Sunday, April 29, 2012


Yesterday, Pamela & I made the treck into Palos Verdes to attend the Shoreline Stitchers' Showcase. I had planned to take my mother who lives in Palos Verdes for an outting but she didn't feel well. After a short visit to appease my guilt, we arrived at the exhibit. There were 254 entries. The entries were seperated into 8 categories with up to 7 Divisions in each catergory. We figured a third of the entries were under glass. (Had I known that was permissible, I would have submitted a piece.) There were a large number of entries in the Counted Thread Division (AKA cross stitch). There was also a Division for Charted Needlepoint. The Bead Division was interesting. Margaret Flemming entered a three dimensional bonsi tree created entirely of beads. As for unique finishing, someone had stitched 5 ornament size Kimonos. They were mounted on a beautifully finished Kimono shaped piece of wood. The stitcher used Shawl pins or hair picks to hang the Kimonos. My favorite new needlepoint technique was the beard on a Santa stocking by Liz with stitch guide by Susan Portra. The beard was long stitched in gray wool. White cord had been twisted and randomly couched in waves or curls over the long stitches. The hair was basket woven with a finer cord on top. The mustache was solidly packet twisted cord. The major prize winner was Rachel Watkins with her Silk/Metal work. There was also an exhibit of Jan Jellins thread paintings. The program had been printed after the judging so one can see the piece and any ribbon won. There were wonderful opportunity baskets and a botique. I was inspired and have been stitcheing ever since I returned home. Have a happy day! Tisha

Sunday, April 15, 2012

New Slide Show

I had a computer tech here for two hours this weekend. He says I'm stuck with the computer jargon. Is that true Jane? The slide show features new & colorful items available at Needlepoint Tool Time. When I first previewed the slide show on line, it opened with a prayer. There's a place for that but not on my web site! I think I have resolved the issue. This was the first weekend for Coachella Fest. It's a musical event aimed at people with a questionable taste in music. They take over the Polo Fields in the lower valley. There are mutiple stages & large tents featuring various bands. They can accomodate 98,000 mostly younger, scantily dressed people. Traffic is a nightmare. Tickets are only sold as 3 day passes for $300. The event has been so succesful that they are running it for 2 weekends this year. It is followed the third weekend by Stage Coach which has a Country Western theme. Enjoy, Tisha

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

One of my friends just received her Lisa Krause/Maggie Chess Set. She sent pictures. Thought I'd share one with you.
I am still not seeing a photo, only computer gobbley gook. Enlarge the picture if possible. Enjoy, Tisha