For more than 35 years, The Point of It All has been known across the country for sophisticated, top-of-the-line needlepoint canvases and expert finishing. In 2007, Susan and Christopher Battle took the reins from founder Hyla Hurley. Hyla taught Susan to stitch more than 20 years ago and watched her passion for needlepoint flourish!
The shop features an unparalleled selection of hand-painted canvases by top needlepoint artists including Melissa Shirley, Amanda Lawford, Canvas*Works, Barbara Russell, JP, Julia’s Needleworks, Kathy Schenkel, Silver Needle, Clara Wells, and many, many more. If you are looking for a specific canvas but don’t see it in the shop, we are happy to order it for you. The Point of It All offers classes for children and adults of all skill levels as well as consultations on needlepoint restoration.
We also do a thriving out-of-town business—just because you don’t live in DC doesn’t mean we can’t be your needlepoint shop! You are now able to buy online and have us pull the fibers. Once you have stitched the canvas, we are happy to turn it into a magnificent pillow, beautiful wall hanging, or a fabulous purse. Our finishers are the best in the business!
This video series will show how to needlepoint. Susan Battle, owner of The Point of It All, demonstrates the basics of needle pointing. She shows what tools you need, how to select a canvas and fiber, how to thread the needle and how to do the basic Continental stitch. Susan also previews more advanced stitches.
Susan Battle: Hello! I am Susan Battle, owner of The Point of It All, Washington DC's Premier Needlepoint Shop. Today, I am going to teach you how to needlepoint step by step. Today's stuff include picking out a canvas. Selecting the proper needle size, choosing a fiber, thread the needle, actually stitching using the Continental Stitch, ending your fiber and then we will do a quick overview of other stitches.
The tools you will need are a canvas, a needle, scissors, fiber and a needle threader. You could also use stretcher bars. You may also want a chatelaine which keeps your scissors in one place along with your needle threader, magnifying glasses to see the small holes, a tote bag to keep everything in one place and organized. You might also consider a simulated daylight lamp and it make seeing the dark colors that much easier.
There are too many safety concerns beyond using sharp scissors and the needles are somewhat sharp. I learned to needlepoint when I was seven years old because my mother had not finished my Christmas stocking and I said, It's okay mom, I will learn to needlepoint and I will finish it. I kept needlepointing from when I was seven years old to present day and my husband Chris and I bought the shop about two years ago. The shop had already been in business for 35 years and we are proud to continue the tradition of The Point of It All. Let's get started needlepointing. Our first step will be to select the canvas.