Wearable Needlepoint

Dolce & Gabbana needlepoint outfit
Dolce & Gabbana needlepoint outfit
Dolce & Gabbana needlepoint outfit

Do you have enough pillows? Are your walls full? Is your Christmas tree fully trimmed? Perhaps it’s time to venture into the brave new world of wearable needlepoint! That’s right: needlepoint outfits are here!

Dolce & Gabbana is now showcasing incredible needlepoint dresses, skirts, and shoes. Check out their website and be amazed!

A special thanks to wonderful customer and friend Carlynn Silverman for clipping the above photo!

Happy stitching,
Susan

An Explosion of Lilly!

Barbara Bergsten's Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Shift Dresses

Barbara Bergsten's Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Canvases

Needlepoint artist Barbara Bergsten has created a line of Lilly Pulitzer inspired canvases…aren’t they adorable?! You could make little ornaments out of the shift dresses–I imagine finishing each one so it hangs on a tiny hanger. Or an eyeglass case out of the 3 little dresses canvas. Check out Barbara’s website to see all of her adorable designs!

I really like how the Lilly Pulitzer line combines patterns. I used to be scared to mix prints and patterns; I thought it looked cluttered and chaotic. But done right (and not overdone), you CAN mix. I think the same is true of decorative stitches. Experiment with creating patterns. I urge you to try a new stitch! Maybe start with adding one to just the background. Then on your next project, do the background plus one other area. Just keep evaluating and making sure you aren’t falling victim to adding too much pattern.

You’ll find what’s right for your taste.

I would love to write more but frankly I’m ready to pack my bags for Palm Beach and visit the Lilly HQ!

Happy stitching,
Susan

Fab Finishing: satchel purses!

Elizabeth Turner Collection Swirls Satchel Purse

 

L'Esprit de France Zebra Satchel Purse
L’Esprit de France Zebra Satchel Purse
Elizabeth Turner Collection Swirls Satchel Purse
Elizabeth Turner Collection Swirls Satchel Purse

 

Check out my finished purses! I am tickled to death with both! I would write more in this blog post but I am too busy picking out ridiculously adorable outfits to wear with these satchels!

Thank you all for voting on the background color of the Swirls purse…I love the rich yellow! And who doesn’t adore brightly colored leather?!

Stay cool and happy stitching,
Susan

Another year, another purse

Welcome 2012! Welcome two more purses to Susan’s needlepoint purse wardrobe!

Two new purses from the Elizabeth Turner Collection: one in my tried-and-true satchel style and one in the new opera bag style. You can see the finished version here It’s soft-sided with a shoulder strap..a petite thing for an evening on the town. I think I will change the dark red to black and possibly some of the metallic silver to metallic gold so the purse goes with more outfits. You can change the colors, you know! Don’t be limited to what’s painted on the canvas…be imaginative and creative!

As for the fun summer colors on the satchel bag, what color shall I do the background? On Point readers and Facebook followers, please vote! Things to keep in mind: this will be my everyday bag in the summer so I don’t want it to get dirty (so probably not white). I don’t mind stitching it black because black over white canvas will not be the nightmare that black on black is. I tried a bit of yellow and I think it looks snappy. I am using Silk & Ivory for the bright colors and Appleton for the background. Please also give ideas for a background stitch. I AM OPEN TO YOUR IDEAS!

Happy stitching!
Susan