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

Saturday, December 6, 2014

How'd You Do That? needlepoint DVDs - part 1

Hi Everybody... Robin here...

Look for our ad in the Nov/Dec 2014 Needlepoint Now

One of the many hats I've worn is producing the "How'd You Do That?" needlepoint DVDs. Pet Project Video is the name of our company. It is a joint venture between myself, Amy Bunger (Amy's Golden Strand) and Pat Ryan (Business Visuals).

All of the DVDs are still available through your Local/Favorite Needlepoint shops; shops can order from our Wholesalers.

I'd like to re-introduce the DVDs to our blog readers. In this episode, we will first feature DVDs 1-6. Amy Bunger shares her needlepoint knowledge so others can learn, too.

DVD #1 Tips Hints + Knots

Learn things you never knew, be reminded of things you might have forgotten, and see those tricky 3-D stitches and techniques which are hard to figure out from a one-dimension diagram or chart.
Tips Hints + Knots, 1st in the "How'd You Do That?" series of needlepoint DVDs with Amy Bunger, is about the art of needlepointing with information for all skill levels. This hour-long DVD has 42 chapters; allowing the viewer to fast forward to the next stitch of inerest, or pause and study.
60 minutes of close-up, clear instruction which you can watch as a movie, or choose from 42 different scenes at the touch of a button.
  • Threading the Needle: Commercial Needle Threaders, Pinch and Press, Needling the Thread, Fold Pinch and Press, Paper Trough
  • Knotting Your Thread:  Wrap and Roll Knot, Tailor's Knot, Quilter's Knot
  • Anchoring the Thread: In Your Path Waste Knot, Pinhead, Away Waste Knot, Weave Under, 3 Backstitches to Start, 3 Backstitches to Finish, Weave Away to Start, Weave Away to Finish, Securing "L" Knot, Piggyback Waste Knot, Bargello Tuck, Tying Off Your Threads, Run Under, Pinhead, and Bargello Tuck
  • Knotted Stitches:  French Knot, Colonial Knot, French Knot on a  Stalk, Palestrina Knot, Sorbello Knot, Bullion Knot, Arched Bullion Knot, Twisted Lazy Daisy, Slide Bullion, Slide Shimmer Blend RibbonFloss, Slide Sparkle Rays, Detached Bullion, Twisted  Cord Fringe, Gathered Stitch

DVD #2 A Closet Full of Stitches

How many canvases have you worked which involve fabric? DVD #2 from the "How'd You Do That?" needlepoint series, A  Closet Full of Stitches, is filmed to help "dress" your canvas fabrics. Lee's Needle Art, Inc.'s canvas, People Parade, WH1204, is a natural for demonstrating different stitches and techniques well-suited for fabric textures and clothing ideas. 60 minutes of clear instructions to watch as a movie, pause and study, or choose from 40 different scenes.
  • Gentleman #1: Wool Roving Beret, Skip Tent Stitch, Colonial Knot, French Knot, Encroached Gobelin Stitch, Woven Stitch
  • Lady #2:  Milanese Stitch Variation, Padded Satin Stitch, Straight Satin Stitch, Diamond Eyelet Stitch, Stitch Orientation
  • Lady #3:  Diagonal Scotch with a Cross Stitch, Slanted Satin Stitch, Design a Stitch
  • Lady #4:  Diagonal Knitting Stitch, Pulled Ribbon, Kalem Stitch
  • Gentleman #5:  Shaped Felt Padding, Satin Stitch, Rice Stitch, Compensation Tip, Van Dyke Stitch
  • Lady #6: Ruffled Hat Band, Locking the Ribbon, Soft Knot, Basting the Ribbon, Ribbon Collar, Double Burden Stitch, Laid Filling Demonstration
  • Lady #7:  Couched Baby Fluffy Fleece, Corduroy Stitch, Reverse Scotch Stitch, Braid Trim, Ribbon Handkerchief Technique
  • Lady #8:  Crossed Oblong Cross Stitch, Reverse Slanted Nobuko, Nobuko Stitch, Fly Away Threads  Tip, Bouclé Collar, Divided Scotch Stitch 

DVD #3 Mop Tops and Buzz Cut

Mop Tops and Buzz Cuts is the 3rd instructional DVD in the "How'd You Do That?" series with Amy Bunger. 60 minutes of Hair, Beard, Mustache, Eyebrows and Eyelash ideas for Needlepoint. 51 chapters. This DVD cleverly shows the unstitched canvas/stitched models transformation appear befor your eyes.

  • Long Straight Stitches: Changing Directions
  • Satin Stitches:  Target Stitches, Fill in Satin Stitches
  • Padded Satin:  Felt Padding Technique, Satin Stitch over Padding
  • Random Split Stitch:  Directional Guide Lines
  • Wrapped Backstitch Curls:  Skip Tent Base, Backstitch Technique, Wrapped Backstitch
  • Layers of Buttonhole Stitch:  Starting the Buttonhole, Changing Threads in Buttonhole, Second Layer of Buttonhole, Ending Buttonhole
  • Stitches that "suggest":  Diagonal Wave Stitch, Divided Small Swirl Stitch, Movement Bargello Stitch
  • Knots in Swirls:  Satin Stitch Base, French Knots Swirls
  • Tent in Swirls:  Tent in Swirls Technique
  • All Over Knots:  All Over Knots Technique
  • Gathered Stitch:  Gathered Stitch Technique
  • Twisted Lazy Daisy:  Twisted Lazy Daisy Technique, Nesting Twisted Lazy Daisy
  • Couched Coils:  Couched Coils Technique
  • Freeform Amadeus:  Freeform Amadeus Technique
  • Outline Stitch for Eye:  Tent Stitch Base for Eye, Outline Stitch for Upper Lash, Outline Stitch for Lower Lash
  • Packed Rows for Eyebrow:  Eyebrow Technique, The Complete Eye
  • Rya for Eyelashes:  Rya Technique
  • Gathered Ribbon for Eyelashes:  Gathered Ribbon Technique

DVD #4 Just FUR Fun!

Just FUR Fun! is the fourth in the "How'd You Do That?" series of DVDs with Amy Bunger. Watch this movie on how to work a variety of stitches and techniques for FUR (most can be used for hair as well).  See real detail on 5 different ways to work Turkey Work. 60 minutes of close-up, clear instructions. Watch it as a movie, or choose from 41 different scenes at the touch of a button.
  • Cut Turkey Work:  Cut Turkey Work technique, Changing Threads, Trimming Cut Turkey Work, Cut Turkey Work on a Curve
  • Jump Through The Loop Turkey Work:  Jump Through The Loop technique, Trimming Jump Through The Loop, Jump Through The Loop model
  • Punch Needle:  Threading the Punch Needle
  • Punch Needle Turkey Work:  Punch Needle Turkey Work technique, Anchoring the Punch Needle, Gluing the Punch Needle Turkey Work, Turkey Work model duo
  • Laura's Turkey Work:  Laura's Turkey Work technique, Changing Threads
  • Sculpting the Turkey Work:  Trimming the Loops, Sculpting the Turkey Work, Sculpted Turkey Work model
  • Encroached Gobelin:  Encroached Straight Gobelin technique, Encroached Straight Gobelin model, Encroached Gobelin Changing Directions, Encroached Gobelin model, Nap Raiser/ Nap Brush, Encroached Gobelin Brush model
  • Encroached Giant Brick: Encroached Giant Brick technique, Encroached Giant Brick model
  • Encroached Random Long & Short: Encroached Random Long & Short technique, model
  • Stitches that "suggest":  Alternating Curves, Sound Waves, Diagonal Balloon, Parisian, Beetle Stitch, "Irregular Jacquard, Basketweave with Long Stitches, Basketweave with Random Stitches, Staggered Mosaic, Random Long Stitches
  • All Over Knots:  All Over Knots technique, Building a 3-D Figure in Knots
  • Gathered Stitch:  Gathered Stitch model, Gathered Stitch technique
  • "S" Curve Couching:  "S" Curve Couching model, "S" Curve Couching technique
  • Puffy Couching:  Puffy Couching model, Puffy Couching technique, Tying Off the Puffy Couching
  • Furry Threads:  Furry Threads model #1, Furry Threads model #2, Furry Threads model #3

DVD #5 Fancy Flowers

Fancy Flowers is the fifth in the "How'd You Do That?" series of DVDs with Amy Bunger. Watch this movie on how to work a variety of stitches and techniques for flowers. See real close detail on Appliquéd Felt, Stumpwork Button Technique, Detached Buttonhole over Found Object, Buttonhole Techniques for Pansy Flowers and Turkey Work for Needlepoint Flowers. 60 minutes of close-up, clear instructions that you can watch as a movie or choose from 42 different scenes at the touch of a button.
Petite Blue Floral Wacky Vase
  • Flower #1  Appliquéd Felt with Gathered Flair and Lazy Daisy:  Paper Pattern, Glad Press 'n Seal Demo, Appliqué Technique, Gathered Flair Technique, Lazy Daisy Stitch, Flower #1 Review
  • Flower #2  Lazy Daisy and Packed Fly Stitches:  Lazy Daisy Stitch, Packed Fly Stitches, Flower #2 Review
  • Flower #3  Reverse Mosaic, Couching, Stumpwork Button:  Reverse Mosaic Technique, Couching Technique, Stumpwork Button Technique, Flower #3 Review
  • Flower #4  Detached Buttonhole over Found Objects:  Found Object, Detached Buttonhole Technique, Left Handed Detached Buttonhole Technique, Attaching the Found Object, Flower #4 Review
  • Flower #5  Detached Buttonhole into the Festoon Edge:  Flower #5 Review, Detached Buttonhole into the Festoon Edge Technique, Detached Buttonhole into Backstitch
  • Flower #6  Satin Stitch, Chain Stitch, Stacked Beads:  Satin Stitch, Chain Stitch, Changing Threads in the Chain Stitch, Stacked Beads, Flower #6 Review 
Pansy Flowers
  • Buttonhole Stitch, Changing Threads in the Buttonhole Stitch, Pansy Flower Models
Turkey Work
  • Cut Turkey Work, Punch Needle Turkey Work, Laura's Turkey Work, Turkey Work Models

DVD #6 Barely There

Barely There is the sixth in the "How'd You Do That?" needlepoint series of DVDs with Amy Bunger. Sometimes a "light touch" with the thread and stitch is just the "right touch." This DVD is full of stitch, thread, and technique ideas that will help you succeed in adding texture and depth to your design while still using the artistry of the original painted canvas.  Needlepoint is a textile sculpture and a minimalist approach can be interesting and effective. 64 Chapters with many stitched models illustrating the Barely There techniques in this 1-hour long DVD.
Shadow Stitching
  • Shadow Stitching Definition, Sound Waves Stitch, Sound Waves Technique (Bargello Tuck. Pinhead Stitch), 3 Backstitches, Bars Stitch, Traveling Stem Stitch (Traveling Stem Technique, End with Pinhead Stitch, Start with Bargello Tuck, Incorrect Way to End)
Exposed Canvas
  • Poolside Slide Stitch, Joseph Model, Calla Lily Model (Outline Stitch), Yellow Apples on Red Purse Model, Limp on a Limb Model (Ray Stitch), Shell Bell Pull Model, Tall Sickly Green House Model (Irregular Eyelets, Irregular Rows of Gobelin), Wreath of Leaves Model (Skip Tent)
  • Blackwork Definition, Honeycomb Pattern, Honeycomb Blackwork Technique (Ending the Thread, Starting the Thread, Diamond Eyelet), Eyelet Technique (Small Eyelet Technique, Large Eyelet Technique), Ebony Dress Model, Manhattan Drink Model, White Wine Model, Harlequin Nutcracker Model
Lite Stitching
  • Lite Stitching Definition, Willow Stitch (Weave Away to End, Weave Away to Start, Ending Threads in Middle), Daffodil Lite Stitching Model, Beaty Stitch, Small Swirl Stitch (Do Not Break the Pattern), Summer Barbecue Model (Skip Tent), Slide Stitch (Slide Stitch Technique, Connected Pattern, Chenille Needle, Anchor the Slide Stitch, Start the Bargello Tuck), Appliquéd Flair (Appliquéd Flair Technique, Plan Ahead Paper Pattern, Appliquéd Flair on Onions, Ebony Appliquéd Flair Model), Martini Drink / Water 'n Ice Model
Darning Patterns
  • Darning Pattern Definition, Hope Deco Hat #6 Model, Daisy Deco Hat #3 Model, Singing in the Rain Model, Darning Pattern Technique (Where to End the Thread, Weave Away to End, Weave Away to Start), Pretty Peasant Dress Model, Daffodil Alicia's Lace Model, Grandfather Frost Nutcracker, Giant Narcissus Model

As you can imagine, there is valuable content on these DVDs. You can watch, rewind, replay all in the convenience of your stitching room.

Well, that's it for now. Next time I'll have a couple of video samples, and we will also discuss DVDs #7 and #8 featuring the ever-talented duo Kelly Clark & Amy Bunger.

Until then... HUGS!  Robin

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Teaching at The Nimble Needle-Atlanta

Hi Everybody... Robin here...

I've dialed in The Wayback Machine for the next event which was in October.  Join me for the ride...

October 25-27, 2014 ... The Nimble Needle-Atlanta

Three days at The Nimble Needle-Atlanta: one day of Help Sessions and two days of Canvas Enhancement. What fun we had!

Here was the line up of canvases: Amanda Lawford, Sandra Gilmore, Treglown Designs/Charley Harper, Melissa Shirley Designs, JP Needlepoint, Susan Roberts, Associated Talents, Tapestry Fair, Danji/Laurel Burch, Colors of Praise, Julia's Needleworks/Chicho, and Point of It All Designs.

new stitch guides by Robin King

Stacy Brown (owner of The Nimble Needle-Atlanta) took these brilliant "beauty shots." Look at the fun threads, beads and ribbons.

Fretwork Tassels Button #2
Associated Talents • D1416

Cat Carson Western Scout
Treglown Designs • HC-C21 artist, Charley Harper

Pigs are big
Treglown Designs • CH-P017 artist, Charley Harper

Blue Crab
Point of It All Designs • P180

Tortoise in Aqua & Lime
Point of It All Designs • P181A

Egyptian  Elephant with Palm Trees
JP Needlepoint • A256

Halloween Banner
Melissa Shirley Designs • MSD 1352

Santa, Reindeer, & Basket of Toys
Susan Roberts • 0156

Colors of Praise • MC320

Soul Singer
Julia's Needleworks • Chicho 05

White Santa
Amanda Lawford • AL-7051

Wild Horses
Danji • LB-32, artist Laurel Burch

It was a treat to see some finished pieces from my previous Canvas Enhancement classes at The Nimble Needle-Atlanta. What a talented group of stitchers!

Head Games
Sandra Gilmore • SG-13-032
Stitched by Sheila King
Atlanta, GA

Brown Pelican (CH-B092)
Louisiana Heron (CH-L090)
Treglown Designs, artist Charley Harper
Stitched by Judy Hales
Atlanta, GA

Treglown Designs • HC-P102
Stitched by Penny Boswinkle
Atlanta, GA

I really enjoy visiting The Nimble Needle-Atlanta and look forward to my return visits in 2015: February, April, July and October. Hope to see you there!

What a view!
It was time to head back home... to board the flight back to Memphis.

Cheers for a job well done!
I had my "celebratory" Pink Lemonade Martini (available only in October); supporting Breast Cancer Awareness.

Here's a stitch for you.

Until the next time... Hugs!  Robin

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Michelle Wyse of Little Bird Designs, LLC

Hi Everybody... Robin here...

When I was teaching at Needle Nook of La Jolla, there was a Trunk Show as well as a Meet & Greet reception of a new needlepoint designer.

Michelle Wyse is the artist for Little Bird Designs, LLC. She has already attended and successfully sold her designs at Destination Dallas (a Cash & Carry Needlepoint Market). The word is spreading about her fresh and innovative needlepoint designs.

It is my pleasure to introduce Little Bird Designs to our blog readers.

Here's a link to the Little Bird Designs Facebook page. Be sure to visit and "Like" them the next time you are on Facebook.

Here's a link to her Needlepoint of No Return website where you can see all of her designs:

Little Bird Designs has designs for the modern needlepointer.

Love these colors

Little Bird Designs

Statement Necklace


3.5" x 7" Canvas 

Animal Silhouettes

Little Bird Designs, LLC
Michelle Wyse, artist
Like Little Bird Designs on Facebook

It was fun introducing Little Bird Designs to you. How exciting for us to meet an artist at the beginning of their career.

Next blog will be about teaching at The Nimble Needle in Atlanta; the Wayback Machine awaits.

Until then... Hugs, Robin