Pepita Trunk Show Now at Needlepaint Nook in Merrick, NY

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The Needlepaint Nook in Merrick, NY, is currently featuring a Pepita Trunk Show.  They have many of our designs in stock for you to see in person.  Visit this fabulous store and send Janice and Pat my best regards.  The address is Merrick Mall, 2110 Merrick Ave, Merrick, NY 11566. Call them at (516) 623-0250 for hours and directions.  Happy Shopping!

Friday the 13th?

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Do people still believe that Friday the 13th brings bad luck?  Personally, I think February 29th is worse.  If you are born on the leap year day, you hardly ever get to celebrate your birthday properly.

According to snopes, Friday the 13th can be traced back to many generations ago. Individuals avoided all sorts of activities on that day.  It is considered an “ancient superstition.”   Some declared Friday as a day of bad luck in general.  Read more at http://www.snopes.com/luck/friday13.asp#tUae8y6XsYcsXWhU.99

Excerpt from snopes:

“Friday was also said to be a particularly unlucky day on which to undertake anything that represented a beginning or the start of a new venture, thus we find references to all of the following activities as endeavors best avoided on Fridays: Needleworking: “I knew an old lady who, if she had nearly completed a piece of needlework on a Thursday, would put it aside unfinished, and set a few stitches in her next undertaking, that she might not be obliged either to begin the new task on Friday or to remain idle for a day.”   (1883)”

 

 

What color shirt are you wearing today?

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When I’m outside on a beautiful summer day, and the sparkling blue sky is clear of clouds, I look up and say, “The sky is a perfect 813 today.” 813 is a DMC perle cotton number for a light blue.  On a day that’s overcast, I dread the 415, that pale grey that doesn’t go away. (But on a needlepoint canvas, I love stitching with 415.  It is one of my favorite colors.)

The DMC color reference chart has been going on in my head for the past couple of years, but recently I discovered just how far I’ve gone.  I was ordering a polo shirt for my nineteen year old son online at OldNavy.com.  He likes typical masculine colors and does not want to flash like a circus light. I was describing the color to him on the phone.  “It’s really not purple; it’s more like 3041.”  I just confused him even more. The shirt arrived this week, and it’s 3041 all right!  The green one came too, and it’s more like 503 and not 989.  I guess if you make a living matching DMC thread all day, the numbers become part of your life.

Judaica Needlepoint Gets a Face Lift

Judaica Needlepoint on tablet and smart phone.

Judaica Needlepoint on tablet and smart phone.

Judaica Needlepoint – the only website dedicated exclusively to Jewish needlepoint design – has undergone renovations recently and it’s looking sharp! The new design uses larger, high-res imagery, large neat typography, and generally looks more professional and appealing. In addition, the new design works fluidly on tablets and smart phones.

Please take it for a spin and let me know if you like it better.

Needlepointing with Galvanized Iron Wire

Don’t just enclose your commercial property with a plain old chain link fence. Use a Lace Fence:

It combines the ancient craft of lace making with the industrial chainlink fence. Every fence is unique in its design by its craft and assembled patterns, which come in a variety of themes. From antique lace floral to contemporary designs and custom art patterns.

Some examples of their amazing products:

Check out more astonishing images at their website.

Places To Take Your Needle

The Franks, an Orthodox Jewish family of whom I am a proud member, reside at an intersection of country roads named “Wiener” and “Synagogue.” This was a curious enough coincidence to attract the attention of Oscar Meyer, the well-known purveyor of kosher hotdogs. They even offered a large sum of money to feature us in one of their marketing projects (we declined).

I’ve heard of similar fortuitous street names, such as the dentist who grew up on a street named Colgate, the brewery that opened in Brewster Court (an old carriage house built in 1894), and the man named Downing who opened an oyster place on a street already conveniently named Downing Street.

I was wondering the other day whether an avid needlepointer could be the subject of such a fortunate geographic placement, and after researching a bit I came up with the following:

Needle Point, Tahoe National Forest, California, a mountain peak. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia in an article about the forest. Deep snow persists through April.

Needle Point, St. Helena Island, South Carolina, an island cape. Photo is of a tourist attraction on the island.

Needle Point Drive, Guyton, Georgia, a small road.

Needle Point Drive, Cheboygan, Michigan, another small road off Mullet Lake. Above is a home for sale on the road.

Needle Point Court, Columbus, OH, an enclave in a busy neighborhood.

Needle Point Road, Evans City, Pennsylvania, a street in a green area of PA. Above 2-bedroom, single-family home on this street is selling for $159,000.

The Duke Does Needlepoint

Marion Crawford was the governess of princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose (the daughters of the Duke of York) for 24 years, and wrote a memoir of her experiences. From “The Little Princesses“, pg. 36:

The Duke was astonishingly expert with a needle. He once made a dozen chair covers in petit point for Royal Lodge. I remember he got rather tired of filling in the background, so I obliged with that while he went on with the more amusing part of the design.

Ah, the pleasures of royalty. How many times did you wish you could simply summon a servant to do the boring parts of the canvas…

New Website Dedicated to Threadbands

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Screenshot of the Threadbands.com Home Page

I put together a website that is dedicated to the new product I discussed in a previous post about Needlepoint Headband Kits. It’s called Threadbands.com, appropriately enough, and it serves to introduce the product to the world, and to help with working on the project.

It will also direct you to the best place to buy threadbands, and where to send your questions.

Does Printed Needlepoint Canvas Last 600 Years?

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An Old Printing Device

Here’s an email recently received by the folks at Pointseller.com:

I would like to know why you think your printed canvas is superior to handpainted. It has been my experience that the printed canvas does not have the life of a handpainted canvas. Tapestries from the 1400’s have lasted 600 years. Will yours? Doubtful.!!!

Here was my response:

To quote “from experience” that printed needlepoint canvas doesn’t last 600 years, is quite an interesting claim. To my knowledge, printed canvas is only around for a few years, so it isn’t possible to have conducted this type of experiment.

 

In fact, I had some of my designs handpainted by an offshore shop, and compared them to my printed versions. I couldn’t find any appreciable difference.

 

Indeed, my printed canvases have proven themselves durable and up to the task. The cost of a printed canvas compared to handpainted, inch per inch, is far more economical and much faster to produce. And in the end, both printed and painted designs will be covered with stitching. The quality of the design is the most important factor in choosing a canvas, not the method with which the ink was applied.

One of these days I will need to post a longer article on the pros and cons of printed vs. handpainted needlepoint. But the email I quoted above does cover the main points.