Thursday, June 25, 2009

Dear Santa


Have you ever wished you had a way to tell the kids to be good or Santa won't be coming this year? Or maybe a tongue in cheek way of telling your significant other what you really think. He better be good or Santa's just not going to bring that big screen after all.

This is just the thing. Michael Stoebner's art transformed into just the coolest Naughty/Nice needlepoint sign. Flip the hanging sign on the bottom depending upon how you are feeling on any given day.

I selected the stitches and threads used to make this a fun quick to stitch addition to your holiday decor.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

We're home

Okay, we've been home for a couple of days but now I'm starting to feel like my brain has arrived. There was so much cool stuff at the show to marvel at.

I owe you a couple of pictures......

First is my carrot lady walking her broccoli pups, stitched by Lee Cox.



Lee is going to write up her thread and stitch choices for us. It is just the best. The broccoli pups somehow look more like pups now that they are sooooo dimensional. And the fur on the lady. Lee had to sit with her vaccuum at hand as she was trimming this fur. Thank you, Lee for sharing.

Next we have one of Leigh Richardson's Guadalajara canvases. This was stitched by Holly Waters and is amazing.



I'm fascinated by all the fun threads, beads, stitches. I want to stitch it now! Holly, you did a great job!

If you haven't looked at Leigh's website, I encourage you to do so. Leigh Designs
At each show Leigh has a new theme to introduce. There is rarely a link from one group to the next, but always, they are incredibly well painted and designed. I've never met a designer who reinvents herself so many times. Kudos Leigh.

I guess that's my news for this evening.

Happy Stitching and Happy Father's Day.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Show's Over

Okay, we are done. Done for, done in. Done for another couple of months. We're tired. We had a great time and can't wait to do it again.

Let's see what's new today to amuse you?

DMC has a new thread, color infusions, Memory Thread. It's prewired cord that you can use for embellishing needlework. Not only does it look cool on the finishing end, but imagine all those fab impossible to stitch curly cues that look so cute painted. Couch this guy in place and voila. Instant cool.

I have ordered all kinds of new project bags that you are going to love. Big, small, colorful, see thru. Too cool.

The new editor of Needepoint Now is a sweetheart. I didn't get a lot of time to spend with her but we are kindred spirits and we are cooking up some wonderfulness to amuse you.

I booked trunk shows and teachers for the next 2 years!!!! We are going to have fun. What good is needlepoint if it isn't fun? I'm working on new clubs, so let me know if there is anything you would like to be a club. Inspiration is a good thing. Subtle hints are a good thing. Blasts over the head ideas are an even better thing.

Well, I guess we are caught up for now. I'll post more pictures in the next day or two. Sorry this post is short and uncolorful.

Love
ruth

Columbus Day 2

Wow, where to begin. I was thinking last night. Trends.....

New threads, New colors but then here's the really funny trend. Lot's of designers did really fun new cats. I know, you are saying but you like cats and that's true, but there really were a lot of new fun whimsical cats. A couple of great dogs, but lots of cats.

The other trend was Orientals. Now you can't say you have already seen me designing a ton of Orientals and that's why I am noticing them. There really were some great geishas that I ordered.

I found 3 new designers whose work I am just crazy about. One is all Halloween and Christmas, need I say more. The other flies from one end of the spectrum to the other, traditional but with great colors!!! New and exciting. The third will be sendin us the cutest little needlepoint beach bag ornaments. Tiny little beach bags that stitch in no time and look like LL Bean bags. Got have thoe.

You have seen Zecca's checkerboard on the website, Yes, she now has a backgammon board. Complete with dice cups. I also found a table maker who will custom make an affordable game table should you be so inspired.

Leigh Designs has of course done it again. Her Guadalahara series is fabulous. Great colors and big bold flowers. I am seeing lots of great threads and textures!!!! She has also done mermaids. Sirens she calls them. Big gorgeous mermaids with flowing tails and hair. 6 different colors.

We will have cute little pre finished suede cosmetic bags coming in shortly. Each has a small insert ready for you to stitch. Flip them inside out, stitch and then tack the lining back in place. Great gift idea.

Speaking of affordable gift ideas. Check this out from Strictly Christmas. Go to your local big box or discount store. Buy a premade pillow and allow the finisher to simply applique or button a piece of needlepiont to the front. The handbag shows had a big gold buckle on the front. Stitch a little doo dah in a weekend off it goes with your handbag and the big gold buckle is replaced with a weighted needlepoint flap. How cool is that?



Jinice Designs is back on the market after a long absence. Her designs are classic. A simple line drawn canvas with a stitch guide that allows you to make a masterpiece affordably.

So much to do, so little time. I love it all.

More to follow. The show closes today so I only have a few more hours to shop. OH NO!!!!!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Columbus Market Day 1

Wow, there is so much to see at this show. I've only been through part of it. More to do today.

Here's the scoop from Day 1. Lee's Needlearts is closing so it's now or never. Leather goods, canvases etc. First come first serve so if there is anything you are lusting after don't let it slip away.

We have new colors of many of our favorite Rainbow Gallery threads coming in. New Belle Soie and new Gloriana. I've also added to our mix Crescent Colors Perle 5. That should be a fun new thread to play with.

There is also a new company JAR Designs who is dying 18ct canvas. Thirty something colors, they are all beautiful. They have great names like Traumatized Toad, Tenacious Teal, Lovely Lips...... OMG they are the coolest. I of course ordered us an assortment. This may mean I have to start doing more counted work again.



This is my favorite piece so far. Now, remember, I haven't been to about a million and four booths yet. This is a brand new Melissa Shirley canvas. I met the photographer who took the photo Melissa worked from. She is a delight. I can't wait to stitch the lizard.

Amanda Lawford's son Derek now has his own line. He is gearing everything he does to the up and coming stitchers. Great designs, affordable prices and trendy fashion forward colors. Kudos to getting the next generation excited.



This is my favorite finished stitched OMG gorgeous pillow so far. Love it!!!! Lani you did a great job with stitches etc... Lani also had some great Halloween canvases that will be coming in later this year.

I ordered dogs from DJ Designs. Oh my, and that was just day one!

Much more to follow. Stay tuned.

Friday, June 12, 2009

We're in Columbus!

Here we are in beautiful downtown Columubus. Now, I don't mean that in a snarky sort of way. There's enough choices of food and hotels here to sink a battleship.

But, that's not why you are reading this. You are reading to see what's new at the show. Today, was set up day. Missy does an amazing job of making everything fit. All that I have to do is fluff bows and do some finishing touches. I am spoiled.

From what I saw of everyone else's booths, this is going to be a great show. Lots and lots for me to buy. Oh, no!!!! I have a long list of people I have to see and people who are first time vendors at this show.

My dear friend Lee Cox is here just behind our booth selling her dicrohic needlepoint jewelry. Great magnets and scissor fobs. Got to have them for the collection! she's also stitching the carrot lady with broccoli pups. Too cute! I'm going to get her to write up the stitch guide. It's to die for!

So, without further ado. Here's the booth on day one ready for primetime viewing.

Off to dinner now. Wish you were here.

Love
Ruth




Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Don't you just want to pinch his cheeks



OMG isn't he just the cutest santa ever? You really do want to pinch his cheeks.

Now, typically I am not a blue person. That just doesn't scream Christmas to me. I know, you are laughing now; if you know me, you know that I think pink and lime are perfectly good Christmas colors but I have an issue with blue. I have issues; what can I say?

Shelly Comiskey is the talented artist behind this beautiful santa. She's brand new to the needlepoint world and I think her designs are adorable. I can't decide which to stitch next. This santa is big and bold and painted on 13ct mono. His nose and cheeks are padded. His beard is big poofy corkscrew stitches. The rest of him is a riot of fun stitches and threads and beads and crystals. I've written the guide so that you can follow along if you like and make your very own puffy cheeked santa.

In case you are wondering this is the little guy I posted about a few weeks ago where I just kept adding crystals because I was so obsessive, compulsive that I just had to use up the package. I'm a mess, I know.

Merry Christmas in June

Friday, June 05, 2009

Think Inside the Box



What can you put inside the box that is. Rings and jewelry, love notes and keepsakes, needles and orts. A million tiny wonderful things could hide inside these needlepoint boxes.

Three coordinating sizes make a cute display for your stitching table or vanity. The square box has a 2"x 2" base. Add beads for feet or not.

The fit together just like vintage hat boxes. I love the separate lids and bases.

Enjoy dreaming what you can put inside to make them uniquely your own.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Not just for the holidays

Maybe these pillows were designed for the holidays, but they really are too pretty to just put away after the first of the year. You know I love girlie stuff with an edge, and this series is just that.

All pink and orange and just a little funky. There's a high heel shoe, a boot, a handbag and a dress form for the fashionistas in all of us.



Or if you prefer your color in the breakfast nook, check out the teapot and the teacup.



I love the way our finisher finished these two, they match but they aren't matchy match. I do love our finishers!
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