Hi, all – many thanks for all of you have visited me, despite my irregular and scant posts! Please bookmark this page The Needlepoint Queen, as all posts will be made there going forward. See you there – keep on stitching! NPQ
Some of you are undoubtedly aware that Amanda Lawford has created over the years a staggeringly beautiful collection of standing Santas (available in various sizes 15″ to 30″ tall). I have two in my personal stash (in progress, still…….), and have created stitch guides for several in the series for friends, students, or customers – whomever. One in particular just thrills me, for a number of reasons. The friend who stitched it (has two sons and is stitching one for each) and I share a very personal common thread concerning our children. She is an incredible lady, and did such an awesome job on this Santa. He takes my breath away, makes me smile, and represents the Christmas Season and Spirit beautifully. Have a look – be sure to click on the picture so you can zoom in to fully appreciate Suzanne’s stitching:
Wowee, this has been a fast year – Christmas is barely two weeks away. As usual, Mz-Oh-I’ll-Do-That-Later (translation: me) is behind the old eight ball. That’s okay, it’ll all get done, eventually. We’re having a very chilly, rainy day here in Atlanta – the sort of day that makes you want to cozy up with a cup of coffee, a soft throw, and a good book. Better yet, multi-task by stitching while you listen to an audio book.
Have you found the Stitcherie site that Ruth Schmuff set up on ning.com? It’s a neat place to show-and-tell in cyberspace, communicate with other stitchers, get ideas, etc. Jump over there and sign up – you’ll like it (and, it’s free). One of the subscribers posted a picture of her completed Santa ornament, commenting that she had stitched her Turkey Work on the diagonal, which brought up a discussion of that particular method (there are so many). It is my favorite method, very easy, puts a whole lot of thread on top of your canvas (think thick fur). If you want a copy of the diagram for that method, go to the “Contact Me” page for my email address.
In an earlier post, I mentioned Amy’s series of instructional DVDs – a picture may be worth a thousand words, but, a moving picture tutorial is the living end. As if having Amy on hand isn’t enough, add that adorable Kelly Clark and whooee – what fun! One of the things I love best about needlepoint is that there are so many things that look extremely difficult, but are, in fact, easy to do (at least easy once someone shows you how). Amy and Kelly take needle weaving to new heights here for you, removing all the stumbling blocks. Here are the two latest in the series:
Okay, another year has just blitzed by at warp speed, and in a scant two weeks’ time, Turkey Day will roll in. The bad news is, I’m gonna have to do all that cooking and cleaning up and silver polishing and stuff; the good news is that there is so much to be thankful for. My own list includes those things I cherish dearly: sharing love with my family and friends, being truly thankful for my son’s continued great health (as well as enjoying my own), the freedom to pursue my heart’s desires (which would include stitching on those countless needlepoint projects) – being blessed is a Godsend, and I am so grateful for it all. “Nuff with the maudlin carryings-on, here’s a little something to make ya smile. Keep on stitching, smiling, sharing – and, Happy Thanksgiving!
If you haven’t started your video library of Amy Bunger’s instructional DVDs, go immediately and get them! Each one covers different effects and techniques, and they are all wonderful. It’s the next-best-thing to sitting with Amy at your side, coaching you through a new stitch, whatever. As always, her calm delivery is soothing, and her great, good humor is delightful. No matter what level you believe your stitching to be, you can and will learn something new – don’t know how many times I said, “Wow, I never heard that, before!” The newest, Volume 6, entitled Barely There, walks you through various ways to execute “light coverage”. Amy goes over the importance of your path in Blackwork and Darning Patterns, thread weights/plies, great stuff. All of the six are equally fabulous, and will be great additions to your needlework library.
Here’s a picture of the front:
Have fun, keep on stitching – I’m off to work on a stocking…………more later – NPQ
Been waiting a long time for Miss Suzy to come up with another great book, and she’s done it. Her brand new “Suzy’s Mini Stitches” is a treasure trove of ways to fill those smaller areas on your canvas. I know Amy Bunger has them already, so go get yours right away! For those of you who’ve never taken class with SuZy, ask your local shops to look into having her come in – she’s way too much fun, a beautiful stitcher and designer. I was lucky to meet her years ago in Detroit at the first ANG Seminar I ever attended. SuZy and her sister, Kitty Mueller, along with Amy Bunger, made the trip memorable for me. What a blast!
I did decorate my Christmas tree, can’t believe the Holidays came and went, as has most of January! Been traveling, working, visiting family, stitching, and even knitting a little. Winter blahs made me decide to put up a Spring Village picture – probably pushing the season, but, hey! A little day dreaming can be a good thing……….
Gotta quit talking and get back to stitching – don’t forget to make stitching part of your every day, too!