Friday, May 22, 2015

No Flying Monkeys: Stitching Order

Before I show off my footstool test stitching for my No Flying Monkeys witch, I want to talk about stitch order a bit.  Because I choose silk threads for my footstool and wall backgrounds, I don't want to stitch these areas first, even though I normally do stitch backgrounds first.  Instead, I want to stitch the stockings and the hand before I tackle the backgrounds.  That way I will be less likely to snag a stitch done in silk reaching over the background to work the stockings, for example.  Once I have a general idea of how I plan to stitch a piece, I try to figure out the most logical way to stitch it.  In this case, working the stockings and hand first is important.  The footstool should be next, and then I'll work on the martini glass.  After that I'll probably turn the canvas upside down and stitch the ruby slippers, followed by the wall background area and finally the lettering.

So I tent stitched the stockings with black and white High Cotton, which is a five ply cotton floss with a slightly rough texture to the plies, making each ply slightly thicker than one ply from a strand of DMC cotton floss.  I stripped the plies apart and then recombined them.  I ended up using four plies to basketweave the stockings but if your stitch tension is tighter than mine, you might need all five.  (This is a 13 count canvas.)   I didn't have any gray High Cotton for the shadow lines on the outside of the stockings but a gray size 5 cotton perle worked nicely there in continental stitch.  I was careful to tie off after I worked each stripe so I wouldn't drag a thread across the white areas on the back and cause a shadow on the front.  Then I stitched the hand in basketweave using pink Flair F505.  This thread is semi-transparent so the shading shows even though I used only one color.

Now I am ready to start the footstool stitch auditions!

Remember, I am collecting the links as I blog stitch this Point of It All Designs piece and posting them in a tab on the CH Stitch Guides blog.  You can catch up on what you missed by going there--just click on the flying carpet photo to magically be transported to my other blog and then back again.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright April 29, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

A Custom Summer Vacation Times Three

I think you'll be as impressed as I was with the three custom belts Ridgewood's painter came up with for a customer. The design was created from summer vacation snapshots, chosen and ordered by the customer and then painted onto three identical belt canvases.  This makes a very special family souvenir, doesn't it?  I sure hope Ridgewood posted a finished photo when belt number one is made up so we can all ogle it!
http://ridgewoodneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2015/05/custom-belts.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright May 12, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Needlepoint Video Channel UPDATED AGAIN

BeStitched has announced their needlepoint video channel, a by subscription series that allows you access to videos about needlepoint starting at $9.99 per month.  (It also appears you can rent just one video but it's unclear what that charge is.)  It's called Needlepoint Flix and you can learn more by watching the video on their home page.
http://www.needlepointflix.com

Looks like they plan to add new videos each month.
http://bestitchedneedlepoint.com/announcing-needlepoint-flix/

UPDATE:  Lisa added this in the comments--
"Jane, Needlepoint Flix will be adding new videos each month. The Pay to View Videos (specialized videos) are currently a 24 hour rental for $1.99. In the near future we hope to offer the option to rent a series of videos for a longer term and the price will be determined by the number of videos and the length of the rental. Thank you so much!'

UPDATE #2:  Lisa posted a video on Facebook explaining the difference between the Stitch Addiction boxes the shop sells and the subscription video series of Needlepoint Video Channel.  Basically, Lisa says that with Stitch Addiction you get a box with a DVD explaining a certain technique and the supplies you will need to try it out.   You keep the supplies and DVD and can review the video on the DVD as often as you like.  With Needlepoint Video Channel, you subscribe to the stitch videos and can review them as often as you like as long as you pay the monthly fee.  It's like subscribing to Hulu or Netflix, in other words.

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

Barbara's Needlepoint is Raising Money

Barbara's Needlepoint is raising money for an employee who is about to give birth to a baby who will need major surgery. This limited edition Ann Santa will be auctioned to raise funds. The details are on Facebook as Barbara's doesn't have a website.  Contact the shop for more information. 
https://www.facebook.com/107558659287177/photos/a.629766710399700.1073741860.107558659287177/907462875963414/?type=1&theater

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright May 21, 2015 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

The Bank Card Protest

This is cross stitch but it's still hilarious. And sad.   Many thanks to the Needlework Retailer for point it out on Facebook.
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-32810701

Rinky Dink Local Bank, are you watching?

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