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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.

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...
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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...
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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...
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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?...
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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...
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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...
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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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A Guide to Using Laying Tools in Needlepoint

So, what, exactly, are laying tools? That's a terrific question! Technically, they're tools that you can use to help lay your stitches smoothly on your canvas. But, basically, they're sticks. Read more
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How to Anchor Your Thread

Starting a new thread can be soooo confusing! If you find yourself wondering where to start or how to anchor your thread, then you're in the right place, my friend! I'm going to share a few of my favorite tips...
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Learn to Needlepoint

So, you want to learn to needlepoint? Well, my friend, you're in the right place. You see, I've been a stitcher for a reeaaalllly long time. My grandmother taught me how to do the continental tent stitch when I was...
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How to Create a Needlepoint Stitch Notebook

Stitches, stitches, and more stitches! Oh. My. STARS! There are soooo many canvas embroidery stitches that you can use to embellish your hand-painted needlepoint canvases. So, how do you keep them all straight? Create a stitch notebook, of course! And...
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#Stitch20in20 Challenge

Happy New Year! Last week's post, all about setting S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goals and habits, sets the stage for this week's post. Cue the drumroll, please...  This week, I'm issuing a challenge to you - the #Stitch20in20 Challenge! Read more
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