Tag Archives: Melissa Shirley

Patrick’s Stocking

needlepointland stocking finishing

Maria’s Awesome Xmas Stocking

Here’s another wonderful stocking stitched by my friend Maria for a very special and lucky little boy.

I had it finished by a real pro, who managed to turn it around for me in record time!

Thanks to my finisher, this lovely stocking made it to young Patrick in time for his very first Christmas.

It’s a Melissa Shirley design.

Maria favors this artist for Christmas stockings, having stitched about 15 or so over the years for relatives and friends.

The piece is backed with navy velvet and lined in a very elegant green moire.

Lots of glitter in this one. The silver moon is well, silver, against the shimmering navy background sky.

Maria uses lots of silk and silk/wool combination threads and that is what you see throughout the stocking.

Santa’s sack is Petite Very Velvet and the bells are stitched in brassy gold Kreinik metallics.  His coat trim is Fancy Fur by Rainbow Gallery.

Finally, notice the way Maria made use of different threads and textures to create the illusion of depth and dimension.  Absolutely superb!

By the way, I was looking at the American Needlepoint Guild (ANG) magazine Needlepointers last night.

It showed pics of finished needlepoint in the Awards Gallery that’s refereed by a panel of judges at their national seminar.

Maria should really consider submitting some of her finished pieces there.

She’s got my vote!

Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016


Gorgeous Santa Stocking

Christmas Stocking

Christmas Stocking

I would love to hang this beauty on my mantle.

This is one of many Melissa Shirley Christmas stockings that my friend, Maria, has stitched.  Her use of decorative stitches and threads is always perfection.

As you can see, there are  lots of glittery accents.  The snowy ground is done using random long and short stitches in white and pale blue metallics.

Santa’s coat is the diagonal mosaic stitched with a beautiful rich, red silk.

The trim on Santa’s coat is done all in perfect French Knots (hundreds of them), which is a feat in itself.

And, finally, the beard is  Rainbow Gallery’s Fancy Fur in satin stitch.

Well done Maria!  Beautiful work.

Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016

The Floor Stand – Trailer


Here’s a little teaser for the next vid I’m putting up.

Stitch Guide on Floor Stand

Stitch Guide on Floor Stand

This one will feature my mother’s floor stand, a beautiful canvas by Melissa Shirley called Tomales Bay Barn, and some silly video tricks for your entertainment and amusement.

Sorry about the typo in the trailer, but my video guy took the name of the canvas off the stitch guide (see pic on the right).  My fault I didn’t check it before uploading to Vimeo.  Oh, and the audio clip is from Californication, by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

I won’t be doing a stitch guide tute in this vid (particularly since there is a great one written already!), but I hope it will turn out to be a lot of fun to watch, especially if the concept I have in mind works out as planned.

By the way, thank you all for the really incredible number of hits (for this little blog) on the previous vid!

Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016.