It Was a Sparkly Kinda Day!



Have you seen this new thread from Sundance called Sparkles? well I guess it’s really not a thread, but more like an embellishment trim. I guess too it’s not really new, new since it was introduced to the stitching world last year.

Barbara Elmore, along with Cassie Prescott of Sundance Designs taught a class to a full house of ready to learn students! A class through our San Diego American Needlepoint Guild. People from far and near were here and anxious to learn all about it. There is really so much to know about Sparkles and we were there to do just that!


Look at all we got in our kit! 3 handpainted canvases by Barbara herself, several colors of Sparkles, a handout of information and a bag of sequins and beads!



The description from Sundance’s blog says it best about Sparkles…

“It’s a tubular woven rope like product that can be stretched thin, scrunched big, and pressed flat. It can be couched, stitched, stuffed, shredded, twisted, and turned. It’s about the size of a pencil and available in twelve colors and packaged in two yard lengths. The rich metallic luster combined with simple techniques will amaze even the most advanced needlepointer.”



There are way more than 12 colors now!


Barbara was working with the charming Laura Taylor as we created butterflies, candy canes, lady bugs, hearts, ruffled hearts and so much more!

Sparkles12 Sparkles13 Sparkles11


We had so much fun and really learned the key word of applying the Sparkles to our canvases…”be fearless!” as you do have to really open up the canvases holes. Not for the faint of heart.

Barbara is going on a Sparkles road tour, so if she is coming to a shop near you…please don’t miss your chance to take this very fun and enjoyable class. Barbara is so very talented and she is great for thinking outside of the box!



AlleyCat was not about to let me get to my laptop yesterday as she decided it was a great place to park herself. What am I to do with her? and until next time…keep on stitching



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About Vicky

Needlepoint, morning noon and evening! what could be better than this? I work on the computer in the daylight hours editing stitch guides and drawing stitches that you will see in the next Needlepoint Now for your stitching pleasure! In between this, there is time for taking pictures of my stitching adventures, Facebook and writing stitch guides for canvas that I am stitching for Needle Deeva, Maggie, Ruth Schmuff and others. Mostly needlepoint you ask? well we will talk about my cats Sylvester and AlleyCat, better known as "the brat". Of course I can't forget Felix who was the love of my life for over 14 years. He broke my heart as he departed for the Rainbow Bridge last year. Oh did I mention baseball?

2 thoughts on “It Was a Sparkly Kinda Day!

  1. Thanks, Vicky. It was a fun day and I think I learned as much as we taught. As one student said, “it’s nontraditional needlepoint!” Yet, it’s quite fun and can be very effective and impressive.

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