Posts Tagged ‘Rainbow Gallery’

Here’s what’s happening this week!

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Recently the stitchers who join us for Saturday Stitch have been excited about the Nouveau Encore Designs Name Trees. They found these on the Online Needlework Show this spring and have been stitching up a storm! I thought I’d share mine with you as I just finished stitching in this morning.

I had to find something to do on this fabric from Picture this Plus called Jaz!

I had to find something to do on this fabric from Picture this Plus called Jazz!

These are fun to stitch and very quick – two evenings and one morning stitching session! You’ll find out how to order here!

I used the hand dyed fabric with ThreadworX floss for the name and Splendor from Rainbow Gallery for the center post. The pattern had a chart for the star at the top but I think I’ll use the Mill Hill Treasure and the tiny stars and hearts to decorate the tree.

This view might make it easier for you to see the name!

Stitch first name or last name, these make great gifts!

Stitch first name or last name, these make great gifts!

Any name or word available so just let me know what works for you!

Celebration of Needlework

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

Thought I’d tell you a bit about Celebration of Needlework and what we’ll be doing in St Charles, Missouri the weekend of September 19th-22nd. At this hotel show designed to bring stitchers a weekend of stitching and shopping fun, Tracey Shultz of Threaded Needle Designs and I share a room filled with all the goodies we can carry up there. Goodies for you to bead or stitch, along with Mr D’s boxes and fun toys every stitcher loves!

We also will both be teaching at this show. Tracey is offering three beaded classes I think you’ll love! I will be teaching my Explorations Class with four colorways to choose from. In addition we are both doing a Make-It, Take-It project. Take a look at the photos and then go the the Celebration website to sign up. There you’ll find other participants like Linda Stoltz, Susan Greening-Davis, Barbara Jackson and Pam Reed and several others.

Vendors include some of the biggest names in the needlework world, Judy Whitman of JBW Designs, Cecilia’s Samplers, Inspired Needle, Erica Michaels, Rosewood Manor, Olde Colonial Designs, and many more! Plus you’ll be able to visit with each of these people in a relaxed environment where relationships can be formed and friendships established. You won’t want to miss this weekend.

Tracey’s Classes:

Crystal Elegance Necklace

Crystal Elegance Necklace

Kumihimo Braided Necklace

Kumihimo Braided Necklace

Hearty Bead Bracelet

Hearty Bead Bracelet

Pat’s Classes:

Winter Colorway

Winter Colorway

Summer ColorwaySummer Colorway
Holiday Colorway

Holiday Colorway

Spring Colorway

Spring Colorway

Hints for stitching with hand dyed threads…

Monday, August 13th, 2012

I’ve had many people ask about the hand dyed threads and how to best use them so I thought I’d just share a few hints with all of you.

Whether you choose subtle colors or dramatic colors, hand dyed threads are a treat to use!

Whether you choose subtle colors or dramatic colors, hand dyed threads are a treat to use!

First and most important, you cannot depend on the hand dyed threads to be color safe so approach all your work with that in mind.  You may well not be able to wash your piece after stitching so keeping it clean is the most important thing you can do to insure a successful project. Even using too much steam in pressing can cause bleeding problems so be sure to press your fabric to remove any fold lines before stitching.

Some thread companies recommend soaking out the excess dye before using the thread. I’ve not done that but if you’re really concerned I suggest you follow their recommendations.

Now don’t decide you will not use hand dyed threads because of bleeding! There are ways to rescue a piece where the threads have bled and it’s a simple process.  The bleeding you may see is merely the excess dye rinsing out of the thread. Not a problem unless you allow the piece to dry before taking care of it. The most important thing you can do is catch the problem before the piece dries and the dye sets, so before the piece has the opportunity to dry out, immerse it in ice cold water and soak out any of the bleeding color. Change the water and add more ice a couple of times per day as needed until the excess color has soaked away. This treatment will not damage the piece so long as all the materials are cold water safe as most of the materials we stitch with are.

Once the bleeding has been soaked away wrap the piece in a thick towel and let it set for an hour to allow the towel to absorb some of the moisture.  Check again to be sure color is not showing on the fabric where dye might have bled. If you have more color soak again and repeat the process. When the color is controlled, lay the piece face down on a thick pad (I use a double terry towel) and press it dry. You may have to change the pad a couple of times before you can get the piece dry but pressing this way will remove any wrinkles from the fabric and allow the stitches to raise above it nicely. Do not press over the stitches on the right side of the piece as that will flatten them.

If you don’t have a problem with bleeding you’re ready to press your piece after completion and before adding embellishments. If you bring your pieces here for framing you don’t have to worry about pressing, we’ll do that for you. If you frame yourself or take it somewhere else for framing be sure to press before hand. Lay the piece face down on the pad and press until you’ve pressed out the wrinkles in the fabric. Take real care with steam as it can cause the threads to bleed. If you’re taking your piece to a frame shop be sure they know that you’ve used hand dyed threads with the potential to bleed in case they decide to steam the piece.

Now that we’ve gotten the problems with hand dyed threads taken care of let’s talk about the fun of these great threads. The effects you can achieve with them are exciting. If you complete each cross stitch as you go (English method of cross stitch) you will see fun striping in the larger areas. Subtle color changes will create subtle stripes and distinct color changes will create distinct stripes. Stitching cross stitch with the first half across a line and the second half back (Danish method of cross stitch) will create a more mottled effect. Other stitches give other interesting effects, give them a try and see what you can create with this fun thread.

See how the colors change in the words and the carrot? This is an example of the English method of Cross Stitch

See how the colors change in the words and the carrot? This is an example of the English method of Cross Stitch

The hand dyed thread companies we stock are Caron Collection, Weeks Dye Works, The Gentle Art, Rainbow Gallery, ThreadworX, DMC, and Soy Lustre. Also available by special order are Dinky Dyes, Crescent Colours, and Gloriana.

Still have a question? Just give us a call at 866-862-2239 and we’ll share our love of this exciting thread!

Can You Find Me?

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Win a copy of this chart if you can identify the piece! You need to submit the url for the page you found it on our website so go take a look. Remember the winner is the first person to submit the url.  Just copy and paste from your browser to the comments window once you find the piece. Good Luck!

Here's a hint, Angie changed the fabric and the thread!

Here's a hint, Angie changed the fabric and the thread!

August Newsletter

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

Lots and lots of things to talk about this month. First, we have the Customer Gallery winners!

First Place Winner

First Place Winner

Second Place Winner

Second Place Winner

Third Place Winner

Third Place Winner

You know, I think we were all winners getting to see the wonderful pieces. If you have a piece here you might want to come pick it up and pick up your winnings and your discount coupons for entering. Thanks to all who entered and to all who voted! Get your pieces in the works for next year’s Customer Gallery.

Don’t forget the Lizzie*Kate Trunk Show is still here through the 20th of August. You can see all the goodies that came with the show by clicking here and you can see all the Lizzie*Kate products in stock by clicking  here. Nothing beats seeing the models in person so if you’re close enough, come take a look! The next automatic is scheduled to ship on Monday so we may well have those new designs here before the end of the show. This shipment will include the long awaited 6 Fat Men series and the 2011 Tiny Tidings! You can keep up with all the Lizzie*Kate doings by following their blog.

Here's a sneak peek!

Here's a sneak peek!

Lots of fun things going on in the next few months. Tracey and I are participating in Celebration of Needlework in St. Charles, Missouri in September. You can see the information about this fun consumer show at Celebration of Needlework. Still plenty of time to register. Do you remember the Spirit of Cross Stitch events? This is the same type of event! Tracey is teaching a class on Peyote Stitch so if you’ve wanted to get started with that technique this is the perfect time to begin. She’s also bringing her Threaded Needle Designs Trunk Show so come participate in this great stitcher’s event.

Of course Needlework Hideaway is just a few months away, we’re counting the days now! The classes are up on the website so visit Needlework Hideaway to see them. We have two new teachers this time and are excited to add them to your choices. Ruby Bailey will teach a beautiful beaded bracelet and Libby Roleson will teach a Kumihimo Bracelet and a Basic Earring class. We’ve set our 2012 schedule and will have contracts with the Red Apple Inn soon.

We are changing the days and hours at the shop beginning the week of August 22nd. I’m off to ANG National Seminar in San Antonio, TX and Mr. D is keeping the shop open for you on Thurs., Friday, and Saturday from 10am to 5pm. These hours will be in effect until further notice but remember that we’ll open up for you when you need to come with just a phone call or email to make arrangements for that. Mail order will be handled just as always so your orders will go out as usual.

We’ve added a new Thread of the Month Club that came to us as a suggestion from a customer. Each month I’ll chose an overdyed thread and add a variety of threads to complement it to create a collection that can go directly into a project! We’ll choose from across the lines of threads we carry so you may get a collection based on Waterlilies or on ThreadworX or on Overture that may include Kreinik, Rainbow Gallery, Caron Collection, DMC, Bella Lusso, Accentuate, Trebizond, Weeks Dye Works, The Gentle Art… you get the idea, if the threads work together you’ll get them! We’re looking forward to this Collection so sign up today! Here’s where you can see them.

I can hardly wait until we actually get to Seminar as I’ve been stitching the ANG Stitch of the Month a little ahead at the request of the Board and am all finished but can’t show you until they are shown at Seminar. All the Area Representatives are working on these so the excitement is building to see them finished. Mr. D is framing mine next week and I’m going to take a photo so that I can post it here as soon as we get the go ahead!!

Keep cool and keep stitching,

Pat

What you can do with all these Threads!

Friday, June 24th, 2011

I wanted to share some pictures sent to me by a very creative customer. She stitches on cards and shares those cards with her friends and family, lucky them!

Card Embroidery 1

Each card is either her adaptation of an existing design or an original by her using all types of threads. They are lovely as they are, and would be great fun to stitch with threads like Rainbow Gallery, Caron Collection, ThreadworX or Kreinik to name a very few.

Card Embroidery 3

Don’t they just make your fingers itch for a needle?

This one is done with a lovely metallic. How elegant!

This one is done with a lovely metallic. How elegant!

When a new use of the threads comes along I can hardly wait to give it a try.

This one is done with Stem Stitch.

This one is done with Stem Stitch.

Ok, one more!

Look at that sparkle!

Look at that sparkle!

As amazing as these are, what if she added buttons or beads? For some a Just Another Button Company button would be perfect, for others Mill Hill’s Treasures would add sparkle and of course either Delicas or Seed Beads would be exciting!

So what are you working on now? Please share with the group what’s fun and exciting in your stitching life!

Thanks,

Pat

September 2010 Newsletter

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Lots to talk about this month! The kids are back in school and it’s time to stitch…

 

To get you started take a look at the next Blog entry, called Ornament Contest. I know it’s scary to think about designing a piece but this is a small ornament where you can play. Grab a piece of 14ct and start doodling. Use Kreinik threads and keep the design round or something that will fit in a round and have fun! I didn’t do the math in the contest announcement but on 14ct the piece needs to fit in a 5-1/4″ circle. Not a big piece but large enough to allow for some detail. Think Christmas with this one.  The best part of participating in this contest is that whether or not you win you can use your design as the entry fee for our 15th Anniversary Celebration. Well, maybe the best part is the $100 of Kreinik threads that’s the Grand Prize or the Gift Certificates to the shop?

 

Don’t forget that October 15th is the big day, lots of fun activities both in the shop and online and lots of great deals to be had. In order to receive the discounts we’ll offer we need you to send an ornament for the Salvation Army/SAAC Christmas Tree we’ll decorate this year. Get the ornament to us by the 14th so we have time to register it and you’ll be eligible for the discounts! A stitcher who is planning to participate was admiring Rhonda’s finishing techniques on an ornament and wished she knew how to do that kind of work so we’ll plan a finishing class for all the stitched ornaments we receive some time in early November so you’ll have plenty of time to finish yours for this Holiday season. Get stitchin on that ornament!

 

We found this site and thought it was interesting enough to share. I’m not a math expert and don’t totally understand what he’s talking about with the math part but I did like the stitched piece. This link offers more choices of pieces to create based on math principles. Enjoy!

 

Reminder, get your Fair entry in by Friday to be sure we can get it framed in time.  We’ve framed some beautiful pieces this summer so this year’s Fair exhibit should be awesome.

 

Recently we’ve had several customers request different Thread of the Month Club offerings. Take a look at what we offer and let us know what lines you would like to collect and we’ll add them to the list. Over the past couple of years the thread companies have had to increase prices. We’ve tried to hold the line on the prices of the TOMC but in January, 2011 we will have to change the individual collections to reflect the new pricing. The customers who are collecting a line will be able to complete that line at the price they signed on for, only new orders will be at the new price. That means that if you sign up now the entire line is available to you at this year’s price, a real savings over the life of the line! Sign up today and you’ll receive a fun suprise package the first part of each month. Available lines are in the Rainbow Gallery, Caron Collection, Au ver a Soie, brown paper packages, Gentle Art, Weeks Dye Works, ThreadworX, Trebizond, Accentuate, Soy Luster, Barouque Silk, and Bijou line. Plus you can request any other line we carry to build your collection, see them here.

 

Ok, have to get to the shop and get the next fun thing started but before I go I want to remind you about the Needlework Hideaway. This fall we’ll gather at the Red Apple Inn on November 4th thru the 7th for fun stitching, good company and great food! Still room for you so take a look and register today!

 

See you soon,

 

Pat

Customer Christmas Spirit

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Here’s a photo to get you totally in the Christmas spirit! A customer recently brought some of her creations to the shop to share what it is she does with all the beautiful threads she buys. These are Temari balls, an ancient Japanese craft, originally a child’s toy.  Aren’t these lovely? I can tell you this child wants one!

Aren't these beautiful?

Aren't these beautiful?

The threads she uses include DMC perle #5, Kreinik Braids and Rainbow Gallery Braids. You could also decorate with beads and treasures or choose some of the other wonderful decorative threads.

To learn more about Temari, visit  http://www.temari.com where you’ll find background information and instructions for creating your own Temari!

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!

Pat