Threads and Threads and More Threads…oh my!

A new thread by Rainbow Gallery Capri…a matte type thread that is used off the card as is. I have not had the opportunity to stitch with this as of yet…but as soon as I do, you will be the first to hear about it.

New colors of Twinkle. Now I did just use this thread on my newest project for Needlepoint Now which will mail in 2-3 weeks. I do enjoy stitching with this thread and there are some great new colors!

Designer rings of the current color line of Twinkle!

Overdye Baroque Silk called Treasures from The Pure Palette!

New colors of Gloriana!

Isn’t this impressive seeing all these threads together?

Gloriana is also reintroducing one of their threads from way back…which is a cashmere/silk blend. But where did I put those samples?

Look at all these threads! The large one on the right is Silk Lamé Braid… all 192 colors.

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me and my kids!

probably won’t see you will next week as we have Brenda Hart AND Laura Taylor teaching here this weekend…now it can’t get much better than that!

 

New From Ewe & Eye!

of course this one is my favorite! and this would be such a fun one to stitch…

Balloon Races wasn’t new at this market, but is a great canvas! It makes me think of the annual balloon festival that Albuquerque is so well known for.

each and every one os fabulous in its own right… from patriotic to Christmas to florals and more!

and now I am going to give the shop… Needle Nook of La Jolla … a shameless plug and say that we are having Ewe and Eye’s trunk show right now! These specific canvases that you see may not be loaded on the website as of this moment, but you can always give us a call 800.685.1711 or e-mail ndlpoint@needlenook.com

just saying….

What’s New Pussycat?

There is so much to say what is great about going to market! is it the new canvases? the new threads? laying tools? books? going out to dinner with the gang? socializing? well it’s all of that and more!

These are the new designs by Laurel Burch that Danji brought to life on canvas for our stitching pleasure. Of course I have to start with Fat Cats!

This one is Angel Cat…

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Love Horses…

and these two too!

Actually it is a short 3 months to the next market here in San Diego….

 

ANG Seminar; Myrtle Beach!

I think that this might have been my shortest time I’ve ever spent at seminar… ever! Actually this was first day (since we are working backwards!) and of course I headed down to the shop very first thing in the morning to check it all out.

This was the stitching area very first thing in the morning! I have never seen it this full before! Maybe it was the central location, maybe it was the sunshine, who knows? BTW this is the only time we would see sun!

Then it was onto the silent auction! The hours were extended from Tuesday night to Wednesday morning…what a great idea!

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I ran into Tony and Suzanne, visiting with the 2 sisters that take from them quite often. One lives in Los Angeles and the other in Switzerland

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Tony looked very dapper in his shorts! and he was kind enough to pose for his adoring fans, but this is NOT one of my better pictures!

By now the stitching area was really filling up. But no stitching for me, as I was headed out to do a little sightseeing.

Natasha’s Needlepoint on Pawley’s Island was my first stop!

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Such a great shop with a warm, welcoming feeling! A group of ladies were stitching away and having a grand ole time. Natasha gave me a big Southern welcome!

 

Taking in the local sights…

Expo! on Wednesday night!

 

That’s it! I will call this my mini seminar…

Stay tuned for lots of new stuff from Dallas!

 

My Day at ANG Seminar!

This was my selected class at ANG Seminar in Myrtle Beach; Empire of the Sun by Toni Gerdes. I was thrilled that I got my first choice!

We worked on a panel at a time, learning new stitches and some new tips and tricks. A few of the girls at the shop always ask me “so why do you take classes so often?” To learn, I answer! and secondly, it is being with everyone. It is the journey for me, not necessarily the destination.

I think that this was my favorite! Pattern couching using 2 colors of silk.

Toni was lending a little helping hand to my seatmate. I was thrilled to be in class with Dinny and she has been a stitching mentor for me for a very long time. And a great person to hang out with!

On Thursday during seminar, the Life Patron Luncheon is held! A great lunch, a wonderful gift of a hand made scissors block made with local woods and then a speaker, talking about samplers of years gone by stitched by very young girls of the “low country.”

Thursday evening was nothing exciting, since at that point I had decided I was leaving earlier than originally planned…so I was packing and planning. I am sad that I left early, but glad that I did and my thoughts and prayers go out to all of the Carolinians (is that a word?)

 

Where do I begin?

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So where do I begin? well in case you haven’t figured out by now, I usually march to the beat of a different drummer, so I am starting from the end of my trip…and then we will work foward!

Soooooooo in my quest to check out every needlepoint shop that I can, I finished up my trip by stopping by Cabbage Row Shoppe Needlepoint in Historic Charleston.

A most charming shop and I would’ve loved to have had a seat and stitched away!

A trip in history about the south, why it is named Cabbage Row, palmettos, Rainbow Row and so much more!

Meet the famous Miss Molly… and why is she famous? Well she is in a book named “The Dogs of Charleston” and also the subject of a Barbra Russell canvas. Meet Madonna…Molly’s human and owner of the shop as she poses for me! We had the most delightful visit.

Rainbow Row and I was fascinated with the selected colors of the homes and these fabulous planter boxes!

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and you can see the amount of rain that they were having! Please send some here.

I left a day early from the ANG Seminar as I was just too worried that I might not get out of there…see I flew in and out of Charleston and drove to Myrtle Beach. Between Joaquin threatening and epic rains coming, I headed back home. My sistah Meredith was right about Myrtle Beach… and I will just leave it at that!

I still had a wonderful time, great class, awesome teacher, wonderful new stitches, time with friends and lots of great laughs, isn’t that what needlepoint is all about?

I really did take my laptop with me and had great intentions of blogging while I was gone… but I went from what the speed of an old dial-up like in Dallas to nearly non-existent internet in Myrtle Beach!

 

I Would if I Could!

we’re having a great time here in Dallas at the cash & carry trade show! Lots of vendors exhibiting…the most ever and even more shops buying.

The theme is Shake, Rattle & Roll and we are getting into the spirit of it all! First the props…

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Then the events…The staff here is so amazing! The lady on the left normally cooks our breakfast and “super woman” on the right does it all. And I mean DOES IT ALL and always with a smile.

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and the poodle skirts! Carol Eix on the left with her daughter standing next to the poodle pinata. They are the creators of the frame weights and snap trays. I am sure glad that I shopped early as she is pretty much is sold out!

The internet connection here in this hotel is sooooooooooooo very slow, that I am really not able to get my pictures from my camera to the lap top. So I would be sharing new stuff with you if I could only get my pictures imported!

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did you see the super blood moon eclipse last night?

 

You’ve Got a Friend!

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As I head to Dallas to see all the wonderful new stuff that is debuting…I have a little sneak peak of just one of the canvases that we will see!

Even though this is a cash and carry show, where you get to take a lot of the goodies back to your shop with you, this one is not back from the painters as of yet, so orders are being taken for it.

Many of you know Debbie, even though actually you really don’t…I am making a whole lot of sense? right? well she is responsible for getting so many of the products that we stitch with to the shops! DMC, Anchor, Painters Threads, stretcher bars, lights, needles, Sandy Gilmore canvases, Trubey, dede, Sharon G, Machelle Summerville, books and wow so much more and some I may have forgotton to mention. So Debbie really does touch all of your lives and she is really a very special lady to many of us… and me too!

Sandra Gilmore designed this canvas just for Debbie and you can read all about in the picture. I know that I have my order in for one! but even more exciting news is as soon as we can get a canvas fresh from the paint table, that Tony Minieri will be creating one of his amazing stitch and thread guides for it…so stay tuned! You will need to order the guide from Tony’s website.

I’ve already ordered mine…how about you?

They know, don’t they? but how do they know? AlleyCat was sleeping on my clothes as I was packing as if to say “don’t go, don’t leave us!”

BTW, Mostly Needlepoint is changing servers…and not by my choice! so Saturday night starting at 9PM PDT for about 12 hours, it will require a temporary shutdown. Keeping fingers crossed that it all goes smoothly!

 

Really, I have Been Stitching!

First before you start stitching, it is most important that you find the correct magnets… they must fit in with the theme of the canvas/and or the colors. I think that these both fit the bill, don’t you?

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Then you position the cats and let AlleyCat sleep on your lap even if you are sitting there with shorts on and it’s so hot! Make sure that there’s a good baseball game on and then you stitch, and stitch, and rip out and stitch some more.

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From the Shake, Rattle and Roll Series; Ice Cream Soda! by Kate Dickerson for Destination Dallas. Join us for class on Sunday night September 27th and there might still be a few openings yet. Learn how to tame that Neon Rays and deconstruct Flair!

With the mercuy approaching 100 right now in San Diego, I will love to dive into that frosty ice cream soda myself!

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Check out my magnets!

Headed to Dallas on Thursday…so not sure if I will be blogging from the show, between working and teaching and shopping, there might not be time. Then I head to ANG Seminar in Myrtle Beach. Hope the cats will forgive me when I get back!

 

More Fun with The Embellishment Squad!

We were working away, stitching and learning and stitching and just having a grand ‘ole day with The Embellishment Squad at A Stitch in Time…when, well some mischief started happening.

See its got something to do with some college basketball stuff and an ongoing rivalry between Meredith’s Kentucky Blue and some other team of Maryellen’s.

Some shoes were being held hostage and tied high from the ceiling…and BTW at this point I was called over to take pictures.

Maryellen who had to wear that Kentucky blue shirt, all of a sudden found her hands tied up with a skein of some kinda thread…gosh I hope that they didn’t use the real expensive stuff!

I laughed so hard, I don’t know how I was even able to take these pictures! Such a fun day, that it should have been deemed immoral or illegal!

Seriously, even though we had so much fun, we still stitched up a storm, worked hard and learned a lot. But needlepoint is all about having fun, right?

I am happy to report that I have completed the end of my “must stitch deadline pieces!” stitch guides are written and actually I can actually stitch something that I want to stitch for myself this weekend…but what piece do I want to pick up?

In the meantime, I am getting to hit the road soon as I head to Destination Dallas and then onto Myrtle Beach for the ANG seminar.

AlleyCat is supurr~vising!