Yesterday I stopped in Bay Head Needlepoint which has just opened this summer in Bay Head. (bayheadneedlepoint.com)
The address is on Bridge Street, but the entrance is on the side of the building on Lake Street. It is a magical little shop with lots of light showing off a beautiful display of threads. The painted canvases they have are from some well known designers and many are perfect for shore vacationers. Right now you must wear a mask as well as use the hand sanitizer provided as you enter.
The shop is owned by four friends who all Needlepoint and have been friends for years having spent summers in the area for a long time. The threads are beautifully displayed which would make it easy to purchase a canvas and select the threads to stitch it all at one time.
Did you see the brick covers? Perfect to stitch for a shore home where the ocean breeze always tries to slams doors shut!
The threads that they carry include Vineyard Silk Silk and Vineyard Silk Merino, Silk and Ivory, Pepper Pot Variegated, Fyre Werks Soft Sheen Minis and Tili Thomas Essential minis (50/50 Silk/wool). I was impressed with their thread inventory and happy that they limited the lines but carried so many colors of each. When you want to match the color on a painted canvas, you need that. At this point the accessories are limited, the stitching bags you can see hanging on the checkout counter, small finished boxes only needing the stitched insert to complete a perfect gift, and the perfect book for painted canvas people, Stitches to Go. The shop consists of two small rooms and a hallway where they have set up a taping machine to get your project ready to go!
For those of you making a shore stop this summer, make a side trip here, you won’t be disappointed in what you see. I am looking forward to stopping in again next time I am down that way.
The June SOTM was the last section stitched in Color family 1. I noticed that in all the sections, I had put the darker of the very light shades I was using in the middle triangle of each parallelogram. This time I used the darkest shade of all. When I finished the section, I realized that it was much darker than anything I had used before and I had no chance of using that thread in the future. It had to go.
Of course it wasn’t as easy of removing only that stitch, the whole section had to come out. I replaced the offending thread, a Splendor, with a DMC floss that fit well with the other threads used, even if it would only be used in one place in the piece.
Did I make the right call?
For the past month I’ve been working on Toni Gerdes’s “Klimt Kimono” through CyberPointers, and I finished it yesterday! It was fun to stitch…the most difficult part was keeping track of the floss threader, the re-purposed tool for getting the gold gimp thread used for the tree branches through enlarged holes in the canvas. 🙂 I dropped it several times and thought I was in trouble, until I discovered that a flashlight helped to locate it against the dark tweedy background of the carpet where I was stitching.
I have a partially-finished Wright Kimono in my stash, and I’m going to be doing the O’Keeffe Kimono as part of the virtual ANG Seminar, so I guess I have to stop saying that “I’m not really a kimono person”!
Ellen has caught up stitching on her SOTM! Beautiful colors, Ellen.
I have been working on a WIP but it is not something I can stitch on in the evening when I watch tv. So I was looking for something to do in the evening that didn’t take as much concentration. I found an overdye from Artfabrik that I can not imagine ever using and used that as my base. From there I found several bright perle 5 threads to use with the overdye.
I decided to make a smaller heart and took the Valentine candy box I purchased in February just for its heart shape and used that for my guide to trace.
I was going to do a Bargello using the pattern in an earlier NeedlePointers, but, obviously got too involved in the show and forgot all about skipping a thread between stitches! That meant a much compressed wave of Bargello. I loved it! The only problem was that I was stitching on this during the day as well. I have barely moved forward on the WIP!
I think I need to set up another heart to keep my evenings full.
Hi Everyone —
I’ve decided to post new pictures at the end of each day instead of as they come in.
So, I have this wonderful little piece from Tina F to share tonight.
This is a Laura Perin Design from Needlepointers magazine, March 2009. I am suppose to teach this at my Wisconsin Guild. But with Covid-19, I am not sure that will happen. But I am ready to go, if the meeting isn’t cancelled. It was a quick stitch as there is a minimal laying of threads.
I also realized that I had three pictures of finished pieces from Janice M. I took these when we were stitching at the Edwardian Needle (an era ago) and I had planned to put them into the March meeting summary. But, I figure there’s no time like the present!
This is an ANG Correspondence Course called “Not a Creature Was Stirring” by Joni Stevenson. Janice had it finished as a stand-up. It looks wonderful!
Janice found someone on ETSY (in Germany, I think) who charted the names and dates and everything! Janice finished it as a pillow for the new couple’s home!
Last, but not least, is Joni Stevenson’s “The Wave” which was done as a regional workshop with Metropolitan Region EGA. This one was also finished as a stand-up!
Kudos to both Tina and Janice! Who’s next???
Hi Everyone —
Happy First Day of Spring! Cathryn sent along this spring finish in honor of the occasion.
The design is by Kathy Rees and was framed by Rob at the Framed Image!
It just makes me smile! 🙂
Hi Everyone —
I hope you are all making time to stitch.
Janice M completed Stitcher’s Parking Lot.
Janice tells us this about the Stitcher’s Parking Lot.
It’s from a class thru Cyberpointers that was held in March. In addition to holding laying tools, scissors and needles, it’s also a frame weight. I stitched it a bit differently from the directions (no surprise there) in that I used perle #3 for the background (I even used two different colors of the perle in addition to the Watercolours on the back side). The directions called for Mandarin Floss but I did not want to lay those threads. You could also personalize the parking lot with your initials but I choose the word “stitch” instead. If was a fun design worked on 13-count interweave canvas which made the finishing easy.
C’mon everyone — share what you are stitching so we can stay connected in this time of social distancing! I’ll be happy to post it for you or maybe now is the time to DIY it!
Did you love Sue C’s post about “The Neighborhood”?
As a present to myself on Christmas Day, I was all set to begin The Neighborhood, a counted design that Sue R introduced me to in 2018. When I saw her completed piece, I knew I wanted to build, errr, stitch, my own Neighborhood. At first I thought that I would change the house colors but then decided not to mess with an already good blend of colors. As I finished each house, I felt as though I had actually built it myself and imagined a family living there. Linda M found a roof stitch in this design that you will see in the May June issue of Needlepointers. This piece was finished and in the hands of Rob at Framed Image by the end of February. With Rosie and Rob’s help in selecting the materials and Rob’s excellent work it is now ready to pick up…eventually. It brought joy while stitching it as well as the joy I will have seeing the completed piece hanging at home.
The Neighborhood by Susan Jones of Finger Step Designs
Hi Everyone —
I’m hunkered down and hoping to complete more than a few WIPs! We had only three attendees at SOTM, but I heard that many of you were stitching along in spirit at home. Please send pictures. I have four pictures to post today, but if you send me your SOTM picture, I’ll edit this post to include it!
The three of us whizzed through the first triangle on Saturday and thought it would be a short day — and then we started on the square. No one had finished by the time we called it quits and I was half-way through the second square before I realized that I missed the bit about crossing over two Smyrna! Sue and Dee both promised to send pictures when they finished.
So here’s what I have so far:
Top Row: Nancy W, Rosie
Second Row: Sue C, Dee
Third Row: Jill, Robin
Bottom Row: Janice, Ellen S
I had to shop my stash to find a second Watercolour thread to use since the one I bought seemed way to dark. I found two strands remaining from a kit where the instructor divided skeins to keep the cost down — but I had to manipulate the thread to pull out the color that I needed. It’s on my shopping list now!