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

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:

Cherry Blossom

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 



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!
Uncle Sam Nutcracker  
Patriotic Flag Star

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


Red/White Heart

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