Finishing Your Needlepoint

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Jul 3, 2019
Kathy Schenkel designed this Tuscaloosa ornament exclusively for Serendipity Needleworks. I stitched it and Needleworks, LLC did the finishing.

It’s almost that time of year again…

time to gather up the projects you’ve been working on and send them off to the finisher. The deadline for holiday finishing is rapidly approaching. It seems like it’s getting earlier and earlier every year, doesn’t it?!

If you’re one of those fortunate stitchers who lives in a town with a local needlework shop that provides finishing services, you have it made in the shade. But there are lots of stitchers who live in needlepoint wasteland, and that can present quite the challenge when it comes to choosing someone you can trust with your hand-stitched treasures.

Well, my friend, I have some exciting news!

My friend Judith’s fabulous finishing department is open for business and they have a brand spanking new website that you can visit to check out their services. The Needleworks Workroom provides superior quality artisan finishing and they’re my “go-to” for ornaments, stand-ups, stockings, and more. (The only thing they don’t do is pillows.)

If you’re searching for someone to do your finishing…

I recommend the Needleworks Workroom with the utmost confidence. In fact, you can take a peek at some of their work below.

Finishing needlepoint ornaments is an art.


The Needleworks workroom does beautiful finishing on needlepoint signs and stand-ups.


Finishing needlepoint home and personal accessories is one of Needleworks' specialties.


And if you’re coming to Jingle in July, you’ll get to meet  Judith and see her presentation on finishing at our farewell luncheon on Friday, July 26. It’s going to be terrific! (You might even consider bringing some of your pieces with you to Tuscaloosa.)

William Morris once said, “If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” I subscribe to Mr. Morris’ philosophy and I’m pretty sure that Judith does, too. As long as she’s part of the Needleworks Workroom, you can rest assured that your treasures are in good hands.

You spend countless hours stitching your needlepoint treasures, so it only stands to reason that you’d want the best when it comes to finishing your heirloom creations.

If you’re looking for someone to finish pillows, my best suggestion is Marlene Custom Pillows, Etc. Marlene’s did some of the finishing for me when I had my shop, so I can recommend her workroom with confidence, too. Again, as long as Marlene is in charge, you can trust her company for superior quality workmanship.

As always, if you have any questions about finishing, please reach out to me. Click here to send me an email. I’ll be glad to help you.

And before you go, I’m curious… do you do your own finishing or do you send it out to a professional finisher. I’d love to hear from you. I read every single comment you share with me.

Thank you ever so much for taking time out of your busy day to visit with me here. I’ll see you next week and until then, happy stitching!

Stitch with a smile!




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Decorating the Christmas Tree…

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Dec 18, 2018
The Johnson family Christmas tree, 2018.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at my house. We decorated our Christmas tree on Sunday afternoon and I have to say, I think it’s my favorite one  – ever! Even though most of the ornaments are the same ones we’ve put on for many, many years, there’s just something about this year’s tree…

Fall Inspiration

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Oct 25, 2018
There's a crispness in the air and the trees are beginning to turn in Tuscaloosa.

Hello there, lovely!

We’re at the end of October and I just can’t believe it, can you?! The trees are beginning to change colors here in Alabama and it looks like we’re going to have a beautiful fall.

Cooler weather is finally here, too. In fact, we turned the heat on this past weekend and I brewed my first cup of hot apple cider tea just yesterday morning.

My first cup of Hot Apple Cider Tea of the season.

We’re settling into the cozy season here at my house…

and that means pulling out the hand-knit blankies and my grandmother’s quilts, the cinnamon spice candles, and, of course, the electric tea kettle. I love a warm tasty cuppa in the morning when the temperature drops.

How about you? What’s your favorite cold weather beverage? Hot tea and hot chocolate are my favorites.

I went to the Farmer’s Market earlier this week and found myself in an explosion of fall color.

Bright yellow mums, vivid orange pumpkins, ruby red apples, golden bales of hay – signs of fall everywhere!

It's pumpkin season at the Farmer's Market.


That reminds me – there’s a charming fall-inspired design by Julie Mar that I shared with you earlier (maybe over on Facebook or Instagram?) and I’m about to start it. (squeeee!!!)

I thought I had all the threads I needed, but I changed my mind about some of them. Do you ever do that?

Here are a few of the threads I’m going with now…

This canvas by Julie Mar vividly captures fall in the Appalachian mountains.

I can hardly wait to dive into stitching this happy canvas! It’s getting my full attention – right after I wrap up the project I’m doing for the spring issue of Making magazine.

I already have some ideas whirling around in my head for what I’m going to do. I’ll share some of my notes – and my progress –  with you when I start. ????

And if you want to see my progress on the Tuscaloosa canvas, just click here. I’m nearly finished with it!

Before I go, there’s a little housekeeping  I want to share with you, too.

There are now two free Serendipity Needleworks Facebook groups…

one for needlepoint and embroidery and one for knitting and crochet. (I’d love to have you join me in one – or both – if you aren’t already a member. Just click the link(s) above to hop over and request to join.)

I added the new yarn group so you’ll have a place to gather with other kindred spirits who share your love of knitting and crochet – and so that you’re receiving the best in curated content for your favorite hobby.

I’ll be hosting FB Lives every Thursday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Central time in our Serendipity Needleworks groups, beginning next month!

Here’s the schedule for November…

  • Needlepoint/Embroidery Group – November 8th
  • Knitting/Crochet Group – November 15th
  • Thanksgiving Surprise – November 22nd
  • Needlepoint/Embroidery – November 29th

Finally, NeedleNotes will be delivered on Thursdays, beginning
November 8.

That means there won’t be an issue of NeedleNotes or a blog post next week.

In the meanwhile, have a wonderful rest of your day and Happy Stitching!

Stitch with a smile!



PS: What do you do to cozy up your house for fall and winter? Tell me in the comments box below and I’ll add your name to the drawing for an exclusive Serendipity Needleworks needle minder. I can’t wait to hear from you! ❤️

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