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An inspiring blog dedicated to helping you unlock your inner needle artist, turn off your doubt, and make the time to create something wonderful with your own two hands.

Splendiferous Silk Thread

My very first needlepoint project was stitched entirely in wool. It was one of those pre-worked pieces from the needlework department at Gayfer's... the kind where you just fill in the background. Those were (and still are!) terrific projects -...

Attaching Your Canvas to a Stretcher Bar Frame

Now that you have your stretcher bar frame put together, you might be wondering how to attach your needlepoint canvas to it. I'm going to share how I do that here today, but there's a decision you'll have to make...

Ready to take on Stretcher Bars?

  Is your needlepoint canvas all wonky when you finish stitching it? Do you struggle with blocking? Are you having a hard time making your decorative stitches look like the pictures you see on Facebook? It might be time for...

All About the Criss-Cross Hungarian Stitch

It's time for a peek at another one of my all-time favorite canvas embroidery stitches - the criss-cross Hungarian stitch! It’s a combination stitch because two different stitches are joined together to create a new stitch: the Hungarian stitch and...

Needlepoint Tools and Gadgets

Which needlepoint tools and gadgets do you have in your needlepoint workbasket? There are dozens of options available to today's stitcher, and that makes it even harder to know what's "critical" and what's simply "nice to have". So, today, we're...

All About The Rice Stitch…

This week, we're going to take a wee break from looking at needlepoint stands. Instead, we're exploring the rice stitch.  It's one of those versatile stitches that you can use in a variety of places on your needlepoint canvases. It...

Lowery Workstands For Needlepoint

The week before last, I posted an article about needlework stands from Needlework System 4, a company in Florida. And this week, we're gonna continue my series with a peek at the Lowery Workstand. Lowery Workstands are manufactured in the...

The Stitch Guide Formula

What's that quote about "the best-laid plans"? If it's that they often go awry, I'm walking proof that it's true! My original plan - to share my Lowery Work Stand - went off the rails when the tech gremlins took...

Needlepoint Stands From Needlework System 4

Choosing a needlepoint stand can be a daunting task, especially if you don't have a local needlework shop nearby. If you've been following me for a while, you know that Serendipity Needleworks began as a brick-and-mortar store, so I have...

2021 Winter Stitch Challenge

If you've been following me for a while, you know that I've hosted a winter-themed needlepoint workshop in January for the past couple of years. But I decided to shake things up this year and we're kicking 2021 off with...

Happy January!!

It's already the end of the first week of January and I was hoping to have more of my Santa canvas done by now. But the holidays kinda' got in the way. And yesterday, I frogged all of Mardi Gras...

Stitches For Santa’s Beard

If you get my weekly emails, you know that my stitching on Mardi Gras Santa came to a halt over the weekend. I don't have some of the threads that I'd like to use on him, so I ordered them....

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