“BLOG VACA” (vacation)

Okay, kids, I need to take a blog vacation!

I am currently writing stitch guides and trying to compile another book of stitches, and needlepoint, too, so I feel something has to change.  I promise I will start writing blogs again in the future.  In case some of the readers did not know, I do have a full-time job as well as working at home on the stitch guides  and books that I sell and  not much of a life other than that…which is okay…there’s nothing more that I like to do than working on anything that has to do with needlepoint.  I do like to spend time with my dogs and children-except the children all are grown, live far away, and are very independent.  And my dogs have not learned to talk!  I will keep updating my facebook page, Needlepointing in Your Nest.  When I started the blog, I had no idea how much time it would take me to do it. I did take a blogging class with a wonderful teacher at Leisure Learning here in Houston, but there is so much more to learn.  I want to change my “Theme” (that’s the graphics on the home page)and cannot figure out how to do that. And I have not learned to be able to take advertisements, which would have been nice as extra income.

1LT James in Afghanistan

My son, a  1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army,  is in Afghanistan and cannot help me from so far away.  When he gets home, I will get him to show me a better choices of themes for the page.  He also plans to help me buy a second computer-mine is 5 years old and needs an update!

So for this last post before the “Blog Vaca”, I want to show you the books I have written .

My books  can be purchased at your favorite needlepoint store and if your store doesn’t have them, ask them to stock them. If that does not work, call the store where I work,the Chaparral Needleworks here in Houston, and we will be happy to mail you one.

My general needlepoint books-compilations of stitches I have done and taught.  All are different. except that all have basic stitches, chain, tent, wrapped, and my favorite stitches, criss cross Hungarian, 4 way mosaic, plaited gobelin, etc. in them.

My first book is Merry Needlepoint

Merry Needlepoint, 2001.

then Merry Easter Eggs, which I named for the year of the egg we were having at the store.  A good book for small areas with lots of small stitches.  Also, chapters for borders and strap over 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. etc. canvas threads.

Merry Easter Eggs, 2005.

Next, my one inch book, with lots of stitches I call 4 way, because they are non-directional and perfect for backgrounds.  Needlepointing in Your Nest also has descriptions from friends about their personal needlepointing nest and chapters on borders and stripes.

Needlepointing in Your Nest, 2010.

Then stitch guide booklets, many for Melissa Shirley Designs.  A list of stitch guides I have done for Melissa can be found on her web site under stitch guides.  See this web address:


I have other stitch guides, too, that are not booklets.  You can see those on Needlepointing in Your Nest facebook page.


Melissa Shirley Designs stitch guides-I have others but could not find the pictures on my computer!

Noah's Ark and all 24 pieces that go with it!

Circus Dogs were fun to stitch and I have some great stitches in the guide. Unfortunately, this one was not very popular.

My first John Johanssen I stitches with my little stitching group. I loved stitching it-it was so much fun and I loved adding all the stuff to it!

This was so much fun to stitch-this and the pig are two of my very favorites!

Valentine Victorians.

I also have stitched the Halloween, 4th of July, and Thanksgiving Victorian children series and plan to do the Easter and St. Patrick’s in the near future.

A very handsome Santa on one good-looking reindeer!

What a precious rabbit-I love bees and bee skeps-a very fun and fast canvas.

Berry Basket, MSD 1599. I taught this one at the Chaparral retreat in Carmel this past April.

Yee-haw-love the Texas basket with the armadillo. I made up a stitch for the background called "Deep in the Heart of Texas" laid filling and the tablecloth is a lone star quilt pattern.

I also have done the Mary Lake Thompson’s yellow and blue boot and the Texas blue and yellow heart series and have booklets available for both.  Both are Melissa Shirley Designs.

A few other stitch guide booklets available:

Broom Parking-what a very fun...and spooky canvas! From Share One's Ideas.

And this Lani Santa collage was a series we did at the Chaparral.  Love this one, too!  Just a different kind of Christmas pillow.

Lani Santa collage.


New stitch guide booklets:

I have just finished Melissa Shirley Designs Winter stitch guide and it will be available very soon…probably within the next 2 weeks.

Winter from Melissa Shirley Designs!

And now furiously stitching this fun John Johanssen heart-it is turning out so cute and I will post a pic on facebook as soon as I finish it!

Melissa Shirley Designs Johnassen flower heart soon to have a stitch guide booklet.

I appreciate everyone who has mentioned my blog to me and have had so much really wonderful feedback!  Thank you all very much and will return soon!

New book of needlepoint stitches coming out ????? I don’t know!

xo  Carolyn