Monthly Archives: August 2017

Openwork backgrounds: a new online class

Hey everyone! Happy Sunday! Today I wanted to write a quick post to share our newest online class with you all. It’s all about Openwork Backgrounds!


I’ve noticed from working in the shop that picking out background stitches seems to really stump people. It’s understandable though: too busy of a pattern and it overwhelms your whole piece. Not enough of a pattern and sometimes it doesn’t even look like you stitched it.

This class aims to help teach you how and why to use different background stitches, and make it easier for you to pick your own background stitches as well!

Your class includes blank canvas, stretcher bars, a variety of different threads, a printed stitch guide and forever access to your online classes. Yes! Your classes never expire and will now remain in your Needlepoint.Com account as a resource to use again and again!

You can purchase the class online here! It’s one of my favorite I’ve ever written- I know you all will love it!

August and September classes at Needlepoint.Com

Hi everyone. I wanted to share the upcoming technique classes I’m planning on teaching at Needlepoint.Com! It’s back to school time, so it seems like the perfect opportunity to brush up on those tricky techniques you’ve always wanted a little bit of help with this August or September. Sign up for one or take all three!


Turkey work and Lots of Knots classes teach how to do tricky stitches that don’t diagram well in a book. Open work backgrounds class teaches how and why to select different background stitches. You are bound to learn a ton!

Call the shop to secure your spot or to ask for more information at 919-828-5538.

Can’t make it to Raleigh?! Consider taking the class online!

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Pepperberry Joy Snowman Stitch Guide & Trunk Show

This sweet little “joy” snowman is back from the finisher. Isn’t he the cutest? I thought I would share the stitch guide for it on the blog today!


Here is a list of threads you will need to complete the project:
Anchor Floss: #19, 227
Bella Lusso: #0575
Kreinik #8 Braid: #002, 005, 5760
Flair: #F588
Petite Silk Lamé Braid #SP02, 16
Size #14 Sundance Beads #1, 471
Jingle Bell

Stitch Instructions:
Area: Sky
Thread: Petite Silk Lamé Braid #SP16
Stitch: Skip Tent Stitch

Area: Face
Thread: Petite Silk Lamé Braid #SP02
Stitch: Tent Stitch

Area: Nose
Thread: Flair #F588
Stitch: Bullion Knot

Area: Eyes and Mouth
Thread: Kreinik #8 Braid #005
Stitch: Tent Stitch

Area: Snowflakes 
Beads: Sundance Size #14 Beads #1
Beading Thread: Crystal Braid Beading Thread:
Stitch: Classic Tent Stitch Beading

Area: Stripes on Hat
Threads: Kreinik #8 Braid #002, 5760
Stitch: Tent Stitch

Area: Green Hat
Threads: Anchor Floss #227
Stitch: Double Woven Stitch


Area: End of Hat
Embellishment: Jingle Bell
Beading Thread: Crystal Braid Beading Thread
Stitch: Classic Tent Stitch Beading

Area: Red Hat Band
Threads: Bella Lusso #0575
Stitch: Alternating French Knots and Basketweave

Area: Scarf
Thread: Bella Lusso #0575
Stitch: Horizontal Kalem Stitch- portion by neck
Diagonal Knitting Stitch- Tails of Scarf
Turkey Work- Fringe on End

Area: Arms
Thread: Straw Silk
Stitch: Satin Stitch

Area: Body of Snowman
Thread: Petite Silk Lamé Braid #SP02
Stitch: Pavilion Diamond Stitch


Area: “Joy” Banner
Thread: Anchor Floss #19, 228, Kreinik #8 Braid #002
Beads: Sundance Size #14 Beads #471
Beading Thread: Crystal Braid Beading Thread
Stitch: Tent Stitch- for green and red portion of banner
String and Couch Beads- for the letters
Couching- for gold string

You can find this cute ornament on our website here. It’s currently 20% off in the Pepperberry Trunkshow this month. There are so many cute designs in there… I’m having a hard time picking out just one canvas to stitch!

Here are a few of my favorites:

Shop the trunk show online here. 
You can also call the shop to order at 919-828-5538.

An introduction to decorative stitches

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday! It is so muggy here in NC it’s tough to be outside. Not to mention that it rained four times yesterday! If today is anything like yesterday, I think there is a lot of stitching in my future! Today on Stitch Style I wanted to share the new instructional booklet I’ve just written for Needlepoint.Com. It’s called “An introduction to Decorative Stitches.” It’s designed for any needlepointer who is looking to try out different stitches for the first time, or who wants to increase their stitch vocabulary!

The packet focuses on where and how to decide what stitches to use, and has lots of suggestions on what each stitch works well for! The booklet is $17.50 and can be found online here.

This booklet is a sequel to Needlepoint.Com’s book “How to Needlepoint.”

I hope you all find it useful!

You can shop all of our books online here.

First Christmas as a Pair Ornament

I’ve been stitching away in the hopes of finishing this little piece up before the Christmas deadline this year. I can hardly believe how fast it is approaching. This summer has absolutely flown by!

Last January at market, Pepperberry Designs released this adorable pair of mittens. They read “Our First Christmas as a pair.” I knew I definitely wanted to stitch them as soon as I saw them, so I ordered a pair for myself on the spot. Perfect for any newlyweds!


I’ve written up the stitches I’ve used, and it is available as a project planner with your purchase from Needlepoint.Com. I’ve done the pine leaves in Cast-on-Bullion Knots which you can learn all about in our Lots of Knots Class. 


I’m planning on finishing them so they are puffy, and the two mittens attach together with a string- just like the reindeer slippers I stitched a few years ago.

We currently have a Pepperberry Trunk Show in the shop at Needlepoint.Com. If you’re looking for this canvas, or any of their other designs, you can shop online here! Peeking Reindeer, Ho^3, bunny butt and black lab santa are among our staff favorites!