Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Jane's Stocking

Jane just finished her Rockefeller Center Stocking and she was the last one to join our class. She is thrilled. Below is a copy of her email to me: I just want you to know THE STOCKING IS OFFICIALLY FINISHED!!! My great thanks to all of you wonderfully, talented women who without your great help I never could have finished. I never thought this day would come. To Eileen, I don't know how to thank you for helping me create this heirloom for my family which I hope will be passed down from generation to generation. Again my great thanks to everyone who has touched this project. Happy Stitching, Jane.
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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Ridgewood Needlepoint and The Doors Featured on THe Chilly Hollow Blog

I just checked out Jane's blog and Ridgewood Needlepoint and The Doors are featured on today's blog. You can check out the blog by going to: http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2009/07/interviewing-eileen-and-elizabeth-part.html

It's a nice article and the pictures of the Doors came out great. Hope you enjoy it, too.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Beginner's Class

Several stitchers have asked for a beginner's class. I've been toying with it for a while and thought I had found a design and stitch guide that would be perfect. But as I worked on it, I realized that I thought certain stitches needed to be included instead of some of the chosen ones. Consequently, I am designing a new one which includes those stitches that are essential to the beginning stitcher.

I will be sending out an email on the fall schedule fairly soon and it will include information on this new class.

Jane of Chilly Hollow

Some of us follow certain blogs on a regular basis and some of us only go to them occasionally. I do try to get to certain blogs on a regular basis, particularly Jane of CHilly Hollow. I love to see what she is doing and also to read about what's going on.

On Sunday or Monday, Jane is featuring Ridgewood Needlepoint and The Doors. In the next week or two, she will also be doing Needlepoint Broad. As some of you know, my identical twin sister owns Needlepoint Broad.

Make sure you go to Jane's blog on Sunday or Monday:

Thursday, July 23, 2009


We've been working on rugs this week. One customer bought the fabulous Red truck rug and plans to use it as a wall hanging. Another customer is busy transferring a design to the canvas and will be ordering her threads this week.

And the rug above is by Christine, our superb letterer and one of painters. The rug above is her design. Iit was so hard to do that she doesn't think she would paint another one. (And she told us she wasn't as careful as she normally is because she is doing the stitching and can make the adjustments!)

I just wanted to share her beautiful creation with you.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Doors Are Finshed

I was so excited today when the summer door came back from our wonderful finisher. Cheryl finished the Summer Door in record time so that I was able to submit all the doors to the ANG exhibit. To the left is the picture of the Summer door finished and below it is a picture of all seven doors.

As I worked on each one, the one I was working on became my favorite. But today when I opened the Summer Door, I think it might got my vote as the best. Of course, I am still partiral to the Autumn Door and the Patriotic Door. And I do think each one looks great as an individual piece but also terrific as a set.
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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Tony Minieri's Class

Yesterday, I took the first part of Tony Minieri's Class "Back to Basics." It was fantastic.

Basically, it's a class for the intermediate or above stitcher that reviews various techniques to make your stitching even better. We reviewed various starting and ending techniques in additon to the various types of tools and how to use them effectively.

I'm so excited that Tony has agreed to teach this four day class at Ridgewood Needlepoint. It will be taught over 4 Mondays from June-August 2010. I will be posting more on the web site but just wanted to give you a heads up.

So before you schedule next year's vacation reserve these dates for Tony's class:
June 21, 2010,
July 19, 2010
August 23, 2010
August 30, 2010

The Summer Door is Finshed

I hope the heading is true. Yesterday, I took the "finished" canvas to the store and had Sally check for missed stitches. I spent some time at the store filling in and then took it home again to finish some more. Today, I will bring it in to pass Suzanne's Eagle Eye.

Amy and Gail thought that this door was their favorite!

It was fun to do and I think it is the most delicate of the club. I've now completed all 7 canvases in the doors club. They really look great individually and as a set. I've learned a lot deciding what to stitch for each one
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Thursday, July 02, 2009

Summer Door In Progress

I've been working diligently on the summer door but French knots and Colonial knots seem to take longer than I anticipated.

This door turned out to be the most delicate door. When I first looked at it, I thought it would be a rougher looking doorway. Instead the French and Colonial knots give it a very delicate look. I have only been using two and three strands of Waterlilies, so they are very delicate.

I need to figure out what the focus is not as clear as I would like. But at least I've been able to share the work in progress.

I've promised myself that I will work on the Rockefeller Center Stocking as soon as this is done.
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