Saturday, January 29, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
We recently received some clear heart paperweights which you can insert a stitched needlepoint into. We had Jim, our custom painter, paint a few that would be perfect for your loved one. They're in the theme of heart candies, with phrases like 'Kiss Me' and 'Be Mine.' The set, which includes the canvas and the paperweight is just $40, and since there's only 2 colors, they'll be so quick to stitch up! Also, to make these an even better deal and great idea for a gift that can continue to be modified (the canvases don't have to be applied permanently to the paperweight. You can interchange the canvas as the season or your mood passes), there's no finishing costs! Just stitch and insert the finished canvas into the paperweight, and you're ready to give it as a gift!
If you were thinking that this year would be a great year to give your date a handmade gift, we can definitely help you out! Come in and see what we have. If your Valentine is a needlepointer themselves, you can also give a gift certificate to our store!
Saturday, January 22, 2011
The following is a segment from her arist statement, which you can view by following the link attached to the title of this blog.
"I use my daily life as the main subject of my work with the idea of the work being honest, even painfully so, coming from my desire to be true to my emotions, insecurities, strengths, and intelligence without fear of ridicule or censure from a patriarchal society. By making work that resides within the realm of the everyday, everyday objects, and the female, I am attempting to defy and contest masculine censure. In effect, I reclaim my femininity: the quality of being feminine, without the fear of losing strength or respect. Though the autobiographical drives the work and is necessary for it to exist, ultimately it is transcended, enabling the viewers to have their own independent relationship to the work."
Her statement really helps bring a new light to her work. I think it's interesting to see how young contemporary stitchers are incorporating traditional stitching techniques into their own art to voice their own thoughts and ideas. Her work definitely contains a lot of the emotions and thoughts she says she is trying to achieve, and for that I think her work is successful.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The one we have in the store, which is shown to the right, has a lot of great stitches that really make the already fun design even more eye-catching!
Zecca also has other designs for clocks, one of which is below. It is called the "Leaf Clock" and is fabulous! The colors are great, and the frame they finished it with gives the best final touch! We have placed an order for it, and it will be in store soon!
Of course, if you are interested in participating in the class, or just would like to do a needlepoint clock yourself, but don't see one that strikes your fancy, you could always have our custom painter make one for you! This would be the perfect way to accent your room using imagery that you love and colors that coordinate with your room's design!
While we don't have a date set up for the class yet, once we have at least 6 participants we'll choose a date and time and notify everyone who has expressed interest. Give us a call, email or come in to the shop and check out the clock we have stitched and on display and learn more about this really fun class!
Saturday, January 15, 2011
To encourage men of all ages to consider needlepoint as a fun, relaxing pasttime I've compiled a selection of canvases and projects that they may find appealing. It wasn't hard! The hard part was only in limiting the amount I show here!
As well as the wearable canvases a man could do, there are a lot of accessories that a man may carry around that could be personalized to suit his interests. One such idea would be a flask! We have kits that include a flask and an canvas which you would stitch and then insert into the front. You can also buy the flask separately and then buy a canvas that fits and that you're attracted to. The Lee canvases in the BJ series fit these flasks perfectly! This would also be a great idea for a gift to give your boyfriend or male friend for Valentine's day or his birthday!
With so many options now-a-days, it's easy to see why men are being more attracted to needlepoint. If you are interested in learning, or you know a man who may be interested in getting started with needlepoint, send him in our direction! We'll definitely show him the ropes and get him prepared for beginning this great past-time.
I feel Rosey Grier has hit the nail on the head with his quote: