When Only Continental Will Do

Stitching in Basketweave with variegated threads gives you diagonal stripes. Continental prevents this.

POST UPDATE 2015: Today marks the beginning of the Tridium, the three days before Easter (maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday). It’s a time often set aside with special services, and special penances. In keeping with that, today through Sunday, I’m reposting some great content from the blog’s archives. See you Monday with something […]

Introducing Needlepoint.guru

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Like most folks who run a business on the Internet what started out simple has grown over the years. Back in 1996 when I began as the Needlepoint Guide at About.com, blogs weren’t much and I didn’t have products to sell. That one site could be everything — directory, on-line magazine (i.e. blog), source of […]

Imperfection in Needlework

An article in a 1903 issue of The Craftsman said It is … desirable that the work retain its original, pleasing characteristics of slight irregularity and imperfection, – not to say carelessness, – were it only to avoid the appearance of machine-wrought embroidery. This quote caught my eye because as stitchers we have different opinions […]

July Reviews & Blog Changes

I know from my email how many of you rely on this blog as a source of needlepoint news, inspiration, and instruction. I also realize that I’m not always the most organized person on the planet. My organization strategy tends to be what I call “happy anarchy,” letting things just end up where they end […]

Pardon Me While I Rearrange the Furniture


On Monday, my fantastic DH put together the lovely IKEA daybed pictured above in my studio. This, in turn, has set off a flurry of rearranging, going through my stash and rearranging everything in the room except the desk (too heavy to move), the new daybed (in its proper place) and the bookshelves (attached to […]