Monday, April 27, 2015

How'd Amy Do That?

Before we knew Robin King as the teacher we all want to study under, she and Pat Ryan were the geniuses behind Amy Bunger's "How You Do That?" series of videos.  These videos are still available and still useful.  After all, they show the magic behind Amy's wonderful classes, kits and guides.  Robin has done us a favor by profiling the DVD collections so you can pick just the one you really really want.
http://needlepointstudyhall.blogspot.com/2014/12/howd-you-do-that-needlepoint-dvds-part-1.html

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Hints from Behind the Counter

Donna works at The Waste Knot in Arlington, Virginia part time. She's starting to summarize the things she's learned from working at a needlepoint shop to help those of us who are on the customer side of the check out counter. You'll find it all very interesting!
http://majtravaux.blogspot.com/2015/02/confessions-of-shop-girl-part-i.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright February 6, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Introducing Sitting Pretty, A Mystery Class (Michele Noiset)

Ruth Schmuff's next mystery class will be Michele Noiset of CBK Designs' "Sitting Pretty" piece.  None of us, not even Ruth, know how the piece will turn out. That's part of the fun!  Plus we are left wondering if the cat is worshiping a mystical fish bowl or studying its next meal....
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2015/04/whats-our-next-mystery.html

Stay tuned for updates as Ruth works her magic and "Sitting Pretty" comes to life.

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© Copyright April 17, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

A Toast to Beads

Suzanne just finished a wonderful Raymond Crawford champagne flute, a sort of New Year's toast of a canvas.  It's a toast to beads, with three different beading techniques to create sparkle.
http://suzannehicks.blogspot.com/2015/04/heres-to-usa-champagne-toast.html

The background is done in brick stitch beading, which is just brick stitch with a bead added to each stitch before you take the needle to the back side.  The baubles on the table are Suzanne's piled on bead technique, which is just what she says--piles of beads.  The third beading technique is to do tent stitches on the glass, adding a bead to each stitch before taking the needle to the back side.  After she finished a row of beaded tent stitches, she threaded the needle through the row of beads to straighten them slightly.  (Beads are wiggly things.)

Bet in person this is fabulous but cameras are notoriously blind to beads and bling.  We'll use our imagination in this homage to beads instead.

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© Copyright April 16, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Three Winners at the National Academy of Needlearts on Facebook

Several photographs of winners at the NAN 2015 Exemplary exhibit have been posted on Facebook. I hope non-Facebook users can see them as well.   Diane won a ribbon for technical excellence.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/832433433500483/

The is the Best in Show winner, an original piece from Rachel Atkins that she calls "Gothic Arches."
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/832434310167062/

This is the Best in Show - Japanese Embroidery winner, a classic design called "Moon Princess" from Shay Pendray, stitched by Arlene Altman.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlepointNation/permalink/832435176833642/

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright March 24, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.