Extreme Needlepointing!

Headlamp Model

Extreme needlepointing: nerd addition! Well, I will admit it: I took stitching to the next level this weekend. Let me set the scene for you: DC was hit with a fierce storm that knocked out power to +400,000 homes. Our power went out on Friday night (June 29th) and is not expected to be restored until Friday, July 6th!

I can sit in a hot house; I can deal with the darkness but I cannot face that much time without stitching! I foraged in our workout gear bin and found a headlamp (usually reserved for early morning jogs)…perfect, I thought! I donned the lamp and happily needlepointed for several hours. I’m not saying I looked pretty and in fact there is absolutely no photographic evidence. Blackmail material for sure. I’ve just realized this post is also going to show up on The Point of It All’s Facebook page…how humilitating for me.* I don’t think I even looked better than this guy:

 

Headlamp Model
Headlamp Model

 

A needlepointer has got to do what’s she’s got to do! Stay tuned for more extreme stitching stories.

Happy stitching; happy fourth of July,
Susan

PS Associated Talents has an adorable patriotic canvas :

Associated Talents Needlepoint Fourth of July canvas
Associated Talents Needlepoint Fourth of July canvas

 

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Needlepoint and March Madness


Needlepoint and March Madness…what on earth do these two things have in common?! Well nothing, really. But a buddy of mine suggested I do a post that was somehow related to the tournament. So here’s my thought: It’s great to have a project that allows you to look up and down at the TV. Some canvases–think 18 mesh with lots of shading–require 100% concentration and focus. Not ideal for watching a basketball game. But other canvases–say 13 mesh with a big expanse of background–are perfect for watching the action AND needlepointing!

That’s why you should ALWAYS have more than one project to stitch!

Loyal On Point reader Judy H. is a very enthusiastic Duke fan (can you believe that game, Judy??)…I bet she has a March Madness project (or 10)!

Happy stitching,
Susan

PS We continue to work out the bugs with the blog subscription so I apologize if you received last week’s post twice. If that happens again this week, Chris suggests you unsubscribe from the email you receive second. Hopefully that will take care of the issue and again we are so sorry about this glitch!

The Things They Carried

Yes, The Things They Carried was an amazing book but for me it’s also a phrase that applies to needlepoint. You really need to have all your stitching supplies organized when you travel…below is a list of needlepoint Things That Need To Be Carried.

A tote bag. Either with handles or without. These totes come in three sizes and have a zipper which is key. Bags always seems to get dumped upside down in the car. I like the see-through tote so you can tell which project is which. I mean who goes on vacation with only one project?! That would be ridiculous.

A magnetic needle safe. Keeps extra needles in one place plus your scissors and needle threaders will fit in there too. Very tidy.

A needle threader. Try wedging perle cotton through the eye of a number 22 needle without a threader. Our POIA threaders also have a razor blade cutter on the other end.

A Thread Cutter. If you are doing a lot of starting and stopping,  you will need a heavy-duty thread cutter. Great for plane travel…mean TSA agents are still confiscating scissors.

A fiber organizer. Very helpful to keep you on the straight and narrow. I also like the floss away bags.

Most of these products are available in our webstore and all are available by calling the shop at 202 966 9898.

Happy traveling…happy stitching,
Susan

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,
Susan