Sep 30, 2015

You've Got a Friend (Sandra Gilmore and Tony Minieri) UPDATE

Tony Minieri has a stitch guide for this new Sandra Gilmore/Once in a Blue Moon canvas.

UPDATE:  Patricia Sone has done a guide for this canvas, too.  You can see the model on Facebook. The white haired lady in the other photo is Patricia Sone and the red-head is Deborah Hart-Ladd who is the model for the red-headed little girl.  This piece was created by Fleur de Paris' Sandra Gilmore when Deborah was diagnosed with cancer.

Sep 29, 2015

The Four Seasons and Their Guides (Machelle Sommerville and Suzie Vallerie)

Suzie at the Enriched Stitch finally got around to having her Four Seasons club from last year framed.

These are Machelle Sommerville designs, available from Fleur de Paris.  The guides for each of the four canvases are available from Enriched Stitch.  Nice framing job, by the way!

Sep 28, 2015

Sep 27, 2015

Mrs. Pilgrim (Ann Hansen and Barbara's Needlepoint)

Ann Hanson's Mrs. Pilgrim
Ann Hansen designed Mrs. Pilgrim for the Barbara's Needlepoint Retreat this fall.  This is a companion piece for Mr. Pilgrim from last year's retreat.  Both canvases and the stitch guides will be available from Barbara's Needlepoint.  The shop doesn't have a website so contact them via their Facebook page.

Sep 26, 2015

Haunted Hill (Leigh Designs) UPDATED ONCE MORE

The new Leigh Designs series for Destination Dallas is called Haunted Hill.  Five of the eight designs in this spooky town have stitch guides!  Each is more haunted than the next....

So, which is your favorite?

Carolyn Taggart's Jack 'o Lantern Lane

Pat Miller's Wailing Woods

Sandy Arthur's Phantom Forest

Sharon Quick's Bones Borough

Jane Wood's Purgatory Place

See?  Each more spooky than the last.  LOL

UPDATE:  If Wailing Woods caught your eye, Pat is going to blog about various areas of this piece.  I'll add the links here for you.

UPDATE #2:  Amy and Jill are going to be stitching Witches Glen and posting progress photos on Facebook, probably at the Amy's Golden Strand page.  Join in the free fun and stitch with Amy.

UPDATE #3:  Lori  Carter at Amy's Golden Strand is working on Bat Cave Boulevard.  Guide available from Amy's shop shortly.

UPDATE #4:  The Needlepointer in Everett, Washington has the models from Leigh's series on display with other Halloween-themed pieces.  You can see just how small (6x6 inches) but detailed each is.

Dragonfly (Di Hiller and Mary Waldsmith)

Mary Waldsmith just posted a photo of the new dragon-fly design by Di Hiller that Mary has done a model and stitch guide for.  This GaleVail design is premiering at the Dallas show this weekend.

Sep 25, 2015

Elizabeth Turner Gown (Meredith Willett)

This gorgeous rust colored gown is getting the Meredith Willett treatment.  Meredith owns The Elizabeth Turner Collection so the canvas and guide will be available for your shop to order from ETC soon.

Sep 24, 2015

The Latest from Cynthia Thomas (Brenda Stofft and Rebecca Wood)

Cynthia Thomas just posted three photographs of her latest stitch guide models on Facebook.  Two pumpkins are by Brenda Stofft and the Christmas package is Rebecca Woods, part of a new series from Rebecca.  Contact more information from Cynthia where to pick up these stitch guides.

Sep 23, 2015

Leona Cole Stitch Guides and More

The talented Leona Cole has a new site up where she plans to sell her wonderful stitch guides and canvases, too.  Have fun exploring but don't miss "Stitched Canvases-My Stitches" to see her amazing work.

Sep 21, 2015

The Heart (Kate Dickerson and Jenny Parker Tumblin)

Jenny Parker Tumblin posted a photograph of her charming heart ornament on Facebook.  Kate Dickerson Designs will have her stitch guide available shortly.  Your local shop will be able to order the canvas and guide from Kate Dickerson.

Sep 19, 2015

The Masque (Lani and Robin King)

Robin King is starting a stitch guide for one of Lani's masked ladies, the one called "Pink Mask."  These Venice-inspired Carnivale beauties are complex and interesting and so is Robin, so I can't wait for this one to be finished.

If pink isn't your color, Lani has many other masked ladies, and some of them have guides, too.

Lani also does custom guides for her canvases.

Sep 17, 2015

Three Stylish Flamingos (The Collection and West Coast Finishing)

Winslow just posted a photograph of her flamingos pillow which has just returned from West Coast Finishing.  The canvas is by The Collection and comes with a stitch guide by Joyce Schmidt Gresh.  Your local shop can order this for you.

Sep 16, 2015

Blossoms (Robbyn's Nest and Sandy Arthur)

Robbyn's Nest has announced a new design called "Blossoms," with a stitch guide by the very talented Sandy Arthur.  Use the left arrow to see the unstitched canvas.  This will be available at Destination Dallas in a couple of weeks.

Sep 15, 2015

Santa and the Toys Stocking (Shelly Tribbey and

Jane just finished her wonderful Shelly Tribbey Santa and the toys stocking using Pat Dettmann's stitch guide.  Here is the photo she posted on Facebook.

If you need this guide for your Santa and the toys stocking, contact Pat via her Facebook page.

Sep 13, 2015

Santa On The Way (Susan Roberts and Carolyn Hedge Baird)

Cheryl just finished her Susan Roberts stocking using a stitch guide by Carolyn Hedge Baird.  Carolyn proudly showed the finished piece off on Facebook.  Contact Carolyn if you want to fly above the rooftops with Santa and his reindeer, too.

Sep 11, 2015

Lambie Pie (Vicki Sawyer and Toni Kochevar)

Toni Kochevar just posted two photographs of her version of Vicki Sawyer's "Lambie Pie" on Facebook.  Toni's stitch guide will be ready shortly.  Contact her via her Facebook page to arrange to take this guide home.

Sep 9, 2015

Sep 8, 2015

Marcy's Closet (Julia and Tony Minieri)

Lori posted a photograph on Facebook of her Marcy closet stitched using Tony Minieri's stitch guide. The canvas itself is called "Woman's Closet II" and is distributed by Julia's Needlework.

You can get the guide from Tony's website.

Sep 7, 2015

Stitch Diagram Software for the Mac (and PC)

Alert!  The replacement for CanvasX is finally available for those who use Macs.  It is now called Canvas Draw, and is on sale until September 15, 2015. (There is also a trial version to test.)  Like Adobe's Illustrator, there is a steep learning curve for this graphics software program but it appears to be very versatile.  Canvas X was used by a great many people in the needlepoint world until it was dropped.  (The current PC version of Canvas X is Canvas 16 but Canvas 15 is also still available.)

While reading the discussion about it on NP Nation, I discovered that Ursa Software also has a stitch diagramming program called StitchGraph that works on both Macs and PCs.

If you are looking for software to create diagrams and charts, Linda K. Reinmuller has a list of programs that might work for you on her blog.  It's at the bottom of the page, under "Blog Archive."  Thanks, Linda!

Sep 5, 2015

Four New Melissa Shirley Stitch Guides

Melissa Shirley Designs has proudly announced four new stitch guides are available for canvases from MSD.  Two are from Mary Legallet, one from Cynthia Thomas and one from Carolyn Hedge Baird.

Mary's guides are for Marty Lake-Thompson's "Crab Cakes" and Melissa's "Wicked Witch."  Carolyn has written a guide for the Melissa "Easter Basket" which you can get a good look at here,

...and Cynthia Thomas has written a guide for Vicki Sawyer's "Frida Peep."  No photo of that yet.

Sep 3, 2015

A Quick Look at a Susan Portra Guide

Linda at Split the Needles is working Shelly Tribbey's Gingerbread Manor using a Susan Portra stitch guide.  I thought you'd like to see how Susan lays out the 98 separate areas in her guide so that it's easy to see where you need to work next on this very complicated piece.

I don't know where Linda got her stitch guide and canvas but Enriched Stitch probably can help you out if this canvas starts whispering "buy me" to you.

Needlenook of La Jolla has Susan's guide in stock.

You may also may be able to get the guide from Susan herself.  Check out the Featured Canvas section of her website to see more about how she approaches a complex canvas.

Sep 1, 2015

Summer Songbird (Melissa Shirley and Laura Taylor)

Aristeia proudly posted a photograph of Melissa Shirley's A Summer Songbird on Facebook.  This was stitched by a customer using Laura Taylor's stitch guide.  Contact the shop or Laura herself to pick up a copy for yourself.