I’ve been on pins and needles waiting for this darling geometric clutch to come back from the finisher, and I’m so excited it’s finally here! It’s going to be the perfect little clutch bag for dinners out this summer. After I stitched it, we decided to kit a limited number and turn it into an online class.
I just love the fabric colors Amy, who is the head of finishing at Needlepoint.Com, picked out to go with the stitching. She picked a turquoise silk for the inside that I think is really fun. I love that she asked them to add a credit card pocket on the inside. I definitely wish I had done that on my other clutch. The back is finished with a dark purple velvet, which will be great for hiding any wear and tear that it gets.
I designed the geometric clutch as a sort of “sampler” to learn new stitches. The large areas painted on the canvas are the perfect place to learn stitches because there is limited compensating needed to fill the spaces. You also don’t have to worry about negotiating any kind of shading, which makes it even easier. See how the I’ve reversed some of the stitches depending on the direction that the diagonal stripe is angled? It’s important to pay attention to direction when stitching, so that your stitches flow with the design, rather than competing with the shape of an area of canvas is painted.
I’ll be teaching the clutch the next time I’m in Raleigh. We have two sessions scheduled- one on Wednesday July 17th and the other on Saturday July 20th. Both classes will go from 10-12. Hurry and sign up! I’d love to have you join me. Call the store at 919-828-5538 to sign up.
There are so many fun stitches and techniques that you can use on your canvas to add texture and whimsy to flowers, leaves, branches, trees etc. This teaches 14 different techniques to bring those elements to life. We will cover many stitches that are difficult to learn just from a diagram including Fly Stitch, Jump Through the Loop Turkey Work, Double Stitch and Alternating French Knots and Basketweave to name just a few.
You will have the opportunity to try out some fun fibers you may not have used before like Straw Silk and Fuzzy Stuff. We’ll teach you how to apply them to your canvas.
The purchase of the class includes blank canvas, a printed stitch guide that is essential to your class completion, a specially selected thread pack with lots of fun fibers and access to online class videos that never expire.
If you’ve been following along for a little while, you will know just how much I love Joanna of The Plum Stitchery’s designs. When we were considering what to series feature for our next club at Needlepoint.Com, I reached out to Joanna about the possibility of an exclusive. Needless to say, I’m so glad that I did! We were both so excited about the idea of collaborating on a project.
After brainstorming for a little bit, we settled on the idea of a holiday series featuring vintage stamps. Initially she was just going to paint four canvases for us, but Joanna came up with so many fun, festive ideas that we ended up expanding the number to six different holiday designs.
I absolutely adore all of the designs, but I think this sweet little cardinal on the mailbox may be my favorite. You can see a little behind the scenes sneak peek one of Joanna’s initial sketches of it below. I just can’t get enough of her work.
Needlepoint.Com’s club will begin on July 15th, 2019 and run for three months. Each month you will receive two beautiful hand painted canvases and stitch guides delivered to your front door. All of your threads needed will arrive with the first canvas. The canvases are sold as a set and cannot be purchased individually. The club also includes access to online class videos to help you master each stitch and complete your project.
The club is exceptionally perfect for anyone who stitches multiple ornaments as Christmas gifts. I know lots of people stitch an ornament for each of their family members each year. I can hardly wait to bring these ornaments home and hang them on my Christmas tree this season!
If you’re thinking about signing up for the club, you will want to go ahead and do so soon. We have a very limited number of canvases available. The designs are exclusive to Needlepoint.Com, which means that you can’t get them anywhere else. Club includes six hand painted canvases, six stitch guides, a thread pack full of fun fibers to bring your projects to life, a vinyl bag and access to online class that never expires. A value of $510 for only $425.
You won’t want to miss out on this spectacular stitching experience!
1. Tell us about yourself Tarra. Where is home for you?
I grew up in Purchase New York and made many trips up to my families ski house at Stratton, Vermont. After marrying my husband Willie, we lived in North Stamford, CT for 3 years and then decided Vermont was calling and have been up here since 1992.
2. What was your first experience with needlepoint and who taught you to stitch?
I remember my eldest sister Kimet gave me a stitched horse head pillow when I was ten years old and that was the beginning of my needlepoint career. I did small projects throughout my youth and then decided to get back into it after marrying. I visited my local shop, the Village Ewe in Cos Cob CT. and picked up a black and yellow lab belt design to stitch for my husband that resembled our two labs at the time…little did we know we would be owning and breeding a Labrador and jack Russell facility along with a barn full of horses for the next 20 years!
3 What lead you to start designing your own canvases? What is your process like?
After having a few canvas painted for some chair pads I was stitching for our dinning room I decided to try one of my own. Unlike many stitch painters I do not use any paint! : I draw my design on a white canvas and then stitch it with the fiber colors, no paint is used! To some it seems tedious but I have a hard time seeing the design as painted and therefore must stitch the design myself. (Freestyle)
4 Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration from dogs and animals around me and iconic pieces that I feel will translate well to needlepoint.
5 Do you have a favorite canvas in your line?
Tough question!! My oh for Fox, my jack Russell, my Corgi, the Santa Clammer to name a few!
It’s pretty rare that I’m truly stitching for myself these days. I’m usually busy with stitch guides and projects for Needlepoint.Com. But, with Christmas deadlines looming, I was determined to get a piece in for myself done! It’s so nice to stitch without having to keep accountability of thread colors and quantities.
When we were at the Spring Needlepoint Show, I picked up this sweet little running fox from Pip and Roo Needleworks. Tarra is a newer designer, based out of Vermont. I absolutely LOVE her things!
The fox himself is stitched in Bella Lusso. The wool worked perfectly for both his body and his tail. The paws are done in Petite Very Velvet and I beaded his eyes and nose. I’m planning on having him finished into a Christmas ornament.
His big fluffy tail is done in Traditional Turkey Work. I used 4 strands of Bella Lusso this time. It’s really packed in there, but it needed to be to get it to look as full and fluffy as it does. Sometimes I wait until the canvas is back from the finisher to trim Turkey Work, but I was dying to see what it looked like, so I went ahead and trimmed it now! Below I’ve included a diagram for how to do the stitch. And an added tip! Work in horizontal rows from the bottom upwards, rather than the top down. It’s a million times easier to lay the stitches on top of each other, rather than struggle to place them underneath the other loops.
If you’re looking for a project, you can find the canvas online here. Needlepoint.Com has a project planner with the stitches and threads I used for the fox. Simply select “pick your favorites” at checkout to have it kitted the same way mine is!
It will come as no surprise to you all that I love the Plum Stitchery. If you’ve been reading along for a while, you may remember when I shared my interview with her. Her designs are so fun and so whimsical- they’re hard to resist!
I’ve always loved this darling Atlas ornament. It’s perfect for anyone who loves to travel. I also think it would be so precious framed in a nursery. I had mine finished with a gusset and a gold hook. The 3D effect will really make it stand out on our Christmas Tree this year. I’m so glad I finally found the time to get it stitched!
I think this project would be perfect for beginner to advanced stitchers alike because of the limited number of colors in the kit. It would make a great project to toss in your bag for summer travels for the same reasons, too! As always, the kit for this project is available from Needlepoint.Com as an online class. It is $90 and includes a hand painted canvas, thread pack, printed stitch guide and access to free online videos.
Last year when we ran the sale, kits were only 20% off, but this year we decided to pass an additional savings to you all. Meaning, if you’ve been on the fence about a kit, now is the time to pick it up because this is probably the cheapest you will ever see it. Some of our best sellers are included- the Nativity, the Candy Tree, the Skating Polar Bear,the Peeking Reindeer and English Wildflower Basket to name a few. The sale runs now through the end of the month. Just use code KITSALE25 at checkout to unlock your discount.
One of my favorite new kits, the Peppermint Tree, is also included. This is the perfect kit to toss in your bag and carry with you on a summer trip. There is a limited number of colors, meaning, you don’t have to keep track of that many threads. Plus, who wouldn’t want to learn how to stitch those adorable little peppermints! Regularly the Peppermint Tree kit is $80, but during the sale you get all threads, a hand painted canvas, stitch guide, and access to an online class that never expires for only $60. Plus it’s a quick little project to stitch. When you’re done stitching, it can easily be turned into an ornament or a standup.
Don’t miss out. A limited number of kits are available. Sale ends May 31 at midnight.
It’s so crazy to think that it’s time to start thinking about ornaments for next Christmas. With finishing deadlines coming up in August, it really is time to start stitching. Where has the year gone already!?
I just got this beautiful Christmas Wreath Ornament back from Needlepoint.Com’s finisher and I absolutely love it. Everyone in the store liked it so much that we decided to turn it into a kit with a free class!
I love anything that is traditional in style, and this definitely is. The wreath is such a classic Christmas symbol- this ornament will make the perfect addition to your holiday decor. I usually like to keep things simple, but I think the crystals on the canvas are SO fun. They really give the piece something extra. The limited number of colors make it the perfect piece to take on your summer travels!
Don’t be intimidated by the bow if you’ve never done ribbon work before. I break the stitch down step by step in the online class. It’s a great project to try your hand at a new skill. Plus, you can watch the videos over again as many times as you want!
If you’ve been following along for a little while, you’ll know that one of my all time favorite things to add to a needlepoint canvas is Ribbon Work. It creates such a striking effect on your canvas, without much work! Once you know the basics, it is such a fun way to embellish your canvas and bring it to life.
I’m always getting questions about how to get started working with silk ribbons, so I’ve put together a class! It’s been on my list of things I wanted to write for a while now, and I’m glad that I’m finally able to share it with you.
Needlepoint.Com’s new online ribbon work class teaches everything you will need to know from how to thread your needle and lock it to your ribbon, special ways to start and end your threads and even how to work with a laying tool. Not to mention, you’ll also learn stitches like the Japanese Ribbon Stitch, Gathered Ribbon Stitch and Woven Spider Stitch. The videos are especially helpful for ribbon work because these stitches aren’t always easy to learn from a diagram.
The class is only $65 and includes a full color stitch guide, specially selected silk ribbons, needle, blank canvas and access to online class that never expires. You can find it online here.
Hey friends! I’m so excited to share that I’ll be back in Raleigh in May. We thought it would be so fun to have a little in store class. I’ll be teaching this darling Nutcracker Christmas Tree on Saturday May 11th from 10-12. I’d love to see you there.
Based on the wild popularity of the Christmas Candy Tree, we decided to add on to the series. I think the Nutcracker version is every bit as cute. I’ve always loved the Nutcracker. I used to go see my sister dance in it every year from the time she was five. It is such a special part of our holiday season.
There are lots of fun techniques we will cover: Beading techniques, couching and lots of fun decorative stitches. The cost of the class is $95 and includes a beautiful hand painted canvas, a specially selected thread pack and full color printed stitch guide.
Call the shop at 919-828-5538 to secure your spot today. There are only six spaces left in the class- so don’t wait!