While I Was Away

I was away because I was spending time doing research. I have lots of ideas and I plan to make lots of things! It will be a blast. Meanwhile, be inspired. I’m also in the process of finishing up the touches in my new craft room! Yeeaa, me!


Needlework – Getting Started

This is a list of some tools and supplies which may be needed to get started.  Needlepoint requires different size needles, a stretcher frame and canvas.

Homespun Elegance – Journey to a needlework treasure trove

I was invited to a 1st Saturday Gathering at one of our local needlework shops.  I interviewed needlework designer/ artist, Sandara Sullivan, and toured her shop, Homespun Elegance.  There was a lot going on and lots to see and buy!


Ironing needlework

While preparing to make videos, I found that some of my finished pieces had become wrinkled because of the way they were stored. I probably should have the work framed as I finish them. If ironing is necessary, it’s best to do it before the stitching is done.

Montage of finished needlework ready for framing

This is a collection of various types of needlework that I’ve done over the years. They are now ready for framing. They include: cross stitch, needlepoint, hardanger, needlelace and bargello. Some are done on linen and painted canvas. Threads used were DMC floss, tapestry yarn, pearl cotton, silk, and Rainbow Gallery specialty threads.

My needlework stash

All hobbyist have a stash of supplies, but I’ll bet mine is the biggest needlework stash of them all. A local artist and needlepointer closed down her needlework shop and I was given the inventory by a mutual friend.  I spent two weeks sorting by code # in case I wanted to follow a charted needlepoint pattern like in “Birds and Beasts”. I’m so type A. haha.  I also buy supplies from retail and thrift stores.  I’m not a clutterer, so believe it or not my goal is to one day finish all of the kits, most of the charts, and use up some of the supplies that I have.  I have lots of ideas for original designs and adaptations.