Works in Progress

KSH Designs Ikat
KSH Designs Ikat

I always have a bunch of works in progress so I can match the canvas with my (stitching) mood. Lately I’ve been wanting something easy and mindless. This Ikat print from KSH/Kate Dickerson Needlepoint (www.kshneedlepoint.com) fits the bill. 13 mesh, about 10″x10.” I’m using Silk and Ivory, which is divine. These aren’t my usual colors but the canvas is going to look great as a pillow in my guest room. I’m also going to do a Jean Smith (www.jeansmithdesigns.com) floral as a companion piece for the loveseat. I’m thinking of a creamy green linen fabric with contrast piping in pink and a tailored, pleated ruffle.

JP Needlepoint Zebra
JP Needlepoint Zebra

I’m also working on this zebra canvas from JP Needlepoint (www.jpneedlepoint.com) for my mom. She was recently in New York City and saw a zebra sculpture but in unexpected colors. The black stripes were dark navy blue and the white areas were purple. I was delighted we had a zebra canvas that we could modify! Even though this is a 13 mesh canvas, I am stitching with 2 out of the 3 strands of Trio, which is slightly thicker than a single strand of Silk and Ivory. I find that when I am changing colors on a canvas, this thread trick gives better coverage.

I have a travel size Christmas ornament too but I can’t post a picture. It’s for my husband, Chris, who always reads my blog posts. Right, honey?! Little projects, kept in a zippered bag, are perfect for travel needlepointing, waiting in doctor’s offices, etc.

Happy stitching; happy Independence Day! The Point of It All will be closed on Friday, 7/4 and we’ll be open from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, 7/5.

SUSAN

More Mod Dogs!

Mod Jack Russell
Mod Jack Rusell
Mod Jack Rusell
Mod Golden Retriever
Mod Golden Retriever
Mod Corgi
Mod Corgi
Mod Labrador
Mod Labrador

 

The first dog day of summer calls for a showcase of our new Mod Dog canvases! Check out the new Labrador, Golden Retriever, Corgi, and Jack Russell additions to my Susan Battle Needlepoint line.

The other Mod dogs (Bulldog, Doxy, Labrador, and Westie) can be seen by clicking here.

These canvases are easy and fun to stitch. They also lend themselves to trying new, decorative stitches.

Stay cool! Susan

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

Be prepared…with needlepoint!

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Snow is in the forecast! Are you scared school will be cancelled and the kids will be home?! Get your daughters and sons started on a new hobby: needlepoint! We have an awesome selection of kids’ kits in stock. The kits come complete with the canvas, fibers, a needle, and instructions. HOURS of entertainment for your little stitcher!

The kits pictured above are from The Studio. The small ones are $28 and the larger ones are $44.

For your kids’ enrichment and your sanity, come in today!

Happy stitching, Susan