the end of childhood
To all my readers (and many of you friends too).
My dad, George Goodman, died yesterday, March 23, 2013. It was the death he wanted. He wanted to die at home with his family around and that’s just what he did.
He must have been holding on until he got home because he went 50 hours after he got here. It was peaceful. His breathing was slow, more & more time between each breath until the last one, then silently and gently, no more.
The worst part of it was my brother who lives in Switzerland could not get here in time. H missed dad by 4 hours. There was an airline strike in Germany and he could not get a ticket soon enough.
The interment is tomorrow, in the exact place and way he asked for.
My dad was a big man, strong, successful and smart. He was always there. When I was in trouble or lost, he rescued me. He gave me great advice (which I sometimes even followed).
I have been able, all these years (62) to remain something of a child. That is over. My mother was dependent on him in many ways (just as he depended on her). She has no idea how any of his financial stuff works or should be handled.
He trained me to be an investor, to manage money & portfolios. I promised him I would take care of her and I will.
Still, I have no yet experienced what I think of as grief. It doesn’t seem real yet, although my conscious mind knows it is so.
It will sink in slowly, I think, after I am alone. Same for my mother. All her kids, her sister and a grandchild or two is here and she is automatically being our mother. It is what and who she is.
My brothers think it will not hit her until she is alone for a day or so.
We are discussing which of us will do what, when.
I have my son’s destination wedding in 3 weeks. A big trip to Boston, then a flight straight through to Turks & Caicos island for me. Then I reverse it 5 days later.
I host a night before dinner for everyone. With a destination wedding you do not have the rehearsal dinner for just the wedding party. Since everybody is already there, one does a diner for everyone.
I think I found a good place for it. The Lemon Cafe in Providenciales.
The wedding is at sunset on the beach.
Anyway, this all strikes me is an end and a beginning.
But my dad is no more, there is a big empty hole in my world.
And he is released from the pain and the torment that is so much of end of life care, now.
I can’t thank Hospice By The Sea enough, they were here for all of us and gave him gentle loving care, his death was free from pain.
I am staying in Florida until Thursday. Then home but it is all different now.
everything old is new again
I think I have used this title for a blog before. It is a line from a wonderful song, done by Peter Allen and used in the dancing down the spiral staircase at home scene in All That Jazz. A great dancing movie and one of my (many favorites)
I just packaged up the last (and hardest to do) of the 7 tax returns I had to assemble and do for the accountants (yes, plural now, my folk’s in Florida and mine & the kids in Boston).
Over the years I have become good friends with my accountant, no matter where I live (and I do move) he manages to do our taxes. He calls us The Goodman Group (very funny).
He has what I call “accountant humor”, it is very specialized but often roaringly funny.
Ok, so that’s done and I have a week before I go back to Florida. I will (I hope, anyway) rent a place there. Then come back and begin packing, getting this place ready to sell.
Then my son’s wedding 4/20 Turks & Caicos, with the dinner I am hosting the 19th.
As if this was not a lot, I am having 6 (count em) more caps done on my teeth. My previous, previous dentist was a hack. He did many caps for me (soft teeth, prone to decay, my brother’s are like this too) but as my current dentist, John, says ” a cap should be like a hat, it should cover most of the tooth. Yours do not stay on and break often because they are more like *berets* than caps”.
Ouch. I did 3 this past winter, had 1 more…then was going to do the other 5 in the fall but I am moving. I like this dentist, trust him too, after so many bad dentists. So between now and when I move in May (no more May 1st, more like May 30). I will do 6 more caps and be done (and look Good).
He is giving me a discount. Not kidding, buy 4 he is giving me the 5th free (BOGO for Teeth? ). Why not, it is pretty much 20% off.
Anyway, (I am getting to my point, I promise) I have some new things to list and I was holding off doing a blog until I got them listed (nice excuse to not do it) . Then I thought, why not pull out some of the older designs & books and let them strut their stuff.
Oh, BTW, thank you everyone for prayers & wishes, my Dad, George, is a little better every day. They are talking about moving him to rehab maybe next week.
Ok, This is colorful and very cheerful hand painted Zebra Needlepoint Kit is from the famous needlepoint designer, Jean Smith. It is suitable for a beginner or someone more advanced could have some fun with it, all kinds of stitch & embellishment possibilities.
There is companion piece that I have kitted in similar colors, if you wanted to do a pair. it is Jean Smith’s hand painted Toucan.
Below is a gorgeous canvas from Danji Design, it is all over Fuchsias in glowing colors. This one is special for me, when we all lived up in Boston, every Mother’s Day I brought my mother a hanging basket of Fuchsias, she had a special hook for them by the front door.
This is available as the canvas alone or as a kit. The kit is made with Paternayan Yarn, the real original stuff. It is the last Paternayan kit I have.
Then there is one of Patt & Lee’s very good idea Glicee’ Scrap Threads canvases. It was Patt’s inspiration to design these for you to stitch using all those left over threads, yarns, beads, whatever you have in your stash.
You can go by Patt’s always good colors or use the colors you have in interesting and even unusual ways. I call this one 15 Cats in 15 Colors. Below is the canvas unstitched.
And here it is stitched by Patt (who is a much better stitcher then I am but I adore her anyway)
It seems as if everyone is just interested in new books now. There has not been much activity in the Rare Books category lately.
However, every so often there is a run on Bargello books. I have no idea what sparks it but it happens.
There are not that many “contemporary” Bargello books in print now but a few of the better ones have been re-issued in New Editions including
Florentine Embroidery by Barbara Muller. Translated from the original German, this is one of the Bargello books I consider a CORE book. I learned a lot from this book.
( I think some of you know I taught myself Bargello needlepoint from these books)
Traditional Bargello by Dorothy Phelan. This is another important Core book.
And of course Frances Salter’s famous The Bargello Book. This was the first Bargello book I ever saw, it fired me up.
There are some terrific used/rare book as well.
Bargello Plus by well-known NP author Mira Silverstein
I can’t possibly approach this subject without pulling out Margaret Boyle’s Bargello: An Explosion in Color. The is the ONE. I taught myself Bargello using this book and a few others but this was the base of it all. I want to show you a pattern from this book that I stitched about a month after beginning to stitch Bargello. This is in the book and considered an Advanced Stitch. The colors are me.
Yes, I know the book is expensive. It wasn’t when I started buying it a few years ago. I have sold so many copies that I have created an awareness and market for this book, which has driven the price way up.
I even have one *Gift Quality* copy of it. It is not listed yet, I am saving it for the Holiday Season next fall.
I go back to Florida 3/26 but I am always reachable by email. Any orders placed will be shipped the day after I get home.
This blog was fun to write, like visiting old friends.
Happy Spring everyone- it snowed here in Pennsylvania today
I am back from Florida. It was a hard visit. My Dad (George) is still in the hospital. Something has gone wrong with his throat and after 16 days of him not able to eat, the surgically inserted a feeding tube into his stomach.
So far, he is mostly alert and engaged but sometimes he gets this wide eyed look. Like a confused child.
He hates what is happening to him and really hates all the doctors & nurses poking and prodding.
This is terrible for my mother, they have been together 63 years and were boyfriend & girlfriend since my mother was a teenager, he is 5 years older.
I brought home all kinds of his work and the stuff to get his taxes ready for their accountant. Plus I have my own tax doing stuff still to do.
My father wants me to move there. I don’t like S. Florida (I have lived there twice before in my life of moving a lot) but I will move there for as long as he needs me.
He wanted me to buy there but I do not want to be stuck, I will rent.
I always did plan to eventually move home to Boston, My son , who has become a protective adult while I wasn’t looking, wants me to live closer now that I am alone. And I want grandchildren even more then I want kittens (and that is a lot).
Anyway, sorry to bother you, if it is TMI please ignore me.
I do want to thank my customers, over the last few years I have had to be in Florida to help my folks a few times (when Mother broker her arm etc.)
Anytime I received an order while I was away I would email the customer and tell them, much more briefly than this, what was going on.
Not one customer has ever been less than kind, gracious and told me to ship their order when I could…not to worry.
I suppose that is why I go on with my funny little web store, year after year. Some of my customers are genuinely nice.
Then again, some are not. I have 3 times told customers to take their business elsewhere.
The first was the lady I call “Crazy Lady” and she was. It was like she has a split personality. She would be nice and curious about needlepoint. She wanted to get better at it and I was glad to help. The other side of her was vindictive, sending me terrible emails & doing replies here accusing me of lying, cheating…and on.
I suggested she up her meds and find another needlepoint store.
The second was someone still around in the on-line needlepoint world. She bought a few things from me, kits & canvases. We became “friends”, once talking on the phone for an hour or so.
After the last purchase she made was delivered she contacted me to say she had been double charged by my on-line virtual terminal. Then she said triple charged.
I have been using this payment system for awhile now and the only mistakes in it have been made by me.
I checked, checked again.
The customer wanted me to refund 2/3 of the triple payment plus she wanted a gift from NewNeedlepoint.com to compensate her for the extra interest involved.
The list which she gave me, of the gifts she wanted approached $50.
That was my first clue that something was up.
I called the payment people, spoke with the head tech and we crawled all over my account. The payment was perfect, just the amount it should have been.
I called her, told her this and asked what was going on. I asked her (in a rare brave moment) if this was a scam.
She said yes and that it sometimes worked.
The last one was 2 weeks ago, the customer was a good one but a pain in the you know what. Constantly calling to say she needed more thread.
And always calling at 9am precisely. Now I work nights (doing this at 10:38 EDT) and sleep late. I begged her not to call so early.
Over & over she would wake me, on the dot of 9 am. She had something going with grey thread, she demanded more then double the amount of grey thread that would be needed for her kit. I often, she claimed, forgot to include colors.
Ok, she finished the kits she bought and then she began to annoy me about displaying the pictures of her stitched canvases she sent me.
Well, I did the first one. The New York Yankees
but I guess she did not see it.
She began calling & calling about not seeing it. I put it up here again and again she said she did not see it.
After awhile she began to annoy me about displaying her special order canvas. She asked for one of a specific superhero and sent me a picture.
I found a great NP designer for her (Sandy Morris Grossman) and all was well.
Looks great doesn’t it?
She sent me the picture about the time my father fell and broke his hip (while leaving dialysis). I had other things on my mind (understatement alert). Plus the traveling.
The emails & calls began again. When would I show it? when, when?
I finally emailed her and told her a bit about what was going on for me right now and that her compulsive need to have her work displayed was not something I could handle now.
Yes, it was hard and I could have been nicer. I could have just shown it and shut up…but I didn’t.
It might be that I was taking out some of my fear & anger about my Dad being so sick on her. (yes, anger comes in to it, in an odd way).
I told her to find another NP store. She sent me back an email response. I did not read it & deleted it. I am not proud of my behavior, so I am confessing, I think.
I have Laurel Burch’s Butterfly Dogs back in stock, finally.
and Laurel Burch’s Indigo Cats, which has been a popular design.
The two above are available as kits or the canvases alone.
I have The Cat Angel Ornament Kit again, too. I have lost count of how many of these I have sold. I love this design.
You can find these all in the Laurel Burch Category.
Sorry for so much personal stuff, I promise all NP & books next blog.
Pajamas and Chocolate
Pajamas & Chocolate is an appealing name for a Needlepoint Design business. It evokes evenings stitching by a warm fire while watching a Bette Davis or Joan Crawford or Drew Barrymore movie on TV (sorry, I am inflicting my movie fantasies on you).
Minus Bette, Joan or Drew this was the feeling Patt was looking for when naming her new, next generation, Needlepoint Design Business.
I have known Patt since both our beginner days on eBay. I began by buying this wonderful Cat & His Coffee canvas from Patt. I liked it so much I asked her if I could sell her designs in the new (not eBay) Needlepoint Web Store I was opening
This is still a popular design for Patt & Lee. I sold the one I had fast, It was one of the first sales NewNeedlepoint.com made.
Many of Patt’s early design are still current. Shower Cat has been updated and carried over to her Pajamas & Chocolate line.
This one has been stitched by Patt (who is a much better stitcher than I am). I do not yet have the Pajamas & Chocolate version of this design.
I do have a Beginner’s Patt & Lee Version of Shower Cat, customized by Patt for me.
Ok, I got off track again. Over the last 2 days I have listed 2 new Pajamas & Chocolate canvases, both up-dated from her original design portfolio and a new, new one
I don’t have to introduce anybody to Geisha Cats. A very well-known and popular design. It is now hand painted and the colors glow.
Or The wonderful Striped Cats. This can be a great Scrap Threads design or stitched using the Stitch Guide which comes with it.
The new, new one is The Poodle. I think she is charming
My Book sale continues. I have some fine Needlepoint books marked down. I need to clear out some of the Duplicate Copies I have of these books.
The marked down books include
Spooky Stitches by June McKnight I kept losing track of how many I had and ordering more.
I have marked down Sandra Arthur’s excellent The Shapes of Needlepoint Series 2 & Series 3
Ribbonwork by Helen Gibb
Canvas Applique by Ann Strite-Kurz
Have I blabbed about the changes I am making to the Books I list & sell on NewNeedlepoint.com yet?
If I have, ignore me,
If not, 2 years and some months ago I began adding other types of Needlework Books to my web store. I added Knitting & Crochet, Embroidery, Cross-Stitch. Then I had the OTHER category where I had all sorts of things: Punchneedle, Rug Hooking, everything that interested me.
Well, it has not been a success (understatement alert). I have given it plenty of time, if it was going to catch on it would have by now.
I am taking NewNeedlepoint.com back to it’s Needlepoint Roots.
I will carry all the Needlepoint & Bargello Needlepoint books I can find (or like).
I am keeping the Alphabets & Monograms Category. Although most of those books are embroidery based, the designs, templates & techniques apply to NP as well.
I am keeping the Color & Color Theory Category. That is universal.
I am keeping the Other Needlework Books Category. Here is my Catch-All. I have my finishing Books here, I kept the Stumpwork & Beadwork Books. These are techniques which lend themselves beautifully to NP.
I kept all the RibbonWork books. I see so much Ribbon being used in Needlepoint these days. Gold Work Books.
I have the Church Embroidery Book here, however you stitch them, the designs are what they are. I have 2 books of stitching for Left-Handers, they are still here.
I have Graham Leslie McCallum’s Design Books. I kept the Blackwork Books, Blackwork on canvas is very fine. I kept my 1 Montmellick Embroidery Book, it is raised padded surface stitching. Why not for NP too?
I have not yet edited out my Used/Rare book inventory, that is next.
And me? (m sighs) Remember me saying 2012 was a horrible year for me. Well, 2013 is not looking any better.
My Dad fell as he was leaving Dialysis a week ago and broke his hip (he is 89) They put in a new hip and he is at a Rehab Facility now but he does not sound good. He is in pain and depressed.
I have never known my father to be depressed, ever. Neither has anyone else including my mother.
I go there 3/4/12, after my brother leaves. We are doing shifts being with our mother.
Then my son’s destination wedding 4/20/13 on the Turks & Caicos Islands. I am hosting the Night Before Dinner. With a destination wedding, you do not have a rehearsal dinner. Everybody is there for the next day, you invite everyone.
I have never been to Turks & Caicos, it was hard to find a reasonable venue, long distance. The Bride & Groom had hopes for a Beach BBQ. That was way beyond me.
And of course, there is my sad & pitiful long distance marriage. The less said about that the better. It will be 1 year on April Fool’s Day (how perfect is that)
I plan to survive it all, I expect one of these days I will pop right on up and be marianne again. Not this draggy mess I am currently.
Jack The Cat is being nice to me
Big Book Sale
Tuesday February 19th 2013, 11:42 pm
Filed under: Mostly Books
Once again I am re-furbishing NewNeedlepoint.com (not again I can hear everybody yell).
My experiment with other kinds of Needlework Books has not been a success. If they were going to do well, they would have begun to by now so……
I am concentrating the books I list to Needlepoint Books, Needlepoint Related Books or Needlepoint Useful Books. I am keeping the Bargello Needlepoint Category, of course.
I am keeping the Alphabets & Monograms category. Many of these books are embroidery based but the techniques, charts and designs for letters, monograms and numbers are applicable to Needlepoint too. Books of this kind are rarely found grouped together so one can actually choose the types & styles you might want. Usually you have to take what you can find (yes, this has been my experience)
The following books are mostly grouped in Other NewNeedlepoint Books Category. I will do the same to the Rare Books when I get to sorting them out.
For now I am keeping the Stumpwork Books. Stumpwork is an fine embellishment to Needlepoint stitching and I have some very good books about it. I have compete and overall Stumpwork books and decorative Stumpwork books. The Di Van Nierkirk books combining Stumpwork & Ribbon Embroidery are very good.
I am keeping the Blackwork Books. Blackwork Embroidery is very adaptable to Needlepoint and I have some very good books on the subject
Of course, I will still list Ribbonwork and Ribbon Embroidery Books, Ribbon is so often used in Needlepoint now that it has become a basic. There are some fine books on Ribbonwork but this one has been a steady seller
Needle Painting is another Needlepoint basic that is often just taught in Embroidery Books.
Ok, the Sale I mentioned to trick you into reading this blog.
I have multiple copies of some books, I could use the room they take up (my poor bookshelves) to make room for New Stuff. I have marked down some of my duplicate copies of books quite a bit, in many cases they are not much above my wholesale price (with a dollar or two for shipping included, no profit, no free shipping).
These books cover many subjects and are (most of them) shown on the NewNeedlepoint.com home page (I did that tonight, I am suddenly ambitious….it will pass)
OK, a bit about me (sorry, you can skip this if you want) My dad who is 89 now is in failing health. He does dialysis 3 times a week now (and hates it but as he says, what’s the alternative?). He fell leaving dialysis Monday and broke his hip. He was operated on today. I am told it went well. My mother did not want us all rushing down there, she says she can bear it better alone and to come when he is at the rehab hospital or home.
I do understand her, I prefer to worry alone too.
He is an amazing man and I am sure anyone who reads this joins me in sending him best wishes.
This has put a stop to my pending kitten adoption. I was supposed to meet Simon & Luna, a brother sister pair of black kittens on Saturday & adopt them on a 2-3 week trial basis, to see how Jack T. Cat handles it.
This is them with their sibs.
I will be back & forth to Florida for who knows how many months so I have cancelled the adoption, for now. The breeder (the very nice cat rescue people who I was getting them from, understand & say to let them know when it becomes possible again). They interviewed me, had me fill out a long form and asked permission to call Jack’s vet. I like that they are careful.
I am so disappointed, I have been wanting kittens for a long time now. It is a step towards my future career as a Crazy Cat Lady
I guess that’s it for now.
The Rare/Used Book sale will be next. I will let you know when it begins.
BTW, anyone know where I can donate a lot of Knitting & Crochet Books?
back in the saddle again
I know, words from an old cowboy song, re-made into a rock song (everything old is new again)
I have neglected my blog shamelessly. I will not bore the pants off of you by recounting the events of the last 9 months of my life. Let me just summerize and tell you it has been hard & then some.
It is like someone pulled the rug out from under my life…it has been hard to get my balance back.
I try to be upbeat here on blog, so I stayed away. I had nothing happy to say.
I feel (and am) some better so….now I will try to re-build my blog readership.
I have been doing very well with new books, in fact I had some holiday best-sellers.
Stitch Landscape by Elaine Oliverio & Stacey Tombros
The Stitches To Go books by Suzanne Howren & Beth Robertson
And from out of left field, a customer told me about Pat Mazu’s book Finishing 101
which has sold very well. Pat has printed special “NewNeedlepoint.com” copies. The pages are printed on both sizes so it is not such a thick heavy book (less costly to ship, too)
I have, or have had, almost all of Pajamas & Chocolate’s 2012 line of colorful animals and more. Now thaty they are back from the Dallas shops, I will be getting some of the 2013 line.
Pajamas & Chocolate (wonderful name) is the next generation of designs from Patt & Lee. They are all hand painted. It includes a few of their most popular designs and many new ones, all stitch painted.
I am about the list the PUG
and the Poodle (no pic yet). Both are available as both canvas alone or kit.
That about covers it. My son’ destination wedding is coming up fast, as their wedding web site shows, 73 days away. It is a destination wedding on the Turks & Caicos islands. I am hosting a night before dinner at the Lemon Cafe in Providencales.
I am getting excited.
I still read a lot. In fact I credit it with somewhat (a little) saving my sanity this past year. I have recently read an amazing book. The Stockholm Octavo.
more soon, I almost promise.
Monday November 05th 2012, 7:15 pm
Filed under: Mostly Books
Ok, for all of you who have been holding your breath waiting to see if I move to Texas or not. (I know , that is silly). The answer is not, for now.
I went there to visit K for 10 days, long trip on purpose to give myself time. Well, Longview, Texas and I did not meld. I did not fit in, it was beyond obvious. Not to mention the heat in the summer. I much prefer a cold climate to a hot one (not happy in Florida, either).
K & I were great, we still have IT (and then some) but he has a great job there and I don’t want to move there so….we are having a long distance marriage until something changes. The key words here are “We Shall See”.
I have (finally) become interested in NewNeedlepoint.com again. I have been neglecting it, doing little more then just filling orders for 6 months or so (while I figured out my life..again). I am very happy to report that nn.com chugged away on it’s own with a steady(ish) stream of orders while I was dithering.
I am very grateful to my customers for this.
I am now adding new kits, canvases & books and seem to be back on track.
I had an very enlightening marketing experience this past weekend. It surprised me and proved me wrong, to my benefit (I know this makes no sense…yet).
As long as I have been maintaining my web store, there have just been 2 books on Needlepoint Finishing. Now there are many books on knitting finishing, crochet finishing etc but only these 2 about needlepoint.
One is a very good older book: Finishing and Mounting your Needlepoint Pieces by Katharine Ireys
and a new book: Sandy’s Finishing Touches by Sandy Higgens
Both good books but there were no other choices.
Then I ready about another Finishing Book at the same place I hear about almost everything, Jane’s Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure Blog (Jane says the word ADVENTURE is the key word in her blog name).
She mentioned Finishing 101 by Pat Mazu. I had never heard of either the book or Pat. I asked around and someone (I forget who, probably Jane) told me that Sandy Arthur , the esteemed author of
The Shapes of Needlepoint Series 1
The Shapes of Needlepoint Series 2
& The Shapes of Needlepoint Series 3
knew Pat and would email her about me. Well, that same evening Pat did email me and I bought 7 copies of her book, Finishing 101 sight unseen.
I was impressed when I received the books. A very complete and useful book. Very well done. It took me a few weeks to get it listed (the last gasp of my laggard & lazy behavior)> I listed it last Friday.
Now to digress for a minute. Remember Zac my wonderful web tech? Well, he has been all over me to do some marketing on facebook & twitter for years now. He says it is amazing & effective. I poo-pooed him. I refused flatly to do twitter (reasons later, maybe) but I waffled on Facebook. I said, yea, yea, I will get to it.
As an experiment, I posted about finding & listing Pat Mazu’s Finishing 101 on Facebook Friday, just after I listed it.
I sold 2 copies that evening, another copy the next day and another today. Now that may not seem like a lot from an amazon.com point of view but from a small little 1 person web store like mine, it is enormous.
So, Zac was right and I was very wrong.
On the other hand, I do not want to bomb facebook with each & every listing I do, that will most likely piss everyone off and no one will notice them after a while, so I will save it for occasional listings.
I am impressed.
Then today, on facebook, a needlepointer I have known for some time and a lady who stitched on of my own needlepoint designs, way back when when I still did those, Margaret from Oklahoma
posted a question about a what books one needed for a core collection of needlepoint books. She was thinking of clearing out her tons of books to concentrate on just a few.
She specified that The Needlepoint Book by Jo Ippolito Christensen was the first one. A great book, that. One that almost everyone has.
Well, this question was right “up my alley”. This is what I do, find & describe needlework books, cull the good from the great from the useless, so I went through my shelves and made a list.
Needless to say, They are all books I sell since otherwise I would not know much about them.
1)The Needlepoint Doctor by Mary Kay Davis. An older book , slightly rare and absolutely essential. It will teach you all the things you need to know about needlepoint, doing it & taking care of it, that no one else will tell you
2) Canvas Embellishment by Linda Corirossi, it’s all here, clear & well explained. It was out of print for a while, glad it’s back
3) Canvas Embellishment book 2 by Linda Corirossi ditto the description above, times 2
4)June McKnight’s Shading and Thread Blending for Needlepoint: good, clear instruction on shading was and still is hard to find
5) June McKnight’s Bling, Glitz & Glamour I do not know of another book that addresses this directly and it is “the coming thing” in stitchery
6) Father B’s 21st Century Book of of Stitches is a compendium of the ANG Stitch of The Month (up to it’s last edition in 2000) from one of the earliest contributors to the ANG.
7) The Secrets of Needlepoint by Dominque Siegler-Lathrop an interesting book with an interesting idea for better needlepoint stitching. who knows? On second thought not really a core collection book.
8) The Dictionary of Canvas Work Stitches by Mary Rhodes. an older book which has been re-issued. I am a huge fan of Mary Rhodes’ books, she is a master teacher and then some. unusual stitches I have not seen anywhere else in here
9) Stitch Landscape by Elaine Oliveros & Stacey Tombros: one of this past years big hit books (and still selling briskly) it is a well done, accessible and useful stitch book on it’s subject.
10) The Complete Illustrated Stitch Encyclopedia: the names says it all
Add any one of the Finishing Books and you have a great Core Collection.
Of course, these are all Needlepoint Reference Books, we have not even touched the subject of niche and subject books. Design books too, a wealth of those, too.
So much knowledge out there.
close but no cigar
Now, my blog title is an old saying. No one uses it any more. K is coming here to visit this Friday and I am going back to Texas with him to visit for a week. See how I like it there.
I suppose this is the final step of a very hard, difficult decision. But enough about that, even I am bored with it by now.
I got on to this loop this past weekend. I was going through my collection stuff and collecting dates, provence etc about it all. Just got curious (and a little bored).
It turns out my pair of Staffordshire spaniels are real but they are not really antique. They were made by Staffordshire but in 1960.
Most of the rest of it is contemporary art glass. I have all the original receipts but I think I will make a picture/date & origin folder of them all. I will post those when I do them. I do have a nice little collection of art glass vases.
The real question is this figurine group. I have had it almost 20 years. When I bought I was told it was old, that is clear but that is all they knew.
I have researched it over the years but the info available on the net has gotten much “deeper”, if you know what I mean. There is so much out here, if you know which questions to ask.
I am pretty sure this is a Meissen group
What is amazing about this is after all these years (and I bet I alone have moved this at least ten times) it is perfect. Not a chip and all the fingers are intact.
But the mark on it is not a typical Meissen mark. it is very similar but I have not seen one exactly like this, yet
I put the pictures out there on an experts site. I hope someone will know something.
Ok, NewNeedlepoint.com. A customer from NY bought 2 of the Yankee Stadium needlepoint kits. They are hand painted by a great woman who lives on Cape Cod. I am currently out of stock on this but I still have 2 Red Sox Fenway Park kits (or canvases). No one wants the Red Sox this year, even us rabid fans.
She is stitching one for each of her grandsons. She has sent me a picture of the first one, all stitched
It is her picture so I do not know if the warp is the picture or what. She did use a frame to stitch it.
Anyway. I will reorder some of the Yankee’s canvases for this winter, to stitch for next season.
I will most likely blog some from Texas, I will not have much to do while he works besides go around and see how Longview Texas & I get along. We Shall See.
m peeks out from behind the curtain
Yes, I am still here. Still upright and ambulatory (sort of). This has been a hard 6 months. The more or less end of a 23 year marriage/relationship is wrenching, to say the least (heartbreaking to say the most). K & I still love each other but for now, we are both happier living alone (he is in Texas, I am PA)
We are still married and intend to stay married. We see each other every few months. Life is so strange, I always thought he & I were forever (surprise-surprise).
Ok, enough weepy stuff. NewNeedlepoint.com is a real trooper. It is rolling along. Sales got slowish this summer but now with fall, I am doing lots and business and am grateful.
I have canvases & kits all ready to list. A few new books (but I am surprisingly close to caught up with those) and replacement rare books to list (I am also close to fully listed with the new used/rare books too)
I just took an trip, all by myself (a first). I called it “my epic adventure” although it was not such a big deal. I took the train to Boston (which was a great ride) and spent 4 days downtown at the Lenox Hotel (old Boston elegance, the best is always good enough) and had time with my son and his fiancee Polly. I even went to the restaurant where my son is Executive Chef (Harvard Gardens, at the foot of Beacon Hill) and had lunch.
And tripped on of the old uneven bricks the Beacon Hill sidewalks are made of (Ouch).
Then I took a short hop small plane top Atlantic City, where I had a spectacular view free room (let’s hear it for comps) and had a blast.
Then the train home. This is a big deal for me. I have never taken a vacation trip alone, until now.
I am communicating with Needlework Author Pat Mazu about listing her book, Finishing 101 on NewNeedlepoint.com. I hope it happens. There is a real lack of Needlework Finishing books out there. There are tons of knitting finishing books, crochet etc but few needlework ones.
I know of 2. The recent revision of Sandy’s Finishing Touches, which is a current book. it is out-of-stock right now but I have more on order.
Katharine Ireys Finishing and Mounting Your Needlepoint Pieces, which is an increasingly rare book and becoming very hard to find in decent condition. I have sold many copies of it.
As you see, I am reduced to wanting used/rare books in decent condition. I can no longer insist in Very Good condition. The most wanted and bought book in the used/rare book market have become scarce and then some.
Some of this I watched happen, I did to myself. There are some books I have bought & sold so many copies of in the last 4 & 1/2 years that I have created the shortages.
I have attempted to buy or lease the copyright to a few of these books, to re-publish them.
I tried to buy a print run of Florentine Embroidery by Barbara Muller (an incredible Bargello book) but I had to buy 2000 copies to do it.
Since I run NewNeedlepoint out of what is supposed to be the dining room of my townhouse, I have limited space.
I also tried to buy/]lease the copyright to Davie Hyman’s The Diagonal Basket Weave but the lady who owns the copyright now (left to her) does not seem to want to do business.
Both covers are the same book
I believe this is an important book and hate to see it disappear.
I also approached Iona Dittelbach about re-printing Creative Contemporary Bargello but the Dittelbachs are so soured on the publishing industry that they do not want to (they did offer me toe opportunity but wanted way too much money for the copyright).
I am not at liberty to tell you what happened to Iona Dittelbach’s book but it is an ugly story. However, it is not my story to tell. ( I suspect & hope the story is out there in the gossip cloud).
So, I have spent much of the last 6 months reading (and sleeping). Both, I am told, are good fixes for ones soul. I have been reading all over the place. Lee Childs to re-readinbg my beloved Georgette Heyer. I can recommend Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, the 2 recent Hillary Mantel books about Thomas Cromwell, Wold Hall & Bringing Up The Bodies, Henry James The Turn of the Screw, Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine The Brimstone Wedding (the Vine books are more ”inward” then the Rendell mysteries although both are great)
Even Janet Evanovitch’s latest Notorious Nineteen was pretty good. In a side note. I has the chance to see the movie they made from Janet’s first book One For The Money. I won’t say it was bad. katherine hegel was OK as Stephanie although I had a young Deborah Winger or someone more like that in mind. They scewed the pooch with the actor they used for Joe Morelli. Joe is tall, lean, strong and sexy. The actor they used might be hot right now but he was not Joe Morelli (think very young Sam Shepard)
I know these actor recommendations date me, oh well.
But I do have to note that the casting for Ranger was off, not as bad as Morelli but I expected more “drool factor” from Ranger.
Again, I will promise to do the blog more often. It is up to you if you even bother to believe me or not. ( I would’t but my intentions are good)
Shapes, series 3
Sandra Arthur’s The Shapes of Needlepoint Series 3 is here. Sandy promised it for August 15 and that’s exactly when she sent it (even better, it arrived late day 8/14).
It deals with Corners, Hexagons, Ovals & Parallelograms (it took me many typos to get that word down).
You can find it here THE SHAPES OF NEEDLEPOINT SERIES 3
Again, great colors on the cover. I have copied and edited (for length) the ANG Needlepointers Magazine review since they are way better than me at this and it is easier. Much easier.
I still have not made too much progress, work related progress anyway (but notice I got Sandy’s new book listed and blogged in 2 days).
I am doing ok, I have made some decisions.
I don’t find decisions that hard to make. Of course, right decisions are much harder.
K is very happy at his new Big Shot job in East Texas. Being from Oklahoma, the heat doesn’t destroy him the way it does me (although he does seem to get a little heat strokey once in a while)
He has told me, in sweaty detail, about the weather this summer. 3-4 months of intense heat (105 degrees plus every day). I know, everyone says “but everywhere is air condoned” and it is (or you do not go there) but there is still the loading groceries, walking from a parking lot, dead heading and watering your plants. Imagine if you had to walk the dog a few times a day in that heat?
Anyway, that plus the dismal amount I can expect from selling my amazing home, the dream renovation I did last year.
So, I am not moving to Texas. Not now anyway. We are going to see each other as much as we can. His schedule will make it hard.
I hope this goes OK.
I am going on an Epic Journey over Labor Day . Taking the train to Boston, have dinner with my son and son’s excellent finance at the new Lydia Shire restaurant at the Liberty Hotel.
I was going to stay there one night but it is too costly (oh boy). It is in what used to be the old (and famous) Charles Street Jail. The pictures look amazing.
Then I fly to Texas and visit K for 4 days. Then back to Boston for 3-4 days to visit.
This is a huge undertaking for me, on my own. I can do this.
(There is an airline route related reason for this trip done this way)
Learning to live alone is not so easy. When I was younger, I almost always lived with others, then my son for so many years, then K & my son, then K. I am not sure I have ever lived completely alone (for any length of time, anyway).
We shall see.