Monday, March 28, 2011

Fimo Pillow

This design was inspired by different pieces of Fimo clay arranged as a collage.  I loved the look of Fimo in jewelry and sculpture and wanted to see if it could be captured in needlepoint. 

The buttons were originally meant for a knitting project, but when I saw them next to the canvas it opened up all kinds of new possibilities.  Any of these Zecca buttons would be a great addition to this canvas if finished as a pillow or purse.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day

This little ornament is actually the St. Patrick's Day piece for our perpetual calendar and measures about 2x2.5", so it can also be used as a small ornament. We have many more holiday and seasonal  calendar pieces that are sold individually.

Test Post

Just testing adding text and photos

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

New Stitch Guide Page

Due to an increasing demand for stitch guides we have added a new page to our website -  Just click on the stitch diagram in the gallery to see the guides we've done so far.

Guides for #1056 and #1058 can be used with either the painted or line drawn canvas.   The fully painted versions have the stitches actually painted on the canvas so they can be stitched according to the guide or entirely in tent stitch.  The outlined versions can be stitched according to the guide or in the stitches and fibers of your choice - great to use for a class.

Guides for MS-1 and MS-22 are available directly from Tony Minieri and MaryLu and I are stitching them now, along with other WIP's......these could take a while!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Another Tony Demo

Another stitch that Tony demonstrated in the class is called Twining.  Hopefully if you enlarge the photo you will be able to see it on the Sandra Gilmore Santa being stitched by Barb Starman. Tony said he actually took a basketweaving class to learn this technique.  It isn't an especially difficult stitch, but the effect is very realistic.

I don't have anything on the drawing board right now that involves a basket, but the next time one appears I will definitely try this stitch.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Show and Tell

There were many talented stitchers in the class, and a few of them brought finished work to share. The Leigh cowgirl was stitched by Linda Corirossi (yep-THE Linda that wrote the Canvas Embellishment book) in a previous Tony class.  How beautiful is this?????