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

Associated Talents Trunk Show and Holiday Hours

The Associated Talents (extremely large!) trunk show with lots and lots of terrific

Labors of Love elegant turkey
Labors of Love elegant turkey

canvases just arrived! Check out www.atneedlepoint.com. All canvases sent in the trunk will be 20% off. Any special orders placed during the course of the show will be 10% off. Email me at [email protected] to check on a particular canvas. The show will be here through Saturday, December 21st.

Also, happy Thanksgiving! I am so thankful for all the wonderful, loyal Point of It All customers. I hope you can carve out some time for stitching! Terrible, terrible pun–apologies.

Happy stitching; happy Thanksgiving,
Susan

Mark Your Calendars

trunk

I am excited to announce the trunk show schedule for next year! Exact dates still need to be finalized but get ready for these shows:

April: Itz A Stitch
http://www.itzastitch.com/
A new artist! Barbara paints primarily belts.

June: Shelly Tribbey
http://www.shellytribbey.com/
Shelly’s designs are whimiscal and fun to stitch

September: CBK
http://www.cbkneedlepointcollections.com/
Such a wide variety of artists–there are so many great canvases

November: Associated Talents
http://www.atneedlepoint.com/
We always do an AT trunk show between Thanksgiving and Christmas and every year the artists send dynamite (and brand new) designs.

Watch our calendar for firm dates on these shows. As always, all canvases sent in the trunk show are 20% off and special orders placed during the show are 10% off. Now I am lining up 2015–Kathy Schenkel is already confirmed for April 2015!

Happy stitching,
Susan

Bees on the Brain!

Betsy on Halloween

All of you who know me, know I love bees! Here are some of my new favorite canvases:

Whimsy & Grace scissor case (green colorway)
Whimsy & Grace scissor case (green colorway)

(That’s a yellow tassel on the right of this photo–it will be attached in the finishing.)

Deborah Purtell key fob (yellow bee colorway)
Deborah Purtell key fob (yellow bee colorway)

 

Elizabeth Turner Collection bee (ladybug, butterfly, and dragonfly also in the series)
Elizabeth Turner Collection bee (ladybug, butterfly, and dragonfly also in the series)

 

Melissa Prince's honey bee
Melissa Prince’s honey bee

Bee inspired! Happy stitching,
Susan

And here’s a photo of my little bumble bee, Betsy!

Betsy on Halloween
Betsy on Halloween

 

New project; fast stitch!

Alice Peterson canvas
Alice Peterson canvas
Alice Peterson canvas

I’ve just started on a new canvas…this one is from Alice Peterson. I really liked the painted “caning” on this canvas and thought the effect would be enhanced with the Skip Tent stitch. It’s super simple. All you do is stitch every other stitch. (Double click on the above photo to zoom in closer.) With this stitch there is blank canvas showing when you are finished so pick a color thread that is close to the painted canvas. Here the design is painted a color very similar to the Whole Wheat Silk & Ivory I am using. An added bonus of this stitch is SPEED! When you only stitch every other stitch, you can finish areas a lot faster.

I already selected a tailored, twisted fringe and ordered it (lest it be out of stock or discontinued by the time I finish the stitching.) If you pick a trim fist, you can match your fiber exactly. You can really get in a jam if you’ve finished a canvas but can’t find a trim that’s a good color match.

Happy stitching,
Susan

I should mention that I rolled up the canvas using bankers clips to make it more manageable while I’m stitching. I love those bankers clips! Low-tech solutions are sometimes the best!