Tag Archive: Beginners

How to Stitch a Fireplace

Sometimes your fire is inside a fireplace. With stitches you can easily create your fireplace and mantle, no matter what the style might be. Today we’ll talk about the elements in your fireplace and the stitches you can use. Bricks Many fireplaces are made from bricks, but bricks are not all the same. Bricks are […]

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Bargello Bells Ebook Now Available

While there are many books on needlepoint Bargello out there, it often seems as if many of our projects seem a bit tired.That’s unfortunate because, even if you avoid four-way Bargello, there are plenty of cool effects you can create with basic Bargello lines and shapes. I love to find and try these effects, preferably […]

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Custom Initials, Letters & Affirmations Now Available

I’m just too excited to keep this to myself. In my Easy shop I’ve added new products that will make it so easy for you to create custom gifts easily. They are all based on letters, phrases, or monograms. They can be based on my huge libraries of charted alphabets and fonts. They even can […]

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Estimating Thread Amounts

Today we have a guest post from Ellen Johnson, owner of Serendipity Needleworks in Alabama. She shares with us two methods she uses to estimate how much thread to buy. The “Fist” Method Make a fist. Place the flat part of your fist on the canvas and move it along the surface, noting how many […]

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Napa Needlepoint Etsy Shop Grand Opening

Thanks to all of you for your comments and support. I’m opening my Etsy shop today, August 24. I’m still populating it as fast as I can and I still have some things to figure out. The shop is now open! As of today, most of the stitch guides are there. Also a good number […]

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Painted Canvases for Scrap Bag Needlepoint

While most of the time I create my own designs for my Scrap Bag Needlepoint Projects, when I want stress-free needlepoint, I like to choose painted canvases that will use up my bag of scraps. It’s simple to find canvases that work for scrap bag needlepoint. First, we’ll talk about the characteristics great scrap bag […]

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Needlepoint Storage Bags

Lately I have been seeing lots of new storage bags out there for storing our current projects. They come in many sizes and styles. Sometimes I think I have tried them all. Gone are the days when I used zipper bags from the grocery store for projects. The more sturdy permanent storage protect my needlepoint […]

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Medallion Bargello Mini-sock Free Pattern

This mini-sock uses three colors of Kreinik metallic ribbon to make a medallion in Hungarianpoint that accents a simple traditional Bargello pattern. To make the mini-sock you will need: 8×10″ mono 18-mesh needlepoint canvas extra fine permanent pen made for marking fabric, such as SC-UF or Pigma Micron three spools on coordinating colors of Kreinik […]

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What Happens if I Change Mesh Sizes?

If you like vintage books and projects, as I do, often you will find that they call for mesh sizes you can’t find. Projects from the 1970’s often want 10 or 12 mesh. These days 10-mesh is almost impossible to find, although it’s still made. 12 mesh is easier to find, but often isn’t stocked […]

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Help for First-time Beaders

center> While I love beads, adding them to my stitching is a skill I came to only recently and that I do not do particularly well. I found something that works for me only after much trial and error. That’s why I’m very excited about Robin King’s blog post on how to bead. If you […]

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Bargello as Background

Loving Bargello as I do fairly early on in my stitching life I decided it would make a great background if stitched in a single color. My first attempts went well, largely because the main part of the design was the same Bargello pattern. Mynext attempt was one of my worst ever stitching disasters. I […]

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Push your Needlepoint

Today we’ll finish up talking about balance and exciting needlepoint by looking at a piece I’m finishing up and talking about it. The design is from Two Sisters Needlepoint and has three small Lily-style shifts. I loved it immediately because it puts those iconic shifts in a clever small package. My philosophy for stitching canvases […]

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Balance in Needlepoint

Beautiful Needlepoint sits firmly between two extremes: boring and chaotic. If things are too much the same the needlepoint is dull. If there are too many different elements the result us chaotic. I talked about dull needlepoint in yesterday’s article. The dullness problem does not apply to every canvas done in Tent Stitch, nor should […]

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Is your Needlepoint Boring?

I remember seeing a needlepoint done by someone else that I had stitched. It was a Lillian Chemor canvas of a Faberge-style egg. This one, pictured above, is typical of her designs with tons of detail and many colors. Although the stitching was lovely, I found the finished canvas to be “stale, flat, and unprofitable.” […]

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A Designer’s Introduction to Needlepoint

New needlepoint designer Abigail Cecile has started a wonderful new series on her blog. It will be introducing needlepoint to younger people who don’t have someone to teach them. The first article is What Is Needlepoint? Even if you are an old hand at needlepoint, read it, the pictures are worth the visit and pass […]

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Scattered Needlepoint Areas from the Back

Often we encounter needlepoint where all the areas of color are small and are scattered. This Rogue Needlepoint canvas is almost a poster child for this. The only areas that are a continuous single color are the words. While most of the colors are used in many places, none of the areas are large. This […]

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Needlepoint Letters: An Easy Trick

Letters can often be the focus point of a needlepoint piece, such as the Cooper Oaks piece pictured above that I’m currently stitching. But there is a problem that occurs whenever lettering covers only one thread. You can easily get letters with gaps in them. That happens because Tent Stitches, unlike Cross Stitches, have a […]

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Tips for Better Backs on your Embroidery

I must admit that I’m middle-of-the-road about the back of my embroidery. I’m not the permissive sort who says that the backs don’t matter and will stitch any old way. I’ve have seen too many projects look not as good as they could when this approach is used. But then again I am not so […]

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The Patterned Tent Project Pack Review

Finger Step Designs, 2015. Distributed by Custom House, $18. Another in the series of inventive project packs combined with stitch dictionaries, this one focuses on things you can do just with Tent and Reverse Tent. With almost 150 patterns using two or three colors, this pack gives you fantastic ideas for enlivening areas that use […]

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Modern Needlepoint Book Review

Jayne Schofield, Twenty to Make Series, Search Press, 2016, ISBN: 978-1-78221-226-3, $9.95 The book, written by children’s book illustrator Jayne Schofield, is one of the few needlepoint volumes in Search Press’s Twenty to Make series. This represents something of a new direction for the publisher which used to write short but in-depth books on many […]

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Overwhelmed by UFO’s?

Do you have too many unfinished projects sitting around? I know I do. Then you might want to try the 3-2-1 rule to get them completed. Michele of Bristly Thistle explains it in this blog post. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2017Original content here is published under these license terms: X License Type:5License Summary:

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Simple Cacti Box Free Design

Even if you have not stitched before you can make this charming Cacti Box using floss, paint, and a box with pre-drilled holes in the top. The tutorial is from the blog Delineate your Dwelling. If I was making it I’d do a couple of things to customize it. First I would look for a […]

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How to make an 80’s inspired side ruffle knit skirt DIY

Here is a new, modernized spin on an 80’s skirt – the side ruffle knit  skirt perfect to dress up or down this upcoming season. Supplies + Instructions: All you need is 1.5 to 2 yards of light to med weight knit fabric that has good stretch. Make 2 rectangles or squares depending on the length

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How to Stitch the Challenging Background

A canvas such as this Raymond Crawford bell looks like it will make great needlepoint with its contrasting colors and bold modern style. And indeed it will — if only your can figure out what to do with the background. The background is broken up into sections with broad curving lines. They make the piece […]

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Does Stitching in Sunshine Make a Difference?

I been stuck for awhile on my current project, this chocolate chip cookie from Little Shoppe Canvas Company. It’s easy enough to see the chocolate chips but the cookie is two colors close in value in irregular blobs. They can be hard to see. First I tried stitching it in my usual evening stitching chair […]

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Open Stitches and Shadow Stitching

The idea of leaving some canvas threads unstitched or stitching with threads that are thinner than what is needed to cover the canvas can be confusing to beginning stitchers. When we learn needlepoint one of the first things we discover is that in needlepoint, unlike in Counted Cross Stitch, everything, including the background, is stitched. […]

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Tapestry, Canvaswork, or Needlepoint?

Read enough and you’ll come upon several names for the stitching we do. Tapestry, canvaswork, or needlepoint all look like words for the same thing — but are they? Tapestry Using the word “tapestry” for Tent Stitch needlepoint is fairly common in the UK and Europe, but it came about because of a mistake. Properly […]

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Let’s Talk Plaids!

Plaids may go in and out of style in clothing, but they never go away completely. You’ll always find kilts in traditional tartans, plaid flannel shirts, Madras plaid shorts, and plaid school uniforms. In fact they are so enduring that to many plaids are the iconic fashion pattern. But just because they are iconic doesn’t […]

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Bargello, the Next 25 Stitches Class

When I think back over my decades stitching needlepoint, one thing has remained consistent — stitchers love Bargello. I know so many teachers and stitchers who caught the Bargello bug the way I did, through Elsa Williams outstanding book. I’ve known folks who only stitch Bargello and people who covered all their dining room chairs […]

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Making the Gradient – Mindy Free Stitch Guide

(clearer picture to be uploaded later today) This month’s Mindy free stitch guide shows you a couple of ways you can shade without doing needleblending. The center medallion has single-strand shading, while the background shows a basic gradient. Materials Mindy canvas 1K Neon Rays N102 (white) Kreinik Tapestry (#12) in 4010HL (blue), 014HL (light turquoise), […]

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