The 3rd edition of Jo Ippolito Christensen’s The Needlepoint Book is out. I hadn’t imagined that this bible of needlepointing could get any better but it has!
Needlepoint Book Cover
The new edition includes expanded discussion of techniques for stitching and design as well as 225 new color plates and over 40 new stitches. I haven’t absorbed even half of the new material, but I have already spotted some new ideas for my next Needlepaint project — open work on belts. (Give me a couple of weeks and I will let you know how it works.)
I have both the print and eBook version and I like them for different reasons. I am a bit of a book snob and I love my paper versions — thus the print. However, I travel a lot and in order to keep my suitcase light, I got the eBook. I am delighted with both. A plus to the eBook is the color plates which can be enlarged on the screen to view details. The plus to the print version is ease of finding and comparing stitches.
And, this is not all that comes with the new edition. There is going to be a stitch app for our mobile devices. It isn’t out yet, but for those who by the print or eBook you need to go to www.needlepointbookapp.com from your mobile device and enter your information. Simon & Schuster will notify you with your download code as soon as the app is made available. I can’t wait!
I guess you could say that I come from a DIY family. There has always been someone doing some project or another. As a teenager, my father had me grouting tile and my mother had me making all of my own clothes. My siblings were likewise involved, as were my aunts and uncles.
The DIY nature of the family was brought to my attention when I showed my daughter-in-law this picture of the Pansy quilt and rug.
Hand Made by Family Members includes the Pansey Quilt, Pansey Needlepoint Rug, Wood Furniture, Tiffany Lamp, and Bird Embroidery
As I mentioned in my previous post, my sister Mary Sue Suit (https://marysuequiltgallery.wordpress.com/) designed and pieced the quilt, Judy Woodworth (http://www.judywoodworth.com/index.html) did the quilting, and I made the needlepoint rug using our website www.NeedlePaint.com. The furniture was made by my father at the end of World War II. My Uncle Frank took up leaded glass after he retired in the ‘70s and the Tiffany lamp is one of his.
The embroidered bird hangings were stitched by my great-aunt Mrs. Jo. Mrs. Jo was a nurse who served in France during WWI. She took her lace tatting everywhere with her on the coal-puffing trains of Europe. She complained that all her lace was grey and needed to be washed several time before it could be used. When she retired, nothing pleased her more than a needlepoint or embroidery project. When my mother would take her a new project, Mrs. Jo often would say to her, “Don’t you need to be somewhere else?” The signal that she was ready to be stitching….
After Needlepaint began carrying the Brown Sheep Waverly wool, I decided that I needed to attack a large project — a 20” by 24” rug on 12 point canvas. For design ideas, I turned to my quilting sister, Mary Sue Suit https://marysuequiltgallery.wordpress.com/, who never ceases to amaze me with her unique designs based on triangles.
We finally chose her Pansy Quilt which was quilted by Judy Woodworth. Why we chose it, I don’t know, but maybe it had something to do with pansies being one of my favorite flowers and my granddaughter loves purple. Usually Mary Sue gives her quilts names but this one is nameless…. We welcome suggestions.
The straight lines of the triangles meant the quilt design transferred easily to a custom needlepoint canvas. I worked the canvas with all 3 strands of the Waverly wool and chose one of the variegated colors for the light lavender of the above design. For the backing we used medium-weight wool. The finished rug makes a beautiful accent to the spectacular quilt. The same pattern could be down sized for an 18 point miniature needlepoint hanging. Or, one could turn the center pansy medallion into a 12 or 14 point pillow. The possibilities are limited only by one’s tolerance for pansies which don’t have to be purple.
Pansy Quilt Rig Color Guide
Needlepaint can print canvases up to 36” by 40” and we recommend 10 or 12 point canvas for rugs. I chose 12 point canvas because I wanted the finished rug to be firm without having to use a heavy backing or filler.
Needlepoint Rug and Quilt
I love native american art, and this week we have a few custom needlepoint projects that fit this theme.
First off is a needlepoint kit recently stitched by one of our customers. More psychedelic in nature than most, but really fun!
In her words “Came out great. It’s hanging in my husbands new office and he has gotten rave reviews.” Stephanie 2015-04-12
Needlepoint Native American Headdress
Next are two canvases we made that are a lot more traditional and what I think of as real native american artwork. The customer just got them an here is her feedback.
“Wow. Received my two canvases and I could not be happier. Believe me I will tell anybody I know who needlepoints about your business. The canvases came out much better than I expected.” Sabra 2015-05-05
Custom Native American Artwork Needlepoint Canvases
You can preview your own custom needlepoint design for Free on our website – www.NeedlePaint.com
Last week we had some great projects. This one was from a customer who stitched one of our custom needlepoint canvases 2 years ago and “get(s) many compliments on it.” (Nora – 2015-04-25)
This is an office building she is stiching and we helped touch up the facade.
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Custom House Needlepoint Canvas