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Oct 22, 2014

The Three Witches

Just in time for Halloween, Michele at Bristly Thistle has finished her stitch guide for Pajamas and Chocolate's "Three Witches."  I think it is charming.
http://bristlythistle.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/three-witches-stitch-guide-complete/

I'm sure Patt (the designer--Pajamas and Chocolates is the Patt and Lee hand painted line) is very pleased.  If you are charmed as well, you can pick up the canvas and guide via Michele's shop.
http://www.bristlythistle.com/paj142.html

Oct 20, 2014

Festival Owls Stitch Guide

Carolyn Hedge Baird just posted on Facebook that she's nearly finished stitching the Vicki Sawyer/Melissa Shirley canvas called "Festive Owls."  You can get a good idea of what the finished piece will look like here.  I think it's magnificent!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203250884456936&set=gm.745653792178448&type=1&theater

If you are interested, use Facebook's messaging system to let Carolyn know or contact her through Chaparral Needlepoint in Houston, Texas.
http://www.ndlpt.com

Oct 17, 2014

Laurie Walden, of Chaparral UPDATED

Melissa Shirley has added a profile of Laurie and the guides she has written for MSD canvases to her website.
http://melissashirleydesigns.com/galcol/index.cgi?index=1311778482_8805&col=158

UPDATE:  Laurie has a website now!  If you click on the Stitch Guides section you can choose between the designers Laurie's done guides for.   Click on the designer name to see models of the finished designs.  They are a varied lot, but Laurie's done a great job on each and every one.
http://stitchlaw.com

Oct 8, 2014

A Free Stitch Guide from Palma: Seaside Shell Cracker

Seaside Shell Cracker

Palma Seljan has posted two free stitch guides for some of Melissa Shirley's little seasonal cracker canvases on Facebook, and kindly offered the guides to me to post here, too.  So here's a treat from Palma--The Seaside Shell Cracker.  The bare canvas is shown in the link below.  As you can see, there are several in this ocean-themed cracker series, all of them great fun to stitch.  Many thanks for the guide, Palma!
http://melissashirleydesigns.com/galsearch/index.cgi?index=1369675910_4619&col=

Yesterday I posted Palma's guide for the Halloween witch's hat cracker.  Use the Previous arrow at the bottom of this article to see it.   Now here is Palma's guide for the Seaside Shell Cracker.

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Stitch Guide
Design: Seaside Crackers by Melissa Shirley - Shell

Area
Thread
Stitch
Centre Square Background
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#12 Kreinik braid 9732
Skipped Tent
Shell
Oriental Linen OL 030, OL 057 #3 DMC Perle 3033
Make spokes with the DMC Perle. Then Spider Web stitch with the OL following the color design.
Sand
Weeks Dye Works 5 Pearl 1111
Upright Cross
Border
Sea Grass 134 Crystal Braid CR13
Lay the Crystal Braid and then stitch with the Sea Grass 2 vertical stitches, skip 2
Side Panels
Watercolors 127
#12 Kreink braid 9400
6 mm Twisted Bugle beads TW206-260F (link at the bottom)
Slanted Wave from “Got Stitches”? by Gone Stitching, page 12. Watercolors for the vertical stitches and Kreinik for the Diagonal. Place bugle beads at intersection.
Blue Line
#12 ThreadworX metallic 910031
Stich 2 Satin stitches vertically, 2 Satin stitches horizontally
Squares
Tila beads TL402FR-TB, TL413FR-TB
Attach to the area following color design
Light blue line
Crystal Braid CR13
Van Dyke

Oct 7, 2014

A Free Stitch Guide from Palma: Halloween Witch's Hat UPDATED

Palma's Halloween Witch Hat Cracker

Palma Seljan has posted two free stitch guides for some of Melissa Shirley's little seasonal cracker canvases on Facebook, and kindly offered the guides to me to post here, too.  So here's a treat from Palma--The Halloween Witch's Hat Cracker.  Here is the bare canvas.  As you can see, there are several in the Halloween cracker series, all of them great fun to stitch.  Many thanks for the guide, Palma!
http://melissashirleydesigns.com/galsearch/index.cgi?index=1314913556_26839&col=

Tomorrow I'll post Palma's guide for the Seaside Shell cracker.  But for now here is Palma's guide.
UPDATE:  Palma used rizo beads held on by a small round bead in her borders.  They don't appear to be listed in the guide but I think this is what she used.  The site calls them "rice droplet" beads.  They are shaped like fat rice grains and have a hole in one end only.
http://www.fusionbeads.com/3x6-5mm-Bright-Neon-Orange-Rice-Droplet-Seed-Beads

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Stitch Guide
Design: Halloween Crackers by Melissa Shirley – Witch Hat

Area
Thread
Stitch
Centre Square Background
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#Sea Grass 113
#14 Sundance beads 422A
T-stitch
Attach beads at the yellow dots
Hat
Petite Very Velvet V601
Kreinik Micro Ice Chenille 17
#11 Luminous Delica beads DB2038, DB2031, DB0756
#11 Luminous Delica beads DB2040 #14 Sundance beads 516, 422A
Sprats Hat
Couch the Kreinik
Attach the delica beads with basketweave stitch for the border
For the flower: string the beads and tack them in place; for the petals you’ll have to string 1 time for each color one for the outer part and one for the centre.
Black line
Silk Lame Braid SL133
Continental over 2
Orange Border
Crystal Braid CR12
Van Dyke
Side Panels
#5 Painters Thread 108 Petite Sparkle Rays PS02

Petite Sparkle Rays PS52

Shimmer Blend Ribbon Floss 304 Mill Hill Petite Glass beads 42014
Cashmere with Painters Thread and Tent with PSR. This stitch I think is called “Corduroy” – it is cashmere with tent in between For the yellow area – Diagonal Roumanian
For the orange area: Satin stitch String the beads and place along the balck line
Green Line
Petite Sparkle Rays PS02
Van Dyke