Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sunday Sampler of New Tools

I am always on the hunt for new tools for you. Here is what I have found during the last market and at recent classes.

Two magnifiers with led lights at the edge of the magnifier.
The first one has a 7" arm and the second  has a 16" arm. I have used both. They are light weight and portable.  The batteries are included .I have used both and really like the addition of the LED lights. I use the shorter one on smaller projects and the larger one on my Japanese Embroidery frames.

There is a new laying tool, Finella. It is  light-weight, 4" long and has a very comfortable handle.  I find it lighter and a better fit in my hand than other similar tools.

Curved, serrated scissors to use on metallic threads and also great for cutting turkey work.

New Bead Buddies from ETC. The little box is 1 1/2" x 1" and has a sticky bottom . A rare earth magnet holds it in place on your canvas.
Stop in and see these new items. New canvases and threads arriving daily from market. It is always exciting to open the boxes !

Sunday, February 17, 2013

More Class Progress

I need to finish the couching on this leaf to lay the veins today. You can see the couching thread where I left off.
Here is my progress by lunch break.

  The projects for the next classes are on display. It will be a hard choice. I do like the intricacy and dimension of the koi piece that is on a special fabric that looks like water swirling. I never would have thought to put the wisteria on the fabric used . It looks like a lace curtain behind the piece.
 The gold leaf purse is the special project after the retreat ends.
Who wouldn't want to carry this bag!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Retreat Class

After the winter needlework market, I scheduled a Japanese Embroidery class
at the Blue Bonnet Studio Retreat in Austin, Texas. It is great to be able to concentrate on my stitching which is near impossible at a class at the shop.
Here is my work station ready for a great day of stitching.
 This is the class project stitched and designed by our teacher, Midori Matsushima I chose to work on.
 I was please with my progress in the morning on this leaf.

In the afternoon, I progressed to another leaf at the lower right corner of the design with two colors and will post pictures tomorrow. I got busy chatting with friends at break, seeing what other classes were doing andso  forgot to take more pictures. Tomorrow , I will be working on the circle and the screen under the teacher's watchful eye. If find this very peaceful and meditative as I concentrate on this beautiful design. Off to read and get a good nights rest!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

February Newsletter

February Newsletter is now on line . Read and enjoy!

Here is the link


Call the shop if we can answer any questions.
480 551 1423

Monday, February 4, 2013

Winter Market Day Three

A collage of pictures for  you to view. I am busy shopping and getting last minute orders completed. Many new items coming home and the rest are on order for you. Look for detailed information this evening if I have time or tomorrow!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Winter Market Day Two

Colorful owls from Dede
Fun sayings
Unique collage from JP Designs
Tiny Pompom fringe in eleven colors
Exquisite Mindy design
 Leigh Ladies
New colors of threads

Also bringing home fun magnets, key fobs, new small magnifier,laying tools and much more. Look for more pictures tomorrow.
Please email me at if you want me to get anything special for you.
Tomorrow is the last day of market from 9am to 2 pm . 

Winter Market 2013 Day Two

Just a few quick pictures this afternoon -more this evening.

A wonderful fan canvas 16 by 16 on 18 mesh .
New Magnets and Counting Pins from Puffin

Books, books , books!

Baseball lover's flag!



Saturday, February 2, 2013

Winter Market 2013 Day one

Lots of great new things to see at market. Sew Much Fun has this wonderful Raggedy Ann and Andy set. Just too cute!

Ultrasuede tote that holds an  8"x8" canvas  that you can finish yourself. This comes in red, teal, blue and green with coordinating linings. 

 A turkey fit for any table by Sew Much Fun.

 June McKnight's latest best seller , Colorful Backgrounds. 

Here are  close- up pictures of the stitched Fabulous Topiary Club and Cupcake Club by Melissa Shirley

Raymond Crawford's Deviled Egg , a new series. 
Lani's booth and stitched high heel designs.
  New designs by Leigh.

Great new book following the Stitch Landscape one.
 Call the shop if you want a copy.
 More to add but getting late so please take another look tomorrow.  Melissa Shirley  has update her website with the new designs at market so you can see them all .

Goldwork Class at winter needlework market

One of the best things about the winter market for me are the classes. I take a class each morning before the market opens and I have to be at my booth.Yesterday, I took two wonderful classes from Lucy  Barber who is the USA Course Coordinator for The Royal School of Needlework in San Francisco. She is an absolutely delightful young lady who apprenticed at the Royal School and graduated with Distinction. She was a wealth of knowledge and skill.  She stitched  an exquisite piece as a gift to Queen Elizabeth  for her Diamond Jubilee.

Here is the piece we worked on in class. 
Here are some more samples we saw in class.

.If you are looking for a book on Goldwork, the RSN has an excellent small
reference book in its series of books for purchase which I carry in the store.

Well, off to market . Look for pictures of the items I purchased at  Sample It last evening and other new great things coming soon to Quail Run Needlework.