Sunday, July 16, 2017

a new Patriotic Club from The Nimble Needle-Atlanta

Hi Everybody... Robin here...

Have you seen the new Needlepoint Club beginning this month from The Nimble Needle in Sandy Springs, GA? Here's their current ad in Needlepoint Now.

"From Sea to Shining Sea" Club •  The Nimble Needle-Atlanta
featuring patriotic designs from Labors of Love Needlepoint

It's called "From Sea to Shining Sea"... a patriotic club featuring 8 ornaments from Labors of Love Needlepoint.

Display these on Flag Day, Memorial Day, July 4th,
Veterans Day... or every day!

Each ornament is on 18 mesh featuring 1776 Shield, Flag, George Washington, Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross, Uncle Sam, Liberty Torch, and Eagle. Each canvas, stitch guide, threads, beads & baubles will be shipped monthly.

1776 Shield
July 2017
3.5" x 4.25" on 18 mesh

August 2017
4.7.5" x 4.25" on 18 mesh

George Washington
September 2017
2.25" x 4.75" on 18 mesh

Liberty Bell
October 2017
3.75" x 4.25" on 18 mesh

Betsy Ross
November 2017
3" x 5.25" on 18 mesh

Uncle Sam
December 2017
2" x 5.25" on 18 mesh

Liberty Torch
January 2018
4.5" round on 18 mesh

February 2018
5.25" x 3.5" on 18 mesh

You can see more about this and other monthly clubs from The Nimble Needle-Atlanta using this link...

Side note: I enjoyed creating this magazine ad; just one of many feathers in my cap behind this computer!

Well, that's all for now. Hopefully the neighbors will run out of fireworks soon!

Until then... Hugs, Robin

Sunday, July 9, 2017

new pastel Painters Threads

Hi Everybody... Robin here.

Today's topic is the new pastel colors of Painters Threads. Have you seen them? Did you already know about the original colors of Painters Threads?

Let's start from the beginning... or at least, my knowledge about Painters Threads.

Once upon a time, there was (and still is) a company called YLI Corp. They made the RibbonFloss threads, a soft braided rayon. Originally, they were on a cardboard spool and later they were on a plastic paddle. You might think of them as "cousins" to the Neon Rays threads from Rainbow Gallery.

RibbonFloss color chart

Then the ShimmerBlend RibbonFloss came along; the original RibbonFloss with a touch of Metallic. Again, you might think of them as "cousins" to the Neon Rays Plus threads from Rainbow Gallery.

ShimmerBlend RibbonFloss color chart

Well,  the Painters Threads were born in Germany from the ShimmerBlend RibbonFloss base thread;  hand-painted in wonderful rich colors. Each color way was named for a famous painter whose painting inspired the choice of blended colors. For example... Klimt, Picasso, GrandmaMoses, and Chagall. How about that! You get to stitch with a beautiful thread and get some art history at the same time!!

original Painters Threads
ShimmerBlend Ribbon Floss

I have been a fan of the Painters Threads collection for a very long time. They've expanded their line to also include #4 and #8 Metallic Braid, Soie d'Alger 7 strand Silk Floss, Perle Cotton, Silk Ribbons, Gimp, and Ric Rac. Your local/favorite needlepoint shop can show you all what's available in the Painters Thread line of products.

This round-about introduction now brings me to today's topic: Pastel Painters Threads. 😀  Introducing 10 new colors in pastel shades made with the ShimmerBlend RibbonFloss base.

pastel Painters Threads
ShimmerBlend Ribbon Floss

Row 1
Island - P001, Aruba - P002, Riesling - P003, Pomelo - P004, Suricata - P005

Row 2
Peony - P006, Agave - P007, Koala - P008, Longan - P009, Syringa - P010

Aren't they pretty! I can't wait to use them... and to also include them in upcoming stitch guides!

I would still use my flat iron on these Painters Threads prior to stitching for a nice smooth effect.

For those new to the Needlepoint Study Hall blog, here's a link to my previous discussion on Straightening Neon Rays using a flat iron. Wow! Has it really been 6 years since that posting?!!

Well, that's all for now. Wanted to share with you what's new with me.

Until the next time... Hugs, Robin

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Happy July 4th

Hello, hello!

It's me... Robin... your absent blogger. I'm back and boy, have I missed you!

Where has the time gone?

Well, for me, I've been here all the time; in front of the computer writing stitch guides and traveling to/teaching at wonderful Needlepoint stores across this country. Often when I'm under deadlines (translation the plane is leaving in ____ days) I tend to hunker down and forgo life's responsibilities including blogging.

Facebook has been my go-to platform for updates. But, seriously, absent for almost 2 years?!! I apologize.

So... I'm back.

The July 4th holiday is upon us. BBQ, picnics, family reunions, potato salad... fond memories!

I've also had the pleasure of writing several July 4th/Americana themed stitch guides.

The Fourth
Fleur • artist, Sandra Gilmore
Stitch Guide by Robin King

American Eagle Flag
Amanda Lawford
AL 26006
Stitch Guide by Robin King

American Bald Eagle
The Meredith Collection • artist, Charley Harper
Stitch Guide by Robin King

July 4th Picnic Baskets
Melissa Shirley Designs
artist, Mary Lake-Thompson
MLT 213
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Here's the stitch guide I am currently writing... It's called "God Bless America" by Cooper Oaks Design (artist, Melissa McLeod • MML 921). 

God Bless America
Cooper Oaks Design • artist, Melissa McLeod
MML 921

This is for my next Canvas Enhancement class in September 2017... at North Shore Needleworks in the Chicago area. This will be my first time teaching there and I am looking forward to meeting everyone. I will be sure to bring you along with me on my journey.

As I've mentioned before, all of my stitch guides are available from me. Just email me your request and I will get back with you the details. You can reach me at

Well, that's all for now. Have a safe and enjoyable July 4th holiday. Hope you get to do some stitching. Here's a Stars chart for you. I'm a giver! 😊

Until the next time... HUGS, Robin