The Ultimate Checklist for Your Workbasket

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May 17, 2018
Don't you just love Scarlett O'Hara's problem solving strategy? Tee hee! ;-)

What’s in your needlepoint workbasket?

Is your workbasket nice and tidy – or do you have the Scarlett O’Hara syndrome? You know…putting off until tomorrow what you really ought to be tending to today.

Seriously, when’s the last time you inventoried your workbasket? I mean, actually sat down and took stock of what you have stuffed in there – and what you’re missing? Well, there’s no time like the present to dive right in and start digging around to see what’s inside yours.

How to Tell if the 2018 Threadventure is for YOU!

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May 9, 2018
You're invited to join the 2018 Threadventure!

Grab your calendar, a notepad and a pen…

We have some planning to do! I can hardly believe that it’s only three short weeks until we head out on our 2018 Threadventure. Can you?! (Wondering what the heck a Threadventure is? Click here to read all about it. ;))

Not sure if the 2018 Threadventure is for Y-O-U…

Escape on a Thrilling Threadventure Over the Rainbow

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May 2, 2018
Escape Over the Rainbow on a Thrilling Threadventure!

Have you heard? We’re going Over the Rainbow on a Threadventure!

What exactly is a Threadventure? That’s a great question – and I’m ever so glad you asked! 🙂

Grab your favorite cuppa and I’ll tell you all about it.

Back to Stitches for a Needlepoint Sky…

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Apr 27, 2018
Stitching the Sky in Tuscaloosa

So, now we’ve come full circle with this cute little Tuscaloosa canvas…

back to stitching the sky. It’s the last design component I have to decide upon – and it’s what prompted me to share this tiny peek at how I go about choosing threads and stitches for my needlepoint projects with you.

I spent some time noodling it this week and here’s what I came up with.

How to Match Threads with Stitches

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Apr 18, 2018
April in Alabama

Hi there! It’s a gloriously beautiful spring day here in Alabama…there’s a cool breeze blowing, the sun is shining, the birdies are chirping, and big puffy white clouds are drifting across the bluest sky you ever saw. It makes my heart sing just to look out the window. In fact, I think I’ll take my project out on the porch in a little while and stitch. 🙂

But before I do…

Remember last week, when we chatted about the design elements on my Tuscaloosa canvas and identified the focal point (and subordinate focal points)? Then, we brainstormed about some descriptive words that could be used to help in exploring different thread options. If you missed that blog post, you can click here to read it.

Well, this week’s post is all about…

How to Choose Threads that Get Noticed

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Apr 11, 2018
How to Choose Threads that Get Noticed

Hello lovelies! I’m so happy to be back with you here today. I had a wee bit of a life hiccup these past three weeks…my sweet Mama had to have unexpected open heart surgery (5 bypasses – yikes!) and I’ve been on Mommy Duty. 😉

Now that she’s back in Tuscaloosa, things are starting to settle down some and…

I’m ready to talk needlepoint! How about you?!

Stitching a Needlepoint Sky

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Mar 21, 2018
Tuscaloosa needlepoint canvas

Just the other day, someone asked me about which stitches might be good to use for the sky on a needlepoint canvas. And that’s a really great question, but you know what? It doesn’t have a “one-size-fits-all” answer.

What Do You Do With Your ORT?

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Feb 15, 2018
Do you have an ort jar?

Do you save your ORT?

Or do you toss them in the trash? What’s that? You don’t know what the heck an ORT is?!

Well then – pour yourself a nice cuppa and let me tell you. Sound good? Okey dokey – I’ll wait for you.

Learn a New Stitch Every Day!

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Feb 7, 2018
French knots are fun to make!

Hi there! I’ve had soooo much fun reading your comments about your favorite kind of embroidery – and who taught you to stitch! Thank you for sharing with me. 🙂

Did you take some time every day this past week to work on one of your projects?

It’s amazing how much you can get done in as little as 30 minutes.

I’m helping with a needlepoint project at my church right now. Our nave was recently updated – we’re getting a new organ and the choir got new chairs, so we’re stitching cushions for them.

Here’s a picture of one in progress…

Are You Ready To Stitch?

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Jan 31, 2018
February is National Embroidery Month!

February is National Embroidery Month…

And that just makes me wanna do a happy dance. All month long, we get to celebrate stitching. YAY!!! (Cue musica!)

Dust off your needles, pull out your threads, and let’s embroider something!

Wait, were you thinking embroidery was just this…

Embellish a linen napkin with surface embroidery to create a beautiful bread cloth.

 

Oh no, dear friend. Actually, embroidery is…

“the art of working raised and ornamental designs in threads of silk, cotton, gold, silver, or other material, upon any woven fabric, leather, paper, etc., with a needle”.

That’s the Dictionary.com definition, but I think they pretty much nailed it, don’t you?

Under the umbrella of embroidery, you’ll find needlepoint, canvas work, counted cross-stitch, Hardanger, blackwork, crazy quilting, crewel, goldwork, silk ribbon embroidery, and so much more!

Now, before all you knitters and crocheters tune me out…

Did you know that you can embellish your hand mades with stitchery? It’s true! Simple motifs can dress up even the most basic garments and accessories, not to mention home decor. Never tried it? Now’s your chance!

Stick with me all month and I’ll show you the basics, so you can try your hand at it yourself.

Deal? Great!

Here’s a picture to inspire you…

Embellish a hand knit cushion with embroidery.

Are you ready to stitch?

Since we’re celebrating, I think we should pull out all the stops. Let’s make a pact – one where we commit to stitch a little every single day, no matter what kind of embroidery you like to do best.

Then, share your pictures on the Serendipity Needleworks Facebook page here. Be sure and use our hashtag #serendipitystitcher, so I can find all of them.

Oh, and be sure to tag Serendipity Needleworks, too. Not sure how tags work? Click here for a quick “how-to” article that explains it.

And don’t forget Instagram! You can tag us when you’re posting your picture (click here for instructions, if you need some help) – or, you can let us know by typing @serendipityneedleworks in the comments. Just click on the little speech bubble and a comment box will pop up for you. 🙂

I’m gonna need your help…

spreading the word about our celebration. Be sure and tell all your stitching buddies how they can join the fun, because I have some surprises up my sleeve and, well – the more, the merrier, right?!

Hey, why don’t I go ahead and share one with you now?

Here goes…

Comment on any one of my February 2018 blog posts this month, and you’ll be entered to win a Happy Hearts thread bouquet from our friends at Rainbow Gallery. (The winner will be randomly chosen on February 28, 2018.)

So…what’s your favorite?

Don’t be shy! Tell me what your favorite kind of embroidery is – right down there in that little comment box. Oh, and tell me who taught you to stitch, too. I L-O-V-E hearing from you – and I read every single one of your notes. Pinky promise!

I can’t wait to see what you have to say – and you’ll be entered to win a terrific prize, too! 🙂

Until next time, happy stitching!

XOXO!!!
Stitch with a smile!

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