Fa­vorite Finds Prod­uct Reviews

Just Cross Stitch - - Contents - Christy Sch­mitz

Based in Rock Hill, S.C., Joseph’s Work­shop fo­cuses on hand­made, laser-en­graved wooden prod­ucts, in­clud­ing a va­ri­ety of stitch­ing-re­lated ac­ces­sories. The com­pany fea­tures fa­ther-son duo, Todd and Zachary Brake­field. Todd han­dles the pro­duc­tion, de­sign and cre­ation end of the busi­ness, while Zachary runs the day-to-day op­er­a­tion in­clud­ing sales and cus­tomer ser­vice. While the prod­uct cat­a­log boasts ev­ery­thing from or­na­ments and jew­elry to lamps and di­men­sional hol­i­day decor, it’s the cross-stitch sup­plies that will have stitch­ers fill­ing their on­line bas­ket quickly.

In­tri­cate de­sign de­tails fill each wooden piece in their cross-stitch col­lec­tion, which fea­tures tra­di­tional nee­dle min­ders and thread keep­ers. The col­lec­tion also fea­tures the cor­ner square, which is a 3"-square marker used to help de­ter­mine the start­ing point on a stitch­ing project. The wooden tool in­cludes two start­ing points (1" and 2"), al­low­ing stitch­ers to se­lect a start­ing point based on fab­ric al­lowance. The mo­tifs on the wooden ac­ces­sories in­clude ghosts, vin­tage campers, trucks, pea­cocks, bees, sheep, dogs, owls, cats and roses. There is some­thing for ev­ery stitcher and ev­ery style! Prices for these unique hand­crafted trea­sures range from $9.99 for nee­dle min­ders to $12.99 for cor­ner squares and thread keeps. To see the full col­lec­tion from Joseph’s Work­shop or to or­der, visit www.joseph­work­shop.com.

Stitch­ers are al­ways look­ing for ways to dis­play their fine handi­work. From frames to pil­lows, all fin­ish­ing op­tions are con­sid­ered. How about fin­ish­ing it as a per­sonal ac­ces­sory? En­ter Nunn De­sign. De­signer Becky Nunn be­gan hon­ing her de­sign and en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills in Italy where she stud­ied “the en­chant­ment” of jew­elry and met­al­work­ing. She brought that in­spi­ra­tion home to the Pa­cific North­west, and Nunn De­sign was born. Here, she and her dream com­pany pro­duce high-qual­ity hand­crafted find­ings by work­ing with ar­ti­sans around the United States.

Nunn De­sign’s col­lec­tions range from DIY jew­elry kits to em­broi­dery kits, which al­low stitch­ers to show off their work in ear­rings, pen­dants and pins. A va­ri­ety of metal fin­ishes are avail­able, in­clud­ing an­tique sil­ver, an­tique gold and an­tique cop­per. De­sign sizes range from 12mm to 32mm. There are even or­na­ment find­ings to add el­e­gance to a hol­i­day tree. The web­site also in­cludes step-by-step in­struc­tions on in­sert­ing stitched pieces into the find­ings. Prices range from $4 to $23, de­pend­ing on fin­ishes and sizes. For more in­for­ma­tion, to see a beau­ti­ful on­line cat­a­log and to or­der, visit www.nun­nde­sign.com.

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