Stitch 23 in 23 – Week 1 Recap

Stitch 23 in 23 Week 1 Recap

Stitch 23 in 23 is underway and we’re having oodles of F-U-N!! (If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, click here to read more about our fun-filled needlepoint event. 😉 )

Now, here’s that recap of Stitch 23 in 23 Week 1…

We kicked things off on Monday, January 23rd with introductions.

Watch the video below and then introduce yourself in the comments. I’d love to “meet” you. 😉

On Tuesday, January 24th…

We chatted about your project!

What are you stitching today? Are you starting a new canvas – or are you finishing up something you’ve been working on for a while?

I’m making progress on this cute little canvas I’m stitching for Ruth – “I Love You to the Moon and Back”. It’s by @Apooregirlpaints and here’s a fun fact for  you: Amy, the designer, used to be one of my customers when Serendipity Needleworks was a shop. 😉

"I love you to the moon and back!" by A Poore Girl Paints needlepoint designs.

When you stitch even a few minutes every day, it sure helps get the momentum going! If you share pictures of your projects that you’re working on during Stitch 23 in 23, please add our special hashtag, #stitch23in23, to your post. That will help us find them easier. 😉

Moving right along, on Wednesday, January 24th…

we chatted about different magnifying devices and lights to make it easier to see your canvas.

Here’s the video…

And on Thursday, January 25th…

I showed you how to make the serendipity stitch. It’s a versatile little stitch that you can use on all kinds of design components, including baskets, bird nests, and tree tops. Take a peek at the video and try it for yourself! 😉

Friday, January 26th, was all about needlepoint designers.

Do you have a favorite designer? Some of the canvases in my stash include pieces from Colors of Praise, Pepperberry Designs, My Pink Sugar Life, Maggie and Co., and The Meredith Collection – just to name a few. 😉
If you don’t have a favorite artist, perhaps there’s a theme you find yourself drawn to – like landscapes or florals or birds? I actually tend to gravitate toward themes myself, instead of specific designers – and right now, I’m especially loving anything I can stitch for Ruth, our new granddaughter!
I have this Susan Roberts nativity stocking next up in the queue – gotta have it ready for Christmas this year…
This nativity stocking from Susan Roberts Designs is next up in the queue for me!
Which is it for you? A favorite designer? Or a favorite theme of canvas to stitch? Tell me in the comments below who your favorite designer is – or share a picture of a canvas you really enjoyed stitching!

And on Saturday, January 28th, I shared my needlepoint story.


So, there you have it, my friend… a recap of week 1 of Stitch 23 in 23! Be sure and check back next week for a recap of week 2 – and if you want to keep up with what’s happening every day, check the Serendipity Needleworks social media channels here and here.

Until next time, happy stitching…

Stitch with a smile!

9 thoughts on “Stitch 23 in 23 – Week 1 Recap”

  1. What a fun week! I spent 90 minutes in day 1! And definitely more than 23 minutes each day! Settling in the watch Joey Burrow💜💛🖤🧡 and stitch on my wreath ornaments! (I think my hubs ordered CraftOptics for my birthday this week!! 🙌🏽🙌🏽💜💜💜) another rainy week coming up! Lots of stitching time!! Are we sharing our bingo cards??

  2. I started stitching when I was five years old. I did embroidery, crewel work, crosstitch, I did it all. My daughter did Needlepoint for years and 11 years ago she wanted me to take a class on Needlepoint with her. It was a counted piece where we completed different stitches inside squares. Since then, I have done a number of counted pieces and many painted canvases. Needlepoint is the only kind of stitching that I do now. I thoroughly enjoy my hobby.
    Thank you Ellen.

  3. Just found you and so happy I did. I too learned needlepoint when I was newly married, in 1973 at nineteen. I had to have my wisdom teeth removed and was laid up for awhile. My darling sister-in-law came to visit and left me a gift. It was a beautiful needlepoint kit. I had never done it before. She however did gorgeous needlework. I self taught myself over those sick days and have loved it ever since. We had a stitching/coffee group called stitch and bitch club. Oh the fun we had! Those were the days. Love your blog. P.S. I’m 69 so I guess it’s ok to say the B word. Sorry if I offended anyone. Lol

  4. I loved your story! At age 73, how would you suggest I learn to needlepoint? I’d like to hand down this craft to my 13 year old granddaughter like your grandmother did for you.

    • Hi Cindy
      I’m so sorry for the delay in my reply. Somehow, I missed an entire group of comments. (Eek!!!)
      My best suggestion for learning needlepoint is my course called Needlepoint Made Easy, if you’re still looking for help. You can learn more about it here:
      And please send an email to [email protected] if you need assistance. We’re here for you and happy to help.

  5. My needlepoint story is very similar to yours. In 1972 I was dating my future husband. His mother did beautiful needlework which I very much admired. She bought me a pre stitched design of the work love. The word was written the way of the time, with the lo on top and the ve underneath in bright pink green yellow and tourquoise. I chose white for the background, in continental stitch and did not use a frame.Unfortunately I was overzealous and made the background dimensions too big. I became frustrated and bored, never finishing that 1st piece .
    I have been stitching ever since. I always finish a started piece, use a frame and never use continental. I just taught my 12 yr old granddaughter to start stitching with this past summer, using basket weave and a frame

  6. On day three Ellen showed a light that she called hammer head with a super long cord, can we find out where to purchase this light.


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