I really cannot figure out where this year is going. It is hard to believe that August is right on top of us.
One of these days I will get back on track and start blogging again but in the mean time here is an update on what is going on in the store.
We are having a Needle Felting Class on August 20th
August 20, 2016 ( Saturday)
Starts at 2:00
Class Fee $45.00
Kit fees will vary depending on what you pick.
Tony will be back in town in 2017 to teach Back to Basics 1 AND 2
Back to Basics 1 -February 21-24, 2017 (Tuesday-Friday)
Starting with the Basics, Tony will guide you through everything you should keep in mind when stitching. Needle size, beginning and ending your thread, stitch pathway and much much more. Don’t miss out on this incredible chance.
This is a Notebook class not a project class. You will go away with a wonderful reference tool for the future.
Class fee $425.00——Notebook fee $50.00
Deposit $200.00 Class is limited to 24
Back to Basics 2 – September 8-11, 2017 (Friday-Monday)
Second in the Back to Basics series of classes, the object of this class is to explore all the aspects of good canvas embroidery technique in a sequential order to strengthen the student’s stitching technique. In this class Tony continues to explore stitch families and include blackwork, pulled work, and reverse appliqué.
Participation in Back to Basics Level I or purchase and viewing of the associated DVD set is a requirement for participation in this class.
Class fee $425.00——Notebook fee $50.0o
Deposit $200.00 Class is limited to 24
CANVAS ENHANCEMENT WITH TONY
What is Canvas Enhancement? We send Tony a canvas that you have purchased from The Needle Works and he pulls threads and writes a Stitch Guide for you. Then you come to class and spend 3 heavenly days stitching on your piece following the Guide that Tony has written for you.
Class Fee $325.00 (this includes Lunch)
Deposit $175.00 due at time of signup.
Additional charges for the class are the Stitch Guide Fee charged by Tony and the thread kit, which is determined by the threads that Tony calls for in your guide.
July 14-16, 2017 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
October 27-29, 2017 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Deposits are non refundable and can only be transferred to another class once.
If your canvas has already been sent to Tony and you have to cancel, your deposit will be lost and you will have to pay the balance of the class fee. If the guide has already been written and the threads have been pulled, you will also have to purchase those.
Earlier this month we had "The Embellishment Squad" in the store for 4 fun filled days.
I asked Ginger (who works in the store store) if she would stitch Birthday Plaid Frame Weights for everyone. They turned out adorable.
We thought we would share the instructions with you. Have fun.
We used scrabble pieces for their initials.
The Needle Works
A Birthday Plaid Frame Weight
The plaids for The Embellishment Squad Frame Weights were designed using each student’s birthdate and favorite colors.
Favorite colors: red, white and blue (sometimes four colors were chosen, so let’s add a light blue to this combination.
To create the pattern for your plaid, write the number representing the birth month in the middle and note the date and year numbers to the right of the center number and in reverse order to the left of the center number. For example:
4 5 9 1 4 2 7 2 4 1 9 5 4
Decide on the order of the favorite colors- for example: red, light blue, white, dark blue
VERTICAL ROWS (see the basic graph on page 2)
Start with vertical rows from the center of your designated measurement (our frame weights are 5” square, so they were started in the center of the canvas and had 2 ½” of stitching to the left and 2 ½” of stitching to the right of center.)
Following the Continental Stitch direction of stitching, stitch a vertical row of red from top to bottom (5” = 89 stitches on 18 mesh canvas) over EVERY OTHER THREAD INTERSECTION.
Since the center number is 7, stitch 3 vertical rows to the left of the center row and 3 vertical rows to the right of the center row – stitching over EVERY OTHER THREAD INTERSECTION. Each vertical row is offset from its neighbor – because you are stitching EVERY OTHER THREAD INTERSECTION from row to row.
Following the above number sequence example and working from the center to the left and from the center to the right, stitch the following rows:
2 rows of light blue to the left of the red rows and 2 rows of light blue to the right of the red rows.
4 rows of white to the left of the light blue rows and 4 rows of white to the right of the light blue rows.
1 row of dark blue to the left of the white rows and 1 row of dark blue to the right of the white rows.
To continue to fill the 5” space, begin the color sequence again:
Stitch 9 rows of red to the left of the dark blue row and to the right of the dark blue row.
Stitch 5 rows of light blue to the left of the red rows and to the right of the red rows.
Stitch 4 rows of white to the left of the light blue rows and to the right of the light blue rows.
You have now stitched 57 rows out of the 89 rows needed to fill the 5” area.
Continue stitching rows with the center number – 7 – still following the color sequence:
Stitch 7 rows of dark blue to the left of the white rows and to the right of the white rows.
Stitch 2 rows of red to the left of the dark blue rows and to the right of the dark blue rows.
Stitch 4 rows of light blue to the left of the red rows and to the right of the red rows.
Stitch 1 row of white to the left of the light blue rows and to the right of the light blue rows.
You now have 85 rows out of the 89 needed for the 5” area. Obviously, you won’t stitch 9 more rows, which would be the next number in the birthday sequence - you would only stitch 2 rows of dark blue to fill the space.
You are now halfway to your plaid!
Find the horizontal center thread of your last vertical row on the right (in the 89 rows that is the 45th thread down from the top – 44 threads will be above and 44 threads will be below this center thread).
Next follow the same sequence of number of rows and colors in horizontal rows as you did in the first half – the vertical rows.
That is, after you have stitched one horizontal row of red through the center of the square, stitch 3 rows of red above and 3 rows of red below the center red row, creating a center band of red horizontally as well as vertically. You will see a hint of the plaid pattern to come as those rows of red fill in between the vertical rows of light blue, white and dark blue.
Following the same sequence of numbers and colors as the vertical rows – fill in all the horizontal rows. Soon you will have a 5” red, white and blues plaid!
Have fun – stitch more plaids!
We have 1 more week of the following Trunk Shows.
DON'T MISS OUT
Now is the time for you to get the wonderful TONY BAG ($290 less 10%). It is not on her website yet but it is all the rage.