The inspiration for stitching our homes started in the summer of 2004 when Ellen T instructed us on how to paint a canvas. Ellen started with a patriotic star and then urged us on to painting a picture of our house. Some people did their own homes and some ventured out and painted other structures. The following year we decided to continue with the project by learning various stitches to create different surfaces of the buildings we had created on canvas.
Each month we tackled a different surface. Heidi taught most of the monthly classes. The first month we covered wood and clapboard, and then moved on to brickwork. We continued with foundations, windows and doors, masonry, trees and shrubbery and finally explored different background stitches. Texts explored and used as valuable resources included Your House in Needlepoint by Barbara L. Farlie and Constance C. Sloan, Architectural Stitches for Needlepoint by June McKnight, and Decorative Backgrounds for Needlepoint by June McKnight.
It was wonderful to follow each other’s progress and learn by doing, both failures and successes. We helped each other with suggestions, but most of all supported each other as we awed over the various canvases and their progress.