What Do You Do With Your ORT?

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Feb 15, 2018

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

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…

 

 

Anyway, I’ve been trying to get at least a few threads in every day – along with my other projects.

That one small action keeps me moving toward my goal of finishing on schedule.

How about you? What are you working on right now?

(Be sure and tell me in the comments box below. Remember, every time you comment on one of my posts during National Embroidery Month 2018, your name will be entered to win a Rainbow Gallery “Happy Hearts” thread bouquet.)

I’ve been working on new “how-to” stitch videos for The Stitcher’s Club and one of them is all about French knots.

I absolutely adore French knots!

I could sit and make them for hours on end, but some people get tripped up by them. Are you one of those folks?

I shot a short video last week while I was working on samples for those Stitcher’s Club videos and I posted it over on Instagram. Did you see it? It’s also on the Serendipity Facebook page.

After I’d posted that little stitch video, I got this idea…

Since it’s National Embroidery Month, what if I posted a quickie “how-to” stitch video on social media every day for a week? They won’t be like the detailed ones inside The Stitcher’s Club, but they’ll be good enough to help you with a stitch that might be stumping you.

Sound good? YAY!!! Ooooh…this is gonna be oodles of F-U-N!!!

Now, what would you like to see demonstrated? Tell me in the comments box below or …

send me an email. (And, yes – this will be another chance for you to have your name entered into the drawing for the thread bouquet from Rainbow Gallery, so be sure and share your ideas.)

I’ll start things off by re-shooting the video for how to make a French knot.

I’ll include sound this time, so you can follow along with me as I stitch.

Then…

I’ll post a new Stitch Snippet “how-to” video every day this week over on the Serendipity Facebook page, based on what you request.

And in one short week, you can learn (or brush up on) seven embroidery stitches!

Use those stitches on your needlepoint or knitting projects, then snap a picture and share it on social media. Be sure and use our special National Embroidery Month hashtag – #serendipitystitcher, so it’s easy to find your photos. I can’t share any details yet, but trust me – it’ll be worth it to post a pic or two. 😉 

Join the Serendipity Needleworks Facebook group, if you want to be sure you don’t miss out on any of the really good stuff, either.

Just click here to request an invitation now (and be sure to answer those two quick questions), then I’ll take care of the rest for you. We have a terrific bunch of folks over there and I’d love to have you join us. The more the merrier!

Well, I guess I’d better get busy on that new French knot video for you.

Until next time, happy stitching!

XOXO!!!

 

 

PS: If you missed last week’s blog post, click here to read it now, so you can catch up on all the latest news about National Embroidery Month.

 

Are You Ready To Stitch?

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Jan 31, 2018

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…

 

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…

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!!!

4 Needlepoint Myths and How to Avoid Them

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Nov 13, 2017

If you’ve ever worked a needlepoint canvas using a professional stitch guide, you know the difference that decorative stitches and fancy threads can make in your finished project. The added texture and sparkle bring a flat 2-dimensional design to life and transform a plain needlepoint canvas into a hand stitched work of art.

Maybe you’ve even taken a class from a guest instructor at a needlepoint shop or guild meeting. You got all inspired to branch out and try new stitches and embellishments. You bought new canvases and threads – the works!

So why does the idea of actually picking your own stitches and threads have you quaking in your boots?

Welcome to Serendipity Needleworks!

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Oct 26, 2017

Welcome to the new Serendipity Needleworks website!

I’m so happy that you’re here. Please bookmark this page on the new website so you can visit with me regularly.

Let’s take a quick tour around the website and I’ll share a little about what you can expect to see here.

Tips for Organizing Your Stash

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Jun 21, 2017

A couple of years ago, I became “acquainted” with Marie Kondo and her wonderful book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I read it, cover to cover, rather quickly (it’s a relatively short book) and, when I finished it, I committed to “konmari-ing” my house. Unfortunately, “the best-laid plans…” well, you know – and I didn’t quite get around to it then. I’m working on it now, though, and I’m finding the process works very well. You really should read it, if you haven’t. It’s quite sensible – and liberating! And if you don’t want to tackle your whole house right now, start small by organizing your stash.

Organizing Your Stash

Everyone knows when you’re a knitter, embroiderer, crocheter, needlepointer, cross-stitcher, quilter, or any other kind of self-proclaimed needle nut, loving all the beautiful and colorful yarns and threads is a cinch. It’s keeping them orderly that can be overwhelming, and it can feel like a monumental challenge! Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned stitcher, organizing your stash will help you know what you have, find what you need, and inspire you to make projects you love.

Tips for Getting Your Stash Under Control

And it doesn’t matter what size your stash is…these 10 tips will help get yours under control so you can focus on the fun part — making beautiful hand made treasures for the special people in your life, and, of course Y-O-U!

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