Dec 29, 2016

Coco Cups (Debbie Mumm, Tony Minieri and Laura Taylor) UPDATED

With wintery weather coming on here in the USA, folks are thinking about hot chocolate, hot coffee and hot tea.  And stitch guides, naturally!  A favorite canvas is Debbie Mumm's "Coco Cups" which is available in two cup or single cup canvases as well.  Shops can order the canvas from Melissa Shirley Designs.

Stitch guides for the wonderful warming five cup design are available from Laura Taylor and also from Tony Minieri.  Stay warm!

UPDATE:  Ruth Schmuff has a guide for the long 5 cup version of this design now.

Dec 28, 2016

Peacock Party (Eye Candy and Sharon Quick)

Sharon Quick has finished stitching Eye Candy's "Peacock Party" and posted a photograph on Facebook.

Your favorite shop can order the canvas from Eye Candy and you can pick up the guide via Sharon's Facebook page. Here's another view of Sharon Quick's guide.  Ada Hayden of Eye Candy says that Robin King has a guide for this as well.  Contact Robin for her version.

Dec 27, 2016

Colorful Lion (Birds of a Feather and Robin King)

Alice just finished her colorful lion (canvas from Birds of a Feather ) using Robin King's stitch guide.  Isn't this FUN?!  Use the right side arrow to see a closeup of the lion's mane.

Dec 26, 2016

Petei Santa Wondeland (Petei and The French Knot) UPDATED

Petei is famous for her small Santa stand up figures, so it was fun to see some of them featured on Stephanie's blog.  These were all stitched using stitch guides from The French Knot in Fort Worth, Texas.  I think all of the guides are from Diana Bosworth although I can't be sure.

UPDATE:  Steph found more photos of Petei Santas stitched using Diana Bostworth guides.  Fun!

Your favorite shop can order any Petei Santa you like for you from Painted Pony Designs but you'll need to pick up the stitch guides for the models shown on Stephanie's blog from The French Knot.  Here are the guides they offer.

Dec 25, 2016

Three Kings (Debbie Mumm and Paulette Paquette) UPDATED

Jeannine just posted a photograph of her completed Debbie Mumm "Three Kings" from Debbie's large Nativity set for Melissa Shirley.  It's wonderful!

The stitch guide was done by Paulette Paquette of Family Arts in Phoenix.  Call the shop or use Paulette's Facebook page to inquire about the guide.

UPDATE:  Rhea McCutchen Irish has stitched the entire series.  Contact her through Pocket Full of Stitches (second link below) to get her guides.

Dec 24, 2016

John Johanssen's Nativity Set (David McCaskill) UPDATED

David McCaskill just posted photographs on Facebook of John Johanssen's Nativity set.  David did the stitch guides (contact him to pick them up) and the canvases are still available from Melissa Shirley Designs.  Use the side arrows to see the entire set.  Lovely!

UPDATE:  Carolyn Hedge Baird has done stitch guides for the Three Wise Men in the set in case you like her style better.  Contact Carolyn to see if she has done others in the set.

Dec 23, 2016

Santa with Toys Stocking (Strictly Christmas and Diana Bosworth)

Margie just posted a photograph of her finished Strictly Christmas stocking on Facebook.  It shows Santa with toys and is a real charmer.

Margie stitched this using a stitch guide by Diana Bosworth from Pocket Full of Stitches.  The shop can get you Diana's guide and the stocking, too, if you want.  Merry Christmas!

Dec 22, 2016

Bunny Angel Sock (Melissa Shirley and Janet Alter)

Julie posted a photograph of this charming Melissa Shirley stocking on Facebook. The stocking is called "Bunny Angel Sock."  Your favorite shop can order it through Melissa Shirley Designs.

The stitch guide was by Janet Alter of In Stitches Atlanta.  The shop also arranged for the finishing.

Dec 21, 2016

Temptation Christmas Ornament (Nenah Stone and Needlepoint For Fun)

Needlepoint For Fun just posted the model for their version of Nenah Stone's Temptation Ornament.  More information about the canvas and their guide is on Needlepoint For Fun's website.  To see the model embellished or done just in tent stitches, change the photo on their website.  I think the stitch guide costs extra but the website doesn't make that clear.  You will need to ask the shop for further information.

Dec 20, 2016

Anu Bird (Zecca and Ruth Schmuff)

Ruth has done a stitch guide for Zecca's Anu Bird and it's wonderful fluzzy and blingy fun. Wendy stitched the model for your viewing pleasure.

You can order the canvas and guide via Ruth's shop.

Dec 18, 2016

Joyous Tidings Santa (Debbie Mumm with Mary Legallet)

Melissa Shirley Designs just posted Mary Legallet's vision of Debbie Mumm's "Joyous Tidings Santa" on Facebook.

Finishing by Marlene.  The canvas and guide can be ordered from Melissa by your favorite shop.

Dec 17, 2016

Kindergarten Nativity Set (Labors of Love and David McCaskill)

Labors of Love just posted a photograph of their stitched Kindergarten Nativity set.  It's wonderful!

The stitch guides for all the pieces of the set come from David McCaskill and are included in the purchase of the canvas.

Dec 16, 2016

The Elf Made Me Do It (Funda Scully and Chris Tirey)

This hilarious Elf Made Me Do It design is by Funda Scully and was stitched by Casey using a guide by Chris Tirey of Nimblefingers.

Contact the shop to pick up the guide and Painted Pony to get the canvas.

Dec 15, 2016

My Fair Lady (Melissa Prince Designs and Suzie Vallerie)

Suzie at Enriched Stitch has been busy stitching "My Fair Lady" for Melissa Prince's series of movie coasters.  That is one fabulous hat!

Contact the shop for Suzie's guide.  They will happily sell you the canvas, too.

Dec 14, 2016

Gingerbread Advent Calendar (Kelly Clark and Chris Tirey)

Kelly Clark's Gingerbread House Advent Calendar has been beautifully stitched by Shelley using Chris Tirey's stitch guide.

You can contact Chris via her shop, Needlefingers.  Your favorite shop can order the Advent set from Colonial Needle, which owns the Kelly Clark brand.  And of course if you don't have a favorite shop, Chris will order this for you.

Dec 13, 2016

Winking Santa (Chris Tirey)

Casey posted a photo of her Winking Santa design on Facebook, made into a pillow.  The design is by Raymond Crawford (at least I think it is) and the stitch guide from Chris Tirey.

Dec 12, 2016

Purple Palms Lists Their Stitch Guides

Purple Palm Designs now has a section of available stitch guides on their website.  If you know of other guides, please let them know so they can update the list for their customers.

Dec 11, 2016

Embracing Horses (Laurel Burch/Danji and Pocket Full of Stitches)

Pocket Full of Stitches wrote a stitch guide for Linda to use in stitching Laurel Burch's "Embracing Horses."  Linda just finished a posted a photograph on Facebook.

Call the shop for help getting the guide and canvas.

Dec 9, 2016

Christmas Bells (Raymond Crawford and Christa Collins)

Marie showed off a photograph of her finished Christmas Bells from the art of Raymond Crawford on Facebook.  This was stitched using a guide by Christa Collins at Needlepoint This in Dallas.

Contact the shop to pick up the guide and the canvas if you don't own it already.

Dec 8, 2016

Order Up a Mail Order Guide from Susan Portra

Luv2Stitch just announced that Susan Portra will be creating stitch guides by mail for their customers.   Susan used to visit the shop regularly to teach but since she's not able to travel as much these days, she will be creating stitch guides by mail instead.  The shop's latest e-newsletter says "For $95 per hour Susan will provide stitch and thread recommendations from a color copy of your chosen canvas.  You choose the number of hours, type of threads you prefer, you receive back a detailed stitchguide noting thread & color recommendations for your stitching enjoyment.  Envelope is going out to her next Monday, December 12 at 4PM.  If you would like to take part, please give us a call."

If you want to take advantage of this unique opportunity, contact the shop.

Dec 7, 2016

Huff and Puff (Maggie and Paula Schmidt)

Paula Schmidt has a stitch guide for this darling puffer fish from Maggie.  Garden Gate Needlepoint posted a series of photographs on their Facebook page.  Use the right side arrow to see the model and two closeups.

Dec 5, 2016

Jack Stack (Tapestry Fair and Julie Elder)

Tapestry Fair shows off their Jack Stack Halloween pile 'o pumpkins, stitched using a Julie Elder stitch guide.  Isn't this fun?!

Your favorite shop can order the canvas from Tapestry Fair.  Tapestry Fair doesn't furnish stitch guides but they maintain a list of available guides and where to find them on their website.  Hopefully this will be updated soon with contact information for Julie Elder.

Dec 3, 2016

Stitch Guides from Cat's Cradle

The Cat's Cradle website has been updated with a list of stitch guides available for their fun designs.  Contact the designer to see how to order the guide with your canvas.

Dec 1, 2016

Limited Edition Santa (Ann and Carolyn Hedge Baird)

Barbara's Needlepoint just posted a photograph of one of their limited edition Santas from Ann  Hansen on Facebook.

The stitch guide is from Carolyn Hedge Baird.  Contact Barbara's Needlepoint via their Facebook page to find out if the limited edition Santa is still available.