The Decade of Transition for Needlepoint

Both my paternal grandmother and my mom tried needlepoint. Both failed. My grandmother, a crackerjack seamstress, knitter, and crocheter, started a “fill in the background” piece once and never finished. She gave it to me in high school and I finished it an turned it into the seat for an antique rocker. Grandma most definitely […]

Just by Looking

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Yogi Berra once said “You can observe a lot just by looking.” He was talking about baseball, but it’s also true of needlepoint. Even if you are a turbostitcher and send your life stitching, you will only stitch a fraction of the canvases out there. And unless you both stitch from the same stitch guide […]

What Are the “Usual Stitching Supplies?”

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You see it almost every time you take a needlepoint class. After the list of things needed, such as stretcher bars, come those dreaded words “usual stitching supplies.” You might know what sits near your stitching chair, but you can’t bring all that. So what do you bring? Here’s a list of some things to […]

The Basics of Business, Needlepoint Edition

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If I asked you how much profit margin do you think your shop makes, what would you say? In an article from the American Business Institute, people thought the margin was 36%. Now if you are a shopowner in any industry you are probably thinking “I wish! If I could make that much money I […]

Tips & Techniques for Needlepoint — Book Review

Originally posted 2011-03-01 07:36:34. Republished by Blog Post PromoterSusan Sturgeon Roberts, self-published, 2008, $9. This little comb-bound book is a collection of questions and answers about needlepoint. Without a Table of Contents it can be hard to find what you need to know, but there is plenty of useful information here, especially for the beginning […]