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Stitching a Needlepoint Sky

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Mar 21, 2018
Tuscaloosa needlepoint canvas

Just the other day, someone asked me about which stitches might be good to use for the sky on a needlepoint canvas. And that’s a really great question, but you know what? It doesn’t have a “one-size-fits-all” answer.

What Do You Do With Your ORT?

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Feb 15, 2018
Do you have an ort jar?

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
French knots are fun to make!

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…

Are You Ready To Stitch?

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Jan 31, 2018
February is National Embroidery Month!

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…

Embellish a linen napkin with surface embroidery to create a beautiful bread cloth.

 

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…

Embellish a hand knit cushion with embroidery.

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!!!
Stitch with a smile!

Ready, Set, Stitch with Confidence!

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Jan 25, 2018
Ready, Set, Stitch with Confidence!

Last week we talked about making your needlework goals for 2018 S.M.A.R.T.E.R. – and this week, well – it’s time to wrap things up so we can actually start working on those goals and developing your needlework skills! 😉

Let’s recap what you’ve done, so far.

  1. You “Kon-Mari’d” your PIPs and prioritized them.
  2. You made a list of things you want to accomplish this year – and you turned them into goals.
  3. You made your goals S.M.A.R.T.E.R.

Congratulations!!!

You’re doing GREAT! I’m so proud of you for taking the initiative to develop your needlework skills. It’s one thing to say you’re gonna do something, but you’ve proven that you mean business.

S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Goals for a Spectacular 2018

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Jan 18, 2018
What's your biggest frustration when it comes to pursuing your needlework hobby?

Did you make a list of your most frustrating problems and challenges when it comes to pursuing your needlework hobby?

Great! What I’d like you to do now is look at that list and make some notes, so grab a pencil and a red pen – and let’s get started.

Last week, I asked you to rate your frustrations using a “star” system – beginning with 1 star for anything that’s mildly annoying, all the way up to 5 stars for those things that really, really drive you nuts. If you didn’t do that, now’s the time.

Go ahead…I’ll wait for you. 🙂

Now, let’s look and see if there are any items on your list that are out of your control.

Setting Yourself Up for Needlepoint Success

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Jan 11, 2018
Set yourself up for success in 2018!

Last week, we talked about sorting through all your projects so you could set yourself up for success in 2018. Now, we’re in the second week of the year and I’m wondering…

Did you get your PIPs sorted?

If you did, that’s terrific and a great big CONGRATULATIONS! But, if you didn’t, that’s perfectly okay, too. I know this can be a pretty big undertaking, so, if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed at the prospect of sorting through ALL of your PIPs, why don’t you just take a deep breath and choose one project that has you stumped.

There…feel better?

Great! Go ahead and set that project aside. We’ll come back to it again soon. As for all those other PIPs…

No More Resolutions For Me…

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Jan 3, 2018
Cheers to 2018!

Have You Heard?

This year, I’m not making any New Year’s Resolutions. I’m D-O-N-E with that activity – and moving on to a much more rewarding one! Wanna’ join me? Great! Let’s get started…

Instead of Making Resolutions, I’m Challenging Myself!

First on my agenda is to make some serious headway on all my PIPs. (That’s shorthand for “Projects in Progress”.) And the best way to do that is to “Kon-Mari” them. What the heck does that mean? Let me explain…

Unpacking Memories

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Dec 6, 2017
Gingerbread Man

Christmas is coming…

It’s cold outside. Really. Cold. (At least for Alabama.) And this early December visit from Old Man Winter has put me in the holiday spirit. Christmas is only a couple of weeks away and our tree is up, but we haven’t decorated it yet. The ornaments are in boxes, stacked by the fireplace, just waiting to be freed from their wrappings and hung on the tree.

4 Needlepoint Myths and How to Avoid Them

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Nov 13, 2017
Decorative stitches and threads bring your needlepoint to life!

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?

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