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Dallas Market 2017 Sneak Peek

This weekend will be Destination Dallas, the premier needlepoint market. Tons of great companies will be there with lots of great new products. The market is a Cash & Carry Market so your local shop will be bringing home goodies. Some shops are having clearances currently to make room for new items. Other shops will […]

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Tips for Using Neon Rays

I’m with Suzy at The Enriched Stitch when she says she loves Neon Rays. I do too! I love that it gives me that rayon shine but isn’t nearly as cranky as other rayons I’ve used. I keep a nice stockpile of it on hand for when I need shine. Suzy has a great blog […]

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Ten Conversion Charts

Do you ever feel frustrated when looking for a matching thread? Maybe your project instructions call for one brand of floss but you can only find a different one. Perhaps you have a lovely skein of overdue and you want to know solid colors that match. The tool you need to do this is a […]

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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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Tips for Stitching with Glisten

I could have used this post Wednesday. I was using Glisten for the background on a small ornament. I do like the thread, but I agree that it may be too much for many backgrounds. On my piece it’s perfect because the other threads have more sparkle, the stitch is simple, and the project very […]

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Elemental Affects Shetland Yarn Thread Review

The background and dress on this project were stitched using Shetland, a hand-dyed thin wool from Elemental Affects. Before I cover this yarn and its use in needlepoint, let’s take some time to talk about Shetland yarns in general and then about some knitting terms that will help you understand this thread. Shetland Wool The […]

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Elemental Affects Shetland Yarn Thread Review

The background and dress on this project were stitched using Shetland, a hand-dyed thin wool from Elemental Affects. Before I cover this yarn and its use in needlepoint, let’s take some time to talk about Shetland yarns in general and then about some knitting terms that will help you understand this thread. Shetland Wool The […]

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Thread Organization Life Hacks

Folks who visit me often want to know how I have organized my stash. It isn’t especially amazing and I think I’m the queen of repurposing other kinds of items to use for storage. That’s what a life hack is all about. The name has its roots in computer culture where quick and dirty solutions […]

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May 2017 New Products

Spring is in the air all around us (here we went from winter 2 weeks ago to summer now) and with it there are some great new needlepoint products. Threads I’m excited about the many new colors in threads out there. The Gentle Art has brought out five limited edition colors in floss: root beer […]

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How to Dye Speckled Yarn

I remember the first time I saw River Silk’s ribbons that were speckled like bird’s eggs — they were so lovely! Acting similarly to overdyes when stitched, the advantage of speckled threads is that there are only little bits of color. While there are very few threads you can buy that are this way, it […]

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Use Spreadsheets to Inventory Threads

It can be maddening having lots of threads. Tou may think you have that particular thread, but are you sure? Without an inventory, it can be hard. You could make your own, but that is lots of writing. Happily two stitchers, Susan Thompson and Linda Reinmiller have created spreadsheets for a ton of threads and […]

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Strandable Vineyard Merino Reduced, not Discontinued

Although it was announced that this marvelous thread, one of my favorites (reviewed here), was being discontinued, it appears that this is not correct. Instead the line is being drastically reduced. Instead of having a strandable version of every color in the line, there will only be less than 50 colors in the reduced range. […]

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Picking Threads for a Needlepoint Project

I’ve been using the rainy days recently to think about projects, often because it’s just too gloomy to stitch. One of the nicest things I know is taking a canvas and matching up threads for it to give me the effect I want. Today we’ll talk about the method I use to pick out threads […]

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DMC Changes and Substitutions

Things change and one thing you can almost count on these days is that red threads will change. New environmental laws seem to affect red more than any other color. This means reds are less colorfast and that the same color number may be a different color. Thanks to the South Bay Chapter (San Jose) […]

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Threads I Have Loved and Lost

I am feeling hopelessly out of step with the world right now. I find that, yet again, a thread I love is being discontinued. It’s not necessarily that we as needlepointers don’t buy the threads, it’s just that our market is small. That makes our shops and even our thread manufacturers subject to the mills […]

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Rainbow Gallery Glisten Thread Review

The newest thread from Rainbow Gallery is a real winner! I just love it. Like many other threads it’s a combination of metallic and a matte thread. This time it’s metallic combined with Merino wool. The wool is Bella Lusso, a lovely and very smooth Italian wool. That smoothness is important because it allows the […]

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Learn about Threadworx Threads

Two of Threadworx’ threads, Legacy and Expressions can give great effects. But they are often overlooked by stitchers. Threadworx wants to help you use these great threads and they have written two idea-packed guides to help you do just that. The guides are free to download. You can also ask your shop about them because […]

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Threads, Tools & Finishing at TNNA Winter 17

It may have been stormy or raining outside most of the weekend, but inside had plenty of excitement and sunshine at this year’s Winter Needlework Market. Although the show was smaller than in past years, with fewer exhibitors, I saw plenty of great needlepoint. Today I’m going to cover the threads, tools, and finishing products […]

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Is White Always “White?”

I sometimes think I have a blind spot when it comes to black and white threads. Make me find a blue or red thread to match a canvas and I’ll agonize over finding one that is exactly right. But I find myself cluelessly assuming that all whites are the same, as are all blacks. And […]

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Organizing Thread Stash

When you are organizing your thread stash, there are three things to consider. Think about: how you will organize your stash where you will put it what you’ll do with project leftovers Today we’ll talk about each of these in turn. Organizing Threads To my mind the most important concern in organizing your threads is […]

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Sparkle Braid

When I want an unusual color with a metallic finish, I often turn to Rainbow Gallery’s Sparkle Braid. It’s about the same size as their Treasure Braid Petite, between a Kreinik #4 and blending filament. A doubled strand works perfectly on 18-mesh canvas. Construction & Details Although this thread, like many other metallics, is a […]

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How Would You Use Kreinik Pearls?

Two of Kreinik’s newest threads are whites that are lightly shaded with either copper, pictured above, or lavender. If you are like me you’re wondering how to use them. Kreinik’s blog has a post that gives 60 different ways to use these pearls, sent in by their customers. It’s giving me plenty of inspiration to […]

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Color Conversion Charts

It can be immensely frustrating as a stitcher to need to convert from one thread to another. This was brought home to me years ago when I was stitching some cross stitch pieces by Jane Greenoff. The first one I stitched was a kit my mom bought in England. It used Anchor threads. The second […]

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Thinking about Dyeing Threads

I am fascinated by dyes and dyeing your own threads and canvas. I’ve tried it many times, starting in the 70’s when I dyed Persian Wool and made a sampler of stutches from The Needlepoint Book with them. But I find myself caught up short whenever I think about doing this more consistently. My problem […]

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Reasons to Try Floche

Floche is one of those threads I think of a divisive for needlepoint. That’s because people either love it or hate it. It’s single-strand but rather thin and comes in very long skeins. If you’re a needlepointer, these skeins look a bit odd. Indeed this thread is far more commonly used for embroidery on cloth. […]

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Two Sizes of Alpaca – Thread Review

Are you looking for a very soft thread for your needlepoint that comes in two sizes to fit a variety of canvases and comes in beautiful natural colors? Look no further than Rainbow Gallery’s two sizes of Alpaca: Alpaca 18 and Petite Alpaca. Alpacas are related to llamas and are a small South American animal […]

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Save! Buy Shiny & Bright Club Early

I’m so excited about my 2017 club to learn stitches, Shiny & Bright Ornaments. The club consists of 12 needlepoint ornaments inspired by the iconic Shiny Brite ornaments from the 50’s and 60’s. Many of us had these ornaments on our trees growing up. Their modern style makes such a great addition to your Christmas […]

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Crystal Braid Thread Review

If you want a very sparkly thread for your needlepoint, look to Crystal Braid from Rainbow Gallery. This metallic braid comes in three golds as well as pastel colors. The red pictured here is by far the darkest color of this thread. Because it’s a metallic braid, more than one color can make up this […]

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Rainbow Persian Thread Review

Rainbow Persian is the new single-strand wool from Rainbow Gallery. This new thread currently comes in 32 colors and was just introduced last month. The wool is from New Zealand and each cards has 10 yards. I know what you are thinking — “Doesn’t Persian Wool have 3 strands?” Yes most brands do, but the […]

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Capri Thread Review

Capri is a relatively new thread from Rainbow Gallery. I have hesitated testing it because my previous experience with matte polyester threads was not good. I found the threads tended to tangle and were not easy to use. I was pleasantly surprised with the Capri 18 I tried. I stitched with it easily and smoothly. […]

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