The end of Flair

Rainbow Gallery Flair
Rainbow Gallery Flair
Rainbow Gallery Flair

Well the end of the fiber Flair at The Point of It All NOT the end of our flair for color! We won’t be carrying Rainbow Gallery’s Flair anymore. Email me or come in soon and stock up on this fun, tubular ribbon. It was $4/card but we are selling it for $1/card while supplies last. On Point readers, Twitter followers, and Facebook Fans may have it for just .50 cents/card!

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.

 

 

Think green! Emerald is the color of 2013!

Emerald fibers
Emerald: Pantone Color of 2013
Emerald: Pantone Color of 2013

Pantone has declared EMERALD to be the color of the year. I’ve referenced Pantone before and have a general sense of who they are and what they do. Here is a concrete explanation from the pantone.com website:

Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.
 
In 1963, Lawrence Herbert, Pantone’s founder, created an innovative system of identifying, matching and communicating colors to solve the problems associated with producing accurate color matches in the graphic arts community. His insight that the spectrum is seen and interpreted differently by each individual led to the innovation of the PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM®, a book of standardized color in fan format.
 
Since then, Pantone has expanded its color matching system concept to other color-critical industries, including digital technology, textiles, plastics, architecture and contract interiors, and paint. Pantone continues to develop color communication tools for a variety of industries and aggressively adopt new digital technology to address the color needs of design and production professionals.

There you have it! Silk & Ivory makes a color specifically called Emerald. Splendor’s S829 is a mighty fine green as is Impressions 5084. In Balger, I would call 008 and 008HL Emerald.

Emerald fibers
Emerald fibers

How will you be incorporating Emerald into 2013?

Happy stitching,
Susan

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.

Design your own needlepoint belt

I just found out about this marvelous book by Ann Cady Scott. It’s a binder full of images, letters, and numbers graphed out to work on a belt you design yourself. Here’s a link to her website: http://needlepointbeltbook.com/belts/default.htm which explains everything. We will be carrying this book at The Point of It All; it will retail for $65.

The designs will also work on my Design Your Own Key Fobs. I sell the key fob kit (canvas, hardware, instructions) by clicking here.

Of course if charting your own design sounds horrifying/impossible/daunting/an opportunity to make a big needlepoint mess, you can always work with our fab custom artist. If you are in town this Friday afternoon, the Divine Deborah will be at the shop. Email me for specifics.

Happy designing; happy stitching!
Susan