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 […]

Scissors, the cutting edge: needlepoint accessories Part 2

    It is rare that a sewing project does not require a pair of scissors. The earliest scissors are were made in ancient Egypt in about 1500 BCE. The metal used was bronze and shaped like a U with sharpened ends. In  about 100 AD the Romans designed cutting tools which looked more like […]

Baskets, boxes and bags: the accessories of needlepoint-Part 1

Sewing baskets have been an important part of women’s lives for hundreds of years. It is easy to forget that before the industrial revolution all clothes, underwear, bedding, tea towels and washing cloths were all made by hand. Many of these day to day objects were decorated with beautiful stitches, and a flourish of highly […]