The 2020 Stitch Challenge

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Sep 10, 2020
Let's celebrate National Needlepoint Month with the 2020 Stitch Challenge!

Hip, hip, HOORAY! It’s National Needlepoint Month and I have a super-fun surprise for you! To celebrate our favorite hobby, I’m hosting the 2020 Stitch Challenge!

What the heck is that?! That’s a terrific question and I’m ever so glad you asked!  The 2020 Stitch Challenge is my brand new needlepoint Challenge where you’ll stitch along with me as I share 15 canvas embroidery stitches that I think every needlepointer should know!  And there will be prizes… 😉


When does it start?

We’ll begin on Monday, September 14 with the Kick-Off Party and we’ll wrap things up on Friday, October 2.

Every weeknight at 8 p.m. CDT, Monday through Friday, I’ll share a new stitch with you.

But I won’t just tell you the name of the stitch. I’ll include the diagram plus a “how-to” demonstration so you can try it yourself. (And if you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I L-O-V-E to shower my students with lagniappe, so there will definitely be surprises for you tucked into each live broadcast!)

Let me tell you a little more about how it’s going to work…

First, you’ll want to sign up so you get all the juicy details.

Click here to get your name on the list.


Next, you’ll want to get yourself a piece of blank needlepoint canvas – either 13 or 18 mesh.

I recommend that it be 8″ x 8″. You’ll also want to mount it on stretcher bars. (It’ll take two pairs of 8″ stretchers to make a frame.)

Here’s a picture of a sample doodle canvas for you. (That’s what I call my practice canvas where I sample different stitches.)

My doodle canvas is marked into 16 one-inch squares.

Then, you’ll want to gather up some threads.

Any medium or light hue will work, so this is the perfect opportunity to go stash diving and use up some of those leftovers from previous projects. I do recommend using a single strand of something smooth, though. Think Perle cotton #5, PepperPot Silk, or Planet Earth Wool for 18 mesh canvas. If you prefer working on 13 mesh canvas, see if you can find some Silk and Ivory or Planet Earth Silk. (Perle cotton #3 will work on 13 mesh, too.)

And, of course, you’ll need a needle.

A #22 tapestry needle will fit the bill for 13 mesh canvas and a #24 tapestry needle will work very nicely on 18 mesh. A needle threader will come in super-handy, too. Here’s my all-time favorite one:

The ultimate needle threader!

Wondering why should you participate in the Stitch Challenge?

Well, for starters, it’s gonna be oodles of F-U-N!

And it’s free!

So how can you resist a fun-filled, free mini-workshop that will help you build your needlepoint skills and add to your stitch repertoire?

I hope you can’t resist because it just won’t be the same without you. 🙂

Wondering what’ll happen if you can’t join me for every session?

No worries… each broadcast will be recorded and you can watch the replays at your convenience through October 4. I’ll post the recordings in the 2020 Stitch Challenge Facebook group, but they’ll be going away on October 5 when I archive the group.

And I’d be remiss if I didn’t share this, too – you’ll get bonus points for showing up LIVE and checking in. How will I know that you’re there? Great question. We have a system worked out that we’ll share with you before we get started on Monday, so don’t fret about that. It’s really simple and anybody will be able to do it – even if you’re not a computer whiz.

What about those prizes?

There are some really cool ones and I’ll bet you’re wondering how you can win them? It’s easy peasy – just post pictures of your stitch samples on social media (e.g., Facebook or Instagram) using the hashtag #SerendipityStitchChallenge or #SerendipityNeedleworks. Each picture that you post will earn you points to qualify for some really terrific prizes that I’ll give away at the end of the Challenge. Here’s a sampling of what I’ve already gathered…

  • rosewood laying tools
  • needle minders
  • silk ribbons
  • tapestry needles
  • stitch books

Alrighty – that’s all for now, my friend. Again, I hope you’ll join me for the 2020 Stitch Challenge. It’s gonna be AWESOME and I can hardly wait!! 😉

Until next week, happy stitching…

XOXO!!
Stitch with a smile!

 

 

 

PS: If you have any questions, please reach out to us at help@serendipityneedleworks.com. We’re always happy to assist!

 

 

 

 

 

Eight Tips for Getting Your Needlepoint Stash Under Control

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Jun 25, 2020
Beautiful threads are my weakness...

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 it if you haven’t already. It’s a game-changer!)

The gist of the book is that you should only keep things that bring you joy. It kinda’ reminds me of that famous William Morris quote, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”  Wise words to live by, if you ask me. 😉

De-stashing your needlepoint is easy when you follow William Morris' "golden rule".

So, how does one go about de-stashing?

Well, for starters you need to organize what you have. Yes, it’s gonna take some time, but since we’re all staying home more these days, I can’t think of a better project to tackle right now – or one with a more positive outcome. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned stitcher, organizing your stash will help you know what you have, make it easier to find what you need, and inspire you to make projects you love. Ready to dive in? Terrific!

To Bead Or Not To Bead…

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Nov 19, 2019
Beads add a touch of sparkle and pizazz to your needlepoint projects.

Have you ever used beads on your needlepoint projects?

I L-O-V-E to add them to my canvases and I’m about to embark on a lot of beading with my new project. I’m planning to use a brick beading technique on the word “Believe”, so the process won’t be quite as intense as if I were beading every single canvas intersection. 😉

There are oodles of different kinds of beads and we’re going to take a peek at a few of them here today…

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