Two Great Plastic Canvas Projects

Use raffia from the craft store for these placemats (photo & design from CraftyPod)

I don’t know about you but I’m both frustrated and fascinated by raffia in craft stores. It’s so cheap, it looks so stitchable. But wait, it’s too thick for most canvas. That’s why I love Craft Pod’s project to make placemats from plastic canvas and raffia. It’s a clever, fashionable idea. Get the great tutorial. […]

Sandy’s Finishing Touches – Book Review


Sandy Higgins, self-published, ISBN 978-0-9663617-1-1, $25 I loved the earlier edition of this book and with the new, expanded, edition, there is even more to love. Sandy is a great finisher and has often taught her techniques at national seminars. In this book she gives you step-by-step instructions for finishing pillows, ornaments, stockings, and lots […]

What Can I Do with a Plaid?

adrian's birthday plaid finished as a boxtop

Originally posted 2010-06-12 07:43:50. Republished by Blog Post Promoter One of the biggest challenges in needlepoint is the question of what do do with the finished stitching. While the stitching is the joy, sometimes it’s discouraging to look at the huge pile of needlepoint left stitched but waiting to be turned into something and loved. […]

Great Quilt Pattern Adaptation

Originally posted 2008-12-02 14:50:55. Republished by Blog Post PromoterIt’s no secret that I simply adore Jan Fitzpatrick’s needlepoint adaptations of classic quilt blocks, I showed you another color version of this one in the Quilt Block Twinchy Gallery. I have also written about her wonderful needlepoint interpretation of a Moroccoan rug. She’s getting ready to […]

Great (and Useful) Idea for Trying Stitches

Try new stitches by making Plastic Canvas coasters (copyright Gingerbread Snowflakes)

I don’t know about you but often I’m frustrated when learning a stitch. Yes I can try it on a canvas but often the spaces are too small or too irregular for me to have a great feel for the stitch. Ideally I’d like something big but not too big, straight-sided, easy to finish, and […]