We have become very intrigued, possibly obsessed, with embellishments. Embellishment is just about anything, other than thread, that you can put on a canvas. Beads and sequins are often used embellishments, but there is so much else you can use, including ribbons, gimp, and wire lace as well as found items.

So now that we have more embellishments we thought it might be time to have an embellishment class with a nationally known teacher! October 4, 5, and 6 we have scheduled Julia Snyder to come and give us a lessons!

This month Pat will be heading to Detroit to attend the National Academy of Needlearts Assembly. Besides taking classes, she will be judging The Exemplary, which is an amazing exhibit of all forms of needle arts. As we all well know, she will come back inspired. I am not sure where we will put whatever new ideas she has but we always find a way. We all benefit from her passion and travels into the world of needle arts.

At the end of March we are heading to Orlando, Florida for the first Spring Needlepoint Market. We are hoping to bring back lots of new canvases, embellishments and accessories.

We will be having two trunk shows in April - Charley Harper and Mindy. There will be some great options for that special canvas which could be the very piece Julia Snyder guides you through using fabulous fibers and new and interesting stitches.

The next few months will be busy and there will be a number of closures so please check the website and shop postings.

Keep stitching and sharing - all of your projects are the ultimate inspiration to us.

Leslie and Pat
March 29 to April 1, 2019
We are heading to Florida for the first Spring Needlepoint Show. We will be shopping for some new finds March 29 - April 1.
Visit our new wall of embellishments. Lots of fun stuff to jazz up any project. We are happy to help show you the uses for these fabulous new finds. You can be sure there will be a class on their uses soon.
Bella Lusso
This is our newest fiber. This is a luscious 100% pure merino wool that is a joy to stitch with and comes in fine strands so canvas coverage can vary. Made in Italy, there are 155 colors with 45 yards per skein.
Baroque Silk and Soy Luster
We were happy to learn that Chris Lewis will be distributing these lovely threads. So no need to worry about substitutions as we will continue to stock the full line of both.
Charley Harper Trunk Show
Charley Harper was a Cincinnati- based American Modernist artist best known for his highly stylized wildlife prints. His work has translated to needlepoint and these hand-painted canvases are available through the Meredith Collection . We are so pleased to have this exclusive trunk show. All canvases will be 20% off.
Mindy Trunk Show
Mindy canvases are beautifully painted and full of colorful geometric shapes. Her canvases provide great options for lots of fun threads, embellishments and room for stitches, of all shapes and sizes. It is unusual for us to find just one when we go to market. This show will give you the opportunity to select your own at 20% off.
OCTOBER 4, 5 AND 6, 2019
Julia Snyder is a nationally recognized needlepoint teacher who has been teaching for over 22 years and has written 13 books on needlepoint and stitches. She is incredibly knowledgeable and creative.  We are so excited that she is coming to Hillside Needlepoint.

You can come for one, two or three days of classes. Choose a canvas* and Julia will help you with stitches and threads. You are certain to learn a lot and have a great time.

Class is from 10am – 5pm and lunch will be provided.  Class is $140/per day and a $70/day deposit is required to reserve your spot.

*You will need to purchase your canvas from Hillside Needlepoint. If you want to use a canvas from your stash there will be an additional $50 charge.

Sign up by emailing us here or calling the shop at 443.548.3691
and check our website for class updates.

Mondays 2pm - 4pm


If you have a stitch group and are looking for a place to meet
(for free), let us know! Call the shop to schedule at 443.548.3691.
Top or Bottom
Top or bottom? That is the question when you are mounting your canvas on stretcher bars. And the good news is there is no right answer. It really is a personal preference.

Many stitchers like their canvas mounted on top of the stretcher bars. Mounting on top of the bars makes it easier for you to lay your stitches smoothly and to use a laying tool. The disadvantage is that it may be a bit more difficult to run your needle under your threads when starting or stopping your threads. But for those of us who primarily start and stop stitches on top of the canvas, this is less of a problem.

Other stitchers like the canvas mounted on the bottom of the stretcher bars, also known as stitching in the well. It is harder to use a laying tool but it is easier to stop and start stitches. These stitchers also believe that having the canvas on the bottom keeps the canvas clean, especially if you drop the canvas.

But the bottom line is that however you mount your canvas is whatever works best for you. The most important thing, no matter how you mount the canvas, is that your canvas be square on the bars and tightly tacked, using tacks about 1-inch apart.
Plaited Algerian
The Plaited Algerian is a great stitch for borders. It adds dimension and interest. This is the perfect stitch when you have 5 canvas threads. It can be worked horizontal or vertical.

Planet Earth Leather
Fun little gifts or a treat for yourself. Self-finishing for the last minute gift. Custom or stock canvases available. New leather colors arriving this spring!

Maryland Spirit
We have lots of Maryland souvenirs that can be made into key fobs, ornaments, pillows, etc. Custom canvases also available.

Local School Spirit
Graduation is coming up! Just a small sample of some local school spirit. Any school is available in any form - mini socks, ornaments, door hangers, or even pillows.

Pantone Color of the Year: CORAL
If the Pantone color of the year is what you are looking for, here is a small sample of some lovely fibers in varying shades of coral.
The combinations are endless.
Call: 443-548-3691