Friday, February 16, 2018

Chinese Lunar New Year 2018 is year of the Dog

Inspirations to help celebrate!
Little Year, when preparations start, February 8-15
Spring Festival, February 16-26
Lantern Festival, February 27th-March 2nd.

So wether you are celebrating the Year of the Dog:

Large Dog (Brown)
Large Dog (black) 
Large Dog (clear)
Bull Dog (white)
Bull Dog (black)

Poodle* (clear only)


Small Dog*
Dog/Cat Silhouette
Wolf

Or just celebrating! Use one or more of these magnets as a gift for a friend or yourself as a pin, decoration or on your canvas to celebrate new beginnings.

The Spring Festival is a time of change and new beginnings.  Sounds like a great excuse for a new project and/or accessory.  Things to keep in mind, similar to Valentines it is all about the color RED. Popular symbols are flowers, fruits (in particular, oranges, peaches, pomegranates and apples) and birds like the Phoenix.   

Other celebratorial appropriate items:
Symbol
Phoenix

Cherry Blossom
Orange*
Pomegranate
Apple

Peach
In ancient times, men were not allowed to go without headdress while women use ornate wands to this day.  Modern interpretation is accessorizing with rhinestone and crystals as seen here.  Not only for the hair but on your person. For example, if wearing a hanfu, clothing of the Han ethnicity which influenced the kimono, you also add pendants to the waistband and in modern wear on the lapel.  


Happy Cat 

"NAMASTE"

Kimono*

Geisha
An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance.  The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break. - Chinese Proverb

This proverb reminds me of the bond stitchers have with one another. Express your friendship by giving a stitching friend a gift of a needle threaded with a red thread on a needleminder and a copy of this proverb.


Gold Moon

Silver Moon

Blue Moon
*Denotes only small quantities left

Disclosure: I am NOT an expert. Take the above information and ideas with a grain of salt and loose interpretation.  Information is from the web (so it must be true) and ideas are meant for inspirations.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Olympic Stitching

The Winter Olympics start today! 
A wonderful event to sit & stitch by.
Use and wear a magnet to show your team's spirit!
Go USA!
Uncle Sam Nutcracker  
Patriotic Flag Star

Firecracker
Large Owl (Patriotic)
Statue of Liberty
Ideas representative of other countries:


Union Jack Heart
Shamrock Irish Flag
Eiffel Tower

Friday, February 2, 2018

Go Red with Thread campaign against Heart Disease


The needlepoint industry contributes to the American Heart Associations campaign against heart disease. 

We have magnets to match!

Amanda Lawford 
through Vallerie Designs
Double Hearts (red)
Double Hearts (pink) 

Leigh Designs
Red Mermaid

Melissa Prince Designs

Red Wine

Orange*
Carrots

Red/White Heart

Red Shoes & Purse
(matches another canvas by Melissa Prince)




Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Special Holiday Card and Gift


I received this Christmas Card last year.  
It was so beautiful and appropriate I kept it!  
Why not create your own!  

A simple version is take a magnet and put it on a card or tag.  This makes a great gift for any hostess, cookie exchange, gift exchange and if the person is a stitcher, all the better!
Christmas Tree Cookie 
Gingerbread man Cookie
Stocking
You can even use your needleminder as your drink charm!
 
How is that for multipurpose use!
Smaller magnets work best, particularly for the foot of the glass.  The glass has to be one with a high inset.  Be sure to drink from the other side if you are using it on the bowl or near the rim.

Needleminder, to pin, to drink charm and back home on the canvas.

Heart in pink or purple being introduced at the January Market along with many other new and exciting designs.  Stay tuned!

Wishing you a Happy and Health Holiday Season!





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Thursday, October 6, 2016

New Items for October - Happy Haunting -

New for October

Jack O'Lanterns
(monster)

Introduced at the Dallas Market
Glamorous:
Pelican
Pokeman Ball
 (or Santa Suit?)
Monster:
Boo
Frankenstein
Rainbow Heart