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where you can design your own Needlepoint!

Official blog of www.NeedlePaint.com – where you can design your own Needlepoint Kit!

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

 

Add an enchanting warmth to your holiday season by stitching NeedlePaint’s new Winter Woodland Collection of needlepoint canvases. Complete with sparkling snow covered trees; a dreamy woodland floor; and a cast of charming warmhearted woodland animals.

Our new collection is comprised of a woodland scene needlepoint Christmas stocking, picture or pillow woodland needlepoint design, and six delightful Christmas ornaments including: Robins, Owl, Hedgehog, Squirrel, Fox, and a Rabbit. Stitch one or the entire collection; we know these hand stitched decorations will be treasured by your family for years to come. 

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Winter Woodland Stocking Needlepoint Canvas

The magic of the winter woodland animals,
will add a special warmth to your holiday mantle place.

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Winter Woodland Robins Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

Adorned with a crimson red breast;
these robins are handsome and honest, optimistic and elegant.

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Winter Woodland Owl Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

Keeping a close eye out on his friends;
this owl often takes flight, gliding under the stars of a midnight sky. 

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Winter Woodland Hedgehog Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

Keeping warm with his prickly coat;
this hedgehog is curious and bright eyed, small and round.

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Winter Woodland Squirrel Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

Wearing a question mark for a tail;
this squirrel is cheerful, merry, and loves to playfully tease his woodland friends. 

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Winter Woodland Fox Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

Wearing a charming red coat;
this fox is quick and crafty, smart and sincere. 

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Winter Woodland Rabbit Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

Gently nibbling all about the bushes;
this rabbit is timid and cautious, polite and inquisitive.

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Winter Woodland Needlepoint Pillow Canvas

The woodland animals gather to celebrate the season;
in their own unique, signature style.

Let NeedlePaint help make your holidays special;
feel free to contact us with any questions at info@needlepaint.com

Winter has a warm magic of its own . . . . happy stitching!

NeedlePaint Mask Version 2

Written by Peggy BondEscher Mask

The new NeedlePaint mask, inspired by M.C. Escher, is designed for quick stitching and assembly. It is slightly lighter weight with fabric for the nose and chin portions, but the central needlepoint band retains its form to allow freedom of air flow.

Since the band is a 9-1/4” x 2-3/4” rectangle, it can be stitched in about one half of the time of our full NeedlePaint masks. The mask is a little less formal.

The materials needed are:

  • Cotton fabric for liner and strap trim
  • Cotton fabric for filter pocket (optional)
  • Ear strap material
  • Nose clip material (optional)

Step 1. After blocking the finished canvas, trim away excess canvas leaving no more than 1/4” of blank canvas. Cut two 10 “ x  3” strips of cotton fabric which will serve for the nose and chin portions of the mask. (One could go two tone and make the nose and chin portions of different colors.)

With right sides together sew strips to the top and bottom of your needlepoint canvas. Press fabric away from canvas. Do not press seam open. Top stitch the fabric side of each seam.

Position the mask pattern so that the needlepoint band is centered between the nose and chin darts and cut out the mask. The shaped pattern is similar to our Geometric Face Mask shown below. Using the same pattern cut one liner or two if making the optional filter pocket.

Top Sticch

Step 2. Fold the canvas along center line with right-sides together, matching the two upper nose points and the two lower chin points. Stitch 3/8” seam and press open. Repeat for liners and optional filter pocket.

If using the filter pocket, sew a ½” hem on each cheek edge.

Nose Clip

Step 3. Cut a piece of fabric 1” by ½” longer than the selected nose clip. Sew a ¼” hem on each short edge of this fabric nose sleeve. Place the nose sleeve on the liner or filter pocket centered ½” below the nose seam. Sew in place. Press so long edge lines up with top of liner or pocket.

The nose clip will be inserted after the rest of the assembly is completed.

Step 4. Place right sides together, carefully aligning the seams of the nose and chin darts on all pieces. If using the optional filter pocket, it will be the closest to needlepoint mask.

Sew the ¼” seam along the top and bottom of the mask and turn the mask inside out. Be careful not to pull on the edge of the needlepoint canvas as it can separate easily. Press the seamed edges and top stitch.

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Step 5. For the ear strap sleeves, cut two 1-1/2” strip of liner fabric that are ½” longer than the ear edges of the mask. Sew to each ear edge with ¼” seam. Press top and bottom edges down. Then press a ¼’ fold on free edge and fold to back aligning the folded edges with the ear edge stitches. This will leave a ½” sleeve for the ear strap.

The straps can be tucked under the fold before stitching the sleeve in place or can be threaded through with a safety pin after stitching.

Check out these two new designs we have created for you!

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Mosaic Face Mask Panel Needlepoint Canvas

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Geometric Face Mask Needlepoint Canvas

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Ahhh . . . . summer! Bright warm sunshine; plenty of picnics; crops of fresh juicy fruit; carefree longer days; and that special time of year when you don’t have to make excuses for being a bit lazy. Take a break in your routine, slow down a bit, and “needlepoint” as long as you want . . . we won’t tell anyone!

NeedlePaint Cheery Cherries Needlepoint Canvas

4.29” x 4.29” on 14 mesh, “Cheery Cherries” needlepoint canvas.

This new NeedlePaint design, “Cheery Cherries” has “summer” written all over it. Bright, cheerful and full of vivid color; we know you’ll enjoy stitching this sweet needlepoint canvas. Perfect as a small picture for that little spot in your kitchen which could use some color; or as a colorful Christmas ornament to remind you of those wonderful summer days when it’s snowing outside.

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“Life is like a bowl of cherries!” — Wishing you a wonderful summer of stitching!

Written by Peggy Bond

Two needlepoint face masks

After the initial rush to get cotton masks made for all my neighbors and friends, I was out of material, elastic, and thread. Stores were closed and mail order was going to take at least a week. So into the closet I went and found some 18 and 14 mesh needlepoint canvas and a stash of thread.

Thread Stash

I had been thinking about making a needlepoint mask but wondered how it would hold up with washing. With time on my hands, this was the perfect project for lockdown. The pattern I has used for the cotton masks was not going to work with stiff needlepoint canvas.

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Searching the internet, I found a pattern that I thought would work from PrettyHandyGirl.com. I used the Inside Liner pattern from Pretty Handy Girl and then set to work on my Geometric Mask on 18 mesh canvas using random colors from my stash and a classic background Flat/Tent stitch from A Pageant of Pattern for Needlepoint Canvases by Sherlee Lantz.

Geometric Needlepoint Face Mask

The stitching went quickly and soon I was ready to assemble, check the fit, and then wash it. (Finishing options will be the subject of my next blog.) The fit was a little large for me but fit my husband perfectly. Washing was a success. I washed it by hand in Woolite and hot water. Then hung it out to dry. The mask held its shape well, so on to the next one.

Turtle Design Needlepoint Face Mask

For the next mask, I redrew the pattern to make the top more slanted and picked out a NeedlePaint design used on a hatband – my Hawaiian turtles. The turtles were done on 14 mesh canvas using the continental stitch with the background in alternating rows of the Byzantine stitch from Jo Ippolito Christensen’s The Needlepoint Book.

I chose to alternate two different blue threads because that was what I had on hand. Alas, it was not enough and I had to ask for more from the NeedlePaint staff who have been working tirelessly to keep shipping orders while I am in lockdown elsewhere. Many thanks to them!

I am now on my third mask – the lotus blossom shown in the photo at the top of the blog.

Now, sewing it up!

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Remember your mask will not be a replacement for an N95 or surgical mask. 

There are a couple options to consider assembling your NeedlePaint mask – a filter pocket and nose clip. Pretty Handy Girl describes the material choices for the nose clip and straps. I agree with her recommendation to use the coffee bag flat ties for the nose clip. I am not a coffee drinker but luckily my husband is. However, her other suggestion works too. Her discussion of adjustable strap materials is very good. Due to unavailability of any of the materials suggested, I have been opted for ¼ inch ribbons of which I have a stash.

The materials needed are:

  • Cotton fabric for liner and strap trim
  • Cotton fabric for filter pocket (optional)
  • Ear strap material 
  • Nose clip material (optional)
  • ¼ in double fold bias tape or cotton fabric for homemade bias strip

Step 1. After blocking the finished canvas, trim away excess canvas leaving no more than 1/8” of blank canvas. Place on liner material with straight cheek edges aligning with the straight grain of the fabric. Cut one liner.

For optional filter pocket, cut a second liner of the same size. 

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Step 2. Fold the canvas along center line with right-side together, matching the two upper nose points and the two lower chin points. Stitch 3/8” seam and press open. Repeat for liners and optional filter pocket.

If using the filter pocket, sew a ½” hem on each cheek edge.

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Step 3. Optional Nose Clip

Cut a piece of fabric 1” by ½” longer than the selected nose clip. Sew a ¼” hem on each short edge of this fabric nose sleeve. Place the nose sleeve on the liner or filter pocket centered ½” below the nose seam. Sew in place. Press so long edge lines up with top of liner or pocket.

The nose clip will be inserted after the rest of the assembly is completed.

Nose Clip

Step 4. Align NeedlePaint mask and liner with wrong sides together. If including filter pocket, place the pocket on top of the liner. Match nose and chin seams. Baste together.

Bind the upper and lower edges of the mask with the bias tape or strips. If using ¼” double fold tape, place over the edge of the mask and liner (and optional pocket) and stitch through all thicknesses. 

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The above photo is not of a mask but from another project because I do not have a source of double fold bias tape. The lotus mask was finished with my own bias strip, machine sewn on the canvas side and turned and finished by hand on the liner/pocket side.

The pre-made double fold tap is easier to use but often you can’t find a matching color for your project.

Bian Trim

Step 5. For the ear strap sleeves, cut two 1-1/2” strip of liner fabric that are ½” longer than the ear edged of the masks.  Sew to each ear edge with ¼” seam. Press top and bottom edges down. Then press a ¼’ fold on free edge and fold to back aligning the folded edges with the ear edge stitches. This will leave a ½” sleeve for the ear strap.

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The straps can be tucked under the fold before stitching the sleeve in place or can be threaded through with a safety pin after stitching.

Ear Sleeves

Step 6. Now it is time to insert the nose clip. It should slip easily into sleeve and then sew off the ends by hand. DONE!

Lotus Blossom Face Mask Needlepoint Canvas

Check out our new Lotus Blossom Face Mask and Sea Turtle Face Mask needlepoint canvases available on our website!

Sea Turtle Face Mask Needlepoint Canvas

Happy Stitching!

At NeedlePaint we’ve been anxiously anticipating our next adventure outdoors, to explore the great wilderness of our National Parks. In the meantime, we’ve been busy bringing the outdoors inside, with beautifully designed panoramic views of our National Parks for you to needlepoint. 

I am constantly amazed at the level of detail our designers can create in such a small amount of space. On 18 mesh canvas, with 18-20 stitches in height on a belt canvas to design within, we watch as these landscapes unfold, and see how one single stitch can illustrate so much.

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National Parks Needlepoint Belt Canvas

The conservation of “wild nature” for future generations, is a symbol of national pride, and is the main idea of what the National Parks program is all about. This stunning panoramic view on our National Parks design includes: Zion Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Yosemite, Tetons, Yellow Stone, Grand Canyon, Glacier and Acadia National Parks. We will also include your monogram or initials inside of the National Parks sign!

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Rocky Mountain National Park Needlepoint Belt Canvas 

Ahh . . . . the spectacular and breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains! At NeedlePaint we are lucky to have the most beautiful view of this landscape in our own backyard. Comprised of three thousand miles of mountains, national forests, monuments, and recreations areas. This mountain range spreads from British Columbia and Alberta in Canada down through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.

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Yellowstone National Park Needlepoint Belt Canvas

This national treasure lies on top of a volcanic hot spot! Featuring 3500 square miles of canyons, forests, alpine rivers, gushing geysers and abundant wildlife. We have designed this belt canvas with Yellowstone landmarks from left to right to include: the park entrance sign, the entrance gate, an elk family, Old Faithful with hot air balloons, Grand Prismatic Spring, a bison family, and Roosevelt Arch.

These designs are available as belt canvases to stitch or finished needlepoint belts. Have an idea for a custom landscape design you would like to see come to life? We would love to design one for you. Feel free to contact us at info@needlepaint.com

Enjoy Earth Day, and Happy Stitching!

By Kathryn Berman:  I’m a beginner needlepointer (I’ve done 3 projects total in my life), but lately I have been thinking that with a little extra free time on my hands during the coronavirus pandemic it would be fun to get to work on a new project. Stitching is like a good book that you can’t put down… let me finish just this one row, or this one color.  I find needlepointing relaxing yet addicting, and now seems like just the time to put my extra energy into a project as opposed to watching the news or worrying about family members.

Lemons make Lemonade Needlepoint Canvas

Lemons make Lemonade Needlepoint Canvas

I wanted to work on a project that would feel positive, and one that I could hang up on a tiny wall space in my kitchen. I was trying to think of positive sayings that would be fun to stich, but also would look good as permanent artwork in my home. I’m a big believer in positive thinking, and an eternal optimist, but even I’ve gotten a little down lately, and what better way to brighten my day then to be stitching a positive saying.  I’ve always loved the saying “when life gives you lemons make lemonade”, and I asked the Needlepaint team (headed by my husband 🙂  to design a custom needlepoint canvas for me.  What seems more smile inducing than stitching a big juicy yellow lemon?

I love what they came up with!  The Lemons make Lemonade needlepoint canvas is now available on NeedlePaint. Hopefully I can finish it before summer.  Another really cool thing, is that I printed out my canvas preview and taped it to my kitchen wall where I intend to put the finished project.  I of course debated long and hard about what color the background checkers should be- but am sticking with blue for now. I love that I can easily change colors/design ideas with the help of the Needlepaint designers and get a good idea of what my canvas will look like before I get started on it.

What other ideas do you have for positive uplifting quotes that would make a fun needlepoint project?

Here are a few others I thought of: “Create your own sunshine” with a big yellow sun. “Stay positive” surrounded by a colorful rainbow.  “Be happy” surrounded by flowers. Stay positive and keep on stitching!

Hi all, I hope you’re staying safe!

Needlepointers have been posting lots of funny messages on the Needlepoint Nation Facebook page, if you are not a member yet, you should join!

On the serious side, here at NeedlePaint, we’ve been working on being safe so we can remain open and help design custom needlepoint canvases for you.  Luckily our customer service and design teams are able to work from home, and we’ve changed our production schedule so that only 1 person is in the workshop (Thanks Lyndse!).

We know that a lot of you are spending more time at home than you are used to, and having a hobby is a great way to be productive and make the best of it.  We’ve stocked up on supplies and are ready to make your needlepoint canvases.

This week, we’ve designed something not only fun to look at but useful in days and years to come.  Parents are already used to saying this, but a reminder on your bathroom wall would look great.  Even more important these days, is to wash your hands every time you enter your house after being outside of your property.  So maybe at the front door 🙂  Years from now when coronavirus is hopefully a distant memory, you will have a hand made remembrance of your time at home.

Please remember, staying isolated and helping slow the spread of the virus is the best thing we can all be doing.  Sometimes it is the small things that can make a big difference.

 

Wash Your Hands Handprints Needlepoint Canvas

Clean Your Hands Needlepoint Canvas

 

Wash Your Hands Keep Calm Needlepoint

Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands Needlepoint Canvas

 

Wash Your Hands Needlepoint

Wash Your Hands Needlepoint Canvas

 

Today, it’s quite popular for individuals to research their family history. Only to discover that their “last name” was once represented with a family crest, used to identify their family. We’ve designed several NeedlePaint canvases that you can stitch, to celebrate your family name. 

Your crest will be modified to our design, featuring the knights helmet, shield and scroll with your family name. The colors and design will match your crest, and the ornament on the helmet will be changed to match, too. Not sure what your family crest looks like? We would be happy to help do the research for you.

 

NeedlePaint family crest pillow

Our Family Crest needlepoint pillow canvases, are customizable with your choice of overall canvas size, mesh size, and thread options of DMC embroidery floss or Waverly wool.

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Let us create a custom family crest flask canvas for you to stitch, for that special family member on your gift list! 

 

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Decorate your holiday tree, by stitching several family crest ornaments including each of the historic crests that make up your family.

 

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Stitch a special belt canvas with your family crest! Although a belt canvas isn’t quite as tall as what an entire crest design might require, we can use the center shield or even individual elements from the original crest for your design. 

 

Family Crest needlepoint wallet

Create a one of a kind family crest wallet, by stitching your family crest on the front, and your family name on the back.

 

Don’t have a traditional family crest associated with your last name. Why not let us invent one for you? Our designers can create a crest from scratch, specific to your families interests, hobbies, sports, pets, philosophy or religion.

Ask us about our finishing services for pillow, flask, ornament, belt and wallet canvases. We also can stitch and finish any of our family crest needlepoint products for you, just let us know. Please send us a note at info@needlepaint.com, we would be happy to help you with your family crest project.

Happy Stitching!

 

 

 

 

 

Carrying a purse starts from a very early age; we want to be just like Mom! The ability to bring our “treasures” along with us where ever we go, young or old, is a comfort and essential to our happiness.

The options are unlimited! Purses come in all sizes, shapes and colors, and now you can customize your favorite with a stylish needlepoint purse strap. NeedlePaint has designed purse strap canvases for you to stitch, along with a totally customizable canvas design option, for that special idea you may have in mind. We also offer fully finished purse straps if you would like for us to do the stitching.

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The Martini” fully finished needlepoint purse strap!

“Not only do women hold up half the sky; we do it while carrying
a 500-pound purse.” — Gina Barreca

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The Colette” fully finished needlepoint purse strap!

“She opened her purse which was like a small autumn field and near the fallen branches of an old apple tree, she found her keys.”
— Richard Brautigan

Purse strap leather finishing

We offer a leather finishing service for your needlepoint canvas!

“My biggest fear is that when I die, my husband will sell all of my bags, for what I told him they cost.” — unknown

With the options of a 1.5″ or 2.5″ width, these needlepoint purse straps are also great for using with that larger weekend bag, or dog carrier. Let us help you with your needlepoint purse strap options! Please feel free to contact us at info@needlepaint.com. replica ladies watch tag heuer watch australia replica
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