Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The National Needlearts Association is Interested in your opinion

Good morning all! The National Needlearts Association (TNNA) is the trade
organization for all forms of needlearts - counted embroidery, painted
needlepoint, knitting, etc. Periodically the organization contracts with an
independent research firm to survey wholesalers, retailers and consumers of
the needlearts, to see where the industry is compared to previous years.
You are invited to complete the survey:

The survey is completely confidential and anonymous; no data is collected
about individuals, just trends. However, if you choose to, after completing
the survey, you can enter a sweepstakes for one of 5 $100 gift certificates
from TNNA members. That data is not shared with anyone, but is for the
purpose of sending you your prize if you win!

So, won't you please take a few minutes to answer some easy questions
about your stitching and stashing habits?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Joan's Rooster Pillow


This is Joan C-Y's finished rooster pillow. Joan stitched the pillow using a tent stitch and Paternayan wool. She picked wonderful trim and fabric for the pillow. Her work clearly demonstrates how beautiful a needlepoint can be when stitched using the traditional thread and technique!
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Monday, March 29, 2010

Tapestry Tent

We have the Tapestry Tent Show at the store through Saturday, April 17. It is absolutely a fabulous show. Liz really is a wonderful artist who is able to paint a vast array of subjects beautifully. Several people have been admiring the book canvas.

Of course, we all think of her for her delightful Christmas items. Sally V. loves stitching Christmas items and came in to look. She and Gretchen were admiring the Christmas stockings in the draw. I also wanted to share a shot of our wall displaying just a few of the canvases.
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Helen also bought a DJ design of a Golden Retriever. I can safely post a picture of her finished canvas since I'm sure her husband won't be reading the blog. Anyway, she used short and long stitches very effectively to stitch the dog. She then used Vineyard Marino to do the background. She also chose to do Open Criss Cross Hungarian on the background but she used it for the top.

Helen did a really a stunning job.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Mini-stockings 6-12

Unfortunately, I can't seem to post more than 3 or 4 pictures at a time on my blogs. I will have to work on this technical issue but wanted you to see the delightful finished Tapestry Tent mini-stockings stitched by Jane Williams. You could see close up pictures of her delightful Tapestry tent mini-stockings by going to her blog.

Jane has an extensive blog with pictures of her wonderful canvases as works in progress and as finished items.  She obviously is a very talented stitcher who shares extensively on her blog!

I did include the pictures of the unstitched 8 maids a milking and the 12 drummers drumming.  I'm sure Gretchen is thinking of how to stitch them all in her dreams.
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12 Days of Christmas

We've been admiring the Christmas stockings by Tapestry Tent since they arrived on Thursday. Yesterday, Gretchen pointed our Liz's series of mini-stocking for the 12 days of Christmas. These mini-stocking are really quite elegant as are the various gifts (except for the 8 maids a milking.) We just loved the colors. I, of course, loved the mini-stocking for the 8 maids. It just was a hoot and a little different than the rest.

Then Gretchen mentioned that there was a blog where the writer had completed all twelve of the mini stockings. More in the next posting.

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Holiday Dog Walker

During the DJ trunk show, I just couldn't resist the holiday dog walker. I had just finished my Rockefeller Center Christmas stocking and was looking for a simple, whimsical needlepoint. Of course, once I bought the canvas, I then had to complicate it!

I had always planned to use different black threads for the dogs coats. I wanted the one on the far left to look like a Kerry Blue Terrier so it is a slight bluer black. The poodle was done in boucle and the Afghan was done in Peluche. I used Silk & ivory for the woman's coat and I'm waiting for White Arctic Rays for the trim on her hat.

But I realized that the way the canvas was painted, the woman and the dogs were floating in the air. I stitched a ground with Silk Lame. I used Open Criss-Cross Hungarian but I was really stymied by the background. I thought seriously about adding buildings behind the woman but decided that it was really making the canvas too serious. I looked through lots of books and finally found the stitch in one of Brenda Hart's books. Although I hate counting, the zig zag lines were a great addition.

And then I was able to do free form eyelet stitches to mimic snow. As soon as stitch the hat's trim, it's off to the finisher. I think it will be a great holiday pillow although I am also thinking of a stand up.
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Finished Beginner's Samplers

We are starting to see the finished results of the Beginner's Class. This past week, Cathy B's pillow came back from the finisher as a delightful small box pillow.

The week before we saw Faye's finished pillow. She hasn't decided what to do with it yet.  Notice all the stitches worked on the side. We used the extra wide area around the design as a doodle space.

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We are starting our next round of Beginner Classes in May. The dates and price are posted on our website.  So if you have been thinking of signing up, don't delay..

I have finally gotten to work on the Advanced Beginner Class. I've actually finished four sections so I will post the result in the next few days.  So for those who completed the first class, there will definitely be a follow-up class soon.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Closet Archaelogy - Exhibit at the Hermitage

I've heard from a couple of people that they have really enjoyed the current exhibit at the Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus, N.  Closet Archaeology is open from  1 PM - 4 PM Wednesdays through Sundays. The exhibit runs until September 26 so there is time to get there.

  The exhibit features the work of fiber artist, Diane Savona who uses found pieces of material and objects in her art (such as lace and clothes pins).  This exhibit displays the artist's work in conjunction with the collection of the Hermitage. 

Monday, March 22, 2010

Gail's Noah's Ark

Gail's been away for most of the winter. When she returns, she'll be able to pick up her finished Noah's ark. Unfortunately, these delightful china boxes are no longer available. We just have a few left --a pink and a blue tooth fairy box and perhaps one or two more.

Fortunately, the boxes that are completely stitched (ie no china box) are still available.
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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Betsy and Her Finished Project

Betsy was delighted when she picked up her finished needlepoint this week. Betsy is an avid stitcher who often stitches items for her children and grandchildren. I'm not sure if this is for a grandchild but I think it is.

It seems to capture the joy of the event.
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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Angel Topper

We just received a new order of toppers from The Studio and we were delighted to see that the Angel topper now has wings! Aren't they fabulous? Toppers make such great ornaments. They are on #13 mesh and are quick to do. There are ones for everyone on your gift lift- the Eagle Scout, the Girl Scout, the princess lover, the anglophile, the shopper etc.

And since spring is only a day away, Christmas finishing deadlines will be here before you know it.
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Friday, March 19, 2010

Sally C.'s canvas

Sally stitched this lovely canvas of the Jefferson Memorial for a friend who was engaged at the site. It was such a lovely idea. Notice that Sally used the Nobuko stitch to make her background move quickly.
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Faye's Sampler

Faye and her mother Julia both took our Beginner's Needlepoint Class and they each finished the canvas. Faye did a lovely job. Students used area beyond the design to learn the stitchers. It also gave them a model to use for their actual sampler.

We will be teaching this class again beginning in May. This time we will complete the class in 6-7 weeks. If you are interested, contact the store.

Our Spring class newsletter will be going out soon.
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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Josephine's Bunny

Josephine stitched her adorable bunny that was designed by The Collection (I think). Our wonderful finisher completed the job. I just love the way that this bunny sits up and looks. I also think her ears are terrific. I wish it was decorating my home.

Of course, Josephine had the right idea and stitched the canvas last year so it could be finished in time to decorate her home for Easter.
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sally V.'s Purse

Sally picked up her purse last week but I was unable to post until today. Isn't it lovely?

Sally followed the stitch guide and used lots of spider webs to give the purse depth. Her stitching is lovely.

Sometimes, Sally's comes to us before she is off to lunch or to play bridge. We often admire her coats and outfits.  This purse will be a great addition for them.
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Carrots for Easter

We received our new order of carrots for Easter this past week. I love the way they look finished and the colors are so spring like. After a long and bleak winter, and 3 days of no electricity at home, spring colors are so seductive! I happen to love the jelly beans in carrot shaped bags but just think how much nicer these are. Each person could identify their basket each year by the carrot that was in it. And for those of us who are always dieting, it is so much more healthful.

We only have these four so call (201-612-7770) or email us if you want one. Since today is St.Patrick's Day, Easter is only 2 1/2 weeks away.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

How did they do it?

At home, we've been without power since late Saturday afternoon.  At first, I thought at least we would have heat - then my husband explained that the thermostat runs on electricity.  I don't know how people did needlepoint without electricity.  Even during the day, the light at home leaves a lot to be desired.  At night, I can only read by candlelight.

It's amazing how dependent we are dependent on electricity.  It's weird not to have electricity.  I can't wait for the electricity to come back home so I can get back to stitching at home.  I also miss the heat!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Carrots for Easter

I had planned on posting these wonderful carrots a week ago but we sold them all on the first day. We received a second order of these wonderful canvases yesterday. They are just adorable and so much better for your figure then chocolate filled carrots!

So come in and make your pick as quickly as possible.
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New book for Left-Handers

Are you left-handed? Have you ever tried to teach someone to stitch who is left-handed? Then this book is for you or the person you were trying to teach. We share many stitches with Embroiderer's. This book has stitches charted for needlepoint in addition to stitches considered "embroidery."

We placed an initial order and haven't received them yet. But we thought you should know that this book will be available at our store any day now. Let us know if you are interested. You can email us.
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Monday, March 08, 2010

Gretchen's Heart & Cupid Pillow

This delightful pillow is the first item on Gretchen's resolution stitching list. She finished it pretty early in the year -- just in time for St. Patrick's Day! But she will be able to put it out for next Valentine's Day.

The pillow is done with two coordinating fabrics. And I just love the ruffle!

Look at the detail of cupid's hair. And it looks like she used candlelight for the wings. With this wonderful thread, the painted canvas shades the thread. It is just wonderful.

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