Author Archives: Erin

About Erin

Owner of Needlepoint Land, LLC. Professional in the field for more than 15 years, during which I have managed and/or worked with various high-end needlepoint shops. I enjoy teaching both beginners and advanced stitchers, and have created numerous stitch guides, with speciality thread selections, for in-store customers and private clients. I maintain contact with an extensive network of needlepoint vendors, custom artists, and, most importantly, reliable, high-quality finishers. I look forward to hearing your comments on my blog!

The Beaded Bug

Standard

Beads  add so much flair to a needlepoint piece.  They provide texture and pizzaz to pillows, ornaments, you name it. Now… imagine for a minute  beading an entire Volkswagen Beetle!  I’m talking about an actual car, not a needlepoint design of one. beedle This fantastic feat was accomplished by 8 artisans from two families of Huichol Indians of West Central Mexico. It took 2 years and more than 2 million beads to produce this stunning work of art. The, dare I say, “Beadle” has been exhibited at the Museo de Arte Popular in  Mexico City and other world-wide venues.

Here’s a video explaining the symbolism of some of the Huichol designs that are depicted on this amazing car.

And here’s a Flickr gallery from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian where the “Vochol” (this is the real Beetle’s name) was exhibited in 2012.

 

Beadle Interior

 

As you can see, even the interior is beaded! Now I’m left hoping that some enterprising needlepoint designer will create a needlepoint adaptation from this idea so that I can beadle away to my heart’s content!

¿Dónde está?

Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016

Oops! Editor’s Correction

Standard

Remember that beautiful stocking that Maria stitched for Patrick?

Well, it is a Rebecca Wood design. Sometimes you just get it wrong and so now I am making it right.

Here’s that stocking again.

Maria's Awesome Xmas Stocking

Maria’s Awesome Xmas Stocking

Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016

Purple Craze

Standard

Delray Beach artist Suzanne Overstreet is the founder of Purple Palm Designs.

Recently, Suzanne teamed up with West Palm artist Ellen Negley.

Primarily a water colorist, Ellen was delighted her art work could be adapted to needlepoint.

With exciting needlepoint designs that evoke the French Riviera and Key West, as well as other South Florida locales, Purple Palm Designs certainly appears to be poised to make waves in the needlepoint world.

By the way, Suzanne just became a member of the TNNA.

She’ll be attending her first show as an exhibitor, next month, in Indianapolis.

If you happen to be there, drop by booth #1307.

Tell her Erin sent you!

biggrin

 

Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016

You only finish once?

Standard

Unlike life, in needlepoint there are do-overs.

Sometimes twice is the ticket  to get a job done just right.  As a result, it does happen that I get asked to refinish a canvas that has already been finished.

No problem.

For example, Cole’s grandmother needlepointed this charming Snow Dude stocking. As you can see from the closeups in the gallery above, it is beautifully stitched.

However, my customer wasn’t entirely thrilled with the finishing that someone else (from “up North” as we say in Fla) had done for it.

So she asked me to give it a makeover.

I had my finisher add a welt around the sides and top, re-line it, and give it a more substantial hanger.

Much, much better!

biggrin

Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016

Good Golly, Miss Molly!

Standard

I can’t wait to see the pics of Miss Molly modeling her new collar. Molly is a French Bulldog and Boston Terrier mix. She is two-years-old and lives in Manhattan. I am very partial to both breeds–love the big ears on the Frenchies… ooh-la-la!

9aI adore this stylish collar!

Notice that it has the nifty KWIK buckle.

I just know that Molly will be the envy of all the pooches  in Central Park.  After all,  it’s only the top dogs that get to wear needlepoint collars!

Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016

Latest finishings

Standard

My customers are so talented!!!

Here are  some of their latest finishings…

The “Keep Calm… and Now Panic” gift box stand is a hoot. A two-sided piece has two stitched versions of the famous saying, and it even has little red feet!

keepcalm1

giftbox2

And I just love the ladybug embellishment on the bow!

ladybugembellisment

A nice braid on the college crest really makes this pillow extra special.

collegecrest1

The crocheted braid looks lovely with the little red heart, two special little touches that make it unique.

heart on pillow

Then there’s the voodoo with a long twist to attach on a golf bag!

voodoo chile

To finish off this gorgeous display, here are two hanging signs. One pineapple…

pineapplewelcome

And one beachy peachy.

beachwelcome

Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016

Jaws

Standard

I was on the beach with my husband yesterday and we saw several sharks swimming right by the shore.  This is where people swim all the time.

Here is the first sighting.   It goes by real quick, between seconds 1 and 2.

This is a still frame highlight of that shark.  (Click on the pic to enlarge it.)

first shark highlight

Here is the second sighting.

And here’s the highlight still frame of those sharks.  Click on the pic to better see the sharks.

second shark highlight

These are not nurse or sand sharks.  And they were swimming in less than 3 feet of water.  Think about it.

Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016