Thursday, April 24, 2014

14 new stitch guides by Robin King


Hi Everybody... Robin here...

I am getting ready to teach another round of Canvas Enhancement classes this weekend at The Nimble Needle-Atlanta.

Here are the canvases which have been submitted for stitch guides. This has been a fun group including popular designers: Maggie Co, Melissa Shirley Designs, Shelly Tribbey, Treglown Designs (Charley Harper), Sandra Gilmore, and dede Ogden.

I am adding them to the long list of stitch guides I've written. You can see those on the Stitch Guide tab on the blog. Here's the link: Stitch Guides by Robin King

As If I Care! 2 • Maggie Co (M-1471)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Wild Rose Pillow • Melissa Shirley Designs (MSD 943-2)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Baroque Roses • Shelly Tribbey (FL23)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Halloween House Large 3D • Melissa Shirley Designs (MSD 1086-A)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Head Games • Sandra Gilmore (SG-13-032)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

LOVE • Melissa Shirley Designs (MSD 1433)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Morning Glory • Melissa Shirley Designs (MSD 1520)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Reading • Maggie Co (M-1204)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Potluck • Treglown Designs, artist Charley Harper (HC-P102)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Frog eat Frog • Treglown Designs, artist Charley Harper (HC-F140)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Brown Pelican • Treglown Designs, artist Charley Harper (CH-B092)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Small Rainbow Trout with Pebbles • dede Ogden (ED-1283A)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Sock • Maggie Co (M-1483)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

The New Hobby • Maggie Co (M-1046)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Now you can see why I've been away from blogging. No excuses. Just the facts. LOL.

As a peace offering, I will share with you a fun stitch I've recently designed.



I call it Triple Alternating Nobuko with Mosaic and Beads. Can't wait to see it stitched.

OK... that's all for now. I'll be back with you after my Atlanta trip. You can follow The Nimble Needle-Atlanta on Facebook for more daily postings of my visit.

Here's their link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Nimble-Needle-Atlanta/358534837577981

Until then...  Hugs, Robin

Monday, April 21, 2014

Man! oh Man! oh Manatee!

Hi Everybody... Robin here...

It's amazing how this blog can reach so many readers. I am very thankful.

In February 2014,  I wrote a stitch guide for the Charley Harper canvas, "Manatee in a Mangrove" (Treglown Designs • CH-M062). 

another great Charley Harper design

Last month I received an email from the director of the Sun Region, EGA in Florida. Their region is holding their retreat May 4 & 5, 2014 at Crystal River; the wintering location for manatees.

Crystal ... such a sweet manatee

Jan C. wrote... "Our theme is Crystal River Stitching, and Crystal, the manatee, is our mascot. We will be holding a fund raising activity and would love to include the Charley Harper manatee canvas and your stitch guide. The canvas is perfect for our event. Thanks so much for posting it on your blog."

The canvas & threads were gathered and sent from The Nimble Needle-Atlanta. My stitch guide was sent, too.

Manatee in a Mangrove
Charley Harper • CH-M062 • Treglown Designs
Stitch Guide by Robin King

What a brilliant pairing.

The Sun Region, EGA has a Facebook presence: Sun & Sea Embroiderers.
Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sun-Sea-Embroiderers/333104789412

You can read more about them on their website: http://www.sunregionega.org/

Here are the details for the Crystal River Stitching Retreathttp://www.sunregionega.org/seminars-retreats-etc/crs-2014/

Thanks to Jan C. and all at the Sun Region, EGA (The Embroiderers Guild of America in Florida & Bermuda). And, thanks to Miss Crystal, too. She's a wonderful hostess.

Until the next time... Hugs, Robin

Sunday, April 20, 2014

"Slippers" by Gail - Colors of Praise (MC-226)

Hi Everybody... Robin here...

Last October 2013,  I did a Canvas Enhancement class at The Nimble Needle-Atlanta. Gail A. selected a canvas called "Slippers" by Colors of Praise (MC-226) for some stitch suggestions.

She casually mentioned she did like to do beadwork. Boy, oh boy, did she ever! Gail finished the "Slippers" and here's some photos for you to enjoy.





I am very pleased how the entire piece turned out. Gail and The Nimble Needle-Atlanta did a brilliant job interpreting my vision and making a gorgeous masterpiece.

Here's the stitch for the Border. I call it "Slanted Gobelin over Laid Fill." You get a fun visual effect when stitching with light coverage. We used Elegance (fine twisted Silk Pearl #8) for the Laid Foundation and 2 strands Splendor Silk Floss for the Slanted Gobelin units.


If you are interested in this stitch guide just let me know.
Email me: creativecats@comcast.net.


Hope everyone had a nice Easter. I'm getting ready to go back to The Nimble Needle-Atlanta at the end of the week for more Canvas Enhancement classes. I will be sharing details in the next blog.

Until then...           HUGS, Robin

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Teaching at The Nimble Needle-Atlanta - Feb 2014

Hi Everybody... Robin here...

Flying to The Nimble Needle-Atlanta

Back in front of my computer after traveling to and teaching at The Nimble Needle-Atlanta. It was 3 days of classes:  "Help is On the Way" and Canvas Enhancement classes for 14 stitch guides.

What fun we had! Look at the pretty threads pulled for the canvases.

"Stars & Stripes Tic Tac Toe"
Liz/Tapestry Tent • TTAG-116
Stitch Guide by Robin King

"Manatee in a Mangrove"
Treglown Designs • artist, Charley Harper • CH-M062
Stitch Guide by Robin King

"Louisiana Heron"
Treglown Designs • artist, Charley Harper • CH-L090
Stitch Guide by Robin King

"Peacock Ginger Jar"
Melissa Shirley Designs • MSD M-1655
Stitch Guide by Robin King

"Kitschy-en"
Sandra Gilmore • SG-18-569
Stitch Guide by Robin King

"Four Hands"
Zecca • ZE-118
Stitch Guide by Robin King

"Dancing Miriam"
Julia's Needleworks • BL-16TB
Stitch Guide by Robin King

"Colorful Harlequin Picture/Mirror Frame"
Colors of Praise • PF 163
Stitch Guide by Robin King

It was fun watching the stitches develop, too.

"Peril in the Petunias"
Treglown Designs • artist, Charley Harper • HC-P158
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Russian Interlaced Border

"Two Orchids"
Melissa Shirley Designs • MSD 1484-2A
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Laid Filling with Circles and Beads

"Challah Cover"
Pepita • PEP001
Stitch Guide by Robin King

I used Photoshop to lay out the design. 
Lisa Marks wanted to play down the "gold tones" and play up the "silver tones" of this Sun Teardrop Purse. No problem. I'm a silver-gal, too.

"Sun Teardrop Purse"
The Studio Midwest • PR108A
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Penny Boswinkle enjoyed the class so much she went home and stitched on her piece, "Because You're Mine I Walk the Line." She sent me a photo of her progress. LOVE it. Thanks, Penny for sharing.

"Because You're Mine I Walk the Line"
Quail Run Designs • NC112
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Looking good, Penny!

Ann Hauerland brought in her finished "Who Gives A Hoot" from the October 2013 class at The Nimble Needle-Atlanta. Isn't this owl cute!!!

"Who Gives a Hoot?"
JP Needlepoint • DDB3
Stitched by Ann Hauerland, Atlanta, GA
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Renie Weinstein brought in her finished "Melons and Peaches" from the October 2013 class. What a gorgeous piece. Thanks, Renie for taking my vision and making it a reality.


"Melons & Peaches"
Colors of Praise • FF111
Stitched by Renie Weinstein, Atlanta, GA
Stitch Guide by Robin King

And, of course, any of my stitch guides are available. Just send me an email with your inquiry: creativecats@comcast.net 

I'll be going back to The Nimble Needle-Atlanta 3 more times this year. Yippee!!!
  • Saturday, April 26, 2014 -- "Help is on the Way" -- sold out
  • Sunday, April 27, 2014 -- Canvas Enhancement -- sold out
  • Monday, April 28, 2014 -- Canvas Enhancement -- sold out

  • Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20, 2014 -- "Hugs"
  • Monday, July 21, 2014 -- "Help is on the Way"

  • Saturday, October 25, 2014 -- "Help is on the Way"
  • Sunday, October 26, 2014 -- Canvas Enhancement
  • Monday, October 27, 2014 -- Canvas Enhancement


Remember HUGS

HUGS (GS-11) is 9" x 5.5" on 18 mesh
Stitch Guide by Robin King

(Here's the bundled link from previous blog entries: http://needlepointstudyhall.blogspot.com/search/label/HUGS%20%28GS11%29)

HUGS • (GS-11)
Alice Peterson Co • artist, Gayla Elliot

I can't wait to teach it as a class. Everyone will have their chance to select their favorite colorway. Just imagine the possibilities. Then I will share the design layout and teach Laid Filling, Beading, and composite stitches with a Special Heart Border.

Just an example of the endless possibilities for HUGS (GS-11)

HUGS is a nice message for a grandchild, student away at college or a guest room. Work it up in School Colors or your favorite colors. Everyone needs a HUG! Call The Nimble Needle-Atlanta to sign up for the class (404) 843-8687.

Well, time to get back to writing stitch guides and stitching on the Halloween Village (MSD 1627-C). The adventure kicks off mid-April. I'm having the best time stitching this piece. Would love for you to join me. 


Until the next time... HUGS!  Robin


Friday, February 7, 2014

Needle in a Haystack - Montrose, CA exclusive

Hi Everybody... Robin here.

Are you familiar with Pippin Studio from Canada? I recently learned about them when one of their canvas designs was in a canvas enhancement class. I wrote the stitch guide for Twelve Canadian Evergreen Trees.


Twelve Canadian Evergreen Trees
• Pippin Studio
Stitched by Susan Fowler
Stitch Guide by Robin King

The designs are fresh & fun and are usually on 13 mesh.

Check them out:  http://www.pippinstudio.ca/

Last month, Needle in a Haystack - Montrose, CA asked if I would write a stitch guide for their Shop exclusive Pippin design, "Make Hay While the Sun Shines."


Make Hay While the Sun Shines
• Pippin Studio
Shop exclusive: Needle in a Haystack - Montrose, CA
Stitch Guide by Robin King

I've had the pleasure of teaching at Needle in a Haystack - Montrose, CA and was thrilled for this opportunity. I said yes and wrote the guide.

Make Hay While the Sun Shines • Pippin Studio
A Shop Exclusive
 Needle in a Haystack - Montrose, CA

Pretty threads and beads...  the colors are delightful. Stitching this will make the winter doldrums go away.

Make Hay While the Sun Shines • Pippin Studio
11" x 8" on 13 mesh

You can see the Needle in a Haystack's ad in the current Needlepoint Now magazine.


Needle in a Haystack - Montrose, CA

ad in Needlepoint Now magazine

Give Needle in a Haystack - Montrose, CA a call: (818) 248-7686. They will be glad to hear from you. Here's the link to their website: http://www.needhay.com/

Until the next time... Hugs, Robin