The Importance of Good Customer Service

overdyed threads for needlepoint project

I had another post planned for today, but something is making me pretty mad — the increasing disregard of manufacturers and shops in this world for customer service. Needlepoint people and this includes shopowners are patient. It’s not as if we expect our canvases to be shipped out immediately, but everyone’s patience can wear thin. [...]

Needlepoint. Art & “Validity”

Window by Mucha in St. VItus' Cathedral in Prague

In the light of my post on Friday about Mr. XStitch asking if needlepoint was a “valid” medium I got asked by an artist who works in canvas embroidery among other mediums, what “valid” meant in this context. It’s a good question and one that strikes at the heart of much of the question of [...]

Is Needlepoint a “Valid” Embroidery Medium?

Lee Needleart leaf stitched by needlepoint expert Janet M. Perry

Last week Mr. XStitch posited this on his blog: Needlepoint is often overlooked as a valid embroidery medium, and looks at cross stitch with envy. While he went on in the post to show five inspirational needlepoints, it still made me mad, really mad. Like most people, Mr. XStitch seems to think that needlepoint is [...]

The Persistence of Pattern

pictured on The Textile Blog

I read an interesting article on THe Textile Blog about pattern. It got me thinking. In it, the author comments: “decoration . . . is everywhere.” Being people of the Early 21st Century, we’ve lived in a world that seemingly turned its back on decoration. While my 18th-Century equivalent might have walked the streets of [...]

Needlepoint, Markets and You

JP Needlepoint's booth at recent TNNA Market

Dylan sang “the Times they are a changin’” and this is certainly true in needlepoint. Those changes are very good for you as a stitcher, and they should be good for the needlepoint industry as a whole. But whether what we saw at the recent TNNA market is a sign of things to come or [...]