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Let There Be Light and Magnification Too

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Daylight Floor/Desk Lamp
Daylight Floor/Desk Lamp

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My Mom treated me to a light to help with my needlepoint. For the most part me vision is pretty good but I remove my glasses and take advantage of the magnification. The light is by the Daylight lighting company and is a floor lamp. The long stem piece can be removed and the lamp is a desk lamp. It has a heavy base and bends in an infinite number of directions. Although I use it for needlepoint you could use it for knit and crochet work as well as sewing and quilting. I am very pleased with it.

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It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time

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I made a vow to myself that involved not buying every canvas that I see. I cannot create another stash. Good grief I have enough yarn to crochet and/or knit my way to Chicago. And now I have the nerve to have a needlepoint crush. Help me Lord.

Not Your Grandma’s Needlepoint

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Taking a recommendation from my new Facebook (Needlepoint) friends, last Friday I visited The Edwardian Needle located at 390 Fairfield Road,  Fairfield, New Jersey 07004. Okay this is going to sound hokey but I felt like Norm on Cheers when I opened the door! OMG I was home! Lots of ladies stitching, Tony Minieri running one of his fabulous Embellishment classes and everyone welcoming me. I’ve only done one needlepoint in the last twenty years and oh how things have changed. The threads, the gadgets, the stretcher bars, the frames. I was overwhelmed.  I didn’t even take a photo to show you here. Well I’ll be back there soon and will share pictures with you all.

Picked up some wonderful thread for my next canvas.

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This will be my first time using silk!  Stay tuned I’ve changed the color scheme more to my liking.

Fiber Has No Politics

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Just read  The Confessions of a Yarnho one of the blogs that I follow and GG was talking about meeting a fellow fiber lover and all they had in common. Funny because this morning I saw a post from a fiber friend that told me that we have very different political views.  It gave me food for thought because when I post here all I care is about my latest knitting, crocheting or needlepointing project. When we meet at a store or festival we only talk about what we have in common not our differences. It made me think that this could be a lesson for us all. Life is short, use yarn and enjoy!!!

Needlepoint drawn by my husband and stitched by me.
Needlepoint drawn by my husband and stitched by me.

Stretcher Bars Arrive

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Well the stretcher bars came today. My husband and I put a set together but I don’t think they are a great fit for this canvas. The 9″ seemed too short and so we went with the 10″. Wasn’t able to pull really tightly and I decided to go with this configuration but I think it could have been better. Will need help with this process. Have decided to use basketweave stitch for the background so it shouldn’t matter. Learning more each day!

Stretchers attached
Stretchers attached

Painting Needlepoint Canvas

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Rather than offering technique (I am not a painter) I want to use my recent attempt to help you come up with the proper steps before you start. First don’t buy anything until you decide what will be necessary, quantities and quality. Decide what colors that you will be using before you start shopping.

Everything I read says buy the best quality acrylic paint that you can afford. Don’t go for the cheapest. If you can buy one tube or jar first, do that and test it on your canvas. Paint a spot, let it dry and then run the piece under water. It shouldn’t bleed. This means that your design/picture won’t bleed into your thread if it gets wet. Once this is done buy your paints.

If you draw better than I do (notice sloppy edges above) you might want to buy some fabric markers. Marvy Uchida seems to make a large variety. You can lay out design with them but be mindful that they may be seen through your design if the strokes are too dark and/or broad.

Make sure that you get decent brushes for use with acrylic paints. I bought two brushes and realized when I got home that I needed smaller and larger than I had purchased. Very frustrating. I ended up with some sloppy work because the brushes weren’t right.

Don’t start until you have everything in place! Enjoy the process

Waterlogue a fantastic app

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The first picture was taken of a statue in my family room. The second picture was created by the Waterlogue app on my phone. I love the effects of this app which I learned about on IKnead2Knit’s blog. Wow the potential to use this is fantastic. I am not a painter but I can see how this would be useful if you are learning to paint. Also I am thinking of a way to needlepoint this image. A real challenge but it could be fun. Did I mention that the program is free?