Fabulous Finishing: 3D Bird

Labors of Love three dimensional birds
Labors of Love three dimensional birds
Labors of Love three dimensional birds

Tweet! Tweet! Two fabulous three-dimensional birds just flew in from the finisher! They are from Labors of Love. I stitched the woodpecker all in Balger for a totally sparkly effect. Regina, who writes stitch guides for The Point of It All, did her chick a dee in velvet–it’s so soft and lovely.

Check out the Labors of Love website to see their whole collection of birds.

Happy stitching,
Susan

FAB FINISHING: This purse makes me happy!

Susan's Elizabeth Turner "Adelaide style" purse
Susan's Elizabeth Turner "Adelaide style" purse
Susan’s Elizabeth Turner “Adelaide style” purse

I just received this purse from the finisher and before I could do a blog post, a customer from Austin came by the shop, fell in love with it, ordered the canvas, took a photo, and posted it to the Steph’s Stitching blog, which was then picked up by the Chilly Hollow blog! Then I received two emails this morning from stitchers who recognized that the picture was taken at The Point of It All and wanted details on the purse! So, what I am conveying with those run-on sentences, is that there is a NEEDLEPOINT FRENZY over this purse!

As well there should be…it is divine! The canvas, double sided and on 13 mesh, is the Adelaide style from Elizabeth Turner Collection. I’ve just looked at their website and it’s under construction so you can’t see the other canvases that come in this style alas. The one I did is called Moroccan Tile and comes in teal instead of purple. But I am obsessed with purple so I stitched over the teal. Cost is $276. We can add your monogram, too, if you want. I chose black patent leather but there are lots of leather colors available. I lined the purse in bright yellow to add even more zing when you open it!

Come by the shop and check out the purse in person. I have the Elizabeth Turner catalog for you to flip through, too!

Happy stitching,
Susan

Here’s the back view:

Susan's Elizabeth Turner "Adelaide style" purse
Susan’s Elizabeth Turner “Adelaide style” purse

Fab Finishing: Eye Glass Case

Finished Eye Glass Case
Finished Eye Glass Case
Finished Eye Glass Case

All of us at The Point of It All are going bananas for Nancy’s darling eye glass case! The canvas, from Kirk & Hamilton, is long and skinny and folds up to make the double-sided eye glass case. We have several in-stock. Also, we will be hosting a Kirk & Hamilton trunk show in August.

Kirk & Hamilton Polka Dot Eye Glass Case
Kirk & Hamilton Polka Dot Eye Glass Case

 

Kirk & Hamilton Polka Dot Eye Glass Case
Kirk & Hamilton Polka Dot Eye Glass Case

 

Be sure to come by the shop soon–we’ve started receiving new canvases daily! We practically maul our UPS driver when he arrives with the packages!

Happy stitching,
Susan

The perfect baby present!

Custom needlepoint booties
Betsy in her booties
Betsy in her booties

 

 

Custom needlepoint booties
Custom needlepoint booties

 

Isn’t Miss Betsy adorable in pink leopard (of course!) needlepoint booties?! Laurie Bloch, stitcher extraordinaire and one of Betsy’s POIA Aunties, stitched these little shoes as a baby present. Laurie has been teaching needlepoint lessons and working at the shop for more than 25 years. She enjoys stitching lots and lots of canvases for her darling grandchildren, Leo and Sadie. If you need a needlepoint lesson or even a little refresher, we will put you in touch with Laurie! Private lessons are $40 and can be scheduled at a mutually-convenient time at the shop. She will also be running a week-long needlepoint camp for kids this summer; email me for details.

If you are in the market for custom booties, or custom anything really, we’re your shop! We work with a marvelous custom artist who can translate your idea into a spectacular canvas. Email me!

Happy stitching,
Susan

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.