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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.

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the Blog

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.

Using Straight Stitches on Your Needlepoint Canvases

Ready to dive into some stitches that you can use to embellish your needlepoint canvases? Terrific! Me, too. Let’s chat just a minute about stitch families before we get started, though. When you understand how stitches are grouped in families...

Meet Diane Bertelson of Pepperberry Designs!

Last summer, I hosted my very first in-person Jingle in July needlepoint retreat here in Tuscaloosa. We had oodles of fun stitching a jolly snow girl that Diane Bertelson of Pepperberry Designs created especially for the retreat. Her name is...

Choosing Stitches for an Ornament

This week's blog post is a blast from the past - and it's chock full of terrific information about writing your own stitch guides... Read more

Stitching with Watercolours

Watercolours is an ahhhh-mazing hand-painted long-staple Pima cotton thread from the CARON Collection. It's available in a multitude of colors - from subtle monochromatic to more wildly variegated hues. It comes in 10-yard, 40-yard, and 100-yard skeins. My very first...

Texture in Needlepoint

Henry Ford famously said, "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right."  Now, you're probably wondering why I'm starting a needlepoint blog post about texture with a quote from Henry Ford, aren't you? Well, it actually...

Fabulous Flowers Needlepoint Workshop

I'm busy as a bee making plans for my new workshop that's happening on July 25th. It's the Fabulous Flowers Needlepoint Workshop and it's gonna be oodles of F-U-N!!! Grab yourself a nice frosty glass of lemonade and I’ll tell...

Eight Tips for Getting Your Needlepoint Stash Under Control

I'm in de-stashing mode. Full on, no holds barred, get 'er done destashing mode! So, what does that look like? Well, for me, it began with re-reading Marie Kondo's book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. (You really should read...

Living the Way of Love…

It's terrific to be back here with you this week. I missed you! We had a fantabulous time at the Girlfriends' Getaway Virtual Retreat the first week in June. And last week, I took a few days off to get...

Spring Threadventure Week 7: Portland Japanese Garden

Hello there! Can you believe that we're to the end of our 2020 Spring Threadventure Garden Tour? I know - neither can I! The ultimate zen experience awaits you at our final destination, so hop aboard the Serendipity Express with...

Spring Threadventure Week 6: Lotusland

Well hello there, lovely! Last week's adventure through Desert Botanical Garden was oodles of fun, but I think you're gonna like this week's destination just as much. 😉 It's quite different and it has a very interesting history. (All you...

Spring Threadventure Week 5: Desert Botanical Gardens

Well hello again! Our 2020 Spring Threadventure Garden Tour is speeding right along. We're going cross-country today where we'll have fun exploring a beautiful desert garden! Hop aboard the Serendipity Express with me and let's take our magical virtual vacation...

Spring Threadventure Week 4: Longwood Gardens

Hi there! Welcome to week four of the 2020 Spring Threadventure Garden Tour! Today's destination is breathtakingly beautiful. It's another one of those American treasures that I recently discovered. Hop aboard the Serendipity Express and let's take our magical virtual vacation...

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