Sunday, June 10, 2012

More New Pretties

There's been a flurry of activity at Scarlet Thread lately. New arrivals, something new on the horizon, and long-delayed materials arriving for kits. First, the new arrivals.

When we shopped at the online Needlework Show a little while ago, we discovered a new designer, at least new to us. Freda Murfin of Freda's Fancy Stitching designs both charted needlepoint and counted thread embroidery. We were quite taken with a few of her designs, as were some of our customers browsing the show. Here's what we found.

Variations on a Rhodes Theme is a delightful study of the Rhodes stitch:

It's stitched on Congress Cloth and uses a variety of threads and stitches in addition to the Rhodes variations.

Colour & Texture works up into a lovely 7" x 7" piece on Congress Cloth.

Freda used a variety of cotton, wool, and metallic threads to create this canvaswork design. Some of the stitches that bring so much texture to this piece are Scotch, Smyrna, Cross, Sheaf, Triangle, Bargello, Rhodes, Chevron, Satin, Amadeus, and Crescent.

Last is Golden Ivory, a log cabin style design. This one is also done on Congress Cloth and is a nice, portable 4.25" x 4.25" design. You could do it on 18-ct mono canvas for a slightly larger design at 5.5" x 5.5".

We picked up a lovely new design from Brenda Kocher, Lancaster Stars.

This is worked on a 15" x 15" piece of 18-ct mono canvas in cotton floss and pearl cotton. The colors are gorgeous, especially for all you purple lovers (which includes me).

Finally, Nancy Buhl of From Nancy's Needle has created a pretty needlepoint quilt block, Blue Hydrangeas.

This charted needlepoint design is 10.5" x 10.5" on 18-ct mono canvas and is great for beginners. Nancy's used a variety of overdyed and solid threads, including some metallics for a little sparkle.

Coming up on the horizon, we're very excited about the imminent release of a new design by Jeff Kulick, who created the wonderful Halloween Abstract. This new piece is totally different, his take on bargello. I'm only going to give you a teaser right now, but look for this in the coming week.

As for the long-awaited materials that have been arriving, finally, we're still waiting for the threads for some of the Needle Delights kits. It's been a frustrating year for us, with a lot of backorders and delays from suppliers. We hope things will improve on that front very soon.


  1. What is the difference between charted needlepoint and counted thread embroidery?

    These new pieces are gorgeous!

  2. Thanks!

    Charted needlepoint, or canvaswork, is generally done on either 13- to 18-ct needlepoint canvas or 22- or 24-ct congress cloth. Counted thread is usually done on fabric, from 14- to 48-ct, which can be cotton Aida cloth, blended evenweave, or linen to name a few of the primary fabrics. The threads used are usually different as well, though there is some sharing between the two. Generally, the threads used for needlepoint are thicker/heavier but not always. Most any thread can be used for canvaswork, but the heavier threads usually are not suitable for counted thread.

    That's a very simple explanation of the difference, by the way.

  3. Can't wait to see what Jeff has done! He's better get busy and chart the green log cabin piece and the peacock's feathers piece that are at Woodlawn!

  4. Look for the log cabin later this year as well as two more that were at Woodlawn.

  5. That "Rhodes Theme" one is quite pretty, but I think I liked the "Golden Ivory" one best.
    Some Dark Romantic

    1. I'm torn, but I'm drawn to Golden Ivory a bit more too.