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

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Halloween Village adventure with Robin King

Hi Everybody... Robin here...

Last year I had the opportunity to write a stitch guide for the Halloween Village canvas (Melissa Shirley Designs MSD 1627-C). I first saw the canvas at the TNNA Market and really connected with it... remember, I do like Halloween.

Halloween Village • Melissa Shirley Designs • MSD 1627-C
20" x 8.5" on 18 mesh
Stitch guide by Robin King

It was suggested that I stitch the piece myself and offer it as a monthly club...
a "Stitch Along with Robin" adventure, if you will.

I asked Stacy Brown/The Nimble Needle-Atlanta if she would like to join me in this project. I would stitch the Halloween Village and write the guides, and customers would get the canvas and thread kits from The Nimble Needle-Atlanta.

She said yes and so the journey begins.

In April 2014, the first "kit" will go out: the canvas, thread kit #1 and instructions #1. There will be 6 kits in total shipped about every 6 weeks. I am using my original stitch guide as a base, but it is adjusted with new inspirations, stitches and techniques. I am stitching it with full passion and a love for all things creative.

On The Nimble Needle-Atlanta's website there is a Halloween Village page which will list the schedule of the outgoing kits as well as the price of each kit. There will also be tricks and treats sent out along the way. What a fun time we will have.

Here's the link: http://www.atlantanimbleneedle.com/halloween-village.html

Halloween Village information from
The Nimble Needle-Atlanta website

I plan on setting up a special Halloween Village Facebook group so we can encourage each other, share our show'n tell progress, and address any questions which might benefit the group. I have been taking "behind the scene" photos as I stitch each section and can share them, too. I can also post some video in case a technique isn't obvious by the diagram. How cool is that? Like I said... it will be a complete "Stitch Along with Robin" adventure.

Look for our ad in the Needlepoint Now magazine. It is very clever. We've posted one ad in the Jan/Feb 2014 issue and have this ad ready for the March/April 2014 issue. We want all eyes to see.

The Nimble Needle-Atlanta ad in Needlepoint Now

Speaking of eyes... you know how important the eyes are to any piece. In my opinion that's where the personality begins.

Cat and Pumpkin in Kit #1 - before
Halloween Village • Melissa Shirley Designs • MSD 1627-C
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Cat and Pumpkin in Kit #1 - after
Halloween Village • Melissa Shirley Designs • MSD 1627-C
Stitch Guide by Robin King

If you are interested in joining the fun... give The Nimble Needle-Atlanta a call
(404) 843-8687 or email them: atlantanimbleneedle@gmail.com.

Already have the Halloween Village canvas in your stash? No problem. You can still join the adventure. Just give The Nimble Needle-Atlanta a call.

OK... that's it for now. Until the next time... Hugs, Robin

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Nimble Needle - Atlanta February 2014

Hi Everybody... Robin here...

It is always fun to see which canvases are selected for a Canvas Enhancement class.

These will be at the next event at The Nimble Needle - Atlanta on February 9 & 10, 2014. ( There were even 3 Charley Harper designs.)

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

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

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

Peacock Ginger Jar
Melissa Shirley Designs (MSD 1665)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Two Orchids
Melissa Shirley Designs (MSD 1484-2A)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Don't Pursue Happiness... Create It.
Zecca (ZE-118)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Kitschy-en
Fleur de Paris, artist Sandra Gilmore (SG-18-569)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

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

Black and Silver Challah Cover
Pepita (PEP001)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Dancing Miriam
Julia's Needleworks, artist Bracha Lavee (BL-16TB)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Sun Teardrop Purse
The Studio Midwest (PR108A)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Colorful Harlequin Picture/Mirror Frame
Colors of Praise (PF163)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Polka Dot Pot
Maggie Co. (M-1545)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Because You're Mine I Walk the Line
Quail Run Designs, artist Nancy Coffelt (NC112)
Stitch Guide by Robin King

I told you there was something for everyone! It will be fun to watch these canvases come to life.

As with all my guides, these are also available for purchase. Just email me creativecats@comcast.net.

OK... that's about all for this entry. Next blog will be about some of the projects which have kept me away from blogging. I've been in the "Cone of Silence" and now I can share the details.

Until then... Hugs, Robin.