June 13th, 2015
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Home of the JAT Needlework Stand


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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!


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


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


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



March 9th, 2015

I have just designed a needlework stand. I love it of course. It is made in the USA and the cost is $179.00 with free shipping. Domestic shipping only… No special frame needed. You can use a frame, scroll rod, Q-snaps, or hoop. Just flip your work to get to the back and flip it again to start stitching again. Perfect! To read more about this great stand click on the link below to open a PDF with many more pictures and information.

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

Click on the image to download the PDF file.
Check this out!

JAT Needlework Stand

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!


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!


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.


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!