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 [...]

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 [...]

Needlepoint Trade Secrets: One chapter free download & special offer

needlepoint trade secrets tips book by janet perry

In my book, Needlepoint Trade Secrets, I share hundreds of tips with you about doing needlepoint and other needlework. I like the book so much I keep a copy on my desk as a reference. It’s summer and I have two special offers for you, good through Labor Day (how’s that for a vacation special?) [...]

Needlepoint in the Fifties – A Look Back

Yesterday I had an occasion to look at the oldest needlepoint book I own, Needlepoint Made Easy, published in 1955. It gave me pause, because I was also looking at The Needlepoint Book, first published 21 years later. Since most of us started stitching after the needlepoint “revolution” of the early 70′s we probably don’t [...]