What’s Happening at NJNA 3/26/22


WOW – what a meeting we had. Cathryn did a presentation on “Idea’s For Finishing Needlepoint” – she had so many slides with so many suggestion’s we couldn’t finish !!!! People were commenting that they were going to send in more ideas so her 180 slides will most likely grow !! Who knew there were so many avenues ?!?! She will finish the rest of the presentation next meeting. Next month we will also be kicking off the chapter bargello project. Can’t wait to see what everyone will be stitching along with all those ice cream cones.

The Woodlawn Annual Needlework Show will be over on March 31st. NJNA entered 25 of the 300 pieces on exhibit and took quite a few prizes – 13 in all. Everyone needs to be congratulated for such a strong showing. What will NJNA come up with next year ???

The latest edition of the Needle Pointers magazine by ANG is due any second in your mail box. You can look at it online however and it has some wonderful articles. Don’t forget about the new dues schedule based on your anniversary month. At the end of this year our dues will all be due to be paid at the same time.

While on the subject of magazines – the new Needlepoint Now has an article called Framed Sevens by our own Melita Glavin. An amazing piece to stitch – read how she came up with the pattern.

NEW/OLD – A new shop is opening in Manhattan that is called West Village Knit & Needle. Home | West Village Knit & Needle (wvknitandneedle.com) The House of Needlepoint in Darien CT is up for sale. It has been there more than 18 years. We also just heard that Luv 2 Stitch in CA is closing. Dale Lenci has decided to retire. He too has been in business for 18 years. We wish them all well.

The needlepoint world has come to help recognize the dire straits the Ukrainian people are living under in the best way they know how – stitching Sunflowers ! The blog post from Chilly Hollow on 3/24 has a list the length of your arm of various designers that have created canvases with all sorts of things to show support, from flags to sunflowers and more. Check out the list WELCOME to the CHILLY HOLLOW NEEDLEPOINT ADVENTURE (chillyhollownp.blogspot.com) Jane – glad you got as big a giggle as we did with that list !!

It’s that time of year again !! Time to see what we will be buying next !!! The show had many participants. From canvases to bags to needle minders to Ka-Tzu Kazoo beads & fobs. Melissa Shirley was not a participant this time but does have some new offerings. SO – let’s see some new canvases !!

Let’s start backwards and look at some new things from Zecca:

Stitch Style had some great small items !!

Another favorite is Pippin with those seagulls that make you smile.

Melissa Shirley as usual has timeless canvases:

Jean Smith is not just flowers and Kate Dickerson has some whimsical items:

Eyecandy has the cutest flower carts !

Many of these canvases were seen on Stitch By Stitch of NY ‘s blog Ny Needlepoint | Stitch By Stitch Larchmont, NY | United States (stitchbystitchneedlepoint.com) They are now carrying some new designers and have also started to carry canvases by Tilli Tomas who is the owner of Planet Earth Fibers and leather goods. As always – Alice Peterson doesn’t disappoint !

Tips & Tricks

The Famous Stitchers from Last Time were: Martha Stewart and Sylvia Sydney

Who was this Famous Stitcher????

Fuzzy picture but she was a very famous African American Actress/Singer

What’s Happening at NJNA 3/12/22


So this time, I AM GOING TO BRAG about the talented stitcher’s in NJNA. They showed their creativity and versatility at the Woodlawn Pope-Leighey House 59th Annual Needlework Show. There were many ribbons won on the entries from our guild, which will be revealed when the show goes virtual in April. However, posted on their web site is a button for “Special Award Winners” and the first one you will see is our own Barbara Levy. She won the Eleanor Curtis Lewis Award for Best In Show for her Eleanor of Aquitaine. Congratulations Barbara !!!!! We also have to give a big thanks to Linda M. for all her coordinating and delivering everything to the show for us.

Eleanor of Aquitaine

A quick welcome to our new member Karen. Glad you decided to join in the fun !!!

Our next meeting is this week and is one we have been waiting for ! Come to the meeting ready to be dazzled as Cathryn is doing a presentation on “Ideas For Finishing Needlepoint”. We all fall into the same rut as to how to finish what we have labored so hard over. Cathryn will have a wide variety of interesting and unique ideas to get you out of that rut. I’ll bet none of her ideas were on that list from the last blog.

Uh Oh – next weekend starts the new market – more to buy and lots of things we never dreamed we needed ! It goes from March 19 thru 20 and we should be seeing dazzling new things shortly.

Next week is also St. Patrick’s Day when everyone is Irish.


Back at one of our favourite locations ☘️ Part 2. Of our #Stpatricksday series 🔥 #creative #fyp

♬ Pict – Talisk

Diversions Needlepoint is having a Limerick Contest. Your entry must be in by 3/31/22 and if chosen you will receive a $25 gift certificate.

The Needlepointer has launched their updated web site. Needlepoint Supply & Accessories Store – The Needlepointer It is still a work in progress but easier to navigate. They also just announced a new monthly club – Funky Pumpkins by EyeCandy. It runs for 7 months of fun and it starts in Sept but there are a limited number of spots. And thank you to EyeCandy for the kind words in your blog about NJNA !!

Funky Pumpkins by EyeCandy

Are you a Lowrey Groupie?? It took me a while and some major enabling but I have to admit, it’s a great stand to work on, especially with the corner clamp. I was looking at the web site because mine squeaks so badly that my husband wants to throw it out the door. Turns out Lowrey has a “Care Kit” to solve that problem. It comes in a drawstring bag with their logo on it to keep everything together. In the bag is a container of their “wax polish” and a brush to apply it with along with an instruction card. You can watch the video below on how to do it.

In poking around Lowrey’s web site I found several other items that are either new or I had just never seen them before. They have a set of parts to take the base and turn it into a table stand. They also have a table clamp and an actual furniture cabinet that the stand is a part of, not to mention the storage. When you have a moment browse their web site, their story alone is interesting. Lowery Care Kit (workstands.com)

I came upon a very interesting tray to hold your stitching items. It’s by the Floss Queen who is also the owner of the store Needle In A Haystack. It looks sturdy and has slots for most everything you would need while stitching along with magnets to hold your needle or other items. https://needlestack.americommerce.com/the-floss-queen.aspx

The Floss Queen

Finishing is one of those magical things. We bring our work to the LNS and it disappears, sometimes for an eternity and then most times you get an amazingly finished piece back. BUT, I’ll bet you have some questions to help the finisher make your piece what you expect to get back. Needlepoint.com has a list of the 5 top Finishing Questions they get and the answers. “Should I add extra rows?” Which kind of ornament do you want? etc. https://needlepoint.com/blogs/needlepoint-know-how/top-5-finishing-questions

If you watch or listen to the news each day it’s a good thing stitching keeps us sane. The horror that is unfolding in Ukraine is difficult to watch so DMC is running a fund raiser for the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Ukraine Appeal (IFRC). They are offering free patterns that feature the symbols and colors of Ukraine. They will donate $1 for each skein and or hoop that is purchased with a pattern. https://www.dmc.com/us/l-broder-pour–l-ukraine-21.html?utm_source=Commonthread+Masterlist&utm_campaign=03ec3308d8-manual_weekly_ukraine_support_US_22_03_11&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3a652561da-03ec3308d8-82805541&ct=t(manual_weekly_ukraine_support_US_22_03_11)&mc_cid=03ec3308d8&mc_eid=89bfbfe018

DMC Free Patterns Fund Raiser for Ukraine

The 2 Handed Stitcher has also offered a pattern free for anyone to copy for a Ukrainian Egg Ornament. She used 18 ct eggshell canvas and #5 Pearl Cotton to create beautiful ornaments that are 2″ wide and 2.75″ tall. She is finishing hers as ornaments to hang in her home and remind herself of all the brave men and women that are fighting for their country.

2 Handed Stitcher Ukrainian Egg ornaments

TIPS & TRICKS: Do you love how it looks to stitch a project on black canvas?? YES! But do you want to do it???? No Way !! Until now ! Give it another try by putting a neon color place mat underneath the canvas on your lap or table. Magic !! The holes are so much easier to see. Check out Amazon for My Drap placemats. They come on a roll that you rip one off to use it. They are washable and reusable cloth. Make sure you look for either pistachio or fuchsia colors for the best effect.

My Drap washable and reusable cloth place mats 17.7″ x 12.6″ 12 to a roll

The famous stitcher’s from last time were: Doris Day. When Doris Day’s estate went to auction one of the items for sale were several pieces of Laurel Burch Jewelry.

Doris Day jewelry

Dr. Irwin Wiliger. The doctor was a staff surgeon at Chicago’s Weiss Memorial Hospital. He was in his 50’s when he saw a woman doing needlepoint at a wake for a friend and he asked her about how it was done. He took a class and eventually joined ANG. He went on to create hundreds of canvases many of which were award winners. Several have been chosen as permanent displays at notable venues like Blair House and the United Way of America’s training center. He said that doing needlepoint relaxes him and would stitch between surgeries. He lived to be 101, read more about him, he was a fascinating man. Dr. Irwin Williger, a surgeon fascinated with needlepoint, dies at 101 – Chicago Tribune

Do You Know These 2 Famous Stitchers:

looks like some bargello being done

Daylight Savings time is Sunday – an extra hour to stitch !!!

What’s Happening at NJNA 2/26/22


If this past meeting wasn’t reason enough to join NJNA I don’t know what is ! Four of our members spoke about participating in the Tale of 2 Stitchers column in Needle Pointers magazine. Not only was it beyond interesting, another chapter has asked them to do it again for their chapter – it doesn’t get much better than that. Just fascinating how each one approached doing their canvas. The detail they presented was wonderful along with the stress and how they made their choices, etc. Everyone enjoyed the program immensely.

If you look at the new issue of Needlepointers they have 4 lovely hearts on the cover. Not that NJNA is bragging or anything but our member Melita, who participated in Tale of 2 Stitchers, did the diagrams of 2 of the hearts for the magazine. In case you don’t know she also has a blog you can follow: Melitastitches4fun’s Blog | A place to share my needlepoint and connect with other stitchers. Melita is also not the only member with a needlepoint blog !! Brenda’s blog is always interesting to follow along with her stitching progress. Brenda’s Needlepoint Studio (brendasneedlepointstudio.blogspot.com)

Jan/Feb 2022 Issue

The ANG Auction is coming to a close this weekend. Put in your bids before it’s too late !! https://ang.afrogs.org/#/index

A friend sent me something that will make you giggle for days. She was cleaning and found a book from 1973 called “The Crewel Needlepoint World”. The book has a list of potential needlepoint projects:

REALLY – A Toilet Seat Cover ?!?!?!?

I can’t imagine what they were thinking when they made this list ! On the other hand – next month Cathryn will be doing a program, “Ideas for Finishing Needlepoint”. I am sure we will all be treated to more interesting ideas on how to use our favorite craft than what is on this list !!

The following month starts the chapter project – a Bargello of your choice. Many of us are doing an Ice Cream Cone that was in a 2003 edition of Needle Pointers magazine. This will mean that we have to transfer the pattern given in the magazine on to the canvas. Probably the easiest way to accomplish this is with a light box. This will be my first time using one (Thank You Amazon) and as I think about it there are other times when this item will come in handy. I am thinking of using it to put my initial on canvas for a needlepoint key chain. It’s an easy way to create your own canvases. It is also good under your canvas when your stitching with black thread (I dread that thought!) Can’t wait to try it.

Stores are changing left and right. There is a new shop in Winston-Salem called Time to Stitch. Wellesley Needlepoint in MA was sold to Stitch Boutiques. Cabbage Row was bought by Needlepoint.Com. Wool and Grace in Summit NJ is celebrating 9 years in business but the interesting one to watch is The Needle Pointer! They are about to change their web site and it’s scheduled to go live on 3/1. They also do a “shop walk” video and their new one shows their newest club called Lanterns up close. To see it stitched is quite different from just looking at the canvas, worth a look. https://vimeo.com/681395882?goal=0_3621358244-9f2e6f5dfd-69343533&mc_cid=9f2e6f5dfd&mc_eid=2e6039e84f

So many new things are also coming as there is a new market taking place in April. Sneak peaks are showing up – like we don’t have enough to stitch !!!

Jen Laine canvas contact Stitch By Stitch in NY

New kits and clubs – KC Needlepoint has an adorable Halloween witches hat – https://www.kcneedlepoint.com/collections/kits-under-200

KC Needlepoint

Ridgewood Needlepoint has a Fall Hearts Club with canvases by Melissa Shirley.

Melissa Shirley club thru Ridgewood Needlepoint

Eye Candy has a free chart you can download – so pretty when finished. http://www.eyecandyneedleart.com/downloads/Sparkle%20Tree.pdf

Eye Candy

The Needlepoint Club House in MO is doing a beautiful class with Laura Taylor – Hydrangea Path – her hair alone makes me want to sign up !! https://www.needlepointclubhouse.com/products/laura-taylor-hydrangea-girl-class?utm_campaign=emailmarketing_117515583621&utm_medium=email&utm_source=shopify_email

Needlepoint Club House class

Snow bird’s are in the right place for some of the new Needle Minders at Absolutely Needlepoint !! absolutelyneedlepoint.com

Can’t decide between the Sea Horse or the group of Flamingo’s !!

BAD NEWS – Silk & Ivory White is MIA !! GOOD NEWS – Kreinik is working on using only one size spool with better labeling. This should help get the backlog of fiber from them back on the shelves in your LNS.

Tips N Tricks: Do you know how much thread you need for a project?? Of course it depends on your tension but if you basketweave, it will be between a yard and a half to 2 yards per inch on 13 count and approximately a yard and a quarter per inch on 18 count. Now do the math!

The Famous Stitchers from last time were: Mary Martin (Larry Hagman’s mom AKA J R Ewing) and Taylor Swift.

Do you know these 2 Famous Stitchers?

Come join the fun, become a member of NJNA and be a part of our fun needlepoint adventure. https://rosielunde.files.wordpress.com/2020/11/2020-njna-enrollment-v.-3.pdf

What’s Happening at NJNA 2/12/22


This coming week is going to be so interesting. We have 3 of our members that are going to discuss being a part of “A Tale of 2 Stitcher’s”. They each have been included in that monthly column in the ANG Needlepointer’s magazine. I am sure they have stories to tell about the decision to make the commitment and the process to come up with the stitches and threads used to complete the project.

I was stitching and listening to the TV. I had the HGTV series “Home Town” on since I have so little experience with construction – lol! The couple were redoing a home that a previous owner, for what ever reason, decided to make a large needlepoint and use it as a back splash behind her stove. I am still shaking my head at that one. Erin being the kind person she is, carefully took the piece, had it cleaned and had it made into a pillow for the woman that grew up in the house. I would never suggest using your needlepoint for a back splash BUT next month Cathryn C will be talking about numerous ways to use your projects besides pillows and framing.

Home Town S6 E3

The holiday representing all things related to love is this Monday. The ladies in the San Diego chapter call it “Galentine’s Day” – how ever you celebrate there are all sorts of sales and freebies for the occasion. A name new to me is Tanja Berlin and she has free patterns in blackwork on her web site – very pretty!! https://berlinembroidery.com/product/blackwork-hearts-free-instructions/

Berlin Embroidery blackwork hearts patterns

The Flying Needles shop in FL for the month of Feb will include with your purchase of $100 or more a free heart magnet. theflyingneedles.com

The Point Of It All has Eye Candy as the Trunk Show with all those bright colors The Point of It All (thepointofitallonline.com)

February is also National Embroidery Month – read about the history of the holiday along with other interesting facts on the web site. NATIONAL EMBROIDERY MONTH -February 2022 – National Today You can also go to the DMC web site where they are celebrating with free patterns and 15% off on Floche. https://www.dmc.com/us/floche-9010585.html

I just discovered that the store Gone Stitching has their own line of thread – Twinkle Gems. Twinkling Gems Thread Kit – Gone Stitching DebBee’s Designs has created a counted canvas just to showcase this thread.

DebBee’s Designs Twinkle Gems counted canvas

Another interesting thread is the Legacy Collection by Threadworx. It’s a hand overdyed hairy thread. Great for hair, animals etc. Welcome to ThreadworX –

New from System 4 – the Travel Mate Carry Bag (thank you Jane!) Not only does it look well made to stand up to abuse but it has a separate pouch for the clamp. Needlework System4 Stands and Holders

Before you know it Needlefest will be here, ANG’s seminar will be in Tuscon and EGA’s seminar will be in Manhattan – among other events. Not that we are getting old but congress cloth can be a challenge at any age. Check out this magnifier with LED lights in 2 strengths and 5 interchangeable lenses. Light weight, no batteries and we can all look like something out of a Spielberg movie !! 5 Lens Loupe Eyewear Magnifier With Led Lights Lamp Interchangeable Lens – Walmart.com

On an historical note I am sure we would all have had FOMO for the Louise’s All In One Sewing Stand. The attached article just goes to show how inventive women have been all along even if they had many extra hurdles to deal with. https://pieceworkmagazine.com/the-history-of-the-louise-all-in-one-sewing-aid/?utm_source=drip&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+History+of+the+Louise+All-In-One+Sewing+Aid&utm_content=PW+10.06.21+Newsletter

Louise’s All In One Sewing Aid – she even figured a way to put her name on it !! Good Marketing !!

Tips and Tricks Have you ever had a thread come lose on the back of your project or used your thread down to the inch and needed to secure it ??? Try using Floss Threaders – thanks to Michelle Parlier on Needlepoint Nation and Cathryn C for sending me this tip.

The Famous Stitchers from last time were – Ann B. Davis & Julie Nixon Eisenhower

Do you know these 2 stitchers?

What’s Happening at NJNA 1/29/22


This past meeting we had an incredible talk given by Susan Hoekstra on color theory. Who knew there was so much to know. Clearly she loves the subject and had so many interesting avenues to explore dealing with color combinations and usages – just fascinating.

Our next meeting will be a panel discussion with four NJNA members that have participated in the “Tale of Two Stitchers” column in ANG’s Needlepointers magazine. The stitched items and the differences between them are so varied that it will be a great conversation.

We have also had several new members join us and the newest being Janet K. Glad you have joined us for all the up coming fun. Speaking of fun, don’t forget to let Cathryn C. know your pick of a bargello project – it will be starting before you know it. NJNA will provide canvas for the project so she will need to know in advance what you have chosen to stitch on and color !! Have you seen the Ice Cream cone that Sue C. decided on? I think she started a revolution with that choice !! Quite a few have followed her lead.

Designed by Debbie Stichler

Of course, if you don’t want to commit to a project of that size then check out Eye Candy Needle Art. Ada has released her Bejeweled Bargello Series Two. 12 charted designs that come in sets of 2 with all the embellishments included. So colorful like her other designs.

Eye Candy Needle Arts Designs

After the last blog, I AM SURE you have all been organizing your stash. Well, I came upon something to help with that, I have attached a home inventory chart for your Kreinik Metalic thread – a quick glance and you can see if you have that spool – somewhere !! Microsoft Word – KreinikHome_MetallicInventoryForm.docx

Rumor Has It (Just love Adele) – that Rainbow Gallery is going to raise the price of their threads !! Check with your LNS if you decide to stock up.

Many have asked if they should be waiting until the end of the year to throw out their orts or use them as a gift for being the first to have the correct answer (LOL). I asked the person I thought would have the answer and yes – thank you Jane – she gave me an article related to this subject. The actual date for this ritual is Feb 8 and it’s an old Japanese ritual called hari-kuyo which translates to the Festival of the Broken Needle. It’s to honor your stitching tools and pray for the future of the art of sewing. On this day you do not stitch. I am not too sure I would follow the disposal method they describe but I liked the idea of it. https://www.schmetz-magazine.com/en/discover/needle-mass.html

New Year – New Color of the Year from Pantone ! Yes – so many purple lovers will be thrilled to see that it is…


The next big holiday on the calendar after Ground Hog Day, Super Bowl Sunday and Pizza Day is – VALENTINE’s DAY !! Stitch By Stitch in NY is having a trunk show of Associated Talents Heart canvases and they also have candy heart boxes to stitch by Lauren Bloch along with other Heart ideas for the holiday. Ny Needlepoint | Stitch By Stitch Larchmont, NY | United States (stitchbystitchneedlepoint.com)

And let’s not forget to pick up a few needle minders for your canvas !!

There are 2 newer clubs regarding holidays that are about to start – KC Needlepoint has a Shamrock Club – their first time offering a club. https://www.kcneedlepoint.com/products/shamrock-club?_pos=1&_sid=e539fe9b7&_ss=r

KC Needlepoint

The Needlepointer has a beautiful Lantern Club that goes over 6 months. Each month you get the guide for another section of the canvas – so pretty and colorful. https://www.theneedlepointer.com/product/club-lanterns/?goal=0_3621358244-e3d0ab92d4-69343533&mc_cid=e3d0ab92d4&mc_eid=2e6039e84f

The Needlepointer

Right along with this Asian theme are the beautiful Dragon Fly boxes by Mindy. Mindy has all kinds of canvases to choose from to insert into these boxes. http://www.mindysneedlepoint.com/shop/Mindys-Needlepoint-Designs/Lacquer-Dragonfly-Boxes.htm

Dragon Fly boxes by Mindy

We are not use to getting a “bargain” but if you contact The Stitching Fox in SC they are offering a custom stitch guide for any canvas at the bargain basement price of $25 !! https://www.stitchingfox.com/collections/canvas

Stitching Fox Needlepoint in SC

This just in – thanks Jill – ANG’s 2022 seminar registration will not happen on time. More information will be coming. https://www.needlepoint.org/page/2022Seminar

The Da Vinci Art Alliance in south Philadelphia has a showing of amazing needlepoint tapestries by Rebecca Conviser. After being diagnosed with breast cancer she used needlepoint as her therapy to recover her hand and arm strength. https://davinciartalliance.org/rebecca-conviser


Do you remember “Pink Hair Set Tape” ?!?!? Women used it to hold their hair in place. Needlepointers found it so helpful to hold stray threads on the back of their canvas out of the way. It was also helpful to grab the small fuzzies left over from when you finish ripping out threads. Well – Fret No More – 3M’s Nexcare has come out with a modern version – it was pink in the 60’s / 70’s and now it is white in the 20’s !!!

The famous stitchers from the last blog were Mary Astor and Joan Blondell.

Can you guess who these 2 are???


What’s Happening at NJNA 1/15/22


This coming week we are going to be lucky enough to have a talk with Susan Hoekstra on color theory. She is an ANG Certified Senior Master Teacher and a member of the National Embroidery Teachers Association. If that is not enough she can even speak to you in German and Dutch !! She has had her own business for more than 24 years and it will be a pleasure to have her speak to our guild. You can join in the fun by joining NJNA so as not to miss out on events like this.

Coming in Feb we will be hearing from some of our members discussing their participation in “A Tale of Two Stitchers” in the ANG magazine “Needle Pointers”. I am sure they have plenty of insights to share with us about their experiences.

A reminder that this coming Friday, the 21st, Linda M will be at the Edwardian Needle to collect Woodlawn submissions.

The Jan/Feb issue of Needle Pointers is online and will soon be in your mailbox !! Having seen the cover I can’t wait to see what is inside !

I don’t know about you but it’s that time of year – time to organize your “stuff” !! Many clean out closets and cabinets etc. because after all, not only do we need to make room for “new stuff” but we are stuck inside by snow and cold weather so what better time ?!?!?

Does your stitching room/area look like you live in the Container Store ?? Or does it look a bit more like this:

After talking with numerous friends over the past week or so – here are some ideas to get a handle on your needlepoint “stuff”.

One of our favorite threads is Kreinik – anything !! Those little spools can be difficult to store but a nifty container has been found and you want to act fast ! They are having a sale at Michael’s Craft Stores on storage items and they have a wonderful lucite box with 3 drawers that holds those little spools quite nicely. They also have a wider version should that suit your needs better.

Yes I bought a few – No I didn’t keep them all !!

You will also notice those colorful rubbery rounds in the middle of the table – they are great for keeping spools from unwinding. They are called “Peels” by Smartneedle. They work really well on the larger spools. Peels Spool Huggers – Smart Needle

While shopping I found a 3 tiered metal cart. It is a perfect height for when your sitting in a chair to contain the many items you use while stitching. Even better it has wheels so you can easily move it out of the way. They also make several organizers that fit in or on this cart like the lucite one in the top tier which is slanted like stadium seating so you can see everything better. These items were also in Michael’s Craft Stores in many colors.

You may have noticed in the top tier is a silicone tray to hold your tools. They come in 2 different sizes and several colors. Of course they are on Amazon but a savy shopper I spoke to found them in the Beauty Aisle of Walmart – intended as a Makeup Brush Holder !!

I know how much everyone loves to bead ! Do you have lots of colors of beading thread?? Try using a box made for sewing machine bobbins – they fit perfectly !

I love yogurt and this one brand in particular comes in a small glass jar. At times they even paint them with different flowers. They are so handy for many things – orts, tools, etc. If you go on their web site you will find that you can purchase lids for them !! You may also recognize the little plastic pieces in and next to the jar – they are the items the dry cleaner holds down the collar of a man’s shirt with. Those freebies are great to keep the River Silks ribbons from unwinding off the paddle !! Plastic Lids – Custom Made to Fit Oui Glass Pots – Oui by Yoplait

I also have a “Frog” which is an old fashioned item that was put in the bottom of a vase to arrange flower stems. They may be considered antiques now a days but they make great tool holders !!

FOMO Alert !! Thread Cutterz – What a nifty gadget – thank you Cathryn! They actually have several versions of this. It was originally made for cutting fishing line when his wife had an idea, check out their story on the web site. Our Story – Thread Cutterz

Our Tip this time is about extending the life of your stretcher bars and it comes from our own Melita G (Thank You)! She found this on the Nashville Needleworks Blog. She tried it and it works great though not on Evertite Bars (they may rust).

Who would have thought !!

The famous stitchers from the last blog were Henery Fonda and the beloved Betty White. Can you guess who these 2 are???

What’s Happening at NJNA 1/1/2022


Wow – we made it !!! For all the upheaval in 2021 there were many wonderful things that happened. We had fantastic meetings on zoom with many interesting guest speakers (thank you Cathryn). The Festival of Trees was a big success and we look forward to doing it again. Our showing at Woodlawn was again a great turnout. There were not only many other great things that happened but going forward there is going to be another year of things to look forward to. This month we will be treated to a talk by Susan Hoekstra all about color – not to be missed. Of course you have to start the year right and join NJNA to be a part of another year of projects, exhibits, talks etc. Come join the fun !

Our own Brenda C. did her year in review on her blog – she has been busy. Check out all her finishes for the year along with items from other years that she had finished in 2021. Brenda’s Needlepoint Studio: 2021 (brendasneedlepointstudio.blogspot.com)

Woodlawn’s 59th Annual Needlework Show is much earlier this year. The theme is “Common Threads” and will be open during the month of March. If you plan on submitting then you need to sign up ASAP. 2022 Annual Needlework Show Information 2022 — Woodlawn & Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House (woodlawnpopeleighey.org)

If you didn’t see the news item on CBS about the Needlepoint Exhibit in the PS Bus Terminal then check it out on this attached link. This just shows how popular our craft is becoming. It’s called “Sew Much To Say” and the artist is Kevin Lustik. He has a very different interpretation on this art form and what he is trying to express. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAcSObQ-ex0

A wonderful way to start the new year is to make a contribution to Habitat for Humanity thru The Needlepoint Clubhouse in St. Louis MO. They have created canvases of Foo Dogs’s and the sales will benefit this charity. You need to call their store to order (314) 432-2555

If you are an Amy Bunger fan then you will want to look into her 2022 Home Study projects that are being offered thru Needle Works in Austin TX. Check out the web site, they have several beautiful clubs you can join in on and that will be where Amy Bunger’s classes can be found when they are ready with the details. https://theneedleworks.com/clubs/

Have you ever tried stitching a “Random Splash Pattern”? Very interesting look when it’s finished not to mention it can be a “stash buster”. Carol Curtis Needlepoint Designs gives you step by step instructions on how to go about doing it. She shows how it’s done using her canvases – so pretty. https://carolcurtisneedlepointdesign.com/

Carol Curtis splash pattern in progress

Looking for something quick to stitch then check out Canvas and Thread. They have adorable key fobs to stitch along with other beautiful canvases of the national parks. These key fobs are different and should take no time to do. Look under their “Just For Fun” category. https://www.canvasandthread.com/shop

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions? I have a way to deal with that diet resolution – no calorie deserts !! Check out The Needlepointer for ice cream and cheesecake by Petite Sweets. Sinful !!! Petite Sweets Archives – The Needlepointer

ROAD TRIP !!!! Are you ready to bust out and go on a trip ?? I heard all those yeses !!!! Then try going to Two’s Company Needlepoint in South Carolina. They have a lovely looking shop in a house that they moved to from NEXT DOOR ! They still own the first location and they rent it out ! https://www.twoscompanyneedlepoint.com/?utm_campaign=2ea2cb0b-85f2-4902-9276-81d44cd40ca1&utm_source=so&utm_medium=mail&cid=c2308e18-5215-4556-86ec-fe269d388407

The Tip I have for this time comes from Rittenhouse Needlepoint. It is that time of year that the holidays are over and it’s time to put all of our ornaments, stockings and special holiday pieces away until next year.

Excellent Suggestions From Rittenhouse Needlepoint

Famous Stitchers from last time were – Joan Crawford and Rosie Grier

Do you know who these 2 stitchers are?????

RIP to one of the most beloved actresses.

A new year means time to throw out your orts and start again !!

Judy Tasch needleminder

What’s Happening at NJNA 12/18/21


This week we had our first hybrid meeting !! There may have been a few glitches and a learning curve but over all it worked. Now you can come join our group in the way that suits you best – you have to be in it to enjoy it so we would love to have some new members. This meeting was also our end of year party. Though a bit different from other years we still had the “Yankee Swap” – too much fun was had by the people that participated. All the gifts were definitely unique and well thought out – no one went home disappointed.

As part of the meeting we also got a quick glimpse into the line up of activities for next year – you will want to join us !!! The first meeting in January will be via zoom and Susan Hoekstra will be speaking on color theory. She is always an interesting person to have as a guest and a wonderful national teacher. A can’t miss evening.

Cathryn C. is also looking for information from those planning to join us for the Bargello project. She needs to know the dimensions of canvas you need if NJNA is providing that for you. She is also keeping track of who is doing what Bargello project so drop her a quick email. This is going to be so interesting to watch the progress of so many different patterns.

January will also be the start for all those that signed up for “A Dusting of Snow” by Gail Stafford. Materials will be arriving shortly after Christmas.

We are a busy group !!

So the anticipation is mounting as it is now a week from Santa’s arrival. Will you get what you were hoping for??? The best gift of all! – a gift certificate to your favorite LNS !!!! Who knows best what you really need or want – but you. Here are a few items to think about:

Kreinik makes something called “Iron On Thread”. You use a craft iron or your regular iron with a cloth in between and the thread will adhere to the material. http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Iron-On-Thread-c-501/

Kreinik also makes something called a “Komas”, it’s like having a third hand. It holds your thread while your trying to couch it down. Being square they stay in place as you work. https://www.kreinik.com/shops/Japanese-Komas.html

Are you one of those unfortunate people that find themselves ripping out stitches often??? It’s a job ! Here is something to help make it easier – Dental Tools !! For under $10 you can get a 6 pack kit of dental tools from Amazon. They have to be helpful when the stitch is tightly on that canvas. Even my dentist agreed with me !!

From Stitch By Stitch – an excellent idea – an acrylic napkin holder. An easy stitch on a 5 inch canvas and you have a wonderful hostess gift or for your own table. https://www.stitchbystitchneedlepoint.com/so/daNrxaZcZ?languageTag=en&cid=68c6d8c4-6311-4db7-a6af-6c56ebef78b3#/main

If you have and love the System 4 – anything – then check out the “Pointing It Out” Podcast with Melissa of The Wool and the Floss as she talks with Jennifer from System 4. I not only learned several things but she goes into new items they are working on. Thank you Jane of Chilly Hollow !! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEn2uLbrnKg

The Flying Needles shop is having a Monthly Club you can sign up for – Dianne’s Seaside Series which is put out by The Plum Stitchery. So cute !! theflyingneedles.com

How pretty are they???

Check out Needlepoint.com for new Pepperberry kits. They just make you smile! https://needlepoint.com/collections/needlepoint-kits

Seaside Needlepoint is having their Annual Pillow Talk Contest – send in a saying to put on a pillow and the winner gets a painted canvas with the saying and $100 – what would you say on a pillow???? Seaside Needlepoint

Kathy Rees Fans – There will be no mystery design for 2022 ! For many reasons she is taking a break and hopes to do another mystery class in 2023 -BUT- she is having a sale on all 10 past mystery projects with 15% off any of them thru 1/1/2022. Use coupon code “mystery” when you check out on her web site. https://needledelights.com/product-category/former-mysteries/

This week’s tip comes from Kreinik:

Famous Needlepoint Stitchers:

Last time I am willing to bet most of you knew the 2 people pictured – Burt Reynolds (and he wasn’t even wearing panty hose for that picture) and Grace Kelly !!

This time the 2 famous stitcher’s might be a challenge – do you know who they are ???

SOTM – November 2021


I’m a bit late writing about progress made in November on the SOTM projects. My excuse is that I was at the Christmas in Williamsburg retreat for the past week. Stitching and classes/lectures took priority over blogging! The retreat was wonderful and our weather couldn’t have been better so a good time was had by all. I even won the first door prize at the Friday night Banquet!

This is the beautiful tree outside the main building of the Kingsmill Resort, the retreat venue.

SOTM projects are winding down and just about everyone expects to finish in December. The Thanksgiving holiday took precedence over stitching time as this has been the first time in two years that many of us have been able to spend time with our family and friends. But no one is complaining.

Brenda is almost finished her Stratigraphy piece that will be placed in her newly-renovated guest bath. The colors are just gorgeous!

Barbara has finished Petite Arabesque and it is now at the framer. Another beautiful piece! Maybe the December blog will have a picture of it framed.

We’re all looking forward to the rest of the pieces in December!

Happy Stitching!


What’s Happening at NJNA 12/4/21


How much fun the Festival of Trees has turned out to be. This is our first time exhibiting a tree at the Environmental Center in Basking Ridge and I think the ladies did a wonderful job. A big thank you to all the members that loaned ornaments for the occasion as we barely got all 50 + on the tree. If you have a chance visit the Environmental Education Center at 190 Lord Stirling Rd. Basking Ridge NJ. It’s open 7 days a week until Dec 29 from 9 AM to 4:30 PM except for Dec 24 & 25. The suggested donation of $5 helps the center and they have a cafe for a hot beverage or sweet treat along with live music on the weekends. Come out and see our tree !! http://www.somersetcountyparks.org/

Nancy B, Cathryn C, Janet, Linda M

It’s December and you know what that means – It’s Time to PARTY !! The holiday party this year is going to be a combination of in person at the library for the first time in many months along with zoom. Several members went to the library to try out using the equipment to bring the party to those on zoom and incorporate those that can come in person. They had success !! Now whether you participate in the Yankee Swap at the library or watch on zoom with your favorite food/cocktail we can party together. Remember, you have to join to participate in the fun and we encourage everyone to come join us for next year’s exciting line up of projects and talks. Yankee Swap – Rules and Gift Ideas

Today is National Cookie Day !!! Who ever thought that up is genius ! What better way to celebrate than with a new canvas !! My Pink Sugar Life on Etsy has some small but cute ideas, after all, with the holidays everyone is rushing and there is little time to stitch. NO – I did not say that ! It just feels that way – sorry !!

And So – What do you want for the holiday??????? Ready for some FOMO?

Fireside Stitchery is having a sale – One Week Only (thru 12/10) on South Beach Buttons & Needleminders (can’t have enough) http://www.firesidestitchery.com/fs/accessories/index.cfm?fuseaction=getAccessoriesList&CategoryId=147&utm_source=BenchmarkEmail&utm_campaign=Dec_3_2021_Email&utm_medium=email

Try some new threads in your favorite color – the Needlepointer has a Winter Thread Pack with several colors to choose from and each comes in a matching zipper bag Winter Thread Packs – Assorted Colors – (theneedlepointer.com)

Maybe a new way to store your floss, check out The Fox Collection for this beautiful cabinet https://foxcollection.innovations.co.nz/p/accessories/organisers/31980-crafters-6-drawer-thread-cabinet?fbclid=IwAR2s-clUPg44sG1pxS2BESh4y0K1rYiCQL2OqoSE4mS8BaqrMtNS4zpSHsQ

Maybe you would like to try sharpening your scissors, this same company has an easy gadget by Fiskars to get that job done. https://foxcollection.innovations.co.nz/search.aspx?w=scissor%20scharpener

If you travel with your project (who would leave it behind?) this item is a magnetic keeper from Etsy FiveNineteenFinds and it keeps you from being stabbed Cross stitch supplies by FiveNineteenFinds on Etsy

They also have the cutest small scissors

If you want a quick gift then Poppy Monk has an array of self finishing belt buckles for the Howard Wolowitz in your life https://poppymonkneedlepointkits.com/collections/needlepoint-belt-buckle-kits

If you have a K’s Creation stand they now have an attachment that holds your tablet https://www.theneedlepointer.com/product/ks-creation-tablet-adapter/

Check out The Needlepointer for this item.

Do you have a darling Doodle Dog or even a Demon Dog?? Check out Canvas & Thread – they have dog canvases , national parks, birds and lots of different choices to look at https://www.canvasandthread.com/

Tips and Tricks

Diversions Needlepoint – Denver CO Diversions Needlepoint | Denver, CO 80113

Famous Needlepoint Stitchers:

The last blog I gave 2 famous stitchers and I’m sure many of you got Lucille Ball but the other one was difficult – he is Kaffe Fassett, a designer for Ehrman needlepoint but he has a fascinating career – read more about him: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaffe_Fassett

Can you guess these 2 Famous Stitchers ??