Wednesday, September 10, 2014

a fun time at Peacock Alley Needlepoint

Hi Everybody... Robin here...

Before I take off to teach this weekend at Beth's Needlepoint Nook in Louisville, KY... I MUST finish up with my wonderful time at Peacock Alley Needlepoint last month.

Where did the time go? (I know the answer! Writing the 12 stitch guides for this weekend's class.)

The 2-day event at Peacock Alley Needlepoint was so much fun! You know Sandy is a wonderful hostess: even her tongs match the store's namesake.

Peacock Alley Needlepoint serves up a good time.

Sandy and her gals, Machelle, Holly and Jenny were on hand for the Thursday evening Meet & Greet; complete with yummy hors d'oeuvres, etc.

Machelle and Holly
This is how you say Hello.

Look at the wonderful gifts everyone received: a Walker Bag in the beautiful "peacock" colors.

Lovely presents.
Everyone received a Felt Needle Minder Magnet (with a duo purpose: holds your needle and cleans it, too) made especially for Peacock Alley Needlepoint!

Pretty "peacock" colors.

Here's my Walker Bag with goodies, too... complete with the Felt Needle Minder Magnet, Peacock Magnet, Graph Paper Note pad, Pen, and a special Peacock color beaded-Chatelaine to keep my scissors and needle threader near to me. Thanks, Sandy.

Beautiful and functional, too.

Class was Friday & Saturday. The guides had been written & the thread kits were pulled. Everyone was able to start stitching immediately.

Diane and Stephanie 
Dawn and Jeannine
Terri, Lizette, and Emily from Arkansas

Dot selected Machelle Sommerville's "Second Chances" canvas (MS-36). Lovely colors.

"Second Chances" by Machelle Somerville
Stitch Guide by Robin King
It was nice seeing Dot again.

Look at the fun threads, ribbons, and Beads for the "White Rabbit" (AS724).

Betsy is going to enjoy stitching the "White Rabbit."
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Saturday: another day of being pampered. We had Chamber of Commerce weather. 

More nourishment
Would you like a Mimosa?
Emily's bird is looking good.

Stitches were confirmed, new friendships were made. My job was done... big smiles.

The 2014 "graduates"
Enhancement Class with Robin King
Peacock Alley Needlepoint
A fun time was had by all. 
See you next year at Peacock Alley Needlepoint

These stitch guides are now available. Email me at if you are interested.

New stitch guides by Robin King.
New stitch guides by Robin King.

Until the next time... HUGS, Robin

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NEW 2014 Fall colors and threads from Rainbow Gallery

Hi Everybody... Robin here...

Have you seen the newest colors of your favorite threads from Rainbow Gallery? They were just released this past weekend at the Destination Dallas (a wonderful Cash & Carry needlepoint market), and will be coming to your local needlepoint store... soon.

Rainbow Gallery Fall 2014
Photography by Business Visuals

Look at the new ORANGES from Rainbow Gallery!  Research was done about what oranges were needed... and hit a home run! Petite Treasure Ribbon, Petite Treasure Braid, Treasure Braid size 12, Fyre Werks Soft Sheen and Petite Frosty Rays. Oh, be still my heart!

Look at the new NEON Florescent Colors in Fyre Werks Soft Sheen! I can't wait to stitch with them!

Rainbow Gallery Fall 2014
Photography by Business Visuals

Look at the new Petite Frosty Rays! Orange Pop, Awesome Gold, Aqua Splash, Orchid Ice, and Lavender Ice are my new BFF.

Look at the new COLORS of SILK LAME´ BRAID (for 13 and 18 count) and Petite SILK LAME´ BRAID. Love the new dreamy and creamy names: Pink Lady, Seafoam, Mellow Yellow, Lime Cream, Blue Bell, and Blue Fog. Want something with a bold pop of color? Check out Pansy, Periwinkle, Honey Gold and Coral. In the 18 count, there are the new colors: Persimmon, Cotton Candy, Lilac Chiffon, Hydrangea, Chateau Rose, Gray Stone, and Pavement. How fun.

Many thanks to Rainbow Gallery for giving us just the right color... just the right thread!

Lana (the cat) loves the new colors, too. She visited the photo shoot and volunteered to be in the picture. All we had to do was click the shutter. Purrfect!   >^••^<

Lana the cat LOVES the colors from Rainbow Gallery.
Photography by Business Visuals

Many thanks to Pat from Business Visuals for the photography... and, Lana, too.

Until the next time...  HUGS, Robin

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New stitch guides and a stitch for you

Hi Everybody... Robin here...

I'm back home from Michigan, and went directly into stitch guide writing mode. Sorry for being so quiet. I know that's not a good thing.

Here are the stitch guides for my next teaching event at Beth's Needlepoint Nook in Louisville, KY.

A new group of stitch guides by Robin King
 soon to become available... mid-September 2014.

Look at the Amish Quilts and Wild Horses by Danji, 4 Sandra Gilmore canvases (a record!), 2 Strictly Christmas stockings (another record!), Puppy Dogs x2, Many Birds by Zecca, and No Name Chicken... oh, my!

I do plan on writing a wonderful review of my time at Peacock Alley Needlepoint. We sure had fun.

So until then... here's a stitch for you. Let me know where you see it being used.

Until then... Hugs, Robin

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Towne Square Club by Ruth Schmuff & Robin King

Hi Everybody... Robin here...

The "Cone of Silence" has been lifted. The models have been stitched. The stitch guides have been written. I am pleased to let the Blog readers know the Towne Square Club is ready for its reveal. This is a collaborative effort by Ruth Schmuff from Bedecked & Beadazzled with stitch guides by Robin King.

Town Square Club from Bedecked & Beadazzled
Designs by Ruth Schmuff
Stitch Guides by Robin King

Cue the dreamy way-back music...

A long time ago... the youthful "Ruthie" asked Robin to stitch models and write the stitch guides for her latest project: a needlepoint village. Robin was honored to be asked, took on the task, and entered the "Cone of Silence."

But then, Robin got busy. Her stitching on the village continued, but also taught at TNNA, edited/produced DVDs for Tony Minieri & Amy Bunger, began traveling and teaching at needlepoint stores, began writing stitch guides for customers, and tended to her cats.

The months turned into years. Ruthie was very, very patient. Finally, the last stitch was made. The last word was typed. Robin stepped out of the "Cone of Silence." The Towne Square Club is ready.

Here are some photos of the finished pieces as seen on Ruth's blog, It's not your Grandmother's Needlepoint along with her commentary... and some of mine.

Love the tiny details. The roof on the book store is an open book.
The gallery is lined with colored pencils.

There is a shoe store and a handbag store.
Note: the clever laces made from silk ribbon on the shoe store.

The wine shop and the flower shop.
You know we need a good bottle of wine, and flowers, beautiful flowers.
Note: the grapes were so easy and 3D with "messy" beading.

Do you need a snack?
Ice cream and chocolate should be close at hand.

What about knitting and quilting, can't leave those out.
Note: look at the real knitting needles.
Also, the tomato pin cushion was felted.

Of course, no home is complete without a pet; nor is an village.
Kittens and puppies and bunnies, oh my!

The needlepoint store is the heart of the village.
Your address can be added here, too.

The Towne Square Club begins shipping in October 2014. There are 12 shipments, and on the 6th and 12th months, you will get a second shop at half price. Give Ruth a call. Everyone loves to receive a package in the mail... especially from Bedecked & Beadazzled.

Well, that's about it for now. Need to check on the other projects which need tending... and the cats, too.

Until the next time... HUGS, Robin

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Teaching at Peacock Alley Needlepoint 2014 - part 1

Hi Everybody... Robin here...

Today I am traveling to Peacock Alley Needlepoint in Ada, Michigan for 2 days of Canvas Enhancement classes: August 1 & 2, 2014.

Heading back to the Mitten State

Blog readers will remember all of the good times I had there last year. I'm so fortunate to be asked to return again.

This time there were 9 stitch guides to write, and Peacock Alley Needlepoint has pulled the threads. We will have two days devoted to stitch development and all things for the love of needlepoint.

Let's look and see which canvases will be in the class...

5 new stitch guides by Robin King

4 new stitch guides by Robin King

There are two Melissa Shirley canvases, as well as a Machelle Somerville canvas, a Melissa Prince canvas, a EWE & Eye canvas, a Sandra Gilmore canvas,  a Charley Harper canvas,  a Birds of a Feather canvas, and the classic Lee's Needle Arts canvas. Quite a wonderful assortment.

Look at the colorful threads pulled for "Second Chances" by Machelle Somerville. There will be beads added for a little bling, too. Pretty Peacock-y colors, wouldn't you agree?

"Second Chances" by Machelle Somerville (MS-036)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Machelle is the General Manager at Peacock Alley Needlepoint, as well as one of the hottest designers in needlepoint today. You can see her canvas line at Fleur de Paris.

Here's the link: Fleur de Paris - Machelle Somerville

I will take photos and will post them upon my return. It is fun seeing these canvases come to life.

Leo, the cat, wanted to say hello. He's the best suitcase-packing helper.

Until the next time... HUGS, Robin

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"Potluck" by Charley Harper and Penny B.

Hi Everybody... Robin here...

Penny Boswinkle was in my recent class at The Nimble Needle-Atlanta. It was good seeing her again.

We do have fun in class. Bouncing stitching ideas off each other. I can honestly say I learn from her, too.

Penny is also fearless; shutters from no stitch, thread, or canvas mesh... she even stitches on black.

In April 2014, Penny selected a Charley Harper canvas called "Potluck" for her canvas enhancement class. The canvas features an animal interested in some pottery... and lots of black for the night sky.

"Potluck" by Charley Harper

Here's what Charley Harper said about this canvas...
"Every meal is potluck for an animal in the wild. So when the Coatimundi eats out (as he always does), he'll try anything on the menu. If it creeps, crawls, hops, slithers, squirms, swims, flies, walks, runs or takes root, he'll sample it. Poke around the pueblo with your pliant proboscis, roll some rocks over with your powerful paws, and you'll uncover some esoteric edibles, and some mighty fast food. You know the kind -- grab a bite before it grabs you." –– Charley Harper
I wrote the stitch guide, and Penny took off like a trouper.

So in July 2014 (yes, last week), Penny brought in her finished (!) "Potluck" from the April 2014 class. That's 3 months, folks!

I am beyond thrilled with the results.

When I was writing the stitch guide, I had a "hmmm.... I wonder..." moment. I did some research to see what kind of animal the Coatimundi was. Thanks to the internet, I was able to find some information about the Coatimundi and noticed his foot prints.


I thought to myself: they MUST be incorporated into the background. I found the perfect Brenda Hart background for visual interest. Doing the happy dance, I then charted the foot prints and included them in the instructions. Hopefully the stitcher would see my vision.

So, in the April class, it was Penny's turn for the stitch guide consultation. (I almost couldn't contain the secret.) Penny read through the guide. She stopped and looked at me. I looked at Penny. We both burst with glee! Beaded FOOTPRINTS! Oh, how fun.

To date, "Potluck" is one of my most favorite Charley Harper pieces. The man was brilliant.

So without any further fanfare... I present "Potluck" by Charley Harper (HC-P102); expertly stitched by Penny Boswinkle. Stitch guide available from Robin King.

"Potluck" by Charley Harper (HC-P102)
Model stitched by Penny Boswinkle
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Thanks for letting me share this story. Special moments, indeed.

Well that's it for now. I'm getting ready for another teaching destination: Peacock Alley Needlepoint in Ada, Michigan. See you there.

Until the next time... HUGS, Robin

Monday, July 28, 2014

Return visit to The Nimble Needle-Atlanta

Hi Everybody... Robin here...

Sorry (again!) for the long silence. Since last we chatted, I've traveled to The Nimble Needle-Atlanta and taught 3 days of Canvas Enhancement classes. This time there were no pre-written stitch guides; just coming up with threads and stitches on the fly. What a fun time we had.

Here are just a few of the 18 canvases with their thread selections which were at The Nimble Needle-Atlanta.

Once stitched, "Poppy" by Amanda Lawford (AL 1867) is going to be applied to the outside of a Black Travel Tote. Very stylish, Eloise.

"Poppy" by Amanda Lawford (AL 1867)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Peg is going to have the best time stitching this Sandra Gilmore canvas, "La Vue."

"La Vue" by Sandra Gilmore (SG-18-358)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Sharon won the Travel Trophy. She lives in the Orlando area and drove to Atlanta to take the class. I was truly honored! She brought one of my favorite canvases by Charley Harper, "Pumpkin Cat" (HC-P169).

"Pumpkin Cat" by Charley Harper (HC-P169)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Barbara was all prepared to do endless French Knot and Colonial Knots for the entire "Sheep" (by Sandra Gilmore) until I gave her a different approach for the Sheep's Body. We will save those stitches for the Head area; will also do the Gathered Stitch... one of my favorites.

"Sheep" by Sandra Gilmore (SG-16-135)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Becky's new tray is going to be Fab-ulous once the "Red Pear Pillow" by Alice Peterson (AP2445) is stitched. We have her well on her way for Pears, Leaves, and Background stitches.

"Red Pear Pillow" by Alice Peterson (AP2445)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Jean selected a new canvas from Hilary Jean Designs. We had fun selecting backgrounds and other stitch areas.

"Live Love Wag" by Hilary Jean Designs (S-005-18)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Taffy will become Atlanta's newest Silk Ribbon expert as she works through the "Iron Gate" by Sandra Gilmore (SG-18-606).

"Iron Gate" by Sandra Gilmore (SG-18-606)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Last one in our review, but no means the least, was Jenne's "Mystery of Missing Migrants" canvas by Charley Harper (CH-M101). First, we established an over-all wing approach for the smaller birds. Then, we discussed some background options. Finally, we tackled the big guys in the front of the pack.

"Mystery of Missing Migrants" by Charley Harper (CH-M101)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Every visit to The Nimble Needle-Atlanta is a joy and pleasure. Looking forward to returning this fall. See everyone in October.

Until the next time.... HUGS, Robin