This coming week is the final class for David McCaskill’s Dolphin Topiary being taught by Marge in her own unique style !! I hear the class has been fun and this week should be no different. Come sign up for our future events and join in the fun.
Brenda has finished her project “Friendship Circles” and you have to marvel at the center, she did a wonderful job – it has to be even better in person. Great job Brenda !!
If you haven’t heard Needlefest is a go this year. Needleworker’s Delight has reserved the Embassy Suites in Berkeley Heights NJ for Saturday Aug 28th. They are still selling tickets though I am sure they will be a hot item, don’t wait. NJNA members have tickets from last year that will be honored this year. I hear the tables will be well spaced and there will be out door stitching weather permitting. It will be pure fun from 9:30 AM until 6 PM – hope to see you there !!! https://www.needleworkersdelight.com/NJNEEDLEFEST.html
Are you an Amy Bunger fan? Sad that she closed her brick and mortar store but she is still hard at work doing her Home Studies courses at The Needleworks in Austin TX. She is near the end of “Evil Queen” and about to start “Halloween Mosaic”. It’s a Kelly Clark canvas and will be taught over 3 sessions. Her web site has past Home Study classes with stitch guides you can purchase – some wonderful items including many Melissa Shirley canvases! Homestudies – Amy’s Golden Strand (amysgoldenstrand.com) For the “Halloween Mosaic” class you need to call the store. Call to sign up: (512) 451-6931 – I love the bats !!
The Meredith Collection has some new Big Buddies – I need another like a hole in the head ! But as I was reminded recently – it’s not about need !!!
June is the month of the topiary project finish. Marge will be finishing the class stitching David McCaskill’s Dolphin Topiary. I have seen a few of them in progress and they are interesting in how he creates images with his choice of stitches. If you have never done a David McCaskill project you are missing a challenge. David will be with us in August to talk about overdyed threads. Come join the chapter for a chance to meet David and hear his interesting views on needlework.
It’s that time of year !!!The Framed Image is having his annual sale. He is celebrating his 26th year in business and he is quick to say that we needlepointers are a big part of his success !! 15% off one framed item or photo restoration. His in stock artwork is 50% off and a portion of the proceeds supports Artworks – a charity that uses art to enhance the lives of children and young adults suffering from life-threatening and chronic illnesses. A good reason to go check out his stock !
A thread I have never heard of before – Elisa – it’s a 6 cord cordonnet that is 100% cotton and feels a bit softer. The size 10 is great for needlepoint and has 10 new colors. It’s made in Australia – check out the web site for Handy Hands for that and other interesting products. Elisa Size 10 Archives – Handy Hands (hhtatting.com)
Everyone enjoys the Voila Bags with the straps that you can’t decide which one to stitch. Now there are more choices – they have 6 new bags with stripes, leather handles, horn button closure and a pocket inside. http://www.voilaneedlepoint.com/markettotes.html
Now you need a new wallet to go with the bag !! Check out Planet Earth’s new selection of leather wallets. Snap wallets in 4 colors that are self finishing – fuchsia, red, brown and aqua. They take a 2″ x 3″ canvas – a quick stitch and a great gift idea. Leather|| Self-Finishing (planetearthfiber.com)
Debbees Designs has released their June kit and it’s all about the sea !! Look close at the design the only thing not stitched is the pearl in the middle. This 8X8 aquamarine canvas has to be interesting to stitch those shells. She has a lot of things to see on her web site: DebBee’s Designs – DebBee’s Designs (debbeesdesigns.com)
Stitch By Stitch in NY is having a Painted Pony trunk show and so many caught my eye I had to share !
One of the goals of this organization is to pass along our love for this craft to people younger than us so that they too can enjoy what we find so satisfying, calming and rewarding. The Needlepoint Clubhouse in Saint Louis MO is doing just that. They are having a Needlepoint Summer Camp for kids. Near the end of July they will have a 4 day event for 3 hours each day to teach kids the basics of needlepoint. Each will complete a project and hopefully go on to enjoy this craft for many years to come as we do. Check out their web site and see their shop dog Rookie !! The Needlepoint Clubhouse — Rookie
We are at the end of May – the unofficial start of Summer. The weather over the past few weeks has been quite variable with 90-degree days followed by 50-degree days. Climate change or just Springtime in New Jersey?
Our NJNA SOTM group is still meeting virtually although many of the COVID-era restrictions are now being lifted. We hope to get back to seeing each other in person someday soon. In the meantime, Zoom check-ins are sustaining us.
Progress is being made on the ANG SOTM Stratigraphy and we’re starting to see some color changes on the stitch layers.
Barbara continues to make progress on Petite Arabesque when she’s not visiting the grandchildren!
And Jacqui is busy with Asymmetrical Copper.
Linda and Nancy are both working on Ruby Razzle Dazzle, although in very different colorways.
We’re looking forward to the halfway point in June!
It’s Memorial Day Weekend and with the weather we are having here in NJ it’s perfect for lots of stitching time !! The only ones enjoying this weather are the ducks ! Let’s remember all the brave military people that have given their lives for our country.
One of our members is doing something very interesting – Brenda is doing a needlepoint cruise with Sandy Arthur of Duo Designs called Tulip Time Along The Rhine in April 2022. Sandy Arthur has also created an exclusive kit that you can purchase to give you the entire experience. The kit is lovely and the pictures make you want to jump in Brenda’s suitcase though she has already lined up what she is wearing via an app so it might be a tight squeeze !Sandy’s Stitching (sandyarthur.blogspot.com)
For those who don’t have enough to stitch and are looking for a bargain try Chaparral Needleworks – they are having a 50% off “Sale into Summer”. They have a lot to choose from and who can pass up a bargain like that ?!?! https://ndlpt.com/collections/1-summer/summer
It’s almost June and this year it looks like graduates will be able to celebrate like they use to with all their friends and family present. To help celebrate, Burnett & Bradley have the cutest graduation caps that can be personalized. graduation caps – Needlepoint.Com
If you listen to the news on TV (after all who watches as we are all stitching at the same time) everyone is busting out and starting to travel again. Doolittle Stitchery has some new travel rounds and adorable wool hats but check out their web site for more great items: Doolittle Stitchery | Catalog
Stitch By Stitch just announced that they are having 3 trunk shows in June. Two of the designers I had not seen before and it turns out they are a “Mother and Daughter-In-Law Duo”. the first is Audrey Wu Designs Audrey Wu Needlepoint | Audrey Wu Designs – AudreyWu Designs with adorable and different designs:
Exciting things are coming to NJNA !!!! Come join us and get in on the fun of needlepoint ! This week, Marge K taught the first of 2 classes – David McCaskill’s Dolphin Topiary . Next month her class will finish up the project and I’m betting that they will all be winners when they are done – take that HGTV “Clipped” !!
Coming up we have a talk by Jacqui Clarkson on “Why You Need Yellow in Your Life!” and then we will have David McCaskill talking about Overdyed Threads. You need to be a member for these wonderful presentations. Our dues are $30 a year and you can contact us here: Contact NJNA | New Jersey Needle Artists (njneedleartists.org)
The new issue of Needle Pointers Magazine has an article on Kimberly Design and her design process – she creates such incredible pieces and she has a new piece being offered by Ruth Schmuff called First Flying Lesson – I see something new and interesting each time I look at it! https://bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/2021/05/first-flying-lesson/
Rainbow Gallery is discontinuing a number of threads so be aware of the following items if you are using them for a project – stock up now before they are gone:
This coming week is the beginning of NJNA’s new program – the Dolphin Topiary by David McCaskill. It will go over 2 months and hopefully you have signed up for all the fun of stitching this piece.
ANG’s Virtual Seminars and Encore’s are open for registration and some have even started. Last I looked some have sold out so if your thinking about doing one of these events do not hesitate !
Congratulations to one of our good friends Vicky Witterschein – she just completed her 2nd year of her NAN teaching certification. We look forward to another one of her classes in the future.
The Needlepoint Market is this weekend and once again it’s virtual. I can’t imagine the new things we will be seeing over this next week – mind boggling and wallet busting !!
In the new issue of Needlepoint Now you need to read Elizabeth’s Musings column – she has found an APP to help decide which project to work on when you are indecisive (don’t we all have multiple projects started ?) It’s called Tiny Decisions, you should be able to find it in the app store and it’s free. It works like Wheel of Fortune but with your projects. You push the center button, the sound effects start and it lands on the project to work on – no more decisions to make !! You can use it for other things too like “Which handbag do I use today?”
Are you a Gayla Elliott fan??? According to Stitch By Stitch in NY there are a lot of you out there !! These 2 are quite sought after and understandably !! Wonder what will be new in the Market? Just an aside – if you liked those Turtle Bags Stitch By Stitch was offering that I put in the blog a short time ago you have a long wait now – Stitch By Stitch sold over 80 of them and the Turtle Bag web side is sold out until June !!! Yes, I waited to long !!
I saw the cutest Pippin canvas of a seagull the other day and I promised that I had something for the blog from Pippin. They released some new canvases this month and one is cuter than another. The seagulls however – they have the greatest faces to cheer anyone up !! Then there are the bears ugh – they are all great. I also noticed that they have kits for first time stitchers. https://www.pippinstudio.com/
Next week the new Needlepointers Magazine will be online to see and in your mail boxes shortly after that – the cover looks very interesting – can’t wait to see the inside.
CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER FOR NJNA !! The Woodlawn Event this year had a total of 299 entries of which 27 were NJNA – BUT – NJNA had 14 pieces that won an award – how fantastic is that !!
This month our program features the beginning of David McCaskill’s Dolphin Topiary. Of course you need to be a member to join in the fun !
One of our favorite magazine’s, Needlepoint Now, has a new bi-monthly newsletter. You don’t have to be a subscriber, just submit your email. You can also get some back issues digitally and they have video’s of how to do various stitches. Really interesting is the project index. It makes it easier to find what issue the project your looking for is in. Needlepoint Now – The #1 Consumer Magazine Committed to the Fine Art of Needlepoint
Laura Perin has a new Cyber Class called Spring Fling. I know a lot of people that are realizing how much fun a counted piece can actually be. Such pretty colors and if you want to go rogue with the colors, well, have at it! Registration ends 5/31/21 and class is once a week for 4 weeks starting at the end of June. If you never did a counted piece, this looks like a great introduction. http://www.laurajperindesigns.net/ljp-cyber-classes.html
FOMO ALERT ! I am about to continue doing a counted piece called Walking the Water’s Edge and there are several others that are going to be stitching it at the same time. Needleworker’s Delight is having the class with Diane Hermann. I took the class with her and she is lovely, great to take a class with her! Following this chart means a lot of counting and losing your place !! Someone form another guild told me about the Clover Pattern Chart Marker!! It is magnetic and you move it along your pattern so you don’t lose your place if you stop and come back !! I can’t wait to get one and try it out – ND has ordered them !! Hope they have enough to go around !!
Uh Oh – Kreinik’s Black Spools will become White for a while. They are having a problem with their supplier so you will find one of your favorite threads on these different color spools. They want to be back in black as soon as possible but I can see it now – everyone is going to think of them as collector items – LOL !!
I know so many people doing Kimono projects !! Truly beautiful looking colors and combinations. I have been listening to them all chatting about how they now have enough thread to open their own store. How did they come up with all those threads and combinations ??? Inquiring minds want to know !!
One of the web sites I have found is Stitch Palettes – Matching Thread Color Combinations For Embroidery Projects (stitchpalettes.com) They give weekly ideas on floss color pairings. They are actually web designers that create color combos all the time. The team leader is an embroidery enthusiast so she took her expertise and used it to help her craft. So much to see and read on this web site.
Another option is the House of Embroidery which is actually a South African Fair Trade company that sells thru Sue Spargo https://www.suespargo.com/store.php?cat=215 They have been in business since 1995 and they employ mostly disadvantaged single mothers. They hand dye in small batches and the colors and over dyes are just vibrant.
There is also Colour Compliments hand dyed threads. You will know their vibrant colors and combinations from the articles in Needlepoint Now over the last 3 issues with the lovely colored hearts. They also have an array of colors in Perle Cottons, Floss and Floche. https://colourcomplements.com/about
If all that is not enough there is always Etsy with threads that can be had from all over the world. I think that may be thread overload at this point !!
ANG Seminar has gone virtual again and they have announced what classes you can now sign up for starting Thursday May 13 and registration closes Friday June 18. So many wonderful classes that you can sign up for with some of the most enjoyed teachers: Sandy Arthur, Toni Gerdes, Jennifer Riefenberger, Gail Stafford, Kathy Rees and many more.
The new Needlepoint Trade Show will again be Virtual and runs from May 15 thru 17. Watch web sites and social media for all the new designs to show up.
Have you see the “Turtle Bags” !! Stitch By Stitch in NY has them and they are taking pre-orders for the new color – Denim. Not only is it a nice looking bag, inside has lot’s of pockets and zippers, the newer ones will have a zipper closure at the top but best of all it holds one or two canvases that can easily be changed out when the whim hit’s you. Endless possibilities. It get’s even better – they will do a bundle to include a canvas of your choice. Ny Needlepoint | Stitch By Stitch Larchmont, NY | United States (stitchbystitchneedlepoint.com)