Category Archives: Finito

Mr. Owl Gallery


Don’t forget to email me at, if you’re interested in buying my stitch guide for this beautiful canvas by JP, or to purchase the canvas itself, or both!

© Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016.


Swimming with the Fishes


Artist Unknown

I stitched this canvas on the island of Manhattan during a really cold winter, as I was waiting to vacation in Anguilla, or someplace on the islands.  It’s a cross-stitch design that makes a great gift idea for your favorite scuba or snorkeling fanatic.  It might even look funky on the wall in a dentist’s waiting room, instead of the usual bubbling tank with Japanese gold-fish.

© Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016.

Et Dieu Se Reposa


Carolyn Ambuter

I had this sampler Tableau du Moyen Âge drawn for me, back in the early 80s, from a design I saw in a Carolyn Ambuter needlepoint book.  As you can tell from the tilted basket, the framer’s skills left something to be desired in the blocking department, but it was still selected to be part of an exhibit in a local art show.


© Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016.

Mary Antrim, Mary Antrim


Stitched by Erin

So I was browsing through the Gothamist to keep up with recent news in the Big Apple and came upon this.

$1.07 million for a canvas by a schoolgirl.  Okay, so she stitched it as a sampler two centuries ago, but still.

A thousand large, as they say in Jersey.

Frankly, I was blown away.  Forget the canvas.  Just think of all those lovely zeroes.

And what impressed me, most of all, was that Nice Man dealer priming the pump with all this business about how it stands out as a unique folk art statement.


It totally does.

Got me thinking, though.

Why, I’ve got a piece right here:   It’s charmingly folkoric, it’s old (I think it may be one of my pieces from the turn of the century), it’s watermarked, and it’s available!

But only for that special sap, I mean person, who feels he or she must grossly overpay for an embroidered canvas that almost anyone who reads this blog can stitch in under a week.

And the beauty of it all is that you can have it at the reduced price of only $100,000 + shipping.

Offer only good till Sunday.

Additional stitcher prep charges may apply…

And the best part is, if it’s gone by the time you call, don’t worry:  there’s tons more in my dusty attic where that came from.

Think I’ll call that dealer fellow now, pronto.

ps.  Demi Lune sold separately, if I can find one quick at the flea market, er, the local On Consignment outfit.

© Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016.

New York, New York



Just received a very moody-looking canvas back from the framer.  It is a design called City Lights, by dede, which I did in a multi-stitch pattern for a class.

It so reminded me of NY, as I was stitching it.  I picture it as being dusk, and all the office lights are still on, as everyone is getting ready to go home, and the city that never sleeps unfolds into another beautiful evening.

I’m looking forward to being in Manhattan again next month, and of course will visit my wonderful needlepoint friends at Rita’s and Annie’s, here, and also here.

Look for pics during that visit!

© Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016.