Category Archives: Video

Animated Stitchin’


I’ve long been fascinated with the concept of animated needlepoint, and in fact made a video a while back that explored some ideas on making a stitch guide  “come alive” by turning it into a sort of MTV video.

Above is a short animation from the multi-talented Nina Paley that illustrates how animation can apply to embroidery.

If this sort of stuff interests you — in particular, exploring complex stitchwork designs that are meant to be executed by actual robots! — I recommend you check out her PaleGray Labs site.

© Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016




I was on the beach with my husband yesterday and we saw several sharks swimming right by the shore.  This is where people swim all the time.

Here is the first sighting.   It goes by real quick, between seconds 1 and 2.

This is a still frame highlight of that shark.  (Click on the pic to enlarge it.)

first shark highlight

Here is the second sighting.

And here’s the highlight still frame of those sharks.  Click on the pic to better see the sharks.

second shark highlight

These are not nurse or sand sharks.  And they were swimming in less than 3 feet of water.  Think about it.

Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016

Animated Crab


There’s no question that short and funny creative needlepoint videos can be a lot of fun to watch.

They’re also a blast to make, too!  (Just to be clear:  I am not talking about commercially creating a derivative work from copyrighted material:  this post is just about passing time on the beach, so to speak, with your latest internet gizmo.)

For example, I’ve often thought what it would be like if I could animate a canvas.  Or move different elements of a canvas around.  Or move one design element from one canvas to another, creating a different look.  As long as the design isn’t too elaborate, it’s quite simple to do, and takes only patience.

Julie Pischke Designs

Julie Pischke Designs

Julie Pischke is a native Floridian who has lived in Key West for many years, and has designed many awesome tropical-themed needlepoint canvases.  I like their simplicity and bold colors, which one can plainly see in a canvas such as her Calypso Crab one.

It’s really a snap to load this image into your favorite graphics editing program and play around, then run it through a simple video editor for extra bells and whistles.

Here on my latest Vimeo clip you can watch the Calypso crab come to life, and it took only a few minutes to do.  I had to change the background a little, to fill in the big hole when I took out the crab, but you get the idea.  I’ve kept it basic and slow, so you can see the different steps Mr. Calypso takes to get across the canvas.

Jazzing this basic idea up is simple.

If I wanted to, I could easily have added two black dots to Mr. Calypso’s eyes, and have him stop and look around.  Or I could make his little legs wiggle, maybe to the beat of funky calypso music.  There really is no limit but your imagination to this kind of stuff, but of course in the end nothing beats getting the original canvas and stitching it!

It’s just that some stitchers like to have a little extra fun.  😉


Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016.

Key West Bungalow – HD Version


This is for those of you who don’t drink your piña colada  with a straw.

Here’s mud in your eye!

PS  If you don’t feel like leaving a comment, don’t forget you can always click on Leave a Comment, then click on the WordPress Like or Share buttons.  You can also use Vimeo to share this vid with your friends, or embed it in your own website or blog.  Like needlepoint tips, all clicks are most appreciated!

Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016.

Coming Soon…


Needlepoint Land will stream an absolutely fantastic, spectacular, spectacular new video…

featuring  Pat Carsley’s amazing Key West Bungalow canvas…

as never seen before…

so exciting, you will have to stitch it now!!!

so inviting, you will have to ask me how!!!

Stay tuned.

Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016.



Sorry for the long silence, fans, but the thing is I’ve been holding down three jobs, while going to night school for video editing. 😉

Anyway, I thought I’d take time out from my incredibly busy schedule to show you what’s now in the pipeline.

Here goes.

The finished monkey purse, the NY Mets belt, the vivid Mary Engelbreit-inspired floral pillow AND three Raymond Crawford canvases arrived recently in the mail, all on the same day — it was a virtual needlepoint fiesta. The stitched pieces are well-executed by three talented needle artists.

I love the Japanese lanterns that Ray designs.  In fact, I own several.

For a dyed-in-the-yarn Manhattanite, what could be better than a New York pastiche design? (Ray promises a stitch guide is coming soon.)

Finally, the Eagle Scout canvas is a gift for two young men. Congratulations, Scouts!

Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016.