Monthly Archives: April 2015

Kate Dickerson Herend Needlepoint Bunny

If there is such thing as a needlepoint sickness… I’ve certainly got it! How is it possible that this little guy has been nearly finished since I last posted about him in January? Who knew that it could take over three months to tie a bow around his neck…

Kate Dickerson Herend Needlepoint Bunny

Anyhow! The important thing is that I’ve finally finished this darling little Kate Dickerson Herend Bunny! He was such a great canvas to work on… I think he might (definitely!) need a friend?!

Kate Herend Herend Needlepoint Bunny

These rabbits are available in a lot of different color ways, but I liked that this green and red one came in a slightly smaller size than the others. On Kate’s website, she has them listed under Christmas designs… but I don’t see why you couldn’t put them out for Easter too? Red and green for Christmas and bunnies for spring- making this a SUPER practical needlepoint project (if there is such a thing?)

Since quite a few people have asked, I have written a stitch guide for him. The guide is $15 and for a limited time only, comes with the ribbon you will need for the bow on his neck! Just send me an email at stitchstyleblog@gmail.com if you would like a copy. I hope you all will love stitching him as much as I did… This was definitely a favorite project of mine to date!

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Airborne School Graduation

I’m a little delayed in writing to you all this week, and I apologize for that! But I was lucky enough to be able to get away for a few days this past weekend to see James. He’s been at Airborne School in Ft. Benning, Georgia for the past month- learning how to jump out of airplanes! (Both very exciting, and nerve wracking at the same time, for me!)

He was supposed to finish school this past Friday, but due to a whole bunch of bad weather… (thunder storms… and even a tornado warning- Yikes!) James graduated this past Tuesday- the morning after I had left to go back to Connecticut. Not our original plan to say the least, but in true Army fashion we’ve learned to adapt and overcome when they throw curve balls our way!

Airborne School Graduation

To earn his wings, James had to do a total of five jumps- the fourth of which I was lucky enough to get to see! It’s a good thing I never go anywhere without a piece of needlepoint, as I spent most of Friday morning sitting in the car at the drop zone stitching away to pass the time while I waited.

Airborne School Graduation

Luckily enough the cloud cover and winds did finally dissipate, and I got to see James jump! Amazing! It’s pretty rare that I have the opportunity to see him in his element at work, so times like this are really special to me.

Although I don’t like to admit it (and I’m sure he’ll never let me live this comment down), James is really the one who pushed me to turn my blogging pipe dreams into a reality. I feel very lucky to have found someone who makes me so happy to see fulfilled, and vice versa!

Airborne School Graduation

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PS. My Melissa Shirley squirrel will be done soon!

Needlepoint Gift Guide: Wedding Season

Evening everyone! It would appear that spring has finally arrived here for good in Connecticut… and about time too! Now that we’re half way through April, the season of weddings, christenings and graduations is quickly approaching! All of these are such major events for those involved, that I like to always try and give personalized presents when I can. What could be more heartfelt than a handmade gift, to help a dear friend commemorate one of these important life events for years to come?

That’s why today on Stitch Style, I’m sharing my Needlepoint Gift Guide for Wedding Season! Here are just a few of my favorite canvases, that I think would make the perfect gift for any couple tying the knot!

1. Raymond Crawford‘s Ornament Wedding Ring:

Wedding Season
I think this would be such a fun canvas to stitch! The diamond would have to be beaded or stitched in a super sparkly Kreinik to give the right effect.

2. Elizabeth Turner Collection Wedding Chapel

Wedding Season
This Elizabeth Turner Collection Wedding Chapel would be just darling stitched up! PLUS you can personalize the date on the bottom too.

3. Cooper Oaks Bride and Groom Canvas

Wedding Season

This piece is so different from any other wedding themed piece I have found. It would look amazing finished as a pillow! It remains very true to the style we know and love from Cooper Oaks.

4. Julia’s Needleworks Pillow

Wedding Season
This Pillow would be the perfect design to personalize for a wedding. Just add initials or a special date!

5. Kate Dickerson Lilly of the Valley Needlepoint Frame

Wedding Season

A picture frame is a wonderful idea too. Perfect to let the happy couple display a picture of their special day.

6. & More Needlepoint “Always” Canvas

Wedding Season

I love these simple sayings by Julia Snyder’s Company “& More.” I think the word “Always” is such a lovely sentiment to wish at a wedding. Plus this canvas gives you tons of room to play with different stitches.

7. Princess and Me Honeymoon Getaway Car

Wedding Season
This canvas makes me smile! I learned a lot from stitching Princess and Me ornaments early on. They’re great to learn from because they all come with a stitch guide. Plus they aren’t an overwhelming size.

8. Kate Dickerson’s Come Sail Away with Me

Wedding Season
This piece by Kate Dickerson is one of my absolute favorites. It’s a larger canvas… so definitely an undertaking. It reads “Come Sail Away with me… The best is yet to be!” Such a dear message, I think!

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Kate Dickerson Letters

Hi friends!

You all may remember that I had some finishing come back from the finisher this past Saturday. Not only did my Zebra come home, but so did the Kate Dickerson Letter “J” that I stitched.

Kate Dickerson Letter

I know most of you probably know me as “Virginia” since that’s the name I go by professionally, but I’ve always been Jinny with a “J” to my family. Why a “J” and not a “G”? Well, I was named for my grandmother Virginia Haywood… Growing up her uncle always teasingly spelled her name with a “J” and eventually it stuck! So that’s the spelling I took, too.

I think this ornament ended up being pretty cute. Recently I’ve really liked having hard gussets put on the sides of my smaller ornaments- have you seen the starfish I had finished a similar way? Such an easy way to add a ton of extra character to simpler pieces.

Kate Dickerson J
Kate Dickerson J

Kate’s letters come in a variety of different color ways and patterns. Another really popular way of finishing them has been to put them in these Lee Jewelry Boxes. It keeps the cost of finishing down, and speeds the process up, too!

Kate Dickerson Letter

Is anyone else working on one of these canvases too? If so, how are you planning on finishing it?

Ginger Jars

Good afternoon everyone! I hope your weeks are off to a wonderful start!

I’ve been working away on my Colors of Praise Oriental Ginger Jars, and I have to say, working from Tony‘s stitch guide has been quite a welcome departure from my usual routine. It’s really nice not to have to be the sole innovator on everything I stitch. Of course, I’m probably biased because I write so many, but I think stitch guides are such a great learning tool. No matter how great a stitcher you are, it’s always helpful to have a new point of view on how to approach a particular area of a canvas. Sometimes I find myself stuck in a rut, and having someone else’s perspective can really open your eyes to new possibilities.

Here’s what I’ve gotten done so far:

Ginger Jars
The yellow jar is almost complete. This evening I’m planning on doing the beading that still needs to be done on the tassels. But it’s really close! (One down… six more to go!)

Ginger Jars
I started couching down the Kreinik #16 braid that I needed for the design on the black and white spotted jar. I think it makes the center medallion look like it’s set off the canvas- a very cool effect that I will certainly use again. Tony suggested I use a similar effect on the base of the yellow jar you see above.

Ginger Jars

Plus! How AWESOME is this blue crystal Tony found for me?! I think it really adds something special to the piece that couldn’t be created any other way. I have another smaller one to use on the handle on the Pink jar, too. I attached it straight away because I was sure it would get lost otherwise…

Ginger Jars

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Kirk and Bradley Circus

Happy Weekend, everybody! This time of year is so wonderful! I’m feeling so energized by the warm weather outside. I can even say I enjoyed my run this morning… and believe me… that’s saying a lot…

I’m so excited to have another piece of my Kirk and Bradley Circus home from the finisher. He’s so bright and cheerful looking… who wouldn’t love these canvases?!
I just love the way the twist around the edges pulls the whole design together. I wish I could stitch faster, and have the entire series done right now.

Kirk and Bradley Circus
The Giraffe came back from the finisher. I completed the Ring Master the other evening, and have been working on the strong man too. I’m planning on using Fuzzy Stuff on his leopard skin clothing. I just used Kreinik 8 braid #001 for his weights. Such a staple thread in any stash, and it always does the job!

Kirk and Bradley Circus

Kirk and Bradley Circus

His stand will probably be stitched fairly similarly to the others, although, I can never say for sure before I get going.

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PS. I’ve been stitching away on my Colors of Praise Ginger Jars, too! Once I get a little further along, they’ll be up here in a blog post soon!