Did you guess that the image above this post was done in needlepoint? You guessed wrong. It is an oil on canvas rendering of Moho Beach by emerging Canadian artist Caroline Larsen. “Over several years she has developed a unique technique for applying paint,” states her bio. Navigate over there and check out her gallery of work.
New stuff from all over the web:
- Needlepoint is going glamorous: appearing on fashion runways.
- Flickr: a pretty oriental crewel needlepoint work.
- Memories of my great-grandmother: starring her needlepoint pieces.
- More work by Mary Smull (we wrote about her here last week).
- Gay Ann Rogers writes how sometimes needlepoint saves her.
- Tisha writes a story about Needlepoint Inc. in San Francisco.
Have a great weekend everybody!
Just in time for Passover, our Regal Matzo Cover and Afikoman Bag canvas set was written up in the March/April issue of Needlepoint Now. These were finished expertly and photographed for the article, which presents various stitching techniques for completing the project.
These pieces require a greater investment of time but are very worthwhile; the resulting matching set will be a treasured feature of the annual Passover Seder – for generations.
By the way, this is the second time an Afikoman Bag of ours has been featured in Needlepoint Now magazine. The first time was way back in the 2010 January/February Issue and represented our first appearance in print. The Afikoman bag of that issue continues to be a best seller.
Also known as SPUN, the Society for the Prevention of Unfinished Needlepoints aims to locate all the unfinished works of needlepoint scattered across the world and bring them closure. I read about this fine organization in this article at NewsWorks:
Many people buy needlepoint kits to stitch a image out of colored yarn, and sometimes never finish it. Strange as it may sound, many of those unfinished stitching projects are for sale. Mary Smull buys them.
She then finishes them using plain white thread. Check out her gallery of before-and-after projects. Here is one example, a “before” and “after” formerly unfinished needlepoint of a ship:
While I was adding a caption to the image above the post, it occurred to me that “Mary Smull and the Unfinished Poodle Needlepoint” would make a great title for a cheap mystery novel.