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

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