Sunday, October 8, 2017

3 new Halloween Brenda Stofft stitch guides by Robin

Hi Everybody... Robin here.

A quick blog today; the next plane leaves on Wednesday to the Bristly Thistle in Amelia Island, Florida. This will be my second visit. Looking forward to seeing Michele (owner) and her new location. I will blog about my visit when I'm back home in front of the computer. Look for something Monday 10/16 or Tuesday 10/17.

Today I am entering thread notes and finalizing stitch guides for another teaching destination later this month at The Nimble Needle in Atlanta, GA. Actually, there are 4 days between wheels down (FL) and wheels up (GA). Talk about doing the Hustle!

When I write stitch guides, often I draw/doodle to help me plan the stitch area. Here are some drawings I'm including in the "Witch on Pumpkin" stitch guide (artist, Brenda Stofft; B-125 on 18 mesh). I figure if it helped me visualize the concept, it might also help the stitcher.

"Witch on Pumpkin" • artist, Brenda Stofft • B-125
new Robin King stitch guide

Witch Sleeve
"Witch on Pumpkin" • B-125
new Robin King stitch guide

Rat
"Witch on Pumpkin" • B-125
new Robin King stitch guide

"Witch on Pumpkin" also has a canvas mate called "Black Cat" and I've written a stitch guide for it as well. The canvas is B-125 on 18 mesh and is also by Brenda Stofft Designs.

"Black Cat" • artist, Brenda Stofft • B-125
new Robin King stitch guide

Notice the stitch called Henderson Variation 4 (Sheena)

Henderson Variation 4 (Sheena)
a great design with lots of movement

I saw it on the Sheena's Sweet Stitches blog. Do check it out. Lots of great ideas. 

[Side bar: When I see a new stitch, I honor the original author by including their name in the title. Who's Sheena? A very talented lady!]

Rounding out this trio of new Halloween canvas stitch guides for the Atlanta classes is "Dancing Witch" by Brenda Stofft  (B-223) on 18 mesh.  Wouldn't these be fun to stitch?!! 

"Dancing Witch" • artist, Brenda Stofft • B-223
new Robin King stitch guide

Well, I better get back to typing. These stitch guides won't get done without me!! 

Until the next time...  HUGS!  Robin

Monday, October 2, 2017

Robin teaches at Quail Run Needlework

Hi Everybody... Robin here.

I have a lovely time teaching at Quail Run Needlework in Scottsdale, AZ.

Quail Run Needlework
7704 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Suite 125
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 551-1423

Quail Run Needlework has been a cornerstone in the needlepoint industry since 1976. Susan Barlow is their current owner for the last 11 years. The store is laid out in 2 sections with an arched pass thru: the left side (front desk and threads)...

Quail Run Needlework

Quail Run Needlework

Quail Run Needlework

... and the right side (shop models, canvases, and classroom). Quail Run's shop models and vignettes are truly inspiring.

Quail Run Needlework

Quail Run Needlework

Quail Run Needlework

Quail Run Needlework

The Fall Retreat had 12 people in attendance. Stella LED lights for everyone!

Quail Run Needlework
a very comfortable classroom

There were 2 folks from California, 2 former Chicago snowbirds, and the rest of the ladies were from the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. The stitch guides were written ahead of time; the thread kits were pulled. Let the stitching begin. 😊

new Robin King stitch guides
made their debut at the Quail Run Fall Retreat

Here are some work in progress moments from the class. Miriam learned how to do stumpwork for her flower center.

Flowers in Yellow Vase • 331
new Robin King stitch guide

Donna learned how to do repoussé for her snake.

Desert Flora and Fauna • PS6-AB
new Robin King stitch guide

Pat learned how to do Or Nué for the bathing suit.

Bon Voyage • BF218
new Robin King stitch guide

Each afternoon,  a "gentle yoga" instructor came to class to help us with stretching and breathing techniques. What a treat!  I really need to continue those stretching moments at home.

Here's a stitch we used on the Water Garden (M204). I call it Ming Stitch with Wings. 😊 I think it makes a nice background for the cinnabar area.




Have you ever had a Prickly Pear margarita? They are delicious. It is a favorite of mine when I am in the land of cacti. 🌵

Prickly Pear Cactus

Prickly Pear Syrup

Prickly Pear Margaritas

Hope you enjoyed my recap of Quail Run Needlework. Do stop in when you are in the area. Tell Susan and her wonderful staff I said hello. I'll be back next January 2018.

Until the next time... HUGS, Robin

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Southwest theme Stitch Guides by Robin King

Hi Everybody... Robin here.

Whew!! That was a fast week. How was it for you?

I'm into the one-week countdown for boarding the next plane 🛩.

Where you going, Robin? I will be traveling to Scottsdale, AZ to teach at Quail Run Needlework; owner is Susan Barlow. Lucky me, I get to go there twice a year: September and January.

Here's a fun tidbit to know about Susan. Not only is she the shop owner and an excellent needlepointer, she is also an artist whose Southwestern designs are offered thru her wholesale line, Quail Run Designs.

I have had the lucky opportunity to write several Southwestern themed stitch guides for classes at Quail Run Needlework. Here are some stitch guides from previous years...

"Adobe" by Peter Ashe
stitch guide by Robin King

"Adobe" by Quail Run Designs
stitch guide by Robin King

"All in the Family" by Quail Run Designs
stitch guide by Robin King

"Approaching the Skies" by Quail Run Designs
stitch guide by Robin King

"Desert Council" by Quail Run  Designs
stitch guide by Robin King

"Desert Sun" by Quail Run Designs
stitch guide by Robin King

"Enchanted Pueblo" by Sundance Designs
artist, Tish
stitch guide by Robin King

"Five Women" by Quail Run Designs
stitch guide by Robin King

"Magic Sun" by Quail Run Designs
stitch guide by Robin King

"Prickly Pear and Quails" by Quail Run Designs
stitch guide by Robin King

"Purple Adobe" by Quail Run Designs
stitch guide by Robin King

There were also many designs in the Quail Run Designs catalog "not" of the Southwestern theme.

"Pumpkin" by Quail Run Designs
stitch guide by Robin King

"Man About Town" by Quail Run Designs
stitch guide by Robin King

"Because You're Mine I Walk the Line" by Quail Run Designs
artist, Nancy Coffelt
stitch guide by Robin King

"Nothing but Blue Skies" by Quail Run Designs
artist, Nancy Coffelt
stitch guide by Robin King

"Oriental Woman 2" by Quail Run Designs
artist, Charlotte McDonnell
stitch guide by Robin King

"Oriental Woman 1" by Quail Run Designs
artist, Charlotte McDonnell
stitch guide by Robin King

I wrote a stitch guide for Purple Palm Designs. Look at that assortment of cacti. 🌵

"Desert Light" by Purple Palm Designs
stitch guide by Robin King

And, I also wrote a guide for Little Bird Designs; the artist's mom, Rosanne, was attending the class.

"Inspired by Fawkes" by Little Bird Designs
stitch guide by Robin King

Oh, and not to state the obvious, all of my stitch guides are available. Email me creativecats@comcast.net for any inquiries. 😊

Next week there will be 12 more 😳 new stitch guides at the Quail Run class. 🙃 Quite an eclectic grouping from designers including Quail Run Designs; Birds of a Feather; Susan Roberts/Ashley Dillon; Maggie Co.; Nenah Stone Designs; Needle Deeva; Tapestry Fair; Trubey Designs; Julia's Needleworks/Peter Ashe; Winnetka Designs; and Shorebirds Designs/Kathryn Molineux.

new Stitch Guides from Robin King


I will be away next Sunday (class runs Saturday thru Tuesday) so I will resume blogging about my Quail Run/Arizona experience after I get home. Look for me on the following Sunday, 10/01/17.

You can follow Quail Run Needlework on Facebook; I know they will be posting progress reports.

Here's a fun stitch I've charted for next week's upcoming class at Quail Run. Wonder which canvas it goes to?

a stitch for you


Well, the countdown clock ⏰ is ticking. Time to get ready for my travels. Lots to do: laundry, packing, preparing stitch guides for travel, etc... Plus, hug a cat or two.   >^..^<

Until the next time... HUGS, Robin

Monday, September 11, 2017

Robin at North Shore Needleworks, Chicago IL

Hi Everybody... Robin here.

I'm home from teaching this past weekend in the Chicago area. What a fun time! 😀

North Shore Needleworks
1512 Shermer Road, Unit C
Northbrook, IL 60062

Located in Northbrook, IL, North Shore Needleworks is truly a lovely shop. Carol and Jake Jakimow are the owners. Nice folks. They also have talented and knowledgable employees giving great customer service. And, did I mention.... threads? Yes, they have threads galore!

Thread wall part 1
North Shore Needleworks

Thread wall part 2
North Shore Needleworks

Thread wall part 3
North Shore Needleworks

River Silks Ribbon and Kreinik wall
North Shore Needleworks

Here's a photo of the classroom. Look at the set up! Everybody gets usage of a System 4 floor stand and an Ott Lamp during class. Sweet. 😊

The classroom
North Shore Needleworks

There were 14 people in the class. We had 2 sisters from Iowa... they won the Travel Trophy 🏆. There were 2 friends from Minnesota. There was a lady from Wisconsin. The rest of the folks came from the Chicago area.

We had an eclectic group of canvases from designers including: Lani's Needlepoint; Kirk & Bradley; Julia's Needleworks (artist, Bracha Lavee); Ewe & Eye; Machelle Somerville; Maggie Co (artist, Kym Bowles); Cooper Oaks Design (artist, Melissa McLeod); Melissa Shirley Designs (artist, John Johannsen); Leigh Designs; Burnett & Bradley; CBK Needlepoint (artist, Scott Church Creative); Associated Talents; and Melissa Shirley Designs (artist, Mary Lake-Thompson).

Here are some work-in-progress photos. I'm sorry I didn't get photos from everyone.

Christmas Tree Stand Up (KB289)
stitch guide by Robin King
stitched by Lisa Abrams

Dancing Miriam (BL-100)
stitch guide by Robin King
stitched by Pat Dettman

Dancing Miriam (BL-100)
stitch guide by Robin King
stitched by Debby Fulton

Ellie (EWE 1145)
stitch guide by Robin King
stitched by Cathe McEnerney

Gardening (Maggie M-1897)
stitch guide by Robin King
stitched by Mary Beth Richards

God Bless America (CBK Needlepoint MML 921)
stitch guide by Robin King
stitched by Maureen Belzer

Machi (Leigh 5006)
stitch guide by Robin King
stitched by Ellen Turf

Penguins Out for a Ride (Scott Church Creative SC-PL44)
stitch guide by Robin King
stitched by Barb Alden

Sweet Dreams (KC 149)
stitch guide by Robin King
stitched by Karla Goodman

There was also a famous person in my class: Linda Corirossi; a national needlepoint teacher, stitch guide writer, and book author who lives in the Chicago area. Linda is one of the teachers at North Shore Needleworks. I have both of her books and have been a fan of hers for years.

Canvas Embellishment by Linda Corirossi

Canvas Embellishment (The Sequel) by Linda Corirossi

Long-time blog readers might remember another article about Linda Corirossi. You can imagine how thrilled I was to meet her and to have her in my class.

Linda had selected the "Lilac Lamb (J211-A on 13 mesh)" from Melissa Shirley Designs (artist, John Johannsen) for me to write the stitch guide. Talk about pressure! 😳 Once I calmed down, I did what I do for anyone's stitch guide: offer ideas and techniques that I like to do.

When writing the stitch guide, I noticed the Lamb's Face. There was only one eye showing.



Was this an intended 3/4 pose... exaggerating the wide-set feature of a Lamb? Whatever the reason, it just looked wrong. Eyes are so important to needlepoint, and this cyclops wasn't endearing. I mentioned this to Linda Corirossi and she agreed.

Linda threaded up the needle & thread and asked if I would get the new eye started. What an honor. I decided to "flip horizontal" the right eye. I set the gray edge and then Linda filled in the rest. Teamwork.

Two eyes
Linda added the Rya Stitch for some 3D eyelashes.

Rya Stitch
great for Eyelashes

Talk about some cuties! Both the Lamb and Linda... and me. 🐑

Lilac Lamb (J211-A)
Melissa Shirley Designs, artist John Johannsen
stitch guide by Robin King
stitched by Linda Corirossi

Last thing to mention about my visit to the Chicago area... wow, there are so many nice restaurants! And with that you have great cocktail options.

Cheers!

I had my first grapefruit beer. It was a Stiegl Radler Grapefruit: half Stiegl Goldbräu and half soda with real grapefruit juice. All I can say is that it was delicious, light and memorable. Big smiles.

Well, I'm glad to be home. I'm on the road again in 2 weeks. Time to get busy.

Until the next time... Hugs, Robin