Sunday, April 25, 2010

Nancy's Book Weight


As a store owner, I get to see lots of painted canvases. Realistically, I don't get to see them all finished. This past week, Nancy's book weight came back from the finisher. It's the first one I've seen finished and it is absolutely charming with its library scene.
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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Choosing a Canvas


David McCaskill is coming to the store in lesson than a month. I might actually get to take the class this time. If I am so lucky, I am torn about what canvas to choose. I love the dog and cake canvas -- as you know if you've been reading the blog. I just love the canvas.

The other canvas I'm thinking about is the fabulous Tapestry Tent tulips. We had it at the trunk show. I just love the colors and I am challenged about how to make wonderful painted canvas a great stitched piece.

If you haven't signed up for one of David's embellishment classes, there is still room. We have one or two openings on each day. I'd recommend signing up quickly so you get to come!
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Friday, April 23, 2010

What would David Suggest?


David McCaskill will be doing his wonderful canvas embellishment classes in less than one month. (He is at the store from Saturday, May 22 through May 24.) As I was looking at the various canvases, I wondered what stitches and threads David would recommend.

I think this canvas by Melissa Shirley is beautiful but it's hard to know how to stitch it. Of course, it would be beautiful in a basketweave but I would like to see it embellished.

What David would recommend for this canvas? I hope someone chooses if for the canvas embellisment class.
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Christine's Rug


This past summer, Christine, our superb letterer, designed a stunning rug. The rug is quite large and we laughingly told her it would take her the rest of her life. This week, she came in with 1/3 of the rug finished! I am amazed that someone can stitch so much and so fast. Christine's rug is an example of the absolute beauty of the basketweave stitch. It's the right stitch for a functional item like a rug -- and it is lovely.

I thought I had managed to capture Christine in the photo but someone I didn't get her face. So you will just have to admire her rug.
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Monday, April 19, 2010

Fraternity and Sorority Mini-stocking

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We just started to carry the Betsey B. Originals Line. They have lots of canvases with the Greek letters from national sororities and fraternities. Pictured is a mini-stocking but there are belts and bracelets and lots of other canvases. The canvases are licensed so the organizations also benefit. There's still time to order a mini stocking and do it before Christmas!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

New Canvases


We've been getting in some of our show orders this past week. I love this adorable reindeer. It's the perfect canvas for a beginner or someone who wants to experiment with new stitches or threads. It's not too big and it's on a larger mesh canvas!
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St. Basil's in 2011


We had a wonderful weekend with Carole Lake last week. Carole and I talked quite a bit about doing St. Basil's - I've wanted to do this canvas for quite a while. So we agreed that Carole would return to Ridgewood Needlepoint from Friday, March 25 through Monday, March 28th, 2011. She will be doing a One day Canvas Embellishment class on the 25th and then a three-day St. Basil's class from Saturday, March 26 through Monday, March 28th. We are still working out the pricing but I know that many of you were also wait-listed for the class. So if you are interested, let us know. We have 10 spots and 5 of them are gone already!
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Friday, April 16, 2010

A Lucky Grandchild


Susan makes a Christmas ornament for her grandchild every year. She's been doing a series of the Painted Pony angels. Above we have a picture of three of the ornaments that have been finished for her grandchild.

If you are thinking of doing ornaments for this Christmas, you should start working on them now. Christmas deadlines come early -- although Christmas seems far away.
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Thursday, April 15, 2010

New Threads


It's always exciting when new threads come in. Today we received Threadworx's overdyed Vineyard Silks. The colors are just luscious. I can't wait to use them!

Of course, one of the challenges of new threads is where to put them. Fortunately for you, we are making room through our sale threads. It's a great opportunity to buy great threads that we just don't have the room for.
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Fireplace Screen


This beautiful canvas was sent to a finisher who specializes in wood boxes, footstools etc. This customer wanted his canvas to be a fireplace screen. This is the result. We thought it was quite stunning. In fact, we were delighted to keep it for several days so it could be admired.
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Advanced Beginner Piece


I've been promising the people in the Beginner's classes that I would work on a piece for the Advanced Beginner Class. Although I haven't finished it, I've stitched enough that there is something to show.

The canvas is based on the same outline from the first class. But participants will be able to choose an initial or do a trellis pattern in the center. This piece also includes stranding and laying threads plus doing stitches using two threads. It's also includes Kreinik thread and possibly a Rhodes stitch. It's been fun to stitch and I'm pretty satisfied with the results so far.
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Great News-Linda Coriossi books

At the Carole Lake Classes, she talked about her favorite books. Both classes included extensive bibliographies.

As some of you know, I also love needlepoint books although the store's and my own personal collections pale next to the list of Carole's books. But one of the authors I have really started to enjoy more recently is Linda Coriossi. Just as I started to recommend two of her books (Canvas Embellishment Elegant Stitches Made Simple and Canvas Embellishment the Sequel, they went out of print. I was disappointed to learn that her printer had gone out of business and the master discs had been lost.

I have just learned from the distributor that the books are being released. I have an order in for the books but let us know if you are interested in them. They are organized in chapters according to the effect you are looking for: buildings etc.

Call us (201-612-7770) or email the store at if you are interested in getting these books.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Choosing Threads


Carole had the students focus on choosing the color of thread first. This picture shows the threads that were being evaluated for one canvas. At one point, we had every red in the store out.
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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Canvas Embellishment Participants


The participants were very interested in the canvases brought by other students.
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A Great Weekend


It's been a very busy weekend. Carole Lake has been with us for the last two days teaching Canvas Embellishment and How to Write a Stitch Guide. The first class was a great way to get stitch suggestions and threads for your canvases in a small group. The class was limited to 8 people. We all sat around the table so participants could hear what Carole's suggestions were for all the canvases.

Today, it was a lecture class. This time, Carole talked about choosing canvases first based on what you love, good design elements and then choosing threads and stitch to bring out the best in the canvas. She is convinced that the individual stitcher is in the best position to choose h/her own stitches. Her suggestions were great. It was also beneficial to see what she would suggest for other canvases.

Extremely informative was her example of a poorly designed canvas.
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Saturday, April 03, 2010

The Baseball Season Begins

Even in the heart of Yankee and Mets territory, there are Red Sox Fans. (In fact, Sally at the store comes from a Red Sox family. I'm ordering this canvas for her!) Nancy S has a grandson who loves the Red Sox and she stitched this pillow for him.

The finishing was quite timely since the Yankees and the Red Sox start their seasons at Fenway Park tomorrow.

Of course, watching baseball work well with stitching. It's the perfect time to work on your resolution stitching.

Nancy S. decided that she would complete all her projects. This week she picked up five of them that had been made into pillows.
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Eliza B FLip Flops

Of course, there should be some advantages to owning a needlepoint store. When I have shoe models made, I do them in my shoe size. These Eliza B flip flops have been sitting in the display case all winter. Yesterday, I had a pedicure and couldn't find my flip flops at home. So when I got to the store, I saw these flip flops and put them on.

I ended up wearing them all day. Of course, I've had to order a new model for the store since I can't put these back up. Boy! Are they comfortable. I'm now wearing them for the second day.

If you come in and stitch your belt quickly, you could probably have them back for at least part of the summer!
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