Saturday, June 26, 2010

Finished another section on the store piece!

I've been working on The Point of It All Designs canvas. It's so much fun to finish a section!
I will keep updating as I keep stitching...stay tuned for more!
Remember: Our Christmas in July Sale begins next week. Every canvas in the store will be on sale!
We would love to hear from you.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Get your retreat canvas today!

One of our Thursday class people stitched this beautiful Melissa Shirley Santa. Look at the great loops on the fur. She also beaded the purse and bottom of the coat. Great work Lynn!
Retreat planning is in full swing! Since our retreat theme is Halloween we are picturing our in-stock Halloween-themed canvases. Call today for more information on the retreat or just information about these wonderful canvases.

Don't Forget: Our Christmas in July Sale is coming quickly!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Store Project Progress

I'm sorry it has been so long since I've posted pictures of the store piece, but here it is now!
I am just a few stitches away from finishing the brown section. Yay! This piece is coming together beautifully, and it is so much fun to stitch.
Let us know if we can do anything for you.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Lynn's Halloween Basket

One of our wonderful out-of-town customers brought this adorable Halloween basket in the store to show off. Lynn worked so hard stitching all of the little ornaments and then had them finished with wooden dowels and embellished with ribbon. She also stitched the front of the basket (that piece is from Raymond Crawford). Didn't she do a great job?! Thanks, Lynn, for letting us feature your needlepoint.
If you have any questions or comments about these pieces feel free to give us a call or send us an e-mail. We would love to hear from you!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Guest Blogger: Suzanne Hicks

I’m Suzanne and I love needlepoint! I have a wonderful 17 year-old daughter, Anna Clare, and two sweet dogs, Holly and Winston, at home. My love of stitching began with crewel embroidery at the knee of my Grandmother when I was about 6 or 7 years old. I’ve been a “crafty” one all my life. While I still love all forms of sewing and needlework, etc., needlepoint is my favorite by a landslide. I had an idea about needlepoint but in my mind’s eye, it was a very boring craft using weird bulky “itchy” wool to created little slanted stitches on a warped piece of rug canvas. But then I moved to Lubbock and found out that it “ain’t my Grandmother’s needlepoint anymore”. I learned about modern needlepoint in 2005 in a beginner class taught by the lovely Sara at Pocket Full of Stitches! I’ve been needlepointing almost daily ever since! I am addicted to needlepoint! PFOS got it right when they called it “Stitcher’s Anonymous”.
I love to see what other people stitch so I’ll share a few of my favorite pieces with you…
And here are a couple of my favorite needlepoint things…I’ve been struggling with how to store my stash and I finally found the perfect spot. I found an old Library Card Catalog from a local antique store…it’s perfect and holds all of my threads, stretcher bars, beads, and other supplies. Of course I color-coded my thread drawers! And we can’t overlook another favorite fixture in my house…the “Ort Jar”….where all of my scraps become a work of art….Love it!
From the family member’s point of view…Clare says:
My mother is obsessed with needlepoint! I remember when she bought her first canvas…a Dancing Rainbow Santa in primary colors. She took one look at that cute Santa canvas and imagined a whole different color scheme….PINK! That’s what I love about my mom; she puts her own unique fingerprint on every single piece she touches.
My mom is so obsessed with needlepoint that she “speaks needlepoint” in our everyday life. I don’t actually needlepoint, but I hear about it 24/7…seriously…I can spot the basketweave stitch from a mile away, over-dyed thread is my fav, and I can actually tell the difference between 14 pt and 18 pt canvas. Who designed that piece? Well, there’s a good chance I just might be able to tell you.
In our house, instead of “Hello, come in and have a seat”…, it’s “Sorry that the sofa is full of needlepoint…do you mind sitting on the floor?” Or instead of “Come in, how are you?”, it’s “Come in, would you like to see my needlepoint collection?” Or…”Oh, well, would you like to see them all again?” Truth is, her needlepoint really is impressive and most of us don’t mind at all. In my eyes, my mom is pretty much the best stitcher in the world (I mean, c’mon… did you see her Santas?…or that wineglass stitched totally in beads?) Bottom line: I love my wonderful mom and am glad she found something she loves almost as much me. So if you ever get the chance to meet or stitch with my mom…don’t pass it up!

Suzanne & Clare Hicks
You may have spotted Suzanne's beautiful stitching previously on the blog - she stitched the Ewe & Eye & Friends reindeer that we featured here on May 15th. Check it out for more inspiration!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

A Look Around PFOS

Enjoy these wonderful canvases!

Call or email us for information on any of these canvases.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Guadalajara Series

The Guadalajara Series from Leigh features some of the most brilliant colors and designs!
Brenda Hart wrote stitch guides for all of these lovely pieces. They would be so much fun to stitch! Call us if you would more information on any of these canvases. We would love to hear from you!

Friday, June 4, 2010

New Pieces From Mindy

Mindy designs some of the most intricate canvases. Her use of color is brilliant. Take a look at these great new pieces she has created!

If any of these canvases sparked an interest for you, just give us a call or send an e-mail our way!

Megan finished stitching Kelly Clark's first pear in the Patterned Pears series.

The stitch guide calls for some very unique stitches.

Megan had a great time learning some new techniques.

Sara also finished her class piece.

He beading is amazing! I love how the clear beads create the look of a flower vase.

Ribbon embroidery really brings the flowers to life. Beautiful!

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