I don’t think my expectations were too high. If a manufacturer loudly proclaims themselves to have “needlepoint you can stitch and finish yourself,” you as the purchaser have a reasonable expectation that you will be able to do that.
But if you buy a kit from One Stop Needlepoint those expectations are far too high.
I have been wanting to try these products since reading about them last year. I read good things about them in a local shop’s newsletter.
Here is the grand sum total of what was in one kit: a painted canvas of the ornament, two skeins of floss, some lengths of unlabeled metallic, a piece of cardboard with foam on it, and the finished back for the needlepoint. All in a generic plastic zipper bag.
No picture of the finished design, although the company has every design pictured stitched on their website.
No finishing instructions.
If I believed their hype and thought this would be a great way to learn needlepoint and finish something, I’d be up the proverbial creek because I have gotten no help whatsoever. I don’t even know where to call if I have a problem because the company could not even bother to put a business card inside the package.
The kit looked like what a project looks like after you have taken it apart, thrown away the labels, and put it in your own project bag. Except that you would have kept the finishing instructions.
I feel like the lady in the Liberty Insurance commercial who says “Hey Insurance Company . . .” But I want to say “Hey Needlepoint Finisher, not everyone knows how to do the already.”
Perhaps you are thinking this is just a fluke and not all the kits could be this bad. I actually bought two kits and they both came without one written word.
This company is not ready for selling, no matter how great the idea may be (and it is a great idea). At a minimum, every kit needs to have:
- label or other identification of the company
- a color picture of the finished project
- basic stitching instructions
- finishing instructions
- a needle
Then the kit would truly be one stop, then it truly would be needlepoint made easy.
I am going to stitch up one of the kits I bought (which are not cheap by the way) and will post again to let you know how to finish them.
In the meantime I feel cheated and cannot recommend this product to anyone but folks with experience stitching and they don’t need it.
Please note: These kits were bought at full retail price for testing and review purposes.
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
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