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My Needlepoint Journey

One stitch at a time

By DaphsamPublished 3 months ago 3 min read
Top Story - January 2024
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My journey into the world of needlepoint began as a little girl of seven years old. It was watching my Mother, Nana, and my older sister, Christine, sitting around the living room chit-chatting about the latest soap opera, “Guiding Light,” working away on colorful needlepoint tapestries.

It looked like fun to create pictures with the needle. My mother patiently taught me my first stitch, the “continental.” It wasn’t easy, and I got frustrated, but eventually, I got the hang of it.

I spent hours of my childhood and teenage years sitting in front of the TV watching classic movies with the stars of Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Elizabeth Taylor, and Doris Day entertaining me as I stitched away on my needle points. I was probably the only teenager in school who would sit on the cold locker room floor during free periods or before an exam and stitch my floral needlepoint tapestries.

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Needlepoint gave me something to do with my hands and kept my mind distracted. For someone who has anxiety, like myself, needlepoint was very therapeutic. It kept my hands busy and my thoughts on following the pattern.

My interest was flowers; I loved the colors and creating different playing with the hues of the needlepoint threads of the roses, hibiscus, and peonies. One after one, I would turn them into pillows, and they’d be lined up on my bed like trophies. As I got older, my interests started to turn to animals. As I was a young mom, I wanted to create needlepoint pillows that my kids would enjoy.

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I had needlepointed a lion for my son and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel pillow for my daughter when they were little. They still have these pillows to this day. I wanted to branch out from the florals. I pretty much tried every subject: people, fish, birds. I turned a lot of my canvases into pillows, but eventually, they went into framed artwork.

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This Jaguar piece was a gift for my Mother. she loved vibrant colors and Jaguars. I worked diligently to finish these in a timely fashion. It took about two years to complete this colorful Jaguars for my mom's 70th birthday. After she passed away, I have the framed needlepoint hanging in my home. I can remember where I was with each stitch. There is something about needlepoint, there is a connection to each color, each section of the canvas. It's a work of art and of memories.

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Finally, I decided to try my hand at something more challenging. I was walking in a needlepoint store one day and fell madly in love with a 2 1/2-foot Santa’s canvas.

Santa took eight years to complete! With life challenges and sheer boredom at times, it took that long. It was also the first needlepoint that I varied away from my continental stitch and started going into many more challenging stitches. Santa was created with “Brick Stitch,” “Basketweave Stitch,” “Diagonal Mosaic Needlepoint Stitch,” and his beard was “French Knots.” Learning those stitches added some time for completing Santa.

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When my boredom hit, I switched to other Christmas and Halloween designs. I loved Needlepoint, but with life, my interest varied to other things — watercoloring, writing, and illustrating, to name a few.

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I will go back to needlepoint one day because I actually have another Santa Claus that matches this guy, but in a green robe with other wildlife. I need to complete him. Santa sits waiting in the closet for me, in a very large bag.

Maybe during one day, I’ll pick him up, and I’ll do some work, but then again, I won’t be able to write, so it is a bit of a challenge. I do have to find a better balance. I’m not quite ready to put him up online for everyone to see.

Have any of you done needlepoint? Do you enjoy needlepoint or other stitching?


This was originally posted on Medium.

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Loving Wife, Mom, Dog Mom- A Dyslexic dreamer who never thought I could read or write. But life changed, and I conquered my fears. I am an artist, photographer, wordsmith and illustrator. Looking to weave stories and poems with my artwork.

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  • Sajidaa day ago

    Your needlepoint Santa Claus project sounds like a delightful endeavor! Balancing hobbies can be tricky, but finding time for creativity is always rewarding. Needlepoint is a relaxing craft that many enjoy. Have you had a chance to work on your Santa recently, or is it still waiting patiently for your attention?

  • Sajida5 days ago

    Oh wow! This is tremendously talented. Thank you for letting us read such an inspiring story!

  • ema2 months ago

    Wow, I love your works, specially flowers. I used to cross stich years ago, with simple projects. You're so talented, congratulations !

  • Blake Booth2 months ago

    This was special. Growing up all the women in my family cross-stitched and on numerous occasions came together to quilt. Reading this, I felt all the old emotions of sitting down next to my mom to watch tv while she worked on her stitching. This was a wonderful read.

  • Ashley Shiflett2 months ago

    Oh wow! This is tremendously talented. Thank you for letting us read such an inspiring story! My grandmother loved needlepointing and embroidering. ❤️

  • Talia Devora2 months ago

    This was so inspiring and interesting to read. As someone with anxiety and Autism, crafts are therapeutic to me. I’ve never tried needlepoint, but I’ve done latch hooking, which is one of my favs! With respect to other forms of creative art, love to knit, paint, draw, do digital art, write, bead, and I want to learn amigurumi. I always bring my knitting on the bus, as that helps me with stress and anxiety. Keep up the phenomenal work. You’re so talented!

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  • Stella Yan PhD2 months ago

    Your needlepoint skills impress me greatly! It is a huge blessing to have found such an enjoyable way to express yourself!

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  • Anna 2 months ago

    These are just beautiful! Congrats on Top Story!🥳

  • Mark Graham2 months ago

    I really like doing needlepoint projects, and I have completed several. A few needlepoint projects and even a long stitch project. I also liked making pictures out of yarn thread. I will post some of my old projects here soon if I can find a few of them.

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  • Mahadi Al Amry3 months ago

    Really loved your work of art. So eye soothing.

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  • karalinda3 months ago

    complete! With life challenges and sheer boredom at times, it took that long. It was also the first needlepoint that I varied away from my continental stitch and started going into many more challenging stitches. Santa was created with “Brick Stitch,” “Basketweave Stitch,” “Diagonal Mosaic Needlepoint Stitch,” and his beard was “French Knots.” Learning those stitches added some time for completing Santa.

  • Marie Wilson3 months ago

    Wonderful needlepoint works and a great story!!

  • I do needlepoint, too! My great aunt taught me how to do it. I'm still on simple stitches with pre-made guides, but it's great for giving me something to do with my hands since I'm so anxious, and it helps improve my surgical and suturing skills. I love your artwork, it's so good!

  • Test3 months ago

    Terrific work! Keep it going—congratulations!

  • L.C. Schäfer3 months ago

    Those are amazing pieces, you should be very proud ❤️

  • Leslie Writes3 months ago

    Wow! These are spectacular artworks! My mother in law does needlepoint and she says the same about calming her mind and giving her hands something to do.

  • PK Colleran3 months ago

    Beautiful artwork, wonderful story. 🩷💙

  • Rachel Deeming3 months ago

    Your work is amazing! I love to knit and I enjoy the repetition and the creating, seeing something emerge from my motions. Can't wait to see that green Santa.

  • Shirley Belk3 months ago

    Love your, I have never done any needlepoint. I lack patience and now my hands won't cooperate...or my eyes (aging) Congratulations on Top Story!!!

  • Rebecca Morton3 months ago

    Such beautiful work, and what a blessing for your children and your mother to have these pieces, lovingly crafted just for them by you! I'm glad you added such good photos of some of your needlepoint creations! As for having time to write, maybe you could record your voice saying what you want to write, while you do the needlepoint. Just a thought. Congrats on your Top Story!

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