Holiday Hours and Quick Idea

The holidays are here! Are you ready? Here is the schedule for The Point of It All:

Christmas Eve: 10 am to 2 pm
Christmas Day & Friday, December 26th: closed
Saturday, December 27th: 10 am to 2 pm
Sunday, December 28th: closed as usual
Monday, December 29th & Tuesday, December 30th: 10 am to 2 pm
New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day: closed

Elizabeth Turner key fob kit
Elizabeth Turner key fob kit

If you waited until the last minute and need one more present or stocking stuffer, how about a key fob from Elizabeth Turner? I stitched up this bee in one night and then easily (and quickly) inserted it into the leather fob. We’ve got a nice selection of these kits in the shop. Come by Tuesday or Wednesday morning!

Happy stitching and happy holidays,
Susan

STELLAAAAAAA

Move over, OttLite there’s a new needlework lamp in town! This table top lamp from the new company Stella Lighting offers three shades of light (warm, bright, and cool) for you to choose from depending upon your project. No switching bulbs or anything; just the press of a stylish button. Here’s the flyer:

Stella Lighting

 

Stella Lighting

The cost is $220. That’s considerably more expensive than OttLite but it seems like a cool product. We are thinking about carrying these but I’m trying to gauge interest before stocking up! Please email me or comment on Facebook.

http://stellalighting.com/

Happy stitching; happy seeing what you are doing,
Susan

PS Forgive the Streetcar Named Desire reference…Grace, Bettina, and I got a little punchy yesterday afternoon and began shouting “Stella” at top volume!

Adding Texture

Maggie & Co. bumble bee canvas (completed)
Maggie & Co. bumble bee canvas
Maggie & Co. bumble bee canvas

 

Maggie & Co. bumble bee canvas (completed)
Maggie & Co. bumble bee canvas (completed)

 

It dawned on me on Friday afternoon that I really *needed* to have a needlepoint hanging on our Au Pair’s bedroom door when she arrives next week. (Selena is from South Africa and will be living with us for one year. She will be taking care of little Betsy while Chris and I are at work.)

I collect bee things so this Maggie & Co. canvas is right up my alley! The finishing won’t be done in time for Selena’s arrival but at least the stitching is. I had to work fast so I used an open work stitch (that means leaving some of the unstitched canvas exposed). Stitching with balger in a pale yellow, I used Skip Tent on the wings. Skip Tent means you do every other stitch…talk about easy. The yellow body–Silk & Ivory in Scrambled Egg–is called Woven stitch. The background–Silk & Ivory Pomegranate–is a modified Byzantine. It’s a lightning-fast stitch! I used Rainbow Gallery’s black Very Velvet for the stripes; the stitch is Hesitation.

On the green and black border I used Silk & Ivory Black and Margarita in a Mosaic Stitch. The rows were not a uniform height so I ignored the painted stripes and created my own, making the green ones three boxes high and the black ones two boxes high. You know you can ignore the painted canvas, right??!! It’s totally legal.

I did the same thing with the antennae: I completely covered them up with the background stitch and then used this really cool memory wire from DMC. We don’t currently carry it at TPOIA but I’m thinking we should. It wasn’t hard to work with actually. I just laid it over my stitching at the very end and tacked it down with a single strand of floss–this technique is called couching. I really love the antennae and it would have been way too much of a pain to compensate the modified Byzantine around those skinny black lines. It was a win-win!

All of the stitches are shown in Stitches to Go, which is a terrific resource book on decorative stitches. It’s available in The Point of It All’s webstore.

Do as I say and not as I did and PLAN AHEAD! I can’t believe I waited until the last minute to tackle this project!

Happy stitching,
Susan

PS You can double click on the photos above to see them enlarged.

Extreme Needlepointing!

Headlamp Model

Extreme needlepointing: nerd addition! Well, I will admit it: I took stitching to the next level this weekend. Let me set the scene for you: DC was hit with a fierce storm that knocked out power to +400,000 homes. Our power went out on Friday night (June 29th) and is not expected to be restored until Friday, July 6th!

I can sit in a hot house; I can deal with the darkness but I cannot face that much time without stitching! I foraged in our workout gear bin and found a headlamp (usually reserved for early morning jogs)…perfect, I thought! I donned the lamp and happily needlepointed for several hours. I’m not saying I looked pretty and in fact there is absolutely no photographic evidence. Blackmail material for sure. I’ve just realized this post is also going to show up on The Point of It All’s Facebook page…how humilitating for me.* I don’t think I even looked better than this guy:

 

Headlamp Model
Headlamp Model

 

A needlepointer has got to do what’s she’s got to do! Stay tuned for more extreme stitching stories.

Happy stitching; happy fourth of July,
Susan

PS Associated Talents has an adorable patriotic canvas :

Associated Talents Needlepoint Fourth of July canvas
Associated Talents Needlepoint Fourth of July canvas

 

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