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The Beaded Bug


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.


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.

As you can see, even the interior is beaded!

Vochol:Huíchol Art on Wheels

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


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

Long Tail Tabby

needlepoint cat

Mr. Tabby

I love cats.

Some time ago, I saw a needlepoint canvas online that I really liked but couldn’t get.

Mr. Tabby had been sold, and there were no more to had.

So I made a really crappy photocopy, and mulled over what to do next.

Then I had this bright idea.

Why not have a needlepoint artist interpret Mr. Tabby?

So I asked two talented friends of mine — whose initials both happen to be A. C. — to come up with something, but changing it around sufficiently such as to not infringe on any copyrights.

The truth is, I figured only one of them would come through, particularly since I only had this really tiny, poor quality photocopy for them to work from.

Lo and behold, both ended up making me an original version of Mr. Tabby.  What beauties!

I took pics and decided to fool around on Gimp and create a second, Op Art-ish inverted image of each canvas.

And now… without further long-winded ados… here are four fantastic interpretations of Mr. Tabby….. tada!!!

needlepoint cat

Mr Tabby 1

needlepoint cat

Mr. Tabby 1 Op Art

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Mr. Tabby 2

needlepoint cat

Mr. Tabby 2 Op Art

And here they are as an animation.

Mr. Tabby as Gulliver

Mr. Tabby zooming large and small

Goes well with Alabama Song.

And here’s stunned Mr. Tabby watching.

Mr. Tabby's Eyes Rolling

Mr. Tabby’s Eyes Rolling

Auf Wiedersehen.

Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016

Alabama Song (Brecht / Weil), recorded by Lotte Lenya.

The Consequences of Apathy


Image by Ms. Sparky.com


I shoehorned it in about 7am today on the sidebar.

Now everyone can see my limp biscuit traffic.

But the good news is, you can also see where ya’ll come from… you shy lurkers!

ps:  if you want me to get rid of the Feedjit widget, I’ll be happy to, just say the word.  But how, I wonder?  Oh yes, I know, there’s actually a comment area.

Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016

More Halloween Goodies!

Spooky Tree

Spooky Tree

I’ve just added more awesome canvases to my Halloween Catalog.

Click on either pic to check it out!

PS:  I’ll add more prices and descriptions when it’s less hectic around here!

In the meantime, just call or email if you have any questions, including whether or not the cool Irish cap is for sale. 8-)

Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016

Just to make it official…



Needlepoint Land is all about high touch retail services.  No customer request is too large or too small.

Please visit our new Menu option to find out more.  You can find it here.

We look forward to hearing about your latest fabulous needlepoint projects!

Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016.

Love him — TYVM JULI !!!!


10″ x 10″ 18m

Meet Junior.

He just flew into Needlepoint Land today, and I immediately added him to my personal stash.

needlepoint owl


What a wonderful job, Juli.  I just love him from the tip of his beak down to his mini little feetsies.  What vibrant colors he has… and the sleepy eyes are perfection!

One look and I just know he’s going to melt many a stitcher’s heart.  I’m thinking lots of stitch teaching opportunities with this little guy.

You know how to get in touch.


Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016.