Monday, July 29, 2013

Christmas Heirlooms Medallion

Christmas Heirloom Medallion

In April of 1993 Loretta published one of the Bargello ornaments from the 1993 Needle Adventures/Artists Collection chart named Medallions as part of her Christmas Heirlooms collection.  She called it "Medallion"  - no S on the end.  I do not know whether the commercially published chart was published before the single ornaments were published individually or not.

Christmas Heirloom Medallion in Closeup

To see the Needle Adventures/Artists Collection Medallions leaflet that included this ornament, click here.

To see Victorian Gems, the other Christmas Heirlooms ornament that was republished like Medallion from the Medallions chart, click here.

Many thanks to Ben's Grandma and Fireside Stitchery for helping with information about this design!



Materials List:

Three colors of Anchor floss, Supertwist #483 and another metallic which might be Supertwist?
lavender 18 count mono canvas?

Sunday, July 28, 2013

VIctorian Heart on eBay UPDATED

This has been a banner week for fans of Loretta's designs on eBay.  A copy of the January/February 1991 issue of Needlepoint Plus magazine is for sale, with a starting bid of $8.00 plus free "standard shipping."

The magazine includes the instructions and color photograph of Loretta Spear's Victorian Heart.

As always, although I may know the seller in some cases, I have no financial interest in any eBay sales of Loretta's work.

UPDATE:  The magazine containing Loretta's chart sold for $16.49 plus free shipping.


Mystery #14 For Sale UPDATED

The fourteenth mystery kit from Loretta Spears (Mystique) is up for sale on eBay.

The auction's starting bid is $49.99 plus $3.93 for standard shipping and the kit includes Congress cloth and all the threads needed plus the chart.  As always, although I may know the seller I have no financial interest in the outcome of the sale.

UPDATE:  This kit sold at the beginning price of $49.99 plus $3.93 for shipping.  Someone got a nice buy!


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Christmas Heirloom: Diagonal Heart Ornament

Published in February 1992 as part of the Christmas Heirloom series under the Needle Adventures name, this red diagonal heart ornament turned up on eBay this week.  Thanks to the kindness of the eBay seller, I have photos to share.  If anyone has stitched this or has a better photo of the cover photo, please let me know.

Feb. 1992 Christmas Heirloom Heart
According to my informant, the heart is approximately 3 1/3 inches by 3 1/4 inches.

Cover Page

The instructions are in the typical Needle Adventures style, with the ornament displayed hanging from an evergreen branch in front of a brick wall.

Line Drawn Heart

The piece is done on a line drawn canvas using 24 count Congress cloth.

Many thanks to the eBay seller for permission to share the photographs from the sale with Loretta's fans.


Materials List:
line drawn heart on 6x6 24 count white Congress cloth
Needle Necessities overdyed cotton floss #152 "Moulin Rouge"
Cresta d'Oro #C22
AK pearls 2 1/2 mm
beading needle

Substitute ThreadworX cotton floss #1087 "Peppermint" for the Needle Necessites floss and size 14/0 or 15/0 pearls for the 2 1/2 mm ones.

A New Heart Ornament Discovered on eBay UPDATED

A brand new Needle Adventures heart-shaped ornament has turned up on eBay.  The seller hasn't listed much information about it.  Here is the link.  The heart is done from an outline on 24 count Congress cloth.  As far as I can tell, no threads or embellishments are included in the sale.  Bidding starts at $4 plus $2.25 for standard shipping.

I will contact the eBay seller for more details.

UPDATE:  This chart sold for the starting price.  A very good deal!