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Monthly Archives: July 2017
Today is the last chance to catch our holiday in July sale at Needlepoint.Com and shop the Burnett & Bradley trunk show. We still have some awesome canvases in stock that you won’t want to miss out on.
Holiday in July includes any holiday related canvas- that could be Thanksgiving, Easter, Christmas, 4 July etc. we didn’t want to leave any event out! It also includes our best selling travel rounds and anything ornament sized. Plus 25% off is hard to beat!
I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite canvases that still haven’t found homes. You can see them below:
The sale ends tonight at midnight, so don’t wait to order, or it may be too late!
PS. If you’re thinking about taking the Nativity class, sign up online here. We have a VERY limited number of seats left!
Kirk & Bradley released these canvases back in January/June and I could hardly wait to see them stitched. They read “Life is better by the sea” and “In the garden.” We’ve been working away at Needlepoint.Com and they are back from the finisher and available as kits.
Whenever I’m picking a background stitch, I like to try and choose something that fits with the theme of the piece. We ended up deciding on a Trellis background for “In the Garden” and a Bargello Pattern that mimics waves for “Life is better by the sea.” They definitely help capture the feeling of the design. On another note, the text of both of the signs is stitched in a Threadworx Overdyed Metallic Braid. It’s basically an overdyed Kreinik #8 Braid. This is one of my favorite threads to use- it is so easy to work with and gives such a cool effect. If you don’t have any in your stash- you need to get some!
While we finished both of these canvases as hanging signs, I would love to have also seen them as easel backs like the nativity I just finished. I also think they would make lovely pillows, if you finished them inset with 2″ of fabric around the entire design.
I could not be more excited to share this news with you all today… the nativity is back from the finisher! Those of you who have followed this blog for a while will know that this piece has been a big focus of mine for the past two or three months, and I’m so glad to finally see it in it’s completed state!
As always, Diana Sagmoe (The Needlework Finisher) worked her magic to bring the stitched piece together at the end. Getting a box of finishing back from her is better than Christmas morning! I opted to have this one finished as an easel back, so the back of it looks just like a picture frame. This is especially handy because it folds flat which makes it easier to store. I love the gold and navy cording and the beautiful blue silk that was selected for the backing.
I can’t wait to teach this class at our next A La Carte Retreat. There are so many different techniques to learn- beading knots, or nué- to name just a few. It’s always such a fun weekend. The canvas is exclusive to Needlepoint.Com. Class is Friday March 16, from 9:30 to 4:00 in Raleigh, NC. You can read about our other class offerings online here- take one or take many! Joan Lohr will be teaching several technique classes, and Nancy Young will be teaching the gorgeous two sided Father Christmas and all about Elizabeth Bradley canvases.
If you can’t be there with us, call and ask about preordering a kit to ensure retreat pricing.
We’d love to have you join us.
Hey everyone! Happy Friday! Have you heard about Needlepoint.Com’s Holiday in July Sale?! It’s one of our best promotions of the year! All in stock holiday related canvases are 25% off right now.
That doesn’t just mean Christmas… we have lots of fun Easter, Halloween and 4 July canvases too! As our shop manager Melissa would say,”If it hangs from a tree, it’s on sale!”
You can shop the sale even if you’re not local to Raleigh, too. Simply go on the website and search our Holiday in July page. Our web department has done an amazing job of pulling canvases offline as soon as they sell, so what you see on there should be really accurate. Canvases should be market with a green “Special Offer” banner.
Here are some of my personal favorite canvases in stock right now:
There’s so much more to shop on the website. Check it out here!
You can also call the shop to order at 919-828-5538.
Whenever I’m working on a super detailed project, like the Kirk & Bradley Nativity I’ll be teaching at Needlepoint.Com’s A La Carte Retreat, I like to also have a simpler project going simultaneously. Having something mindless like this really helps me relax and just enjoy stitching, without having to worry about keeping track of all of my threads and writing up a stitch guide as I go along. For the last few weeks I’ve had this cute little shark belt in progress. I just finished up the last few remaining stitches the other night.
The canvas itself is by Voila Needlepoint. They have a ton of fun belt designs to choose from. I’ve been working the canvas in Basketweave using Vineyard Merino Wool- a personal favorite of mine for belts because it is so durable! The background color isn’t quite as bright as it looks in my pictures- it’s called “Tomato”- for anyone who is interested. I definitely want the belt to be used when it’s finished, and not have to worry about wear and tear.
I ended up having to stitch a whole lot more of it than I intended, because of a dye lot issue! Moral of the story… buy more thread than you think you need for big open areas of background. Who knows where the three extra skeins I originally bought went (Charlie?!) but when I got to the point I needed them, they were nowhere to be found! I asked the finisher to send back the extra stitched canvas, so at least I could have it made into a keychain if I wanted.
I added a simple monogram to personalize the project which will be right by the buckle when it’s finished.
The class is designed to teach all things “knotty”- there are nine different techniques included. You’ll learn everything from French Knots, French Knots on a Stick, Colonial Knots, Bullions, and their many variations. The class also teaches where and why to use different stitches, and what threads work the best for them. Knotted stitches add such fun texture to your stitching, and give an effect that you can’t achieve any other way. I know you all will love it!
Class includes blank canvas, stretcher bars, lots of fun threads, a printed stitch guide and 24 hour video access to your online class! Best news of all? Buy a technique class now and you have permanent access to it in your Needlepoint.Com account– they never expire so you can use them as a reference forever and ever. How great is that?
Below you can see several of the fun stitches we cover in this class.
You won’t want to miss out on this wonderful in home stitching experience!