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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.

Spring Threadventure Week 3: The Topiary Garden

Hi there! Ready to hit the road to our third destination on the 2020 Spring Threadventure Garden Tour? Terrific! Me, too!  Hop aboard the Serendipity Express with me and let's take our magical virtual vacation tour bus to a spectacular...

Spring Threadventure Week 2: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

This week's destination on our 2020 Spring  Threadventure Garden Tour is simply spectacular - especially at this time of year. I'm super excited to share where we're going today, so hop aboard the Serendipity Express with me, and let's take...

Spring Threadventure Week 1: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Are you ready for the 2020 Spring Threadventure Garden Tour? Me, too! We're gonna have soooo much F-U-N! Hop aboard the Serendipity Express with me and let's ride our magical virtual vacation tour bus to our first stop - the Fairchild...

Spring Fever… and another Threadventure!

It's a beautiful spring day here in Alabama and I'm so, so grateful for that! We're getting close to the end of our first (mandatory) week of "shelter-in-place", but I've been observing #togetherathome for three weeks. Wanna know something? I'm...

Support our Needlepoint Shops

So, how's it going with you today? Every day, life continues to be full of twists and turns. And, well - I just want you to know that you're on my mind and in my heart. We're soooo lucky to...

Why Needlepoint?

There are oodles of good reasons to pick up needlepoint as a hobby. Of course, I may be a little biased. 😉 My "whys" for stitching are pretty simple, though... It provides me with a creative outlet. It helps me...

Stitching with Ellen

WOW... what a topsy turvy week! You've been on my mind and in my heart. I hope that all is well with you and yours. We're hunkered down here at home, doing our part to help "flatten the curve". We've...

Self-Care for Needlepointers

Self-care is always a good idea, but it's especially important right now. COVID-19 (aka, novel coronavirus 2019) is all over the news. In fact, it's hard to turn on the television or scroll through social media without seeing a reference...

Stitching Hearts for Hospice

Do you know about Hearts for Hospice? Well, my friend, pour yourself a cup of tea and let me share a little about it with you... When I first heard about Hearts for Hospice, I was blown away. How so?...

Composition: Needlepoint Canvases and Fine Art

Do you know that a canvas designer uses the very same elements and principles of art and design on cotton mono canvas that a painter might use on one of their watercolor or oil compositions? In fact, your hand-painted needlepoint...

A complete and total failure…

In the spring of 2004, I attempted to write my very first stitch guide for a needlepoint canvas. If a stitch fit into an area, I stuck it there - and what I ended up with was a mishmash of...

Five Tips for Using Silk Thread on Your Needlepoint Projects

Stitching with silk thread is one of my guilty pleasures when it comes to my needlepoint hobby. Now, don't get me wrong. I adore cotton, linen, wool, metallic, and novelty threads, too, but there's just something about silk... Read more

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