Monthly Archives: March 2015

Stitch Along Sunday Scott Church Zebra: Part II

Good evening everyone! It’s Stitch Along Sunday!

Today on the blog I’m revealing how I stitched the body of my Zebra, his mane, tail and hat!

For those of you who weren’t reading along when I shared the first segment of the work I’ve done on the Zebra, you can read all about the background here! If you are looking to purchase the canvas, it is a Scott Church design, which is distributed through CBK Needlepoint. He can be ordered from any local needlepoint store that stocks CBK’s designs.

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Here is a list of threads you will need to complete this evening’s steps:
Caron Impressions 0020- Black
Caron Impressions 0057- True White
Caron Impressions- 1043- Dark Grey
Caron Impressions- 1046- Light Grey
Kreinik #12 Braid 005 and 010HL
Rainbow Gallery Very Velvet V201, V206, V207, V208, V215, V216

The body of the zebra is all done in encroaching gobelin using 1ply Caron Impressions 0020, 0057 and 1046 in varying directions.

Front half of the body:

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Back half of the body:

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Front legs:

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Back legs:

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Tent stitch the nose using Very Velvet V201, V215 and V216

Tent stitch his ears using 2ply Caron Impressions 1043 and 1046.

Tent stitch his eye using Kreinik #12 Braid 005 and 010HL

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His mane is done in long turkey work using 3ply Impressions 0020, 0057 and 1043. Don’t turkey work every row- stitch every other! This will allow the turkey work to lay flatter than it normally would.

If you don’t already know how to do turkey work, there is an excellent instructional video that can be found on Mary Corbet’s blog Needle N’ Thread.

His tail is padded and then satin stitched to reflect what is painted on the canvas. Use Impressions 0020 and 0057.

To stitch the fringe on the end of his tail, find a needle with a large eye (I used a size 20 needle for this part). Pull together about 12 strands of Impressions 0020 and 1043 and knot them on one end. Thread the other end through the needle and pull them through the end of the tail.

You may want to add some long and short stitches underneath the tail, so the painting on the canvas is covered.

Zebra’s Hat:

My zebra’s hat is stitched in the following pattern using Very VelvetV206, V207, V208. Substitute in and out colors to reflect what is painted on the canvas.

Ear flap:

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Top and rim of hat:

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That’s all for this week, friends! I promise to post more soon!

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Melissa Shirley Winter White Angel Stitch Guide

Good afternoon everyone! I hope you all are having a nice relaxing weekend!

I wanted to let you all know that I have finished the Stitch Guide for my Melissa Shirley Winter White Angel! I’m so pleased with how she turned out, and I hope you all like her too!

Melissa Shirley Winter White Angel Stitch Guide

I wanted to keep the stitching light and airy- Melissa’s design is so elegant that I certainly didn’t want to detract or overpower it. Her dress is stitched to look like she has little white snowflakes all over her- after all she is the Winter White Angel!

I can hardly wait to see what she is going to look like when she is home from the finisher. I know she will have a place on top of my Christmas tree for many years to come!

Melissa Shirley Winter White Angel Stitch Guide

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the stitch guide, I would be happy to pop one in the mail to you! Just send me an email at

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Weekend Reading

Happy Friday!! The weekend is here! I hope you all have something wonderful planned for your days off!

Weekend Reading
For those of you who are planning on spending a lazy weekend at home, I wanted to share some weekend reading with you all from some of my favorite needlepoint blogs… and beyond!

1. More about Vicki’s trip to work with the Embellishment Squad

2. Suzanne’s Melissa Shirley Pink Santa is back from the finisher

3. Loved this reminder to “dream bigger”

4. Ruth Schmuff’s newest Mystery Class started this past week

5. My Peter Ashe house Stitch Guide is done!

6. Great article from The EveryGirl on finding your own creative space

7. Tutorial on how to do jump through the loop turkey work from Needlepoint Now

8. I’m making this spiralized salad tonight with dinner. Yum!

9. If you want some stitch-inspriation… Check out Tony’s online portfolio. Wow!

10. New to needlepoint? Check out my top tips for new stitchers

Have a great weekend, everyone!

New Stitch Guide- Peter Ashe “To The Shore”

Happy Thursday and thanks for stopping by! I have a treat for you all today!

I’m excited to say that the Stitch Guide for Peter Ashe’s To The Shore is complete, and available for order!

New Stitch Guide- To The Shore
(Some of you may remember that it came back from the framer the other day)

For those of you who are familiar with Peter Ashe’s work, you will know that he tends to paint a lot of landmarks in the Southwest, and San Francisco. This piece is so totally unique and unlike any of his other designs. Think New England Summer- on the coast! I think it’s stunning. I always joke that I want to move into this house one day! But I mean, really… Who wouldn’t!?

New Stitch Guide Peter Ashe Car
The stitch guide is available by emailing and the canvas can be ordered from any L.N.S who carries canvases from Julia’s Needleworks.

To The Shore was an absolute blast to stitch. I’m certain you all will love it too!

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Tucker Blair Needlepoint

Happy Wednesday and back to reality for me! After 10 days away, it was rough coming home yesterday but I’m also not so secretly glad to be back in my own home and on my regular schedule. Kinda.

Today I wanted to share this Boston based company Tucker Blair with you all. As an avid needlepointer myself, I know what incredible amount of time it takes to complete a project. Between ordering and waiting for a canvas, stitching it, and having the finishing done… it can feel like it takes a lifetime to finally get your hands on a finished project!

Tucker Blair- Belts
Sometimes the time just doesn’t exist! That’s why I was so excited to find Tucker Blair. They offer high quality needlepoint goods at a reasonable price- all of which are hand stitched and available online. Belts, wallets, keychains, flip flops and dog collars, many of which are available for monogramming… How could you go wrong?!

Tucker Blair- Monogramming Tucker Blair- Keychains

Next time I need a gift, this is where I’ll be going! Just think of all the time it would take to basketweave a belt that you could save yourself!

Tucker Blair- Puppy
Images c/o Tucker Blair


UPDATE: Ft. Bragg, North Carolina

Good morning, everyone!

Great news! James found an apartment! He’s living with a friend of his who he rowed crew with at West Point and is very excited about the whole set up. I, on the other hand, am mostly just excited about the new walk in closet he has… not gonna lie… I wish it was mine!

In the spirit of the week, I’ve been working on this Silver Needle North Carolina round. It’s just like the one I finished last Christmas with St. Louis on it.

As you can see, the ornament has several light houses on it, as well as the state bird, state flower and (most important of all) a North Carolina Tar Heel (my mom is a Chapel Hill alumna!)

It’s tough to do too many complex stitches on such a small canvas, (there just isn’t room!) but I’m planning on some ribbon work for the dogwoods and some beading for the center of the flowers and the state capitol.

UPDATE: Ft. Bragg, North Carolina

Silver Needle makes a variety of different rounds with “destinations” on them. I think one day, I’d like to stitch one for every place I’ve lived.

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