Marathon Special

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Boston Marathon holds a special place for Art Needlepoint

April 15th 2013 was a day many will never forget

Last year it caught the spotlight in a most regrettable way 

While the tragedies were very real, 

there was also an outpouring of incredible kindness  

that day and for many months thereafter.

With all the thousands more who have entered this year's race
it is safe to say the kindness and solidarity continues.


To honor those who have ever ran a marathon 

who have ever supported someone who trained for long distance running

who cheers on those who have taken on the challenge

and who run today's Boston Marathon 

we offer runners and non runners alike 

savings on select canvases or kits

  Adopt one today for 15% savings 
- limited quantities for each - 
- only in the mesh listed and only these canvases are on sale -
use discount code MARATHON 
(no Dc needed) at Checkout.

Just click on the titles of any canvas for more details






STITCH A GARDEN CLUB

Monday, July 29, 2013

Who among us was not sent outside for "fresh air" as a young child. These may have been the first moments when we truly observed nature .. and who among us has not plucked petals from a bloom or was enthralled by the colors and or smells of a garden.  The natural world is full of wondrous beauty from the simple shapes to the exotic colors. 

Stitch a Garden Club

Choose from a wide selection of florals and other botanical canvases.  

Club includes six projects - each with silk threads or mixed fibers and stitch guides - to be purchased within one year.

Why Join?: Club members receive a special discount for each project, as well as a free seventh kit. Learn many techniques to stitch realistic flowers and save money while you create beauty.

There are three ways to save when you join. For more information, email us with your choice of 8 flowers or other botanicals, which you like the most and we'll get you started - or contact us by phone or email and we can make recommendations from our selected kits.

We are considering a juried show of all the canvases for all Stitch A Garden Club Members .. more information to follow.


There are three ways to opt in:

Pay for each canvas one at a time with a 10% discount per canvas and a free canvas of our choosing.

Purchase three of the six upfront for a 15% discount on each canvas and a free canvas will be sent after six are purchased which you can select.

Purchase six canvases and receive a 25% discount on each canvas and a free canvas will be sent after six are purchased which you can select.


ONE DAY SALE _ LIMITED QUANTITIES - BIG SAVINGS

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

OUR ONE DAY SALE IS ON TODAY

30% off ANY OF THE SELECTED CANVASES BELOW IN THE MESH INDICATED

ONLY THOSE ON THE LIST APPLY 

Limited quantities ...


USE STITCHME IN THE DISCOUNT CODE BOX AT CHECKOUT OR WiTH US ON THE PHONE


Four Women 14mesh

Blue Tit Bird - 14 mesh

Woman and Roses 14 mesh

Elegant Parfum Clutch on 16 mesh

Dog Mosaic in 14 mesh

Colorful Bubbles in 14 mesh

Girl Cecil Alden 14 mesh

Cotswold in Autumn in 14 mesh

Cell Fever in 14 mesh

Cactus Flower in 14 mesh

Blue Sail 14 mesh

Compass Backgammon on 14 mesh

Girl Seated on 14 mesh

Fireman and Friend on 14 mesh

Doves Urn on 14 mesh

Hot Love Tea 14 mesh

Leaves & Roots 14 mesh

Hilltown KIt 14 mesh

Parrot Tulip 14 mesh

Poppy Kit 14 mesh

Threes a Crowd  on 14 mesh

Judaic Papercut  on 18 mesh

Butterfly 14 mesh

Lady in Blue 14 mesh

Santa 14 mesh

Warm Winter Blessings Kit 14 mesh

 Sea Life  14 mesh

Enjoy the Read

Saturday, April 06, 2013
http://thetextileblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/sacred-stitches-ecclesiastical.html

The Journey of the Iberian Patchwork

Thursday, March 14, 2013



As I thoroughly enjoy doing needlepoint and have had varied experiences over the years, I was looking for a long-term project that would offer me new challenges in my recent retirement.   When I discovered artneedlelpoint.comon line, I was excited about the possibilities it offered. I spoke to Doreen who answered all my questions candidly, so I was able to focus on two painterly canvases that “spoke” to me.  The cost made me pause, but I took the big plunge with the rationalization that retirement encourages such undertakings and it’s cheaper than therapy. 

 

Two years and four months later, my canvas is complete!  At first, the large 36” by 29” canvas felt overwhelming, so I followed Doreen’s advice to start with the areas using one solid color.  This helped me find the number of silk threads that seemed best for this canvas and helped me establish a comfortable rhythm.  I then started in the left hand corner combining several different colored threads to create a new one.  Some trial and error was involved, but I soon got the hang of it.  I was hooked! I worked across the top of the canvas and then down from left to right. Though technically I was “working” on my canvas, I have to admit I enjoyed every moment.  It became a comforting evening activity. The rhythm of stitching seems to relax me and I get so much satisfaction out of completing a section and seeing the picture come to life.  Best of all, I can’t snack while doing needlepoint.                                                                                                                

 

So, I recommend taking the plunge on that overly ambitious project.  However, be forewarned that needlepoint can become addictive.  I’m simultaneously sad that my picture is complete and proud of the handsome picture in my living room.

 

Judy Richards

The picture is upside down and when we figure out how to correct, we will... 

if you would like a larger picture please email.

Why I love needlepoint!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Let us know three reasons why you love needlepoint 

or three things you would like to learn about needlepoint

and we will send you three skeins of pearle cotton for free!

Please make sure we have your mailing address.

Offer valid through January 22, 2013



Back Stitch Please

Sunday, September 02, 2012
The Backstitch. 

This stitch is one of the most important stitches you will learn. It gives depth, definition, and detail to a project.

It defines stitches that might otherwise be lost on a canvas, such as the Stem stitch. 

Backstitch is used to define the area between the diagonal stitches. 

Using two colors makes a nice overall look for this stitch. 

Using the backstitch to cover the area between a block such as the Algerian Eye stitch where there may be some white from the canvas showing. 

The backstitch can be used with various types of stitches besides being used to outline an area on the canvas. In the sample below, the circle was backstitched to outline it and show it off a little bit. 

Using a backstitch between the Satin stitches at the top of this sample gives the area a definite depth that will look like a ridged area.

While not every area on your canvas needs to be backstitched, when you are planning your stitches make sure to add this stitch.

Needlepoint Retreat - Close to Needlepoint

Monday, July 23, 2012


Looking for a Needlepoint Retreat 

that promises you'll learn and have fun?

Artist Tina Close

and 

The Art Needlepoint Company 

invite you to:

Close Creativity and Needlepoint

Kent, CT

October 12 -13, 2012


Artist Tina Close is part of a very creative family. Her sister Glenn is an actress, her brother Sandy an inventor, and her youngest sister Jessie is a writer and speaker for Bring Change 2 Mind.

Kent, CT is a lovely art community, nestled in beautiful countryside, which Yankee magazine has declared is the best place in New England for leaf peeing.

Our retreat will be one day 

Saturday  -  October 13th, 2012  from 9:00 am forward.  

There will be a morning and afternoon session, with a lunch break at the Fife N Drum (spectacular wine cellar and menu and we'll wind the day down with a gourmet dinner!

In the morning we'll discuss the creative process and needlepoint, where you'll learn about color, balance and many stitching techniques to help create your canvas.  You'll create your own stitch guide for the Tina Close canvas of your choice - and have lots of help and encouragement - and a good deal of fun.

Tina is both an artist and a needlewoman, so she is quite familiar with the idea of interpretation or painting with threads.


The package cost is $375 and includes:

 the full day of instruction, 

a canvas of your choice with threads,

 a stitch guide,

 lunch, dinner and a full goodie bag.


Sign up early as space is very limited!


If you wish to drive to Kent for the day you may want to consider coming in the on Friday night and staying at the Fife'n Drum Inn so you can have a fresh start on the day on Saturday.

We have reserved all of the rooms at the Fife' n Drum or you can stay at any of the other charming inns in the area.

You can make your own reservations or we will be happy to reserve a room for you when you register for the retreat.


When you register let us know what canvas you are interested in stitching and we will select appropriate threads - and bring your kit to the retreat.


Early birds:  Reserve your space with a deposit of half the cost by August 20th

Save 10% on the event pricing 


Payment in Full required by September 10, 2012


call or email us with any further questions.

 







Congratulations Priscilla !

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Here follows the entry from Priscilla who has won $400 of her choice of canvases!!!

The following is my entry into your Treasure Hunt Contest which concludes on June 24, 2012

Clue One: Go to the Whitney Museum online.
Find the Mapplethorpe of two men from1984. Write down the title of the Mapplethorpe.

Answer to clue 1 :  Ken Moody and Robert Sherman, 1984 
 Impression – Art
 
Clue Two: Go to the Matrix
After visiting this site and any other sites
or books you care to read about baboons,
write down why baboons make faces and what their faces mean.
 
Answer to clue 2:
Why Do Baboons Make Faces?
Baboons make a lot of faces. Sometimes they look as if they are smiling. Sometimes they raise their eyebrows. Or they can even make a face like the one you see here. Whatever face a baboon makes, the face sends information to other baboons.
Baboons are social animals. They live in troops, or large groups. Good communication between troop members is important. It can help prevent fights. And it can keep everybody safe.
When a baboon makes a face, it is trying to communicate a specific message. If a baboon shows off its sharp teeth, it’s telling other baboons, “Be careful or else!” If a baboon grins, it’s telling another baboon, “I’m sorry.”
 Impression: Communication
Clue Three:
Go  to Creative Roots which is a young website (yes even websites can get old)
which showcases various types of art from countries from all over the world. 
Find three examples of art made into household objects and write down what you selected by name and what they have in common.

Creative roots website

Answer to clue 3: New Zealand maori decorated packaging, Portuguese heritage side board, Oslo ceramic coasters.    Impression: they all have in common - Practical and useful beauty

 

All Blacks New Zealand packaging

 

Portuguese heritage sideboard


 
Oslo Ceramic Coasters
 
 
 
Clue Four:
it's a word that is in every one of our newsletters and on our website.
It is something we all have in common.
Answer to Clue 4: needlepoint or stitching is the common word used in newsletters

Answer to Clue 5: Enrich is the word referred to by clue

Clue Six:  Epiicurean and William Morris
 
Answer to Clue 6:
epicurean ,William Morris :  describes a person who expressed appreciation for the beauty of  nature through practical applications in daily life, such as fabric design, wallpaper, carpets, etc.
 
 
1.Create a sentence from the clues above
 
My sentence: Needlepoint enriches my life and makes it possible for me to communicate my appreciation for the beauty of nature and my desire for artistic expression through the practicality of creating useful and beautiful adornments for my home and my friends.

Thank you for this opportunity to enter you contest!
Priscilla

Treasure Hunt - $400 worth of Products Give Away!

Monday, June 18, 2012
Last summer we began a six part treasure hunt.  Any one who follows the trail and answers the final question correctly wins $400 in merchandise of your choosing.

The rules are pretty simple.  You must provide us with your name, address and phone in addition to your email address when receiving the newsletters to be considered as a finalist.  Some of you have entered only your email address to receive the newsletter, but we need a way to mail or phone you to let you know you won.  So if you have not already purchased from us or filled in your account information with your name, address and phone please do so.  The Art Needlepoint Company NEVER shares or sells this information with anyone. (stores are not eligible to participate)



Clue One: Go to the Whitney Museum online.
Find the Mapplethorpe of two men from1984.
Write down the title of the Mapplethorpe.


Clue Two: Go to the Matrix
After visiting this site and any other sites
or books you care to read about baboons,
write down why baboons make faces and what their faces mean.


Clue Three:
Go  to Creative Roots which is a young website (yes even websites can get old)
which showcases various types of art from countries from all over the world. 
Find three examples of art made into household objects and write down what you selected by name and what they have in common.

Clue Four:
it's a word that is in every one of our newsletters and on our website.
It is something we all have in common.




Clue Six:  Epicurean and William Morris


1.Create a sentence from the clues above

2. Post here on the blog or email us your sentence. All responses that are exactly like or are a near to exact match to the sentence we constructed wins your choice of $400 of canvases.

3. Respond by June 24th, 2012 to be eligible.


Winners will be notified by email and phone so be sure to register with all needed information, as stated above, to be eligible to win.


Happy Hunting!

Happy Stitching!


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