Welcome to January 2022

Happy new year one and all! I hope that after the holiday season you are finding some time to stitch and find some serenity.

New designs for ’22

Many of you have asked me for more small projects. Small is great while you travel to work or play and also for those wanting to start needlepoint but are a little daunted by a bigger project. This is the one for you!

I’m delighted to introduce my new small project which I’ve call Meadow.  https://studiostitches.com.au/product/hand-painted-needlepoint-bag/  A beautiful little project which is perfect to stitch on your travels to and from work or holidays, then take on your travels wherever you go. It fits all ones essentials, mask (sadly), phone, keys etc.

The hand painted canvas https://studiostitches.com.au/hand-painted-needlepoint-kits/for this bag is one long piece  which just folds over to make the flap. AND because it is a hand painted design, remember you can choose an alternative colour way, for example a red background at no extra cost.

I’ve included detailed drawn instructions for this project so that turning the needlepoint into the bag is easy-peasy. I chose a leather straps which clip onto D rings sewn on the side of the bag. There is a huge range of online options for bag hardware so you will have fun turning your needlepoint into a unique bag of your own.

Next

The next design I am now working on is also a bag design but this time a bag to hold my/your knitting. This bag came about because I love to knit. These days most of my wool comes in large skeins which, when rolled produce a very large ball of wool. I like to use drawstring bags to hold my wool, scissors, etc and it occured to me that a small bag, which has more structure and could sit firmly on the floor would make a great wool bag. So why not needlepoint a wool bag? I’m thrilled with my design and the construction which is based on the Japanese Kinchaku (draw string) bags.  Watch this space for updates.

In the studio

Here in the studio things are little topsy turvy. After I posted my last order in mid December, I got busy painting the studio floor and generally doing a much needed clean up after a busy year. I’m chuffed with the result and I’m sure the new improved studio has contributed to a flurry of ideas for needlepoint projects which I’m excited to share with you.

However at the moment, the studio has turned into a bedsit with my darling sister and brother in-law visiting us from England for the first time since COVID.

The studio table has also become our ripening station for our stone fruit filling the space with the aroma of delicious fruit.

Staying safe

With the new surge of COVID I’d like to reassure you that I am very careful about safety and take every precaution to ensure your kit arrives safely. After the Christmas rush you can now expect your orders to be posted within 1-5 days of ordering depending on stock of the hand painted canvases.  Postage also seems to be back to pandemic “normal”.

When you stitch, whether it’s embroidery, knitting or needlepoint, there is a point when you find yourself relaxing, “in the zone, taking life one stitch at a time. With so much in the world we cannot control making time to stitch seems like a great way to to improve our wellbeing and add a little comfort and beauty to the world.

Happy New Year!!

Barbara

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