Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas Ornaments

Needleart Nut has finished Bliss and Snowflake as Christmas ornaments, with a different colorways of the design on each of the two sides.  Neat!
http://needleartnut.blogspot.com/2012/12/merry-christmas.html

Here is the original article on the Loretta blog about Snowflake.
http://lorettaspears.blogspot.com/2012/07/snowflake-needle-adventures-1994.html

Here is Bliss on the Loretta blog.  I will add the photos of the new ornaments to the original articles.
http://lorettaspears.blogspot.com/2012/02/christmas-heirloom-bliss.html

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Two Needle Adventures Charts on eBay

I just happened to stumble across two Needle Adventures charts ("Florentine Fantasy" and "Today is Someday") in a huge lot for sale on eBay.   There are 178 cross stitch charts and 141 Books Leaflets Small Kits according to the seller.  The starting bid for the lot is $99.95 plus $17.27 economy shipping or you can Buy It Now for $124.95 plus shipping.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/HUGE-LOT-178-CROSS-STITCH-141-Books-Lealfets-Charts-Small-KITS-Mainly-80s-90s-/221164890193?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item337e746851

I couldn't find the covers among the many pictures but there is a lot of stuff there!

As always, although sometimes I know the seller, I have no financial interest in any of the eBay sales I mention here.

UPDATE:  This eBay sale ended without a buyer.

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Another Christmas Heirlooms Ornaments Photo from Needlepoint Plus

Debbie Gailes has kindly sent a photo of her Christmas version of one of the Christmas Heirlooms Ornaments published in Needlepoint Plus in December, 1992.  I have added this to the previous article.  Thank you very much, Debbie!
http://lorettaspears.blogspot.com/search?q=christmas+heirlooms+ornaments

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Bliss in Christmas Red and Gold UPDATED

Needleart Nut has stitched another version of Bliss, going for a more Christmas look this time.  Very pretty!
http://needleartnut.blogspot.com/2012/11/bliss-revisited.html

UPDATE:  Here's the finished ornament with a different colorways on the back side.
http://needleartnut.blogspot.com/2012/12/merry-christmas.html

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Photographs of Loretta on eBay UPDATED


An eBay seller of vintage photographs has two black and white photos of Loretta in her shop Fiesta Needleart for sale.  The first is dated October 16, 1974, and it shows Loretta (in ruffled blouse bending over to look at latch hook rug) with other women in her store in Arvada, Colorado.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/390461336901?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649




The second photograph has Loretta looking at some framed pieces of needlework, apparently award winners from an exhibit.  It also seems to have been taken in her store.  The date is July 13, 1979.  Both photographs were taken for the Denver Post newspaper and are from their archives.  They are both 8x10 inches, but oriented differently.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/390473993539?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

The seller is asking for $28.88 plus $3.50 shipping for each photograph.  As always, although sometimes I might know an eBay seller, I have no financial interest in the outcome of the sale. I have asked for permission to reproduce the photographs here but have not received a reply.  If a Loretta fan buys either, however, I would appreciate their permission to reuse the photographs.  You can always email me at LorettaSpearsDesigns@gmail.com.

UPDATE:  Both photographs disappeared from eBay, I think without selling.  I never got an answer from the seller asking permission to post smaller thumbnails here.  I am taking a chance and updating this article without permission.  If you are the seller and would like these removed because you are going to try and sell them again, please let me know.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Christmas Heirlooms October 1992 (Needle Adventures)

Christmas Heirlooms October 1992
This October 1992 chart was published under the Needle Adventures name as Christmas Heirlooms.  It must have been part of the Christmas Heirlooms Collection.



The photographs are courtesy of lrstitch-2008.

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Materials List (incomplete):
7X7 ecru 18 count canvas
(Needle Necessities?) overdyed floss #143?
Maderia #114
Neon Rays #N82
two packages of Mill Hill beads #00300



Monday, November 12, 2012

Christmas Heirlooms August 1992 (Needle Adventures)

Christmas Heirlooms August 1992 in Closeup
This ornament is called Christmas Heirlooms August 1992 and must be one of the Christmas Heirlooms Collection series.  It was published under the Needle Adventures name in August 1992.

Christmas Heirlooms August 1992 Cover

The photos of the cover page are courtesy of lrstitch-2008.

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Materials List:
7x7 aqua mono canvas
Rhapsody #RO8 (this discontinued thread is an overdyed Flair-type thread)
Anchor floss (one skein each) #90 and #103
Cresta d' Ora #CO6 (this is a soft chainette metallic in silver from Rainbow Gallery)
http://www.rainbowgallery.com/detail.cfm?ID=59




Sunday, November 11, 2012

Heirloom Egg 1992 (Needle Adventures)

Needle Adventures' Heirloom Egg 
This ornament is called Heirloom Egg 1992.  It was published under the Needle Adventures name in 1992.  I do not have the exact month.

This Needle Adventures chart is very similar to Heirloom Egg which was published in the April 1993 issue of Needlepoint Plus.  The cover photograph and closeup image are courtesy of lrstitch-2008.

Cover Page of Instructions

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Materials List (incomplete)
7x7 piece of white 18 count caves
Anchor Floss #926 and #9
Neon Rays #N85

Here is the link to the magazine version which appears to be identical except for the colors.
http://lorettaspears.blogspot.com/2012/01/heirloom-egg.html

Saturday, November 10, 2012

White Christmas (Needle Adventures)

White Christmas in Closeup
The tree-shaped ornament is called White Christmas.  This chart was published under the Needle Adventures name in 1991.  I suspect it is part of the Christmas Heirlooms series.

Cover Page of White Christmas

The photographs are courtesy of lrstitch-2008.

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Materials List (incomplete):
7X7 white mono canvas
Balger Braid (size 8) #238
white Rachel or Flair


Friday, November 9, 2012

Four New Needle Adventures Charts for Sale UPDATED

eBay has provided a bonanza of four new ornaments this morning.  All four charts are published under the Needle Adventures name.  Two seem similar but not identical to designs I have seen before but two are totally new.   I have sent a message to the eBay seller asking for publication dates and names which I will add if they are available.  The seller kindly sent me title and publication information so that is added below.

The first sale (link below) has a round red ornament similar to Beaded Circle and Brilliance (selling with the line drawn canvas) and a pink floral egg ornament very similar to the one published in Needlepoint Plus as Heirloom Egg (also selling with the line drawn canvas).  The starting price is 99 cents plus $3.98 shipping.  The round red ornament is called Christmas Heirlooms and was published in October 1992.  The egg is called Heirloom Egg and was published in 1992.  The final price for this auction was $7.79 plus shipping.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Needlepoint-Line-Drawn-Ornaments-with-Stitch-Guides-by-Needle-Adventures-/221151205665?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item337da39921

The second sale has a new red and white tree shaped ornament (selling with the line drawn canvas) and a new diamond shaped ornament decorated with pink and green hearts arranged points together (also selling with the line drawn canvas).  The starting price is 99 cents plus #3.98 shipping.  The white tree is called White Christmas and was published in 1991.  The square is called Christmas Heirlooms and it was published in August, 1992.  The final price for this auction was $10.99 plus shipping.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Needlepoint-Line-Drawn-Ornaments-with-Stitch-Guides-by-Needle-Adventures-/321019876753?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4abe469591

As always, I have no financial interest in the sales although at times I may know the seller.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A New Version of Wish Upon a Star Stocking? UPDATED

Fiesta Needle Arts Class Stocking

I stumbled across an eBay listing for a small stocking by Loretta on eBay this morning.  It's identical to the Wish Upon a Star stocking, but was published in 1991, two years before the Wish Upon a Star stocking was published in Needlepoint Plus.  Here's the eBay sale link.  This is stitched on 17? count and uses red and gold Madeira thread plus a skein of white floss according to the seller.  I've contacted the seller for further information and for permission to use the photo here.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140854030705&fromMakeTrack=true

And here is the link to Wish Upon a Star stocking from Deember 1993.  When I find out more, I'll update this listing.
http://lorettaspears.blogspot.com/2012/01/wish-upon-star-stocking.html

UPDATE:  Apparently the items on sale are from a class Loretta held at her shop Fiesta Needle Art in 1991.  There are class instructions, a photograph that is identical to ones used in charts published under the Needle Adventures  name which you see above (the ornament is hung from a pine tree against a brick wall), and some of the necessary threads.  The eBay sale ended with a winning bid of $13 plus $3.50 in shipping costs.

I do not know if there is a pomegranate stocking chart that was published before this same design was published in Needlepoint Plus in 1993 under the Wish Upon A Star stocking name.  I've heard that there is such a chart but one hasn't turned up.  If you happen to own one, could you email me at LorettaSpearsDesigns@gmail.com?  That way we will know for sure, when it was published, under what name, etc.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Christmas Heirlooms: Midnight Jewels (Needle Adventures)

Midnight Jewels Closeup Courtesy of Needleart Nut

Published in December, 1993 under the Needle Adventures name as one of the Christmas Heirlooms club pieces, Midnight Jewels is worked on Congress cloth using Aver a Soie silk, Lacquered Jewels metallics and beads.

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Cover Page and Supplies Courtesy of Needleart Nut


Materials List:
"worked on a 6 inch square of gray Congress cloth with Aver a Soie, Lacquered Jewels and two packages of beads"

Saturday, July 21, 2012

New eBay Sale and a Mystery REPEATED

Unnamed Ornament Cover, Courtesy of CCC


There's a new ornament chart for sale on eBay.  According to the seller, the chart is dated October, 1992.  As you can see, this is a Needle Adventures chart.  UPDATE:  This piece sold for $12.50 plus shipping.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Needle-Adventures-Loretta-Spears-Christmas-Heirlooms-line-drawn-canvas-guide-/280923966537?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item41685f8c49#ht_1406wt_75

It looks a lot like Beaded Circle (link below) but the background canvas color is different and the model photograph looks slightly different.  Can anyone identify this design?
http://lorettaspears.blogspot.com/2012/02/christmas-heirlooms-beaded-circle.html


Ruby Beaded Circle

UPDATE:  This design has showed up again in an eBay sale.  Here is the link (below).  I am going to add it to the Small Ornaments Checklist as Ruby Beaded Circle.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Needlepoint-Line-Drawn-Ornaments-with-Stitch-Guides-by-Needle-Adventures-/221151205665?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item337da39921

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Materials List:
7x7 ecru canvas (18 count Zweigart)
Needle Necessities Overdye Floss #143 "Sedona Rust"
Maderia #114
Neon Rays #N82 "Cinnamon"
2 packs Mill Hill Beads #00330 (copper)

Needlepoint Canvas as Part of this Sale, Courtesy of CCC


The opening bid for this chart and the 7x7 piece of ecru line drawn canvas (with LS Design on the side) was $3.25 plus $2.39 shipping.  As always, although I might know the seller who often generously contributes photos and information to this site, I have no financial interest in this sale.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Mystic (Loretta Spears Designs)

Mystic Closeup Courtesy of Needleart Nut


Mystic was published under the Loretta Spears Designs name in September of 1996.  I think this was the last design Mrs. Spears published.

Here is the cover page, also courtesy of Needleart Nut.



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Mystic, By Needleart Nut
Materials List:
"worked on 18 count blue with Needle Necessities overdyed floss and Kreinik ribbon"

Needleart Nut just stitched Mystic (above photo)  and posted progress photos on her blog.  She substituted colors to use what she already had, as you can read below.
http://needleartnut.blogspot.com/2012/08/mystic-by-loretta-spears.html

http://needleartnut.blogspot.com/2012/08/only-four-hours.html

Here's the finished design.  It was a quick stitch and I think it is very pretty!
http://needleartnut.blogspot.com/2012/08/while-i-am-working-on-background-i-am.html

Finished Mystic, Courtesy of Needleart Nut






Thursday, July 19, 2012

Heart of My Hearts (Loretta Spears Design)

Heart of My Hearts Closeup Courtesy of Needleart Nut


This Loretta Spears Design ornament was published in February, 1996 under the Loretta Spears Designs name (pink cover).

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Materials List:
"is worked on white Congress cloth with Needle Necessities overdye floss and white Opalescence"

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Summer's End (Needle Adventures)

Summer's End Closeup Courtesy of Needleart Nut

Summer's End was published in September, 1994 under the Needle Adventures name.


Cover Page, Courtesy of Knightsbball10


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Supplies, Courtesy of Knightsbball10


Materials List:
6x6 congress cloth in ash rose
Impressions "Mountain Meadow" #088
Impressions #5081

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Reflections (Needle Adventures)

Reflections Closeup Courtesy of Needleart Nut

Reflections was published in July 1993 under the Needle Adventures name as part of the Christmas Heirlooms Collection club.

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Cover Page and Threads Courtesy of Needleart Nut

Materials List:
"worked on six inch square of white Congress cloth with floss and Madeira Supertwist and Opalescent"

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Mini Firecracker (Loretta Spears Designs)


Mini Firecracker Cover Page, Courtesy of Knightsbball10
Mini Firecracker was published in July, 1995 under the Loretta Spears Designs name.

Closeup of Mini Firecracker, Courtesy of Needleartnut

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Supplies, Courtesy of Knightsbball10


Materials List:
6x8 white 18 count needlepoint canvas
Marlitt,  one skein each of #800, #836, #843 and #969

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Mini Ornament (Loretta Spears Designs)

Mini Ornament in Closeup, Courtesy of Needleartnut

The Mini Ornament is a Loretta Spears Designs ornament published in June of 1995.

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Materials List:
"worked on Congress cloth with Silk n Colors seafoam, #8 braid and Toho beads"

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Certificates of Authenticity (Mystery #7)

Complete Kit for Mystery #7

The limited edition Mystery #7 Heirloom  came with a certificate of authenticity.  I'd heard from some folks that they had a slip of paper instead of an official looking certificate that read something like 415 / 500 on a grid as if the number was charted to be stitched on the design somewhere.  I'd never seen one until Lara sent me the above photo of a complete kit, done without a cover page because it was all put together in a red folder.

Closeup of the Certificate of Authenticity and Numbered Slip on a Grid


None of us has come across a mystery #7 with a cover page but they all have the certificates and a few come with the numbered slips as well. If your eBay kit has a slip or came in a folder like the above, it's almost certainly as Loretta packed it for shipping.




Photographs courtesy of Lara Hartley.  Thanks!

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Christmas Heirloom February 1993 (Needle Adventures)

Christmas Heirloom 1993 Cover Page

The 1993 Christmas Heirloom was published in February, 1993 under the Needle Adventures name.  It looks very different from the other 1992 and January, 1993 Christmas Heirloom ornaments.  The photo below was substantially enhanced to make it as clear as possible but a cream design on white Congress cloth is very hard to see.  Photographs courtesy of Needleartnut.

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Christmas Heirloom 1993 Closeup

Materials List:
"worked on white congress and done with silk cream Au Ver A Soie and #8 braid"

Christmas Heirloom September 1992

Christmas Heirloom 1992

I don't have a cover photograph of the instructions  so I don't know if the September 1992 Christmas Heirloom is a Needle Adventures publication.   There is also a second ornament by the same name published in January 1993.  They look very different, however.  The photo above is courtesy of Needleartnut.


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Materials List:
"worked on lavender 28 count linen with perle, #8 Kreinik"

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Harlequin (Loretta Spears Designs)

Closeup of Harlequin, Courtesy of Needleartnut

This Loretta Spears Designs ornament was published in August, 1994.  It's a cube shape and is called Harlequin.


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Materials List:
"worked on Green 18 ct with Watercolurs and Snow"

Snow is a metallic thread from Caron.  It currently comes in quite a few colors although when this was designed, I think only white and a few other colors were available.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Galaxy (Needle Adventures)

Galaxy Cover Page

Galaxy was published under the Needle Adventures name in January, 1995.  Photographs are courtesy of Needleartnut.


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Materials List:
"worked on red 18 count with Kreinik #8 fine braid and Supertwist"

Supertwist is a thin synthetic metallic machine embroidery thread, manufactured by Madeira.  It is also packaged in small spools for embroiders and called Accentuate.

Friday, July 6, 2012

North Star (Needle Adventures)

North Star Cover Page


North Star was published in December, 1994 under the Needle Adventures name.  Photographs courtesy of Needleartnut.

Closeup of North Star


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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Kaleidoscope (Loretta Spears Designs)

Kaleidoscope Cover

This egg-shaped ornament was published in April, 1995 under the Loretta Spears Designs name.  The cover page and close u of the photo from the cover are both courtesy of Needleartnut.


Kaleidoscope Up Close


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Materials List:
"worked on cream Congress Cloth using Kreinik's Silk Mori in three colors"



St. Patrick's Day (Loretta Spears Designs)

St. Patrick's Day Cover, Courtesy of Needleartnut

St. Patrick's Day was published in March, 1996 using the Loretta Spears Design name.

A Closeup of St. Patrick's Day, Also Courtesy of Needleartnut

It is worked on 18 count green canvas with emerald Waterlilies and Kreinik cord with Japanese beads.


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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Sparkling Plaid (Loretta Spears Designs)

Sparkling Plaid Cover, Courtesy of Needleart Nut


Sparkling Plaid was published in November 1995, under the Loretta Spears Designs name.


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Closeup of Sparkling Plaid, Courtesy of Needleart Nut


Materials List:

This design is on 18 count using #8 Kreinik braid in three colors using a Chotties Plaid.


Chottie Alderson was a very well known  and loved needlepoint teacher and designer in the 1970s-1980s who devised a method of creating plaids that is named after her and still used by many stitchers.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Mayflowers (Loretta Spears Designs)

Mayflowers Cover, Courtesy of Needleartnut

Published in May of 1995 under the Loretta Spears Designs name, this tube-shaped ornament appears to be in greens and lilacs.


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Closeup of Mayflowers, also Courtesy of Needleartnut

Monday, July 2, 2012

Snowflake (Needle Adventures 1994)

Snowflake 1994 Cover Page, Courtesy of Needleartnut


The first of two ornaments with the name Snowflake, this ornament was published anther the Needle Adventures name in November, 1994.    The model is white using "white Caron and metallic sparkly thread."

Closeup of Snowflake, Courtesy of LH


The 1996 Snowflake ornament was published by Loretta Spears Designs and the model uses bluish-white threads.  Here is the link to the article on that design.
http://lorettaspears.blogspot.com/2012/01/snowflake.html


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Materials for Nov. 1994 Snowflake


Materials List:
white 18 count needlepoint canvas - 6x6 square
Caron's Snow (metallic thread in the original white) - two skeins

Needleart Nut is blog-stitching Snowflake.  Here are the links.   It is easier to see the design if you follow along watching her progress.  (I'll put the information about Bliss in that article.)
http://needleartnut.blogspot.com/2012/09/third-start.html

http://needleartnut.blogspot.com/2012/09/snowflake-progress.html

http://needleartnut.blogspot.com/2012/09/another-finish.html

Finished Snowflake, Courtesy of Needleart Nut

Needleart Nut has created a two-sided ornament of two different colorways of Snowflake.  Photos are below but here is the link to her blog.  She did the same for Bliss.
http://needleartnut.blogspot.com/2012/12/merry-christmas.html


Both sides of Snowflake (left) and Bliss (right), courtesy of Needleart Nut