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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

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Works in Progress

KSH Designs Ikat

KSH Designs Ikat

I always have a bunch of works in progress so I can match the canvas with my (stitching) mood. Lately I’ve been wanting something easy and mindless. This Ikat print from KSH/Kate Dickerson Needlepoint (www.kshneedlepoint.com) fits the bill. 13 mesh, about 10″x10.” I’m using Silk and Ivory, which is divine. These aren’t my usual colors but the canvas is going to look great as a pillow in my guest room. I’m also going to do a Jean Smith (www.jeansmithdesigns.com) floral as a companion piece for the loveseat. I’m thinking of a creamy green linen fabric with contrast piping in pink and a tailored, pleated ruffle.

JP Needlepoint Zebra

JP Needlepoint Zebra

I’m also working on this zebra canvas from JP Needlepoint (www.jpneedlepoint.com) for my mom. She was recently in New York City and saw a zebra sculpture but in unexpected colors. The black stripes were dark navy blue and the white areas were purple. I was delighted we had a zebra canvas that we could modify! Even though this is a 13 mesh canvas, I am stitching with 2 out of the 3 strands of Trio, which is slightly thicker than a single strand of Silk and Ivory. I find that when I am changing colors on a canvas, this thread trick gives better coverage.

I have a travel size Christmas ornament too but I can’t post a picture. It’s for my husband, Chris, who always reads my blog posts. Right, honey?! Little projects, kept in a zippered bag, are perfect for travel needlepointing, waiting in doctor’s offices, etc.

Happy stitching; happy Independence Day! The Point of It All will be closed on Friday, 7/4 and we’ll be open from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, 7/5.

SUSAN

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More Mod Dogs!

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

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The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

Gosh! Could this DC weather be any gloomier? The rainy weather has weighed us down this week. Yet, this dreary weather provides us with the perfect excuse to stay inside and needlepoint! A definite upside to the week…

At the Point of It All we like to maintain a perpetual sunshine state of mind. We’re glass half full kind of gals. Therefore, despite the weather we do believe the sun will come out tomorrow! An easy way to convince yourself of this fact is by working on a bright and sunny canvas. After all, summer is right around the corner. Below are a few of our summer canvases.

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If none of these capture your attention, you can always place an order with us! Listed below are some artists that epitomize a sunshine state of mind. Take a quick browse on their websites! We guarantee you’ll feel instanstly less gloomy!

http://www.barbarabergstendesigns.com/

http://www.kshneedlepoint.com/

‘Tis the Season

It ’tis the season! No, not the season for holidays. It ’tis the season for college acceptances! Throughout the country parents are sighing with relief, and enormous weights have been lifted off of the shoulders of high school seniors. There is a feeling of calm in the air!

A great way to celebrate a college acceptance is through a needlepoint gift! The Point of It All has a few suggestions:

1) A personalized way to celebrate a college acceptance is by having Deborah (our custom artist) paint a custom canvas for your child. It could feature the school mascot or simply the school colors. A very popular gift for high school graduates heading to college is a “life belt.” To create a life belt, we would collaborate with our customer to pick out logos that have special meaning for their child. For example, a “life belt” could feature your dog, the colleges’ mascot, and the high school mascot. “Life belts” are an easy, quick project that your child will cherish forever!

2) When I headed to college I found out the hard way that keys should ALWAYS be kept on a key ring! Losing dorm keys is not only annoying, but also expensive. Needlepointing a keychain ensures your child doesn’t lose their dorm keys. Plus, a keyring is the perfect momento to remind your child of how proud you are!

3) Needlepoint by The Collection has cute canvases to remind your college bound child to check in every now and then! Featured below are their “Call Your Mother She Worries” and “E-Mail Your Mother She Worries.” Both of these canvases would be cute as a board mount to hang or a pillow.

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4) Our fourth and final suggestion is a bit naughty! The Point of It All DOES NOT support underage drinking BUT a funny college present could be a needlepoint flask! Below is a shop model we have. The flask comes with different inserts. This gift is perfect for your junior year college student who just turned 21!!

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Congratulations to the all the recent college acceptances!