Friday, September 28, 2012

Sassy Witch

Just had to share this sassy witch with you. We finished her with black net and bats flying around her feet and the pumpkin base. Halloween is just around the corner and this piece will look great on the stitcher's table with her other stitched items. Halloween here she comes!!!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Exclusive Brenda Stofft Design For Quail Run Needlework

EXCLUSIVE ARIZONA SANTA designed by Brenda Stofft

Talented Brenda Stofft has been very busy designing and getting a new website online. Her designs are unique. I am thrilled to tell you that she has designed a special canvas that is exclusive to Quail Run Needlework.
              A two day class will be offered ,so watch for future postings. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

More 3D Characters to stitch!

Remember those adorable 3D Halloween characters?
Here is the Christmas series.
My favorite is the Polar Bear as I collect bears
and then the elves.
They are 7"to 6" tall and 4" wide
The arms ands legs are beaded ,with felt feet.
So a great size for a  quick stitch project and can be finished in time for the holidays. Call the shop to order 480 551 1423.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

A moment in history to share with you

On our flight over to California this weekend, we were lucky to be in the air
at the same time the Endeavor was being flown back to its final home at the California Science Center in LA.  This picture was taken through a window so is a little fuzzy . It was a thrill to see this scene. Many people came out through the area to view the  shuttle as it was flown up to Sacramento then back to Long Beach before landing at LAX. I am sure you saw the reports and wonderful pictures on the news or Internet. A wonderful memory of a bit of history.

 Here is the ink to the pictures of the NASA patches stitched by members on the American Needlepoint Guild.

Friday, September 21, 2012

New items from DJ Designs

A shipment of great canvases from DJ designs just came into the store.
Here are a few of my favorites-

Get your ducks in a row!  11x5 on 18 mesh

 Gorgeous paisley on 13 mesh. 14x14 on 13 mesh

Floral with apples.   11x15 on 18mesh

Another great Mary Kay Crowley canvas .111x6 on 18 mesh

So many thread and stitch options for these projects and many canvases choices in what was just received.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

New laying tools

I am always on the hunt for laying tools. I found these and after trying one , purchased some for the store. They are all very light weight and the handle is very comfortable. They come in two lengths,6" and 7" in a variety of glass tips as well as an all wood version.  The multicolored swirl one is my favorite.
 So if you are looking for a laying tool , this is a great option!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Finishing of the week

Finishing is so important. It can make a piece very special or take away from your  work. Here are a few examples of finishing that we completed this week.

A Christmas cracker finished in "Melissa Shirley style".
A trios of candy canes.

Who does not love a Snickers bar!!!!

New York Santa, one of Kelly Clark's designs.
Adorable doll house rug.
A wonderful heirloom- a Christmas Stocking for Calvin.

So lots of choices when it comes to finishing

Please note our finishing deadline is December 1st with an additional charge after that date. So keep stitching , there is still time to finish your projects for the holidays.



Funky Hearts

I find counted needlework a challenge but at the same time relaxing You can personalize a design by using your own colors. Pictured here is Funky Hearts , by Needle Delights stitched by a customer . This was a project in the ANG guild and it is interesting to see the results as each piece is different. This stitcher used bright primary colors and the result is fabulous. The piece is off to the finisher. So we all can  look forward to seeing the finished pillow. If you have not tried a counted piece, take this opportunity to look at designs by 
Needle Delights, Laura Perin, Carolyn Mitchell to name just a few. The designs and color choices are  all so marvelous. 
Here is another  example of a counted piece designed by Richard Seekins that has been very popular . 

 Two more interesting and colorful counted designs for you to enjoy.

Monday, September 10, 2012

More Pictures from Fall Market

SPOOKTACULAR line of 3D miniatures
How cute are these little guys from Sew Much Fun. Can't you just pictures these with a carved pumpkin behind them on your table or sitting on a mantle with a skull behind them.


Doesn't your sorority sister need this cute little owl!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

A touch of Magic at the Baltimore Market

Your Magic Needle Arts Wand has tools , notions and bits of artistry from our foremothers . Shake it over any project-especially a frustrating one to summon their experience knowledge and creativity right into your sewing room! When the time comes to lay down your own needle, please add it to the pincushion and bequeath your wand to another, keeping the chain unbroken.

New Fall Market Designs from Melissa Shirley

 Scarecrows were the new fall designs from Melissa Shirley Designs  that you will just have  to stitch. They just make you smile. 
Call the shop if we can set one aside for you.

I stopped in to see the new Gloriana colors and found the gals selling and
skeining their threads.  There are three new colors- Jubilee,
Golden Squash and Tangerine in Gloriana silk floss.  On the left are the Duchess Silk colors-Forest, Poinsettia, Rose Violet, and Narcissus.
This is a great silk for 13 mesh canvases.

More from Market-necklaces from Beth Gantz

I told Beth Gantz that this gives new meaning to the idea of pre-worked canvases. This adorable initial necklace comes in pink, lime green or turquoise and is already stitched. I could not resist one in every color . A great gift for your self or that special friend. So call and order your color choice(s).

More great Market designs from Leigh Designs

Old Crow Series from talented Leigh Richardson are just the right size, 10"x12" on 18 mesh . Stitch guides are available for both !

Stitch guide by Sandra Arthur

Stitch guide by Jane Wood

Saturday, September 8, 2012

New from Market -Needle minders

These needle minders remind me of the wooden thread spools in my 
Grandmother's sewing box. A little touch of nostalgia! There are light weight and 1" in diameter.

New embellishment from Market

Rhinestone chain in three sizes
Just love this new embellishement! 
Rhinestone chains in three different sizes.
You can cut it to make a necklace, bracelet, garland but the great part is there is a hole on the back of each rhinestone . So, you can stitch one in place for a ring, stud earrings or anywhere you chose.

More needleminders

More new needle minders -sugar skulls, seahorses, mermaids, owls and more!
These are just too cute.

New at market from Namaste

Needle buddies in new colors- yellow , pumpkin and tobacco
as well as the original colors. The shape is new with squared
edges and stronger magnets inside for all our favorite tools.

A visit from Jo Ippolito Christensen

I had a unique visitor last evening- Jo Ippolito Christensen, who wrote the The Needlepoint Book.  
 I wish I had my copy of her book to autograph. The best news is that  she is busy writing another needlepoint book! I use her book all the time and recommend it to all new stitchers as it has so much information. So, I will keep you posted when her new book is available.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Needlepointer's Ornament by Sharon G

It was a busy day setting up for market and visiting with friends. Baltimore is a wonderful city to visit. I took time this afternoon to attend a class taught by Sharon G. She designed a new ornament for needlepointers.

  I like the center band with the spools as the ends of the spools are beaded and the center is padded. The scissors and thimbles are also beaded. Sharon recommended doing the beading first to prevent the  background from pushing  the bead out of place. Both the upper and lower bands would be great border stitches. To achieve the look of glass for the background , an iridescent clear bead were placed in a brick stitch pattern.

Baltimore TNNA Market

Many of us have been busy packing our new designs for the Fall Needlework
Market in Baltimore.  So here is some of what I have packed.



  I will be shopping for the store as well as selling the Quail Run Designs.
The trunks have room for those special items I am bringing back to the shop . 
I have a list of special requests from customers. If you forgot to get back to me, feel free to send an email with your requests to:


I have plans to eat lots of crab and see several good friends in the area.
Check back here for daily pictures and updates on what is new in the needlework world.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

September Newsletter

  The September newsletter is on line.
     Click here
                September Newsletter

  Enjoy the new look!


It's almost here- the September newsletter.

The September newsletter is almost here. 
Enjoy the newsletter with its new look and content, as the change is good!
Watch for the posting .

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Rishfeld Designs

The Rishfeld Trunk show arrived today. Beautiful designs with wonderful colors and 
tradition. You may know the line by its name but here is the story behind the designs.

Pamela Rishfeld has always been involved in the arts. Born and raised in the artistic environment of New York City, she lived there until the summer of 1984 when she and her husband, George, moved to southern California.

While growing up in Queens she began to get interested in art, design and fabric. Her first recollection of doing needlework was a very large cross-stitched tablecloth that she and
 her sister Linda worked on together.  (She
 can't remember it ever being finished.) When
she was about seven, she sat down at the sewing machine and with a pattern that she
had cut out of a piece of newspaper, made a bathing suit.  To every one's surprise, it fit.  Her connection with textiles was made and hasn't been broken since.

After high school Pamela went to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and earned a degree in textile design.  She had many roles in the textile industry over the years: Artist, Assistant Stylist, Stylist, Free-lance Designer, Assistant Director of Textiles and Production Weaving Assistant. 
 At the same time she continued to study textiles with major fiber artists.

Over the years Pamela has been in many art shows, quilt shows, and needlework shows around the country and has won several awards. As well as having her work published in several books and magazines.  She was also the featured guest on the TV show Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson, a show that continues to run every year.
Upon arriving in California Pamela realized there was a need for fine Judaic kits and patterns,
 so she created Rishfeld Designs as a way to market her designs.  After working for JB Designs for many years Pamela decided to go entirely out on her own.  Along with her husband George, they expanded Rishfeld Designs to incorporate hand painted
 needlepoint designs (which has become their main focus) and started to represent many other artists along with Pamela’s work.

The company is now located in Cumming, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, so they can be near their children and grandchildren.

Here is the link :

So if you are looking for that special tallit bag 
this is a trunk show you should not miss!