The Youngest Needlepoint Designer Award Goes to Shauly

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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?

My Design is Featured in Needlepoint Now Magazine

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I designed and stitched a decorative pillow for my daughter Leah.  It’s fluffy and feminine, and most of all, fun to stitch! I submitted an article about it to Needlepoint Now magazine, and it was published in the current issue. The stitches are simple, and the article explains how to stitch a name needlepoint on a blank canvas. Of course, you can have us do the designing work for you.  See some samples at our Names category.

Meanwhile, my daughter, whose birthday is today, is thrilled.  Not only does she have this fancy pillow to show off, her name is now published in a real life magazine.  Quite an accomplishment for a ten year old!

Beethoven’s Birthday

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On December 17th the world celebrated Ludwig van Beethoven’s 245th birthday. Google created an interactive doodle for the home page, which had the famous classical composer’s name discussed all over the Internet. But did you know that we’ve had a beautiful needlepoint design featuring Beethoven‘s likeness? Surely had Lucy known about it she’d have stitched it by now for her good friend Schroeder.

No Smoking in Needlepoint

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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.

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!

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.

 

My Needlepoint Kitchen Moldings

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My kitchen recently reached its 17th birthday, and some parts are not aging gracefully.  The cabinet base molding (also known as toe kick board) is awfully scratched.  I decided to needlepoint new moldings for under the kitchen cabinets.  I chose earth tones that match the cabinets and colors that would not look dirty if they get soiled.   They are DMC 451, 840, 407, 613, 315, and 922. I used 951 for the “grout” between the tiles.  Some math helped me figure out dimensions and pattern.  I stitched up my design on Darice 10 mesh plastic canvas.

 I began a year ago with a small area, and my friends laughed at me. “The next thing you’ll stitch are the kitchen floor tiles themselves!” exclaimed Sarah R.  Another was horrified and could not understand how I would keep them clean.  My motivation deflated.  But the cracked peeling moldings kept urging me to persevere, so I revisited the project. The moldings get stitched one panel at a time, so I stitched on the subway, while waiting on long lines at Marshalls and Burlington Coat Factory, and other similar opportunities.  When I completed a segment, I attached it to the existing molding using a glue gun.
Suddenly my kitchen is gorgeous!  I still have a few more areas to complete, but I love, love, love the results.  When I’m entirely done, I’ll post more photos. And I can’t wait to watch my friends drool the next time they visit.
Enjoy the creativity!