Tag Archives: stitch guide

Stairstep Stitch Tutorial


Also just added a new needlepoint stitch tutorial in the How To menu option, and linking to it in my famous “No Frills” Stitch Guide for Mr. Owl.   The guide, btw, is almost ready, just proofing it one last time, at this point.  The canvas image in the tutorial came out a little gigantic, but I think it’s part of the DIY charm of it all!

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

Welcome to the world of Paternayan


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.

Meet Mr. Owl


A stitch guide is often a useful thing:  it is a road map for stitching a particular canvas.

Usually, I don’t follow one slavishly (sometimes the stitches are just too complicated for me!), but they are wonderful to have as a reference point.

Unfortunately, most canvases don’t come with stitch guides.

So what’s a stitcher to do?

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