March 9th, 2015
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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 or JudyOdell at

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. 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!


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.


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…

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


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.


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
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.