Amazing Needlepointer – Raymond Dockstader

He died in earlier this year, but Raymond Dockstader was a phenominal needlepointer whose work graced many needlework exhibits at Woodlawn Plantation in the DC area. I became more aware of his work through a recent blog post. His specialty was 3 inch square Tent Stitched pieces that were stitched and either finished as “paperweights” [...]

Needlepoint in the Fifties – A Look Back

Yesterday I had an occasion to look at the oldest needlepoint book I own, Needlepoint Made Easy, published in 1955. It gave me pause, because I was also looking at The Needlepoint Book, first published 21 years later. Since most of us started stitching after the needlepoint “revolution” of the early 70′s we probably don’t [...]

Beginner Needlepoint Project Book Out this Weekend!

Attic Windows is a perfect beginner's project.

One of the harder things I’ve done in needlepoint is advance from doing Tent Stitch to feeling confident in making different stitches, using different threads, and trying new color combinations. That’s why I’ve designed this new series of projects for those people beginning needlepoint. But they are so fun to stitch, experienced stitchers will want [...]

Needlepoint Games

hand painted canvas needlepoint cat mini sock ornament from mindy

Lee Meredith, of Leethal Designs, has come up with a clever idea for knitting called Game Knitting. The concept is a cool one, that can be adapted to needlepoint. Basically the idea is you look for something recurring in a game show and change something in the knitting every time that happens. You could expand [...]

Needlepoint Start on Halloween

Last weekend at the St Charles Needlework Market, my friend Leigh introduced four witchy designs. Go take a look at the fives of them on her site. I think they are very cool because they have all the lovely shading and painting that make Leigh’s pieces so wonderful, but in a very different context. The [...]