Monthly Archives: June 2016

Let your stitching bloom with online classes!

I’ve been working with Needlepoint.Com to bring you all a beginner and an advanced English Garden Round Ribbonwork Kit! These two pieces compliment the original one I taught last year at the Needlepoint.Com Raleigh Retreat. Aren’t the three of them just gorgeous together!? They’re without a doubt one of my favorite projects I’ve ever worked on to date!

Let your stitching bloom

Ribbons are one of the best fibers to work with on needlepoint canvas, but I’ve found in my teaching that people are easily intimidated when they see them! They can be a little fussy to use at first, but once you know how, you get a lot of effect without much work!

All three kits now come with login access to an online class with instructional videos on how to do each of the stitches, as well as a printed stitch guide- so there is no need to be intimidated about working with them at all!

It’s been such an amazing experience to collaborate with Katie (one of the artists for Kirk and Bradley) on these. Since she knows exactly what ribbon technique I’m going to use before she ever paints- she has made sure that she paints in a way that makes it as easy as possible for you all to stitch! Basically a needlepointer’s dream!

If you’ve ever wanted to learn to use ribbons, now’s the time to do it! These kits are exclusive to Needlepoint.Com and cannot be found anywhere else. Order yours today here:

Let your stitching bloom

Beginner Kit

Let your stitching blossom

Intermediate Kit

Let your stitching blossom

Advanced Kit

Let your stitching bloom this summer with our new kits and online classes!

Charlie’s Christmas Ornament

After the past few weeks with little Charlie, it’s hard to imagine our life without him. It’s so nice to come home after a day at the office, and be greeted by a friendly wagging tail and lots of puppy kisses! Not to mention, he is the best company to have on my days working from home. He likes to come and curl up right next to me when I stitch and answer emails. Needless to say, he’s definitely stolen our hearts!

Charlie's Christmas Ornament

Of course, it goes without saying, that Charlie needs his own Christmas ornament this year! So, I’ve been stitching away on this adorable Pepperberry Black Lab Santa canvas. Isn’t it the cutest? Just perfect for Charlie! Diane, who is the designer for Pepperberry, and a dog lover herself, has several different breeds of dog on ornaments just like these ones. There’s a Yellow Lab, a German Shepherd, a Golden Retriever, and a Cavalier King Charles– to name just a few!

Charlie's Christmas Ornament

Here’s a mini stitch guide for what I did on Charlie’s Christmas Ornament!

Thread List:
Bella Lusso Italian Wool #002, 003, 200, 201
Kreinik #8 Braid #005, 010HL, 032, #215C
Threadworx Overdyed Kreinik #8 Braid #710032
Rainbow Gallery Petite Very Velvet #V632
Sundance Size #14 Beads #284
The Collection Crystal Braid Beading Thread

Charlie's Christmas Ornament

The background is stitched in Skip Tent using Threadworx Overdyed Kreinik #8 Braid #710032 (If you haven’t used this thread before, you have to try it! It gives such a cool effect!)

His face is stitched in Basketweave using Bella Lusso #002, 003, 200, 201.

His body is stitched in Encroaching Gobelin 3 over 1 using Bella Lusso #002.

The red on the Santa hat is stitched in a combination of Horizontal and Vertical Single Brick Stitch using Petite Very Velvet #V632, to delineate where the hat “folded” and the end hung off his head.

The fuzzy portion of the Santa hat is stitched in Alternating French Knots and Basketweave in Bella Lusso #003. This is such an easy technique that I really prefer in most cases to doing nothing but continuous French Knots. Simply stitch one row of Basketweave, followed by another diagonal row of French Knots. Continue stitching the subsequent rows by alternating in this way. It really gives a lot of definition to your French Knots, and makes them stand out on the canvas.

If you’re not sure how to do a French Knot, it’s not difficult! Mary Corbet has a wonderful instructional video on her blog that can be found here. 

Stitch the pompom on the end of his hat in Jump Through The Loop Turkey Work using Bella Lusso #003. Here’s a video for that too!

Tent Stitch his eyes and nose using Kreinik #8 Braid #005, 010HL, 032 and 215C.

Bead the snowflakes using Sundance Size #14 Beads #284 and Crystal Braid Beading Thread.

If you would like to order the canvas, it can be found online here!

Have you seen the new Travel Rounds?

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! It’s finally the weekend! Things are quiet here in NC right now, so there’s been lots of stitching going on. Today I thought I would share a few of my latest projects with you all… Kirk and Bradley‘s new travel rounds!

I seriously can’t get enough of these designs. I think they make such a sweet way to commemorate a special trip, or time spent living in a particular location. Military families end up moving and traveling all over the place- in a perfect world I would love to have a travel round for every place we live and visit!

At the Washington D.C. Trade Show a few weeks ago, Kirk & Bradley released new designs for four new destinations: Charleston, Washington D.C., Ireland and Las Vegas! I think they’re some of Vernon Kirk’s best yet! The Stitch Guides I’ve written are available FREE with purchase from Needlepoint.Com. I’ve finished Charleston, D.C., and Ireland– and Vegas will be done in the coming weeks! Check out their fun new designs below:

New Travel Rounds

Love the colorful Rainbow Row houses on this one! (Charleston is on our bucket list of places to visit while we’re living in NC!)

New Travel Rounds
D.C. certainly wouldn’t be complete without a donkey and elephant! The perfect design to stitch in an election year!

New Travel Rounds
Look at that pint of Guinness!

New Travel Rounds
Lots of fun embellishments, beads and bling planned for this one! Definitely going to really jazz this one up- after all it is Vegas!

I hope you all like them as much as I do! They can be found online here:
Washington D.C.
Las Vegas

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Alphabet Letter by Associated Talents

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! I hope you all have had a wonderful week!

I wanted to share a small ornament I finished this week, that I’m sure is going to look wonderful on our Christmas tree this year! Associated Talents came out with these “Alphabet Letter” canvases at this past January’s market.  I really love stitching geometric designs with fun colors like these Harlequin Letters. They are really simple designs that have plenty of open space to try different stitches- very similar to the candy stripe baubles I stitched last year!


Alphabet Letter

Since this design is available in any of the different letters in the alphabet, you could string them together to spell anything you wanted. I love the idea of “JOY”, “ELF”, “PARTY” or “NOEL” for the holidays. Plus, they could also be used to spell a child’s name or your own initials! I opted for a simple letter “J” for “Jinny” (and “James”!) but it can certainly be finished into design that is 100% unique to you!

I stitched my background in Double Hungarian Stitch using Petite Silk Lamé Braid #SP16. The Gold Line was stitched in Fern Stitch using Kreinik #8 Braid #002HL. The Diamonds were stitched in Brick Stitch alternating Horizontal and Vertical using a combination of Kreinik #8 Braid and Petite Silk Lamé Braid (whatever I had in my stash at home!). The letter “J” was done in Brick Beading. I know I’ve shared this diagram before… but Brick Beading is such an easy way to add some glitz to your canvas and make a particular part really stand out.

Alphabet Letters

They are also available in a second color way that looks like this:

Alphabet Letters

I’ll be sure to share this Alphabet Letter a second time when it’s back from the finisher and has been made into a hardback ornament!