Tag Archive: Commentary

Beware of Advertising Bad Practices!

The folks who constantly think of ways to get you to divulge your contact lists and send messages to everyone you know have come up with a new one. And I’m hopping mad about it! So I bumped the post was I was going to run today in favor of this r…

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The Golden Rules of Needlepoint

A couple of weeks ago my daughter told me what could be the Golden Rule of Reading: “One of the joys of reading as an adult is that you don’t have to finish a book if you don’t like it.” The great British stitcher and teacher Anna Pearson has given us her Golden Rules of […]

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Customer No-nos

Having spent much of my life either in sales or around salesmen, I tend to be picky about customer service because I know the difference decent service can make. (I won’t even discuss how wonderful good service can be.) As customers, we too have responsibilities. In a recent blog post, Mary Agnes from Needle Nicely […]

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Art vs. Craft

The fine Australian stitcher, Natalie Fisher (read our earlier post about her here), has a wonderful post talking about the difference between art and craft. There is some heavy going here, but the important point is “its making requires decisions relating to design, colour, composition and materials, I believe this is art. In addition, if […]

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The Perfect Stitch of the Month Program

Since 1997, the American Needlepoint Guild has had what’s probably the best resource for needlepoint on the Internet — their Stitch of the Month (SOTM) program. Every month, except December, visitors to their site would be able to see a new stitch. In December there would be a project using the stitches from that year. […]

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Keeping the Resolutions

Over to the right on the pages of this blog is my list of needlepoint resolutions. I make them every year (and have for ages) and rarely do I keep them well. my usual way of operating is to do just enough to feel as if the process is worth keeping up. Right about now, […]

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Needlepoint Trends from Dallas Market

I was very excited about many of the trends I saw continuing and emerging at the Dallas Needlepoint Market. This article will talk about them. Larger Mesh Sizes This trend has been going on for awhile and is continuing to grow in popularity. It used to be that the thinking was that 18 mesh was […]

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Etsy & eBay & eCommerce

I’ve gotten lots of questions in the comments on yesterday’s post, so I will try to answer them today. What Happened in 2016 If you don’t want the techy stuff. just skip to the section on eBay stores. I had used one host provider since the beginning of this blog and had been very happy. […]

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Etsy & eBay & eCommerce

I’ve gotten lots of questions in the comments on yesterday’s post, so I will try to answer them today. What Happened in 2016 If you don’t want the techy stuff. just skip to the section on eBay stores. I had used one host provider since the beginning of this blog and had been very happy. […]

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A Message from Painted Pony

Today’s post is a special message from Debbie Woodward of Painted Pony Designs. I want to thank her for the permission to share it here. Below her message are some additional helps from me. Painted Pony Fans: two weeks ago, 80 images from my line were stolen and converted into graphed images. I have been […]

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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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Summer 2017 Needlepoint Trends

It’s always interesting to me to see how designers pick up ideas from other areas, from their lives, or from trends in other areas of design to create their newest canvases. And you’ll find when you start looking at the newest canvases this way, that trends can be seen. Today’s column picks out four of […]

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Moving Story about Embroidery as Therapy

My DH has studied military history since he was a child. World War I is one of those wars that get studied and discussed and which has many dramatic and often unknown stories surrounding it. Even though military history isn’t my favorite I find the juxtapositions of this war intriguing. Modern weapons were used but […]

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Fluidity, Loss, and Needlepoint

I feel like I’m writing too many of these posts, too much of my personal life and too much of my time these past couple of months has been dealing with Other Stuff. It makes it hard to concentrate, hard to get things done, and hard to accomplish things. Yesterday’s blow was that my DH’s […]

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Final Plans for your Stash

I got a letter last week from a man whose wife, a great stitcher, had recently died. She left hundreds of skeins of thread and he was at a loss as to what to do with them. This isn’t the first time I’ve gotten calls like this. I have sorted out stashes for people to […]

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On the Endurance of Needlepoint

There is a big part of us that would like to believe that we are innovators. We’d like to think that our needlepoint uses lots more stitches, more threads, and more colors than ever before. But while some of this is true, it is to a far lesser extent than we might think. While it’s […]

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The Importance of Looking

Today I was having lunch with a friend who homeschools her two kids, 7 and 4. She was telling me about how they are studying art and great literature all the time. She’s excited about taking them to a Monet exhibit because they are studying him. I should say something about my friend, like me, […]

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The Importance of Looking

Today I was having lunch with a friend who homeschools her two kids, 7 and 4. She was telling me about how they are studying art and great literature all the time. She’s excited about taking them to a Monet exhibit because they are studying him. I should say something about my friend, like me, […]

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Winter 2017 Needlepoint Trends

My son knows someone who works for a company that predicts what will be important a decade from now. Yes, it’s their job to tell companies what you’ll be buying in 2027. Not that I can come anywhere near doing this. But after over a week of looking at canvases, thinking about canvases, and writing […]

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Great Thoughts about Needlepoint

I am greatly enjoying the needlepoints posts on designer Judy Keenan’s blog. I love the humor in them and I can agree whole heartedly with her most recent post about needlepoint saving lives. Take some time to take a break and enjoy these. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2017Original content here is published under these license terms: X License Type:5License Summary:

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Needlepoint Organization

For some people their trees are up and the holiday baking is well under way. Not at my house. Instead, the stuff in my office has migrated across the hall to the Living Room. My son and I are doing a major reorganization of my office. The motivation for him is helping me keep things […]

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Stitching and Using your Stash

If you are like most of us, you have an enormous stash. Depending on your likes you may have a “wad” of unidentified stranded silks. You may stockpile your favorite shade of Watercolors. You may keep certain colors and threads that are basics for what you stitch on hand. You may even be an opportunistic […]

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What Can Be Done about Quality Control?

In this follow-up to Monday’s post on quality control, I’ll look at how people in every part of our industry can work to improve the declining quality in our hand-painted needlepoint canvases. Designers & Distributors The biggest burden in quality control falls on the copyartists, their service providers, the designers, and distributors. This segment of […]

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Quality Control in Needlepoint

Twice last week, this has been me looking at my needlepoint. I decided that the tiny break I had by finishing several projects the week before was perfect for working on a UFO I had that came with a stitch guide. This was my first big mistake. Not only was the canvas so oddly drawn […]

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Is Perfect the Enemy of the Good?

Mostly I am a “good enough” person. Since it’s my nature to be both a perfectionist and Type-A, this represents a major concession to life. Some parts, like my hair style, became “good enough” very early on. My hair will not hold a curl for anything and so I wear it short. My house has […]

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Needlepoint & the Mass Market

Recently Jenny Henry had a blog post questioning the presence of needlepoint kits at Target. Others have chimed in disapprovingly. I disagree. I think it’s a very good thing. It flies in the face of the elitist needlepoint mentality. Too many people think that needlepoint is only for rich ladies, or only for their grandmothers, […]

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Think Outside the Box when Showcasing Needlepoint

Do we stop and think as stitchers how we can promote needlepoint? Many of us certainly stitch many places, but how often do we think outside the box about finding new stitchers? That’s especially important for shops and designers. That’s why we all should take a lesson from Wool & Willow’s booth at the Republican […]

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Can I Make this Design for Sale?

It’s all well and good to make original needlepoint for yourself using outlines or other templates. As long as you are making it for personal use (including giving as a gift), you’re fine. You are also fine if someone gives you a line-drawn canvas and pays you to stitch it because you are being paid […]

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