New Article: Tutorial for Needlepoint Beginners

girl needlepointing

This is a little late, but I’ve posted a new article at Pepita Resources for beginners, called The Needlepoint Beginner: How Do I Start Stitching? This is a tutorial-style piece aimed at people who have never needlepointed but would like to learn. Many beginners are overwhelmed at the notion of trying something totally new and do not know how to start. If you are that person, this article is for you. Excerpt:

You saw someone doing it on a park bench in the blissful spring air. You remember your mother stitch-stitch-stitching, while on the phone, or in the doctor’s waiting room. Yesterday, your friend proudly showed off her latest masterpiece, framed neatly on the kitchen wall. Whatever it is, you want some too! How does a complete beginner start needlepointing?

Presenting our Needlepointing Tutorial for Beginners. Read on and see how easy it is to take up needlepointing. Introduce yourself to one of the most relaxing and rewarding hobbies that’s been around for hundreds of years.

Go on and read the whole thing. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Needlepoint Appreciation

Your old needlepoint you inherited from your grandmother’s grandmother might be worth more than you think. See this story covering the Antiques Roadshow, where Doris Black was pleasantly surprised to learn that her great-great-great aunt’s needlepoint masterpiece would fetch $2,000 to $2,500.

A great-great-great aunt would have lived about 100 years ago, when goods such as needlepoint canvas and thread costed far less than what they cost today. A canvas such as hers plus thread would cost in today’s dollars about $350 total. In 1900, this would have been about $15 (try it out yourself using this inflation calculator).

So, assuming inflation continues along a similar path for the next hundred years, your great-great-great niece may wind up selling your own stitched project for over $8,000. Now that’s what I call needlepoint appreciation.