These two lovely needlepoint pillows were emailed to by Hala Alfi last week. The pillows are very well stitched and they are a great way to display your talent!
Archive for November, 2011
With less than a month to do to Christmas, I was getting challenged to finish my goal of 9 personalized needlepoint ornaments. I needed to cut dramatically the time it took to needlepoint the ornaments. Could I do one in 4 hours?
Looking at the needlepoint design choices, I selected the Snowflake Design — not too complex and only 3 colors, but there is a lot of background. If I were to meet my 4-hour goal, I had to come up with something even quicker than the open work I did on Santa in his sleigh .
To the drawing board — the custom needlepoint canvas has a rich dark green background so why cover it up? Add red running stitches in alternating columns of over 3 rows and under one. It looked great and added a new dimensions to the otherwise plain background.
And, canvas on stretcher, I headed off to my flight from Denver to Boston — 3.5 hours. When I landed in Boston, I had finished all but 2 square inches of the background. It only took me another 15 minutes to finish up when I got time at my destination and then another 20 minutes to sew it onto the green fabric stuff it and tie it up. Success!!!
Thanksgiving is not here and I am done with the ornament!!
We just got a pillow back from our needlepoint finisher, and I have to share the pictures of it!
Helen Dixon stitched this pillow using a custom needlepoint kit she purchased on NeedlePaint.com. She mailed us back the mostly finished canvas and requested the black velvet frame and backing, with red velvet piping, and it looks amazing!
Just in time, this needlepoint Christmas pillow still look sophisticated. The needlepoint pillow is 12 x 12 inches. If you are interested in having your needlepoint kit turned into a pillow, please feel free to contact us, our prices are great, and our pillow finisher has over 30 years of experience!
All NeedlePaint.com customers get a discounted rate, and if they let us know that they may want to have us finish the pillow for them, we will include a return label with their shipment so they can mail us back the canvas after they have done the stitching. (We do also offer needlework finishing if needed, in this case we finished the cats).
Next summer’s weddings are fast approaching. While most “save the dates” and invitations have still not been created, the forward-looking needle pointer will want to consider getting ahead of the game and start a personalized needlepoint ring bearer pillow. An experienced needle pointer should find a wedding ring pillow to be a fun project since it is small enough to be finished in a few weeks, and it’s very affordable.
Some tips on where to start:
# Has the couple already created their wedding invitation? Often the invitation can be used as the inspiration for the design and colors that go onto the pillow. For example, if there is a flower on their invitation, that flower could go on the pillow. You can either try to draw it onto the canvas yourself, or you can email a picture of the invitation to the designers at NeedlePaint.com, and they will prepare a preview, free of charge.
# If there is no invitation to look at yet, consider looking at our personalized needlepoint shop at www.needlepaint.com. Most of our needlepoint kits include space for the bride’s and groom’s names and a date. The colors can be adjusted to match any color theme.
# Talking to the bride or her parents before selecting the colors can be very helpful. A well designed ring bearer pillow will be one of the best gifts the couple receives, as it will be used during the ceremony, and will always bring them back to their special day as a piece of decoration in their home.
Once you have decided on a design, you will need to select the type of thread. NeedlePaint.com currently stocks DMC cotton embroidery floss. They have hundreds of great colors and are very easy to work with. But if you prefer wool or pearl cotton, then you can also work your canvas with these.
After you have your needlepoint kit figured out, you can order it online, taking only 2-7 business days for your custom needlepoint canvas to be made. The next steps are simple enough for all level needle pointers, including those that are trying needlepoint for the first time!
There are a number of stitches when needlepointing, some being quicker than others. The classic stitch is the continental; but if you have some large areas to cover, you can really add to your design by picking out a fancy stitch. Often these stitches take less time, and will make the pillow sparkle. Please look at NeedlePaint’s blog to see some examples of all types of stitches.
Once the canvas has been finished, it is time to make your needlepoint canvas into a pillow. You’ll need some fabric for the background, and probably want to add a small bit of piping. A quick search on the internet for “make a pillow” will make this part easy, even for inexperienced crafters. Or, if you contact us, we can email you links to videos we like. If you decide you want somebody else to make your pillow, NeedlePaint does offer this service to its customers.
Almost done! Just one more detail. To attach the wedding rings to the ring bearer pillow, you will want to be sure you use something secure. Some suggestions are safety pins, ribbon, or even a piece of twine. Any method is OK, but be sure to test it before the wedding day, to be sure the rings can’t come off.
We hope you’ll share your needlepoint ring bearer pillows with everybody! You can upload your ideas to our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NeedlePaint