May 20th, 2016
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JAT Needlework Stands

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NOTE: You can read over 200 posts from stitchers that have purchased the JAT Needlework stand on my Facebook Group, Just A Thought Needlework Design THANK YOU ALL.



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Mixed Media Embroidery

July 18th, 2016
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I have decided to share my mixed media embroidery. I call it this because I use whatever I can find to add to the embroidery. I use color crayons, paint, markers, beads, gems, markers, ribbons, etc. It is so simple and so much fun. For those that have been asking, this is how I do it.

Find a picture you like. There are so many…adult coloring books (this is where I get most of mine. I have tons of coloring books now.) Free pictures on the internet, free hand drawing, pictures that cost just a dollar or so that you can download from the internet. Anything you can trace works.

1. Trace a picture onto a smooth fabric. I use lining fabric but I am going to purchase a white sheet because I think it has the perfect strength and stiffness when it is new to make a perfect embroidery fabric. PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU PLAN TO SELL ANY OF YOUR WORK YOU MUST MAKE SURE YOU HAVE COPYRIGHT TO THE PICTURE. CHECK WITH THE OWNER TO MAKE SURE IT IS OK AND BE SURE TO GET WRITTEN PERMISSION IF IT IS UNDER COPYRIGHT. IF YOU DO NOT PLAN TO SELL OR PROFIT FROM YOUR WORK IN ANY WAY YOU CAN USE FREE PICTURES, ADULT COLORING BOOK PICTURES OR INTERNET PURCHASED PICTURES. (Please do not violate copyright)

2. Color with crayola crayons.

3. Lay the colored picture face down on a piece of paper towel or whatever you can find. It is just to make sure the color is not transferred onto your ironing board cover. Hot iron the picture. This will remove the wax and leave just the dye. And, and as a plus, you can wash it as many times as you wish and the color will stay. I mention this because my sister stitched some dishtowels for her daughter using this mixed media embroidery method.

4. Color again and iron again if you want to intensify your colors a bit more.

5. Add glitter acrylic paint or whatever acrylic paint or markers you want at this time.

6. Mount your picture for stitching.

7. Have fun with the embroidery. Choose different stitches and tons of color if you are like me and like color. The floss and color crayons do not have to match. Just another mix of color fun.

8. Iron again if needed.

9. Add gems, beads, ribbon or whatever you can imagine.

10. All finished and ready for you to frame or whatever you choose to do to complete your design.

This is the design I am working on now. I am calling it “Have a cup of color”.

I was shocked to see how many of these pictures I have completed. I am so loving doing these.

Benjamin The Gatherer

Rafael The Romantic

Wild Side

Happy Jack

If you happen to try Mixed Media Embroidery and want to share a picture of it with me and my friends, please post it to our Facebook Group: Just A Thought Needlework Design. Hugs everyone!

Oh Holy Night

Charlee’s Birth Announcement

Richard’s Dream Catcher

Shelley’s Day of the Dead Celebration

My nieces and nephew are just starting out. The frog is finished and framed and I will add a picture of it once I get it.

Tristan’s Alagator.

Alexi’s cruse ship.

Madison’s Frog.

Mixed Media Embroidery

Just A Thought “FLOOR” Stand ….. $195.00 plus $20.00 shipping

May 21st, 2016
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Fall in love with the ease of the JAT Needlework Floor Stand. It is made in the USA and the cost is $195.00 plus $20.00 share the shipping. Domestic shipping only… For orders outside the USA shipping quotes will be sent upon request.

No special frame needed. You can use a frame, scroll rod, Q-snaps, hoop and, OF COURSE, the JAT Fabric Stretchers. Just flip your work over to get to the back and flip it back to the front to start stitching again.

By-the-way, if you are interested in ordering one of the JAT Needlework Stands you can contact me at: JudyOdell at comcast dot net

The arms on this stand are 20 inches long. They move so that when you adjust your sitting position you do not have to actually move the floor stand but instead just move your arms a bit to suite the change. These arms never tighten so tight they do not move. The black rubber tape on the arms keep your frame securely in place against the small dowels at the end of each arm. The frame just sits on the arms for easy flip overs.

The base on the frame is 5/8 inch thick. The design of the base keeps it secure from any wobbling. The main weight of the stand is right here in the base. This is why it has no wobble. If you sit in a chair (like a swivel rocker) that has a bar on the ground just tilt the stand back and slid it back to you going directly over the bar. It will still be secure with no wobble. Please note that this floor stand is not suitable for using with a recliner, or stitching in bed, etc. because of the stand post. If you want to stitch in bed or in a recliner or lounging back you would be best to check out the LAP stand.

The arms, at their highest position are 34 inches high. Because of the “triangle hinge” in this JAT design there is an almost unlimited height angle for holding your work. Once your stand is assembled you need never loosen the top knob of the triangle hinge but only loosen the bottom knob for adjustment. Due to the unique triangle hinge the arms on this stand WILL NOT COLLAPSE. You could sit on them and they would brake before lowering….well…that might be a slight exaggeration but there is not a fabric holder that this stand cannot hold with ease and still hold it’s position.

Some unnecessary information:

Do I make the stands myself? No, I do not make these beautiful stands. I did however design the stand. My husband made the first prototype and then we sent it off for some personal critiquing by the infamous Mary Corbet – http://www.needlenthread.com/ (Thank you Mary) We then took all the comments, good and bad, and made some changes to the stand. We started working with our manufacturer, Universal Custom Display (UCD) out of Elk Grove California, and together we produced the needlework stand you see pictured here.

How long will it take to get to you? Once payment is received your needlework stand will be drop shipped to you directly from our manufacturer. It is shipped via UPS. I will tell you it takes two weeks from payment to delivery to your door but most the time it is much less time than that. (USA deliveries of course.) I will send tracking information to you once I receive it from my manufacturer.

How much are the shipping charges? I call it a “Share-The-Cost” shipping because that is exactly what I do. I share the cost with you. There is a flat rate charge of $20.00 for you and I pick up the rest. This stand is packaged in a box that is 32″ x 22″ x 10 so it is quite large and costly to ship.

What payment do I accept? I will send you a PayPal invoice that you can use for payment. You do not need a PayPal account and you can use any credit card you wish. It is much safer this way and I don’t have to see your card information ever. If you prefer not to use the PayPal payment method I will accept a check but your stand will not be sent out until payment is received.

How do I order? Just email me at the following email address: judyodell at comcast dot net I will reply to your email and we will be on our way to getting a stand to you. And, of course, if you have any other questions just email me. I love to chat. :)

Are there any reviews on this stand? Absolutely! If you go to my Facebook group you can read hundreds of critiques and posts and even a couple videos about all the needlework accessories I offer. Go to Facebook and search for Just A Thought Needlework Design. Easy Peasy!

Just A Thought Needlework Design – Judy Odell
www.justathought.net
Facebook Group: Just A Thought Needlework Design
Email: JudyOdell at Comcast dot net
Phone: (209) 920-3213

JAT Needlework Floor Stand

Just A Thought “LAP” Stand …. $175.00 plus $20.00 shipping

May 19th, 2016
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This is the little sister of the JAT floor stand. It is made in the USA and the cost is $175.00 plus $20.00 share the shipping. Domestic shipping only… For orders outside the USA shipping quotes will be sent upon request.

No special frame needed. You can use a frame, scroll rod, Q-snaps, hoop and, OF COURSE, the JAT Fabric Stretchers. Just flip your work over to get to the back and flip it back to the front to start stitching again. Even though this stand is much smaller than the floor stand it will hold the weight the same as the floor stand with no problem.

By-the-way, if you are interested in ordering one of the JAT Needlework Stands you can contact me at: JudyOdell at comcast dot net

The arms on this stand are 15 inches long. They move so that when you adjust your sitting position you do not have to actually reposition the stand but instead just move your arms a bit to suite the change. These arms never tighten so tight they do not move. The black rubber tape on the arms keep your frame securely in place against the small dowels at the end of each arm. You can attach the arms on the top of the cross bar or the underside of the cross bar. This comes in handy if your frame is longer than the arms.

The flat bottom of the lap stand fits just under your legs above the knee and can be as close to you as you wish and as far away as the edge of the cushion you are sitting on. If you want to stitch in bed or in a recliner or lounge back into a soft comfy cushion, etc. it might be best to consider this LAP stand. Weighing in at only 8 lbs it is light weight and perfect for stitching trips also. Please note, this lap stand will not stand alone. It is not a table stand. This lap stand is cut with many engineered angles to accommodate holding your frame at the correct angle for stitching with both hands.

Now having said that, if you have a frame that you need to move at an angle other than just siting straight on the arms it is possible with this lap stand and also the floor stand. Just move one or both arms out of the way. Or take them off and use the long cross bar as a table edge to help hold your frame. Let it do the heavy lifting for you. There are never ending possibilities with this stand and her sister floor stand.

Because of the “triangle hinge” on this lap stand design there is an almost unlimited height angle for holding your work. Once your stand is assembled you need never loosen the top knob of the triangle hinge but only loosen the bottom knob for adjustment. Due to the unique triangle hinge the arms on this stand WILL NOT COLLAPSE. You could sit on them and they would brake before lowering….well…that might be a slight exaggeration but there is not a fabric holder that this stand cannot hold with ease and still hold it’s position.

Some unnecessary information:

Do I make the stands myself? No, I do not make these beautiful stands. I did however design the stand. My husband made the first prototype and then we sent it off for some personal critiquing by the infamous Mary Corbet – http://www.needlenthread.com/ (Thank you Mary) We then took all the comments, good and bad, and made some changes to the stand. We started working with our manufacturer, Universal Custom Display (UCD) out of Elk Grove California, and together we produced the needlework stand you see pictured here.

How long will it take to get to you? Once payment is received your needlework stand will be drop shipped to you directly from our manufacturer. It is shipped via UPS. I will tell you it takes two weeks from payment to delivery to your door but most the time it is much less time than that. (USA deliveries of course.) I will send tracking information to you once I receive it from my manufacturer.

How much are the shipping charges? I call it a “Share-The-Cost” shipping because that is exactly what I do. I share the cost with you. There is a flat rate charge of $20.00 for you and I pick up the rest. This stand is packaged in a box that is 26″ x 20″ x 10 so it is quite large and costly to ship.

What payment do I accept? I will send you a PayPal invoice that you can use for payment. You do not need a PayPal account and you can use any credit card you wish. It is much safer this way and I don’t have to see your card information ever. If you prefer not to use the PayPal payment method I will accept a check but your stand will not be sent out until payment is received.

How do I order? Just email me at the following email address: judyodell at comcast dot net I will reply to your email and we will be on our way to getting a stand to you. And, of course, if you have any other questions just email me. I love to chat. :)

Are there any reviews on this stand? Absolutely! If you go to my Facebook group you can read hundreds of critiques and posts and even a couple videos about all the needlework accessories I offer. Go to Facebook and search for Just A Thought Needlework Design. Easy Peasy!

Just A Thought Needlework Design – Judy Odell
www.justathought.net
Facebook Group: Just A Thought Needlework Design
Email: JudyOdell at Comcast dot net
Phone: (209) 920-3213

Now, for those that would like to see some pictures of the stand and how great it is just check these out. Needle-pointers….check out how easy it is to turn your frame sideways or even up-side-down if you need to make that special stitch and the laying tool is at the wrong angle. Just flip it sideways, upside down or to the back with no adjustment needed. Change your projects just by picking up one frame and replacing it with another. Kick back and relax while you stitch. Make those special stitches using both hands without holding the frame in place. It stays there on it’s own! Now, take a look!

JAT Needlework LAP Stand

JAT Fabric Stretcher’s

May 16th, 2016
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My goal in making these Fabric Stretchers was to make an affordable “quality” fabric stretcher. Made in the USA, I have added no “beautification” to these JAT Fabric Stretchers in my effort to keep the cost down. The more labor involved in making these fabric stretchers the more cost to you. What I ended up with is a fabric stretcher that will hold your fabric as tight as a drum for stitching even though it is not beautiful. It’s a “plain Jane” like me.

P.S. Of course the JAT needlework stands and the JAT Fabric Stretchers are PERFECT TOGETHER!

If you are interested in ordering one of the JAT Needlework Stands you can contact me at: JudyOdell at comcast dot net

Prices are subject to change at any time.

Introduction Special: $45.00 plus shipping.Includes one set 18″ rods, one set 29″ rods and one set Standard Extension arms:

Large Rods: (36 inches wide) Holds up to approximately 33 inch wide fabric. (**See note below) 15.00plus shipping

Medium Rods:(29 inches wide) Holds up to approximately 26 inch wide fabric. $15.00plus shipping

Small Rods:(18 inches wide) Holds up to approximately 15 inch wide fabric. $15.00plus shipping.

Custom 48″ Rods available on request…Holds up to approximately 45″ fabric. (**See note below.) $20.00plus shipping.

**NOTE:As the rods get longer the “twist” gets more pronunced. The rods are not “bowing”. This is not a good word to use as the fabric is looser in the middle than on the sides which is causing the twist. If it were bowing it would be tighter in the middle because it was being pulled down. Anyway, the twist is going to be there no matter what. The long rods will work with the JAT floor stands perfectly even with the twist. The longer the rod, the tighter the tension, the more pronounced the twist.

Standard Extension Arms: Extends height approximately 6″ to 10″ stitching area. $30.00plus shipping.

Custom Extension Arm: Extend height approximately 15″to 16″ stitching area. $35.00plus shipping.

Blue Painters Tape: 2 1/2 inch wide. $5.00 per roll

I added the black lines on the rods to help me make sure my fabric is easy to get straight. They will not be on yours but the video will show you how to do it easily if you are interested.

You can watch a full instruction video on how the JAT Fabric Stretchers work by searching Facebook or Youtube for Just A Thought Needlework Design.

A little extra information for you to read if you are bored and have nothing else to do:

MIGHT BE AN IMPORTANT NOTE: When you take your fabric off the Fabric Stretchers be sure to twist the side extension arms down to the smallest position possible before taking them off the long rods. They should look just like they looked when you received them. No big issue if you fail to do this but there are left and right metal rods in each side and if you twist the metal arms completely apart and mix them up you will have to play with them to figure out which rod goes where. Just saying….

If you are starting a new project be sure you have enough blank fabric at the top and bottom of your fabric to be able to roll the fabric around the rods at least one time so the hold is secure. You may need to baste a strip of fabric onto the top and bottom of your stitched fabric to give you a little extra roll length.

Your fabric is held on with blue painters tape. I have been using painters tape for years and have never once had a problem with it. It does not stick or leave any residue on your linen or fabric. It is fast and so easy to use and perfect for the JAT Fabric Stretchers. Leave those old conceptions at the door. It is time to come into the 21st century. Just like we do not worry about the backs of our stitching like we used to we can now use painters tape without damaging the fabric. Now having said that: DO NOT USE…masking tape, scotch tape packing tape and especially not shipping tape. These tapes leave a sticky residue on your ground fabric. PAINTERS TAPE PLEASE! And get it before your Fabric Stretchers arrive or you will be sad that you can’t use your fabric stretchers as soon as they show up at your door.

Be sure to watch the video to see how really easy these JAT Fabric Stretchers are to use.

Just A Thought Needlework Design – Judy Odell
www.justathought.net
Facebook Group: Just A Thought Needlework Design
Email: JudyOdell at Comcast dot net
Phone: (209) 920-3213

Fabric Stretchers

August give away on Facebook group

July 30th, 2015
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August give away. I am so very excited about this months give away. yep… I found this at Nordic Needle and it was not available at wholesale so I had to spend full price. And it is pricy! But it was so worth it and I discovered it was even better than I expected. It is metal and I wanted a chart holder to use my magnets on. I normally set my holder on a table next to me when I stitch. This looked really cute….love the yellow color…and did not take up as much room as the one I was using. Are stitchers ever satisfied?

Anyway, I ordered one for me and one for you. Once it came I made an amazing discovery!!!!! LOOK!!! The back base fits just under the knobs on my JAT needlework stand. WAIT….WHAT???? Yep…perfect. Well I love it. And if you are interested in trying to win this chart holder (you can use it without the JAT stand of course) then add a post letting me know. Remember that a “like” alone will not get your name entered into the drawing.

Oh, one more thing…I should give those that do not want to wait a month to have one of these gems some information about getting one.

I got mine at: www.Nordic Needle.com but you can also read about it and even purchase it here www.saycheesedesigns.com/products/organizers.html But do support a needlework shop and try to get one at Nordic Needle if you like it. Or, maybe win it by going to my Facebook group: Just A Thought Needlework Design click to join if you are not a member yet. And tell everyone you got the hot tip from Just A Thought Needlework Design. Hugs everyone!

"JUST SAYING"

Nuts for Pin Cushions

July 22nd, 2015
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What does everything you see in this picture have in common? PIN CUSHIONS! I am going nuts for pin cushions. Why? I don’t know for sure. I have been surfing the internet and keep seeing the cutest pin cushions. I guess it is like the flu…I caught it! I have seen pin cushions made out of just about everything one could think of. So I went to the second hand store and started looking around. The ideas came flying at me so fast I had to get control of myself quickly or I would have gone under the pin cushion spell. The picture shows just a few of the pieces I picked up. And I had already gotten wool felt so I am ready to go.

My husband says I can’t ever just do things in a small way. I always have to dive in at the deep end, head first, and hope I don’t hit bottom. I must confess I have hit bottom a few times. Hitting bottom for me is when I am over my temporary obsession of whatever has gotten hold of me and, as usual, having tons of “stuff” left over. And I mean TONS!

So at the moment it is pin cushions. Love them! And I want to stitch some and finish some and share some and…and…and…. SOMEBODY STOP ME!

I am going to start making a few of these and give them away on my Facebook Group. If you are in my group Just A Thought Needlework Design you know I love to have drawings. I love to give away “stuff”. And Lord knows I have a lot of “stuff” to give away. So keep checking back to see what’s happening at the pin cushion pool.

AND, I want to set up a Pin Cushion Exchange with all my friends. Is anyone interested? If so you can post below or go to my Facebook Group and message me to join. Just A Thought Needlework Design
I will get hold of you and we shall get something going. What fun! Hugs

"JUST SAYING"

New Look and What’s Happening Now!

June 15th, 2015
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I am currently working on a lap stand as a companion to the floor model. It will be perfect for those low couches and chairs that have less than an inch to slide the floor model under. Or for those that want to put your feet up when you stitch. And it will be portable so you can take it with you when you travel.

Anyway, as soon as it is ready I will post information and pictures about it.

My store looks rather empty right now. All my cross stitch designs are now out-of-print. I will, however, be adding my “Cross Over” designs later this year. I have left the “Collaboration” finish instruction PDF’s in the store but there is a bit of a problem. A couple of them show as Not Available but they are. And, I don’t know how to get rid of it so just email if you need to get hold of me. JudyOdell at Comcast dot net

I have a Facebook Group for those of you that like to use Facebook. It is nice to use as it is so easy to post and add pictures. I don’t like the fact that posts drop down further and further and get lost quite easily. However, I do like the ease of posting and adding pictures on Facebook. And, I will keep this blog going for those that enjoy the web-blogs. I have opened the comments so you can post comments if you like and go from the web-blog to Facebook and catch everything. I love checking out individual blogs. They are really more personal and the posts do not get lost in the mix, so-to-speak. Anyway, for those of you that are interested, my Facebook group is Just A Thought Needlework Design

"JUST SAYING"

New Summer and Winter Fields

June 12th, 2015

I just got a look at my new designs that were framed by Jill Rensel. These are worked in my new style that I am calling “Cross Over” designs. It is a cross between surface embroidery, needlepoint and crewel. They are fast and, most importantly, fun to do. I will be making some changes to my designing and will no longer be designing cross stitch. I am going to focus on “Cross Over” designs with a focus on finishing techniques. My new Cross Over designs will be available soon.
Here are my Summer Fields and Winter Fields designs. I think they turned out just wonderful. Spring Fields and Autumn Fields will show up one of these days.

I shall check back in soon. Hugs Judy Odell

"JUST SAYING"

Embroidery for Sale!

August 6th, 2014
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Capricious Arts??? Ever heard of it? This gal has an Etsy shop and I came across it in the usual way I generally find sites I am not looking for. How did I get here…who knows? But you just must check this out. Capricious Arts
I purchased one of her works of art immediately and if I were only rich in money and not only fame (just my little joke) I would have purchased every one of her pieces…well almost. Being needle workers we know the time she has spent on her pieces. She definitely does not get what she deserves for them. Wow…what a talent this girl has. LOVE HER WORK!
Here is the piece I purchased. But go check out her other embroideries…fabulous!

"JUST SAYING"

My Frog

July 16th, 2014
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Oh my heck. I am so excited. It doesn’t take much to excite me you see. Anyway, I found this on Ebay and had to have it as I have been looking for one of these for a very long time. Well, off and on that is. Every time I saw one I just could not decide. It was not special enough, it was not tall enough to hold my scissors without them hitting the bottom, etc. There was always something. Then I saw this. Wow, I was in love. I had to have it. I could not wait to share it with you all. These were originally used to hold flowers. I don’t even know if they are still available on the market. I have never seen one being used. Years ago I saw a stitcher with one and have been keeping my eyes peeled for one ever since. So now meet my “Scissor Frog”. Love it!

"JUST SAYING"

Sneak Peek

July 6th, 2014
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It is so quiet here. I am working on a new design and thought I would share a “very small” sneak peek with you all. It is the first in a collection of collectable cushions. What is that exactly? You will have to wait until I get it finished and released to find out. I am thinking that it will be released for the online Needle Work show. Keep an eye out. As is usual for me the finishing design is my focus so the stitching design is an addition to the finish. And, as usual, it is my goal to give you some quality projects that you don’t have to go to a class for and pay a fortune to get. Not that I have a problem with expensive classes except that I generally can’t seem to justify the expense to get there and take the class. Maybe that is because I am a designer and finisher myself. ??? This design will be available in paper format from your favorite needlework shop. I am not sure if I will have it available as a PDF or not. Since my “un-retirement” I am thinking I will cater to the shops and online classes via my message board. Well, hmmmm….it is Just A Thought right now. And here is your small peek.

"JUST SAYING"

Having fun with my Needle

June 26th, 2014
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Hi everyone. I know it has been awhile since I have posted. I guess you are all going nuts wondering what I have been up to. And I know it has been keeping you awake at night. I am so sorry. So now I will post and let you know my secret so you can get the rest you need. :) Surface Embroidery…yep. I have found it and I love it. If you have ever wondered about surface embroidery you need to check out this site. www.needlenthread.com This is Mary Corbet’s site. And wow…I can’t believe the time she gives of herself. I should be so selfless. But nay…I am not! :) I am ordering books, reading and learning as fast as I can as I want to try to incorporate some of the surface embroidery techniques into the cross stitch design and give it all a Jacobean flavor. I know I can, I know I can, I know I can! We shall see. Then I want to incorporate it into a 3D design (not sure what until I actually do it, but, you will be the first to know). I have completed one piece using one of Mary’s free designs on her site and I really like the way it has turned out. Now I have pretty much the tools I need to do it and I am ready to design. Book in hand and all….
Here is a picture of my first master piece. I think it is going to be a pin cushion. Then on to bigger and better, whatever. If you have ever wondered about surface embroidery go and check out her site. She has just started on a design and it is a group stitch along. And best of all, IT IS FREE! I have started it and I will add a picture of it below with a picture of my first completed Jacobean piece. Love it! :) Hugs Oh, don’t forget to go and check out Mary’s site and I will be back…soon I hope. :)
Mary Corbet’s Needle N Thread
Hugs again!

"JUST SAYING"

Paper Charts are available

May 24th, 2014
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There are paper charts available for those that want them. But, they are only available via needle work shops. My designs are available directly from the Just A Thought store but ONLY IN PDF FORMAT and instant download. Ok, so “instant download” is not working so well but once you place an order I will send the PDF to you personally. But, if you see something you like and want it in paper format please let your favorite shop know.

"JUST SAYING"

The Needlework Show

April 16th, 2014
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Big News! I am truly “un-retired”. Yep! I’m back. I start my “come back” by showing my designs in the on-line needle work show. I have been working like a crazy woman trying to get a new sampler completed by the start of the show. It has been fun.

Anyway, I will be showing my designs in the Needlework Show. You can check mine and other designer work out here… http://www.needleworkshow.com

Something else that’s new; If you prefer to have paper charts rather than downloadable PDF’s you can purchase them from your favorite needlework shop. Just let them know what you would like. But, as usual, my designs in the JAT store are only available in PDF format from me. You can click on the link in the top margin to enter the store and check everything out.

And during show dates, April 17th, 2014 through April 22nd, 2014 any purchase you make from me (your entire purchase) will be discounted 10%. So if you see something you like today, wait until the 17th to order.

One last thing….It’s nice to be back. Hugs

P.S. Here’s a sneak peek at my new sampler, Peace In The Valley. Don’t tell….it’s a secret until tomorrow. :)

JAT Designs

I am un-retired

March 27th, 2014
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Ok, I finally made a decision about my retirement. I enjoyed my retirement for a few years but now I am getting bored. I know, I know…I am crazy. But, I have gotten the designing bug again. That little rascal has been chewing on me for some time now and I figured it was time to s**t or get off the pot (as my mother would say). So here I am, designing again.

I am working on a sampler right now. It is really turning out beautiful. I will be in the online Needlework show in April so must get it done along with one other if possible. Something new is always nice. I am having a lot of fun and the thought of talking with all of you again is wonderful. See you soon!

Now, on another note. I have turned into a Pinterest baby. I love the site and get so many ideas from it. The last one was a new stitching area. You know my little corner where I do my stitching. Well it has changed. I saw where someone turned a console into a craft area and loved it. I had given a large console that I no longer wanted to my daughter and she never used it. It has been in her garage for some time. So….needless to say, I took it back and now have a new craft corner. Want to see a picture? Ok. Here it is, my new stitching corner. Love it!


And with that I will close this post. I will be back soon with a sneak peek at my new design. Hugs

"JUST SAYING"

It’s a new year already!

February 5th, 2014
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Hello everyone! Merry Christmas, happy holidays, happy new year, be my valentine and happy Easter (just in case I don’t get back real soon). I have been so busy. I am so enjoying stitching and remodeling and golfing (new). I decided I needed to exercise to lose some weight and thought it would be nice to join curves. Well, I did just that…joined. I went a total of seven times and decided I hated it. No more curves for me. Hey…round is a shape you know! Anyway, I still need to lose some weight and really need to get off my big butt and get a little more active. Sooooo….golfing. Richard and I joined the local golf club and we are so loving going golfing. I am more like “golf rolling” as annoying as it is. I am still loving it. But, now on to stitching related things.

Look what I found. This is an old army chest that is from WWII. LOVE IT! I thought I got a great deal on it as it was only $65. Does that seem like a lot? I love it so it was worth it to me. Can you see I have all my DMC floss in it. And I have lots of empty drawers for whatever I decide I need close at hand when I am stitching. Richard thought I was nuts to want it until I filled it and now he likes it too. :)

I have been stitching quite a bit lately. I am so enjoying stitching other designers designs. I seem to always have to change something though. I guess it is the designer in me that thinks I know when a change is needed. Just adds to the fun of stitching. That’s why I always gave the option of the stitcher deciding what linen and fibers to use on their project. I never minded any changes you all made. Hopefully most designers feel like I do about personal changes on designs. Otherwise, I am going to have a few designers upset with me. So what’s new? :) I almost completed the Mill Hill Santa I have been stitching. I want to do some type of 3D framing that incorporates the stitched picture but not sure what I will end up with so it is on a back burner right now. I moved on to a sampler I have had for years. I found this design featured in a 1998 issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine and just had to have it. So I sent for the kit and then proceeded to pack it away for another time. 16 years later, the time has come. :) Designer: Kooler Design Studio. And again…silk fibers. You all know I prefer DMC…but…had the kit so silk it is. I will be adding some drawn and pulled thread sections to replace some of the design that is further down but for now it is pretty much the same as originally designed. I am loving it. The colors are just beautiful and a far cry from the colors I design with. Here is a progress picture so far.

I received a picture awhile back. I am so lack in my posting. Sorry Bev. Anyway, this beautiful Mermaid Box was stitched and finished by Bev from across the pond. She actually stitched it in the colors that are suggested in the chart but when she sent the picture one of them looked brown. I loved the color change so thought I would share it with you all. Beautiful work. Thanks so much for the picture Bev. This is “The Mermaid Box”. It was designed by Martina Weber in Germany and I designed and wrote the finish instruction for it. The box and smalls are just amazing.

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Shelley’s Jewlery Box ????

December 9th, 2013
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Check this out. Melanie decided to design her own Shelley’s Jewelry Box. She talks about her design and shares tons of pictures on her blog at http://melaniethewipslayer.blogspot.com/
You should go check out her blog and see some wonderful stitching. She gets so much done so quickly that I am sure she never sleeps. :) Anyway…look at her darling box. It is so cute in person you just would not believe all the bling on this box. I absolutely love it. I did the finishing as a thank you for all her help with mine. But I must say I remember why it was time for me to retire. My carpal tunnel is getting so bad I just can’t do much finishing any longer. At-any-rate…Great job Melanie. Love it, and thanks for your help with mine.



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Check this out!!!!

December 9th, 2013
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Oh my heck. Anke just sent me a picture of her finished Mary Wigham Wardrobe. She has done an amazing finishing job. Her work is perfection. I went and took a look at her pictures and spent so much time there I was ashamed of myself. But what beautiful work she has done and what a great motivator to see all her beautiful pieces. You just must go take a look. You can find her pictures here. http://www.flickr.com/photos/23200639@N05/sets/

And here is a look at her Mary Wigham Wardrobe. There are lots more pictures of her wardrobe at the link above. Beautiful work Anke. Thanks so much for the picture. Hugs

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Three Things Sampler

November 4th, 2013
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So here is the picture of my Three Things Sampler by Moira Blackburn. I changed a few things but it is pretty much the same. The wording is very different since it is my family names. I love it and will share a picture of it here once I frame it. I plan to return much sooner than usual…I am getting into stitching again and a few other things I will share with you all. Can you see some of the changes I made? :)

Hugs, Judy Odell, Just A Thought

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