Wednesday, October 28, 2015

WIP Wednesday

This week I would like to highlight a painted canvas Barbara has been working on the last few months. It is called the Fourth of July Flag and it is designed by The  Collection Designs. You can see more of their designs at

She purchased the canvas at the Wool and Willow in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. You can see more about the shop by visiting their web page at

The stitch selections are by Barbara. She has almost completed all of the white background which she is doing in the Nobuko stitch.

We are all looking forward to seeing what stitches she selects for the the rest of the piece and how she intends to finish it. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Finish It Friday

While we each enjoy  different stages of the stitching journey for the painted canvases or counted designs we choose the happiest day is the day we complete the stitching on that cherished piece.  Today I want to share a piece Patty finished this week called Christmas Flowers designed by Mindy with a stitch guide provided by Aristeia Needlepoint in Santa Monica, Ca. If you want to see more of what they offer you can visit them on the web by going to

I can't wait to see how she chooses to finish this piece and 
 I wonder which of her children or grandchildren she will give this beautiful piece too.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

WIP Wednesday

This week we feature  Ro's current WIP, a  counted needlepoint design from Needlepoint Delights and designed by Kathy Rees. It is constructed with a variety of different threads which lend it texture as well as a color palette  that remind one of the Caribbean. While this geometric piece looks straight forward putting the center design elements on point makes the stitching challenging.  

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

WIP Wednesday

I thought it would be nice to showcase the works in progress of our members throughout the year. This would give us all an opportunity to see the variety of projects our members work on.

Today I would like to show off a painted canvas by Melissa Shirley that a number of our members are stitching. They started it as a class at Lori's shop, Expressions In NeedleArts back in May of 2015.

While they are all at different points you can see from this canvas the rich colors and textures that stitch guide introduces.  This is a challenging canvas but according to those stitching it a wonderful learning experience.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A New England Style Tea Cozy

I mentioned to a few chapter members that I saw a delightful tea cozy sitting on the shelf of BF Goood Stitch in Salem Massachusetts. It was designed by Mary Beale in 1996 and is called the Boston Tea Party. Here is some more information for anyone who wants to know more about it or perhaps stitch it. Her chart is designed to be done in needlepoint on 18 count canvas  or cross stitched over two on 30 count evenweave or linen.

One person wrote an extensive entry in her blog about the piece which you can see here:
If after seeing pictures and reading about it you would like to stitch it you can get the chart for $5.00 at Mary Beale's online shop at :

Reminder For Our October 14th Meeting

Flower City Needler’s  of the  American Needlepoint Guild

Meeting is at the Brighton Senior Center, 220 Idlewood Rd, (Use entrance off S. Winton Road)

Some of us will be meeting for dinner at 5:30 at Root 31 Cafe and Eatery in Pittsford Plaza (3349 Monroe Avenue, Pittsford, 585-383-5660) if you would like to join us. Please note this is a different location from last year.    

Program: Silk Needlework of China
Patti Fienup will give a presentation of exquisite needlework from her trip to China.  I’ve had a peak at the photos and they are stunning.  In the spirit of this presentation, please bring your own example of ethnic needlework to share.

Brighton Food Bank
Please bring non-perishable food items in for donation to the Brighton Food Bank. The items must be non-perishable and in non-glass containers.  Cash donations will also be accepted. This will be an on-going, monthly agenda item as a new outreach project of our chapter.        

Show and Share
Bring your finished work for show and share and as always wear your Nametags!

Hope to see you there.

Ruth Gustafson