What Is Shadow Stitching?

canvas copyright HP Designs, photo copyright Napa Needlepoint

There are plenty of canvases out there that are perplexing. Perhaps they have water that reflects the landscape around it. Perhaps they have lots of sky, or perhaps they are beautifully or intensely shaded. Somehow, you think, stitching them in Tent Stitch or textured stitches won’t do them justice. As a result they sit in […]

SuZy’s Lite Stitches – book review

copyright SuZy Murphy

by SuZy Murphy, self-published ( distributed by Rainbow Gallery). ISBN 0-9701330-3-0 SuZy Murphy has done it again! She’s come up with a wonderful stitch guide to another facet of needlepoint. SuZy’s Lite Stitches, her fifth book, covers stitches for covering a canvas lightly. In the introduction to the book, Murphy describes lite stitches as stitches […]

Improve your Needlepoint with these New Books

Create great backgrounds with the ideas in this book. (copyright Art Needlepoint & Napa Needlepoint)

For far too long needlepoint has been a hit or miss affair. While practitioners of almost every other art can find books and classes that teach them both how to do techniques but ways to know, before the first brushstroke is put on canvas or the photo is taken how to get the results you […]

More Shadow Stitching – book review

Originally posted 2004-03-17 07:23:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoterdede Ogden, self-published, 2005 dede’s canvases are well-known for their lovely shaded painting and many stitchers have asked her about ways to stitch these canvases without needing to blend colors. She developed Shadow Stitching as a way to stitch them easily, by allowing the painting to show […]

Realistic Stitching Effects in New Cyberclass

Create realistic effects in this upcoming class (from Art Needlepoint)

This design, Afternoon Pond, is so beautifully tranquil I just want to walk into it and nap in a hammock under a tree. But stitching something that is both tranquil and realistic can be a real challenge (and not peaceful at all). That’s why you’ll love this class. In the three lessons you’ll learn how […]