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

Think green! Emerald is the color of 2013!

Emerald fibers
Emerald: Pantone Color of 2013
Emerald: Pantone Color of 2013

Pantone has declared EMERALD to be the color of the year. I’ve referenced Pantone before and have a general sense of who they are and what they do. Here is a concrete explanation from the pantone.com website:

Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.
 
In 1963, Lawrence Herbert, Pantone’s founder, created an innovative system of identifying, matching and communicating colors to solve the problems associated with producing accurate color matches in the graphic arts community. His insight that the spectrum is seen and interpreted differently by each individual led to the innovation of the PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM®, a book of standardized color in fan format.
 
Since then, Pantone has expanded its color matching system concept to other color-critical industries, including digital technology, textiles, plastics, architecture and contract interiors, and paint. Pantone continues to develop color communication tools for a variety of industries and aggressively adopt new digital technology to address the color needs of design and production professionals.

There you have it! Silk & Ivory makes a color specifically called Emerald. Splendor’s S829 is a mighty fine green as is Impressions 5084. In Balger, I would call 008 and 008HL Emerald.

Emerald fibers
Emerald fibers

How will you be incorporating Emerald into 2013?

Happy stitching,
Susan

TPOIA Staff Pick of the Month

Molly's Pick of the Month

Molly's Pick of the Month

Each month one of The Point of It All ladies will be picking a canvas she loves and would like to showcase with fibers. Molly selected this lovely poinsettia canvas and paired it with Silk & Ivory and Vineyard Silk. The artist is Lee Needle Arts.

Stay tuned for Jill’s February pick…

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.

Sweet Dreams, Ladybug

Susan Battle Needlepoint's Sweet Dreams, Ladybug

Doesn’t every little girl’s nursery need a sweet baby sleeping sign? New from Susan Battle Needlepoint: Sweet dreams, ladybug.

Susan Battle Needlepoint's Sweet Dreams, Ladybug
Susan Battle Needlepoint’s Sweet Dreams, Ladybug

The canvas is available on 13 mesh for $68 from The Point of It All’s online store. Click here! I used Silk & Ivory and Balger braid; it’s all basketweave though you could certainly do a decorative stitch in the stripes.

I love the double ruffle and the mix of fabrics.

Happy stitching!
Susan