Fruits of Her Labors

Framed in Fruit

Received in today’s email, a photo of an amazing piece stitched with a Pepita canvas, Frame Fruit. Our customer writes:

I wanted to share with you the results of my latest needlepoint adventure with Pepita!  Here is the completed customized canvas I ordered last winter.  It was a delight to stitch! You had suggested embellishments for the fruit, Renee, but I thought that would take all the fun out of the stitching challenge. So…I stitched the fruit first, and some of them required two or three tries to get it just right. Then I decided to do the whole background in scotch stitch.  Best of all – and I know you will appreciate this – I finished  the whole project using thread I already had in the house!!
I have attached two pictures, one showing my project where it hangs, right next to my fruit-decorated kitchen curtains.  How perfect is that?  All I need now is a visit from the grandchildren to complete the scene!

The text she stitched in the center reads “Welcome to Bubby’s Heimishe Kitchen.” The word “Heimishe” is a hard-to-translate Yiddish word, it’s roughly equivalent to “cozy” and “familiar”.

Happy Doll

I recently stitched and finished one of our new needlepoint designs, “Happy Doll“. I still smile every time I look at it.

I bought her an actual barrette from the hair accessory store and pinned it into her hair. Also, I sewed buttons on for her jumper. The white hem is done in Turkey Stitch and came out adorable.

I got the idea for this design from my first grader’s homework assignment (she was learning the letter D). There was a similar drawing in her workbook. My daughter is now convinced that this piece is for her room. I had to gently break the news that I’m shipping it to one of our retailers to hang in the shop. Are you a needlepoint store? Carry our stuff and make some little girls happy.

Re-Upholster Vintage Pieces in Needlepoint

Gina writes how she purchased a Victorian-esque bench (costed $6.25 back in 1881), and wants to redo the upholstery in needlepoint. A resourceful woman who isn’t afraid to try new things, she purchased a pre-worked project off eBay, had a friend teach her how to needlepoint the background, acquired some great shades of wool, and off she goes! Read about her unfolding experience at her blog.

Who Needs Thread? Stitching with Oil Paint

Moho Beach

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.

Needlepoint Quickies

New stuff from all over the  web:

Have a great weekend everybody!

Pepita Needlepoint Featured in Needlepoint Now Magazine

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.

The Society for the Prevention of Unfinished Needlepoints

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.

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.

Needlepoint Inspires Chocolate

Needlepoint in all forms can be very inspiring. Witness the source of Whitman’s Sampler candy box design, as reported by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

A hundred years ago, Walter P. Sharp, president of Whitman’s candies, was looking for a name for a new sample box of assorted chocolates when — voila! — he looked on his living room wall and saw a framed needlepoint sampler created by his great-aunt. He thought the cross-stitch design of birds, animals and flowers on the linen backing was so delightful that he borrowed the name and design idea for the sample box.