The long lost publisher is back

September 16, 2009 at 10:01 pm 7 comments

Sorry to be uncommunicative for awhile. I got caught up in needlepoint trade shows and seminars but I’m happy to report that I’m back in the office and have no travel plans looming for awhile.

As I said when I started this blog, I want to use the blog to address some of the day to day issues that come up at Needlepoint Now. I hope the following will answer questions that were brought up today by a few of our loyal readers.

The September/October issue went into the mail on September 8th. It started hitting the West Coast mailboxes on the 11th. I have received many phone calls from the East Coast asking us why they haven’t received their magazines yet. It seems the West Coast people have been very vocal about the fact that they get their copies first now that they are mailed from Oregon. I want to assure everyone that all of the magazines are dropped in the mail on the same day. Shop copies and subscription copies go out at the same time so we only have to pay the mail house one set up fee. The only exception is the “early send” copy that is sent from the office to advertisers and content contributors. If you are an advertiser or have written an article for the magazine I send you a copy as soon as I get them from the printer. I was at the ANG seminar when they arrived this time but I believe they were mailed out on the 1st. I don’t mind the phone calls asking where your magazines are. In fact all of us who work on the magazine are flattered that it means so much to our readers.

Another issue that has bothered a few of our counted thread readers is the fact that I am covering painted canvas and painted canvas designers now. When I made the decision to cover painted canvas I added eight pages to the magazine. My goal is to introduce a different designer in each issue. A stitch guide is offered for one of their designs. I realize that many needlepointers do not like to work on painted canvas but they can still learn about interesting fibers and stitches that work well for different kinds of effects that may be used on their own projects. We are still covering counted work as much as we did before. Nothing has been taken away from the issue to make room for the coverage on the painted canvas world.

Personally, I like to work on both painted canvas and counted designs. I usually have about four primary projects going at a time. Currently I am working on Debbie Forney’s “Paisley Passion Purse”, Terry Dryden’s “Safari”, a Kelly Clark canvas for a pair of mules, the Mindy canvas for the Stirling purse that was featured in the September/October issue. Something for every mood!


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Joanne  |  September 16, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Speaking as someone who goes to the mailbox every day and says, I hope there’s something needlepoint-related in here to read, I understand that people are impatient for their issues. If only we could control the mail!

    • 2. nneditor  |  September 16, 2009 at 11:56 pm

      I know. A day without needlepoint is like a day without sunshine.

  • 3. Gretchen Viggiano  |  September 19, 2009 at 12:13 am

    I just sent in my subscription today because you are now covering painted canvas so there is something for everyone now.
    Thank you!

    • 4. nneditor  |  September 19, 2009 at 12:48 am

      Thank you Gretchen. Your post came at the perfect time. I was just answering a scathing email from a reader who is very unhappy with me for covering painted canvas. I was trying to explain to her that needlepoint is more than counted work and I want to cover all types of needlepoint. Thus the name “Needlepoint Now”. Thank you again. – Elizabeth

  • 5. Poppystitcher  |  September 27, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    I’m a new subscriber, too, and I am especially glad to see the painted canvas coverage in the magazine. As a matter of fact, I’ve bought two canvases because they were featured in the magazine – the Melissa Shirley purse and the “Boo” kitty. I’m happy to continue to purchase the painted canvas propjects you feature because they are the kinds of projects I want to stitch and because you are including stitch guides that give me different ideas and different threads and stitches to try.

    I’m glad to see painted canvases being given some attention and hope you continue the trend!!

    • 6. nneditor  |  September 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm

      Thank you! I like both counted and painted canvas work so I hope to be able to offer something in every issue for both types of stitchers. In the Nov/Dec issue we are featuring Raymond Crawford’s “NOEL”. We will also have four counted thread pieces. Debbie Forney’s “Jolly Old Elf” will be on featured on the back cover and will make a special ornament for someone’s Christmas Tree. We have an article on stitching plaids along with a few other holiday themed pieces to share.

  • 7. Maelyse  |  October 19, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    I also want to commend you for updating the look of the magazine and adding the painted canvas section. I sometimes purchased the magazine in my local shop in the past if something caught my eye, but as I am strictly a painted canvas stitcher, I had never “bitten the bullet” and subscribed. With the new painted canvas features, I have just subscribed online. I can’t wait to get my first issue! Congrats on the updates to the magazine!


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