Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, with lots of great food and stitching time! 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Things to Remember About Memory Thread

Reading the Bedecked and Beadazzled newsletter this month I was reminded of just how fun it is to work with DMC Memory Thread!  The "Technique of the Month" for November is applications with Memory Thread and you should definitely check it out (if you haven't already), click here

This is the first project where I used Memory Thread, on my Floating Hearts canvas.  This was a featured project in the May 2010 of Needlepoint Now. I needed to "clean up" the edges of my hearts because of all the compensated stitches and Memory Thread couched around the hearts fit the bill perfectly!  As you can see, you can couch it singly or with two or more strands side by side.  

It worked fabulously for the smaller companion design, Floating Flowers as well!

This is a detail of a flower from my Wedding Cake Slice, where I used Memory Thread for both the outside edge and for four of the petals too:

The Cake Slice as completed:

Leave it to Ruth Schmuff to find a really innovative use for Memory Thread rather than just outlining with it-- she used it to pad the candy canes on my CandyLand Christmas canvas.  Here is the first layer:

And here is the final layer with the Frosty Rays stitched over the top of the Memory Thread:

Great effect, right?  I love how it makes it both dimensional and gives it that nice, clean edge as well.  See more of the magic Ruth worked on this canvas here.

Hope this has been informational and inspirational too!  Until next time, Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Two Trunk Shows for November!

I have two trunk shows out in stores this month! If you are in the Santa Clarita area of Southern California, be sure to stop by Queen Anne Stitches

Their lovely shop is offering a 30% show discount too, so if you are not local, be sure to give them a call if there is a canvas you have your eye on!

And for those of you lucky enough to be in the needlepoint-rich Scottsdale, AZ area, Quail Run Needlework is also hosting my show:

I hope you may be able to stop by in person to see the many stitched models on display in their gorgeous shop!  I shipped almost 40 models to them, in addition to what they already had, so there will be a lot to tempt you.

And again, if you are not local, be sure to give them a call for details on what specials are available for mail order.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Fresh Crop Picked From The Pumpkin Patch!

Hello!  I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween weekend!  I have some lovely finishes from my Crazy Patch Boo-nanza collection to share with you today.

First up is the Argyle Pumpkin, courtesy of 3 Kittens Needlearts.  Is that an exuberant bow topper or what?? 

From Louise's Needlework comes this stunner, my Pink Stripes Candy Corn also with a very cute bow topper and sweet pumpkin feet:

Last but certainly not least is the Orange Stripe Candy Corn with fabulous finishing via Bedecked and Beadazzled:

Hope this gets you in the mood for the rest of Fall and Thanksgiving, just around the corner!  Happy Stitching!