Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Collection of Designs Nativity





One of my favorite Christmas stories is "The Worst/Best Christmas Pageant Ever." I enjoyed reading the bookbut loved listening to it. (The DVD is read by Elaine Stritch.) A favorite play was "Sister Mary Margaret Explains It all." In addition to Sister Mary Margaret, a key figure was the camel (actually two actors wearing the suit. So when we had A Collection of Design's Trunk show, I fell in love with the cow and camel cnavases. Unfortunately, we only recieved a few pieces and there were no pictures. Janet Burnett has sent me photos of all the canvases. This nativity is so sweet - and it reminds me of the two stories I mentioned above. (Of course, to be consistent with the Christmas Pageant story, Mary would need a black eye!

Janet explained that she doesn't have any in stock but I could place an order. While I am away, I have posted the various canvases from this nativity. Wait until you see the three kings!

You might not know it, but when the store did our nativity, I did the camel!
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Monday, August 30, 2010

Julie's Fleur De Lis



Julie is a long distance customer. She has been to the shop but unfortunately, I didn't get to meet her. Recently, she sent me pictures of these lovely finished canvases. I think she did an incredible job stitching them.
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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Beach Scene



This beautiful beach scene canvas was painted by our wonderful custom painter, based on a customer's photo. It is absoltuely stunning.

Susanne and the customer had fun picking out the threads. It will be an incredible needlepoint.
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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Good Night Moon


Carolyn, who owns the wonderful Epiphany Cafe right near us, has worked on this delightful canvas for her soon-to-be grandchild. We happen to know that she will be giving the framed piece at the baby shower tomorrow.

This canvas is probably our favorite juvenile canvas. Carolyn noticed that there was no moon in the picture of the "cow jumping over the moon." She added one.
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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Finishing Makes the Difference


It seems impossible that the summer is almost over. We've been checking with our finishers and there has been some change in finishing dates. One or two of our finishers are asking that we have stand-ups in early. In general, we will be able to finish your ornament and stand-ups if we have them no later than October 1. We have until October 15 for belts, pillows and stockings. But as always, early is better!

If we have your Larry the Turkey back before October 1, you will be able to have him decorate your holiday table!
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tony's Chinese embroidery




Tony has been to China with Pam Dalton's Fiber tours. He said it was an unbelievable experience. He brought in a Chines scroll that he purchased in China. The stitching was meticulous and exquisite.

I also thought you would enjoy seeing a picture of Tony getting a canvas onto stretcher bars!
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Admiring Kumihomo Braiding



Marianne bought these beautiful examples of Kumihomo braiding when she was in Japan. It is a braid in a hollow inside; similar to the braids you might have done as a kid with a spool loom. (Remember it had the nails at the stop). This type of braiding is also done for silk braids for jewelry. In Japan, the braids are used to secure the obi in space. The braids are just stunning.
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Yoko's Daugher's Obi



During our Back to Basics Class, Tony told us quite a bit about Japanese embroidery. Yoko was kind enough to bring in the obi for her daughter's first kimono. The stitching is absolutely beautiful. In fact, we commented that the back of the piece really just looks like a wintry version of the front. Japanese embroidery is stitching at an unbelievable level; it requires enormous precision and discipline.
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Monday, August 23, 2010

Victoria's Purse


This absolutely stunning purse was designed and finished by Boots Bailey. Her purse finishing is truly lovely as are her designs. Victoria should enjoy using this lovely purse.
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Back to Basics Class




We just finished the last day of our four day Back to Basics class. It was a fabulous class. We felt particularly fortunate due to the weather. Since it rained yesterday and today we didn't miss a summer weekend.

It was a great class. We learned so many techniques including how to applique a piece of stitched canvas onto another canvas. Tony lives so close to our store that he was able to bring examples of the technique we learned. In addition, he brought many of his stunning designs. In the middle picture, Carole is admiring one of Tony's pieces.

We also had time for a show and tell session. Tony and Yoko brought pieces of Chinese and Japanese embroidery. Marianne brought examples of kumihomo braiding. Traditionally, it is used to secure the obi on a kimono. I have some pictures of these beautiful pieces which I'll post tomorrow.
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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Custom Wood Box



Fran stitched the tennis canvas but wanted it in a box. This box was made specifically for this canvas. It's a wonderful gift.
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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Beautiful Pillow


I love to be at the store when a box of finishing arrives. It's like Christmas all over again. This lovely pillow was sent to one of our high-end finishers. She uses a lovely dupioni silk. The finishing just made the beautfully stitched rose pop. What an elegant pillow.
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Friday, August 20, 2010

Christmas Tree Stand-up or Pillow


we love this tree decorated with houses and snow. We think it would make a great stand-up or pillow. It would be fun to stitch. I can see using fuzzy stuff or petite peluche on the snow. Then I would probably a combination of neon rays and metallics on the houses. In the heat of August, it seems so refreshing!
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Words, Words, Words




Gretchen had suggested we get these canvases but somehow, I hadn't order them. Then, Meredith asked us to find a canvas that said "Live, Love, Laugh" and I remembered these canvases. They are absolutely great! There are lots of choices so we were able to get "One more Hug" for Suzanne in addition to Meredith's canvas. We love the Merry Christmas one and there is also a canvas that just says BOO. (I had a picture of it but I can't get the picture to be horizontal). So if there is a short saying you want, these are great options. You can choose the color of the stripes, too.
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New Tallis Bags




Julia's is now carrying a new designer of Tallis Bags. We thought they were stunning -- and would also make great pictures. The three above just arrived in the store last week. They are also designed by Bracha Levee. We have actually had the Miriam dancing repainted for a vertical picture. Come see them. They are quite lovely.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Victoria's Bag


Victoria's beautiful bag came back yesterday. The design and finishing are both by Boots Bailey. Victoria did a beautiful job stitching the bag; the finishing is also beautiful.
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Green Leather Bag


We just received this lovely green bag from Lee today. (We actually ordered if for Suzanne so it may already be gone. But we can get more.) The color is closest to Vineyard Silk's Elephant. Gretchen describes it as a mossy green. These Lee bags are beautifully made. In addition, since there's only space for a small monogram, you could be wearing yours in a matter of days.

Let us know if you want a green one or a brown one. Both are lovely!
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