Posts Tagged ‘Pamela Hill Designs’

I’m Stitching Again!

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

I’ve been busy stitching the past couple of months and it feels good to get back at it. Mr. D and I have spent lots of time in doctor’s offices and hospital rooms and let me tell you there isn’t much else to do there! Thought you would enjoy seeing the new Collector’s Club frame I’ve just finished. Those of you in the club should be seeing the August frame real soon and this one in July. I’ve started on the October and the scare crow on it is adorable, you’ll love this one.

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September Collector’s Club Frame


One of our collectors of the Lizzie Kate Needlepoint Blocks stitched the February Block for us and did an awesome job. Take a look!


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And I finally finished the Lizzie Kate Block I was doing. These really are a fun project!

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Let me know what you’ve been working on. It’s fun to hear about other stitcher’s projects and to join in the happy dance when one is finished.


Stitcher’s Workshop June, 2010 Newsletter

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

A change in schedule you need to know about. We will NOT be closed in June after all. A medical issue with Mr. D changed our plans so we’ll be here all month. Come see us! June’s 15th Anniversary Celebration special is one thread of your choice (limit $3.75 in stock thread) with every $25 thread order you place this month. Use this opportunity to try a new thread or fill in your collection.


Get your pieces together for our annual Christmas in July Customer Gallery. You remember all the beautiful pieces we had here last year. Many of you have completed lovely pieces that will be perfect for this show. Please have your pieces here by June 30. We’ll get them on the site by end of day, July 6 for the voting to begin! Remember there are great prizes for everyone who enters and for those who receive the most customer votes. First, Second, and Third Place prizes will be awarded.


We will be closed for the 4th of July holiday July 1 thru July 5 as we have two new great-grandsons to visit over the holiday. Can’t wait!


We’ve completed a couple more of the Lizzie Kate Painted Canvases. You can see them here or on the blog. Also finished another of the Collector Club canvases. These are both fun clubs to offer and to collect. Sign up today and you’ll receive a new kit each month (or every other month if you prefer) and unlike those who signed up early you shouldn’t have to wait for me to catch up!


New to the site this month, the Soie ‘d alger Thread of the Month Club is a great way to get this beautiful thread coming your way. This silk floss has a wide range of colors and three or more shades in each c! olor so creating beautifully shaded projects is easy. I’m wanting to add to the blue and white theme in my guest room and a lovely pattern for a vase that I’m converting to Soie ‘d Alger will be the perfect addition. Give this great thread a try, sign up here.  While you’re there check out the other great threads in our Thread of the Month Club.


Create your own charts using alphabets at this site. Enjoy!


Rhonda is going back to school this fall and her time to work will be limited so if you think you’d enjoy playing with the threads, seeing all the new charts as they arrive, working with people who love needlework as much as you do, and just being out of the house, give me a call. We’re looking for someone who’s interested in part time work so if you’d like a few hours a week, this job’s for you.


Thanks to a customer for a link to this site where you’ll find color listings for lots of the more common threads. Use the lists to help organize your stash. Click on the link to “Creating Order Out of Chaos” for great hints to get organized.


I know many of you enjoy surface embroidery as much as I do. Here you will find some awesome inspiration and great information. Even if you’re not crazy about crazy quilts and surface embroidery the site has a great stitch dictionary so check it out! You know we have all the threads you’ll need to create your special design.





Another Frame Completed

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009
I love the colors on this Frame!

I love the colors on this Frame!


I just finished stitching the August Frame for the Collector’s Club and thought you would like to take a look. This was a fun piece to stitch and an interesting project as I wanted to try to make the backgrounds look like baskets to hold the apples. I was able to try a couple of threads I hadn’t used much and discovered that they may have to be called on more often.

The area in the center of the left side of the frame was the most fun to stitch. I used Frosty Rays for the gold and green and actually did an over/under weave in those areas. The red is Silk Lame’ Braid, my new favorite thread. If you haven’t tried this one you might want to choose it for the next project you do that needs a bit of glitz. Easy to stitch with and available for either 18m or 13m canvas.

Because these frames are designed for the Collector Club members, I chose not to stitch paint the apples but instead to basketweave them. I love playing with stitch painting but it is not the favorite of a lot of stitchers. I chose two colors for the apples but if I had it to do over again I would have expanded the shading opportunities by combining the two thread colors to add at least one additional shading option. When I kit this I’ll be sure there is enough thread for the stitcher to make that choice.

The green background in the two corners is stitched with one strand of Rainbow Twead from Rainbow Gallery. What a great thread! The combination of colors really does give a true tweed look that was perfect for the stitch I chose.

The best fun of all was the stems. Elizabeth Talledo and I were looking at the piece at Needlework Hideaway as I had tried a couple of techniques for the stems and wasn’t happy with either. Elizabeth suggested a detatched wrap around a base thread and that seemed to accomplish just what was needed, dimension that looked realistic.

The frames are designed by Pam Hill of Pamela Hill Designs. Some of you know Pam as she worked for me in 2002/2003 both in the shop and at South Central EGA Region Seminar in Oklahoma City. Pam uses strong colors and great combinations to accomplish the theme of each piece. In the case of the frames she leaves some geometric areas so stitches can be combined to accent the areas containing the motifs.

Stitching these frames has really expanded my stitch knowledge and my willingness to try different thread and stitch combinations to get the effect I’m looking for. I still have 6 more to do so follow along and I’ll post each as I get it stitched. Let me know what you think!