Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New Jean Hilton Charts! UPDATE

We've just learned that three new charts have been released by Jean Hilton's family: Scott Lee, Darien, and Tina. Scott Lee, if you're not familiar with it, is an 18" x 11" design that is just beautiful.

Here are Darien and Tina. We don't have the dimensions for these yet.

We are placing our order now. If you'd like to reserve a copy of any of these patterns, please e-mail us at as soon as possible. Also, be sure to let us know whether you'd like any kitted up.

UPDATE: It will be about 6 months before we will have these patterns. They are not being released to retailers initially. If you need to get it right away, we're not the place. If you can wait, we'll alert you as soon as we have them in stock.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

New From Laura J. Perin

Laura Perin's done it again! Another fresh new design, "Daisy Chain," available as a kit in your choice of colorway: coral, as shown on the cover of the chart; pink; yellow; or lavender. Just look how gorgeous the colors are.

She's made this a very economical design to stitch, with one skein of Caron Collection Watercolours, seven skeins of coordinating DMC #5 pearl cottons, and a gold YLI ribbon floss. Our kit includes the chart with bead pack, 18-ct mono canvas, all the threads, and needles. The design is 10" x 10", and Laura's included a bonus chart for a smaller 7" x 7" design.

Another new arrival is Images Stitchery Designs's lovely hand-turned wooden laying tool. It's beautifully made, very smooth, and easy to handle. The point doesn't snag, and threads slip off the tip easily. We have two sizes, 4" and 5", in a variety of exotic hardwoods: Padauk, Walnut, Maple, Brazilian Cherry, Canary Wood, and Zebra Wood. Look at the selection in the 4" size:

The tool comes with a plastic tip protector. We love the way they feel!

Dawn and I saw some luscious fibers at the Columbus market. The Caron Collection has some beautiful new colors for the Waterlilies line as well as some new charts. Look for those in the catalog soon. There are so many manufacturers coming out with new fibers. We're trying out some samples and will let you know what passes muster. Watch for more silk and soy fibers in the future. And we're trying to decide which of the new hand-dyed canvas colors to add first. They're very rich and saturated.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Jean Hilton in the Gallery

Have you checked out our gallery lately? We're beginning to populate it, starting with three examples of Jean Hilton's "Turnberry Ridge." This charted canvaswork piece is her beginning needlepoint project, which comes in the form of a 99-page coil-bound book containing 35 pages of additional charts beyond those needed for the design. It's a wonderful resource. Although it wasn't my first charted needlepoint project (my first couple of classes were a bit too advanced, thus never finished; but I did complete a simple design by Something Different, "Lois"), my skills when I started it were minimal at best. It's a testament to just how good this book is that I won a second-place ribbon for my finished piece in the 2010 Woodlawn Needlework Exhibition! You can see it in the Gallery, along with two other versions, one of which is this stunning red interpretation by Jeff K.:

Check out the other new additions to the Jean Hilton section of our Catalog, "Baroque" and "Lansing." We'll be adding more stitched models of these patterns to the Gallery soon.

We've also added another design in Northern Pine Designs' Elements Series, "Heart of Fire":

Dawn and I will be headed to the NeedleArts Market in Columbus at the end of the week, so check in on the weekend to see what exciting things we've found.

Sara Leigh