Eye Candy – Kyoto Costume Institute

Originally posted 2011-09-12 06:56:13. Republished by Blog Post PromoterMost people don’t think of clothing as being a good source of inspiration for needlepoint, but it’s one of my favorite places to find color and motif ideas. Especially high fashion (I once did a needlepoint inspired by a picture of a designer gown) and, even better, [...]

Hawaiian Quilts in Needlepoint

keri duke hawaiian quilt needlepoint ornament of hibiscus

Originally posted 2009-08-30 07:10:07. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Hawaii has developed a distinctive quilt style, characterized by complex, symmetrical appliques, most often of native Hawaiian plants and flowers. I just love them because the designs are complex, but done in only a few colors. In other words perfect for needlepoint. Last week, Martha Stewart [...]

Celtic Origins – Book Review

2 CelticOrigins Bookcover

Sue Dulle, 2013 Subtitled “A Study in Pattern Couching,” this book is so much more than instructions for two great projects. Couching is a lovely and historic technique but it’s very hard to find information about it. In scattered books you’ll find information about couching in general or its close cousin Laidwork. You might find [...]

What Is Berlin Work?

berlin work needlepoint men's slippers from 1855

Originally posted 2010-08-11 07:29:37. Republished by Blog Post PromoterIn the free patterns showcased this month, we have Star’s small motif cushion based on Victorian Berlinwork patterns. Berlinwork-style needlepoint remains popular today. It’s best known in the form of kits from Elizabeth Bradley. Many pre-worked needlepoint design, especially florals, hearken back to Berlin Work. In fact, [...]

Kogin Sampler – Part 2

kogin or japanese pattern darning free project designed by needlepoint expert janet m. perry

This post from the archives is reposted as part of the Blast from the Past series. New content will return October 3, 2013. Today we’ll finish up this project with the bottom half of our sampler and some general tips about making running stitch patterns on needlepoint canvas. Step-by-step Instructions You’ll finish up the project [...]