Sunday, January 25, 2015

Woodlawn Deadline is Feb. 6

Woodlawn Plantation's March 2015 exhibit is coming up in two months. Please note the deadline for submitting entries is February 6. More information and a link to the brochure with its entry form are here.
http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/events

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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© Copyright January 24, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

A Look at Making High Relief Pearl Embroidery

Not too many of us are going to be covering a frame with pearls, amethysts and gold embroidery the way Larissa Borodich did, but some of the same techniques (such as trapunto) are used in needlepoint, so I thought you'd love to see the Russian icon Mary Corbet posted about today. 
http://www.needlenthread.com/2015/01/high-relief-bead-embroidery-close-ups-and-tips.html

It is a gorgeous piece and there are many ideas we might be able to use on our own work.  Thanks, Mary and Larissa!

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright December 12, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

A Tribute to a Needlepointer

Juli Poitras' Purple Heart
I thought those of you with military heroes in our families would like to read this article from last year.  
http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/anaconda-wwii-veteran-to-receive-purple-heart-bronze-star-after/article_abda2286-74a4-11e3-842e-0019bb2963f4.html

The canvas of a Purple Heart is from JP Needlepoint.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 11, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Bag Bling: A Review


What is it?

Visitors to Blog and the Chilly Hollow Stitch Guides blog have realized I work closely with Leigh Designs on models and stitch guides. It's a fun relationship for the both of us but sometimes I do other things, like test drive a new product.  Last summer Leigh sent me this to see how I liked it and how well it held up.  It's Bag Bling, made in the U.S.A. and now distributed by Leigh Designs.  It is a thirteen inch long string of beads with a lobster claw clasp at one end and a splint ring and another lobster claw at the other.  Just above the big fancy bead at the split ring/lobster claw end is a small split ring.  You can clip the top lobster claw end to this little ring to make a choker style necklace or to keep it securely on your purse or stitching tote.




Bag Bling and Keys on my Lee Nylon Tote

 
Each Bag Bling is unique. Mine combines Swarovski faceted beads, a pretty floral blown glass bead from Czechoslovakia, a very large purple glass bead, and various other smaller purple bead of various styles and a few blue beads to make up the strand. Leigh tells me some of the beads are antique and some are new. Each is chosen with the main color scheme and an overall harmony of design in mind.

 
Close Up of My Bag Bling

You can see more Bag Bling on the LD website.  Clicking on any of the photos will show you a closeup of the color schemes available.
http://www.leighdesigns.com/BB-Home.html

I use mine to attach my keys to my purse but if I ever go anywhere I'll probably put it on the stitching tote I take with me to keep my scissors handy but secure. Once I get where I'm going, I'll remove it from the bag and use it as a scissors fob so I can keep up with my traveling scissors easily in a hotel room or beach or wherever.   On the Leigh website you'll see it used to attach one of the bigger Ashland Sky bags to one of the smaller.  There are a lot of ways you can use this. My wrist is small enough I could use mine as a bracelet if I doubled it.

How sturdy is it?  Mine has been riding around on my everyday purse since early August with my heavy key ring attached to the lobster claw at the bottom.  It gets tossed in the car, dumped on the kitchen counter, stored in a desk, etc.  Despite all this abuse, it looks brand new and shows no sign of coming apart. The lobster claw holding the keys gets opened and closed constantly but it hasn't shown signs of damage.   Even the large purple glass bead isn't scratched and I was sure that would show wear very quickly.  I've had beaded scissor fobs come apart with use after only three months but I've been Bag Bling'd for nearly six months without any apparent damage.

I'd recommend this, particularly if you travel, as a great way of keeping your scissors or keys attached to something larger.  Besides, they are just durn pretty and you know we stitchers are all about the eye candy!  Where do you get Bag Bling?  Your favorite shop can order from Leigh Designs if they didn't pick up any at Market.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 22, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Perfect Present for a Stitcher

Virginia's sister found the perfect present for her birthday.  I have no idea where she found these but it looks like a wonderful present for a stitcher.
http://stitchstyleblog.com/2015/01/stitch-style-birthday/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright January 8, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.