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Needlepoint Now 2009/4 Jul Aug

Needlepoint Now 2009/4 Jul Aug
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The Bandy Brook by Patricia Parra

FRONT COVER: Silk Gauze Artist Patricia Parra. Patricia Parra, owner of SF stitch in San Francisco, is taking silk gauze embroidery to a new level. Patricia loves miiatures, and this led her to working on fine count interlock canvas. Her first experience with this media was a small Kreinik kit..... Buy this volume of Needlework Now for tips on working with silk gauze.

BACK COVER: Since 1981 Melissa Shirley has created a rich and diverse body of fine hand painted needlepoint designs. At winter’s TNNA market she exhibited some of her new designs, featuring a line of handbags, of which The Red Floral Purse was the focal point. The shape of the purse is different from any needlepoint handbags I have seen before. The flowers practically jump off the red background.

Puzzle Pieces by Toni Gerdes and Carole Lake - Page 17

This version of Puzzle Pieces is the third generation of Lois Caron’s original piece which was designed for cross stitch using 14 different colors of Watercolours or Wildflowers. Toni Gerdes saw the Caron Collection free pattern Puzzle Pieces and decided to adapt it to needlepoint using the reverse scotch stitch over-4 canvas threads and limited her pallet to nine colors. She has taught the class at her local needlepoint shop as a lesson in color using Caron Watercolours.

Canvases Be Gone by Elizabeth Bozievich - Page 23

What can obsess a needleworker more than money, sex, or the latest American Idol? It’s stash. I don’t think I have met a needlepointer who isn’t obsessed with their collection of canvases, threads, accessories, you name it – all that stuff that we accumulate from every needlepoint, bead, fabric, craft, and even hardware store we come across. Not to mention eBay, gifts from friends, door prizes at retreats and inherited stash. Stash, stash, STASH!

Part 4 of Beautiful Bargello by Liz Morrow - Page 24

If you think four-way bargello is fun, wait till you try combination four-way bargello! This technique, let’s call it “combo” for brevity, is most effective when you have a rectangle that has long sides that are about twice the length of the short sides.

Hand-Dyed, Colorfast Threads By Valdani by June Russell - Page 39

The secret behind truly colorfast thread? Valdani Threads isn’t telling, but the company’s 100 percent guarantee – no fading, no bleeding, no exceptions – tells their customers all they need to know. “We offer a product that people can trust, a thread that has stunning designer colors and never bleeds,” says Dana Jonsson, director of marketing and product development for Valdani Threads. “The threads have been tested over and over by shop owners, customers and especially the designers themselves.” For more than a decade Valdani Threads has specialized in hand overdyed threads for hand and machine work. The company is also known as the creator of Three-Strand Floss®, the thread for punchneedle work. Available in more than 450 hand-dyed colors, including solid, variegated and over-dyed, are quilting thread, embroidery floss such as Three-Strand Floss® and 6-ply floss, pearl cotton in sizes 5, 8 and 12; and embroidery rayon.

Voila! Cesté Fini! by June Russell

Combine a love of fashion with fresh, fun needlepoint designs, and you begin to understand why designer Susan Karten’s needlepoint company is such a success. Fashion is foremost at Voila! C’est Fini.
Needlepoint canvases become shoes, bracelets, pet collars, purses, belts and more in Susan’s hands.
“I’ve been designing needlepoint all my life,” Susan says. “I also love fashion, so it all just came together – the needlepoint and the fashion.”

Departments
The Basics by Patricia Parra - Page 20
Joy of the Painted Canvas by Rosalyn Cherry-Soliel - Page 27
Possibilities by Judy Harper - Page 32
Jody’s Needlepoint Network by Jody Williamson-Valentine - Page 35
From the Bookshelf by Suzanne Howren - Page 37
What’s New? What’s Hot? by Kathy Paterson - Page 38
Usual Stitches in Unusual Places by Ann Strite-Kurz - Page 43
Stitching Fool by Ann Blaylock - Page 45
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