Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A solution to displaying magnets at Needle Nicely

In the past few years, Needle Nicely has used lavender metal book-end like stands to hold the magnets that are for sale.  It got so the 3 stands weren't large enough to hold the magnets we had available.

After some brain-storming, I decided to search the internet for adhesive magnetic sheets.  I found a product that was just the width I wanted and came in a roll of a length the buyer specified.  After I got it, I trimmed the width, and applied the product to the end of the sales counter.  While it isn't readily visible, I do have some magnets on a purple stand on the sales counter to spur interest.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Uses for old, stitched needlepoint II

I think that I will have enough stitched canvases to do the chair with these pieces.  Now to locate a suitable chair.  I am also considering asking my local upholsterer if he can make the chair for me.  More at another time about that.

This was a kit from Elsa Williams, years ago.
 The next five canvases were designed by Village Needlecraft.  Gayle retired and so far as I know, did not sell her designs, which was a pity.

 I think this canvas was either a Winnetka Stitchery or a Village Needlecraft design.
Trubey stitched this canvas.  It was a design from England--I can't remember the artist's full name, but it was Jane. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

More Pre-finished Items from Planet Earth

Planet Earth has added a ladies' version of a credit card case to its line of pre-finished items.

This comes in Royal Blue, Red, and Green. There is a slit on the side to allow receipts or bills to be inserted,  I have looked and cannot locate a blog entry showing the smaller version of the card case that they label "for men"--I will show a photo next week (the smaller one comes in red, blue, green, black and tan).  It comes in red, blue, and green.

This is the luggage tag which comes in black, red, lime (green) and blue.
And the best of them all, sets of coasters that are backed in cork.  The opening is 3x3 with the finished coaster being 4x4.  They come in brown, green, blue, and red.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Summer by Pippin, 2

I started stitching the Summer canvas by Pippin using the interlocking Gobelin for the body and wing of the sea gull.

I had brought home what I thought I would use for the beak and the other golden areas of the canvas; but it turned out to be too yellow, rather than golden.  So Monday I will select another shade so I can stitch the beak and the stripes in the closest beach towel. 

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Uses for old, stitched needlepoint

NOTE:  It is really aggravating to sit down to finish a blog entry, only to discover that your internet connection is non-existent.  While Earthlink didn't repair it instantly, they were a little more professional about dealing with the whole process. 

Over last weekend, Peggi of Tapestry Tent ( blogged about an upholstered chair that she had had covered in"old" stitched needlepoint.  It made me think that that would be a good use for the Needle Nicely shop models where the canvases are no longer available. The pillows  have been put on sale in the shop, but I think this would be a better use for them. I also have some "retired" pillows sitting on a chair (yes, all on the same chair!--ask my husband why) in my living room.  Sunday night I started the process by taking two of them apart.  Last night I brought others home and have started the taking apart process.

This bow canvas was designed by the Alice Peterson company.

I counted this design from a Creative Needle leaflet years ago.  Inge also had it as a painted canvas, though I'm not sure it is still in her line.
This bow design by Thimbelina is approximately 40 years old. 
Trubey designed this canvas to go with her many tassel canvases.
I can't remember the name of the designer of this "heart" football canvas.  She had a whole series of
"heart" designs that were distributed by Susan Treglown.
And, last of this group, is this Golf pillow.  I think it was also distributed by Susan Treglown, but can't remember the designer.

Now I am off to locate a chair form and, in the meantime, take apart more pillows.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Other New Pippin Designs

To make up for not being able to make it to Destination Dallas this past September, I ordered some canvases.  These are some of the canvases I ordered from Pippin Designs.

Jennifer has a series of seasonal designs.  I am blog-stitching summer, but here are the other 3 in the series.  The first is winter.

 Then, we have spring.
 And, finally, we have autumn.  Each one more interesting than the last.
 I used to believe that Needle Nicely didn't have many Halloween canvases.  Perhaps next week I'll show the wall of Halloween canvases we have put up to go with this one.
 Someone from Washington, DC, was in and mentioned that no one in that area seems to do doorstops.  With Vero's breezes, we really need plenty of them. 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Summer by Pippin

Jennifer Tan of Pippin Studio has done a series for the 4 seasons.  I have decided that "Summer" is the canvas I'll be stitching at home now that I have my stitching mojo back.  I will be stitching the kimono at the shop.  Both will be stitched primarily in Splendor.