What to do with your scraps of tapestry wool?

A wooly nest is best I am currently working on a new needlepoint design and a couple of commissions so my scraps basket is overflowing with lovely bits of brightly coloured wool. As I sat outside stitching in the winter sun today, I watched fascinated as birds flitted around me picking up straw and bits of twigs ready […]

A needlepoint toilet seat? No thanks!!

 Needlepoint comedy? “Hillarious!” is not usually my reaction to a new needlepoint book however this one caused me to laugh out loud. Under the heading If it doesn’t move, Needlepoint it! is the weirdest list of projects I have ever read. Each one more bizarre than the next! Here are my highlights from the very strange Suggestions of Things to Make: […]

Mother’s Day in May

I can hardly believe that it is May in just a few days. Wasn’t it just Christmas the other day? The buckets of chrysanthemums outside every deli, supermarket and florist however, remind me Mother’s Day is only days away. Mother’s Day in May As I researched the origins of Mother’s Day I was cheered to […]

#Needlepoint rescues

Rescuing old needlepoint from the bottom drawer I recently came across SPUN the #Society of the Prevention of Unfinished Needlepoint and got very excited! I have previously written about possible projects for recycled needlepoints and this approach adds yet another interesting perspective.  SPUN was started by Mary Smell in 2009. It all began with the gift […]

Making vintage #needlepoints new again

I know many of you enjoy shopping in charity shops and markets and like me I’m sure you have seen beautifully stitched old needlepoints abandoned there. I always think about all the hours spent stitching and wondered how they have ended up in there? I  am often tempted to take these stitches treasures  home then ask myself what would […]

Meditating on needlepoint

Enjoying life, one stitch at a time I have always enjoyed those final minutes of yoga class when you go into a meditation. I have recently been reading more about meditation and was struck by how easy it would be to shift the process of “just” stitching to a needlepoint meditation. Here is my guide for a […]

My Tasmanian textile trail-Part 2 Hobart Town

The drive from Bruny Island to Hobart was uneventful except for a very good meat pie in Margate. I’d visited Hobart on two previous occasions but never with a quest to find interesting textiles, whether, new, vintage or handmade and Hobart did not disappoint! I posted various finds on the studio stitches Facebook page but promised […]

WW1 Soldiers’ Embroidery Industry

The Industry World War 1 and needlepoint don’t immediately go together, but on the eve of this significant Anzac Day I thought I’d share a story that does link them in unexpected ways. Last weekend I came across  a pair of ancient British tapestry (needlepoint) magazines.  I was amazed to read the needlepoint throughout the magazines […]

Notes for needlepoint novices: Length (of thread) does matter!

In this short video, I explain why the length of thread  matters when you are doing needlepoint. Notes for needlepoint novices are designed to give beginning stitchers the confidence to choose a needlepoint project and enjoy the process of taking life one stitch at a time. Happy stitching! Barbara

Needlepoint accessories: Pincushions-Part 4

I was so inspired by my research on pincushions that I decided to offer a free pattern so that you can make your own. And this is not any old pincushion, but rather one that sharpens every time you use it! Some interesting facts about pincushions: Pincushions or pin pillows date back to the Middle […]