What’s next?


Mary Engelbreit

I’m not overly pleased with how the English Collection pix turned out.

In particular, the putrid green that is the background of the London Bus is on the fix list.  Also, there is this strange disco globe effect that shows up on some of that gallery’s thumbnails, like meshed lines in a curved grid.  I’m no photography expert, but I plan to redo some items in the English Collection at some point, to do these beautiful canvases justice.  Mercifully, this effect goes away in the slide show.

I’ll also be getting rid of the washed out Gallery 1, which was my first attempt at trying to learn the gallery software on WP, as I was figuring out the best way to take pictures of my stash, before I had my famous “studio.”   Maybe I’ll replace it with a mega gallery, displaying a whole mess of canvases together in a whimsical fashion, instead of grouping things according the standard  themes or categories that you generally see on most commercial needlepoint Web sites.  I’ll do that this coming week, so that visitors will have more to look at.

Meanwhile, I’ll be putting up today, and next, a selection of stitched models.

Some of these will be larger items, others will be smaller, more ornamental.  I’m not going to go crazy with this.  The selection will be limited to a few pieces.  Nevertheless, viewers will be able to get a general idea of my work.

In my experience, it’s often the finished pieces that excite and draw in customers at a needlepoint shop.  As I have made plain early on, this blog is not a store.  But I will mention that I will soon be working on a bunch of new projects, after we (yes, I actually have a family!) visit NY this spring, and take a side trip to Vermont.

So… to all my friends in Florida, and elsewhere, who have pestered (in the nicest way, of course) me about this, particularly since I started Needlepoint Land:  first, I greatly appreciate all your kind emails and phone calls, and, yes of course, I’m leaning toward making a not-so-surprise official announcement down the line.  As the schmaltzy but actually hugely inspiring tag to the cute illo of Mary Engelbreit’s blog puts it, I’m always choosing happiness, if I can, when I reach a proverbial fork in the road.  And that’s all I will be saying about that!

© Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 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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