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Gauge Matters!

Gauge Matters!

Have you ever worked really hard on a project, only to have your hat (or mittens or, even worse, your sweater!) turn out waaay too big? Or how about making something that ends up being entirely too small?! Well, that's exactly what can happen if you don't check your gauge before you start your project. Now, you may be wondering - what, exactly, is gauge?
Great question! Let's take a look at it and see why it's SO important!
August 16, 2017 by Ellen Johnson
Choosing the Right Needle

Choosing the Right Needle

Last time, we chatted about choosing threads for your canvases and, today, we're going to talk about tapestry needles. A tapestry needle is the needle of choice for working needlepoint; it's a blunt-tipped hand sewing needle with an elongated eye. The large eye can hold thicker needlepoint yarn or multiple strands of needlepoint thread and the rounded end allows the needle to slip between the canvas threads without piercing the horizontal or vertical mesh threads.
The Right Tools

The Right Tools

Welcome back! I'm so glad you decided to join me today. 

Last time, we chatted about choosing yarns, and today we're going to talk about - yep - knitting needles!
Knitting needles come in an assortment of shapes and sizes and they're made from a variety of 
materials - from plastic and metal to bamboo and wood. And there are so many options out there that it can
make your head spin, but I'm going to share some tips with you that will make choosing the right needle for
your project easy-peasy. Let's get started!
So Many Threads!

So Many Threads!

So, now that you know how important it is to buy the best quality supplies you can afford, let's
chat about making the best thread choices for your needlepoint projects.

If you're looking for tips on choosing yarns for knitting and crochet projects, check out this post. I divided the information into two posts, so it would be more convenient for you to read. 

Why don't you pour yourself a cuppa and let's talk thread?!

Choices, choices!

Choices, choices!

Now that you're committed to purchasing the best quality supplies you can afford, it's time to take a look at making the best fiber choices for your projects. Remember in my last post, I told you that I'd be sure and address both knitting/crochet and needlepoint/embroidery? (So you'd have the information for whichever technique you
prefer - or both, if you're a multi-crafter!) Well, while writing this part for knitting and crochet, I realized
that it was going to be a wee bit long, so I divided it into two separate posts.

Info for knitters and crocheters is below. 
Introducing my top 25 from the past 25!

Introducing my top 25 from the past 25!

I've been teaching other people to knit, crochet, embroider, and needlepoint for more than 25 years and, throughout those years, I've compiled a list of tips that are pretty much guaranteed to make you a better knitter, crocheter, or stitcher.

While you may already know some of them, I hope you'll learn something that will, indeed, help you improve your skills and make you a more confident needle artist. (Because that's what you are, you know!)  

Tips for Organizing Your Stash

Tips for Organizing Your Stash

Everyone knows when you're a knitter, embroiderer, crocheter, needlepointer, cross-stitcher, quilter, or any other kind of self-proclaimed needle nut, loving all the beautiful and colorful yarns and threads is a cinch. It's keeping them orderly that can be overwhelming - and it can feel like a monumental challenge! Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned stitcher, keeping your stash organized will help you know what you have, find what you need, and inspire you to make projects you love.
Issue 3 is in the house!

Issue 3 is in the house!

Today's the "Big Day"! Issue 3 of Making magazine is in at the shop and I can finally put copies out for sale. Yippee!!!

It's been reeeeeeaaaaallllllly hard to keep them under wraps these past couple of weeks, too, because this is the issue that has my article about French knots in it.

Countdown to Close Day!

Countdown to Close Day!

Wow - the time has really flown past! We're down to the final two weeks that Serendipity Needleworks will have a brick and mortar storefront in Tuscaloosa.
May 16, 2017 by Ellen Johnson
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens...

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens...

And so, after 14 years - and more fun than you can imagine - I have decided to semi-retire and close my brick and mortar store front. A lot of exciting things are on the horizon for Serendipity Needleworks, though, so stay tuned for an exciting adventure online.
May 01, 2017 by Ellen Johnson