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

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

 

Fall Finishing Bonanza

Canvas by Fleur de Paris/Sandra Gilmore

This loyal Point of It All customer is ready for Fall! Check out all the pillows that just arrived for her. In taking the photos, we tried to show all the beautiful trims and fabric. Annie Leibowitz wouldn’t approve of our efforts but we hope you’ll get the idea of the amazing work our finishers do!

Canvas by Fleur de Paris/Sandra Gilmore
Canvas by Fleur de Paris/Sandra Gilmore
Canvas by Kelly Clark
Canvas by Kelly Clark
Canvas by Cooper Oaks
Canvas by Cooper Oaks
Canvas by JP Needlepoint
Canvas by JP Needlepoint

Happy stitching; happy pillow finishing!
Susan

 

 

 

Fab Finishing: picture frame

Susan Battle Needlepoint Picture Frame

I am super excited to report that last week’s blog post on needlepoint artist Ralph Wileman was read BY RALPH WILEMAN!!! He then picked up the phone and called me! I’m not joking when I say that I felt like I was talking with a celebrity. What a pleasant man; we had such an enjoyable conversation. As it turns out, his son lives very close to The Point of It All. He will let me know when he next comes up for a visit so we can arrange a sip and see of his amazing work. Isn’t that exciting?

Susan Battle Needlepoint Picture Frame
Susan Battle Needlepoint Picture Frame

This picture frame, from my Susan Battle Needlepoint line, just came back from the finisher. I think it looks lovely! You could always stitch it in a different color way if Lilly Pulitzer isn’t your taste. Disclaimer: photo of Betsy not included with the canvas.

Happy stitching!
Susan

Fab Finishing: Coordinate your pillows with your furniture!

Amanda Lawford sunflower canvas

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Amanda Lawford pillow on chair

Miriam, a Point of It All customer and outstanding stitcher, just picked up this marvelous pillow. She had selected the Splendor silk colors to coordinate with the Pierre Deux fabric she used to recover her living room chair. Doesn’t it look amazing?!

The canvas is from Amanda Lawford. Miriam used the Byzantine stitch for the border. The fabric is reversible so we used the predominately yellow side for the gusset and back of the pillow. The cording is from one of our trim books–we have tons of trim and fabric books.

Well done, Miriam!

Happy stitching,
Susan