Mar 30, 2016

Fruit Bowl, with Stripes (Ellen Giggenbach and Ruth Schmuff)

Ruth Schmuff just finished a class using Ellen Gigenbach's "Fruit Bowl" canvas.   Ruth tells all here and shows off photos of the canvas.  You can pick it up with stitch guidevia Ruth's Bedecked and Beadazzled shop (second link below).

Bet if you ask nicely Ruth will kit out all the supplies, too.

Mar 29, 2016

Stitch Guide Essentials (Suzanne Hicks)

Suzanne calls her stitch guides "stitch plans" for a reason--she encourages experimentation.  As part of that philosophy she's come up with a list of things she likes in stitch guides and outlines them on her blog, hoping that folks will come up with more ideas of what an ideal stitch guide looks like.

It's an interesting read for stitch guide writers who have their own Ideal Guide in mind as they write and who are always trying to improve their stitch guides so that stitchers will like them--and of course!-- buy more from the same writer.

You can read a bit more about Suzanne's guides here.

Thanks for outlining the essentials, Suzanne.  It's food for thought.

Mar 28, 2016

Haunted Firs (Needle Deeva and Mary Waldsmith)

If you love trees and holidays, Needle Deeva's series of "Haunted Firs" may be just your style.  Mary Waldsmithy of Owl Stitchery has just finished the stitch guides for the set of nine ornaments.

In 2016 the set is only available from shops that sign up for the club with Needle Deeva.  Your favorite shop can talk to Needle Deeva about signing up, or if that's not an option you can join the club at Pocket Full of Stitches.

Mar 26, 2016

Needlepoint Now Free Guide for Sights and Scenes of London UPDATED

Ginny talks about her free guide for Kirk and Bradley's Sights and Scenes of London which you'll find in the February-March 2016 issue of Needlepoint Now magazine.

UPDATE:  The shop has added free video instruction to their stitch guide for this piece.  I think this is available with the full kit only but do ask the shop, just in case I'm wrong.

Mar 24, 2016

The Charley Harper Trio (Pat Miller)

Pat Miller just finished coordinated stitch guides for three small Charley Harper bird canvases.

They can be hung together as a set or make a fabulous pillow collection for your den.  Contact Pat for the guides and your favorite shop can pick up the canvases from the Meredith Collection which now is the distributor for Charley Harper canvases since they purchased Treglown.

Mar 22, 2016

Fancy Witch Hat (Brenda Stofft and Terry Christopher Castillo)

Denise just posted a photograph on Facebook of her finished witch's hat.  Canvas by Brenda Stofft and guide by Terry Christopher Castillo.  Contact Terry to pick up the guide for your canvas.

Mar 20, 2016

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Kate Dickinson and Suzie Valerie) UPDATED

This charming floral sign is from Kate Dickinson with a stitch guide from Suzie of Enriched Stitch.  The guide isn't quite ready yet but if you want to learn a lot of silk ribbon embroidery techniques and indulge in a little beading, this is for you.

Talk to Enriched Stitch to get the kit.

UPDATE:  Here is Suzie's version framed.  It's a shot of sunshine for November.

Mar 18, 2016

Beach Birds (Melissa Shirley, Brenda Hart and Ruth Schmuff)

Ruth Schmuff just posted a photograph on her blog of the finished "Beachy Birds" design from Melissa Shirley that Ruth and Brenda Hart did a stitch guide for.  It's a real honey!

You can pick up the canvas, threads, beads and/or guide from Ruth's shop, Bedecked and Beaddazzled.

Mar 16, 2016

Shells (Rosalie Peters and Pam Miller)

This gorgeous canvas of shells is from Rosalie Peters.  The stitch guide is from Pam Miller who owns Edwardian Needle.  It was beautifully stitched by Barbara who put the photo on Facebook.

Contact Pam via the shop to pick up her guide.

Mar 14, 2016

New Petei Guides (John Waddell and Painted Pony)

Painted Pony Designs has announced John Waddell's stitch guides for twenty-four Petei Santas will be available from Painted Pony this month (April 2016).  You can see John's models on the Painted Pony Facebook page.

Emojis (Kristine Kingston and Enriched Stitch)

Enriched Stitch is partnering with Kristine Kingston/Needle Deeva to create this darling emoji canvases.  The canvases are available as kits with stitch guide, canvas and threads from Enriched Stitch (second link below).

Mar 12, 2016

Wacky Pumpkins in a Row (Melissa Shirley and Cynthia Thomas)

Cynthia Thomas just posted her finished Wacky Pumpkins on Facebook.  She created the stitch guide for the canvas' designer, Melissa Shirley.  Your local shop can order the canvas and guide from Melissa Shirley Designs for you.

Mar 10, 2016

Scotland and New Orleans and Ginny (Kirk and Bradley)

Virginia Barney has been quite busy creating stitch guides for two of Kirk and Bradley's newest travel round ornaments.  The guides for Scotland and New Orleans come with the canvas.

Ginny works for and the guides and canvases are available to order from the shop.  Make sure you ask for the guide as well as the canvas.

Mar 8, 2016

The Gelt Bag (Julia and Needlepoint Gallery)

This lovely little Hanukkah gelt bag (or gift basket) is a Julia canvas for a class at The Needlepoint Gallery in May and again later this summer.   The stitch guide is by Doris, the shop owner.   Contact The Needlepoint Gallery to pick up the canvas and Doris' free guide if you aren't going to be able to take the class at the Woodridge, NY store.

Mar 6, 2016

Peace on Earth (Brenda Stofft and Tony Minieri)

Tony Minieri just posted a photo of a finished version of the "Peace on Earth" canvas on Facebook.  He did the stitch guide for this fabulous Brenda Stofft Santa riding a polar bear and Cindy did the stitching.  Nice!

Mar 4, 2016

Chickadee (Eleanor Grosch and Ruth Schmuff)

Ruth Schmuff just announced a new Eleanor Grosch bird design called "Chickadee."  Ruth has done a stitch guide for the canvas.  You can see the unstitched canvas and the threads Ruth recommends on her blog.

Mar 2, 2016

Lemons (Annie O'Brien Gonzales, Melissa Shirley and Mary Legallet)

This lovely lemons and floral still life from Annie O'Brien Gonzales/Melissa Shirley has a terrific stitch guide from Mary Legallet.

Your favorite shop can order the canvas and guide from Melissa Shirley Designs.   I don't think it is available from Mary at Whimsical Stitch directly.