Here's to a very happy and healthy New Year!
Some begin painting, sculpting, collage making, etc. at a young age, others not until their seventh decade.
We'd Love to hear from you!
We're having a Drawing!
Send us an email and share your most satisfying needlepoint project.
There will be three winners - three prizes.
Win silk threads, a lovely needlepoint scissor, or a free canvas.
Here's a response from last March when we did the same drawing in March:
In response to your newsletter, I wanted to respond to the question of my "most satisfying needlepoint project". This is easy, as I was just thinking about it last night! I recently discovered your website and the wonderful variety of canvases you offer. I have been doing needlepoint for about 6 years, and I prefer painted canvas. Prior to finding your site, I always worked on hand-painted (stitch painted) canvases. I was a bit leary of trying a screen printed canvas but after purchasing some, I really like the quality feel of the canvases. I am now working on my 1st canvas that I purchased from you, "Angel" by Edward Burne-Jones. This is probably the most difficult canvas I have ever done. The shading and the detail were much different than what I was used to with a stitch painted canvas. After some ado in getting started, I am now well into it and I am having more fun with it than with any project I have ever done before! So, last night, I was thinking about why that was and I realized it is because it is not stitch painted! As I stitch the canvas, I have to step back and take a look at the overall design and make decisions about where to begin a stitch, or where to emphasize the shading for instance. This makes the entire project more challenging, but also involves me more in the creation of the project. I feel more connected to the piece as art, rather than just filling in the blanks. It feels more personal and there is more freedom in the creation process. This is more than what I did before with choosing threads or stitches for each area. I do not consider myself very creative, I usually feel resistance and a "block" when I try and venture out of my comfort zone. But in stitching your art in needlepoint canvases, and pushing myself just a bit, I feel a whole new level of enjoyment in the stitching process. Now, I don't want to stitch hand painted canvases any more