Category Archives: NJNA 2013

September SOTM

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Hi, Everyone —

I’ve been a bit delinquent in posting lately!  Linda, Carol, Sue and I met for our Stitch of the Month stitching last Saturday.  Sue and I were lucky enough to see the completed piece at seminar and it is really pretty!  So, I sneaked a picture to show to our SOTM group!  The rest of you will have to wait for our reveals later in the year!

September's SOTM Progress!

September’s SOTM Progress!

I’m sure these will be even further along by our September meeting!  While we were stitching, Sue and I mentioned how cool it was to see the Ort box display at the seminar in Anaheim.  So many different threads and combinations!  We got to talking about how interesting it was to see ANY piece done in different colors.  (As an example, remember all the comments we got on our St. Margaret’s Stars at NJ Needlefest?)  So we thought it might be cool to do a display in Chicago of all the SOTM pieces done this year — especially since Debbie is retiring as a teacher.  Lo and behold, Sue forwarded the idea to ANG and they are going to suggest it to the Chicago organizers!  You can see how interesting just four of these are — and Diane’s on black canvas is spectacular!

I need to write a separate post about Sue’s and my post-seminar activities in California!

Cheers!  Rosie

Needle Nook of La Jolla

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On Tuesday I went to La Jolla to check out the needlepoint shop called Needle Nook of La Jolla which is on Fay Street. I was able to park almost in front of the shop, a rarity as this is a busy shopping area. I went into a shop filled with beautiful canvases. It also had a collection of books and counted designs–I put my hands behind my back when I looked at the Kathy Rees designs–as well as accessories. I did buy a thimble thingy–just the end which you stick to the end of your finger–to use in one of my classes next week. I didn’t see any threads! When I asked, she said that the threads are in a separate shop two doors down. So as soon as I left I walked maybe 50 feet down to the second shop and saw two walls filled with threads all hanging in a beautiful display of color and texture. There were even sliding walls to see more threads behind them. It was overwhelming! Of course the project I wanted to kit was back at my motel which explains the second trip today.

Thread Display at Needle Nook of La Jolla

Thread Display at Needle Nook of La Jolla

I came back with the fabric pieces I am using in the project and the threads needed. These are the wrong colors, of course, because my fabric was not holiday fabric. With the help of two lovely saleswomen, I made all my selections. It was a great experience. Just looking at all those colors and threads displayed so beautifully was refreshing!  There website is http://www.needlenook.com and they are happy to do mail order!
Tomorrow I leave by train for Anaheim where I will join Rosie at the seminar.
Sue

August Stitch of the Month

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Hi, Everyone —

We had a smaller than normal group for SOTM yesterday and the August stitch surprised us once again!

At first, we were not so sure that we liked this month’s stitching — the long, outer stitches on the Sprat’s Head were pulled in and appeared to ruin the stitch spacing.  However, we used our needles to adjust and soldiered on!

To our amazement, the addition of this new color into the design did some awesome things to the piece as a whole.

August Progress on SOTM

August Progress on SOTM

I’m not sure how well this picture shows what I mean because this stitch used only a single strand of floss on congress cloth (no laying!).  But for my colorway — top right — the medium light blue in the lattice really seemed to balance the colors and to make my yellow pop!  I had been disappointed in my accent color (yellow), but now I am thinking that all will turn out well.

Sue C and Linda were not able to attend this month, but I am sure that they will have made excellent progress by now and I can’t wait to hear what they thought and experienced!

Later today is our annual stitch by the pool and hopefully I’ll get some pictures to post!  Hope to see most of you there!

Cheers!

Rosie

Wool and Grace in Summit

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In July I went to Penzie’s Spice in Summit to pick up some spices and browse in one of my favorite shops. Since I was in Summit, I de died to check out the relatively new shop, Wool and Grace, a knitting and needlepoint shop. The shop is attractive when you walk in with a variety of yarns on display. When I asked to see the needlepoint, I was led to a smaller alcove with a few canvases (maybe 25-30) and an even smaller collection of ornament canvases. The needlepoint threads were limited to DMC perle cotton skeins. I was disappointed.

But not disappointed with my visit to Summit! There are a variety of inviting shops from clothing to toys to home accessories and the spice shop. There are two shoe stores that were there when I graduated from college many years ago! There is even a parking lot where the first hour is free. So I recommend a stop in Summit but not to Wool and Grace for needlepoint.

Sue

A Royal Stash

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Hi, Everyone —

I promise to stop posting my boring travel photos, but since we have had “Organizing our Stashes” as a topic this year, I just had to share a few more pictures. I had to conclude that needlepoint was big in royal circles — they had the most beautiful and practical storage for stashes!

I'll store my Silk and Ivory Here!

Perhaps this will work for my silks?

Kreinik and Other Specials?

Paternayan?

DMC!

Seriously, some of these were three to a room….

You can see at least two here!

I don't think anyone would miss these pieces, do you? I think even I could be persuaded to organize with these cabinets as incentive! How about you?

Don't you wonder what they needed all of these for (if NOT needlepoint stashes?)?

Cheers!

Rosie

 

Scandinavian Borders and Geometrics

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Hi, Everyone —

I thought I would take advantage of this rainy afternoon to show you some of my “needlepoint research” from Scandinavia!

So, my tour group probably thought I was nuts because I kept snapping pictures of ceilings and floors — but seriously these were awesome ideas for needlepoint. You can see if you agree!

A ceiling in Sweden

Another Ceiling in Sweden

This Ceiling was in Denmark!

Another one in Denmark!

Wouldn’t this make a beautiful canvas?

Love this Window in Edvard Greig’s Home

How about this Viking Prow?

Another Beautiful Ceiling

An Inlaid Table Top

Even More Ornate!

A Potential for Or Nue!

I have tons more, but you get the idea!

Cheers! Rosie

Nifty Needlepoint Tool!

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Hi, Everyone —

I've been trying to find the time to write a few needlepoint-related posts from my recent trip to Scandinavia. We had a fabulous time and I met another stitcher in our tour group! We compared notes on stitching shops or museums that we found.

We saw some fabulous tapestries, beautiful ceiling designs, and furniture — all inspirational for things needlepoint!

I thought I would share with you my only needlepoint-related purchase (for which I got great grief from my husband.) I know that I have shared on several times, Debbie Stiehler's great idea about using a hammer to obviate the need for Evertite bars. So I've been on the lookout for a small hammer that I could keep clean for use with my needlepoint.

Beautiful Hammer from Bergen, Norway

So, while I was doing some last minute shopping in Bergen, Norway, I came across this beautiful painted hammer and knew that it was exactly what I needed. So I bought it! Harold really didn't understand this obsession, so I didn't tell him that I snuck it into his suitcase for the flight home! (My bag was overweight to begin with.)

In any event, I used it for the first time at the SOTM meeting last Saturday and it worked like a charm!

Cheers!

Rosie

 

July Stitch of the Month

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Hi, Everyone —

Here’s a quick post from the SOTM subgroup of NJNA.

Six of us met at Sue C’s on Saturday to begin stitching the latest installment of this year’s SOTM. Debbie Stiehler always manages to surprise us with each installment.

SOTM Progress at 2:00 PM

Carol left early, so we took our group picture at 2:00 PM. I think that this was the first month where no one was completely finished at the end of the afternoon — which was another surprise because this seemed like it would be a quick installment!

We are enjoying great conversation while oohing and aahing over everyone’s color choices.

Cheers!

Rosie