All we need is the baby!

The nursery is all ready…all we need is for this little guy to arrive! (Please let it be soon–I’m so ready not to be pregnant any longer!)

I’ve stitched a bunch of canvases for his room…here’s a peak:

Nursery
Nursery
Kathy Schenkel jungle animals
Kathy Schenkel jungle animals

Kathy designs adorable canvases! Check out her website by clicking here. She painted the leopard & monkey and the elephants specifically for me–I am a lucky lady–but she may be adding them to her line.

Kathy Schenkel giraffe
Kathy Schenkel giraffe

I stitched all of the animals in Silk & Ivory with Balger accents. Each piece uses the same two shades of blue with an interesting background stitch. Here is Byzantine. I also did Hesitation, Diagonal Mosaic, and Nobuko. (There are a couple of other ones too but frankly I cannot walk upstairs to check the names as I am supposed to limit the number of stairs I do!)

All About Stitching parrot
All About Stitching parrot

Two parrots from All About Stitching/The Collection. Click here for their website.

Birds of a Feather lion
Birds of a Feather lion

I love this lion from Birds of a Feather! I used Fuzzy Stuff on the mane and tail–great effect! The finishing is absolutely darling.

The nursery is ready…come on baby!

Happy stitching,
Susan

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!

Furloughed? Come try a new stitch!

Let’s set aside politics and talk needlepoint instead! If you are furloughed and at a loose end, come by The Point of It All. For the duration of the furlough, flash your federal id badge and we will show you how to do one new stitch! Please email me ahead of time so we can avoid a log jam of furloughed employees who need to stitch away their stress.

Happy stitching,
Susan

Fab Finishing: Coordinate your pillows with your furniture!

Amanda Lawford sunflower canvas

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Amanda Lawford pillow on chair

Miriam, a Point of It All customer and outstanding stitcher, just picked up this marvelous pillow. She had selected the Splendor silk colors to coordinate with the Pierre Deux fabric she used to recover her living room chair. Doesn’t it look amazing?!

The canvas is from Amanda Lawford. Miriam used the Byzantine stitch for the border. The fabric is reversible so we used the predominately yellow side for the gusset and back of the pillow. The cording is from one of our trim books–we have tons of trim and fabric books.

Well done, Miriam!

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.