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!

UPDATE:  Here's the finished ornament with a different colorways on the back side.


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.

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.

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

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.


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 and wand7.


Materials List and Original Sandstone Canvas

Materials List (incomplete):
6x6 inch piece of 18 count sandstone canvas
(Needle Necessities?) overdyed floss #143
Maderia #114
Neon Rays #N82
two packages of Mill Hill beads #00300
beading needle

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.


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)

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


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.

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.


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