Saturday, February 28, 2015

What Blog's Been Up To

Periodically I post about what I've been doing with Blog and with the CH Stitch Guides blog.  After all, none of us have enough hours in the day, so keeping up with the "furniture rearranging" I do on my two blogs is not something you are likely to do.

Recently talented stitchers have posted about needle felting they learned in class on Facebook's Needlepoint Group, so there have been lots of questions about books and videos on needle felting needlepoint canvas.  Sadly, there are no such resources.  (At least right now--Robin King, I'm looking at YOU!  Get that video camera rolling!!!!)   There are lots of needle felting videos but they are all about needle felting onto sweaters or wool felt purses or about creating needle felted 3-D animals with the single exception of Amy Bunger's "How'd You Do That" DVD  that has a passing reference to it.  That's not really what folks are looking for.  So I did my best to collect all the needlepoint--needle felting information into a tab here on Blog.  You'll see the tabs running across the top of the page just under the header.  Click and there it is!

I've also made a new tab for the Chilly Hollow Stitch Guides blog that has contact information for stitch guide writers.  If you know so-and-so wrote a guide for that fabulous project you own, visit the stitch guides blog (Just click on the magic carpet photo in the right hand column of Blog and Poof! You are there!) and look for that tab at the top of the page under the rabbit geisha header photo.  Hopefully I have accurate and current contact information for everyone, but if you spot an error or know about a guide writer I haven't listed, please let me know.  You can add a comment here or if Blogger doesn't let you comment, just email me at chillyhollow at hotmail dotcom and I'll post the comment for you.

I've also been updating the tab for Classes and Events so folks know about great exhibits or classes in their areas (these are listed by date) and have been keeping the Monthly Clubs and the TNNA Winter 2014 trade show tabs up to date as new items and clubs are listed by the various shops and designers.  Keep an eye on those because if folks stop visiting those areas, I'll remove the tabs eventually.  You may not have a lot of free time but I don't either.  I can't afford to maintain Blog items that no one uses.

Those are the main things I've been doing lately, if you do't count shoveling snow.  Hope these changes are helpful to you.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright February 20, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Restoration Magic

I thought you'd enjoy seeing what Melissa did to restore this old needlepoint piece. It's amazing how much work is involved!
http://www.collector-repair-services.com/?p=1058

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright February 18, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Finishing Friday: Fur or Feathers?

Ada Hayden shows off two finished pieces from her designs, both put together by TJ Designs.
http://eyecandyneedleart.blogspot.com/2015/02/two-gorgeous-finishes-by-tj-designs.html

Here is Ada's feather version (last photo), just in case you want to compare fur to feathers and decide which you would prefer.
http://eyecandyneedleart.blogspot.com/2012/09/only-33-more-unpacking-days-until.html

If you are into a more classic style, Juli Poitras just got one of her Brick Purses back from the finisher, the Spinning Wheel in Houston, TX.  Juli is JP Designs, by the way, and this purse canvas is similar to her Tudors design that Amy Bunger did a class on.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203418537536220&set=gm.813135328763627&type=1&theater

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright February 18, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Want to Help Fund a Mobile Needlework Shop?

Emily is looking for help to turn a large horse trailer into a mobile needlework and crafts store. If you can help, here's the place-- 
http://www.gofundme.com/ixnsck

The local assisted living place would love to see this pull into their parking lot!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright February 18, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Chocolate, Samplers and Me

I've always known that a certain percentage of needlepointers only work needlepoint designs in all tent stitches.  But until the needlepoint group on Facebook came into being, I didn't interact much with this subset of stitchers.  After all, my main focus has been embellishment and light coverage stitching, which certainly isn't what traditional needlepoint has been.  Traditional needlepoint is full coverage, often in wools, and mostly used for utilitarian objects like upholstery, rugs and pillows.  These things need to wear like iron and stand up to use.  They are not like the framed pictures and designer models that I mostly stitch these days.

Hanging out at Needlepoint Nation on Facebook, I have made many classic NP friends and suddenly realized that not only were there many more stitchers than I realized who are into classic needlepoint, they are a bit ashamed that that's what they like best.  Some are puzzled by what I do, some are repelled by it.  Most also wonder if they are like the reproduction sampler stitchers--a bit behind the times.

You guys should always remember that the repo sampler people are actually time travelers!  They are stitching like 17-19th Century stitchers to better understand them and their time period.

Thanks to Two Nerdy History Girls (yes, that's the name of their blog--it's great fun!) I have a video that encapsulates this view of historical stitching.  The video itself is about recreating a chocolate kitchen in Hampton Court but that's just the subject matter--the real theme is honoring the craftsmen who came before us and understanding them by making the things they did in the way they did.
http://twonerdyhistorygirls.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-kings-chocolate-kitchen.html

So here is to traditional stitchers, whoever you are.  You are walking in the footsteps of our needlepoint ancestors, practicing their craft as a way of understanding them, and keeping it alive for our stitching descendants to admire, practice and enjoy!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright February 19, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.