I visited a great needlepoint shop today, Needlepoint Nicely in Vero Beach, FL. If you’re anywhere near Vero Beach be sure to stop in this fabulous shop for all your needlepoint needs!
Friday, February 20th, 2009
Move over, Grandma. Needlepoint is now considered a fashionable hobby. We love the way Anya Hindmarch thinks. The designer recently brewed up the adorable idea to create needle point kits, perfect for passing the time in between shows. Fashion Week’s front row got in on the action, leaving editors in stitches. The charming kits will make great first class companions to keep the industry busy on the way to Europe! We’re sew impressed! Post from: http://blogs.glam.com/glamchic/2009/02/20/sew-cute/
The World of Needlepoint.com is a new web site brought to you by the Needlepoint Group, a part of The National NeedleArts Association. It is a consumer site. “We are here to provide you with everything you ever wanted to know about Needlepoint — its rich history, the fascinating fibers and techniques of today's contemporary stitching, as well as the most noted artists, designers and retailer." www.worldofneedlepoint.com
I’m off to San Diego for the TNNA Winter Show! Booth 1722. Please stop by and visit if you are there. I wanted to share the Summer TNNA Show Galleria Reception with you. Click on the link. I can’t wait to see what’s new this winter!!
I’m getting ready for the TNNA Winter Show! Barbara Bergsten Designs is in booth 1722. I can’t wait to see all the new needlepoint for 2009!
I love seeing needlepoint in the news. Here's an article about a "Needlepoint shop celebrates 35 years" Canvasback, 1747 Orchard Lane, in Northfield, IL
If anyone knows of videos for advanced/specialty stitches please let me know and I will post them. Thank you!
Stitches in Bay Village takes modern look at old-fashioned art. This is a great article about Beth Gantz, needlepoint designer, Beth Gantz Designs and shop owner, Stitches, Etc.!
I just visited a wonderful shop! Needlepoint in Paradise , located in Naples Florida. “We offer you a beautiful selection of handpainted needlepoint canvases, threads and supplies. We continue to discover exciting new artists, canvases, threads and embellishments, making your stitching even more fun.” Open Mon. thru Fri. 10 – 4, Saturdays 10 – 2.
I just read a great article By CAROLE FELDMAN, Associated Press Writer. It gives an overview of needlepoint design and the industry. Shop owner, Susan Battle, The Point of It All talks about needlepoint being a hobby and also a fashion statement. I believe needlepoint should be • Decorative • Functional • Wearable • ! click here for the entire article.
This weekend I visited a wonderful needlepoint shop. A Stitch in Time! They have a great selection of hand painted needlepoint canvases and a wide array of threads. If you are in the area stop by, or visit online.
A Stitch in Time 276 Greenwood Ave. Bethel, Connecticut, 06801 (203) 748-1002 email@example.com http://www.astitchintimept.com/index.html
I amazed at how wonderful and comprehensive Needlepoint Shop websites have become in the last year. It really is a virtual shopping trip. Many sites have great resources and finished needlepoint for inspiration. Next time you have the shopping bug click through a few Retail Shops!
I just got home from a trip to Cape Cod. I did a little Needlepoint Shop Hopping on the way.
Expressions In Needleart, 110 S Main St. Canandaigua, New York 14424 Phone: (585) 394-4870
Stitchin’ Post, 17 Phila St. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Phone: (518) 587-9636
Needlepoint Shop & Knitting, 1573 Fall River Ave. Seekonk, Massachusetts 02771 Phone: (508) 336-8485
The Needleworker, 1 Bridge St. S Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02748 Phone: (508) 999-2477
Town-Ho Needleworks, 1912 Main St. Brewster, Massachusetts 02631 Phone: (508) 896-3000
Needleworks of Cape Cod, 95A Davis Straits Falmouth, Massachusetts 02540 Phone: (508) 495-0203 http://www.needleworksofcapecod.com/
Christine's Osterville Needlepoint 846A Main St. Osterville, Massachusetts 02655 Phone: (508) 428-4455
Henley's Needlepoint & Fibers 44 Main St. Edgartown, Massachusetts 02539 Phone: (508) 627-3959 www.mvhenley.com
It was great to see so many different shops and meet such nice people!
Beadpoint was very popular during Victorian times.
Beadpoint is similar to needlepoint. It’s stitched on the diagonal over mesh canvas using seed beads instead of fibers.
Beads reflect light, fibers absorb light. Beads can be used in combination with fibers. Limited bead colors vs. fiber colors. When combining beads and fibers generally the design is stitched in beads the background in fibers. Stitch the beads first then fill in with fibers.
Use fancy beads to add texture or focal point.
Beadpoint is very good for wearables, durable but heavy.
Japanese seed beads are most desirable. They are very uniform. 11/0 are the most common. Use solid colored beads not transparent. Czech beads are more irregular, try to avoid.
Canvas and Beads: #14 Canvas = 11/0 seed beads
#18 Canvas = 15/0 seed beads
#16 Canvas = Delica beads
Amount of Beads: 1 bead per mesh +. Buy 15% more than needed.
11/0 seed beads - 1 gram = 100 beads
15/0 seed beads – 1 gram = 220 beads
Materials needed: Small painted #14 mesh canvas, # 11 Japanese beads, short bead needle, beading thread, Bob Tack, needle threader, scissors.
Use doubled bead thread, knot ends (closed end) anchor securely to canvas. Finish the thread with at least 3” to spare and run under back of stitches.
Stitching Techniques: Use continental and half cross tent stitch for Beadpoint. This causes less distortion of the canvas. Bead across the complete row changing bead colors instead of beading all one color area first. This helps avoid cramping the beads.
I'm trying to buy this book and can't find it on Amazon. "New Twists on Needlework Embellishment" by Suzanne Howren and Beth Robertson. Does any one know where I could buy a copy? Thank you! B
I read this blog this morning and thought it was such great information I just had to pass it along. The stitching hints are wonderful and the tips on how to use different threads teffic!
Thank you to The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Club
The Japanese Memorial Service of Snapped Needles
Friday, February 8th at 2:00pm Wool & Willow Needlepoint Shop, located at 13002 Larchmere Blvd. Shaker Hts., OH 44120, will celebrate Hari-kuyo, the Japanese Memorial Service of Snapped Needles. Traditional Tea will be served.
Ancient Honors in Larchmere
Skilled workers honor the tools of their trade. So too, the needlepointers of Larchmere’s Wool and Willow. They will follow ancient Japanese tradition to honor their needles. February 8th is the day of Hari-kuyo, when Buddhist masses are sung for needles broken in the past year. The tradition considers that the needle’s souls were sacrificed in honorable service and are put to a final rest.
The ceremony involves a three-step altar, hung with a sacred rope and strips of paper relating to sanctified places. The top step contains offerings of fruit and sweet cakes. The middle step contains a cake of white tofu, and the bottom step carries the tools of the needlecrafters’ art, scissors, thread, and thimbles. The tofu, a white bean curd, is the soft cushion wherein the broken needles rest, comfortable after their days of loyal and hard service.
The origins of this annual ceremony are not clear, but the needlepointers of Wool and Willow do not overlook it. Interested participants and observers may contact Wool and Willow Needlepoint.
Wool & Willow Needlepoint Shop
13002 Larchmere Blvd. Shaker Hts., OH 44120
I just added 33 pictures to Wool & Willow’s Stitchers Corner. Stitchers Corners are great places to get inspiration! Most shops and web sites have finished samples for you to enjoy. I love looking at the different canvases people have stitched and how they are finished. Jean’s Woody Pillow is one of my favorites!
Wool & Willow Needlepoint Shop has an exceptional following and is a great resource locally and online. Totally dedicated to needlepoint, Wool & Willow is committed to discovering exciting new artists, canvases, threads and embellishments, making your stitching even more pleasurable. The next few posts will show you the benefits of utilizing our website! Sign up to receive all e-mailings and join Create Needlepoint! Blog. It’s a great place to ask questions, make comments and find answers.
What is it about needlepoint that excites you? I would love to hear from you!
Yesterday I was at Wool & Willow Needlepoint Shop and realized the benefit of stitching in a group. I’m slowly working on my Staffordshire Cottage. I was stuck and scared to finish a new stitch. I didn’t want to make a mistake, but most of all I didn’t want to rip out any work. Jean, Joan and Anne were very encouraging about the work so far. (It really is taking shape) Jean finished a couple of stitches and all of a sudden I had the courage to go on. Later in the day we all helped choose fabric for a project. The Wool & Willow has a Lunch Bunch every Thursday at Noon. I encourage you all to bring your stitching to your local shop. It’s usually free and an invaluable resource!
I love to look at "Stitchers Corners" on Needlepoint websites. Wool & Willow has a great "Stitchers Corner". They are wonderful places to get inspiration, see what’s new and find thread combinations. I love this needlepoint vase stitched by Anne and designed by Melissa Shirley. Who would have ever thought of needlepointing a vase?
I'd love to see some of your favorite finished work! Post it here.
Needlepoint Trade Secrets: Great Tips about Organizing, Stitching, Threads, and Materials (Paperback)
by Janet M. Perry List Price: $17.95 Order
I just purchased and read this book. It does have “Great Tips about Organizing, Stitching, Threads, and Materials” but I found the format disjointed. It is written in a blog system, bits of information under major categories. I was expecting a more traditional book layout. The Stitching chapter was particularly confusing. I need some diagrams. I had no idea what the author was talking about! I will keep and refer to this new book, but I’m wondering how I will find what I’m looking for in all the jumbled content. New needlepoint books are few and far between and I’m always looking for my next book fix. I highly recommend Janet M. Perry’s blog: http://napaneedlepoint.com/nuts-about-needlepoint/. It’s great!!