Monday, December 31, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
While I was in Albuquerque and Santa Fe last weekend, look who I ran into! Un Pocito was this year's poster for the Dia De Los Muertos celebration at the plaza in Old Town.
I was also fortunate enough to FINALLY meet Manuel Salas in person after almost 2 years of phone calls and emails. Aside from being wildly talented he is also a very gracious and charming man - really a nice guy. Sooo.....more of his skeletons to come!
Monday, October 8, 2012
A Different Look for Un Pocito
Jeri G. decided to cover the green and use a navy blue background for Un Pocito De Color. She used all 6 ply of Planet Earth silk and did basketweave to get good coverage.
Check out her matching shirt....and yes, she can stitch , even with those nails!
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
New Canvas From Manuel Salas
The next one will be a companion piece involving turtles.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Time to Rip?
If anyone thinks the whipped spider can be done, please let me know and I can include it in the stitch guide as an option. Meanwhile, time to get out the scissors.....
Monday, July 23, 2012
#636 Painted Elephant Class
Choose your colors, raid your jewelry box for bling, and join Linda Corirossi for a series of classes to "paint" your own elephant.
The class includes a line drawn canvas, stitch planning "map", and a stitch guide including picture graphs to decorate your elephant. With Linda's guidance each elephant will be exotic and original.
The first elephant class will be held on October 19th, 20th, and 21st at Family Arts Needlework in Phoenix, Arizona.
To contact Linda about giving this class at your shop call (847) 942-2120 .
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Lizard Toes and A New Needle
Thanks to a random phone request, I discovered Sashiko needles, made by Clover. Has anyone ever heard of these?
Sashiko is a form of Japanese folk embroidery ,using a basic running stitch through several layers of fabric, to create a patterned background. The needles are very long (over 2") and have a large oval eye. They have a sharp point, but a few stabs are a small price to pay for being able to make these bullions long enough to curve into toes.
Friday, May 25, 2012
While finishing the painting on a new dimensional ,I've been stitching this years Tony Minieri class project. Lizard #1 is finished and several other lizards are filled in and waiting for background before I can add the couched outlining and finishing touches,
Changing the direction of the stitch midstream in order to "bend" with the shape seems to be Tony's lesson on this piece. This is a technique I've never tried before and it's been a challenge, but with a little bit of creative compensating.....IT WORKS.
What can I say - Tony is a genius!!! The stitch guide for Leapin' Lizards is available directly from Tony.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Back From the Framer for Cinco De Mayo
Thursday, April 12, 2012
For those of you who like large Oriental designs, another canvas by Edith is now available. "Bathtime" measures 20"x27" and is painted on #18 canvas. A larger version, EW-19, is painted on #13 mesh and measures 27"x30".
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Barb is an excellent stitcher, and this promises to be a fun class. The stitch guide is a collaboration of stitches by Barb, Paulette Paquette, and the late MaryLu Leger, and will be available from Tapestry Fair after the class.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
"Oldies But Goodies"
I also put in a call to Edith, who was one of the founding partners of Tapestry Fair, to see if she was willing yo re-release some of her older designs. Edith agreed, so we've gotten her pieces to add back into the line over the next few months.
The canvas pictured above, EW-30 is one of a series of three. Each is 14x14" and painted on #18 mesh. This series didn't need any updating at all. With decorative stitches and all the new fibers, ribbon and bling available now, this would be a fun canvas to embellish.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Tony Minieri Class at Family Arts - Day 2
Stitching this canvas was a big "stretch" for me technically, but well worth the effort. Lupe will go to the framer next week, and then I can focus on Leapin' Lizards, this year's class project.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Tony Minieri Class - Day One - PM
After lunch it was time to get back to business. This is a detail of one of the more exotic stitches Tony planned for the canvas I chose to stitch. The lizard's gullet is Venetian Cloth Stitch using Balger #12 braid. It is a detached stitch, and when the stitched area was completed I stuffed it with 1/2" pieces of the braid before tacking down the bottom. Leave it to Tony to come up with something like this!
More fun and more photos tomorrow.
Lunchtime at the Tony Minieri Class
Tony Minieri Class - First Day AM
After a few hours of concentrated stitching and demos - time for lunch.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Meet "Maria" and Kelly
The stitch guide was written by Kelly Doyle, who picked up and finished this project after MaryLu Leger's untimely death. She has included stitches such as Diagonal Burden, Amadeus, and a Hedabo Ring.
Kelly has taught needlepoint embellishment for A Needlework Place in Mesa, Arizona and Phoenix Needlepoint Co. before relocating to Houston. She has also taught classes at previous TNNA markets for Anne Jerlow's geisha series and Garden Cat Square. Kelly stitched several ornaments for the White House Christmas tree during the Clinton reign, and her Sandy Jenkins Sunflower Girl appears in the revised edition of Jo Christensen's The Needlepoint Book. She is available to travel and teach classes.
Kelly will be helping me at the Sample It table and is bringing along "Consuela", the next angel in the series, so please stop by and say hi!
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Happy New Year!
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