All we need is the baby!

The nursery is all ready…all we need is for this little guy to arrive! (Please let it be soon–I’m so ready not to be pregnant any longer!)

I’ve stitched a bunch of canvases for his room…here’s a peak:

Nursery
Nursery
Kathy Schenkel jungle animals
Kathy Schenkel jungle animals

Kathy designs adorable canvases! Check out her website by clicking here. She painted the leopard & monkey and the elephants specifically for me–I am a lucky lady–but she may be adding them to her line.

Kathy Schenkel giraffe
Kathy Schenkel giraffe

I stitched all of the animals in Silk & Ivory with Balger accents. Each piece uses the same two shades of blue with an interesting background stitch. Here is Byzantine. I also did Hesitation, Diagonal Mosaic, and Nobuko. (There are a couple of other ones too but frankly I cannot walk upstairs to check the names as I am supposed to limit the number of stairs I do!)

All About Stitching parrot
All About Stitching parrot

Two parrots from All About Stitching/The Collection. Click here for their website.

Birds of a Feather lion
Birds of a Feather lion

I love this lion from Birds of a Feather! I used Fuzzy Stuff on the mane and tail–great effect! The finishing is absolutely darling.

The nursery is ready…come on baby!

Happy stitching,
Susan

More Mod Dogs!

Mod Jack Russell
Mod Jack Rusell
Mod Jack Rusell
Mod Golden Retriever
Mod Golden Retriever
Mod Corgi
Mod Corgi
Mod Labrador
Mod Labrador

 

The first dog day of summer calls for a showcase of our new Mod Dog canvases! Check out the new Labrador, Golden Retriever, Corgi, and Jack Russell additions to my Susan Battle Needlepoint line.

The other Mod dogs (Bulldog, Doxy, Labrador, and Westie) can be seen by clicking here.

These canvases are easy and fun to stitch. They also lend themselves to trying new, decorative stitches.

Stay cool! Susan

UFPs

I would like to dedicate the blog post today to something all needlepointers struggle with, UFPs. What is a UFP? A UFP is an unfinished project.

Growing up around a needlepointing mother I became VERY familiar with UFPs. Next to my mother’s needlepointing chair lived a growing collection of UFPs. Every year the collection would multiply like bunnies. Finally, the UFP pile became as high as the chair. It was in this moment that my mother decided to leave all of her UFPs to me in her will. Thanks mom. However, I know it is not just my mother who struggles with UFPs. I struggle with UFPs. Frequently, we have customers come into the store who also have their own UFP pile. SO how can we combat UFPs? Susan and I sat down last week and came up with some UFP solutions.

1) CHANGE YOUR FIBERS

A lot of times I find myself becoming discouraged with a canvas simply because I don’t like the fiber I am using. There is an easy solution to this problem! Simply switch out your fibers for new ones. At The Point of It All we can help you pick out new fibers so you can finish your UFP.

2) TAKE A BREAK

If I am working on a large needlepoint project, like a detailed pillow design, I often become discouraged and bored. A great way to reinvigorate your interest in a piece is to pick up a new small project! A lot of The Point of It All staff practices this UFP combative measure. Working on a smaller, less complicated canvas such as a Christmas ornanment or a key fob can provide a refreshing break from a larger project.

3) CHANGE THE CANVAS

Sometimes a canvas just doesn’t hold the same appeal it did when first purchased. A great solution to this problem is to have our custom artist Deborah repaint some of the canvas or change the canvas colors. This is an easy way to revive a canvas falling into the depths of your UFP pile.

4) CHANGE YOUR STITCH

The continental stitch and basketweave stitch are great basic stitches, but sometimes they can feel repetitive. If you are working on a canvas in solely continental and basketweave it is easy to become bored. We have two solutions for this problem. First, we sell informative and easy to follow books that teach a plethora of stitches. One of our favorite books is by The Point of It All owner Susan. Swing by The Point of It All to pick it up and you could even have the book signed by the author! Second, schedule a private lesson with Laurie. Laurie is an experienced needlepointing teacher who will take you step by step through different stitches. Call The Point of It All today to schedule a lesson!

5) HELP US HELP YOU

At The Point of It All we have a fabulous team of stitching nuns who can finish your project. Their work is impeccable and oftentimes, dare I say it, flawless! The turnaround time is fairly quick, so your UFP will transform into a finished project in no time. We charge by the square inch for the stitching.

6) OPPS SALE

If none of these suggestions hold any appeal, there is always one last resort. In the summer The Point Of It All holds an “Oops Sale.” At the Oops Sales customers bring in their UFPs. In return we sell the UFPs steeply discounted with all of the proceeds going to breast cancer research. Donating to the Oops Sale is a great way to dwindle your UFP pile and support a fabulous cause.

So here’s to UFPs! Let’s raise a needle and vow to combat our own UFP piles this spring!

Facelift for a Pillow

new bee pillow

Sometimes a tired, old pillow needs a facelift. Sometimes we stitchers need one too but that’s another topic!

Here’s a photo of my wonderful JP Needlepoint pillow that I stitched years ago. Buster napped on it; baby Betsy crawled on it; and Chris and I lounged on it. It was time for a refresh. (Ignore the strange black spots in the lower right corner–not sure what was up with the photo. I’m also not sure why the background stitching looks so different in these two photos. It’s red Silk & Ivory not maroon!)

old bee pillow
old bee pillow

Here’s a photo of the pillow’s new look:

new bee pillow
new bee pillow

 

A close up of the fabric and trim:

fabric and trim close up
fabric and trim close up

Do you have any pillows that are due for a facelift?

Also, Jessica Chaney, the Point of It All’s new shop manager, will be doing blog posts periodically. Look for a post from her next week! She’ll fill you in on her needlepointing history.

Happy stitching,
Susan

So True!

I just saw this picture on Facebook and started laughing:

craft supplies

On the one hand, I hope my husband takes time to read my blog. On the other hand, this post might be one he should skip! Let’s see if he mentions it tonight!

Happy stitching; happy hiding your needlepoint obsession from your loved one,
Susan