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

Santa’s on his way!

Look who just arrived!

Amanda Lawford Giant Santa
Amanda Lawford Giant Santa

This Santa stands 30″ tall! He comes on 13 or 18 mesh; I stitched him on 13. Amanda Lawford has a bunch of different Santas; click here to see them.

This canvas was so much fun to stitch! I used a bunch of different threads and a few different stitches. He’ll be back in the shop after the holidays so you can see him in person. (The only way I could get him home was to strap him in Betsy’s car seat!)

Merry Christmas and happy stitching,
Susan

Betsy with Santa
Betsy with Santa–she’s only slightly taller!

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

Tis the Season!

Melissa Shirley Tree Topper Angel
Melissa Shirley Tree Topper Angel
Melissa Shirley Tree Topper Angel

 

Melissa Shirley Tree Topper Angel
Melissa Shirley Tree Topper Angel

 

Merry Christmas from The Point of It All! I always like to stitch a seasonally-appropriate canvas so right now I’m working on a tree topper (for next year’s Christmas tree). This is a Melissa Shirley canvas on 13 mesh, though it also comes on 18. I used mostly Balger plus Neon Rays for the holly, wool for the hair, and silk for the face. Then I added beads, lots of beads! The fur hem of her dress is uncut turkey work done in Fuzzy Stuff. Right now I’m just finishing up the green sacrifice rows on the front side.

The POIA girls saw how much fun I was having with this piece that both Grace and Anna have ordered the canvas and Molly is thinking about it!

Be sure to check out our calendar at www.tpoia.com to see our holiday hours. Today we will be open from 10 to 1:59 (hint, hint Laurie and I want to leave right at 2 pm!)

Happy stitching,
Susan

Idea: Needlepoint Tray

Every once in a while a customer asks us about creating a needlepoint tray. We’ve done acrylic ones like this one from Cooper Oaks:

Bargello Tray
Bargello Tray

Sudberry makes trays as well:

Tray from Sudberry House
Tray from Sudberry House
Other trays
Other trays

 

A customer came in the other day with the idea of making trays for when you are eating in front of the television. I hate trying to balance a plate on my lap so the idea of a tray appealed to me. I am jazzed about creating several trays with needlepoint that work in my family room. Or what about doing each family member’s monogram?

There is an acrylic covering over the needlepoint so the tray can easily be wiped down should you have any messy eaters in the family! (No judgements, Chris and Betsy Battle!)

I am always on the lookout for needlepoint ideas outside of pillows and ornaments. This sure fit the bill!

Happy stitching; happy dining in front of the tv,
Susan