Thursday, January 8, 2015

"Almost" Custom Pre-Finished Pillows

Before I pack them for display at market, here are a few examples of the pre-finished pillows from Pillow Garden that we are now distributing.

They are available in a selection of different fabrics, colorways and trims, with a variety of frame sizes for your canvas.  Top stitching the canvas in place and adding the inner pillow of your choice (polyfil or down) is all that's required to achieve a custom designer look.  If you don't sew, there is a double sided permanent fabric tape on the market that will work.

Great for gifts when you miss the dreaded "finishing deadline"!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

A Lot of Ribbon!

It's finally time to get back to blogging again after taking a rather long break to close a retail shop, reorganize everything (well, almost everything), and paint a lot of new canvases for the upcoming TNNA winter show.

I did find time to stitch a little, and managed to finish this piece - P2 - The Hen - a licensed design by New Mexico artist Peggy O'Leary.

The hen is stitched entirely in different colors and widths of silk ribbon from Treenway Silks and The Threadgatherer, with the addition of Barbara Elmore's Sparkles and a few beads.  All this random stitching was a new experience for me, but went rather quickly once I got the hang of it.

The framed piece will be displayed at market, with a stitch  and fiber guide to follow.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

For Valentine's Day

Now that the lost needle problem has been resolved by all the beautiful decorative magnets on the market, it's time to deal with the issue of lost threaders.

I am addicted to using a threader, but because they aren't totally made of steel they keep slipping off of my magnets - pretty frustrating!  I "rigged" up a Muriel threader to use with one of our new magnet frames (originally designed for the smaller magnets in my collection). I'll be test driving it this weekend during the Tony Minieri class at Family Arts Needlework - hope it really works!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Designer

Say Hi! to Fat Blue Cat, from new designer Peggy O'Leary.  We will have him and more of his friends at the winter TNNA show - I just have to paint faster!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Thanksgiving Surprise

                                         #1059 Little Gobbler

Just saw this finished today at Family Arts Needlework....what a wonderful way to start the holiday!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Another Finish (but not by me)

                                          1063 - Fantasy Flowers

This piece was stitched by Sylvia Yoder with a stitch guide written by Tony Minieri....beautiful stitching and a great choice of stitches!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Be Your Own Jewelry Designer

                                         Magnetique cuff available from Tapestry Fair (c)
                                         Magnets by Accoutrement, Mag Friends, Puffin & Co.
                                         Additional bracelets from Lucky Star

If you have ever wondered what else to do with your growing magnet collection, here's an idea that's fun and functional - wear them!

These cuffs are handcrafted in the USA and are available in four different finishes - brushed nickel, chrome, copper or brass.  They are adjustable, and also have a place to hang a non-magnetic scissor fob if you'd like to add a dangle.

Choose a theme for a holiday or special occasion, or go for an eclectic look with a variety of your favorite magnets and fobs - you're the designer!  Wear it to class  or out to dinner - the possibilities are endless.