Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Needlepointing is for Winners.

I am obsessed with needlepointing these days. I think about it all the time. I’ve been working on a big project that is seeming to take FOREVER, but I’ve also been trolling the internet for a new project. I usually do projects of my own design, or designs adapted from photographs, but lately I’ve been craving the ease of doing a painted canvas of someone else’s making. 
I’ve done so many black and white designs in the past couple of years. Here are a few for those of you who can’t be bothered to check out my super amazing awesome needlepoint page. Look. Feast your eyes and stuff.

I know. Estelle Getty's head is totally floating. It's just the way it worked out.

Here’s what I’ve been working on lately.

It’s part of a wall hanging of 70’s TV detectives. Columbo is done, and Quincy is nearly done. Still have to do Kojak and Charlies Angels. Not sure what to do with it when I finish it when I’m 120 years old.
It will never be done.
It is huge.

But every home needs a needlepointed wall tapestry of 1970's TV detectives, am I right?

So, sick of black and white, I wanted to do something a little more cheerful.
And here’s what I’ve ordered from the internet. It’s by “Princley Creations” and I purchased it from Fireside Stitchery.

Here’s something else I want to do by JP Needlepoint Designs from 
(Imari. when it's done it would be much more vibrant.)

I also started a huge wall hanging several months back - a Maggie Lane design that I can’t finish because stupid Paternayan isn’t making their stupid Paternayan yarn anymore and I can’t find enough wool to finish the stupid background. I’ll have to find a substitute for the stupid Paternayan.

photo of finished Maggie Lane wall hanging

what I've done so far and can't finish because of stupid Paternayan.

could have been amazing except for stupid Paternayan.

Stupid Paternayan. Pull yourself together.

I realize this might not have been the post of your dreams. But it's what's on my mind. Needlepointing, and cheese. And chocolate chip cookies. The cheap kind.

So, here's a little drawing to make up for the fact that I wrote about needlepoint instead of things that are funny.

You're welcome.


  1. I think it's about creating things that you can touch, right? I haven't sewn anything in 4 years apart from a few buttons, using my husband's small sewing kit. Don't even own a sewing machine. Now getting the urge again, but Prague is pathetic for people who sew. I'll have to go to Belgium or Japan for supplies. Oh well. Love your handiwork BTW. Regarding Paternayan, I feel your pain.

  2. You should start working on a life sized "Isle of La Grande Jatte" (I think I spelled that correctly). It would take you about 30 years and keep you busy :) I mean it IS pointillism. Needlepoint / Pointillism PERFECT.

  3. I'd love to see your Ted Nugent needlepoint...

  4. Marcel, I wouldn't waste the time and money on immortalizing him in needlepoint. But I think you knew that... :-)
    Scoundrel, the answer is no. Darth Vadar, however...
    kiva, you can not know my Paternayan pain. Shall I ship you some sewing notions?

  5. as a grateful recipient of not one but TWO of your stunning creations, i am delighted with this blog post, elpoo! i could look at your work all day. (but perhaps that's me trying to avoid working/the real world?)

    keep it coming, babycakes. you're inspiring me to bust out my serger...

    jules xoxo

  6. Wow, this is FABULOUS! :D Must take a lot of time and patience.

  7. Super Earthling, it keeps me off the crack.

  8. you ElPoo are fabulous in so many ways. I love your needlepoint work and the chocolate peanut butter cookies.

    can't stand the thought of you not being able to finish a creation so did a bit of research and found this

    Waverly Yarn by Brown Sheep is extremely similar to Paternayan, is 100% Persian wool. It is 3-ply and divisible into 3 separate strands of yarn. It is available in 478 colors.

  9. Darci, I love you! It might not be the same weight as Paternayan, but I might be able to make some adjustments. How the heck di you find tho? I've been trolling the internet for months!