I’m back!!!!

I’m thrilled to be back at The Point of It All after a wonderful maternity leave with Baby Jack (already three months) and Betsy (two years in October)! I’m easing back into working full time: I will be at the shop three days per week right now. It’s been great to see customers and to get back in the needlepoint swing of things.

I was excited to pick up two of my pillows that had been finished while I was away. I stitched a Jean Smith floral and a Kate Dickerson Ikat. Here they are pictured in my guest room. We don’t have many guests these days but I still thought the bedroom needed some needlepoint. (The next step will be painting the walls; “builder’s white” makes me kind of sad.)

Jean Smith floral
Jean Smith floral
Jean Smith floral
Jean Smith floral
Kate Dickerson Ikat
Kate Dickerson Ikat
Kate Dickerson Ikat
Kate Dickerson Ikat

I used Silk and Ivory on both canvases. I did a Bargello pattern on the floral one, which was fun and fast. There are so many different Bargello patterns–I love June McKnight’s book. She has great pictures and diagrams. We carry this book at TPOIA.

As always, happy stitching,
Susan

Idea: Needlepoint Tray

Every once in a while a customer asks us about creating a needlepoint tray. We’ve done acrylic ones like this one from Cooper Oaks:

Bargello Tray
Bargello Tray

Sudberry makes trays as well:

Tray from Sudberry House
Tray from Sudberry House
Other trays
Other trays

 

A customer came in the other day with the idea of making trays for when you are eating in front of the television. I hate trying to balance a plate on my lap so the idea of a tray appealed to me. I am jazzed about creating several trays with needlepoint that work in my family room. Or what about doing each family member’s monogram?

There is an acrylic covering over the needlepoint so the tray can easily be wiped down should you have any messy eaters in the family! (No judgements, Chris and Betsy Battle!)

I am always on the lookout for needlepoint ideas outside of pillows and ornaments. This sure fit the bill!

Happy stitching; happy dining in front of the tv,
Susan