Needlepoint madness

June 23rd, 2008

I was going through and organizing some of my thrift store needlepoint collection and thought that the den/office could be a fun place to install it…

Below is some close-up action:

Oh yeah. Good god…that is a lot of bad needlepoint.

So hopefully as I collect I can add to the ever expanding collection (there is still more hidden in my guest room) and wrap them around the room or something along those lines – I just don’t want it to be overwhelming scary needlepoint room. I’m starting to think that the walls should be painted a color above that awful wainscoting….oh please no more paint. ever.

I’m so tired of painting.

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  1. kristinsita on 06/23/2008:

    I LOVE this. Love love love. You’ve inspired me to take my passion for bad art to new heights. I’m going to have a photograph wall in one room (hopefully not bad, as I took them), and a random weird art wall in the other room.

    kristin 🙂

    p.s. I’m so thoroughly addicted to your blog it’s ridiculous. And I’m jealous of your superior thrifting abilities.

  2. Becky on 06/24/2008:

    I too love bad (or let’s just say, “deservedly obscure”) needlepoint, and I love what you did with it!

  3. my little apartment on 06/24/2008:

    it’s fabulous! keep the space white, it looks huge. i love this!

  4. Rua on 06/24/2008:

    As a renter, I’m usually not too keen on the abundance of white walls I’ve seen at home, but it works great in this case since it really shows off the great color in the bizarro needlepoint. Nice arrangement, to boot! I really enjoy your blog. 🙂

  5. kelly on 06/24/2008:


    it looks terrific!

  6. Paper Dolls for Boys on 06/25/2008:

    The good news is that the white works. It makes that crazy art pop.

    I’m glad you don’t live in my home town b/c I’d be even MORE jealous of all your super cool finds.

  7. Kelli on 06/26/2008:

    Oh my gosh! My grandmother gave me a needlepoint peacock portrait that she made. It looks so much like yours. The thing is so tacky, I hate to say, especially the way it’s framed. But if I could reframe it and have a little needlepoint montage like yours, I think it would look really good. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Lisa M. on 06/13/2009:

    wow, i found your blog through holly becker's post today and LOVE it. if you ever get tired of the peacock needlepoint i would buy it from you – my mother is such a fan i'd love to give it to her. Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. Patty on 01/04/2016:

    OK I am well aware way behind the times and your post is from 2008. I ran across your blog on BuzzFeed on a page about different types of shelving and your pipe shelving unit which is awesome by the way. But now I’m addicted to your site and I’m loving your that needlepoint wall. Getting ready to dig deeper to see if it’s developed further into a and entire needlepoint room. I love the idea. My husband would never go for it but we got this hideous stained glass from friends of ours for Christmas and held onto it for several years, not knowing what to do with it. If I had seen this, who knows where I could have taken the whole stained glass room idea and there are so many other ideas like that that just tickle me. Bad art, bad needlepoint, awful fabric that you can use to cover canvases. My mind is racing because I have a whole box of wooden signs in a closet that are mostly funny, some just quotes I liked and to my husband are tacky, yet he was with me every time I got one because it was a little shop we stopped on our trip between Illinois and Alabama. They make their own crafts and signs and I’d never walk away without a sign. Like “I live in my own world but it’s okay…they know me there” or “My imaginary friend thinks you have serious mental problems” & my favorite “The wizard will see you now.” I’m from Kansas and have a sister, grandmother and mother in law named Dorothy! Our middle bedroom (full of my craft room overflow because I’m redoing it) may just have to become the “awesome to me, tacky to him” wooden sign room! Actually I’ve already done something similar but its throughout our house. One day when he was discouraged about something I said ” There’s always hope.” And he replied “F@#$ a bunch of hope.” He did not realize the beast that he had unleashed because I have MS and hope is the anchor to my soul (Hebrews 6:19). He’ll never even attempt to try and tear down a positive notion, thought or anything of the sort again. Have purchased anything I could find with the word hope, including just word art in many different forms. I have all kinds of figurines and framed prints and t-shirts with the word hope on them. And now, when he says something with hope on it, he buys it for me. So he is now a hope convert and that’s the best thing about it. He’s always been a man of faith but because of a hard life, hope was more like a pipe dream and now he searches it out. God is good. I apologize for the long post but I spend every day while he sleeps and every night while he works alone & I can’t drive & only know his family here in Illinois. So if I get started, it’s hard for me to stop. I am loving your blog and will be checking out every nook and cranny. And you will probably see a few more comments from me but I’ll try to keep them shorter. Have a blessed day.

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