Learn Bargello with Erica Wilson

erica wilson's bargello needlepoint boots from her PBS series in 1971

Originally posted 2012-02-20 06:53:27. Republished by Blog Post PromoterThanks to the blog, Retro Renovation, we have a long (almost 15 minutes) seqment on Bargello. She shows examples of the stitching (including these great boots), she talks about the history of Bargello, show us how to start stitching and then shows us a lovely Jack-in-the-Pulpit design […]

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 […]

Rainy Day Kimono Eye Candy

copyright Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

I’m hoping it’s pouring great buckets of rain here in Northern California today. It might be snowing or raining where you are. But then again you might just be craving a look at something really beautiful. The national dress of Japan, the kimono, can be a very humble garment or it can be enriched with […]

Last Call Quilts & Needlepoint

scrappy squares needlepoint quilt free project, designed by needlepoint expert janet m. perry

While you are enjoying Thanksgiving leftovers, I’ll be busy working on the first lesson for the Quilts & Needlepoinnt class. The class begins on Monday and I’m so excited about it. If you understand quilts and quilt blocks, you have the start of an amazing and never-ending source of your own original projects. Projects that […]

How a Passion for Needlepoint Blossomed Into a Business

copyright Elizabeth Bradley

Thanks to the folks at Elizabeth Bradley Designs for the permission to reprint their lovely article about Elizabeth Bradley. Liz Bradley had been collecting and restoring original Victorian needlework patterns and pieces for many years before deciding to pursue needlework as a business venture. After leaving university in 1969, she ventured into business as an […]