Shout out from Matters of Style blog

Are you reading the blog Matters of Style?! If not, you should be! Click here to see it. One of the bloggers, Allison, came to The Point of It All on Saturday to design a custom belt and below is her lovely post.

Happy stitching…happy home decorating!

Needlepoint Belt ProjectPosted: 30 Jan 2012 03:30 AM PST

At a friend’s Christmas soiree, I had the good fortune of being introduced to Susan Battle, the owner of DC’s fabulous needlepoint shop, The Point of it All. I admitted to my new acquaintance [whilst hanging my head in shame] that I love needlepoint but I have never actually finished any of the projects I’ve started. So my friend and I decided that once the holidays died down we were going to take a trip to the Point of it All and have Susan get us started on a new project…one that I’d actually finish and could have proper instruction for.
So on Saturday we ventured up to Susan’s jewel box of a store in Friendship Heights. If you love needlepointing (or just want to learn) this is the place to be- I felt like I’d walked into a neighborhood hangout where everyone knows each other’s name. The store is so fun and fresh, full of bright colors and alluring canvases- definitely not your grandmother’s needlepoint store! I decided on something I’d wanted to do for years and years- a belt. Susan measured the belt I brought so she’d know the canvas size, finished size, etc.
And then the fun began- we chatted about what would be going on the belt so that she can send instructions to her canvas painter. It’s a bit daunting to sum up your life in 8 symbols or less.

I started off with a few easy ones- my monogram and my cats. I’ve got to represent my Florida heritage, so I’m also thinking either a flamingo or the outline of the state.
A mix tape because I go to shows. A lot.
A chippendale chair to represent blogging and design.
And since I always seem to have one of these in my hand…
If you had to sum up your background/interests in 8 [easily recognizable] symbols or less, what would they be?

Staff Spotlight: Janie Ingalls

It’s time for another Staff Spotlight!

Janie Ingalls is essential to The Point of It All operation! She’s been part of the TPOIA family for more than 21 years and is a whiz at all things financial. She double checks my accounting and makes sure all the bills are paid on time. I greatly appreciate it and I know the artists do too!

Janie is a beautiful stitcher who is always working on projects to give to her friends. Don’t you want to be her friend?! Currently she is working on a Whimsy & Grace star, stitching in Trio by brown paper packages and balger by Kreinik. The canvas is going to be appliqued onto cream damask fabric with a beautiful cream and gold brush fringe. You could also forgo the pillow idea and instead make a beautiful Christmas tree topper.

Other projects in the works include a flask for one of her buddies. (See my post from May 15th.) Janie also made all of us heart-shaped pins with the USA flag pattern post 9-11. Very thoughtful.

Stop by and say hello to Janie. She’s only in the shop on Saturdays…she has a full time job at the Department of Justice during the week. I’m glad she can find time to needlepoint with that busy schedule. She usually stitches during her commute. Don’t worry: she takes the bus or carpools….I don’t suggest stitching while driving!

As always, happy stitching,

Staff Spotlight

I always enjoy knowing what other people are stitching; don’t you? Here’s a glimpse of what Lee Hanley is working on right now! Lee has been a Point of It All star for 26 years, if you can believe that! She generally works on Thursdays and Saturdays (she divides her time between the shop and the National Zoo).

Lee has been working on the dog rug for many years. Her mother, noted needlepointer author Hope Hanley, started the piece. Once the rug is stitched, Lee is donating it to the Dog Museum in St. Louis. It’s a really wonderful piece.

She loves animals (big surprise given her zoo affiliation, right?!) so the 18 mesh animal canvas is a natural. The floral canvases are equally beautiful. Lee is stitching them in silk. The Christmas ornament is a Melissa Shirley and is painted on 24 mesh! Those any teensy-tiny holes…

Lee often stitches for the shop, doing Point of It All models and projects for customers. I’m glad she still finds some time to work on her own projects.

Happy stitching,