One Stitcher’s Notebook

Utagawa Kuniyoshi, sketches of cats

Artists and writers are renowned for keeping notebooks as places to jot down ideas, make sketches, and remember things. You can even find framed pages from artist’s notebooks in museums and books published that are facsimiles of some of these volumes. But do you keep any yourself? If not you might be missing out on […]

Setting Stitching Goals

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As long as I’ve been needlepointing I have struggled with keeping to some sort of regular stitching goals. I’m a whiz at setting, and meeting, goals for a particular stitching session. But when it comes to setting something longer term, I have the memory of a goldfish and am as easily distracted as the dogs […]

The Problematic Silk Skein

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Do you dread using silk that comes packaged in skeins? I did until I learned the secret to opening them. In a new YouTube from The Royal School of Needlework, you’ll see how to do it. My one problem with these pretty braids you get with the RSN method is that it doesn’t preserve and […]

Needlepoint Tools in Unlikely Places

Originally posted 2012-10-18 07:22:13. Republished by Blog Post PromoterI bet you have always thought that as a needlepointer going to places like the drug store, hardware store or office supply store was a part of the rest of your life. A dreary necessity that had to be endured. I generally think so too, but in […]

How Do You Start to Plan a Canvas?

birds, copyright Unique NZ Designs

Do you plan it all out at once? Do you pick the threads? Do you decide on stitches? There are probably as many ways to plan a canvas as there are stitchers. Even if we don’t actively think about it, we probably have rules we use when thinking about a canvas. I only have two […]