Dec 31, 2015

Stumpwork Flower Sampler (Kelly Clark)

Kelly Clark just posted hints about a new design she has created and stitched which she will teach at the TNNA show in January 2016.  Kits will be available at the show if you want to ask your local shop to pick this up for you.

Dec 29, 2015

Smokey the Bear (Devon Nichsolson Designs and Tony Minieri)

Jigme just posted a photo of her Smokey the Bear stand up on Facebook.  This Devon Nicholson canvas, officially licensed by the USDA Forestry Service, was stitched using a Tony Minieri stitch guide.

Only YOU can prevent forest fires!  And thanks to Tony, your design will look good while promoting fire safety.

Dec 27, 2015

Happy Hanukkah Room (Sandra Gilmore and Nimble Needle in Atlanta)

Nimble Needle in Atlanta just posted this finished Sandra Gilmore room on Facebook.  This was stitched by a customer using their stitch guide.  The canvas is available from Fleur de Paris which distributes the Sandra Gilmore Once in a Blue Moon designs but contact the shop (second link below) for the guide.

Dec 25, 2015

Chickadee in Santa Hat (Julie Mar and Owl Stitchery)

Mary Waldsmith of Owl Stitchery just finished stitching this charming Chickadee in a Santa Hat.  You can get the guide from Mary and the canvas from Julie Mar and Friends.  Mary even reveals where she got the special snowflakes she used on her blog.

Dec 23, 2015

Wedding Cats (Funda Scully and Mary Waldsmith)

Mary Waldsmith of Owl Stitchery just announced a new stitch guide for Funda Scully's charming and funny "Wedding Cats."  Your local shop can order the canvas and guide from Funda for you.


Dec 21, 2015

Winter (Melissa Shirley and Carolyn Hedge Baird)

Carolyn Hedge Baird just posted a great photo of her Melissa Shirley "Winter"banner on Facebook.  The guide is available from Carolyn herself or Melissa Shirley designs.

Dec 20, 2015

Santa (Raymond Crawford and Pocket Full of Stitches

Celia just posted a wonderful photo of her finished Raymond Crawford Santa on Facebook. She stitched it using a stitch guide from Pocket Full of Stitches.

If you need this guide, contact the shop for help.

Dec 19, 2015

Who Ate All the Hor d’Oeuvres? (Vicki Sawyer and Ruth Schmuff and now Tony Minieri) UPDATED

The Thanksgiving Weekend Retreat at Bedecked and Beaddazzled (now moved to a new location and renamed the Beehive) is in our rear view mirror but the project is now available as a mail order kit. The canvas is from Melissa Shirley (who licenses Vicky Sawyer's charming animal portraits) and the stitch guide from Ruth Schmuff who will provide all the threads and embellishments as a package.  It's not on the shop website yet so call the shop for all the details if you are interested.

By the way, if you have the canvas already and just want a guide, Virginia Barney has one that's available from Melissa Shirley Designs.

UPDATE: Tony Minieri has a guide for this canvas, too.  Illene posted her finished canvas on Facebook.

Dec 17, 2015

Roof Tops (Emma Williams and Mary Legallet)

Melissa Shirley Designs just announced a new design from Emma Williams called "Roof Tops."  There is a stitch guide as well, written and stitched by the talented Mary Legallet of Whimsical Stitch.

I'm not sure this design is out yet but when it is available, your favorite shop can order the guide from Melissa Shirley at the same time they order you the canvas.

Dec 15, 2015

Hat Trick (Sandra Gilmore and Pat Miller)

This charmer of a pumpkin and his witch's hat are from Sandra Gilmore/Blue Moon Designs.  You can pick up the canvas through Sandra's distributor, Fleur de Paris, and get the guide from Pat Miller, the Needleart Nut herself.

Dec 13, 2015

Dec 11, 2015

Vintage Love (Sandra Gilmore and Laura Taylor)

Laura Taylor just proudly posted Barbara's stitching of "Vintage Love" on Facebook.  This is a Sandra Gilmore/Fleur de Paris canvas stitched using Laura's guide.  Contact her to pick up a copy for yourself.

Dec 9, 2015

The Garden House (Melissa Shirley and Jan Ayeroff)

Melissa Shirley Designs just announced a new stitch guide on Facebook for Melissa's Garden House.  The guide was written by Jan Ayeroff of Aristeia Needlepoint in Santa Monica and your local shop can order it from Melissa when they order the canvas.

Dec 7, 2015

Stylin' (Annie Lane and Melissa MacLeod)

This charming Annie Lane canvas called "Stylin" posted on Facebook was stitched by Melissa MacLeod who is offering a stitch guide for it.  Contact Melissa via her Facebook page which is Melissa MacLeod Needlepoint.

Dec 5, 2015

Blog-Stitching The Green Poinsettia Stocking (Machelle Sommerville and Pat Miller) UPDATED LOTS

If traditional Christmas stockings aren't your thing, you will want to watch Pat Miller of the Needleart Nut blog stitch this charming green poinsettia stocking by Machelle Sommerville.

Actually, whatever your stocking style preferences, you'll want to watch Pat work as she has a real knack for picking something easy but unexpected that looks great.  I'll update this article as she posts progress photos, but her stitch guide will be available when she is done from her site or from Fleur de Paris, the distributor of Machelle's designs.  Stitch faster, Pat!

More things have posted since this article originally posted.  Here are the UPDATES:

Done!  It is really pretty, too.

Dec 3, 2015

Witch Dress (Melissa Shirley and Mary Legallett)

Melissa Shirley Designs just posted a new model of their "Witch Dress" on Facebook.  This was stitched by the talented Mary Legallet and the guide is available via Melissa Shirley.  That means your shop can order the canvas and guide from Melissa for you.

Dec 1, 2015

The First Use of "Stitch Guide"?

Recently I stumbled across an article I wrote for Blog about the oldest use of the term "stitch guide" I've found.  It occurred to me it belongs here on the CH Stitch Guides blog, so here is the link.

The first stitch guides I remember hearing about personally were Amy Bunger's for Danji nutcrackers in the late 19980s-early 1990s.  What about you?   Who gets the credit for popularizing the term and making these a part of our every day needlepoint experience?