N Is For… Needlepoint!

This is one of the earliest pieces I've worked in needlepoint.  It's comparatively early in my stitching career, since I did it when I was sixteen to seventeen; it took me about eighteen months in total.  It was, at the time, my most ambitious piece.  Sadly, it was damaged by the recipient when it was removed from the frame and returned to me; however, the fine folks at North Shore Needleworks...
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N Is For… Needlepoint!

I've got a sister post up at Knoontime Knitting, showing you some of my needlepoint. But since it was one of my first arts, I wanted to share some more thoughts about it. To get started in needlepoint is a snap.  It's a great art to try if you find stitches intimidating.  The basic method is that you color in a grid using single stitches, and "painting" a design with the threads.  There are, of...
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B Is For… Bargello!

Today's letter, B, can mean many things. My favorite in terms of crafts is Bargello, the Italian needle art that resembles flames and waves. The image to the left is a common style, with the colors undulating back and forth across the canvas but all relating to each other in their pattern. It's a simple pattern to work, because it's essentially vertical or horizontal. There's no fancy stitchwor...
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Stash Sunday

I am working on the Emerald Keep scarf for the Keepsake Tour, which of course means that I instantly want to play with something from my stash. Doesn't that always happen?So here's what's on my desk right now, that's not the Keepsake scarf:Top left is my character binder for the novels currently in progress, (Sealed by Duty and Sapphire Dream, in case you're curious).  Under that is my ...
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Round Like a Triangle

I decided to try a triangular box, with more or less successful results.  A couple challenges presented themselves:3" trianglesthe grid on the triangles themselvesgetting the rectangles to match up with the trianglesedge stitchTaking them in order, the first issue is that the largest triangles I could find are 3" on a side.  I checked the internet but that's the largest one available tha...
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Round Is the New Square

Chapter Two in the Great Box Experiment is underway with... drum roll please... a round box! The first challenge is to find round plastic disks to work with.  Fortunately for me, I've used them many times before.But, apparently, I didn't read the instructions ver well because the first disk I made is an inch and a half bigger than the pattern.  Uhps!The round box is a lot of fun to make ...
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Needlepoint Box

I have written before about fabric boxes.  If you're curious, there are four other articles here:  One, Two, Three, and Four.  I am enthralled by boxes, be they polymer clay, needlepoint, or wood.  Recently I decided to revisit the boxes of Meg Evans, which I've made before.  This time I decided to play with her exact design.  And therein started the pr...
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Box Loff – The Extended Cut

I found some more pictures.  (Can you tell I'm finally cleaning out my photo folders?)I finished the stitching on the pieces, and have actually sewn the bottom of the box.  I need to get going on finishing it so I can move on to the next project, but here's some more pictures of the process:Here are the four pieces for the sides.I varied the green, rather than the blue or the brown, in o...
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Box Loff Revisited

As you know, last year I experimented with needlepoint boxes.  When Rachel visited in July, I showed her the box in my office. Later on, we got to talking and came up with a design for another one.I have several images that I'm tardy in posting, but here are a few.This first one actually has nothing to do with the box itself, exactly; it's one of two shots from the impromptu artist date I too...
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Birthday Project

Happy birthday to meeeee! (Actually, my birthday is May 8th, but still…) I received some money for a gift and took myself to get a Bucilla needlepoint kit. I didn’t realize this, but Bucilla is now owned by Plaid Online, a collection of a number of handicraft providers.I selected “Oriental Crane,” a lovely pattern of painted canvass needlepoint. It comes with crewel wool, floss, metallic thread an...
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