Friday, October 31, 2014

Decorating for Halloween

Everyone is showing off their Halloween needlepoint decorations so I thought I'd collect some of the best examples here for us to all enjoy, particularly those of us who never get trick or treaters. 
http://splittheneedles.blogspot.com/2014/10/coast-to-coast-halloween.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 19, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Rittenhouse, with Candy Corn

Sheena has been on the road, visiting Rittenhouse Needlepoint in Philadelphia between other vacation stops. She's amazed at how much the shop has grown and changed since her first visit right after it opened.  It's a fun read, and Sheena has thrown in a Halloween treat--a chart for candy corn!
http://www.sheenasstitches.com/?p=1843

Yummy.

She also has been visiting Bedecked and Beaddazzled in Baltimore.  Check out the fun canvases and another great stitch diagram....

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 13, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Finishing Friday: Halloween and More

For today's finishing Friday we head to Louise's Needlework.  The shop shows off a darling Halloween pumpkin tray perfect for the Phantom of the Opera fan.  This canvas is from Alice Peterson and the tray from Sudberry.
http://louisesneedlwork.blogspot.com/2014/10/diane-can-finally-share-her-alice.html

Also for Halloween, one of Louise's customers just finished her Halloweenies witch.  Canvas is by Kelly Clark and guide by Amy Bunger.
http://louisesneedlwork.blogspot.com/2014/10/emily-has-finally-finished-stirha.html

Ridgewood's Kappy has a fun Halloween tree and several wonderful stand ups.
http://ridgewoodneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2014/10/its-almost-halloween-check-out-kappys.html

Not everyone is a big Halloween fan so here is a great mermaid pillow with fabulous pearls trim.  I think that the canvas is by Alice Peterson.
http://needlenicely.blogspot.com/2014/10/melissa-shirleys-stable-finished.html

Happy Halloween!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 8, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Winter Farm Fun in Connecticut

Linda went to Enriched Stitch's fall retreat in Connecticut and has posted about the experience. The canvas they were all stitching is called :Winter Farm Fun."  It's one of Ewe and Eye's rustic rural scenes, stitched by Suzy Vallerie and taught by her and her fabulous shop team.
http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/10/24/shopping/

While there she discovered one of my secret weapons--light coverage stitches!
http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/10/25/winter-farm-fun-day-1/

http://blog.njneedleartists.org/2014/10/30/winter-farm-fun-day-2/

Here are a few more pictures from the Enriched Stitch blog.
http://astheneedleturns.com/retreat-2014-3/

If you'd like to see the finished model Suzy did and hear about some of the special touches, here's her blog posting about the design.
http://astheneedleturns.com/just-in-the-nick-of-time/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 26, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

In Stitches Does Halloween

In Stitches is the counted thread shop (with knitting and needlepoint) close to the entrance to Woodlawn Plantation. They offer a lot of counted and cross stitch patterns but they also have needlepoint, so I wasn't totally surprised when their Halloween blog posting featured two wonderful needlepoint patterns.  First there's Shelly Tribbey's skeleton in a top hat, perfect for the Halloween dandy!  I think finishing this in a little coffin would be perfect!
http://institchesshopblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-victoria-sampler-trunk-show-and-more.html

The photo of the Quilted Jack o' Lantern (fourth from the bottom) is a counted canvaswork classic from Pat Timpanaro of Neon Flamingo.  I hope this chart is still available.  It's a fun sampler of stitches for the fan of counted work.
http://www.neonflamingo.com/Designs/Jack.htm

Sometimes you can find great designs in the most unlikely places....

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright October 26, 2014 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.