March 15 is National Pears Helene Day


25% off all pear and dessert canvases in honor of National Pears Helene Day.


March 15th is National Pears Hélène Day.  This food holiday is about the delicious smooth french dessert combining warm poached pears, vanilla ice ream and chocolate sauce.

Pears Helene is a dessert made from pears poached in sugar syrup and served with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and crystallized violets. It was created around 1864 by Auguste Escoffior and named after the operetta La belle Hélène by Jacques Offenbach. 

Over time, simpler versions of Pears Hélène have been modified by substituting poached pears with canned pears and the delicate crystallized violets have been replaced with sliced almonds.  These modifications have made it easier for more cooks to prepare this must-have dessert.

National Floral Design Day is February 28th


25% off all Floral Design needlepoint canvases (that’s a lot of canvases) in honor of this fragrant flowery day.


National Floral Design Day is observed annually on February 28th.  For thousands of years, floral design has been an important cultural art form.  This is the day we celebrate that art form.  It may be in a bouquet, a painting, in fabric, in a garden or a floral arrangement.

Floral design is a multi-billion dollar industry that brightens our lives on a daily basis.

From great, historic gardens to a bridal bouquet on that special day floral designers have an eye for color, style and perspective. Floral design can complete a space, complementing existing structures and bringing brightness and color to them.

As with many arts, floral design has traditional roots hearkening back to Egyptian temple offerings to gods. Design changed from era to era, each having distinct customs and traditions.



The Youngest Needlepoint Designer Award Goes to Shauly


My seven year old son, Shauly, designed this canvas today.  He was deeply engrossed in artwork when I happened to notice.  “What are you drawing?” I curiously inquired.  “I’m making a needlepoint for you.  It’s called Fireworks.”   I complimented him and told him I’ll post it here. Now he wants to know if any customers buy his design, can he keep the money. I think so. Don’t you agree?

No Smoking in Needlepoint

no smoking

This is the “No Smoking” sign in my doctor’s office. It was hanging near the front entrance. When I asked permission to photograph it, the office staff was fine with it. However they are not familiar with the original “Ellen” who stitched this nice piece. Ellen, if you are reading this blog, I love your work! A finished needlepoint work stays around forever.

The Abandoned Needlepoint

In the course of traveling the world, one may come across abandoned artwork. My daughter took this picture of one such lonely masterpiece while touring the ancient city of Safed, Israel. It is a framed floral piece, forgotten in a desolate corner of a dusty stairwell.

In a forgotten corner of a mystical city

Whose were the skilled hands that stitched this piece? Which simple home did this art grace while hanging on the wall, and for how many years did it bring its viewers joy? It will surely forever remain a mystery, taking its place among the many secrets of this mystical city.


The Dress that Broke the Internet



So there’s this dress that broke the internet with a debate.  Most see it as blue and black while others view it as white and gold.  Aha, a controversy. This sounds familiar… When I create a new needlepoint design and match colors… well, let’s just say that people see things differently. For example, DMC 834.  Is it gold, or yellow, or green gold?  Which one is navy – 939 or 823?  Is 318 grey or blue?  And, no, I don’t mean dye lot. I am not even going there. That’s another debate altogether.

It’s fascinating to examine identical finished needlepoint canvases that were sold at two separate shops.  Most of the time, they will resemble one another, but not always.  The way the stitcher “sees” and interprets the design may be so different that the finished designs look like distant cousins.


Blogging in Rhyme

Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket.  ~Charles Simic   always-believe-in-yourselfHave you ever read a blog in rhyme?
I’d expect bloggers to try it sometime
But my search on google did produce
Nothing but some lame excuse.

Blogs thrive in the comfort of prose
A rhyme is confining like pantyhose
Blogs are personal diaries undraped
With no significance as to how they are shaped.

I crave to discover a poem that ignites
Passion in its readers as they delight
To cherish a blog once in a while
Written with rhythm in stanza style.

If Dickens, Twain and even Shakespeare
Read blogs today, they would despair
Only write something that’s worth reading
Why then, a blog is truly succeeding.

I invite you, dear readers, to reply
A poetry contest, give it a try
Those worth sharing will be posted
Those worth burning shall be toasted.

Backgammon Board Needlepoint Kits

Backgammon Cherry Charcoal Needlepoint Kit

Backgammon Cherry Charcoal Needlepoint Kit

Pepita Needlepoint just added three new backgammon board canvases to their already wide selection of unique needlepoint designs.

The boards, when finished, will measure 15.5 inches by 12 inches. The triangles are just large enough to accommodate a full set of checkers, so these can be used for actual game play.

Three designs were added in the following colors: Cherry Charcoal, Red White, and Red Black Green. These are all classic color combinations for this board game, however you can request any color scheme, plus add any design elements you choose by filling out the customization form on the website.