Wednesday, October 20, 2021

What's New for Fall 2021!

I have some new designs that will be available from your favorite needlework shop next week, here's your first look!

More in the Mod Christmas series, here are three mini-socks to match the ornaments!

Three new ornaments to match the large Santa design released earlier this year:

And nine new ornaments in the Colors of Christmas series!

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Trick or Treat!!

No tricks, just a treat for you today!! I've posted a new free design to my website and I am giving you a preview here!

The project is a counted canvas design that you can turn into a display for your magnetic needle minder collection!  I have a ton of needle minders and I am always looking for different ways to store, organize and display them.  I decided I'd really like to stitch a display and so I came up with this.  The idea was inspired by vintage "Jewelry Trees" from the '70's, remember those?  They were a great craft project-- you would take all of your old, broken or mismatched rhinestone costume jewelry and glue them down to a velvet background in the shape of a Christmas tree.  They were so sparkly and decadent, I just love them!  

So here is my modern day "jewelry tree."  I stitched a tree shape onto black canvas with a gold metallic thread, using my favorite open-type background stitches and trimmed it with a rhinestone chain "garland",  then decorated it with my glitziest Halloween needle minders.  I placed it in a photo frame, added a glitter paper backing and a thin sheet of tin for the magnets to stick to. After putting the frame backer board in place, I set it up on an easel display.  The great thing is that I can easily move the magnets around, and take or add more as I like.  I also could easily convert this next month to Thanksgiving/Harvest themed magnets and then Christmas/Holiday in December.  I may even stitch another one on a lighter canvas for Spring and Summer themed magnets!

Here's a closer look at the tree, you can really see the glitter paper sparkle in the background!

You can download the charts and instructions for this project on my website, but I'll cover the process for you here on the blog. The first step was to put the tree outline onto the blank canvas.  Since the canvas was dark I opted to baste the outlines with a contrasting color thread.  Another option would have to been to trace the lines with a chalk pencil.

Here is the tree before I attached the Rhinestone cup chain:

I did draw the shape first onto graph paper, my dimensions are 6" wide across the bottom and 8" tall.

Here is a picture of the rhinestone cup chain I used, you can find this in the bead department of craft supply stores.  My chain has a 4mm sized rhinestone:

And here are the stitches I used, but you could certainly pick your own.  At the last minute, I decided to add a trunk to my tree, so I have included the chart for that as well:

I am offering this design project as a FREE DOWNLOAD over on my website,  You'll find the the stitch chart as well as more detailed instructions that you can download and print. 

Happy Halloween!!  Or whatever holiday or collection you may want to stitch a display for! This project is easily adaptable, so I hope you will send me photos of your projects,  I'd love to see what you come up with!!  


Wednesday, September 29, 2021

OMG! Yet ANOTHER new shop!!

WOW!  Such great news, still another new needlework shop has opened!!  That is more than 20 just since late 2019!  Click on the shop name below to go directly to their website:

Bargello Needlepoint

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Fall Fun!

Sharing more fall and Halloween designs today! Vintage candy pails courtesy of Stitches by the Sea and  a Halloween version of my Cats-tooth pattern!


Monday, September 13, 2021

Two New Shop Owners!

Great news!  Two shops that were for sale have found new owners!  So happy when a shop doesn't have to close!  

Click on the names below to visit their websites!

Denise's Needlework:

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

September is Here, Where's Fall?

Still waiting on cooler weather, but here's a couple of cool finishes to help get you in the Fall mood!

My Harvest Owl, stitched by Pam S.

My Spooky Star stitched by Sophie B:

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Update to New Shops and Stitch Guides!

Just a quick post today for an update on an earlier post about new needlework shops opening this year.  

Add this shop to that list!  Click on the store's name to go directly to their website.

Third Coast Stitches:

Also an update to an earlier post about new stitch guides available!  

Palm Tree Topiary is a new stitch guide for an existing design from my "Tickled Pink" Christmas ornament series.  From now on this canvas will include a 4 page full color stitch guide!

Thursday, August 19, 2021

August Newsletter

Posting my latest newsletter today, more fun Fall stitching projects!  You can sign up to receive my newsletter via email by going to my website or sending me an email at

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Who's Ready For Halloween?

 It's August and it's HOT and if you are like me this is the time of the year when you start thinking about Halloween! This is a great time to start stitching fall and Halloween themed projects, and I am sharing here some recent finishes by customers who are definitely prepared for Halloween this year!

Firstly, this AMAZING wreath filled with my Halloween mini-ornaments, stitched by Kathleen C!

Over on Instagram, koolcars posted this picture of my Halloween Night Collage:

Lastly, Little Shop Around the Corner (a great new finishing service) shared this photo of three of my candy corns:

Hope this has inspired you to break out some EyeCandy & get to stitching!  Stay cool!

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Three, No Make That FOUR More New Shops in 2021!!

You may recall that I started off the blog this year with an update on the many new shops that opened in 2020.  If you missed that post that featured an amazing 13 new needlepoint shops, click HERE to read the post.

Now we are past the halfway point of 2021 already, and I have found out about four MORE shops opening their doors!

And if you know of any I have missed, please do email me so I can add them here!

Click on the store's name to go directly to their website.

Creative Needle Arts:

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Stitch Guide for Tropic Colors Maze!

There is still time to stitch this fun summer-themed design and I just received more stock of the canvas too!  You can order one from Ridgewood Needlepoint or your local shop.  Posted here is Ridgewood's complete stitch guide published previously on their blog last Spring.