Friday, November 18, 2011

ANG 2012 Stitch of the Month News UPDATE

The American Needlepoint Guild recently announced the thread and canvas selections for the 2012 Stitch of the Month, and it sounds like another exciting mystery to stitch! We've already put in our orders for threads, canvas, and embellishments and hope to have kits ready within the next two weeks. Here's a picture of most of the threads:

This year's mystery was created to honor ANG's 40th anniversary in 2012. Suzanne Howren and Beth Robertson were asked to design and coordinate the Stitch of the Month, and they came up with the great idea to ask teachers of past ANG seminars to help with the project as well as the families of several who are no longer with us. One look at the list, and we knew we'd be hooked:

Chottie Alderson
Ann Caswell
Mary Clubb
Jean Hilton
Joyce Lukomski
Tony Minieri
Kaye Neufeld
Shay Pendray
Jean Taggart
Anna-Marie Winter

The design is monochromatic and done in shades of red. The selection of threads promises a rich, textured needlepoint piece: Kreinik metallics in a variety of weights; silk Grandeur, Splendor, Trebizond, and Waterlilies; Panache; Soy Luster; and cotton ThreadworX Overdyed Floss and Wildflowers. It's embellished with Mill Hill seed beads and SJ Designs pearl hearts.

You can pre-order your thread, bead, and canvas kit now for the ANG 2012 Stitch of the Month. Based on recommendations from a couple of sources, we suggest going with the designers' color choice. That's what I'm planning to do. If red isn't your cup of tea, however, we will work with you to develop a different monochromatic colorway based on a different overdye.

Remember, the first installment of this charted needlepoint mystery will be posted on the ANG Web site on or around January 1, 2012. You have to go there to get the pattern, which we haven't seen yet either.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

New from the Needlework Show

We went shopping at the online Needlework Show a couple of weeks ago and now have some great new things to show.

First, drum roll please, we found Kurdy Biggs's latest design for Threedles Needlework Designs, Diamond Eyes. What a beauty! This time she's given us a diamond in a circle.

The three colorways are dazzling! From the top, they are Intrigue, Allure, and Dazzle. Which one calls to you? We're in the process of kitting them up and expect the last things to arrive any day now.

Brenda Kocher had a couple of new designs to show off. One is a beautiful new charted needlepoint baby sampler that we've fallen in love with, Tootsiebubbles: Rachel's Ribbons.

We just love the colors! And you can have charms, or not. It's up to you. Brenda's also come up with a quick-to-stitch bargello Christmas stocking, Alivia's Stocking.

We also found a few new needle minders from Kelmscott Designs that we think you're going to love. The newest of the new is Pumpkin Crow, perfect for the fall season.

There were a couple more we just couldn't resist adding to our collection: Sheep in the Night and Thistle.

So hop over the the Catalog to check out all our needle minders. While you're there, look at our New section to see whether we've added anything since your last visit.