It was my birthday Friday — what I am calling my Beatles birthday because I turned 64. Along with lovely presents & beautiful weather (no smoke, clear sky, the temperature in the 70’s), I wanted to celebrate with you all.
I’m having a giveaway. Ten lucky readers will receive a grab bag of ten different threads (US addresses only). Entering is easy, just leave a comment on this post (not on Facebook) by noon on Saturday, September 26 with what topics you’d most like to see me cover. I’ll announce the winners in next Monday’s post.
Entries must be left as comments with your email address on this post only. Prizes can only be mailed to US addresses. All this site’s contest rules apply.
About Janet M Perry
Janet Perry is the Internet's leading authority on needlepoint. She designs, teaches and writes, getting raves from her fans for her innovative techniques, extensive knowledge and generous teaching style. A leading writer of stitch guides, she blogs here and lives on an island in the northeast corner of the SF Bay with her family
I would love an article on Sashiko embroidery.
mary g says
Would love more information for my stitch notebook that I have compiled from your classes…maybe where the stitches would work the best??? You did round stitches and diagonal..how about straight stitch tips??? Have fun
I love it when you try out and compare threads!
Anne Roberts says
As my go to source for all things needlepoint, I can not thank you enough for sharing your knowledge. I hope you enjoy your birthday immensely! Also, just love the plaid weighted frame weights.
Thanks for all you do, Anne
Susan Millen says
Many thanks for broadening my knowledge about needlepoint through your blog. I have learned so much from you and your generosity in sharing resources!
Keep up the good work! 🙂
Sherry B says
Happy Birthday! I am an old needlepointer who learned as a teenager. I am now retired and although I have stitched off and on for years, I am finding lots of new inspiration. I have never used a stitch guide and would love to learn to navigate the various stitches and placement from a beginners point of view.
Monica Dupre says
You’ve taught me so much already. I have a binder of your lessons from two classes I’ve taken. But I really want to know more about two areas: specific stitches and where they are most useful, and finishing techniques.
Pamela Scott says
I’d love to see an article or two on laid stitches – what works in terms of textures, colors, thread composition, thread thicknesses, pattern directions, plus when and where to use laid stitches and any suggestions regarding their use. Also would love to see an article or two on how to achieve a “lacy” look using needlepoint stitches for clothing, for borders, etc.
I’d like to see articles on how to do pattern darning
Christine Sannerud says
Happy birthday! I love reading your blog everyday. You have such good ideas for stash busting projects and I always check out your product recommendations, especially storage ideas.
I appreciate you sharing your vast knowledge with your readers!
Cheryl Roler Timko says
Happy, happy birthday!
I would love to see you recommend stitches to use in small areas, beside skip tent, t-stitch, & mosaic stitch.
Patricia Luhan says
Happy Birthday and thanks for all you have done for the art of needlepoint.
Lee Decker says
Background stitches that are somewhat open. Lee Decker. Deckersvienna@gmail.com
Lee Decker says
Background stitches that are somewhat open.
I would love a post recommending different threads for different mesh canvases!
Janet Kulka says
Happy birthday! I would really like an article about how to determine what stitches to use and how to pick out threads to bring out the stitches and effects of a canvas.
Arlene Harris says
Wishes for a very Happy Birthday – Love your blog – Learned and continue to learn so much
Mary Maxwell says
Hi Janet, I would love to hear more about smaller stitch patterns for more detailed coverage. Happy belated birthday! Thank you, Mary Maxwell
How to work small spaces and lettering on needlepoint
Marilyn Pearlstein says
Happy Birthday. We share the day. I would love to see some more ways to mix and match different threads
Pretty much my biggest challenge has always been how to handle the often seemingly plain backgrounds on a piece. (Like on my old, partly completed nutcracker canvas.) Often, my first idea is just to use a ordinary tent stitch and a plain and single colored thread. Would love to have you perhaps give us suggestions on a variety of stitches and threads to use. Shucks, just because the background is a solid color, perhaps we could ‘paint’ in some mountains, a starry sky or something else or even use the same stitches but mix up the threads that we are using. Plain backgrounds should not have to always be one color snd only one type of stitch. Err… Perhaps reading your comments on your Website and getting personal suggestions from you have made me slightly less conservative. I have a great variety of threads, needlework stitch books and other resources. Suspect a lot of your readers often have the same questions.
Would also be interested in how to incorporate non-needlepoint techniques into my canvases ie… appliqué, Russian punch needle, blackwork stitches, couched stitching, beads or perhaps using vinyl strips I bought (to possibly use for a nutcracker’s boots) into my canvases. or threads added to a nutcracker’s books to resemble lacing. Want my canvases to be a lot more interesting. Oh my… Writing this post I am starting to think of possible ideas… It must be the ‘Janet Effect’…
Hope you had a wonderful birthday, Janet! Thank you for all of the suggestions you have given me and everyone else. Backgrounds, without doubt, will always be challenging to me! Keep healthy and safe during these curious CV-19 and smoke filled times. Thanks for just being you!
NP Jenn says
Happy Birthday! May you have many more so you can provide NP guidance to all of us.
Everyone’s suggestions are so good and they have covered so many great topics. I would really like to see a multi part project that covers a lot of subjects, for example taking a picture or drawing and converting that to a needlepoint project. Everything from selection of object, to transferring to canvas, selecting size, threads, colors, stitches. Then the actual stitching and finally finishing. It would be great to see all the parts progress over time and understand the decision making process.
Carol Sylvester says
Oooooh! Or nue! I’ve wanted to try this for a while, but am not sure where/how to start.
Carol Sylvester says
Ooooh! Or nue! I’ve wanted to try this for a while but am unsure of where or how to start. And happy birthday!
Carol Sylvester says
So, as I’m going further back through my blog feed I see you JUST did a post on or nue. So, how about felting on needlepoint? I’ve seen this done on some canvases, and think it’s really interesting.
Janet M Perry says
I agree, felting is interesting. I doubt if you’ll see me write a post about it because I hate sharp needles (and felting needles are VERY sharp. I’d love a guest post about it if anyone wants to do it.