Friday, June 12, 2009

Find it Friday ~ Sit and Stitch Trunk Show
Each Friday we will showcase a product, service, offering or event that is a MUST to check out!

Cindy of Sit and Stitch in Toluca Lake, California just called to tell me she was hosting a trunk show for Painted Pony Needlepoint Designs and told me I just HAD to check it out. I am so glad I did.

Debbie, of Painted Pony Needlepoint Designs, began designing needlepoint in 1989, after working for several years in a needlepoint shop in Austin, Texas. After designing custom canvases for the store’s customers, she was asked to develop a line to show at the store’s annual Christmas-In-July event. She did - the designs were a hit - and the line was born.

Great story right? It gets even better! Each Canvas INCLUDES a stitch guide! How fabulous is that! Susan, the model-maker, has created several wonderful stitch guides for their designs. Stitch-guides are automatically included with the sale of the corresponding canvas, so you do not have to order the guide in addition to the piece you are purchasing. Each guide has a colored photograph of the finished model, as well as a thread and embellishment list. Susan is also working on a series of stitch guide books based on some of our collections.

Be sure to stop by Sit and Stitch for this fabulous trunk show ~ it runs from June 28th to July 26th and includes ~ Cute little painted canvases, angels with charms, snowman, seasonal, twelve days of Christmas, stockings.

Show dates: June 28th - July 26, 2008

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Whip it Up Wednesday ~ Barrier Stitch
Each Wednesday we will choose a stitch to explore and post stitch diagram(s) to help you practice and master each one

Barrier Stitch ~ also known as Reverse Bosnia or Fence Stitch

Steps ~ This stitch is worked from left to right. Come up through the fabric on the left hand side and go up 2 threads and go thought the fabric. From under the fabric cross over 2 threads and down 2 threads to the right and come up through the fabric. Repeat as Necessary. Work your way back through the stitch by coming up through the fabric on the bottom right hand side, go up and over 2 threads to the left and go through the fabric. From behind the fabric go down two threads and come up through the fabric. Repeat as necessary.