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A Pageantry of Patterns


Sherlee Lantz

I’m doodling with my next couple of “feature” post ideas.

Needlepoint Land has two types of posts:  light and breezy quickies, usually humorous (or at least, trying to be so), and longer, serendipitous pieces that are designed to cover some interesting subject that you might not normally encounter in a traditional needlepoint blog.

There are plenty of sources about particular stitching techniques, so I won’t focus on these as much here.  I won’t ignore them, of course, particularly as I have some surprise old-school goodies coming down the pike.

In the meantime, I’ll mention a seminal reference book, in which stitching techniques are covered more or less exhaustively.  More on that at the end of this post.

One of my upcoming features will be a review of a book about what happens when you “go online” to visit an e-commerce site.  I alluded to this book in an earlier post.  It’s called The Daily You, by Joseph Turow, and it was published in 2011 by Yale University.

It’s a very dry read, but I will give it the Needlepoint Land treatment, which means I’ll try to review the book in an off-the-wall way, for your entertainment, dear viewer, sometime during the next week, unless life gets in the way.  Anyone who visits a web site or blog, whether it’s about needlepoint or not, ought read this book, or, absent that, check out my standup routine review.

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Born Yesterday


Official Poster from Wiki

Today is when I’m making the time to catch up on some serious reading.

Before I started Needlepoint Land, I knew there was a lot going on with the underlying technology of blogging,  but was not really sure if it would agree with me.

Much of it did.

For example, I was happy that WP automatically protected me from spam.  After all, there’s only so many invitations to watch unspeakable unmentionables that a lady can stomach.

But I was uncertain about how I would feel about being virtually followed around by a small army of mute strangers, which is what I heard happened if you blogged.

You see, my usual interaction with a comp was limited to email, playing Farmville, and snapfishing dozens of mind-numbingly similar pictures of my dog, cat, and the baby gator that hangs out around the back porch.

I was, in effect, digitally born yesterday.  It was disheartening.

Then I actually started blogging.

By chance, I came across a review in the NY Times of a book that seemed to address all my paranoid internet fears about the creepy They’re Always Watching You marketing crowd.

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The Effects of Climate on Needlepointing


Furniture Collection

Quick — which NFL team that shares a stadium with this year’s Super Bowl winner is going to be wearing their jerseys with numbers stitched in Paternayan wool?

While you’re mulling it over, the cat and rooster chairs in my latest pics (check out the new Sedentary Delights page under Finished Models) demonstrate how much can be achieved with the two very simple stitches:  the Continental and the Basketweave.

The hand-carved wooden chairs are from the Philippines.  They were being sold a few years back by CanvasWorks, but I don’t think you can get them anymore.  I was very fortunate to find the perfect gimp and fabric to match both canvases.

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Have a seat

Sometimes it’s not all about a cool framed canvas, or a cute figurine.  Sometimes it’s all about the furniture.  Here’s some sneak teaser pics at two chairs (they’re actually minis), that I’ll show and discuss in more detail later.   Gotta run, but will respond to that nice comment from a new visitor from the UK, first thing upon my return.  I’m in a rush, so I’ll put the pics up quick and dirty, and get to them later.


© Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016.

My Beauties


What an adventure.  First, I tried to take pictures of these pieces against a whiteboard.  Not a good idea.  The flash was so blinding I had to buy more sunglasses for indoor use.

Then I went to Wal-Mart, and bought a dark blue twin sheet.  That seemed to be a good idea, until I put it on the floor, the one with the dog and cat hair.  Plus which, it was almost impossible to get the sheet flat, even when over the whiteboard.  Despite this, I took some pictures, then forgot I had a whiteboard under the sheet and stepped on the sheet.  Not a good idea, as I heard this stomach-turning crunching sound.  This all took place in the living room.

By this time, my studio was ready.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t.  The problem was that if you put the blue sheet over the dresser in the studio, you got to see either part of a wall, or carpet.  Big problem.  So I decided to climb on top of the dresser, and take picture looking down astride the canvas like some needlepoint colossus of ineptness.  Bad idea.  I almost fell, and had a hard time getting off the dresser without breaking my neck.

Finally, I decided to use a marble table top, and that seemed to work, although I had to use the sheet as background in the Goose pic, and the sheet was, by now, badly creased.  All in all, it was a lot of fun, and I hope you enjoyed looking at these finished models as much I did photographing them.

You can find them under the Finished Models drop-down menu in the Needlepointeria gallery.

© Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016.

Number 9, Number 9, Number 9


It’s amazing what you find by rummaging around your stash closet. I’ve improved the Tropical Moods gallery, adding five new canvases, for a total of nine.  Also added some additional text that tells a little window display story about the gallery, and renamed it Smooth Tropical Moods.  That does it, for now, for this particular one.

© Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016.

This is London Calling


English Collection

Should you by any chance be in London this summer for the 2012 Olympics, you might want to pick up some needlepoint canvases that you might not see everyday back in the States.  I bought this particular one at Tapisserie, an absolutely must-see needlepoint destination in Knightsbridge, around the corner from Harrods.  Of course I spent far too much, but this classic design on an earth-colored canvas is the nearest I’ll ever get to owning an English country estate, so there you have it.  Unfortunately, I don’t know the designer’s name.  You can view the piece, along with similar canvases I own, in a brand new gallery, which I’ll dub the English Collection.  I’ll put this gallery up a bit later.
© Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016.

Latest stash gallery released


I kept the gallery small, and decided to name it Tropical Moods, instead of the nondescript Gallery 2 that I was initially going to use.  It gives you an idea of some typical canvases that you might find in a needlepoint shop in South Florida… very Margaritaville:  a relax and chill state of mind that remains quite popular.

Meanwhile, I think Little Girl Lost is still wandering in the woods up North someplace.  No worries.  She’ll turn up in fine fettle in another gallery.

© Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016.

The Shape of Things to Come


Mary Engelbreit

So much for my twice-weekly posting schedule.  This has to stop.

Here’s a preview of Gallery 2, which, as promised, is coming up.  This is an extremely rare piece.   It was designed by Mary Engelbreit, and, to my knowledge, is no longer available.  It’s one of the largest pieces that I own, measuring 20″ x 28″.  I love this canvas, mainly because it is chock-full of details:  every time you look at it, you see something new.  This is a cropped version of the larger piece.

I bought it because, sometimes, I know just how she feels!

© Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016.