What does the canvas say to you?

I  tell people that have not done needlepoint before that the chosen canvas needs to speak to them in a sense. It should evoke an emotion.  Size – not too small, not too large.  If it doesn’t evoke emotion you will give up on it and shove it to the back of your closet. In addition, it may become more of a labor than of love.  When something is new and we do not see progress we get discouraged. Out of sorts. You spent all the time and money and for what, nothing.  When a canvas speaks to you and time and time you keep going back to it, you know its right in so many ways. Instant gratification is so important when starting something new and its not always realistic.   If you choose a huge canvas that has so much going on your head  is likely to portray that of Linda Blair in the “Exorcist” (you know when her head turns around.).

Needlepoint is relatively new to me. And the first project given to me when I bought the store is in the back of a closet as I write. Eventually after time, I found something that was interesting to me and started to learn how to stitch. Over the past year and a half, I have completed a number of canvases.  I love florals with all the shading. More than that though needlepoint has become relaxing. Once I felt comfortable enough to try new stitches everything just clicked.  It is a joy, a meditation of sorts and I tend to pick things that spark something in me.

Taking the speaking to me to another level….while checking in a trunk show two of the ladies that work where checking out Loira Manne’s really fun canvases. There is a series of dog canvases (see below). It is the same three dogs doing different activities. Somehow these dogs came to life even before stitching. Personalities were built about which dog is what and who and why. The conversation was one of humor and delight. It was lighthearted and fun. And to hear them talk was hilarious to say the least. What I am getting at is that each dog has a story. Each one of the canvases spoke to us. It evoked laughter and joy. The canvases are delightful and whimsical.  They told us a story in our own twisted way.  So what does your canvas say to you? I would love to know…






Color, color, color

Everyone sees color differently because it evokes an emotion from us. For me, I love the richness and the ambiguity of what a color make “speak”. Sometimes I take pause in color depending on what the media might be and if there something that intrigues me to take notice.

The yarn below was made for our little store; our little island. It has both subtle and rich hues. To see it hanging while drying is one thing, but to see it knit up is amazing. It looks like the sand and water.

image1 Hilton Head Island – hand dyed by unwind yarn co.

Playing with color on a needlepoint canvas is something I truly love.  The evolution of the canvas comes through with  chosen threads, stitches and different fibers. Color is what I see first.  It is fun to see it come alive when stitching and how different your piece may be from where it started.

harold  Harold before he is stitched.

harold Harold Stitched by Sharon W.

Color is inspiring, it is brilliant and bold, soft and quiet all in one. It makes me smile. It makes me cry, it brings raw emotions at times and reflective moments depending on the day.  But without it, I would be lost. It is a part of my everyday, whether its helping someone find a yarn to do a project in or pulling threads for a canvas. And then there are times when I just sit here and look at all that I am surrounded by. I love color.



Hurricane Irma

What a whirlwind of a week. One moment  we are happy, content – getting into the groove to bring in the fall only to turnaround and have a fear run through us as we prep to leave the island for another Hurricane.

So with the mindset that we are going to be Pummeled we set forth to pack up  houses, prep our store so we can minimize damage if we were to get damage and wait for the word to evacuate. Our minds and eyes were glued to the TV as we watched Hurricane Irma slam into the Caribbean taking its wrath out on the islands and then into Florida.

And we leave only to learn its not going to be as bad as predicted in fact when Irma finally made her way to South Carolina, it was down graded to a Tropical Storm.  However,  we found refuge in Nashville with many other people from Floridians to South Carolinians. And what was an evacuation was now an unexpected vacation.

In tow, we have our dog Southie, kids who were suppose to fly to Hilton Head and the wrong clothes. Why is it we always forget something? The dog has managed to enjoy a snow cone, go to the park several times and play ball. He is happy and content with his people. (that would be us).  We have done some great sightseeing and even stopped by the local Needlepoint Shop.

Nashville Needleworks is a great store if you ever in the area. So many wonderful threads, great canvases and so much more. Connie, who owns it was at Destination Dallas (where we were suppose to have been this past weekend). I am sorry to have missed her.

We would love to see what people have been working on during the storm.

And lastly, we hope those affected by the storm are safe. I know putting life back together after something like Irma is never easy. Please know our hearts are with you.


A Brand New Website.

What a crazy year it has been so far. We have taken on a lot of new initiatives this year with the intention to serve you better whether near or far.

If you have visited our website in the past you are likely to recognize some changes.   It’s all good. On this new site you can explore artists, sign up for classes, clubs etc. And soon you will be able to shop online with us. (Late this Fall we hope.)

We are so happy with our newly designed site and the website development team worked extremely hard to bring us what we wanted and we are forever grateful to them. Granted there will be tweaks along the way but we are thrilled nevertheless of this beautiful new site.

One of the features of this site is this blog. We plan to make it a little more intimate than our newsletter. We will tell stories, share ideas and offer tips for all of the needle arts. We hope that in turn you will share stories with us and maybe show us something different and new that you have picked up along the way.

Another feature is under the “More” section. It is here we will have information about our classes, clubs, trunk shows and exclusives. It will be continuously updated.

We hope you find this site easy to use, inviting and informative.

Thank you for coming on this journey with us.


Best regards,

Michele and the Gang at Needlepoint Junction (NPJ)



(Please also note, that I tend to write from the heart and my writing on a blog is more guttural than in the newsletter. As such my grammar is not always perfect and I do not strive to make it perfect. I just write.)