We have some wonderful canvas in this class. There are some new folks in the class as well. They have never taken an Enhancemnt class with Tony at The Needle Works. Welcome Karen E. , Rhonda B., Judy B., Jane M. , Kate C.
More pictures tomorrow on the progress that has been made.
It always takes us a bit to come down from the excitement of Market.
It is three fast and furious days and then we come home and jump back into shop mode. Telling the other ladies what we found. The possibility of new threads (Jennie almost fainted), toys we found (can't wait for the tiny bow maker to get here) and then the never ending orders of the canvas that will soon start pouring into the store.
If you missed the posts from the show be sure and go back and check out some of what we found.
Below is a recap of those artists who have updated there sites or new artists we found.
Sorry if I missed someone. As sites are updated I will share.
Have fun looking...Give us a call for pricing if you see something you like.
Now for Share a Stitch...
Todays stitch is a Balloon Stitch that has been tied and crossed. When I was looking at it and letting my imgination go, I thought of a wheat field with bundles of wheat. Use an over-dyed stranded thread such as a silk or cotton.
We will have Studio Time this week on Tuesday and Thursday only. Please call to sign up
Corliss - Tuesday 10:30-1:00
Colleen - Thursday 10:30- 1:00 and 2:00-4:30
Tony gets into town on Thursday so we will not have any Studio Time on Saturday
Have a great Monday..It is gorgeous in Austin, Texas.
Alomost forgot...The web store is updated with new canvas that we got in before Market
Day 2 is done and we are back in the room. We decided to blog before dinner so you have tonight to peruse the pictures and email with any orders or questions. Tomorrow is a short day with the show ending at 2.
If you see anything that interest you that I have posted or you see on the Artists web sites, please email us at
I am checking email throught the day and will get back to you.
Here are the offerings for today. Keep in mind this is just a smattering of what we ordered. If the artist have updated there wen site I will give the link so you can go check it out.
Debbie from Painted Pony has some great new artist that she is working with. This tree was a personal favorite and one that I would love to stitch myself.
Artists are alwats trying to come up with great new ideas what we can do with our work. Cheryl Schaeffer has Cake Plates. You get the cake plate, an adorable canvas to stitch and put on top and then a pexi glass top for it so that you can put cookies, cupcakes or anything you want on top. How cute would it be to add needlepointed cookies or cupcakes on top for a festive decoration.
Small plates $127 Large Plates $184.00
Barbara Bergsten has this great Cookie Christmas Tree that is on 14 count. All of her canvas have guides that are free and downloadable on her web site.
Melissa Shirley has completely updated her site but I just realized there are a few not up on the site. I will get those up soon. There is one that speaks to me for a class... you will just have to wait and see
Last night we went to what is called Sample-it. We get to purchase a few items from several artist that have chosen to participate,
Danji Mini Socks
Adorable Idian with Coyote and Wagon
Igloo with a family of Penquins
More great Candy Canes
Seasons from Mindy
Adorable House with a guide by Vickie DeAngelis
Bunnies, Bunnies everywhere.
I will get pricing up later....
They also have a Showcase Cocktail Party and several of the Artist set up table with new canvas or stitched designs that they will have in there booth. I think one one my favorites was the 3D Rooster from Patti Mann. I am not sure the price but will get that later today.
Labors of Love has updated their website so go check it out.
Corliss has 5 of the Horses done and I am hard pressed to pick a favorite. I can't wait to get them to the finisher.
Now for a couple of changes....
Studio Time will be going to 2 1/2 hours and be $20.00. It has been 15 years since we had a price increase and we decided to add to the time a bit as well.
Be sure and check the Calender for dates and times. When we have national teachers in town or any other classes going on, we do not have Studio Time.
Now for the first Share a Stitch of the New Year. Working on a project I wanted something different for a feather look so I took a stitch put of the Landscapes book and modified it a little bit and actually came up with 2 stitches. I also think the second one might be nice for a stormy sky.
Hope to see you in 2015...
Colleen, Corlis, Eleonore, Ann, Jennie, Lisa, Carol, Ginger and Inez
I was working on a guide this week and needed a stitch for the side of a building but didn't feel like going though any books. I decided to take a Cashmere stitch and move it around and come up with something. I am sure it is somewhere in a book but my point is that you don't need a book to come up with a stitch. Take a stitch element and start doodling on a piece on graph paper and see what you come up with.
Happy Sunday everyone! It has been a long week at The Needle Works and week one of the sale is behind us. Canvas flew out the store but there are still some great canvas in the store. We are making room for new canvas that will go up in January and for those items that we will be ordering at Market in January.
Here are the links to some great canvas still available:
Now for show and tell. Annie J. picked up her 2 owls from Maggie Co. from the framer this week and they turned out fantastic. She did one during studio time with me and the other in an Enhancement class with Meridith.
Todaay's Share a Stitch is Bargello Diamonds. What a great sky, stitch the centers with a metallic for stars.
Be sure and mark your calendars with the following dates:
We will be open on Monday, December 22nd.
December 24, 2014 thru January 5, 2015
We will re-open January 6th (Tuesday)
Be sure and stop by to see new canvas up on the walls.
January 10-12, 2015 - Corliss and I will be at Market. Follow the blog for updates.
This weeks stitch is called "Helen's Lace". This stitch is beautiful for a sky, snow or a flowing skirt.
It is that time of year again. Our annual Sale starts tomorrow.
Please read the details below
DECEMBER SALE STARTS DECEMBER 2nd.
40% off Painted Canvas
20% off Threads and Notions
• Orders must be placed ON or after December 2nd. The Sale is on IN STOCK items only.
• Due to the number of people in the store on Tuesday, December 2nd, we will not be answering the phones. Orders must be placed through the Web Store if you will not be coming into the store.
The orders placed in the web store will be filled in order placed. We will start pulling those orders at 10 a.m. when the store opens on Tuesday.
• We try very hard to keep the Web Store current but it is not always possible. We cannot guarantee that orders placed on the Internet will be in stock. We will let you know if the order you placed can be filled.
• Orders for threads will be taken via email but must include thread name and number.
• Heritage Laying Tools, Books and series currently being offered (Horse Play, Brenda Stofft Nativity) are not included in sale.
• Discounts will be given when we charge out your order. Your credit card is not processed on the Website.
We will not be able to write guides for canvas during the sale. If you want a guide we can put in in the loop to be written in January. Threads will be pulled when guide is being written and will not be discounted.
The sale will end the last day the store is open for 2014. We will close on Tuesday, December 23rd for the Holidays.
For about the first half of November we had unseasonably cold weather for Austin. It was just enough to send some trees into gorgeous fall colors. We don't get much but the colors in this tree are sepectacular.
The Share a Stitch for today is a Divided Cashmere. This would be great for pavers on a sidewalk or bricks on a building. Use a white thread with some sparkle for snow and it will look like there are pavers underneath your snow.
Finishing is rolling in and we had another great finish come in for Carolyn C.
It is amazing what you can get done when you can't drive. It has allowed be to get a good bit done on the 12 Days of Christmas panel.
The first canvas and kit will go out mid January. We have 3 canvas left for this first shipment, so if you want to get started in January, Go to the website to get the information and then you can sign up on line. You will still be able to sign up later but your canvas just won't go out with the first group.
We have had so much fun with Meredith this weekend. She is so creative and tries to get you to think out of the box.
Who ever would have thought to stitch Interlocking Goblin over 3 with 4 strands of silk and then, wait for it, brush it with a bunka brush for fur. Simply marvelous.
An adorable little trim on a dress with beads
No for Share A Stitch. Meredith created a stitch for Laurie F. for the background of her canvas. She is calleng it Fondren Pavilion. Use a silk for the Pavilions, Kreinik 4 and 8 for the Oblique Crosses and a bead for the spiral.
I have also had a very interestng week. Last Sunday I went on a bike ride and fell. I fractured by Tibial Plateau. What a bummer, 6 weeks no weight bering and no driving....OMG!
What this has done is forced me into staying still and progress is being made on the 12 Days Series.
I have losts to share today so I am just going to jump right in.
Today's stitch is one that I put together for the Elephant Magi in The Brenda Stofft Nativity. I call it "Molony", after my mom.
I used an overdyed floss and overdyed Kreinik 8.
We have gotten a new thread in the store. It is from Stef Francis in England and is a silk boucle. The over dyed colors are wonderful. I really want to incorporate it into the 12 Days Series that I am working on.. We shall see. Cost is $4.50 per skein.
I still have a little grooming to do on the Turkey Work of the Paisley Pumpkin but and really thrilled how it turned out. The first order of canvas have sold and we are taking orders for January or February delivery. Fully kitted (canvas, thread and stitch guide) $325.00
Call the store The Needle Works -512-451-6931 to order.
Great canvas have been loaded into the Web Store. So go check it out.
It has been so much fun having Laura Taylor here teaching the wonderful Halloween Basket. Melissa Shirley came for 2 days and we had a magnificent time stitching, laughing and of course eating.
The second class that Laura is teaching she call "Canvas Interpretation". She is the Queen of silk ribbon, let me tell you.
So I was looking through the library of stitches we have on the computer and found a border stitch the I thought would be great repeated and offset. I am call it "Santa Fe Blanket". Try a Lorikeet for the vertical stitches, a metallic size 8 for the 2x2 cross stitches and then a 1/16th ribbon for the partial Milanese.
Between Llano and Fredericksburg on Highway 16 there is a beautiful road called the Willow City Loop. It meanders through private ranches and it just amazing. The vistas and fields of wildflowers are amazing. Because of the rain and cold winter we had the Bluebonnets are particularly stunning. The white Poppies make the fields look they are covered in snow.