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Break this down for me:

 

Needlepoint is an ancient form of embroidery that is having a contemporary resurgence. Literally anyone can needlepoint. It's therapeutic, relaxing, and an excellent excuse to put your phone down. Maybe best of all, you can throw it in your bag and bring it basically anywhere. My stitching locations of choice are a toss up between planes (preferably a nonstop from the east to west coast) and the beach.

 

Sunny stitching in San Diego.

Fibers are the threads used to needlepoint. These range from 100% wool, to silk and wool blends, to the floss you used to make friendship bracelets with. It all depends on the look you're going for and how much you want to spend! Fibers are included in kits or you can pick them out at your local needlepoint shop or order online.

 

You've got this - our "How to Needlepoint" insert comes with every order!

Other necessary equipment: A teeny pair of embroidery scissors (even nail clippers work), an tapestry needle (the ones with the big eye), and your favorite music, podcast, or show to set the scene.

 Sip and Stitch at Monelle Vermont

Sip and Stitch at Monelle Vermont

Once a canvas is complete - every stitch in it's place - the canvas is ready for finishing into a functional (or not so much) item. The possibilities are endless and could include pillows, clutches, ornaments, dog collars, and more. If you're crafty, this can be done at home, but I recommend sending away for finishing or doing so at your local needlepoint shop.

 

YouTube has lots of excellent stitching tutorials but if you're totally new, please reach out and I'm happy to fill in the gaps. Let's get stitching!