Sunday, October 22, 2006

Sharon G Kimono Class

We just finished the Kimono Class with Sharon G. It was a very relaxing but informative class. Sharon's model is even more beautiful than the picture! We had twelve stitchers, most of us local but one came from Williamsburg, VA. She and Sharon have been emailing for a while but hadn't actually met.

The stitch guide is fantastic; it included wonderful detailed pictures of the model. It will make finishing the canvas so much easier. We were also lucky enough to see some of her canvases. People loved the Tuscan Cove;the Hearts and Ribbons in the oblong and squarein either red or white. Her geometrics were also snapped up. It was a lovely day.

Sharon O brought in this great bookends that were finished locally. These were Beau Geste designs. What fun!

Marlowe, The Shop Dog

In the past two months, I've been bringing Marlowe, my standard poodle puppy to the store. He's really been pretty well behaved. In fact, he seems to love threads! I can't promise that he will always be there but he will be a frequent visitor.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Rockerfeller Center Christmas Stocking

Our class for the Rockerfeller Center Christmas Stocking has met twice and will be meeting again in two weeks. Participants are beginning to come in with their Christmas tree stitched. Its always fun to see works in progress but I am particularly enjoying seeing the same canvas stitched different ways. It clearly demonstrates what a difference threads and stitches make. I'm even thinking of doing this class as cyber class for those far away who would like to participate. Hopefully, I'll be able to get pictures of works in progress!

Finished Items

The arrival of packages filled with finished items is always one of the highpoints of any day. All of us at Ridgewood Needlepoint love seeing the finished product. In the past few weeks, I've really enjoyed seeing Ellen's framed witches, Nicky's baby cake, Judy's purse and Amanda's santa.

At this point, the vast majority of Christmas finishing has been sent off to the finishers. But we are beginning to see the finished products trickle in. We don't always have the camera at the store but sometimes we are lucky. I have included some pictures of finished items and plan to take more pictures as the holiday items come in.

We have a lot to look forward to in the next two months.

ANG Seminar

I can't believe I've been back from seminar for over a month. I did have a great time, I was particularly intrigued with Sandra Magg Reddell's class on the lynx. I learned a lot about shading!

At the seminar shop they couldn't keep stitch oriented tiles in stock. The participants lovee the handmade tiles that say: Stitch; Knit or Needlepoint. We were able to get some for the store. See them on our web site.

I missed the live auction but did manage to get some wonderful items from the silent auction. And I'm looking forward to next year's seminar in Baltimore!

New Stitch Guides

I've been promising myself that I would have stitch guides completed for several projects. Although it took longer than I thought, I'm pleased that I have completed three stitch guides for kits for Ridgewood Needlepoint.. On our website, we will be offering a Halloween Cat kit, Toes Up kit and The Stable Kit. The Halloween Cat by Amanda Lawford is charming as a candy bag. The design is on #13 mesh. We used fun threads and stitches to highlight the fuzziness of the cat. We also used composite stitches for the large pumpkin. I noticed that Jane from Chilly Hollow said that it was the right time to start for next Halloween.

In New Jersey, most beach towns require a beach tag for access. So we designed a canvas that could be framed with either cork or wire for securing the tage. The sunbathers are either watching the sailboats and motorboat go by; or in the ferryboat version, they're watching the ferry. Obviously, they've been out in the sun too long. Look at their toes. It's a fun canvas to stitch. And if people get started quickly, it could be finished for the summer.

Finally, we are offering The Stable. In Ridgewood, New Jersey, the Stable is a historic building that serves as the headquarters for the parks department. Our version is needlepointed in beautiful threads and stitches and dated. We are only going to offer this for a limited time as part of a series of sights in New Jersey.

Go to our website to see the pictures. They should be up soon!