Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Elaine's Tale -Be Careful with Magnifiers!

Elaine brought a wonderful jukebox from Robyn's Nest for David's suggestions. It's a great canvas. Elaine is going to give it to her grandson. With David's suggestions, and Elaine's stitching, he should treasure it forever.

But Elaine couldn't figure out what had happened to a canvas she had almost finished. The canvas looked like it had a burn mark. She said some of the stitched threads had disappeared and the paint color had changed. Elaine thought that perhaps the cleaning lady had spilled some chemical on it. But I asked if she had her magnifier on the canvas and she had. The sun's rays hitting the uncovered magnifier caused the canvas to burn

Elaine is the second customer who has burned a canvas because the magnifier was left uncovered.

She also shared a saying "Don't cry over things that can't cry over me." But please don't leave your magnifier uncovered by a window. It's very dangerous. YOu could lose more than a canvas.

David McCaskill's class

On the last day of his visit, David worked on some wonderful canvases. He gave Nancy some more ideas for the Yankee Stadium canvas which she will share with the class. In addition, Susan asked him for suggestions for Rockefeller Center. He had some great suggestions for the angels and the Star and the ice.

He gave Martha some suggestions for the fabulous Melissa Shirley Chinese monkey. It's a huge canvas but he had wonderful suggestions. We used so many threads we have to restock!

He promises to return next year so let us know if you are interested.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Melissa Shirley's Stitchers

I have always loved Melissa Shirley's stitchers. Wouldn't that make a great class. I would suggest different stitches and fibers and the result is that each person's piece would be different. Let me know if you would be interested. I'm interested in teaching it in the fall or winter. I'll get a picture up but it's on her web page under Just for Fun = The Stitching Club.

David McCaskill classes

Today is the last day with David McCaskill. Jill will be returning for her second day while Nancy, Marianne and Susan will be here for their third day! It's always interesting to see what David suggests for a wide variety of classes. For Judy and Karen, he suggested wonderful flowers and foliage for the Vogue Lady in the Garden from Needlepoint Broad. I've seen it done before with stitches suggested by David and it is one of the most beautiful pieces I've seen!

Nancy is working on a whimsical view of Central Park. David used lots of boucle to get the foliage. Although none of us can figure out what the pink square is.

Susan and David worked on a a Rebecca Woods piece. The mountains were so effective done in a brick stitch with snow!

Janet worked on a Sharon G piece of a New Orleans door. The canvas itself has so many subtle color changes. Janet was amazed to see how David's suggestions let the color come through.

Nancy worked on a Nan Hempel piece and L'hiver from Birds of a Feather. THe pine trees are looking fantastic.

Linda and David worked on a Melissa Shirley piece of a group of women stitchers. Linda loved David's suggestions for the hair.

I got stitches and threads for L'Autumne Girl and hope to get a few for the no long distributed Harlequin Great Dane by Constance Coleman (distributed by Amanda Lawford). He has such incredible personality.

I'm exhausted and I wasn't teaching or stitching! I can't wait to see what people are bringing today.

A day with David is a great experience.

Friday, April 25, 2008

August Paper Doll

Today, Sally and I spent most of our day getting the August paper dolls on their way. By the end of today, almost all the dolls have been sent out. It was a great one to do.

I'm not mulling over how to handle the Ridgewood Exclusive outfit. I have some great ideas that I can't wait to try.1

David's Visit

I picked up David at the airport late this afternoon. He's looking forward to this weekend. I can't wait to see the canvases people have chosen. I know that there will be some surprises. It's always interesting to see what people choose to work on.

Some of the best canvases I've seen have resulted from a session with David.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

David McCaskill Will Be Here This Weekend

We are all looking forward to David McCaskill's visit this weekend. Customers are picking out their canvases and having them put on stretcher bars so they can be ready. We are totally full for Sunday but still have one or two openings for Saturday or Monday. It's a great opportunity to learn some new embellishment techniques.

I'm thinking of doing the Autumn Girl myself and a wonderful discontinued canvas of a Great Dane.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Last season at Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium

I know it's probably heresy to note that both the Yankees and Mets are leaving their long time homes in the same season. But as I was listening to the radio in my travels, I know that both are moving to new stadiums next year. I also know that lots of stitchers like to stitch while listening/watching baseball.

So for those who are Mets or Yankee fans or those who have them in their families, wouldn't it be perfect to be stitching Yankee Stadium or Shea Stadium this year? We have both canvases at the store. And there's still time to join the Stadium class that has its first meeting this Sunday.

We have one Mets Stadium in stock and could get another one here by Sunday if we knew today or tomorrow. We also have a Yankee Stadium in stock.

Just think of all those hours of baseball ahead!

Monday, April 07, 2008

Carole Lake's Fabulous Class

Helen and I took Carole Lake's Class "How to Write a Stitch guide" on Saturday. It was a great class. We learned a lot and came away with another stitch book that will be very valuable. She also had wonderful suggestions for faces and hair.

I spoke with Carole about doing St. Basil's at Ridgewood Needlepoint. She's interested but I need to make sure you are since it is a four day class. Of course, it would be great to have her also teach the "How to Write a Stitch Guide".

I always feel so fortunate that I am able to take classes with such great teachers. Carole is one of the best.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Stars Canvas

Sandra H. has completed her Stars project and is just waiting to take it to the framer.
We will be posting the picture of Royalty on our web site in the near future. As our students complete the other colors, we'll post them too.


We just got in our first shipment of Threadworx, the company that has a conversion chart from Needle Necessities. I ordered colors that were good for landscapes. Some of them are really beautiful.