Saturday, December 27, 2008

Meet the Flakes

This fun loving group of 8 snowmen and 1 snowlady are sure to enchant your stitching hours this winter. Just like real snowflakes, no two are alike. All their little snowbodies are different. Too cute! Cynthia Thomas helped bring my vision to life on these little guys by writing the stitch guides. Each snowperson also has a special button embellishment — the perfect finishing touch to add character and style.

As you can see, all the finishing is different. That's where we really had fun. The finisher worked her magic and each one is unique. Finish yours as ornaments, snowglobes, boxes, framed, as pillows... The choices are endless.

Back from the finisher, I just couldn't wait to share these with you. As this is our brand new needlepoint club for 2009, the stitching fun doesn't begin until March. Sign up early to make sure your canvas series is reserved. Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The power of finishing

Great finishing choices can really make a canvas come to life. Lilly's Maze is a wonderful, fun piece to stitch. Designed by Ada Haydon of EyeCandy Needleart with a brand new stitch guide by Susan Allanson this piece is totally transformed thanks to unexpected finishing.

Looking at the canvas I would have thought pink for the fabric and trim, but look what the orange does. It's spectacular! Take chances with your finishing. Look at different colors of fabrics and trims. You never know, something wonderful may just happen.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

It's all about a Cat's Whiskers

There is an old belief that a cat uses its whiskers to determine whether it can squeeze through a small hole or opening. According to this notion, the whiskers are exactly the same width as the animal's body and if they touch the sides of the hole the cat will not attempt to enter.

Jasper, my best friend for years had really big whiskers so when I set out to stitch his portrait I knew I wanted to do something special with the whiskers.

Thanks to the magic of the internet, I was able to track down cat whiskers for making stuffed animals. They come in two large clumps. I cut them apart and used them individually to add a little character to my guy. Stick one end through the canvas, front to back, and then carefully tack in place near his muzzle on the front. Once you have them in place as you want them on the front, flip it over and tack them securely to the back.

Pretty cool. That was Jasper. Solid as steel with really cool whiskers.

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