Getting Odd Shapes Ready for Finishing

Originally posted 2009-05-25 06:45:45. Republished by Blog Post Promoter While regular shapes, such as circles, squares, or rectangles, make lovely needlepoint, often we want to finish something which is irregular in shape. This could be as simple as the domed top of a stand-up, such as the Petei buffalo pictured above. Or it could be [...]

Where’s the Background on my Canvas?

There's no doubt about focal point and background in this kimono

Sometimes we’re lucky as needlepointers. Our canvas is like this Lee Needle Arts kimono with a clear focal point, the mask, on a white or colored background. There are no hard decisions here. But, all too often, it isn’t clear what’s background because there is pattern there as well. Today we’ll use several Lee kimonos [...]

Painted Canvas Embellishment: An Idea Book – Book Review

Painted Canvas Embellishment

StitchPlay Designs (Carole Lake & Michael Boren), ISBN: 978-0-615-93267-5, 2014 If you can’t take a Painted Canvas Embellishment with these popular teachers and designers, go out and buy this book. Packed full of great ideas and information, you won’t be disappointed. The book is not designed to be comprehensive, but instead it’s supposed to be [...]

New eBooks & Home Study Classes from Napa Needlepoint

Learn great stitches with this needlepoint ebook.

If you’re looking to increase your knowledge of stitches, come and visit my sales site, Napa Needlepoint, for two new products full of great new stitches. The first, Christmas Lights, is a great exploration of stitches. Using a simple bulb template plus Watercolours and coordinating metallics, you’ll learn great stitches that use two or more [...]

How to Create Unusual Needlepoint Backgrounds with InkoDye

Create custom needlepoint backgrounds that require no stitching!

I know this sounds like a stretch for Christmas gift ideas but bear with me. Like many stitchers, I’m not fond of backgrounds. At one point I hated doing them so much I started needlepointing on cloth just to get away from them. I still would be happy if instead of stitching I could create [...]