Ok – I tried to post this earlier today and it didn’t show up on my published blog and of course I didn’t save it in a file on my computer so now I’m starting from scratch. The first one was really good, too!
I just sent my Santa and Reindeer models to The Needle Works in Austin, TX. I don’t usually send them out to shops because of the wear and tear on the models, but Colleen’s new store is within walking distance of my daughter’s apartment and I’ve always had a soft spot for The Needle Works, as that’s the store that gave me my start in the needlepoint business. Back in the late eighties, I was asked to design a logo by the two owners of The Needle Works (one of those owners now produces the line A Collection of Designs). The basket full of needlework goodies logo is still used by the shop today. A few months after designing the logo, I started working part time for the shop (and I didn’t know how to needlepoint) and soon afterwards, I began painting custom pieces for the shop, plus the always fun (lol) painting names on stocking cuffs. I still have one of the canvases I designed for a customer, the golf scene picture frame #800PI, in the line today.
Back to the Santa set…There’s been a lot of renewed interest in the series since we refinished the models last spring. We sent them to Funda Scully in Fort Worth who redid all the bows and stands and finished the last two reindeer in the set. All the canvases come with stitch guides, written by my friend and model stitcher, Susan Burris, also of Austin. Colleen, The Needle Works owner, will be displaying the set on the mantel above her fireplace until the end of March. For those of you in the central Texas area, Colleen just moved in to her new building located at 4401 Medical Parkway. I haven’t been there yet, but everyone tells me the new shop is gorgeous!
For those of you in California, Queen Anne Stitches is teaching the Sleigh series. They just started in January, so there’s plenty of time to jump into the class. Apparently, the students pick and choose which of the pieces they want to take as a class. Queen Anne’s is located in Santa Clarita.
You can see the painted canvas on my web-site at: www.paintedponyneedlepoint.com and get more info about the pieces via your Local Needlework Retailer.