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Classy needlepoint!

Everything I said about rug hooking last week also applies to needlepoint.
Folks who claim to have no artistic talent can still design their own needlepointed masterpieces.

…but sometimes we could all benefit from a little help too….

kate austin

If you come to our Introduction to Needlepoint Class  and don’t have a design idea in mind you can borrow some inspiration.  Above are some wonderful designs by Kate Austin who has generously donated them to use as templates in this class.

stormlotustumbling blocksbirds
Here are some of Kate’s fantastic colour choices but you can develop your own with the help of some Koigu mini skeins ↓

koigu 3

Here you can see that Maurie is well into her needlepoint project
Even with a template you can still get creative with your design by mixing up the composition.  Come join us for needlepoint fun!

Introduction to Needlepoint
Monday June 17, 6:30-9pm
$30, materials not included
Call to register 416 533 5648

Craftily yours
ps. Thanks to everyone who came to hang in the park and knit al fresco for International Knit in Public Day. Thanks to the weather gods too for not sending rain.

Here’s the point

Anyone getting excited to needlepoint? I am !

I plan to sit in on this months Needlepoint Class and get started on a new creation.  We are very lucky that Ms Kate Austin has given us permission to use some of her fantastic designs.  We will reworked them into needlepoints.
Maurie Todd will teach us how this can be done.  Or if you have your own ideas of what you would like to stitch – so much the better. Bring them along.

Maurie has been doing  preparatory experiments with our Koigu mini skeins.

She has made this finely stitched coaster.

Excited yet?  I still am.

In this one evening workshop you will learn how:

  • to put needle to canvas, exploring a small sampling of stitches to create texture
  • to prepare a needlepoint canvas and to transpose a design for stitching
  • to calculating the amount of yarn you will need for a project
  • to put the finishing touches on your finished projects.

Maurie always brings to her classes a rich amount of resource materials. Be prepared to get distracted by lovely books that will give you a sense of the history and the diversity of this craft.

Introduction to Needlepoint Workshop
Monday August 20, 6:30-9pm
$30, materials not included
Call to register 416 533 5648

Craftily yours

Get to the point

My mind keeps turning toward needlepoint.
This handicraft is not just popping up in Wes Anderson films, it seems to be all around us.  Here are some things I’ve noticed.

Jonathan Adler, that dapper designer from NYC is producing needlepoint pillows.

Defying needlepoint convention is Ms Laura Hughes .

These lady-like clutches can be purchased in kit form from Felicity Hall.

Midcentury revival is within all of our grasps with these reproductions of paintings and prints by Charlie Harper.  Buy your own canvas to stitch on at needlepointforfun.com.

Everything but the kitchen sink? and here is the kitchen sink too.  This needlepoint pillow was found in amongst other inventive stitchery from KasiaUrbanRybska on Etsy.

Learn how:

Needlepoint Workshop
Monday August 20, 6:30-9pm
$30 plus materials
Call to register 416 533 5648

Craftily yours


I went to see “Moonrise Kingdom” by Wes Anderson last night and this ↑ is the very first thing I saw.  I couldn’t help but see it as it took up whole screen.
A needlepoint – well I’ll be!

I’ve had needlepoint on the brain lately.
So, as we approach ever closer to our Needlepoint Class in August I will be sharing with you my growing collection of wild ambitions, fantastic finds and even a few attainable aspirations – all needlepoint related.

It seems like this craft is making a comeback, and this charming film will no doubt grow the list of admirers.  This needlepoint and others were made by Voila Needlepoint. They were commissioned to make the wall-warmers for the fictional, cottage home of the Bishop family who live on the fictional Island of New Penzance.  You can see the rest of them here including the the stitched portrait of Fort Lebanon.

Of course if you haven’t seen the movie yet, then that should be your first port of call.

Iwona sliced her finger.  8 stitches! Send her your sympathies. She is working with a handicap, and knits almost as slow as the rest of us.

Craftily yours