Over 28 years ago (How can that be??) I saw my first hand painted, hand stitched Christmas needlepoint stocking. It was love at first sight! I had no idea that this existed and I wanted to make one. This started me on my almost 30 years of needle pointing.
I had NO idea how expensive this hobby was going to be nor did I realize that some of my stockings took over one year to make. Hopefully, they will be heirlooms that will be cherished. Each person in my family has a stocking and I am currently working on a new one for my son Tim as his was the first one I ever made and it looks like it was the first one- it only has one kind of stitch. Each artist has an unique style and each canvas is completely different depending on if they are painted on a canvas with 13 holes per square inch (easier to stitch) or 18 holes per inch.
There are entire stores just for needle pointing- Needlepoint, Inc. in San Francisco at Union Square and Madonna Needleworks in Morgan Hill are gorgeous stores with huge inventories of hand painted canvases and literally millions of threads to choose from. They have wonderful teachers that will help plot out a stitch guide. This is important as each stocking ends up costing at least $1500 by the time it is done.
I just finished Sean’s (on the right)- It has 18 holes to the inch and took forever- It has not been sew into a stocking yet.
I have been know to stitch everyday for periods of time and not at all for periods of time.
I enjoyed stitching them and meeting with my friends for dinner, wine and stitching at our monthly Stitch and Bitch. Sometimes I bitch way more than I stitch.!
Here is the canvas I am working on for Tim-