November 3, 2016
12 days of Christmas – the Julie/Julia challenge
Last month I re-watched the movie “Julie & Julia” with Amy Adams & Meryl Streep. For those who haven’t seen it – (Not a spoiler) – Julie challenges herself into preparing every recipe in Julia Child’s cook book over a one year period. And, although I have nothing in common with the main character – Julie – not to mention I’m twice her age, I was motivated to do something similar.
So, you think, what does this have to do with needlepoint. Well – be patient – I’m going to tell you. Several years ago I had one of my artists design the “12 days of Christmas” series. I wanted it elegant. I love the series offered, but never found the time to start, let alone finish. So yes, I’ve challenged myself into finishing the set – but due commitments I’m extending it to 15 months – starting in February 2017.
So I invite you to join in the adventure. You can challenge yourself and do the set, or pick your favorite and do those. We will be starting in February 2017. We will be skipping May, August & December, so you can catch up with life as well as your canvases. I also will be posting a blog at least twice a month with my progress. And YES, I will have the stitch guides with color charts available for anyone who wants to join me. I will be one canvas ahead of you, so you can stitch along with my posting. This will not be a video class, so you’ll have to get the canvas & stitch guides from your LNS. (I suggest advanced orders so that the canvases are in stock.)
The canvases will be available without guides, so you can stitch them in basket weave if desired – mine will have ribbons, beads, and some fun. For those of you also getting the guides, we will have a few surprises along the way. I will start with the Partridge & the 2 Turtle Doves, but may skip a bit after that. I will post them at least 2 months in advance so that you can get your canvases and threads.
You can order these at your LNS, or if they’re unable to kit, Karen at Nimble Needle in New Jersey, email@example.com will have them kitted for you.
I will be begin posting in December with updates – so keep checking my site www.juliemardesigns.com under “Announcements” (left column at the bottom), or my face book page.
November 9, 2010
I hope everyone is having a good fall. Kids are back to school & with the rainy weather, stitching is a great pass time. I know my schedule, although still busy, is more manageable without the constant interruptions from the kids (and mine are teenagers!!)
We've been busy here, despite the interruptions. We are pleased to announce the addition of 3 artists to the JulieMar line. Florence is a graphic artist who previously did art work featured in many card shops. She is designing fun florals and Christmas pieces, and designs our "words of wisdom." Sally Corey is a needlepoint artist in her own right. She has designed over a dozen canvases, exclusively for our line. They're colorful abstract designs. This year features some geometric designs as well. Finally, Marlene has designed dolls for your children & grandchildren. They're 13 x 17 and can be made into a pillow.
In addition to meeting with my artists to come up with new, beautiful designs, I also spend much of my time needlepointing. I'm now stitching our new canvas TRANSITIONS© – #2010 and preparing a stitch guide. The canvas combines geometric elements with free flowing flowers & has been a challenge. We have a companion piece coming out in January. For those of you who haven't seen us at the show, I present at least one new large piece every year – TAPESTRY GERBERS© – 132855, done primarily in silk ribbons with open stitched background; POPPY BOUQUET© – 132890 in variegated threads; and FLORAL SURPRISE ©– 954 done by appliquéing each flower of ABSTRACT FIVE IN GREENS© - 995 on top. FLORAL SURPRISE is an 8 x 8 canvas and fits perfectly in our custom made ultra suede purses. (Stitch guides available for all three.) Dozens of smaller samples also are displayed at the shows and on line.
We've also launched the LANDSCAPE CLUB this November. I've had great response, so we're going to continue it through next year. The club features 12 small 5 x 5 canvases, 9 of Julie's original landscapes and 3 new ones. All come with stitch guides, as well as a picture of the finished canvas. December's canvas, CHRISTMAS STREAM, is offered exclusively to club members. Those of you who don't celebrate Christmas can substitute either Mountain Sampler – Winter 131050 or Blue Horizon – 131180. Our SALE ITEMS category is also popular. New items will be posted regularly.
Next year brings many new designs. We are featuring fun florals, geometric and abstract designs as well as many Christmas ornaments. We're also adding to our Words of Wisdom. This year's "Young at Heart" is my favorite piece. Ask your retailer for the end of the quote, or check back later for our posting.
Have a great holiday season.
Pat Dee/JulieMar & Friends
April 24, 2010
FOR THOSE READERS WHO LIKE SMALL PROJECTS – WE HAVE THE THING THIS MONTH!!
JUST IN TIME FOR SPRING --- JULIEMAR/ PLD DESIGNS CREATES A NEW CUSTOMIZED PURSE TO GO ALONG WITH OUR MANY CUFFS IN QUILT OR ULTRA SUEDE.
JulieMar/ PLD Designs now offers 24 cuffs in all styles – try the traditional pink rose or grapevines, the stylish ladybugs or cabochon gems, or the funky shopping (purses), all shown below, OR any of the 18 other styles. All cuffs can be seen under "Accessories/Bracelets" on our website www.juliemardesigns.com. Stitch/thread guides are available for over 10 of the 24 designs. They can be used for Bracelets, Purse inserts or Bookmarks.
Look for our new Cuff: Boots Texas Style, and our new purse, The Lara Bag, shown below in black & white double sided quilt and marigold ultrasuede with handles. The bags are made in the USA, and customized to match each cuff.
Call your local retailer for details.
February 28, 2010
JULIE MAR DESIGNS OFFERS -- Quarterly Specials - 2010
Julie Mar Designs is offering a new special every quarter this year: March, May, August & November. The specials will be posted on the web the month before. Look on the “Announcements” section.
March: 10% off Tapestry Cosmos - 14" x 14" floral - #132856.
May: Featuring new cuff bracelets and 7" x 1-1/2" purse inserts with stitch guides. Look for details in April.
Orders may be placed any time during the month at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone or fax at 856-866-1144. DON’T FORGET to check our new designs at www.juliemardesigns.com
Julie Mar Now Provides Trunk Shows
$500.00 minimum, prepaid, exclusive of shipping & specials. Booking into 2011.
Shows available for this fall.
Have a warm winter,
September 9, 2009
JULIE MAR DESIGNS has just updated its website. I’ve incorporated some of your ideas for smaller pieces, fobs and Christmas ornaments, in the line. Look at our “NEW DESIGNS” and let us know what you think at email@example.com.
I’ve also decided to reinstate Julie Mar’s NEWSLETTER. Every NEWSLETTER will have some common elements: introduction of new art, my “work in progress” and the finished product in a later issue, a request for suggested art, and a “Class Piece”. Look for our first issue in November. We have been working hard this year to create new needlepoint that is both fun and beautiful. We look forward to exhibiting it at the January 2010 Trade Show and seeing everyone again.
For those loyal internet customers, I’m also having a FALL SALE. From October 1 through October 24 you will receive a 10% discount on “NEW DESIGNS” and a 15% discount on all other items for purchases over $200.00. Just e-mail us or call at (856) 866-1144 (phone & fax) or toll free at : (877) 9-STITCH.
Look forward to hearing from you,