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Fiber Talk with Melissa Beck

Needlework piece, that was damaged from aggressive cleaning, repaired and re-framed by Melissa.
Antique firescreen Melissa Beck repaired.

Melissa Beck joins us this week to talk about a variety of subjects. Melissa shares the same as Christine and Gary in that she is constantly looking to learn new things. In our conversation we talk about retreats, writing, basket weaving, various types of needlework, and Melissa’s specialty, needlework repair. We hope you enjoy the conversation and are confident somewhere in the hour you’ll hear something that interests you.–Christine and Gary

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Baskets woven by Melissa.

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We hope you enjoy this week’s chat with Melissa Beck. We’re always looking for guests, so let us know if there is someone you’d like us to have on the show.–Gary and Christine

 

Melissa’s nonfiction book “Blue Ridge Scenic Railway.”

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Fiber Talk Midweek Chat, 7-26-17

The 2017 Needle Arts Mystery Retreat design in Debbie Rowley’s colorway.
It’s the middle of the week and we return to talk about Christine’s son and her visit to a New York needlework shop, the Needle Arts Mystery Retreat, Mary Corbet’s new ebook, Jane Wood and her blog, stitching slumps, and Arlene Cohen’s latest video.–Gary and Christine

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Fiber Talk with Preston and Grace of Two Sisters Needlepoint

Designs for small, useful objects are one way Preston and Grace appeal to young stitchers.

Our guests this week are Preston and Grace Lynch of Two Sisters Needlepoint. These ladies lead active lives as full-time students (Preston in college, Grace in high school) and needlepoint business owners. They are constantly sneaking design time in-between their school obligations and activities and painting canvases whenever time is available to keep up with orders. When they aren’t creating needlepoint designs, they work to promote stitching to young people. We hope you enjoy our conversation with two people who represent the future of our hobby.–Christine and Gary

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A Two Sisters Needlepoint design.

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We hope you enjoy this week’s conversation with Preston and Grace. We’re always looking for guests, so let us know if there is someone you’d like us to have on the show.–Gary and Christine

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Fiber Talk Mid-Week Chat, 7-19-17

It’s Wednesday to that means it’s mid-week chat time. Subjects this week include Arlene Cohen’s latest video, Arlene’s lace collar, needlework-history books, dirty needlework, battery-powered stitching lamps, and a Watercolours question from Christine. We hope you enjoy the show and will tell others. Sunday’s guests are Preston and Grace Lynch of 2Sisters Needlepoint.–Gary and Christine

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Fiber Talk with Monica Pratt

Some of the display projects at Welcome Stitchery.

Monica Pratt is our guest this week. She is owner of Welcome Stitchery, a needlework store located in Crystal Lake, IL, northwest of Chicago. Monica and her staff recently celebrated 29 years in business, putting them among the oldest local needlework stores in the hobby. Starting out primarily as a cross-stitch shop, Monica has built Welcome Stitchery into a complete needlework operation that offers a large array of charts and canvases, more threads than they have room to display, a very large selection of ground cloths/canvases, a regular schedule of classes, and a very-busy custom-framing department. We hope you enjoy hearing about Gary’s favorite shop and how they’ve succeeded for almost three decades.–Christine and Gary

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If you don’t see the threads you want, ask. They’re probably in the store.

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We hope you enjoy this week’s chat with Monica. We’re always looking for guests, so let us know if there is someone you’d like us to have on the show.–Gary and Christine

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Fiber Talk Mid-Week Chat, 7-12-17

Yvette Stanton’s books.

It’s time for another mid-week chat. Our topics for this go-round are Yvette Stanton’s Early-Style Hardanger book, Jane Nicholas’ Complete Book of Stumpwork, stump work in general, Orna Willis, Gary’s stand modification, a story by Mary Corbet, and some tips from Louise’s Needlework that will help you wrestle with Neon Rays. We hope you enjoy the show and will tell others.–Gary and Christine

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Fiber Talk with Vonna Pfeiffer II

From Sea to Shining Sea by Little House Needleworks, stitched by Vonna Pfeiffer.

We’re very pleased to have The Twisted Stitcher return for a second visit. While we enjoyed another great conversation with Vonna Pfeiffer about stitching in general and the projects she’s working on, our focus this week was on techniques and tips. We also talked at length about the pieces Vonna receives for finishing

With Thy Needle and Thread’s Flag Day design, stitched and finished by Vonna Pfeiffer.

and how what she sees can help you improve your stitching and deliver needlework that will provide finishers with the best opportunity to produce a perfect finished product. We also get an update on Vonna’s progress in her all-America room. Don’t miss this podcast with one of the hobby’s most talented stitchers and finishers.–Christine and Gary

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Hats Off Inside by Black Bird Designs; stitched and finished by Vonna Pfeiffer.

Vonna is very generous with her knowledge. You can follow her/learn from her through various social-media outlets. Here’s a list:

We hope you enjoy this week’s chat with Vonna. We’re always looking for guests, so let us know if there is someone you’d like us to have on the show.–Gary and Christine

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Fiber Talk Mid-Week Chat, 7-5-17

In the rainforests of Jamaica, far away from the beach resorts, Christine’s company is making a difference.

Christine sniffing pineapple in the Jamaican rainforest.
Christine returns from her travels and we get to learn about her difference-making job and the role her company plays helping castor-bean farmers in the rainforests of Jamaica. She also got a little beach time during the trip.–Gary and Christine

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Christine did get a little beach time while in Jamaica.

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Fiber Talk with Nicole Neville

Sarah Elizabeth Brooke sampler from The Scarlett House
Sarah Woodham sampler from Shakespeare’s Peddler

Nicole Neville is a prolific cross stitcher, knits when she needs a break from needle and thread, and has been known to hang one or two of her finished projects on a wall. We enjoy watching her regular FlossTube video updates and thoroughly enjoyed talking with her about stitching and her hobby interests. We hope you enjoy the conversation, too.–Christine and Gary

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A pair of hand-spun socks by Nicole.

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Three-color cashmere shawl designed by Joji Locatelli, knitted by Nicole.

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We hope you enjoy this week’s conversation with Jean Lea. We’re always looking for guests, so let us know if there is someone you’d like us to have on the show.–Gary and Christine

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