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Category Archives: finished work
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.
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.
Happy Thursday, everyone! Just wanted to let you all know that Kirk & Bradley Travel and Sporting Rounds are all on sale 20% off this month in the K&B Trunk Show at Needlepoint.Com. We can hardly keep them all in stock right now!
This series has been one of their most successful ever. I am so obsessed with them! Just the cutest! I love to commemorate trips that we’ve taken and places we’ve lived using needlepoint, and this is the perfect way to do it. Each purchase includes the stitch guide, and we have thread packs kitted to the guide that are ready to go. Simply select pick your favorites as you check out to have it included.
What other destinations would you like to see added to the line?!
Our kit sale is finally here at Needlepoint.Com! It’s the one we’ve all been waiting for because it is definitely our biggest sale of the year. All kits are on reduced 10-40% off during the month of May only. Quantities are limited and selling out quickly. There are so many fun projects to chose from, you certainly don’t want to miss out.
This is just a few of the many, many kits and online classes you will find on sale on the Needlepoint.Com website. Shop the sale here… before the kit you want runs out!
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With summer just around the corner, I’ve been thinking about travel a lot these days! While James and I are saving for our honeymoon, I’m not sure we’re going to get away anywhere very far away this year- but we have been talking about spending a long weekend in Charleston or Asheville while we’re only living a few hours away!
I love using needlepoint as a way to commemorate special events- especially trips. I know I’ve shared Kirk & Bradley’s travel rounds with you all, but how about this sweet airplane by Burnett & Bradley? It’s a great alternative for when there isn’t a destination specific needlepoint canvas out there. If you wanted to make it more specific, you could definitely have a year or city name embroidered on the back of your ornament by your finisher.
I can’t take credit for stitching this one- it was done by my coworker Vicki for her little boy (who is a new addition to their family!) They love to travel, so this canvas by Burnett & Bradley is just perfect for them. I really love the way she beaded the star on the tail of the airplane- it adds a a very fun effect!
Have a wonderful week! Happy Stitching!
We always have a ton of fun when we stitch as a group in the back office. Kristie, Katy, Vicki and I each took one of these Sweetie Tweeties by Burnett & Bradley to work on earlier this year. One of the best things about working at Needlepoint.com is being surrounded by so many young women who are equally enthusiastic about stitching- it’s such a nice activity to be able to share with each other. And it’s fun to have an excuse to take a short break from office work to be able to stitch together for a few minutes!
Originally these four birds were just going to be models to go to the trade shows but they ended up being so sweet that we decided to share them with you all as our newest kit. We couldn’t resist!
I think it’s pretty impossible to have enough needlepoint ornaments- but I love that we could come up with a different way to display them on the tree. These clips on the bottoms make them look like they’re perched on a branch- helping to decorate your tree! Each of the four has a different Christmas ornament in their beaks- so sweet. They make such a wonderful addition to anyone’s collection- I think they would also look amazing displayed on a wreath. Or would be a great gift to stitch one for each of your children!
The kit is available through Needlepoint.Com and includes access to an online class. As always, there are also four printed stitch guides to help you all out too! The four Sweetie Tweeties come packaged up in a logo bag with all the threads and canvases you will need to stitch them.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone, and as always… Happy Stitching!