It’s Been Too Long

I haven’t blogged in forever! You must be missing me terribly. LOL! To be honest, I’ve been a little burnt out after the Dallas show. I didn’t want to look at a canvas, no less stitch one. Needlepoint overload!

But, I’m back in the saddle. My needle has been burning through this canvas by Melissa Prince.

I know . . .her again. LOL! I just love her designs. And I needed a design with really calming, muted colors after all the bright designs I’ve been stitching for the last few months.

I don’t usually share my works in progress. But since I’m nearly done, I figure I’ll have it finished and the guide written by the time we can get kits together.

I have to be honest . . .this piece is really difficult! It’s hard to do it justice. I’ve actually ripped things out a number of times, which I only do under penalty of death.

I started with the blue pumpkin. Let’s just say my first attempt did NOT work out. I had used two strands of a Silk ‘n Colors and it was too heavy. All the beautiful shading got totally covered up.

I think I like what’s going on now. I need to get a little more in and then I’ll decide. But I like the texture the stitch is giving to the pumpkin. I’ve spent WAY too much time looking at images of pumpkins lately.

Next I moved on to the crow since I was frustrated with all things pumpkin at that point. I found some threads in a Thanksgiving kit I bought years ago (and of course haven’t finished) that I thought would be fun in this piece.

 

The top of the hat is not for the feint of heart. It’s that dreaded Buttonhole on Bar. I hate doing it but I love how it came out. What was really hard about the crow was his body. I had to figure out where to delineate between the breast, the wing and the tail feathers. So, I decided to use two different stitches and stop them where the shading became more pronounced. I just have to bead the moon and the spider and then he’s done!

I waited as patiently as I could to stitch the sunflowers. I try to leave ribbon work till the end so it doesn’t get messed up after I’ve spent so much time making each petal look the way I want it.

I had no idea what the center things was supposed to be so I asked Melissa. Apparently it’s a budding sunflower. Google that. It’s really quite interesting. I can’t wait to show you what I have in mind for that.

The leaves were tricky because of the shading again. It’s been a while since I’ve stitched what I call a “pretty piece.” Meaning one with lots of shading. Those always used to be my favorite kinds of designs, but lately I’ve been stitching a lot of color block and stitch painted designs. I love stitching both kinds of designs. They’re totally different in how I treat a canvas. I tend to use a lot of techniques, as opposed to stitches when I stitch a piece with a lot of shading so that I can get the effect that the designer was going for. But, sometimes it’s nice to use straight up stitches. It still amazes me how many different things we can do on a needlepoint canvas. I love designing a piece with stitches and making them all work together.

Well . . .I better get back to stitching so I can get this piece finished up. I hope you love this piece as much as I do!

October Newsletter

Where did September go?  I looked at the calendar the other day and couldn’t believe it was almost October.  Now here it is!
Market Fresh
We’re back from Dallas and FINALLY recovered from the show.  We have hundreds of new canvases in the shop, tons of magnets and new accessories and some new self finishing items.
The last few weeks have been a whirlwind!
Whatever shall I paint for the next show?  Time to start designing!
 Breast Cancer Fundraiser and Stitch In
Join us on October 20th to raise money for “Paint the Town Pink” to benefit Stamford Hospital.
  Suzie will be offering instruction all day for all participants.  You can either bring a canvas that has something pink in the design to stitch or you can purchase the Breast Cancer Awareness heart from Vallerie Needlepoint Gallery.
Suzie will help you “decorate” your bra. . .

OR

. . .you can stitch it just the way she did.
A portion of the proceeds of the “Pink Boob” canvas (as it has come to be called) will be donated to “Paint the Town Pink.”  Kits are available for those who cannot attend.
A $50 registration fee is required to sign up and will be donated to “Paint the Town Pink”
The Boxes are Back!!!!!
Remember the beautiful lacquer boxes that Amanda Lawford used to carry?  They’re back!


They come in 6 colors

And of course . . .black

 
I have a limited amount of them and they took six months for me to get!  They make the most beautiful gift and you can have them finished for the holidays.
 
All the custom boxes have a 5 x 5 opening, which can fit that size canvas or a 4 x 4 with a matte or a border added to it.  
 
You can call the shop to order or order them in the online store.  Just click on the color you want and it will take you right to it.
 
How fabulous will my new lovebirds design look in the hot pink box?


Heidi Trunk Show
All in stock and special orders from trunk shows are 20% off!
Click here to see all her designs

Give us a call to place trunk show orders or stop by the shop and see the show in person!

Self Finishing Coasters
If you’re in a bind for finishing for a gift, these coasters fit any 4 x 4 canvas!  Trim the edges and pop the canvas in and you’re done!
New Stitch Guides
You know we’re always busy stitching and writing guides.  Here are the newest ones available.

Studio Times

Tuesday 12:30-2:30 with Suzie
Thursday 10:30-12:30 with Suzie
Saturday 10:30-12:30 with Suzie
Can’t make those times?  We’re happy to schedule a private lesson with you.
Be sure to call ahead or email to reserve a place in studio time
New Location
Don’t forget that we’ve moved.  We’re at the same address but in the red building in the front!
 
Don’t Miss a Thing!
Holiday Finishing Deadlines
Most of the deadlines have passed for the holidays but we are still able to have ornaments finished for this holiday season.  Drop them off by November 1st!

Market Fresh

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind!  I looked at the calendar today and thought what happened to September? We got back from the Dallas show last Tuesday and finally today I feel like I’ve recovered.  I thought these shows were exhausting when I attended only as a buyer.  That’s got nothing on exhibiting AND buying!

We got to Dallas on Thursday before the show and got right to work setting up the two exhibit rooms.  It took Mary Susan, Aggie and I twelve hours over two days setting up the rooms.

Don’t our windows look fabulous?  Gotta give a shout out to our Linda for genius display ideas.

The show opened at 11 on Saturday morning and everyone was eager to spend some money.  I know I was . . .but I couldn’t sneak out of the room until much later that afternoon.  I ran around to vendors on my floor, grabbed canvases and handed them to the designer saying “I’ll be back.” (No, that is not a bad reference to the Terminator. LOL)   Apparently I’ve been nicknamed “the Whirling Dervish.”  I’ve had worse nicknames in my life.  I’m good with that.l

Saturday night we went out to dinner with a big group of people, including Melissa Prince and her daughter, Deb from Stitchers Garden and Melissa from The Wool and the Floss.    What a fun night!  Every night was a blast!

Market continued Sunday and Monday and then it’s tear down and pack up.  I have to admit, this part stinks!  Twelve hours to set up . . .four to take it down and pack it up.  A nice cold bottle of Kendall Jackson hit the spot after that!

We’ve been busy pricing canvases and getting that up on the walls in the shop.   It’s a massive undertaking dealing with the hundreds of canvases we brought home.  On top of unpacking the boxes for the wholesale line.  So not looking forward to sorting and organizing thousands of canvases today.  Oh . . .the glamorous life of a needlepoint shop owner.  LOL!

Don’t forget that this Saturday we are holding our Local Needlepoint Store event.  I know it’s later than most shops but I couldn’t do it last Saturday since I was having forty people to my house to celebrate my 40th birthday.  God I’m getting old!

We have hundreds of new  “Market Fresh” canvases we brought back from tons of different designers, as well as the 100 new designs from Vallerie Needlepoint Gallery.  We have tons of new magnets and some really cool new accessories and self finishing products. I’ll post picture in another blog of our walls and all the goodies. Or maybe I’ll make a video. 

The first ten customers on Saturday will receive a goody back just for walking through the door.  Be sure to stop by and enter your name in the raffle to win a $50 gift certificate.    Also, I’ll be holding demos throughout the day on how to self finish everything from our Point2Pointe trunk show, as well as the new coasters from VNG.

It’s gonna be a blast so stop by if you can!

New Stitched Designs

Our needles are on fire around the shop!  I haven’t been able to show you what I’ve been stitching over the last few months, but here it is!

Kim stitched the fourth one in the series.

I can’t wait to put these little cuties in the new hot pink box!

These little guys will be off to the framer as soon as they make it home.

                                                                                                                                                   

I stitched two heritage hearts and had them finished back to back.  Irish American and Italian American.  Love these!

I’ve stitched the Breast Cancer awareness heart once and I’ll do a second one for a very good friend.  It takes A LOT to get me to stitch something twice!

I love this bunny so much that I think he needs to find his queen so I can stitch another one.  Maybe babies down the road?  Who knows what’s in store for him?

Aggie did an amazing job with the “Wacky Flamingos.”  SO…MUCH…FUN!

I didn’t quite make it to the finish line for the show on the peacock.  I spent 12 hours stitching last Sunday and I thought my shoulder was going to tear away from my body. No pain no gain!  I’ll get him finished up after the show. But the stitch guide is complete!

Remastered and Resurrected

I have access to the thousands of designs that Amanda Lawford created throughout her career.  So, every once in a while, I’m going to pull a few out of the”vault” and also add my own style to her pieces.

To me, nothing is more classic than Amanda’s reindeer.

I thought this designs would be fun in other color ways.  So I did it!

We have what I call “Preppy Reindeer”

Jeweled Reindeer ( I can see this one stitched with the hot pink laser Kreinik color)

and the Cobalt Reindeer

I also thought a really fun design would be to take the New York City subway Christmas tree from the New York Santa and make that a small standup or larger ornament.

I didn’t know what the letters and numbers meant at first, but apparently they represent the subway lines.  If you spend a lot of time in the city you would know that.  I’ll admit, I’ve only been on the subway once in my life. I’m more of an Uber kinda girl. LOL!

 

The next pieces are just too beautiful to keep in the vault.

A few months ago, Vicky DeAngelis at Needlenook of La Jolla emailed and wanted to order the Heron canvas.  I told her that the master copy didn’t exist and it was lost to the world.  Well . . .a few days later, she emailed me and said she found a copy of the design and that it was the master copy.  The miracle of Facebook!  So, I sent the master off to my painters and a few months later . . .voila!  It’s back!  Thank you, Vicky!

I fell in love with the pieces from HP Designs.  Anyone want to stitch the two floral canvases for me?  They would be gorgeous in my living room!

There will be more designs released from the vault over time.  I’ve got my eye on a few in particular.

Funky Flowers Retailers Club

This secret has been killing me to keep!  Vallerie Needlepoint Gallery is offering a new retailers club starting in January 2019.

What that means is that this club is available through any shop.   They just need a minimum of three members to participate.

 

There are four canvases in total.  Each canvas is 4 x 4 on 18 mesh.  Here’s the really cool part  . . .they fit perfectly into the new self finishing coasters.  All you have to do is trim the edges of your canvas, leaving two canvas threads.  Then, make a diagonal snip at the corners and fold it in.  Bam!  Fits perfectly into the glass covered coaster!

Yep . . .you read that right . . .GLASS on top!

Ask your local shop about the new club.  They will have all the details.

I stitched the first three canvas and Kim, who works at the shop, stitched the last one.  Our needles have been on fire!

 

New From Scott Partridge

Scott Partridge’s artwork puts a smile on my face.  We loved stitching the pieces that came out in January so much I just had to put more into the line.

stitch guide by Suzie Vallerie

These little cuties are a companion piece to the 2 chickadees piece that came out in January. Same size . . .same fun

stitch guide by Suzie Vallerie

stitch guide by Aggie Aspinwall

 

The designs from the Silly Little Birds club are now available individually. And . . .they come with the stitch guide!

 

They also come on 13 mesh now and measure 7 x 7 for all you 13 mesh lovers!

Tell your local shop to stop by rooms 414 and 415 to see them in person!

The Heartland Collection

I don’t know about you, but I just LOVE stitching little hearts. SO, I had this idea . .The Heartland Collection.

The first group are what I call “Awareness Hearts.”  A portion of the proceeds from the sales of these designs will be donated to local charities.  Here’s another bonus . . . any of the hearts that I stitch will have FREE stitch guides that you can download on the website.  Right now I’ve only stitched one but give me time. LOL!

 

Down Syndrome

Pet Friends and Animal Shelters

Alzheimers

Breast Cancer

Prostate Cancer

GLAAD

Transgender Community

 

Prostate Cancer – This one is for my father in law who just finished radiation treatment.

 

The theme of the show this year is “Peace, Love and Stitch.”  I think the next two make sense.  They are painted with all iridescent paints.   Wowzer!

 

 

Some of this next group was inspired by Amanda Lawford’s designs .  . .but with a twist.

  

 

Need a wedding gift?  Here you go!

 

The next group is the “Designer Collection.”  Some are fairly obvious but a few are a little trickier to guess.

Tiffany

Louis Vuitton

Gucci

Chanel

Lulu Lemon

Vineyard Vines

Polo/Ralph Lauren

J.Crew

There’s even a few on 13 mesh

   

The last group (for now) are the “Heritage Hearts”

 

I stitched the Irish American and Italian American hearts (since that’s my heritage) and had them finished as one ornament back to back.

They would also make a great gift for someone who is living over seas.
                          

 

British American

Irish American

Italian American

Canadian American

Jewish American

French American

German American

Polish American

Japanese American

Mexican American

I have SO many ideas.  This is just the tip of the iceberg with this collection.

All the hearts are 4 inches on 18 mesh, except for those two I showed on 13 mesh.  Such quick and fun pieces to stitch!

Did Someone Say Self Finishing?

Introducing the easiest self finishing there is!  These glass topped coasters are available through the wholesale line, Vallerie Needlepoint Gallery.  Any shop can order them for you.

These coasters fit any 4 x 4 canvas.  You can have beads and ribbon work on your stitched piece.  It’s amazing what fits in them!

The “Elegant Collection” comes in black, gold and pewter.

The “Slim Line Collection”  comes in orange, red, charcoal, sage green and chestnut.

All you have to do is trim the canvas leaving two canvas threads all around.  Make a diagonal cut at the corners and fold the edges in.  Super easy!  Pop your canvas in and voila . . .you’re done!

Did I mention the best part?  There is glass on the top so you don’t have to worry about anyone putting their sweaty glass on top of your beautiful needlepoint.  God forbid!  They might lose an arm!

New From Amanda Lawford

Amanda may have retired, but she’s still painting new designs.  We collaborated on most of these designs .  We went to the gift show in New York last winter and got a lot of inspiration.  Love . . .love . . .love the colors!

Stitch guide available for the bunny – I’ll show you the stitched pieces later

Stitch guide available for the flamingoes

 

  

5 1/2 x 5 1/2 on 13 mesh

 

 

 

 

 

4 x 4 on 18 mesh

 

 

Amanda was very busy painting this Spring.

Hop on over to the website for the dimensions and mesh sizes for all the designs.