What’s Happening at NJNA 10/23/21

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This week we had our monthly meeting and our speaker was Vicky Wittershein. Her talk was on using Alcohol Markers with canvas and it was wonderful ! We had one of our biggest turn outs and for good reason. Vicky went thru how to use these markers and different situations that they can be used. Her use of video’s for demonstration were very well done and we were all glued to our screens ! Hope she will be back soon with another topic!!

Of course to get to be a part of these great programs you have to be a member ! Cathryn is already lining things up for next year – you have to be in it to enjoy it !! Come join the fun!

Wow – we are headed for November already!! Our next meeting will be a review of the chapter’s showing at the Annual Woodlawn Needlework Show along with a stitch in. Come join us and see the wonderful creations this chapter has stitched.

We are also going to be putting up an exhibit at the Festival of Trees this year in Basking Ridge. We should be hearing more information shortly. If you want to lend us some of your ornaments to go on our tree we will have drop off information shortly.

Can you feel the vibrations in the needlepoint world ??? This weekend is the Virtual Needlepoint Show !!! Yikes – New things to discover – many of which we will absolutely need to have !! Until all that unfolds :

Needlepoint For Fun has moved !! They have crossed the water and come to NJ ! For now they are by appointment only until they get themselves all set up in their new space so you will need to give them a call if you need something. The picture looks like things are now “Open Concept” spacing. Good luck to them !

Needlepoint For Fun

Check out a site called Fiber Pharm – they have numerous selections of fibers that match to canvases. If you can’t get the threads for your project they sell them by the skein, by the collection or for a certain project which they refer to as a “Curated Collection”. If you wanted to do a Hedgehog Travel Tag you go to their site and they have a package made up of threads just for that project. No searching around ! If you want to peruse thru and find a project they also have links to the designer’s web site so you can buy the canvas. https://fiberpharmllc.com

St Lucia Travel Tag by Hedgehog Needlepoint

Do you like stitching with Straw Silk? It has such a different look compared to other threads ! The Needlepointer now sells it in larger quantities called “Ponytails” The colors are so vibrant – https://www.theneedlepointer.com/product/straw-silk-ponytails/?goal=0_3621358244-752b059b85-69343533&mc_cid=752b059b85&mc_eid=2e6039e84f

Straw Silk Ponytails

FOMO ALERT !! Sandy Arthur has a new book out – “Tisket, Tasket, Lots and Lots of Baskets” 55 pages of woven stitches for baskets ! For now you can only buy the book at your LNS. She has an Etsy site if your interested in her other books – https://www.etsy.com/shop/DuoDesignsBySANDRA?ref=search_shop_redirect&section_id=25360469 She also has another book coming – you can pre- order it thru Stitch By Stitch in Larchmont NY

Colour Compliments has a free download for a project called “Summer Sorbet” A good way to get your feet wet with a counted design. They also include individual stitch diagrams. Such fun colors ! Downloadable Summer Stitch Sampler Available | Needlepoint (colourcomplements.com)

Summer Sorbet

Have you ever heard of the Diagonal Chop Sticks stitch ?? Me either ! Susan Roberts has it detailed in her Needlepoint Dictionary of Stitches (yes Amazon!) Needlepaint used it on a new stocking cuffs and it looks great on “Mr. Moose” https://www.needlepaint.com/blog/2021/09/02/needlepaints-new-stocking-cuffs/

https://www.needlepointteacher.com/books-by-susan/needlepoint-dictonary-of-stitches/

Something new from the Needlebug – magnetic Scissor ID Tags. Just insurance that you don’t use the wrong scissor for the job !! https://www.theneedlebug.com/shop/New-Arrivals/p/scissor-id-tags-3-pack-x56482054.htm

Many new canvases not to mention canvases for the holidays would look great with a tassel as part of the embellishment. Here is a YouTube from Needlepoint.com that shows you how easy it is to do !! https://youtu.be/PevmZzyxTWg

Tips and Tricks – Want to store your left over thread back in the teeny tiny wrapper so you know what that color and or dye lot is?? Sarah Godfrey posted on Needlepoint Nation an interesting idea – a Bobby Pin !! The picture is worth a thousand words !!

Abigail Cecile has free classes to help new needlepointers (or old ones that need a brush up) how to do our craft. Younger people seem very at home with a computer and will probably appreciate this for help with questions. It’s called Needlepoint 101 https://abigailcecile.thinkific.com/courses/needlepoint101?mc_cid=1489cabdd1&mc_eid=2ba6f7d48a

The House of Neeedlepoint is having another contest – Design your own Key Fob – you have to be in it to win it !!

House of Needlepoint CT

The House of Needlepoint also had a great tip for stitching a floral canvas in their current trunk show :

Another FOMO Alert !!! Planet Earth has come out with Eye Glass Cases. They take 2×3 inserts which Danji has many choices – what a quick and easy holiday gift !!! Planet Earth Eyeglass Case – Plum | Stitch by Stitch (stitchbystitchneedlepoint.com)

Like we couldn’t see THIS coming !!!! All you Turtle Bag lovers – new colors are coming soon !! They are also having a half price sale on their shell inserts for Halloween and Thanksgiving (in case you couldn’t stitch that fast !). In case you did not know, these bags donate part of their proceeds to the National Save The Turtle Foundation to help with awareness of Florida’s marine ecosystem.

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