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Alice Hall Now at BeStitched Needlepoint on Fridays

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Alice Hall Now in the Shop on Fridays (Alice’s first Friday is 09.20.13) Alice Hall joins BeStitched Needlepoint every Friday & Saturday.  We are excited to have her on-board in our shop working with our great customers enhancing canvases with her needle magic.  Alice has added Friday’s to her schedule – stop in to say Hi!  Alice’s many years of stitching (she started stitching at her mother’s knee) gives her the keen ability to find just the right threads and beads to bring your chosen needlepoint canvas to life! Join Alice on Saturdays 9a - noon & 1p - 4p...

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Embellishment or Enhancement from Alice Hall

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These two words are interchangeable when discussing needlepoint.  Here is a brief Webster definition of each. Embellishment: to improve the appearance, to make beautiful, to improve by adding details. Enhancement: to increase or augment the appearance, to intensify or make greater. For this blog we will use the word embellishment. Embellishment can bring your canvas alive with texture, color, a focal point and a play of light. Decide what area you want to be the focal point, it may or may not be the center of the canvas. For example an underwater scene with a seahorse in pink coral to...

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Beading Lesson from Alice Hall

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Needlepoint Beading on Canvas-Part 1 Beads are being used more and more in needlepoint now a days. Part 1 of this blog pertains to the materials used and Part 2 will be about the stitches used. Common Bead Types: Round (shaped like small doughnuts). Most common are Sundance beads size 11 & 14 and Mill Hill Seed Beads (#11) and Petite (#14).  Tube beads are called Delica, more consistent in shape and more expensive. Hex seed beads are a round type bead that has six sides. When to use which size bead? On 18 count canvas, seed (#11) beads work...

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Beginning and Ending Threads - Part 1

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Hello Stitchers, There are several methods of beginning and ending threads.  Some are better than others, depending on the area and the thread. One method does not fit all. Let's start with Basketweave It is best to begin with an "away - waste knot".  This is a knot that is away from your stitching and is going to be cut off and become waste.  It is also described as an "away" or "waste" knot.   This method of starting is best used where there is no existing stitching to anchor your thread. Thread your needle and put a knot in the end...

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What the Doodle is a Doodle Canvas?

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Hello Stitchers, This time we are taking a more in depth look at… What is a doodle canvas and why you should have one. It is a blank canvas on stretcher bars. It should be the mesh on which you usually stitch, for example my doodle canvas is an 18 count canvas. It will improve your stitching by limbering up your fingers if you have not stitched in a while. Even if you are going to stitch an easy stitch, a few stitches on the doodle cloth will help with rhythm and tension. Practice a new or difficult stitch on...

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