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

Happy Easter!

Birds of a Feather Toile Rabbit

Wishing everyone a happy Easter today! Here is an adorable Birds of a Feather canvas I stitched this summer:

Birds of a Feather Toile Rabbit
Birds of a Feather Toile Rabbit

It also comes in two other color ways:

Birds of a Feather Toile Rabbit in Black
Birds of a Feather Toile Rabbit in Black

Grace, one of the TPOIA girls, stitched this canvas and used a terrific herringbone fabric for the set in…it looks awesome!

Birds of a Feather Toile Rabbit in Blue
Birds of a Feather Toile Rabbit in Blue

The stand up bunnies from The Collection are also adorable:

Bunnies from The Collection
Bunnies from The Collection

Molly, another one of the TPOIA girls, just finished a darling little bunny.

Associated Talents and Labors of Love also make wonderful Easter canvases…have fun looking at their webpages!

Happy Easter; happy stitching,
Susan

Be our Valentine! Valentine’s Day Canvas Sale through 02/14/2013.

Happy Valentine’s Day from The Point of It All! All of our in-stock Valentine’s Day canvases are 14% off through 2.14.13! See the photos below for our current selection…first come (or emailed ), first served! Call to check if these are in-stock: 202.966.9898. I sold one before i could hit publish on the post.

 

 

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.

New from Birds of a Feather

This is a new line of hand-painted canvases from Birds of a Feather…aren’t they adorable?! All are on 13 mesh (yippee!) and are relatively small. I could see these as inset into a larger pillow in a child’s room. Such an easy, quick project!

I will be ordering all of them at the next needlework show (Columbus, OH in June) though I believe I can order them by phone now if you just have to have one or all 9 (!) before then.

Birds of a Feather’s owner, Danielle, is absolutely wonderful…her mother is Sue, owner of Cooper Oaks. They are keeping needlepoint in the family. (Danielle’s twin sister sometimes helps out at the shows too.)

How cute are these floating hippos from Cooper Oaks??

Happy stitching,
Susan