Sunday, July 16, 2017

a new Patriotic Club from The Nimble Needle-Atlanta

Hi Everybody... Robin here...

Have you seen the new Needlepoint Club beginning this month from The Nimble Needle in Sandy Springs, GA? Here's their current ad in Needlepoint Now.

"From Sea to Shining Sea" Club •  The Nimble Needle-Atlanta
featuring patriotic designs from Labors of Love Needlepoint

It's called "From Sea to Shining Sea"... a patriotic club featuring 8 ornaments from Labors of Love Needlepoint.

Display these on Flag Day, Memorial Day, July 4th,
Veterans Day... or every day!

Each ornament is on 18 mesh featuring 1776 Shield, Flag, George Washington, Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross, Uncle Sam, Liberty Torch, and Eagle. Each canvas, stitch guide, threads, beads & baubles will be shipped monthly.

1776 Shield
July 2017
3.5" x 4.25" on 18 mesh

August 2017
4.7.5" x 4.25" on 18 mesh

George Washington
September 2017
2.25" x 4.75" on 18 mesh

Liberty Bell
October 2017
3.75" x 4.25" on 18 mesh

Betsy Ross
November 2017
3" x 5.25" on 18 mesh

Uncle Sam
December 2017
2" x 5.25" on 18 mesh

Liberty Torch
January 2018
4.5" round on 18 mesh

February 2018
5.25" x 3.5" on 18 mesh

You can see more about this and other monthly clubs from The Nimble Needle-Atlanta using this link...

Side note: I enjoyed creating this magazine ad; just one of many feathers in my cap behind this computer!

Well, that's all for now. Hopefully the neighbors will run out of fireworks soon!

Until then... Hugs, Robin

Sunday, July 9, 2017

new pastel Painters Threads

Hi Everybody... Robin here.

Today's topic is the new pastel colors of Painters Threads. Have you seen them? Did you already know about the original colors of Painters Threads?

Let's start from the beginning... or at least, my knowledge about Painters Threads.

Once upon a time, there was (and still is) a company called YLI Corp. They made the RibbonFloss threads, a soft braided rayon. Originally, they were on a cardboard spool and later they were on a plastic paddle. You might think of them as "cousins" to the Neon Rays threads from Rainbow Gallery.

RibbonFloss color chart

Then the ShimmerBlend RibbonFloss came along; the original RibbonFloss with a touch of Metallic. Again, you might think of them as "cousins" to the Neon Rays Plus threads from Rainbow Gallery.

ShimmerBlend RibbonFloss color chart

Well,  the Painters Threads were born in Germany from the ShimmerBlend RibbonFloss base thread;  hand-painted in wonderful rich colors. Each color way was named for a famous painter whose painting inspired the choice of blended colors. For example... Klimt, Picasso, GrandmaMoses, and Chagall. How about that! You get to stitch with a beautiful thread and get some art history at the same time!!

original Painters Threads
ShimmerBlend Ribbon Floss

I have been a fan of the Painters Threads collection for a very long time. They've expanded their line to also include #4 and #8 Metallic Braid, Soie d'Alger 7 strand Silk Floss, Perle Cotton, Silk Ribbons, Gimp, and Ric Rac. Your local/favorite needlepoint shop can show you all what's available in the Painters Thread line of products.

This round-about introduction now brings me to today's topic: Pastel Painters Threads. 😀  Introducing 10 new colors in pastel shades made with the ShimmerBlend RibbonFloss base.

pastel Painters Threads
ShimmerBlend Ribbon Floss

Row 1
Island - P001, Aruba - P002, Riesling - P003, Pomelo - P004, Suricata - P005

Row 2
Peony - P006, Agave - P007, Koala - P008, Longan - P009, Syringa - P010

Aren't they pretty! I can't wait to use them... and to also include them in upcoming stitch guides!

I would still use my flat iron on these Painters Threads prior to stitching for a nice smooth effect.

For those new to the Needlepoint Study Hall blog, here's a link to my previous discussion on Straightening Neon Rays using a flat iron. Wow! Has it really been 6 years since that posting?!!

Well, that's all for now. Wanted to share with you what's new with me.

Until the next time... Hugs, Robin

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Happy July 4th

Hello, hello!

It's me... Robin... your absent blogger. I'm back and boy, have I missed you!

Where has the time gone?

Well, for me, I've been here all the time; in front of the computer writing stitch guides and traveling to/teaching at wonderful Needlepoint stores across this country. Often when I'm under deadlines (translation the plane is leaving in ____ days) I tend to hunker down and forgo life's responsibilities including blogging.

Facebook has been my go-to platform for updates. But, seriously, absent for almost 2 years?!! I apologize.

So... I'm back.

The July 4th holiday is upon us. BBQ, picnics, family reunions, potato salad... fond memories!

I've also had the pleasure of writing several July 4th/Americana themed stitch guides.

The Fourth
Fleur • artist, Sandra Gilmore
Stitch Guide by Robin King

American Eagle Flag
Amanda Lawford
AL 26006
Stitch Guide by Robin King

American Bald Eagle
The Meredith Collection • artist, Charley Harper
Stitch Guide by Robin King

July 4th Picnic Baskets
Melissa Shirley Designs
artist, Mary Lake-Thompson
MLT 213
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Here's the stitch guide I am currently writing... It's called "God Bless America" by Cooper Oaks Design (artist, Melissa McLeod • MML 921). 

God Bless America
Cooper Oaks Design • artist, Melissa McLeod
MML 921

This is for my next Canvas Enhancement class in September 2017... at North Shore Needleworks in the Chicago area. This will be my first time teaching there and I am looking forward to meeting everyone. I will be sure to bring you along with me on my journey.

As I've mentioned before, all of my stitch guides are available from me. Just email me your request and I will get back with you the details. You can reach me at

Well, that's all for now. Have a safe and enjoyable July 4th holiday. Hope you get to do some stitching. Here's a Stars chart for you. I'm a giver! 😊

Until the next time... HUGS, Robin

Friday, August 7, 2015

Charley Harper's Christmas Capers for the Mews

Hi everybody... Robin here...

I'm back from traveling/teaching at The Nimble Needle-Atlanta (Georgia) and Peacock Alley Needlepoint (Michigan). I am so lucky! meeting all of you and doing what I enjoy doing.

For those who know me... you know Cats are very near and dear to me. (Actually, I have had 3 Golden Retrievers in my life, but now it is all about the Mews.)

Last year, I met a wonderful person & stitcher from Arkansas. Her name is Lizette. She traveled to see me in Memphis at Stitchers Inc. for a Saturday class, and also attended last year's Canvas Enhancement class at Peacock Alley Needlepoint.

With several projects finished, Lizette was ready to stitch something with a Christmas theme: "Christmas Capers" by Charley Harper (Treglown Designs, HC-C165).

Christmas Capers
Treglown Designs • artist, Charley Harper • HC-C165
Lizette researched stitches, threads and beads, and after the usual auditioning, came up with the most clever tribute to Charley Harper's artistry. She really nailed it. The Popcorn is delicious looking. The Raccoons are endearing.

Lizette posted her progress on Facebook and everyone wanted the stitch guide.  She asked me would I take her notes and write up the stitch guide; providing charted stitches and photos of the final piece. "Of course," I said... "it would be my honor."

We met in person at Stitchers Inc. and went over each area for accuracy. With notes in hand, I wrote up the stitch guide... which, by the way, is now available from me.

Soon, I had the most wonderful idea: to donate part of the Stitch Guide proceeds to my local cat/kitten no-kill shelter, The House of Mews in Memphis, TN.

Christmas Capers
Stitch guide by Robin King
Model stitched by Lizette Thomas, Little Rock, AR
Usually my stitch guides are priced at $10/page. Christmas Capers is 9 pages and comes with a typed thread list, but I am reducing this stitch guide price to $55.00 (shipping included).

I am collecting for an end-of-the-year donation to the The House of Mews. As of today, there have been 13 stitch guides sold. I think of it as a win-win.... for the Mews.

If you have the Christmas Capers canvas in your stash (CH-C165)... or plan to get this canvas... and want a nice stitch guide..., send me an email:

OK.. back to guide writing. One of my September destinations is Needle Nook of La Jolla. How sweet is that!

Until then... Hugs, Robin

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Rhodes Heart 21 x 18 diagram

Hi everybody... Robin here...

Today I was charting a Rhodes Heart to specifically fit the Heart design for a sweet little canvas, "To My Valentine" by Fiori (F-3639).

"To My Valentine" by Fiori (F-3639)
Dream House Ventures
part of the Fiori Valentines Garland Club
offered thru The Nimble Needle-Atlanta

I enjoy charting stitch diagrams. I could have just provided my "generic" Rhodes Heart 8x8 and let the stitcher figure out the numbering sequence, but I wanted to do more.

The Fiori Valentines Garland Club is offered thru The Nimble Needle-Atlanta. Stacy, the owner, did a great job selecting the stitches for the 5 canvases in the series. Each model is stitched to perfection. They are just the right size to be hung together in a garland... or imagine on a white wreath or white tree. Love!

You can read more about the Fiori Valentines Garland Club on The Nimble Needle-Atlanta website.

Here's the link: Fiori Valentines Garland Club

Today's Heart has these dimensions: 21 threads width and 18 threads height.

Working over the original diagram, I set up the grid.

Then I started to lay the stitches onto the artwork in the computer... just as if I was stitching with needle and thread.

I changed each stitch to a different color so I could see the progression.

The last step was to remove the red Heart and to add the stitching sequence numbers.

Voilà! The Rhodes Heart 21x18 is complete; numbered and to scale.

Try this on other Rhodes Hearts you might run across. Crayons, colored pencils, markers are fun to use if you aren't in front of the computer.

Until the next time... HUGS!  Robin

Friday, July 10, 2015

Stitch Guides by Robin King update

Hi Everybody... Robin here.

So sorry to be so long for blogging. I've been crazy swamped: writing stitch guides for the next teaching destination. Just as soon as one event is over... I have to rev-up the creative brain RPMs and do it all again.

Just when I think... Hey, let's update the blog... day turns into night turns into the wee hours of the day...

So. What brings me here now?  at 1:19AM?

I finally updated the recent Stitch Guides page of those new 58 guides I've written in 2015.

Click on the "Stitch Guides by Robin King" Tab and you can see all of the new ones listed as now available.

Those which say coming soon! are for an upcoming event, and as soon as the event is over, those guides will be available, too.

Here's the link:

A lot of my weekly activity is posted on my Facebook page, but I realize not everyone is on Facebook. I really do need to do a better job blogging.

I have missed you and hope all are doing fine. Would love to know what you're stitching...

Here's a stitch for you, too.

Until the next time... HUGS!  Robin

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

It's National Hug Day

Hi Everybody... Robin here.

It's been a wee-bit busy (writing guides for deadlines), but I did want to wish everyone a
Happy National Hug Day.

HUGS by Gayla Elliott (GS-11)
Stitch guide by Robin King
HUGS (GS-11) is 9" x 5.5" on 18 mesh
Stitch guide by Robin King
HUGS • (GS-11)
Alice Peterson Co • artist, Gayla Elliott
Just an example of the endless possibilities for HUGS (GS-11)

I'll be back soon to continue our discussion about Needlepoint DVDs as well as the goings-on in my world.

Until then... HUGS!  Robin