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When I first saw this piece last January at Market, I immediately knew that it would be on my list of personal projects to stitch! Pepperberry Designs always has the cutest Christmas ornaments (have you seen Charlie’s ornament for this year?)- and this design certainly was no exception!


Here’s my mini stitch guide for the piece:

Supply List:

Neon Rays #N01

Petite Silk Lamé Braid #SP02

Petite Very Velvet #V631

Sundance Size #14 Beads #471

Crystal Braid Beading Thread

I stitched the background in Petite Silk Lamé Braid #SP02 and used the “Trellis Darning Pattern” (that can be found in the book Stitches to Go!)

The red of the “Ho” was stitched using Petite Very Velvet #V631, and a simple Basketweave Stitch.

Santa’s Belt was Satin Stitched using Neon Rays #N01.

I attached the Sundance Size #14 Beads #471 around the belt buckle in a Horizontal Cross Stitch pattern.

I attached the Sundance Size #14 Beads #471 for the ^3 in a Classic Tent Stitch Pattern.


If you’re interested in ordering this canvas, it can be found online here! Simply select “Pick your Favorites”, and comment in the box to have it kitted as seen on Stitch Style to include the threads I used!

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!


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

Wonderful time year

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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!

Finishing Fun to kick of the week!

Happy Monday, everyone! I wanted to share some finishing fun with you all to kick off the new week. This sweet Kathy Schenkel “Santa” ornament that just came back from the finisher. At just 2 x4, this was a super quick stitch, and an easy way to use up some threads from the stash!

Finishing Fun

I Satin Stitched the letters in Flair so that they would pop off the canvas. The background is done in Skip Tent with Petite Silk Lame Braid. The star is beaded, as are the red dots on the canvas. My favorite part though is the little Santa hat on the letter “S”. It was stitched in Diagonal Mosaic using Petite Very Velvet and then I attached a cute little jingle bell on the end of it!

Finishing Fun
Kathy Schenkel has lots of different canvases with words like these.
Here are a few of my favorites:

Finishing Fun

Finishing Fun

Finishing Fun

Finishing Fun

You can see them all online here!

Bah Humbug!

Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday! I wanted to share my latest ornament finish with you all. This “Bah Humbug” canvas is from Associated Talents. I picked it up at Market this past January!

Bah Humbug

The Christmas tree was stitched in a woven stitch using Anchor Floss, and the red ornaments on it were beaded using Sundance Size 14 beads #11, as are the berries on the holly leaves. The “H” is Satin Stitched using blue entice. The package is Satin Stitched using purple Flair. The star at the top of the tree is a brad that I added at the end.

The peppermints were a lot of fun to work on! They are done in Brick Stitch Beading using Sundance Beads. If you’ve never tried Brick Beading before, here is a diagram! It’s really a fairly simple stitch: every time you come up in a canvas hole, lay the bead down vertically, so it lies between two canvas threads. Stagger the pattern just like you would do a brick stitch. It’s so quick to do, and gives such a wonderful effect for little work!

Bah Humbug
Associated Talents has many other holiday sayings and words in this series. I really love these two designs, too!

Bah Humbug

Bah humbug

If you’d like to purchase this ornament, it can be found online here.

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