Sunday, July 15, 2012

Golden Christmas Crackers by Melissa Shirley

Hi Everybody... Robin here.

Have you heard about Melissa Shirley's Golden Crackers Stitching Club?

It is her first retailer's stitching club featuring her 10 Golden Christmas Crackers, beautifully stitched by Melissa with stitch guides by Robin King. Hey... that's me!

Several months ago, I received an email from Melissa Shirley asking if I would take her existing notes and write/ illustrate on the computer the stitch guides for each of her Golden Crackers. How fast do you think I said YES?

She sent me my packet of information: her hand written notes with wonderful sketches and the stitched models... stitched by Melissa Shirley, her very self.

I bet you didn't know Melissa Shirley is also a very good needlepoint stitcher, too?

Well, she is. In fact, you can visit her website and download two PDFs of her Stitch Guides: Yellow Apple Stitch Guide and My Shimmery-Snowy Angel Stitch Guide.

Side note: I had the pleasure of seeing the Yellow Apple Purse in person while filming/editing DVD #5 (Fancy Flowers). Look how stunning this purse is. Stitch Guide by Wendy Harwood of Aristeia. Such a talented lady! She will be missed.

Whenever you combine a well-known designer who also stitches, you get some creative out-of-the-box techniques. Many of which were seen on each of these Golden Crackers. Believe me, I took notes! Seeing/studying her stitching gave me "permission" to stitch outside the box. Thanks, Melissa.

You can sign up to stitch the Golden Cracker Stitching Club through any of the participating Retailers listed on Melissa's website. Here's the link. Check and see if your Local Needlepoint Shop wants to participate, too. Oh, and all the special embellishments used by Melissa will be sent along with each canvas making your Cracker just as pretty and unique as hers.

Well, hope you have a nice day. I have stitching to do. How about you? Look forward to hearing from you soon. Until then... Hugs, Robin


  1. How wonderful! I love the purse, too.

  2. Hi Stephanie. Good to hear from you. Be sure and print the free PDFs from Melissa Shirley's website. They are very inspiring. Thanks, Robin

  3. Thanks for that Robin. I do have the blue angel

  4. Who did the finishing, need to have mine done

  5. Who did the finishing? Need to have mine done


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