageously hand painted on 18 mesh Blush Pink canvas at 8 x 16."

They were introduced at the Summer 2015 market last weekend with four guides already available.  Sharon Quick stitched Scottsdale, Pat Miller worked on Las Vegas, Carolyn Taggart embellished Houston, and Sandy Arthur created Hollywood.  I'm going to stitch Miami and hopefully that guide will be ready by the September show at Destination Dallas.

By the way, Pat's posted photographs of Las Vegas Gold Digger here...

and here.  Isn't she great?!  I love the feathery boa.

To see more photographs of the finished models, click on the pictures of the ones with guides at the Leigh Designs website above.  You'll get an eyeful of hair, legs, fashion and of course, expensive baubles and bangles.

While you ponder which Gold Digger should come to live with you, learn to spot them in the wild.  Beware!

Jun 3, 2015

Snow Ladies (Artists Collection and Sherry Bray)

Jill just posted a photograph of her "Snow Ladies" on Facebook. This cute trio of snowmen is from Artists Collection and stitched using Sherry Bray's guide.  Sherry's contact information is in the Stitch Guide Writer Contact Information tab.

Jun 2, 2015

Free Seaside Cracker Guides (Palma Seljan) UPDATED

Palma Seljan has posted a free stitch guide for Melissa Shirley's "Seaside Cracker: Sailboat" online.  Here's the link--

This is what the unstitched canvas looks like. Thanks, Palma!

And here are the bugle beads Palma choose for her border.

Plus she has posted a free stitch guide for the mermaid in the set.  You can see the thumbnail in the link to Melissa Shirley's website above.  Just click on it for a good look at the original unstitched design.

UPDATE:  Folks can't get the links to open this morning, so I managed to get the files downloaded from the needlepoint group on Facebook where Palma also posted them and turned them into PDF files.  I can't post them here to download (Blogger doesn't have that feature) but if you email me at chilly hollowat hot maildotcom I will reply with them as attachments for you.  Sorry about this!  But PDF files should be viewable by everyone no matter what flavor of software or type of computer they use.

Jun 1, 2015

Tom Turkey (Raymond Crawford and Melissa MacLeod)

Melissa MacLeod just posted three photographs of her Raymond Crawford turkey on Facebook.  Use the side arrows to see them all.  You can pick up the stitch guide and the canvas at The Wool and the Floss (second link below) in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.