This winter I took a “Quiltcation”. I was wandering around the world wide wide looking for post winter show inspiration and came across The Modern Quilt Movement*. I learned to quilt about 10 years ago and admired the art quilts that were so popular. I tried my hand at traditional and nontraditional quilting. I liked it, alot. Life went on and needlepoint became my focus. I carved out a week this winter and made a quilt for my daughter. This was happening during the Quiltcon in Austin. There was so much energy and inspiration at this first ever Quiltcon I got swept away. The whole experience was great fun.
Sally's quilt front
Sally’s quilt back
The “Quiltcation” did the trick! I have new needlepoint designs inspired by The Modern Quilt Movement for the TNNA Summer NeedleArts Trade Show Booth #1509. (PS. needlepoint canvases are a more manageable size than a quilts.)
Some quilts that energized me!
*“Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. "Modern traditionalism" or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.”
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This year, we are offering a week-long camp for middle-schoolers and older. We will be working on this painted stitches palm tree canvas. Students will learn basic and decorative stitches that can be used in other projects. Camp will be offered the week of June 17th for $150. All supplies will be included.
6700 Fairview Road, Suite 106
Charlotte, NC 28210
Located in the Allen Tate Building at Phillips Place
Needlepoint Basics- How To Thread Your Needle"-Saturday June 8 10:00-2:00 In this 4 hour class Emeline will teach the fundamentals of Needlepoint. This class is perfect for the absolute beginner or anyone who would like to learn Basketweave.
We are proud to announce our new Beginner Class. It is a 3 part class with sessions on Wednesday, June 5, 12 and 19. The canvas, by Barbara Bergsten, features clearly stitch painted areas and incorporates 20 decorative stitches from easiest to more complex. Each new stitch builds on knowledge from the previous stitch. Each decorative stitch is uniquely painted to highlight each stitch step. This fun and cheerful canvas is 6x6 on 14 mesh and can be personalized with your initial.
Needlepointers, we would love to add lots more needlepoint NAMPs. We provide a complete kit to young people wanting to learn how. To find out how to start your own group, http://www.needleartsmentoring.org/
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Home at last! The TNNA Winter Needlepoint Show was GREAT!!! Here’s a picture of most of my booth and home away from home for four days. It was so great to see so many wonderful needlearts people all in one place.
The Needlepoint Showcase Friday night was a wonderful success! The most beautiful finished needlepoint was displayed. I loved having my “Santa Stitches” part of the group.
As always my candy was a big hit. I brought 11 lbs. and I think only 10 little pieces were left. (see the candy bowl in the left side of each picture!)
There are stacks of needlepoint packed for TNNA Winter Trade Show! Curtains, finished models and price lists are next. Most important is my travel project! I want to bring something easy, very portable and new. BL33 Gingham belt is the perfect choice. Also I need a new pair of flip flops! Flip Flop season in OH is a long way away, but stitching and having flip flops finished takes some advanced planning.
Jane, of Chilly Hollow, has a special page on her blog where she is updating all the show buzz. Here’s her link:
This is the most exciting time of the year. All our new needlepoint designs are revealed. I wanted to share a sneak peek with you all! Which design is your favorite?
New “Painted Stitches” and Lilly inspired needlepoint designs are all organized and ready for the TNNA Winter Trade Show in Long Beach, California February 2 - 4, 2013! I’m in BOOTH 1626. I’m so excited to see everyone in Long Beach!
Please check out my What’s New page. Everything is there!
Just the other day Kreinik sent me beautiful, colorful, spools of metallic needlepoint threads! I want to share and spread some sparkly, shiny color around! In celebration of my blog’s five year anniversary I’m going to have my first ever give away.
The giveaway starts today, Friday 11/9/12. It ends, Tuesday 11/13/12. To participate please leave me a comment on my blog: Create Needlepoint
Winners will be randomly picked from the comments posted. The comment must include your email address so I can contact you for your address so I can send you your prize. I will only send to US postal addresses. After winners are picked I will email you for your address. I need you to respond to this email by 11/16/12 or I will pick another name. Then I will send you your gift.
Be sure to visit Kreinik! They are so great to provide these great gifts!
I’m getting so excited about our next Lilly Lovers Sit & Stitch. We have a group of young professionals that want to join in all the fun, but can’t do it during the day so we’ve added an evening sit and stitch. We also have a group of cross stitchers who want to learn needlepoint!
I have been doing needlepoint Sit & Stitch at my Lilly Pulitzer Legacy Village store at for a year now. It has been the greatest experience! The shop is warm, inviting and full of color! We have brand new needlepointers and expert stitchers all gathered having the best time! The shoppers are always interested in what’s going on and we’ve had some join up for the next group.
I encourage everyone to start a stitching group. I’m happy to help in any way. Just let me know!
Five years ago I started my needlepoint blog, Create Needlepoint, with one word ... Welcome! What an adventure this has been. Back then there were few needlepoint blogs. I followed each new post. I felt connected to my community! Now we have blogs, Facebook, Needlepoint Group, Twitter, Pinterest, ... to get our needlepoint community fix. I love them all and am trying to stay current. I have “met” the most wonderful people and followed spectacular stitching projects all from my design table. Thank you all for welcoming me into your needlepoint world!
I just updated my Needlepoint Blog list. It is on the left side of the Create Needlepoint screen. Please check and see if your blog or your favorite blogs are there and the links are working correctly. Please send me a comment or email if there are any problems. I’ll fix them right away. Also, if I’ve missed anyone’s blog please send me your blog link. I’ll keep you posted and can’t wait to read your post!
"The evening Beginners class was also in session; working on a lovely Barbara Bergsten canvas taught by Caroline (The Needle Bug's resident teacher). Barbara Bergsten's designs are fresh and fun ... great for learning new stitches."
I have been bitten by the Halloween needlepoint bug. Halloween needlepoint is all the rage! It’s all over the blogs and Facebook. Shops and stitchers are decorating like mad. One stitcher has a 4” tree with 108 ornaments on it!
I must admit Halloween is not my holiday. I just can’t wrap myself around black and orange. Not my colors. But ... I could switch out black for hot pink and orange for light pink.
Thurs. is our next Lilly Lovers love Needlepoint "sit and stitch". I ‘m so happy to bring needlepoint to my Lilly store. I think we can all do some needlepoint outreach. Stitch in public, at our book club, bookstore, garden group meeting the list goes on...
Have you started some needlepoint out reach? I’d love to hear!
I’m packing for Baltimore! The TNNA Fall Show starts Friday night with Early Bird Sales and runs through Sunday afternoon. I’ll be in room 722! Hope to see you all there! This is a cash and carry show. I have lots of “carry”! I’ll have my New Sorority Needlepoint too. I’m very excited about these new designs. Here’s a screen shot of the color sheet: