Preview of Bargello Needlepoint Ornaments

Althea has posted the previews of the next three free Bargello Christmas ornaments. There is a tree, a snowman, and an overall candle pattern. Remember the downloads of these patterns will be available for one week only. The tree will be up starting tomorrow.

What Was your First Needlepoint Project? – June Giveaway

This giveaway was inspired by one of the responses to last month’s post about how we learned to needlepoint. Priscilla wrote: My grandmother Mimi and my godmother Kappy gave me a needlepoint canvas with a grey donkey already stitched in the middle, and I learned by tent stitching the background. My godmother told me that […]

Bargello with Templates – Compensation

bargello needlepoint cupcake, designed by Janet Perry

Using templates or outlines as shapes to fill with Bargello is a lovely way to make a unique gift. When the outline is a simple shape, such as a heart or mitten, the job is easy. You just stitch and go. But what do you do if the outline has more than one part, as […]

Stash Busting Project & Contest

abstract chart for cross stitch design

Connie Barwick, the Cross Stitch Guide at, just published this delightful abstract chart. I just love it. It would make great needlepoint, especially as a stash project. With all the different spaces, you could also do some fun things with different stitches. I’m going to make one and I’d like to challenge you to […]