Confessions of a Needle Geek

I am a needle geek, a stitch-a-holic. It is an obsession of mine. It is a relaxing and creative way to spend my time. Most evenings I can be found stitching to my heart’s delight. As I posted last December, I used my ankle injury recovery time to create lots of fun ornaments for friends. But I also stitch larger projects. I am not alone in my passion, and I have found other stitchers through the local chapters of the Embroiderers Guild of America, the American Needlepoint Guild, the Bay Area Sampler Guild and Vintage Stitchers.

I learned to stitch at the age of 10, and stitched alone (or with my kids) for 40 years. I took a class or two at different stitching shops in the early 2000’s, but mostly it was something I did on my own. When we moved back to the Bay Area in 2008, I finally learned about the stitching guilds, and found other like-minded stitchers. It is wonderful to find others with whom to share my obsession passion.

It is funny, I can only read one book at a time, but I am usually in the middle of three or four stitching projects. Right now I am stitching a wedding sampler and a Xmas stocking and some small ornaments – all gifts, so I am not going to post photos of them.

Generally I stitch what I like and usually modify designs or create my own. But there is one designer whose work I have stitched over the years, mostly just as she has charted. Libby Sturdy is a needlepoint designer, but this is not your grandmother’s version of needlepoint. She uses wonderful decorative stitches that make her designs pop from the canvas, in fact several have components that are stitched separately and are then added back to the piece. She has loads of designs, but I find myself gravitating to her Santas, although I have stitched two of her ‘ladies’ over the years; one for my mother and one for me. These designs are not painted on the canvas, but rather are grafted charts that the stitcher then translates onto canvas.  Hope you enjoy the eye candy!

Needlework 1 Needlework 2 Needlework 3
Needlework 4 Needlework 5 Needlework 6
Needlework 7 Needlework 8
Needlework 9 Needlework 10 Needlework 11


Which is your favorite?



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12 thoughts on “Confessions of a Needle Geek

  1. Mary Albitz

    I love them all and can’t decide which one I like best.

    Off the subject question – do you have any idea how come your blog looks like it comes from dani@danimagestro.com? I’m wondering if I did something or ??? It just started doing that after your blog about the other bloggers that you follow. And I know I checked out her blog but it seems weird when I know it’s you writing the blog and it shows her name and picture at the top. Is anyone else experiencing this?

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    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      Thanks Mary for reading and commenting and bringing up the issue of how my blog posts are appearing. Dani is my assistant and she had been sending out my posts through her account, but will now do it differently so that they come from my account. Appreciate your observation as it helped correct this issue!

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  2. Jenelle Daniels

    These creations look awesome. While I never learned dabbling in crocheting was in my past. Maybe one day I will actually learn. I have a love for beanies, and need to learn to make some. Great post!

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    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      I used to crochet and hope to take it up again sometime in the future. I remember it as meditative and something I could do while sitting in meetings without being dis instructions. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  3. Jennifer

    They are all beautiful, but I think my favorite is the Santa in the second row, far right. There is something so satisfying about making something with your hands, isn’t there? A thing of beauty, handmade, will be a keepsake for generations. Please keep posting your beautiful needlework. xo

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    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      That particular one is called Windy City Santa and has the Chicago skyline on it if you look closely. I agree, there is something satisfying and relaxing about a handmade item. It frees my mind and helps me keep my mouth shut in meetings so it is good thing all away around! I plan to have more posts on the items I make, thanks for reminding me.

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  4. Dawn Quyle Landau

    These are wonderful Heidi! What commitment to do these projects… so much work and attention!

    I put a link to you in my recent post… and tweeted it. 😉 I enjoy so many of your posts, but wish there was a Like… sometimes (especially lately!) I’m reading, but don’t have a chance to comment. Sleeping baby, waking baby, repeat!

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    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      Thank you Dawn for taking time out of your babymoom time as a new granny to stop by and take a look at my post. And thank you for the link and tweet. I really appreciate any and all help in helping my writing show up in the world.

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  5. Alicia S

    My favorite is in the 2nd row from the top, the Santa at the right. Just love the colors, but they are all very nice. The ladies are cute and the Santa and Mrs. Claus are adorable. I took a stitching class once but couldn’t get the hang of it. I can embroider and crochet and sew, but stitching and knitting I could never quite get. But kudos to you!

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    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      Thank you for taking a look and picking one. Another reader picked that one as her favorite. It is called Windy City Santa and if you look carefully you can see the Chicago skyline on him. The knitting ladies I made for my mother and recently got back when she and her husband downsized into an independent living place. The companion lady I made for myself and now they will hang out together–just as I wish my mother and I had been able to more before her Alzheimer’s. It is great that I read on your blog you are able to have your mother live with you.

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  6. Carol Aaron

    I love the colorful ladies with their totes. Lovely. My grandmother was a skilled needle worker and I remember the hard work, skill and creativity that went into each project.

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    1. Heidi BK Sloss Post author

      Thank you for taking a look. Making them gave me so much pleasure–those two in particular. The knitting one was for my mother and the other one for me. When my mother and her husband downsized last year I was sent back all of the stitched creations I had made for her and got that one back. They now sit together in my home and it makes me think of her.

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