The hashtag challenge 20 projects in 2020 was a response to the pandemic when we were quarantined and stuck at home. It was it a popular needlepoint challenge that kept hands and minds busy. 2021 rolled around with some state mandates still in place and many people self-isolating. There was an increasing demand for crafts with many learning new hobbies. KC Needlepoint saw this and began a new challenge with Learn 21 Stitches in 2021. They created a kit with the help of Sara Trucksess from SCT Designs to create a modern sampler. The canvas consisted of a gingham design with a magnolia in the center. The large squares of gingham were perfect for practicing decorative stitches.
Enter 2022 and KC Needlepoint is continuing the challenge with 22 Threads in 2022 in a new kit! It involves 22 thread types and comes with a comprehensive stitch guide “…teaching you all about each fiber- their unique qualities and the best methods to work with them.” This would be a great resource to add to your needlepoint library. The kit also comes with a hand-painted tropical canvas also by Sara that can be finished into a variety of practical items.
Whether you are not feeling the canvas or need a less expensive alternative, I noticed that KC Needlepoint also offers Build Your Stash Kit available on their website. It is a collection of fibers that they typically suggest for projects: whites, blacks, reds, and metallics. This kit also comes with a stitch guide for the fibers from Jinny Barney McAuliffe and includes her favorite uses for them and suitable mesh sizes as well as tips.
Best wishes and happy stitches!
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