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Another Look List

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beauvais tapestry

Tapisserie de Beauvais, c. 1700

“I’m lost!,” says the little girl, in my prized Mary Engelbreit canvas.  I like her so much, in fact, that she’s my avatar on Needlepoint Land.

There are plenty of talented people writing interesting blogs about the craft of needlepoint.  The difficulty is knowing where to find them.

Click below to view another Look List that takes you to a few more outstanding blogs.

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2013 Wish List

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With the end of the year coming up, I thought I’d ask all you needlepoint fans to tell me what you’d what type of content you liked best on my blog during 2012.  There’s also room to add suggestions.

I’m calling it the Report Card, which I thought was a snappy, original title.

Your answers will drive what you are likely to see on my blog in 2013.  So, for example, if you find the nature tours tedious and boring, tell me about it, and poof, you won’t see them any more.  If you like to see finished more than unfinished stuff, let me know.  And if you want to see totally new stuff, like original Hi Def videos of a cartoon needle character dancing on top of canvases, well, I’ll think about it.   Seriously.

The Report Card’s up on the sidebar.  It only takes a few seconds to complete, so no excuses.

All feedback and comments are most appreciated!

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

Christmas Gallery II

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Here are a few last-minute gifts that I stitched last Tuesday afternoon.  Just kidding!  It’s a collection of some of the Christmas ornaments I’ve done over the years.

Most of them are needlepoint.

Can you guess which are cross-stitch?  (Hint:  there’s more than two.)

These ornaments are from a variety of artists, including Squiggee Designs, A Collection of Designs, Liz, Kathy Schenkel, Princess & Me, and David McCaskill.

Although I love them all, I must say Squiggee’s Fashionista Burberry Lady is definitely the star!

Ornaments make perfect gifts.  They can also help those in need.  For instance, each year, a friend of mine donates a beautiful Christmas ornament to one of her favorite charities, which auctions it for a good cause.

That’s a really great idea, and I’m thinking of doing the same.

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

Kwanzaa Canvas?

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Here’s a needlepoint canvas that I picked up from Dream House Ventures while at the 2012 Destination Dallas show.

The standing figure caught my eye, partly because it’s so mysterious…. not only because I don’t know the artist who did it, but also because it evokes various images and associations.

For one thing, the marbled background makes it look like an ancient drawing.

The powerful-looking silhouette could be an African or maybe even Pre-Columbian woman, but I have to confess that her shoulders and arms made me think of an upside down candelabra, or the headboard of an old brass bed!

The pattern in middle part of  her chic wraparound garment reminded me of the wall in our yard up north that my husband once hand-built out of Connecticut fieldstone.

Finally, the motif on the bottom part of her outfit could almost be snowflakes falling down in front of a mountain range during Christmas.

That’s the beauty of this piece–I’ll bet everyone has their own interpretation of what’s going on in that dress.

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

Arboreal Delights

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After the walk through the old-growth forest, I headed back to the cafe for some refreshments, and somewhere along the way, I came upon this amazing Chinese tree.

At the  cafe, unfortunately, there was only one cashier that day, and a zillion people waiting in line to pay, so I passed on the rehydration, despite the hot sun that was rising ever higher in a relatively cloudless sky.

A tip to the wise:  if you ever decide to visit NYBG:  bring your own water, as there are no drinking fountains along the trails and paths.  None I could see, at least.

I decided to avoid the tram route up the Berenson Ornamental Conifers, and took the back way there.

This eventually took me past an old and recently restored stone mill.  It was built by the Lorillard family in 1840, who had brought their tobacco milling operation to the Bronx in 1792, to take advantage of the Bronx River to power their equipment.  This gorgeous mill can be described architecturally as a vernacular industrial building, made of schist quarried on the site.

Here’s a pic of a 500-million year old outcrop of the local gneiss and schist, in a glacier rock formation known as the Wamsler Rock.

As the sign says, this area is planted and in the early spring is flush with crocuses, irises, squill and snow drops–now that is something I would love to see.

Along the way, I was particularly smitten with this ancient Black Oak.  Would you believe it was a mere sapling during the American Revolution?  Pretty incredible, in my book.

Absolutely stunning.

It took awhile and a lot of walking but I finally found the Berenson Ornamental Conifer Garden, a landscaped patch of mature shade trees that include century-old blue Atlas cedars, a 75-year old Montgomery Blue spruce, as well as miniature white pines, and a variety of dwarf conifers.  If you touch some of these huge trees with the palm of your hand, you can actually feel the sap running through their trunks, and, if you are quite still, absorb some of their incredible, peaceful energy.  Take my word for it.

I love evergreens and particularly the Japanese cypresses, abundant here.

My favorite is the Golden Hinoki, which you can see below, along with a selection of other plants that caught my fancy.

Here’s me checking out the Hinoki situation.

And here’s the famous and rare snake tree.

Let’s not forget Mr. Wabbit.

And Mr. Butterfly.

You won’t find this in Florida!

So there, in the Bronx, is an absolute treasure trove of plants, trees, rare salamanders, and small mammals. In December, they do a Holiday train exhibit in the same conservatory space where Monet’s Garden was presented, and replicate famous Manhattan landmarks, such as the Empire State Building, with completely organic materials.

Well done, New York Botanical Garden!!!! Bravo!  And I hope you enjoyed taking, as much as I did, this little tour of a very special part of New York City.

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

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Marrakesh Express

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The Mechanic - Marrakesh, Morocco

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Congratulations to Maryam at My Marrakesh for her recent success with her now award-winning blog.  Maryam is an author, photographer, hotelier, and a long-time champion for Women’s Rights in the International arena.

Her blogsite has absolutely stunning photographs (I am so jealous!) of the exotic place where she lives with her family, and her blog copy is well-crafted and always interesting.

Do hop aboard, when you have a free moment, and enjoy Maryam taking you to Marrakesh.

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

Welcome to the world of Paternayan

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Paternayan Bros.

For your entertainment, I’ve added a gallery of images in the How to Do menu of my prized copy of a vintage Paternayan kit insert, which was once owned by the Texas Star Embroidery Guild.  There is no date of publication, but it has to be the 60s or 70s, if not earlier.  The booklet shows the original address in Manhattan of the Paternayan Bros., and has a little blurb on p.3 about Harry and Karnig.  Enjoy.

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

Needlepoint Land Matches Record

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Eternal clock

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Yesterday, Needlepoint Land equalled its own record for the top number of page views in a single day.  The blog site recorded well over a hundred page views.  Judging by the declining number of hits in the About section, it is likely that there is large percentage of repeat visitors.

To give our user base some idea as to the preferences of the site’s visitors, we studied the Stats provided by WordPress.  About 15 per cent of the traffic went to Dancing Pencils,a one-off embedded Youtube video that has nothing to do with needlepoint.

The rest was evenly divided between looking at galleries, and reading the relatively shorter posts.  Posts with provocative titles enjoyed more traffic.  Only 3 per cent of the traffic went to the prestige Features section.  The satirical posts did particularly well.

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