HOME TOUR: Helen L.’s home in Houston, Part 7, the last

A bunch of pillows in Helen's breakfast room!

Last tour of Helen L.’s needlepoint extravaganza home in Houston, TX.!  Helen is a working woman and has two beautiful grown up girls.  She started needlepointing after graduate school and has done a huge body of needlepoint work!  Not only a beautiful and elegant, smart and multi-talented woman, Helen is a fantastic cook!  She loves to cook Greek food and as one who has been to a dinner party she gave, it is DELICIOUS!

And of course, we all love your little Shih Tzu, Lucy!

Adorable Lucy in her "begging" position! She is just the cutest!

Every room of Helen’s house is decorated with some sort of needlepoint-even her kitchen and big breakfast room!

Helen's chicken collection make me feel very happy!

Table next to a window decorated with Helen's chicken collection and her needlepoint.

Cooper Oaks chicken on an ADORABLE stand with an egg!

Cooper Oaks canvas Helen stitched for her chicken collection.

Older Halloween pillow decorated with a trick or treat pumpkin pail. Very cute, Helen!

One of Helen's chickens wears a needlepoint heart around her neck!

So cozy and homey-wouldn't you just love to read the morning paper and drink coffee on this window seat?

Lots of pillows...oh, how I love lots of needlepoint pillows!

The rabbit couple is from Beau Geste.

Love this pea pod pillow with canvas from the Silver Needle!

From Helen's chicken collection, this merry hen roosts on the window seat.

Silver Needle peas in a pod is perfect for the breakfast room!

Pillows in Helen's breakfast room chairs! This, a Wee Needle canvas.

Old Wee Needle pillow. Sadly, Wee Needle is no longer available.

Lots of pillows on Helen's window seat in her kitchen/breakfast area.

THANK YOU, HELEN,  for the tour of your wonderful home and for letting us see all your spectacular needlepoint!  xoxo chb

Cute flower heart ornament.



HOME TOUR: Helen L.’s home in Houston, Part 5


Helen's den is a wonderland of needlepoint!

Helen’s fabulous home has a beautiful large den in the back of the house.  I love Helen’s den and she keeps with her colors of yellow and red.  Whenever I see a canvas with yellow and red, I think of Helen.  In the den she really has needlepoint everywhere. She has decorated her coffee table with pumpkins and I love her big pine dresser filled with photos of her and her family and lots of needlepointed frames and stand ups.

Old wine press decorated with a needlepoint watermelon pillow.

Cute watermelon pillow.

Helen's cute den!

A Welcome pillow perches on an iron lamp. Canvas from Associated Talents.

Old wooden tool box, filled with special pillows, is a cute way to display them.

Close up of pillows in the tool box: hearts is an old one from Mindy, bear from Alexa, and Sweet Dreams, which I have, too, is from a forgotten artist.

Very old Alexa bear may not be available anymore.

Two Mindy canvases made into pillows.

Helen's big pine dresser is filled with favorite photos and needlepoint that she keeps out throughout the year.

Old MCM angel and Dupree angel next to pictures of Helen's real angels.

Helen has done many needlepoint frames.

Close up of frames and another MCM angel. (MCM is no longer available.)

More needlepoint on Helen's big pine dresser in the den.

On Helen's coffee table in the den, is this festive group of pumpkins.

Adorable Ann Wheat Pace green pumpkin is tied on a candlestick.

This patchwork pumpkin is from Whimsy and Grace. (It is not in my stash...yet!)

We have a couple of more posts to go on Helen’s house!  I told you she had lots of needlepoint!

Helen finally got Lucy to pose! Doesn't she look like a stuffed animal? I love that fat tummy!

























HALLOWEEN-a needlepoint treat!

….there are trick or treat buckets full of Halloween canvases available in your favorite needlepoint stores!  When my oldest daughter, Virginia, was born on Halloween day, it was a huge TREAT for me but also a TRICK as she came about 10 days early!  I was so excited to have her on Halloween and immediately started planning birthday parties.  BUT—I could not find ANY Halloween needlepoint canvases at all so I asked Petei of Petei Designs if she would do some for me like her small people canvases we were buying for the needlepoint store where I worked.  She did paint a little series of canvases which I immediately stitched and which lots of our customers wanted.  To this day, I credit the Halloween canvas phenomenon to Virginia’s birthday on Halloween!

Halloween display Sally Anne and Karen Lea did for the shop.

I  do not know which of our customers stitched any of these so forgive me if they are yours and I did not remember!  All of you did an outstanding job on stitching them!  Thank you for letting me share them with the other witches and ghosts.

So, on this Halloween blog post, I am showing you goblins(not gobelins, which is a stitch), photos I have taken at the store of finished Halloween pieces.  TRICK or TREAT and hope you enjoy these “SCARY” needlepoint  pieces!

Needlepoint bottles-all from Kirk and Hamilton. On the two bottles below, our finisher made them so the tops come off!

Large beaded button from my store, the Ribbonry, in Chaparral Needlework. The top of this one does not come off.

Halloween pillows are fun to decorate with in October!  Some can be used all through the fall season.

Leigh Designs canvas. Trim from the Ribbonry.

Leigh Designs.

I ADORE this canvas from Maggie & Co. The original design is from artist Sharon Bloom.

Shelly Tribbey canvas stitched by Nancy T. with ribbon selected for finishing from the Ribbonry in Chaparral Needlework.

Nancy T. did an outstanding job stitching this pumpkin from Mindy. It is one of my favorite pieces!

I think I got this picture off the internet. Isn't it adorable!? Canvas from Brenda Stofft.

Close up of spooky stitched mouse on the Brenda Stofft canvas. Love that yucky tail.

A really scary canvas from Dede taken at the January 2012 market.

Love this black cat bolster!

A fabulous kissing ball and some ornaments!

Adorable round canvas made into a big kissing ball! How cute...I mean,SCARY!!

Canvas from Heidi, stitched by Karen McKemie. (I remembered!) This is ornament size.

Melissa Shirley candy corns stitched by Gigi P. to be tied together and hung as a garland across a doorway.

Needle Deeva sugar skulls are very spooky! Stitched by Sandy W. all in tent stitch, these are so much fun!

A wonderful Halloween tree!

Mary R. B. Halloween tree naked!

Fabulous needlepoint ornament covered tree at Mary R. B.'s house! All she needs is a pet crow or pet owl to sit on top!

Now some fun pumpkins which can be definitely displayed throughout the Autumnal  season!

All from Ann Wheat Pace, these make a very fall-ish display.

Melissa Shirley for Mary Lake Thompson pail of pumpkins stitched by Laura Taylor of Aristeia in California. Stitch guide is available from your favorite store.

Very cute Kelly Clark pumpkin. (That's Stephanie, a co-worker, in the background!)

Fabulous green pumpkin is only available from Barbara's Needlepoint in Sioux Falls South Dakota.

Such cute finishing on this Ewe and Eye Jack o'lantern from Barbara's Needlepoint in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Witches galore!!!  We do have a coven!

Patty Paints witches stitched by Karen P. Stitch guides are available from me through your favorite needlepoint store.!

Shelly Tribbey witches had a meeting last year at the store. One stitched by Mark S., left. and the other by Alison M., right

Love this witch from Danji seen at the January needlepoint market.

Melissa Shirley Fairy Tale witch; picture from the Internet. Maybe stitched by Stephanie A.

My fairy tale witch with stitch guide from Jan Ayerkoff of Aristeia with modifications by me.

Third Melissa Fairy Tale witch in progress by Jan A. at Aristeia in California. Stitch guide is available.

Not a witch! Petei canvas made into a stand up on a styrofoam box.(Canvas is no longer available.)

Animals in Halloween costumes!!

Danji candy corn mouse!

Danji mouse dressed as Dracula.

Danji mouse in her witch costume!

Danji cat in costume stitched by Karen P. Great job, Karen!

A very beautiful Halloween type sampler that Patti C. and Olivia F. did in my class.  They will keep their samplers up with their collections of other samplers.

Sampler from Dream House Ventures is so cute and kind of sweet!


Melissa Shirley tiny house stitched by Faith C. Beaded witch from the Ribbonry in Chaparral

Another Melissa Shirley house stitched by Faith C.

Close up of house with beaded bat decoration from the Ribbonry.

I adore this darling house from Susan Roberts. It is stitched so wonderfully by a really FAB stitcher I believe from Atlanta. It has several little figures that go with it, like the skeletons on the right.

Susan Roberts haunted house was displayed at the January market. It is multi-sided.

Another side of the haunting Susan Roberts house. The stitcher really added lots of spooky details.

Now remember witches and goblins…

Broom parking from Share One's Ideas taught as a class with stitch guide by me!

….don’t park your brooms in the wrong place!!!!


Have a fun and safe Halloween and don’t eat too much candy (like my brother does every Halloween!)!
















































































































HALLOWEEN TREE TREAT! Mary Roddy’s big tree!

Mary's big tree before decorating. I wonder where she keeps it during the year?

A real treat for today is my facebook friend Mary Roddy’s big Halloween tree.  I saw Mary’s tree on the Needlepoint group facebook page and was very astounded the huge number of needlepoint ornaments on it.  I contacted Mary and she sent me pictures-I was so excited to see all of her needlepoint Halloween treasures!

Mary is the mother of five, ages 14-22, three girls and two boys, and two senior Bichon Frise dogs.  She is a stay at home mom, or as she likes to put it, she is the “Family Manager”!  We can relate to that, can’t we, girls?!

Mary wrote in her email, “This year I bought a new 40″ pre-lit tree at Pier 1 for some of the overflow ornaments.”  And I do think she needed a second tree!

Mary's new pre-lit tree with Melissa Shirley candy/cracker and square ornaments and Kathy Schenkel cubes on it. I wrote the stitch guides for the M.S.cracker/candy ornaments!

I asked her questions about her fabulous tree and here is what she wrote:

chb:  Are the ornaments on your tree all needlepointed and about how many years have you been working on them?

Mary:  Yes, all of the ornaments on this 5 foot plus tree are needlepointed!!  I add to the collection every year.  Some years I stitch more Halloween than other years.  Right now there are 108 ornaments.  I have already stitched a few new ornaments for next year, they are just not finished yet.  (Chapparal finished the Halloween Crackers several years ago…I think you even did the stitch guides for them!!)

chb:  Wow, Mary, you have been a very busy girl!!!  108 ornaments!!!

Below are a few of her fabulous collection!

Mary's tree covered with ornaments; I think she needs to add a real owl or real bat for the tree topper!

chb:   Are you adding more?

Oh yes!!  I just ordered the 6 Barbara Bergsten pink and green ornaments.  I have high hopes to stitch those for next year.  I am also slowly working on some canvases I got from a monthly club of Halloween ornaments last year.  Some of these are probably a little too large to be on the tree though.

(See Barbara’s new pink and green ornaments here:  http://www.barbarabergstendesigns.com/halloween.htm)


Melissa Shirley witch hat.

Kathy Schenkel mini scarecrow.

Kathy Schenkel Dracula and Melissa Shirley candy/cracker(stitch guide by me!).

Kathy Schenkel mummy?!

chb:   When do you needlepoint and where do you stitch?  Do you have a special place?

Well, I try to stitch every day!!  Right after dinner the girls go back upstairs to their rooms to do their homework.  It has been a habit since the children were young that I would go upstairs after dinner, as well.  Prior to cell phones it was my way of finding out if the children were using the home phone, fooling around or doing homework!!  I am right in the middle of the action.  I watch tv (old Dateline, 48 Hours, Law and Order, etc) while sitting in my happy chair and stitch until my bedtime!! I really enjoy stitching in the Master Bedroom.  If I get a chance to stitch during the day the natural lighting is great with one wall full of large windows.  At night, I have a great light I bought from my LNS (local needlepoint store).

Little Shoppe Canvas Company orange fortune cookie. (Comes with a fortune that will be sticking out that says Happy Halloween!)

Kathy Schenkel Jack o'Lantern heart.

Melissa Shirley witch with red hair . I think the little spider is from Renaissance Designs.

Melissa Shirley scary guy with a top hat and unknown spider cube.

Melissa Shirley candy/cracker.

chb:  How long have you been stitching and when did you start?

Mary:  I learned to stitch from my grandmother when I was a little girl.  I stitched off and on through college and beyond.  When our children were young I did not have anytime to needlepoint!!  I picked it right up as soon as our youngest child went to preschool and haven’t stopped!!  I guess I am making up for lost time!!

Melissa Shirley candy/cracker.

Both from Melissa Shirley Designs. The pumpkin girl is on congress cloth!

Melissa Shirley witch.

Melissa Shirley tiny mummy is on congress cloth.

Melissa Shirley witch.

Cute witch smock from the Studio.

Really cute tiny witch hat.

chb:  What are your favorite things to stitch?

Mary:  I am not a big project kinda girl!  But I have stitched two dining room chair type canvases for school auctions (which raised thousands of dollars, by the way), numerous footstools, The Pageant of Peace Flag canvas, pillows and three stockings (I still have two more to stitch for the children and one for Bob and I…I have one ready to go…just need motivation) and four Nativity sets.  (Wait until you see my Christmas tree that goes in the foyer.  It is 7′ tall and full of needlepoint only ornaments.  This year I did almost 5 dozen new ones!!)  I love stitching with a stitch guide.  I am not good at choosing fibers or stitches.

chb:  First of all Mary, you are a big project kind of girl…after all you have stitched 108 Halloween ornaments!   Second of all,  you will have to send pictures of your Christmas tree extravaganza!

Mary also sent along pictures of pillows and a tiny trick or treat bag she has done for Halloween and the fall season!  That Mary has really been stitching!

Ruth Chow Jack O'Lantern can be ordered with a stitch guide from your favorite store and is from Sundance Designs.

Ornament made into trick or treat bag with beaded handle. Canvas is from Associated Talents.

LOVE this Maggie and Co. Lisa Krause chair with its tiny needlepoint cushion! (My daughter really needs this since her birthday is on Halloween!)

Pumpkin pillow is a canvas from Mindy. Love the tasselled fringe on the edges!

So CUTE! Three Halloween canvases from Kathy Schenkel made into a spooky Halloween pillow!

Okay, readers, this should motivate you to fill your home with needlepoint  ornaments.  Even though she is very busy, Mary finds time to relax, get centered and stitch.  Reserve a time in your busy day to sit down and needlepoint!  It is so helpful to end your day being calm and serene with your needlepoint!

Mary's witch pillow! Adore the finishing!

And Ms. Mary Roddy, how delightful was it for you to share your wonderful collection of Halloween needlepoint with us!  We all thoroughly enjoyed seeing all your beautiful  terrifying Halloween treasures!

HOME TOUR: Helen L.’s home in Houston, Part 4

Helen's dining room table is very festive.

Continuing through Helen L’s West University home in Houston, we will see her Autumn centerpiece on her table.  Helen has an assortment of decorations and some of them are needlepointed.

Dining room table with an Autumn and Halloween theme!


A very old needlepoint witch!

Adorable tubular shaped witch nutcracker!

Side of witch tubular nutcracker with a little broom.

Other side of nutcracker witch has a cute pumpkin basket filled with apples.

Helen's Autumn grouping in her dining room.

Helen also has a piece of needlepoint in her bar area and I love that she displayed it on a bracket like a plate.

The bar area even has needlepoint!

Adorable needlepoint plate on the bracket in the bar. I remember this piece from long ago but do not know who the artist is.

And last but not least, little Lucy, Helen’s friend!  Lucy will get in the begging position-I have actually seen her do it, but on the day I visited, she would not position herself for a picture no matter what Helen would offer her to eat.  Anyhoo, she is a VERY cute dog!

Lucy, the Shih Tzu, has the best personality!

More touring of Helen’s home to come!