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where you can design your own Needlepoint!

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Wreaths and rings have many common symbolisms: strength, eternity and the never ending love between a couple. Celebrate the joy of an upcoming marriage by stitching a beautiful handmade gift, using one of NeedlePaint’s wedding wreath pillow canvases or wedding wreath Christmas ornament canvases. Creating a heartfelt gift for the newly married couple’s home or holiday tree, will always remind them “how very special they are.”

Elegant Wreath Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

Always elegant and simplistic!
Elegant Wreath needlepoint ornament (above) or pillow canvas (below)

Elegant Wreath Needlepoint Pillow Canvas

 

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“Love doesn’t make the world go round. 
Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.”
— Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

Floral Wreath Wedding Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

Colorful and refreshing floral!
Floral Wreath needlepoint ornament (above) or pillow canvas (below)

Floral Wreath Wedding Needlepoint Pillow Canvas

 

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“You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep
because reality is finally better than your dreams.” — Dr. Seuss

 

Rochelle Wedding Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

Simplistic beauty and classic typography!
Rochelle Letter needlepoint ornament canvas (above) or pillow canvas (below)

Rochelle Letter Needlepoint Pillow Canvas

All of our ornament and pillow canvases can be personalized with the couple’s initials,
names or wedding date; and customized with the wedding colors.

When you have finished stitching your canvas, please ask us about our
pillow finishing and ornament finishing service.

We would love to help with any questions that you may have: info@needlepaint.com

Happy Stitching!

NeedlePaint would like to introduce, an experienced and knowledgable stitcher who joined our family last summer! She helps us out in so many ways: coordinating new projects, patiently answering all of your questions, and still has time in her day to stitch and create some amazing needlepoint projects.

W e l c o m e   C a r o l i n e !

By Caroline Dicken

My mom taught me to needlepoint when I was about 8 years old. She has been stitching since she was a young adult. My paternal grandfather also learned to needlepoint so he had something to do while his wife, my grandmother, was convalescing during her chronic terminal illness in the 1950s. Needless to say, there was a lot of needlepoint in our house growing up! I didn’t really appreciate it until my grandfather passed away—now we have all these handmade pieces to remember him by.

My first canvas was a butterfly… and then I am pretty sure I didn’t stitch again until high school! I was an art major in undergrad but as an adult who is not a professional artist, I have found that needlepoint is just the creative outlet I need to scratch that artistic itch.

Santa's X Mask Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

Santa’s X Mask Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

I love making ornaments to commemorate major life events, and what was more major than the crazy year we just had? I love the idea of the masked Santa as a nod to the weirdness that was 2020.

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Ornaments are the perfect projects to play with stitches and fibers. Since they are not really touched and used like a pillow or a belt, the stitches can be longer and don’t need to be quite as durable. Plus, if you end up trying a stitch that you don’t love, it is not a huge area to stitch (or rip out)!

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One of my favorite parts of this design was the shading that our designer Gwynn, included on Santa’s bag, as well as the numerous opportunities to incorporate fun fibers and stitches. On an area with great shading in the printed canvas, I love using an open stitch that allows that to show through. Alternating skip tent is one of my favorite open stitches that also gives a section of canvas texture.

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For Santa’s beard, I wanted to give the field dimension but in a more controlled stitch than the turkey work on the hat’s pompom. By alternating every row with a stitch over a small bamboo skewer, I was able to achieve a fluffy beard worthy of the big guy.

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When doing decorative stitches (especially anything involving French knots), I always stitch on a frame. I have tried several different kinds, but my favorites are the mini stretcher bars (see first photo) from FA Edmunds https://faedmunds.com/needlepoint/.

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All finished stitching!

Stitches and fibers I used on this ornament canvas:

Background: Diagonal mosaic stitch in DMC Perle Cotton #5

Santa’s Bag: Alternating skip tent stitch in DMC Perle Cotton #5

Santa’s Glove, Face and Mask: Basketweave in DMC Perle Cotton #5

Presents: Basketweave in DMC Perle Cotton #5 and RG Petite Very Velvet

Bow on Present: Long stitch in Kreinik Gold Braid

Santa’s Suit: Basketweave in Petite Very Velvet

Santa’s Beard: Basketweave alternating stick in Planet Earth Wool

Santa’s Fur Trim: Alternating French knots and basketweave in Vineyard Merino Wool

Pompom: Turkey work (unclipped) in Planet Earth Wool

St. Nick's Delivery Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

Fingers crossed, Santa won’t need a mask next Christmas!
St. Nick’s Delivery Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

We’ll be checking in occasionally with Caroline to see what she’s been working on. If you have any questions: on this canvas, about our ornament finishing service, or any project that you may be working on, don’t hesitate to send her an email: info@needlepaint.com.

H a p p y  S t i t c h i n g !

Charming, unique, warm and delightful! NeedlePaint has created a new Gentleman Critter Needlepoint Christmas Collection, comprised of four different characters featured on stocking and ornament canvases. Have a special persona you would like to see come to life? Let us know, we would love to help create a custom needlepoint stocking or custom needlepoint ornament canvas especially for you!

Gentleman Fox Needlepoint Stocking Canvas

Gentleman Fox Needlepoint Stocking Canvas

Gentleman Fox is a sly investor, leading the market in average daily trades.
Making much more than he’s lost, due to his pinpoint precision decisions;
and a little good fortune from his lucky green argyle vest.

Gentleman Fox Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

Gentleman Fox Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

Gentleman Polar Bear Needlepoint Stocking Canvas

Gentleman Polar Bear Needlepoint Stocking Canvas

Gentleman Polar Bear is an astronomer and master of meteorological events.
He takes his research seriously to the extreme; and sports a strong demeanor when the penguins tease about the matching sweater and hat, that his granny so lovingly made.

Gentleman Polar Bear Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

Gentleman Polar Bear Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

Gentleman Raccoon Needlepoint Stocking Canvas

Gentleman Raccoon Needlepoint Stocking Canvas

Gentleman Raccoon is a connoisseur and collector, of curiosities and ephemera.
Sporting a soft spot for tin toys and bone china teacups; he is always
willing to trade a treasure, for silk fibers from the far east.
 

Gentleman Raccoon Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

Gentleman Raccoon Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

Gentleman Buck Needlepoint Stocking Canvas

Gentleman Buck Needlepoint Stocking Canvas

Gentleman Buck is a literary aficionado, and well seasoned writer of haiku,
short stories and an occasional dystopian novel. He’s often found immersed in
a dictionary, further expanding his vocabulary.

Stitch one or stitch them all; these charming gentlemen and their
playful personas will add a fresh new twist to your holiday decor!
Feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have at: info@needlepaint.com

Put a little personality into your holidays!

At NeedlePaint, we’ve had a great time designing new travel destination ornament needlepoint canvases for you to stitch! Now we would love to share with you, some locations that are a little closer to home. Do you have a favorite travel destination? Let our designers create a custom travel round needlepoint ornament especially for you!

New York Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

New York . . . the big apple!
“I would give the greatest sunset in the world
for one sight of New York’s skyline.” — Ayn Rand

Our New York needlepoint ornament canvas features:
the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, the city skyline with Freedom Tower,
a taxi and Wall Street sign.

Chicago Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

Chicago . . . the windy city!
“I miss everything about Chicago except January and February.” — Gary Cole

Our Chicago needlepoint ornament canvas features:
the city skyline, Willis Tower, the Bean (Cloud Gate), Buckingham Fountain,
Navy Pier, the Water Tower, and a slice of deep dish pizza.

Las Vegas Needlepoint Ornament Canvs

Las Vegas . . . the city of lights!
“Las Vegas is the only place I know where money really talks — it says goodbye.”
— Frank Sinatra

Our Las Vegas needlepoint ornament canvas features:
the Las Vegas Strip, Luxor Hotel, New York-New York Hotel,
the Flamingo Hotel, Paris Hotel, and Las Vegas sign.

San Francisco Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

San Francisco . . . city by the bay!
“Leaving San Francisco is like saying goodbye to an old sweetheart.
You want to linger as long as possible.” — Walter Cronkite

Our San Francisco needlepoint ornament canvas features:
the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands, a cable car, Coit Tower,
Fisherman’s Wharf and the view from Fort Point.

New Orleans Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

New Orleans . . . the big easy!
“In New Orleans, culture doesn’t come down from on high,
it bubbles up from the streets.” — Ellis Marsalis

Our New Orleans needlepoint ornament canvas features:
St. Louis Cathedral, the French Quarter, Mardi Gras mask and float,
a po’ boy sandwich and street car.

The ornaments that you have hand stitched, reflecting your family travels, will add great joy to your holiday tree! We will continue to add more travel destination ornaments to our collection. In the meantime, if you have a special destination in mind, our designers would love to create a custom needlepoint ornament canvas for you! We are here to help with any questions that you may have at: info@needlepaint.com

Enjoy exploring your next needlepoint adventure!

NeedlePaint has been inspired by one of the fastest growing extreme sports in the world today — scuba diving! With our insatiable attraction to the undersea world, we have designed a selection of scuba themed canvases for you to explore. In addition, sharks remain the object of our fascination and fears, we think you will enjoy these canvases too.


Scuba Diving Flag Needlepoint Belt Canvas
Scuba Flag Needlepoint Belt Canvas

This flag is easily recognized with its bold color and simplistic graphic design.
The scuba diving flag, or diver down flag, is flown from a dive boat
warning other surface watercraft that a diver is in the water.

 

Scuba Diving Needlepoint Key Fob Canvas

Scuba Flag Needlepoint Key Fob Canvas

Similar to our Scuba Flag belt canvas, the diver down flag also looks great on a key fob canvas.
Feel free to personalize this canvas with your monogram or initials.

 

Mako Shark Needlepoint Key Fob Canvas

Mako Shark Needlepoint Key Fob Canvas

The Mako shark is viewed by the Maori people of New Zealand as a guardian spirit, and appropriately named Mako; the Maori word for shark. A fun key fob design featuring
a combination of the Mako shark and the scuba diving flag.

 

Personalized Scuba Diving Needlepoint Belt Canvas

Personalized Scuba Diving Needlepoint Belt

A gallery of underwater adventure is depicted on this scuba diving needlepoint belt design. Images include: a Spotted Eagle Ray, the Scuba Flag, a Hawksbill Sea Turtle,
a Scuba Diver, and a Black Tip Reef Shark.

 

Shark Needlepoint Belt Canvas

Shark Needlepoint Belt Canvas

The streamlined proportion of this needlepoint belt is a perfect backdrop for the beautiful lines of the shark. On a background color of rich ocean blue, you will see a variety of sharks including: Hammerhead, Black Tip Reef, Great White, Mako and a Tiger Shark.

 

Great White Shark Needlepoint Dog Collar Canvas

Great White Shark Needlepoint Dog Collar Canvas

A whimsical twist on a traditional dog collar! Our Great White Shark needlepoint dog collar is sure to make your dog feel like a tough guy, even though we all know he’s a real sweetheart.

 

On our NeedlePaint website, we do offer finishing services for your completed belt, key fob and dog collar needlepoint canvas, as well as other canvas types.

Explore a new NeedlePaint project and try something new: a new stitch, new type of thread, new mesh count, or a new theme. We have a variety of needlepoint canvases and would be happy to help you with any questions you may have at info@needlepaint.com.

Happy Stitching!

 

 

Even with the best of intentions, holiday shopping can get out of control. The main culprit — lack of time. We’ve found that most people do not plan their holiday gifts 2-3 months in advance. 

Let NeedlePaint simplify your gift list! We can create a digital gift card preview of a finished NeedlePaint product, that you would like to gift. These can be printed out and put into a Christmas card with a note to your recipient saying that their custom needlepoint belt, wallet, flask, card wallet, pillow or key fob is being stitched and will be ready in a few weeks. 

NeedlePaint Digital Gift Card Preview

It normally takes us 3-5 business days to create your preview once your order has been placed. We begin stitching your order, once your design has been approved. We can create a digital gift card preview if you approve your order before December 21st. Quick and easy to print on your home computer, wrap it up, and put it under the tree or in a stocking.

“Stitch your own” Needlepoint canvases are still available for orders placed before December 7th with regular shipping (shipped on December 11th) and orders placed before December 14 available with rush shipping (shipped December 18th). 

 

We can even create a digital gift certificate in any dollar amount
for those who like to stitch their own canvas.

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Let us know how we can help with your gift list at: info@needlepaint.com. 

Check that off of your list!

The possibilities are limitless when creating a custom needlepoint canvas! NeedlePaint would love to help translate your ideas and create a special canvas to stitch.

Where to begin: We often recommend our custom needlepoint photo program on the NeedlePaint website. For some photos this works great. For other photos, your editing options may be a bit limited, so we have another solution for you. 

Another Solution: Our designers can draw and create a custom canvas for you to stitch. Simply send us a photo, sketch, graphic, a quote, or any idea that you may have in mind. We can add an artistic touch to your image and control some of the elements, such as: adjusting the composition; adding or removing items; changing the background or colors; emphasize certain features; and adding personality to bring something special out in the subject. The possibilities are limitless, our designers are very talented!

9F6E2EC7-EA85-4A8F-A35A-BA0099C1AD64This custom canvas appears very similar to what the original photo looks like. The black pillows were changed to blue, and the dog has an artistic touch. The overall image is much like that of a portrait, an artist would paint on canvas.

 

Sleepy Pup Needlepoint Pillow Canvas

Sleepy Pup Needlepoint Pillow Canvas

fullsizeoutput_39b8On this canvas, we drew the cat into the computer, much like an artist would draw with a pencil and paper. The ordinary background was removed, and replaced with a subtle colorful texture. We thought it would be fun to change the color of the eyes and make them match the background.

Timid Tabby Cat Needlepoint Pillow Canvas

Timid Tabby Cat Needlepoint Pillow Canvas

Perfect Day Needlepoint Pillow Canvas

Perfect Day Needlepoint Pillow Canvas

We can create a custom graphic with a favorite quote or saying that may be special to you. This quote was created with classic typography, and then a special patterned background was added. The results: a fun and colorful needlepoint canvas to stitch!

A custom “designer” drawn portrait or graphic canvas, captures a moment in time. Once stitched, it will become a special keepsake for your family. We would be happy to help create a custom canvas for you, simply contact us at: info@needlepaint.com

Happy Stitching!

A day at the beach is special: the smell of salty air, a ray of warm sunshine, a gentle ocean breeze, the perfect picnic lunch, and the joy of leaving your foot prints in the warm sand!

Brought in by the waves and tides, special treasures wash ashore and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. All interesting in their own special way; and very much like snowflakes . . . . no two seashells are alike. Complete with a variety of shells, coral, sand dollars, and starfish, NeedlePaint has created a new collection of seashell canvases for your stitching enjoyment!

Now available on our NeedlePaint website, we do offer finishing services for your completed needlepoint canvases.

 

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Warm sand between your toes!
Seashell Needlepoint Belt Canvas
Your belt size (3″ larger than your pant size) x 1.22″ on 18 mesh canvas. 
Finishing service for belt canvases: are backed with top grain leather in a
variety of color options and a brass or silver tone buckle.

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The perfect gentle ocean breeze!
Seashell Needlepoint Wallet Canvas
8.67″ x 3.17″ on 18 mesh canvas.
Finishing service for wallet canvases: 4.25 inches x 3.15 inches x 0.6 inches
thick when closed. There are 4 credit card slots,
2 hidden slots, and two full length bill sections.

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Beachcombing for special treasures!
Seashell Needlepoint Pillow Canvas
12″ x 12″ on 14 mesh canvas.
Finishing service for pillow canvases: we have several velvet color
options for the backing and optional piping.

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The fresh smell of salty air!
Seashell Needlepoint Flask Canvas
9″ x 3.78″ on 18 mesh canvas
Finishing services for flask canvases: this is a 5 ounce steel flask,
4.5″ wide x 4″ tall x 1.25″ depth,
with a leather wrap on top, bottom and one side.

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A warm ray of sunshine!
Seashell Needlepoint Key Fob Canvas
8″ long looped around x 1.1″ on 18 mesh canvas
Finishing services for key fobs: are backed with top grain leather
in a variety of color options and a silver tone ring.

Each of these products are perfect for men or women, and available as needlepoint canvases to stitch, or as fully finished products. We would love to help you with all of your needlepoint needs! Feel free to contact us with questions at: info@needlepaint.com

It has definitely been a challenging year, with far too many adjustments that we’ve all had to make in our day to day routines. As we try to find comfort in a new norm, look on the bright side — we’ve all had a little more time for our needlepoint projects! 

While wearing a face mask has been one of the prominent changes we’ve had to make, NeedlePaint has turned this inconvenience into needlepoint inspiration. The results: a collection of new holiday designs with a light hearted twist on a traditional holiday theme. We think stitching these holiday canvases might just put a smile on your face.

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Merry X Mask Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

He performs his job with ease, and all though we give Santa all of the credit . . . .
we know it’s a team effort! The reindeer are also refining their safety precautions.

 

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Merry X Mask Needlepoint Stocking Canvas

Santa is not immune to the many changes that we’ve encountered;
and he has assured us, he will be extra safe when delivering your packages this year!

 

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Santa’s X Mask Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

Some things never change . . . with those bright twinkling eyes; 
we know there is a big smile and bright rosy cheeks underneath that face mask!

Carve out a little time to slow down, regroup, recharge, take comfort in your family and friends, and do a little needlepointing!

Remember we are here to help you with all of your needlepoint needs! Whether it be providing you with a canvas to stitch, a finished product or to complete your stitch canvas with our stocking or ornament finishing service, please let us know how we can be of help at: info@needlepaint.com

The spirit of the holiday remains . . . . happy stitching!

Many vacation plans have been put on hold for a while, but that doesn’t have to stop you from dreaming about: exploring diverse cultures, viewing spectacular scenery, and searching for those special iconic landmarks. In the meantime, NeedlePaint has designed a collection of destination needlepoint ornament canvases for you to stitch. Take this unique journey to some incredible locations across the world. **Do you have a favorite travel destination? Let our designers create a custom travel round needlepoint ornament especially for you!

Paris Travel Destination Needlepoint Ornament

Paris . . . the city of light, the city of love!
“London is a riddle. Paris is an explanation.” — G.K. Chesterson

Our Paris needlepoint ornament canvas features:
the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Sacré-Cœur, a fleur de lis, and the Moulin Rouge.

London Needlepoint Christmas Ornament Canvas

London . . . the city of dreams!
“In London, everyone is different, and that means anyone can fit in.” Paddington Bear

Our London needlepoint ornament canvas features:
Big Ben, a double decker bus, the Houses of Parliament,
St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower Bridge, and London Eye.

Barcelona Needlepoint Christmas Ornament Canvas

Barcelona . . . the city of Counts!
“Here in Barcelona, it’s the architects who built the buildings that made the
city iconic, who are the objects of admiration . . . . “ — Julie Burchill

Our Barcelona needlepoint ornament canvas features:
the Sagrada Familia Basilica, Placa d’Espanya, Parc Guell
and a warm summer sunshine.

Rome Travel Destination Needlepoint Ornament

Rome . . . the eternal city!
“I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.” — Augustus Caesar

Our Rome needlepoint ornament canvas features:
the historic Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, and Trajan’s Column.

Thailand Travel Destination Needlepoint Ornament

Thailand . . . the Land of Smiles!
“Thailand was built on compassion.” — Bhumibol Adulyadej

Our Thailand needlepoint ornament canvas features:
the island beach with palm trees and hibiscus flower,
a temple, elephant, monkey, and a tuk tuk.

Venice Travel Destination Needlepoint Ornament

Venice . . . the floating city!
“Venice is the most romantic place in the world,

but it’s even better when there is no one around.” — Woody Allen

Our Venice needlepoint ornament canvas features:
a waterfront view with Doge’s Palace,
St. Mark’s Campanile, and St. Mark’s square.

When you gather around the tree this holiday season — enjoy the ornaments
you have stitched that reflect the travels your family has experienced together,
or those which may still be on your bucket list. 

Have a favorite travel destination? Our designers would love to create
a custom needlepoint ornament canvas for you to stitch.
Feel free to contact us at info@needlepaint.com

Where will your next needlepoint adventure take you!