Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sewing Chest

You have got to check out this blog post from Craftwoman 2008 ~ she just got a sewing chest and I am BEYOND envious. It is SO FABULOUS! BE sure to scroll down and see her craft show table ~ so wish I lived closer so I could have gone. I love craft shows!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

You have got to go read Tracy from Ink Circles new blog post ~ She's All Heart! Seriously shows how fabulous the stitching community really is and how close we all are despite our geographic location. I've always felt an instant bond with someone when I found out they were a stitcher. Here's another great reason why!

And since we are all so close I wanted to see if you heard about Tracy's new Project 99? Tracy is going to design 99 bottles of beer but she needs your help! Send Tracy a clear photo of your favorite bottle of beer and she will add it to the design. Tracy has 69 bottles so she is only 30 bottles away from her goal. Now let's all pitch in and go get a beer......just don't forget your camera!

Tracy is a 2010 SYHO Designer Encyclopedia participant. Ink Circles design will debut in August 2010. It is AMAZING! You will not want to miss it!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Have you read the LTS ~ SYHO April Stitcher Newsletter yet? No? What are you waiting for? With loads of fun games, tips, tricks and heart healthy recipes and activities, this is the BEST read you will have all month! The April newsletter features our April Designer Encyclopedia Designer ~ Belinda Karls-Nace of Blue Ribbon Designs.

Click HERE to read the April 2010 Stitcher newletter and be sure to pass it on to your stitching friends!

Established with Love ~ SYHO Designer Encyclopedia
3rd design in a series of 12 designs for the SYHO Campaign.

Click HERE to read the April 2010 Stitcher newsletter and be sure to pass it on to your stitching friends!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Stitchy Follows?

Due to the non-stitching related Doggie topic yesterday it seems we hit some kind of alert with Blogger. After I verified the account and our info, I was able to get parts back the blog (we lost quite a few posts) but we were not as lucky with our followers.

We will be sending out an e-mail to all Loose Thread Stitchers and SYHO members as well as posting on Facebook and Twitter. Please pass the word to your stitching friends that 99% of our followers were deleted and they will need to re-follow the blog.

In light of this situation, we will be moving the blog to another venue in the near future to prevent this from happening again but for now we don't want you to miss the latest and greatest in the stitching world. Thanks everyone!!!

Friday, April 23, 2010

What a great way to end the week! Yippee it's Friday!


Clear chart and instructions, and product list. This model was stitched on 30 count Just Orange from R & R Reproductions. It is stitched with one strand over one. The design is 7 1/3"x 8 3/4" & the stitch count is 221(H)x 262(W). We used both Weeks Dye Works and the Gentle Art Sampler Threads for the model. When stitching with hand dyed threads it is fun to be creative and experiment with the placement of colors. That is one thing that will make your piece truly individual. Each star can be stitched a different way. Do some from left to right doing the full x, some from left to right only doing the / then coming back from the right to do the . Or fill in the outside and stitch circularly until you hit the center. "yippee" just makes me smile!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Little known facts about Blue Ribbon Designs:

1. My first needlework project (at the young age of six) was a Crewel Embroidery garden/vegetable sampler.

2. I have collected music memorabilia since I was teenager and have acquired hundreds of autographs and over 5,000 vinyl record albums.

3. I have sang the National Anthem at several large sporting events.

4. I will be releasing my 100th design in 2010.

5. I have experienced sky diving, bungee jumping, parasailing, and horseback riding in the Alaskan wilderness.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Want to find a project that will help organize your home this spring and not cost you an arm and a leg? Why not take this week to challenge yourself to re-purpose an item in your house? This morning I took an old infant laundry hamper and turned it into 2 bow holders and a headband holder. It took about an hour and I am thrilled with how it turned out (Here's the story).

Creativity shouldn't be something to fear, it should be something that excites you, feeds your soul and sparks the pride that comes from knowing ~ you did that! Does every project work out ~ no! That doesn't mean you can't try. You might surprise yourself......I know I did.

Friday, April 2, 2010

It’s Official it’s SYHO Friday! Yippee! We are thrilled to introduce Belinda Karls-Nace of Blue Ribbon Designs, the SYHO Designer Encyclopedia April 2010 designer.

Established with Love

Design #3 in a series of 12 designs for the SYHO Designer Encyclopedia

Design Size 50X50

Fabric: 32 count Light Examplar by Lakeside Linens

Fibers: Weeks Dye Works (1 skein each) Bluecoat Blue, Curry, Emerald, Hazelnut, Snowflake and Turkish Red

~ Here’s a few of our FAVORITES from Blue Ribbon Designs ~

Belinda has a unique way with Samplers. Not only does she create AMAZING motifs to frame and adorn your walls, she goes a step above and creates smalls with motifs from each design providing stitchers with a full range of options and ideas to create a personalized piece that reflects their style and taste.

Schoolgirl Samplings is a fabulous example of Belinda's talent and unique spin on samplers

Belinda's inspirational sayings should be on the walls of corporate workers worldwide! Let's create a movement to get ride of the cheesy motivational posters and replace them with these FABULOUS finds!

Finally, did you know Belinda is kind enough to share the design below on her website? It'll take a few minutes to navigate your way around to find it but believe me it's worth it! You'll be able to explore everything Blue Ribbon Designs has to offer and believe me you will not be disappointed!