Tuesday, November 26, 2013


I have written this three different times over several days.  Each time it disappears or the photos have a mind of their own.  I'm hoping this is the charm.

Let's start with some of Margaret Bendig's Halloween designs.  Over the past several years, Margaret has designed and taught 3 witch's boots & several slippers.  Now she is starting the Halloween Hat series.  After she teaches one of these designs, she waits several months & teaches a finishing class.  All her holiday theme designs include finishing instructions.  The Halloween designs are available for purchase.  If interested, contact Margaret at  MargaretBendig@gmail.com.

1st in a series

Inside of hat.  Finishing instructions included.

Halloween Slippers

Swarovski  crystals for his eyes

Lani  design.  Think it's sideways.

This is for some lucky fireman

This is a copy of Gustav Klimt's THE KISS
It's a 5 year project.  She's an optimist.
Please enlarge so you can see the detailed ribbon work.

I'm not pressing my luck!  I'm posting before it's too late.
Needlepoint Tool Time

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


This past weekend, I attended Margaret Bendig's Retreat at a Catholic Retreat Center in the wine country of Temechula, CA.  Most of the stitchers are participants in Margaret's weekly classes at Needlepoint, Inc.  Counted work (beyond my mental capacity) seems to be their first love.  The theme was Stitch your Stash.  Everyone arrived with multiple projects. Ages ranged from middle 30''s to "I can't believe you can still see to stitch".  There were 3 mother/daughter couples.  In between stitching and snacking, we had great meals prepared by the Retreat Center's chef.

I thought you would enjoy seeing some of the projects in progress:

Ta Da
Organization's crest
Cross Stitch on Linen

Christmas Tree
Laura J. Perin  Design

Sew on Swarovski crystals for eyes
Buttons & beads for holly

Ta Da
Cross stitch Santa by Mirabilia

Knot the Usual
Sue Reed

American Flag
Margaret Bendig

Margaret did the finishing on this angel  one afternoon.