Monthly Archives: May 2016

Memorial Day Weekend

Today we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedom.

Wishing you and your families a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

Memorial Day

Picking your first Needlepoint Canvas

It can be daunting walking into a Needlepoint Store as a new stitcher! With so many threads, kits and canvases to chose from, it’s understanding that picking your first needlepoint project can seem overwhelming! Today on the blog, I wanted to share my top five tips for new stitchers, looking to pick out their first project.

1. 13 vs. 18 Count Canvas

When picking your first piece of stitching, you will certainly want to consider whether you want to work on 13 or 18 count canvas! 13 count canvas has 13 holes to the linear square inch vs. 18 holes to the linear square inch. 13 count canvas may be easier for beginners to see, since there are fewer, larger holes on your canvas!

2. Overall size of your piece

While we all love beautiful big landscapes, florals and full size stockings, when starting out, it may be best to pick an ornament or a belt! It’s best not to overwhelm yourself on your first project. You will feel like you’re making more progress more quickly!

3. How many colors are you dealing with, and is there a lot of shading?

When you’re picking your first piece, you want to look for clear cut lines and large areas of single colors! It’s a pain to be worrying about whether or not you’re putting 5 different colors of blue in a midnight sky in exactly the right spot- and not something you want to deal with when you’re trying to master a whole new craft!

4. Ask your shop employee to kit your canvas in Single Strand Threads!

Single Strand Threads like Planet Earth’s Pepper Pot Silk, Vineyard Silk and Silk Lamé Braid are lovely to work with- and give a beautiful finished product! Plus when working with these fibers you don’t have to worry about plying and laying your threads.

5. Pick a canvas you love!

This is by far one of my biggest pieces of advice! Needlepoint is time consuming, and you’re going to be spending a good amount of time looking at one design- make sure it’s something you love!

Here are a few of my favorite pieces for beginners:

1. Kirk and Bradley’s Ho Ho Ho

First Needlepoint

2. Kate Dickerson’s Houndstooth Heart

First Needlepoint

3.  Barbara Bergsten’s Needlepoint Shifts

First Needlepoint

4. Raymond Crawford’s Needlepoint Ornaments

First Needlepoint

5. Associated Talents Candy Stripe Ornaments

First Needlepoint

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year right now at Needlepoint.Com! Our Annual Kit Sale and Kirk & Bradley Trunk Show is going on throughout the month of May- which means you all have just a few more days to snag your favorite kits and canvases at 20% off.

This special includes everything from Travel Rounds with Stitch Guides, this ever popular Alligator Belt Kit (with customizable background color!), K&B 12 days of Christmas Series, Asheville and Biltmore Ornaments, all kits in the Haunted Halloween House Series, Large Hot Air Balloon Kits, these preppy Collection Bauble KitsSanta’s North Pole, Sights and Scenes of London,  Joan Lohr’s Snowcone and so much more!

The Most Wonderful Time of the year

The most wonderful time of the year

The Most Wonderful Time of the year

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The Most Wonderful Time of the year

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Needlepoint.Com Kit Sale

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Plus any Kirk and Bradley Canvas you don’t see here.

Make sure you don’t miss out on these fabulous offers- they won’t be back for another year!!

NEW ONLINE CLASS: Santa Beard Techniques

Hey everyone! I’m so excited about this post! Needlepoint.Com and I have put together a new online technique class full of different ways to stitch a Santa Beard! You’ll be able to learn Crescents, French Knot variations and so much more, all from the comfort of your own home! This is always one of our biggest hits when it’s taught in the shop, so I’m thrilled that we’ve finally made it available online for you all to enjoy, too!

Santa beard
The kit comes with a template canvas with outlines of your five different beards and mustaches, a thread pack (full of lots of fun, fuzzy favorites!), a printed stitch guide, stretcher bars, a Needlepoint.Com logo bag (to help keep everything organized!) and login access to our online video portal- where you will find instruction on all stitches in the guide! Login access is available for 1 year from the date of purchase.

Santa's Beards

It can be purchased online here for $95. 

I hope you all will enjoy taking this class with me- without ever leaving your home!

Top 10 Canvases for Cat Lovers!

Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday! Today on the blog I’m sharing my top ten canvases for cat lovers! I’ve never been able to own a cat because I’m super allergic, but there are definitely some adorable canvases here I’d love to stitch. Hope you all enjoy!

1. Kirk & Bradley‘s Calico Cat Mini Stocking 
(20% off right now in the Needlepoint.Com Trunk Show!)

Cat Lovers

2. Cat by Melissa Prince Designs

Cat Lovers

3. Kathy Schenkel‘s Calico Cat Oval

Cat Lovers

4. Burnett & Bradley’s Cat Trick or Treater

Cat Lovers

5. All About Stitching‘s Cat Flag

Cat Lovers

6. The Meredith Collection‘s Cat Sampler Mitten (love this one!)

Cat Lovers
7. Pepperberry Designs Black Cat Ornament

Cat Lovers

8. Ewe and Eye‘s Cat Stocking

Cat Lovers

9. Elizabeth Bradley‘s Contented Cat Kit
(On sale now too!)

Cat Lovers

10. Kirk & Bradley‘s Midnight Cat Heart
(Also 20% off right now!)

Cat Lovers

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Top 10 Favorite Canvases for Dog Lovers!

Happy Sunday, everyone! In keeping with this weekend’s pet friendly theme… I’m sharing my top ten favorite canvases for Dog Lovers on the blog today! Up on the blog tomorrow will be my top ten favorite canvases for Cat Lovers! Here you all go:

1. Black Lab in a Truck by Cheryl Schaeffer & Annie Lee Designs:

Dog Lovers

2. Dog Bone Ornament by Raymond Crawford:

Dog Lovers

3. Basset Hound Christmas by Scott Church Creative (CBK)

Dog Lovers

4. Bad Dog by Barbara Bergsten

Dog Lovers
5. Barking up the wrong Tree by Maggie & Company

Dog Lovers

6. Kirk and Bradley‘s Golden Retriever Xmas Circle
(On Sale Now!)

Dog Lovers

7. Black Lab Santa by Pepperberry Designs

Dog Lovers

8. Dalmatian Star by Kathy Schenkel

Dog Lovers

9. Woof Mini Sock by Burnett and Bradley

Dog Lovers

10. Snowflake Dog Nose by Maggie & Company

Dog Lovers

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