Insider's Club - About Designers


Insider's Club - About Designers

Read all about your favorite designers here.  How they do what they do.  How they create their wonderful designs.  Have a question, ask it here!

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Hinged Box Hardware

Started by Irene Dunne. Last reply by Irene Dunne Apr 28, 2015. 2 Replies

Does anyone know where I can get the hardware that comes with needlepoint hinged box designs? They come in round, square and oblong. I've searched all over the internet and cannot find them. Please…Continue


Started by Anna Westbrook. Last reply by Vicki Warren Mar 22, 2013. 9 Replies

Hi, I thought I should introduce myself quickly. I was an avid stitcher in the mid to late 90's (ANG, EGA member and lover of threads and stitches, with the exception of tent stitch and cross-stitch)…Continue

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Comment by Maria Maunez on October 7, 2011 at 11:25pm
Well, I'm up to page 7 of the Challenge group and just had to join here.  I loved Jane's interview with Leigh and look forward to Kelly's.  I can't draw worth a bean, but I've always wanted to a series of canvases based on my favorite films. Several designers have made Wizard of Oz canvases that I have in my stash, but there are so many others.  I'm hoping to get a better idea of how it all works from "The Masters".  Mahalo (Thank you)
Comment by Kelly Ann Clark on September 30, 2011 at 3:13pm

For me, it can work both ways...Sometimes it is like a Vison just pops into my head like a picture popping up on the computer screen.  When that happens I quick grab my sketchbook and do a quick thumbnail...very rough line sketch just to get it down.  Other times, like Don said, I'll mull

around an idea for months and months before there is enough vision to

do a sketch.


Comment by Don Lynch on September 30, 2011 at 10:10am
Gosh Kelly, what a loaded question, and I know we've talked about this before, in a very broad sense.  I think the answer to your direct question (visual vs. an idea, which I am taking to mean technique) would probably have to be visual.  Ideas for a design tend to percolate around in my head for (ususally) a pretty long time, until they are almost fully formed before I even do a line drawing.  If I'm lucky, what I had in my head works out...sometime, not so much.  When I do get  down to the nuts and bolts of painting, I do often have specific plans of how the final stitching would best be accomplished.  But, as I can't stitch everything I design, I hope that the design has enough integrity on it's own to allow the stitcher to make their own choices and still have a great end result.
Comment by K.B. on September 30, 2011 at 9:15am
Kelly, what's your answer when you're asked that question?
Comment by Kelly Ann Clark on September 30, 2011 at 9:09am

So, I have a question for Don...and this is one I get asked all of the time...

Where do your designs come from?  Is it Visual first, or aa idea first and the

visual comes after?

Comment by K.B. on September 29, 2011 at 1:36pm
Don, they may have paid, but they were still getting fresh new designs that no one else had at the time. Sounds like a good deal to me!
Comment by K.B. on September 29, 2011 at 1:35pm
I'd rather sew on buttons than pair socks.
Comment by Jeannine Bartnicki on September 29, 2011 at 1:34pm
yes, but when you have a daughter who DOES sew...she gets all of the button jobs!! lol
Comment by Don Lynch on September 29, 2011 at 1:32pm
Karen-great deal for Mom, but her friends payed!  And...I've gottn much better than I was then (or at least, hope I have!)  Jeannine-the cleaners sew on buttons!
Comment by Jeannine Bartnicki on September 29, 2011 at 1:08pm
That is a great story. Unfortnately my mother could not sew a button on..literally!

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