Black Cats & Needlepoint

black cat janet perry

Originally posted 2009-10-03 07:16:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Its no secret that I like black cats. I’ve owned three of them (that’s Dot in the picture above), and I have many black cat canvases stitched and unstitched. The nice thing about black cats and needlepoint is that since they are associated with Halloween, it’s […]

The Joys of eBay

Virtually every needlepointer I know collects canvases, often of a particular subject or by a particular designer. Me I collect In Good Company (and other) mini-socks, and Christmas tree designs. I love Mika Partridge and ahve a few other designers whose work I’ve been wanting to try. A dear friend told me she looks for […]

Vintage Needlepoint – Anne Orr Maple Leaf

needlepoint maple lea chart, designed by anne orr

Originally posted 2009-10-26 16:57:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter This is a simple maple leaf from Anne Orr. Isn’t it great? It’s so simple that it could be a beginning project if you wanted to try counted needlepoint. I’m also thinking it would be great for other techniques using charts like beadwork, filet crochet or […]

Old Embroidery Threads

Old & new cotton threads (photo from Needle n'Thread)

When I moved out to California in 1980 I was lucky enough to live close to three very unusual fiber art stores. They all carried unusual old threads. Thread junkie that I am, I would, of course, buy them. The results were not always good. Cotton wouldn’t be strong enough to use, wool would shred […]

Add a Border to Update Old Needlepoint

Add a textured stitch border to update old needlepoint (photo from The Needle Bug)

While preworked canvases are not very popular these days, for decades they were the most common form of needlepoint, at least in the US. The canvas has the main design stitched for you and you finish it by stitching the background. They are stitched in wool and in Tent Stitch. You might have some in […]