It’s October which means we are lucky enough to have Vicky Wittershein giving this months talk about using Alcohol markers on canvases and ribbons. She is on a path to become certified by NAN and many of us know her from working at the Edwardian Needle. She has a wonderful sense of color and I was chatting with her about her up coming talk – this is going to be very interesting !! She is very easy going and would love everyone to join in and ask questions.
It’s that time again !!!! No – not Halloween – Virtual Needlepoint Market time ! Late in October is when it happens and that is when the new temptations will be coming out !
Of course if you stitch seasonally there is plenty out there to choose from:
Eye Candy has a free pattern and stitch guide on their web site. Bonus Charts (eyecandyneedleart.com)
M’s Canvas house has a bunch of adorable Halloween pumpkins as an online class. Meredith has such wonderful ideas. https://www.mscanvashouse.com/classes
You’ll be needing thread to stitch all these great canvases and DMC is having a sale – 38% off. https://www.dmc.com/us/thread-5000/
Abigail Cecile now has a class on how to finish your ornaments – I heard that groan !! You have access to the site forever and she helps you get thru making round ornaments. Shaped ornaments are coming soon. No eye rolling either !! https://www.abigailcecile.com/products/1521904
Turtle Bags are starting to come in again – and go right out the door. Snooze and you lose !! Now they have cross body bags and the opening is exactly the same as with the totes. Mindy has been modifying her designs to fit these bags and I am sure there will be lots of choices from other designers soon. Check out your LNS but you can also order from Turtle Bag themselves. Turtle Bags | Fashionable handbags with changeable patterns. (turtlebagsinc.com)
FOMO ALERT !!!! You HAVE to go look at this web site. It’s LOADED with amazing embellishments. Way too many to show you so I’m only giving you a peak. It’s the kind of site you can go thru for hours and not see it all. I am giving you a taste of the “Brads” to put on your canvas. https://www.eyeletoutlet.com/newbrads2021.html
A New Feature – Tips and Tricks
This comes from our own Sue C who learned this in a Toni Gerdes class while in Chicago.
Neon Rays and other threads can be tough to stitch with as they tend to fray easily. Place the end of the thread on top of a glue stick and swipe just then end across the glue. The glue will dry quickly. The end with the glue is the end that will go in the needle and stay close to the eye of the needle as you stitch. When you have finished with that thread, secured it, and cut it, the end with the glue is the small piece that you throw away. She reminded us that all glue sticks now are made acid free so that eliminates that worry.
Thank you Sue for the tip and suggestion for Tips and Tricks !! Anyone with a tip let me know !!
Just a reminder that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Too many stitcher’s have been stricken by this disease so we all need to do what we can to be checked and follow up for good health !!