Jenny Henry Trunk Show

Back by popular demand: a Jenny Henry Trunk Show at The Point of It All! All canvases 20% off !

Jenny’s creates hip, geometric canvases that are a blast to stitch. I’ve done several (quel suprise).

* Passport covers (look stylish for that TSA agent)
* Coin purses (jingle your change in a hot carrying case)
* Picture frames (show off your gorgeous family in an equally fab frame)
*Lots more!

Through November 12th.

Check out her canvases online at Jenny Henry Designs.

Happy stitching,

Fab Finishing: True Love!

I just received my finished True Love purse…isn’t it wonderful? The artist is the fantastically hip Jenny Henry. Big surprise: I stitched a purse.

It’s hard to see from the photos but each of the white stitches is actually a pearl. I painstakingly attached each bead individually. Very tedious. I just learned about a new beading technique. Come up from behind the canvas, place your bead on the needle and then go back through the canvas as if you were doing a regular stitch, but here’s the rub: do your stitch backwards (see diagram above). If you are a right handed stitcher,  you would come up from the bottom left corner and go down through the top right. When you are beading, come up from the bottom right, attach your bead, then go down through the top left. I promise this makes your beads lay like a normal stitch. It’s cool.

Try THIS at home, kids!

Happy stitching,

Prioritizing Your Stash

So many canvases, so little time! Here’s what’s on my Active Roster:

St. Albans belt (designed by me)
Aqua and brown coral bucket bag (designed by Clara Wells)
Fantastic paisley (designed by DJ Designs)
Geometric frame (designed by Jenny Henry)
Asian-inspired geometric (designed by Julie Pischke)
Go O’s (for the Baltimore Orioles) (designed by And More)

These are just the canvases that are actually in my living room right now! There is a whole separate stash of Potential Projects…these players could be subbed into the game AT ANY MOMENT!

So I am focusing on prioritizing. The active roster has a nice mix of 13 mesh and 18 mesh; big and small; intricate designs and simple backgrounds; decorative stitches and plain basketweave. I am ready for any scenario and stitching whim! I recommend you always have multiple projects going. Then you have a choice as to what to stitch when. I never, ever limit myself to one canvas. (Though I think my husband could do with fewer Point of It All bags in the living room!)

I also organize every canvas (and accompanying fibers) in a clear, zippered bag. I love these bags in particular.

Embrace needlepoint A.D.D.!

Happy stitching,