The Ghost of the 1970’s Enters Stage Left

Originally posted 2012-09-18 07:39:43. Republished by Blog Post PromoterI’m old enough to remember vividly the 1970’s when I was in high school and college. And while there are plenty of things in that period to diss, let’s focus on crafts for now. Making crafts was very big at this time. Not only did needlepoint become […]

Beginnings, Endings, or In-between?

Do you find yourself tearing your hair out, trying to catch up on needlepoint news? Help is on the way! (from My Teenage Werewolf)

Years ago I heard about a woman who had “completion headaches;” she would get a migraine as each project was nearing the end. Last night as I was nearing the end of the current 25 Stitches Sampler, I found myself stitching more and more slowly. I often find this as I near the end of […]

Putting It All Together – Part 2

Lee Needle Arts canvas, photo copyright Napa Needlepoint

In yesterday’s post we began our analysis of my most recent finished project, analyzing it according to the questions in The Needlepoint Book. As we should expect there are weaknesses in the design and colors on the canvas. One of these, a weak focal point, was changed by concentrating all the attention-grabbing threads on the […]

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

copyright Jo Ippolito Christensen

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 […]