Keep Calm and Stitch On

Contemporary rendering of a poster from the Un...
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There have been a few mysterious things to learn these last few days, to get the site up and running.

I think the most challenging was tweaking those indecipherable commands that were needed to get my email (which is hosted somewhere else) to work.

But that part is over, and now I can focus on the blogging instead of bizarre things like DNS records.  Whatever they may be.

This is my first blog site, but I must say it’s straightforward learning how to do things.

It has already become a bit frustrating dealing with some of the design limitations of, but, heck, it’s free, and they do all the heavy lifting on the back-end.  It’s (almost) true that you can put one of these up with no coding.

At any rate, I hope my really simple menu bar scheme, for visitors to navigate the site, is, as they say, “intuitive.”

Intuitive or not, here is the layout for how to get around here.

Home will be for posts.

About is self-explanatory (that menu option will stay there, unless I can figure out how to move it to the sidebar).

How to Do will consist of a set of instructional drop down “pages” (to use WordPress terminology).

These will detail in a rather precise way exactly how certain stitches are done.  I have to say  that I am very grateful to the talented Cheryl Fall for emailing me with a needed illo to show the technique for stitching the Continental.  I was going to use the Wiki CC-BY-SA illustration of that basic stitch, but they were off – at least by the way these stitches are done in the US.

Please go see how the How to Do a Continental Stitch page turned out, and let me know if anything is unclear, or needs to be added, or corrected.

It’s also accessible from the sidebar.

Apart from the How To stuff (there will be more stitch techniques, and other goodies added soon), I am going to highlight a  needlepoint project.  I shall use an Owl canvas for this purpose.   I think there will be enough going on here to illustrate how a typical needlepoint project unfolds.  Anyway, posts about Mr. Owl will be up under Projects.

The My Stash shall be some sort of Flickr display of some very nice canvases that I have yet, alas, to stitch.

The Stitched Models will be a display of some canvases that I have miraculously already finished, so that readers can get some idea as to my personal preferences.

I’ve put in a blogroll, which I intend to expand over the next few weeks.  Right now, it links to Needle Knowledge, which is Cheryl’s new Website.

That’s it for now.

Happy stitching!

© Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016.


About Erin

Owner of Needlepoint Land, LLC. Professional in the field for more than 15 years, during which I have managed and/or worked with various high-end needlepoint shops. I enjoy teaching both beginners and advanced stitchers, and have created numerous stitch guides, with speciality thread selections, for in-store customers and private clients. I maintain contact with an extensive network of needlepoint vendors, custom artists, and, most importantly, reliable, high-quality finishers. I look forward to hearing your comments on my blog!

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