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)
The Annual Needlework Show in support of the Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House in Alexandria, VA has become a tradition for New Jersey Needle Artists members. While several members exhibited at – and visited – the Show in the past, NJNA has been submitting needlework pieces as a group since 2015.
NJNA members rose to the occasion again this year despite the restrictions due to COVID and submitted 25 pieces to the 58th Annual Needlework Show. Since we haven’t been able to meet in-person this year, we had to come up with an alternative to our usual practice of collecting the pieces at our January meeting. Fortunately, our members are flexible and we gathered 23 framed pieces, one Christmas stocking, and a pillow before heading down the NJ Turnpike/I-95 on Friday. In years past this trip was made in February so weather was always unpredictable. Although we still traveled under gray skies and cooler temperatures than I would have liked, the trip down was smooth sailing.
While we usually look forward to this trip each year as a chance to get away, this year it was even more anticipated as we haven’t been able to do much traveling. Mr. M and I stopped for lunch in Catonsville, MD at our new “favorite” spot, Matthews 1600. We found this restaurant last year when our previous “go to” eatery in Ellicott City closed down. Matthews 1600 is located in a historic building (circa 1862) that started as the Terminal Hotel and was a station at the end of the line for the Frederick Road horse car line. The building was renovated in the early 2000s and reopened as Matthews 1600 in 2004. It has an extensive food menu and the appropriate beverage menu to appeal to Mr. M.
On Saturday, we headed to Woodlawn to begin the process of check-in. As a result of COVID, everyone who submitted pieces to the Show had to pre-register on-line and pay their entry fee directly. This really streamlined the process as I didn’t have to deal with individual checks/cash for the pieces. We were able to unwrap all of our pieces and place them on tables in the check-in room. The QR code on each Submission Form was scanned and an email was generated almost immediately indicating that the piece had been registered. The volunteers checking in our pieces also assigned each piece its own Show Number.
The volunteers who check in the Show pieces have developed a really efficient system; we were done and on our way in under an hour. In years past we would then head into DC or Old Town Alexandria to visit a museum. COVID restricted our ability to plan for a museum visit so we headed over to Mount Vernon and had lunch at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant.
The Needlework Show will be open from Sunday, May 2 through Monday, May 31 (except Tuesdays). Timed tickets are required and are available on the Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House website. I encourage you to visit – the needlework is exquisite and it’s an easy trip to make. With the show held in May instead of March, the weather should be great. And I just learned that the Smithsonian Museums and the National Gallery of Art will be re-opening in mid-May, so I’m hoping I can book some tickets for the weekend we’re there.
Twisted Stitches in Albuquerque NM has Lois Kerschner’s Kits for sale. The other night we were so lucky to have had the pleasure of listening to Lois. She has created some beautiful landscapes. Now, though retired from teaching, Lois spoke to us about Perspectives in Stitching. She explained how to achieve these looks with different stitches, colors and techniques. This along with our previous programs with Toni Gerdes and Ann Strite-Kurz are some of the best reasons to join NJNA – we are having too much fun with more to come !!
We are all jealous of our own Cathryn – she will be soon vacationing in fabulous Hilton Head AKA paradise. Of course right near by is a wonderful store – Needlepoint Junction. Can’t wait to see her vacation “souvenirs” !
Stitch By Stitch has some great items for a road trip/vacation – Grab and Go Bundles. Numerous ones to choose from be it soda cans, coffee or our shoe fetish !
Not to be out done – Needlepoint .com also has a bundle “But First Brunch” It comes with canvas, stitch guide and thread – you have to provide your own mimosa !!
They also have MollyBead Necklaces. What a great stitchers gift ! Each necklace includes a pendant thread cutter, needle threader, eyeglass holder, and decorative pendant. Average length of necklace is 18″.
Sale Sale Sale – if you like Rainbow Gallery’s Grandeur, Ridgewood Needlepoint is marking it down to make room for a different line of threads. Get it while it lasts.
Need a unique Christmas idea – how about a Santa Hat with someone’s name on it ?!?!? Stitch By Stitch in NY has them from Pepperberry and they will personalize them !
FOMO ALERT !! BOGO Needleminder Sale ! Judy Tasch has them on sale with the code BOGO21 while they last. Check out her other items on the web site (yup – cute shoes !) https://judytasch.com
Over Achiever Award !! Look closely at this picture – that background is stunning and the color is so rich – IT’S ALL BEADS !! Magnificent !! Great job Sherry
Gay Ann Rogers is doing SPRING CLEANING For the next several Sunday’s at 8 AM Calif Time she will be releasing kits and patterns for sale. Limited numbers so you need to be there early like on Black Friday !! www.GayAnnRogers.com
Our April meeting is going to be extremely interesting !!!! We are having Lois Kerschner and she is going to speak about achieving the illusion of depth in your stitching. How using thread types, stitch sizes, colors etc can help make things look close or further away. What a great technique for landscape canvases, rooms and so many other’s ! Of course you need to be a member for this AND to be able to do David McCaskill’s Dolphin Topiary canvas thru this guild. This class will be done over the following 2 months of chapter meetings.
Eye Candy has announced that they will be including a stitch guide from now on with 5 canvases to start. They may be older items that are in your stash. If you already have them and want the stitch guide she will be glad to send it to you, just email her and ask for it. EyeCandy Needleart Catalog
As I am sure you know, it’s tough to get finishing back. We have all brought needlepoint to a new level – a good thing !! But if you need a gift – Eye Candy again has a solution. Self finishing items. I had no idea they had these options. They make great looking gifts and are a quick stitch – best of all you can finish it yourself.
The “2 Needle Chicks” shop has closed. They plan on continuing doing business online only in the future BUT don’t worry Illinois, your not losing a LNS !! “Little Stitch Shop” has taken over the store. Check out their web site for news of a Grand Opening Little Stitch Shop
If you have not seen Treenway Silks you are missing an amazing line of threads and ribbons. They now have a limited edition series of ribbons inspired by spring leaves and the seaside. Treenway is donating a minimum of 10% of their sales on these to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. They have been making this donation since 2017 to hopefully find a cure. Treenway Silks – Silk Threads and Yarns
part of the 65 Roses collection
Bestitched Needlepoint Shop has a new club that is about to start – A Christmas Train – if you like embellishing your canvas, this is for you ! There are 10 very cute cars to the train and each comes with a stitch guide. They also have virtual support if you need help. It has so much going on you can’t be bored !! Clubs & Series – BeStitched Needlepoint (bestitchedneedlepointshop.com)
So if you stitch with a group and of course you all chat, then you need to go to other subjects than needlepoint at times (there is more to life than needlepoint though I need to say that quietly!) At the Stitching Fox store they have made a list of what their clients are binging on. Are you watching these too ???
Something to Talk About
Great British Baking Show
FOMO Alert !! The ladies I stitch with (and I am just as guilty !!) have HAD TO HAVE canvases from Kate Dickerson’s “Here’s Looking At Shoe” collection. One is prettier than the next and she seems to be adding new ones. They are 18 mesh and approx 5 X 6 in size (and I will not tell you how far we went to get some of them – yikes !)
I get to see how many people are looking at this blog and where they are from. I am amazed how far and wide we are being read. We extend the invitation to join in our fun and if you have a topic or suggestion you want to hear about, please comment. Of course we would love for you to join our guild or any of the ANG guild’s and participate in all the projects that are offered, virtual tours of shops, manufacturers and the access to so many wonderful instructors and designers. It is never boring !!!