more Favorite Needlepoint Stockings!

Hi Everyone!  I found more needlepoint stocking I want to share with you!  Very inspirational, I think, to see everyone’s beautiful stocking!

To read about the origins of the christmas stocking tradition read here:

and from this blogger, read this:


Melissa Shirley Designs stitched by Lauri Z.

Melissa Shirley Designs stitched by Lynn C.

Melissa Shirley Designs stitched by Sarah P.

Melissa Shirley Designs stitched by Kathy D.

Melissa Shirley Designs

Melissa Shirley Designs stitched by Ann McD.

Melissa Shirley Designs.

Melissa Shirley Designs stitched by Mary T.

Melissa Shirley Designs stitched by Sally Anne W. now Sally Anne S.


Melissa Shirley Designs for Mary Lake Thompson stitched by Dr. Margot R.

Melissa Shirley Designs for Mary Lake Thompson stitched by Dr. Margot R.

Alexa Designs stitched by Margaret S.

Alexa Designs stitched by Margaret S.

Alexa Designs stitched by Ann S.

Strictly Christmas stitched by Marcia M.

Cats need stockings, too! Susan Roberts stitched by Julia D.

Susan Roberts stitched by Joanne L.

Designing Women stitched by Heidi H. Heidi loves to do French knots!

Birds of a Feather stitched by Esther G.

Shelly Tribbey stitched by Dinah W.

THANKS TO YOU ALL for showing us your fabulous and special needlepoint stocking.  They are all truly fantastic!  Good job everyone!

Now let’s all hang our stockings by the chimney with care next Christmas!!

And to all, a good night!


Christmas at Mary’s

Side view of Mary's big tree covered with needlepoint ornaments!

Our friend, Mary Roddy, from Potomac, Maryland, very near Washington, D.C., sent me pictures of her home decorated for Christmas.  Mary is a busy mother of 5 children and still has time to decorate her house and pull out her holiday needlepoint for every celebration! She sent a lot of Christmas pictures and I am most appreciative!  Thank you Mary and we will be over for Christmas dinner around 5 p.m.!

The huge family tree covered with needlepoint (from the front door).

Dede Santa. Love the fun beard!

"Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse..."

Mittens from Kathy Schenkel.

Chanel jacket from the Studio.

Kathy Schenkel roll up ornaments and 1 of her snowmen.

Ballerina costume, a Shelly Tribbey canvas.

Kathy Schenkel 3D drum ornament.

Susan Roberts angel comes with the wooden head.

Paris tote. Mary wrote, "a Beach Bag from What’s the Point. It is a Linda Lahm design. I made one from every country Michael visited while studying at The London School of Economics." A Melissa Shirley Designs "cracker" hangs next to the bag.


Canvas from Petei-the Scottish Santa!

Princess and Me

From the Artist Collection and Heart Strings.

Mary wrote, "Rebecca Wood Angel. The only piece I stitched from The Needleworks Club…but I love them all!! ".

Mary said that the word joy is beaded. The canvas is from The Flying Needles in Belleair Bluffs, FL. It is from their artist.

Mary stitched this ornament 10 years ago. It is from A Collection of Designs.

Another Petei Santa. (These canvases are no longer available.)

Mary has FOUR needlepointed nativity scenes.  The first one is from Melissa Shirley Designs and is on 24 mesh, stitched all in baksetweave using Splendor silk.  She loves the beading around the edges of each piece.

Melissa Shirley Designs on 24 mesh!!!


The barn.

A nativity set from Petei.  (No longer available).

Petei Nativity.

A Kathy Schenkel nativity.

Kathy Schenkel nativity.

Kathy Schenkel nativity.

Three Kings. The purple one is carrying real pearls, gold beads and amethyst!!

The cow is so cute!

Another Kathy Schenkel nativity .  Mary wrote, “The stable was built by my brother when he was in high school. I found it in my parent’s basement when they were moving. Finder’s Keepers!!”

Kathy Schenkel nativity.

The nuclear family from the Kathy Schenkel nativity.

What a beautiful needlepoint back drop for this nativity.

Thank you, Mary, for sharing your Christmas needlepoint with us!!

From Mary, "A WIP that I hope to finish someday. All of the toys are stitched, I just need to finish Santa and the Reindeer!! This is one of Hyla’s." (Hyla Hurley owns the Point of It All, a needlepoint design company.)

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!)!
















































































































HOME TOUR: Helen L.’s home in Houston, Part 3

An antique headboard hung as a backdrop in the hall way, near the powder room. Festive needlepoint Halloween pieces decorate the table.

Here we go, another post on Helen L.’s house in Houston.  Helen is quite the prolific stitcher.  She is quite good in lots of activities, among them being good at styling her beautiful home and picking out stitches and threads for her needlepoint.  Today, a continuing tour of her huge center  hall way and big powder/bathroom in her house.

Cute at the bottom of the stairs, this enamel wash basin is perfect for displaying Halloween needlepoint and fall pumpkins!

Close up of scarecrow pillow Helen stitched about 25 years ago!

Another "older" Halloween pillow in Helen's collection!

Ghost pillow is tucked into enamel wash stand at the bottom of the stairs!

Princess and Me witch nestled with her bigger sister decorates the bottom of the bannister.

Helen has an enormous powder room downstairs, which the builders of the house planned for the future when an owner maybe could not go upstairs!  She even has it decorated for Halloween!

Adorable shelf in the large powder room is decorated for fall.

Close up of shelf decked out for the Autumn season, holds needlepoint, pumpkin, and leaves.

Witch is from Canvas Connection.

Pumpkin decor nestles in the shelf!

Flying angel dressed for Halloween is from Denise DeRusha.

Near the sink, a framed Shelly Tribbey piece decorates the wall. Helen plans on making the permanent theme of the powder room ladies in hats!

Helen used lots of different stitches and threads on this very sophisticated Shelly Tribbey canvas.

Below the framed needlepoint, is this little cross box.

These 2 ladies are for the powder room. I cannot wait to see them after Helen stitches them! Both from Maggie and Co.

More of Helen’s home tour  later!