Saturday, March 22, 2014

Some everyday chores

I was out early this morning, trying to time my arrival at Calico Corners right at 10.  Ironically, I was in; looked at their selection of cording and trims; and out again before anyone in the store saw me in the trim corner.  Good that I didn't want to walk off with a holder (what is that thing called?) of bobble fringe.  I was looking for hot pink and all they had was a fringe.  Never mind.  On to Jo-ann's.  Where I found  not exactly what I was looking for, but it will definitely work for the trim on a customer's alligator pillow.

 I also found this pearl-like trim that I think will work for an accent on my little mermaid with the flowing tresses. 

I had a call earlier this week from New York City, asking about 6x6 designs on 13-mesh.  The wonderful thing about today's technology is that I can take photographs of a selection of canvases and email them to interested customers.  This thread-counted mermaid canvas is one of the 10 that I photographed for emailing.  Off the top of my head, I can't remember who the designer is.  Sorry.

This is another 13-mesh thread-counted canvas.  It is distributed by Susan Treglown Designs (known for thread-counting canvases).

Again, I'm mentally searching for the designer.  I think this canvas is By Trish, but I won't swear to it.  What a marvelous tropical look.

I have tried not to buy small canvases in recent years.  They seem to fall into a vast wasteland at Needle Nicely.  I have a large basket full of 5x5, 6x6, and other small sizes in bull clips.  Rarely do people look at them.  I keep saying I'm going to cover the walls with them, but it is so much easier to cover a wall with 12x12 canvases!!  Maybe this summer that's what I'll do. 


  1. Excuse my ignorance but what is a thread counted canvas?

  2. There are needlepoint artists who "just paint" on the canvas like they do on artists' canvas--and then there are needlepoint artists who paint each thread individually. Sometimes stitch-painted canvases don't "flow" but they are definitely easier to stitch. Ask any needlepoint professional and they can quickly point out the difference to you.

  3. How about a little basket of small canvases on the counter for people to browse while they wait? Or maybe a cork board with a canvas of the week that features 2-3 of them in a theme? A lot of folks love small pieces to haul to the doctors office or the baseball game, etc., but maybe in a vacation town that's not a priority. Anyway, you'll figure it out. You is clever!