Needlepoint Cost-cutting

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There has been a fair amount of discussion lately about needlepoint and whether it’s an expensive hobby. The current issue of Needlepoint Now addresses the topic in the Editor’s Letter. I saw an article of “Umpteen Reasons to Love Cross Stitch,” citing it as inexpensive to start. Many stitchers take exception to this and find […]

Finishing Up the Log Cabin Sampler

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This week we come to the end of this great project with a stitch that is perfect for roofs, buildings and backgrounds. Stitch the remaining log in Diagonal Shingle, below, using the darkest shade of the main color. Follow the Series On-line! Introduction, materials and outlining Corner Block Genny’s Scotch Double Brick & Upright Milanese […]

Use Bargello to Go Vintage

vintage four-way Bargello pillow

I’ve been indulging in my love of vintage style lately by reading the blog Retro Renovation. Although it specializes in Mid-century Modern, there is tons of stuff there for any vintage style. There’s lots of inspiration and ideas for your needlepoint projects. One of the blogs great loves is Bargello, especially vintage pieces and kits […]

Huge On-line Source of Images to Inspire and Transfer

Originally posted 2012-08-18 06:45:08. Republished by Blog Post PromoterThe Dover Pictorial Archive is legendary as a source of wonderful, royalty-free images of all kinds. It has been inspiring my needlepoint since at least 1978. I own dozens of these books with everything from stained glass patterns to vintage advertising. But using them has often meant […]

Make Like a Basket in Log Cabin Sampler

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This week is another straight stitch. It has blocks of stitches running in both directions. Stitches that change direction are fantastic in threads that have directional light. T This quality means that the color looks different depending on the direction of the stitch. Pearl cotton, most silks and many other threads have this characteristic. To […]