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A Sweet New Gingerbread House Needlepoint Kit!

Written by Peggy Bond

I had never baked a Gingerbread House nor did I want to. But then I got inspired by Santa’s New Ride needlepoint car canvas. Why not make a needlepoint Gingerbread House that has a roof that opens for the wrapped candies and treats that can be eaten? NeedlePaint’s designer Krystal Duffy designed the canvas and the house became a reality.

Gingerbread House Dimensional Needlepoint Kit Two
(available with an attached or detached roof)

The house is 8 x 6 ¾  x 9 inches, a scale that matches Santa’s needlepoint car, and I used a variety of stitches for the project. A staggered, elongated, horizontal cashmere stitch for the gingerbread gives the house the appearance of being made of bricks. 

Stitch Detail

Elongated Cashmere Bricks

Mosaic Window Trim

Continental – Gobelin Snow

The snow alternating rows of the continental stitch and straight Gobelin worked over 2 strands. Window frames are the slanted 2 x 2 Gobelin over 2 strands and dots above and the below the windows are the mosaic stitch. he windows are a staggered strait Gobelin over 2 stitched. There are lots of places to try new and different stitches. It was fun! 

As I stitched along, my mind worried away at “how are you going to put this all together”? Sure, it was going to a rectangular house with a roof with overhangs. How was it going to be stabilized since I wasn’t going to stuff it. (Stuffing the Gingerbread House is certainly an option.)

Initially, I cut plastic needlepoint canvas 1/8″ smaller than each side and the roofs, and stitched them to the canvas. The house could stand on its own but it wasn’t going to be rigid enough to be a container. 

Plastic Canvas Backings

While browsing through a crafter’s catalog, I found 8-inch square boxes which could be cutdown to make a 8 x 6 ¾ inch rectangle. This would give the base a solid frame and the sides could be cut down to size and shaped for the roof.  It worked! Below is a mock up of the box frame. The final was glued and the peak supports were cut from acid-free art board.

Mock up of House Frame

The base of the house is lined with a lightweight cotton fabric. Lining is sewn as shown below along only the upper edge of the stitching. The two roof segments are lined with a sturdier white fabric, leaving the top of each segment open to be sewn together later. (I probably could have used a lighter weight fabric but thought that extra weight would make a better hinge for the roof.) Turning the lining was not easy with the canvas backed by the plastic canvas, but the results were better than I had expected. There was one seam to stitch along the side of the base and it could be slipped onto the box frame. Acid-free art board was cut fit inside roofing pieces.

Also, piece of acid-free art board cut to the inside dimensions of the box is covered with the lining material and slid down to hold the lining of the sides in place.

The lined roof is stitched together at its peak with the back sides together, and the outside seam trimmed and covered with a bias strip. Self-adhesive Velcro dots along the sides and a strip at the peak affix one side of the roof and a button-ribbon tab is sewn to the opening-side of the roof.

There are certainly other ways to assemble the house. My granddaughters are all eyeing the Gingerbread House and maybe I will have to make more so please let me know if anyone has assembly suggestions.

We would love to help with all of your needlepoint needs.
Please contact us with any questions that you may have at:
info@needlepaint.com

  Stitch a little something sweet for the holidays!

New NeedlePaint Kits With A Touch Of Holiday Nostalgia!

As the holidays are in full swing, the smell of baking cookies, a song or a cherished ornament, will make a childhood memory come alive. At NeedlePaint we have created some new designs with a touch of nostalgia and that warm feeling from the past. Stitching these needlepoint stockings, pillows and ornament canvases, will add a vintage charm to your holidays!

Vintage Snowman Needlepoint Stocking Kit
12.43″ x 19″ on 14 mesh canvas

“Frosty the Snow Man came to town one bright, cold winter’s day!”

Vintage Snowman Needlepoint Ornament Kit
5.22″ x 5.22″ on 18 mesh canvas

“Frosty the Snow Man has gone away, where all snow men go on a sunny day.”

Vintage Snowman Needlepoint Pillow Kit
12″ x 12″ on 14 mesh canvas

“Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!”

Swirling Snow Needlepoint Stocking Kit
12.43″ x 19″ on 14 mesh canvas

Cool and crisp, yet warm and friendly; the swirling winter wind sparkles with magic!

Swirling Snow Pine Needlepoint Ornament Kit
5.22″ x 5.22″ on 18 mesh canvas

Winter is welcoming, with a dusting of snow on a newly decorated pine!

Swirling Snow Needlepoint Ornament Kit
5.22″ x 5.22″ on 18 mesh canvas

This swirling winter wind is a favorite of this friendly snowman! 

Vintage Santa Needlepoint Stocking Kit
12.43″ x 19″ on 14 mesh canvas

“His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, and the beard on his chin was as white as the snow!”

Vintage Santa Needlepoint Ornament Kit
5.22″ x 5.22″ on 18 mesh canvas

“His eyes how they twinkled! His dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!”

Vintage Santa Needlepoint Pillow Kit
12″ x 12″ on 14 mesh canvas

“He had a broad face and a little round belly, that shook, when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly!” 

Stitch a little nostalgia, this holiday season!

Feel free to contact us with any questions,
or if our designers can create a special holiday memory for you to stitch,
let us know at: info@needlepaint.com

NeedlePaint’s New Nutcracker Holiday Needlepoint Kits!

A handmade touch is what makes Christmas the most magical time of year! Create your own holiday decorations, and stitch one of NeedlePaint‘s new unique needlepoint nutcracker stockings or needlepoint ornament kits! Nutcrackers historically represent power and strength, and were given as keepsakes to serve as a messenger of good luck and good will. These three new nutcracker designs will add a warm personality and rich colorful charm to your holiday festivities!

Nutcracker Klaus Needlepoint Stocking Kit
12.43″ x 19″ on 14 mesh canvas

Nutcracker Klaus has a commanding sparkle from his brilliant charming smile! He’ll put you at ease with his curly locks, which cascade freely from his jewel encrusted crown.
With a wink of his eye, a secret is shared; he is at his best when touring the grounds, 
as they are lush with trees full of nuts.

Nutcracker Klaus Needlepoint Ornament Kit
5.22″ x 5.22″ on 18 mesh canvas

Nutcracker Klaus Front and Back Ornament Kits
2.5″ x 6.22″ on 18 mesh canvas
(front and back are sold seperately)

Nutcracker Stefan Needlepoint Stocking Kit
12.43″ x 19″ on 14 mesh canvas

Nutcracker Stefan is the Lord Captain of his tiny ship! He sails the high seas from dawn til dusk, only stopping his post for a tasty meal in the galley down below deck. His crew doesn’t know so don’t give him away; you can find him sneaking the pecans off of the praline parfaits. 

Nutcracker Stefan Needlepoint Ornament Kit
5.22″ x 5.22″ on 18 mesh canvas

Nutcracker Stefan Front and Back Ornament Kits
2.5″ x 6.22″ on 18 mesh canvas
(front and back are sold seperately))

Nutcracker Adelar Needlepoint Stocking Kit
12.43″ x 19″ on 14 mesh canvas

Nutcracker Adelar is a fearless noble warrior! He uses a gazing stare from his deep blue eyes, to curtail any trouble which may be brewing. He shines his crown with crushed walnut shells,
that have been tossed aside to dry. 

Nutcracker Adelar Needlepoint Ornament Kit
5.22″ x 5.22″ on 18 mesh canvas

Nutcracker Adelar Front and Back Ornament Kits
2.5″ x 6.22″ on 18 mesh canvas
(front and back are sold seperately))

Feel free to contact us with any questions, 
or if our designers can create a special holiday decoration for you,
let us know, at: 
info@needlepaint.com

Build new holiday memories, one stitch at a time!

NeedlePaint’s New Christmas Stocking Cuffs!

Written by: Peggy Bond

Running late to get a Christmas stocking needlepointed? NeedlePaint suggests a Winter Wonderland Stocking Cuff. Needlepointing the cuff will take less than half the time of a full stocking. The bear and moose are perfect for my nephews who live in Maine,
and the chickadee will be prefect for Amos’ little sister who will be born in October.
It shouldn’t be difficult to get it finished in time for Christmas. 

Burly Black Bear Stocking Cuff Needlepoint Canvas

Woodland Moose Stocking Cuff Needlepoint Canvas

Joyful Chickadee Stocking Cuff Needlepoint Canvas

The bear and moose are finished and awaiting their big day. For texture and variety,
I used several different stitches on the large animals, sky, and snowy ground. 

The sky of the bear cuff is done with the vertical brick stitch done over 2 mesh.

The snowy ground is finished with the horizontal double brick stitch also done over 2 mesh.

For the bear, I wanted some color variation and texture.
His back is done using alternating continental with black and dark brown thread
while his under body and legs are all black and stitched with the continental. 

Alternating Continental Stitch

It’s winter and there must be snow falling sometimes, so the moose got the falling snow which was
created by using 3 strands of sky blue and 3 strands of light blue in the vertical brick stitch.
This created a random design that gives the sense of falling snow. 

The double twill stitch for the snow gives perception to the canvas,
accenting the varying size of the trees.

Diagonal chop sticks stitch: Mr. Moose took some searching for me to find the right stitch – one that I had never seen or used before. I found it in Susan Sturgeon Roberts’s book Needlepoint Dictionary of Stitches. It is called diagonal chop sticks. It is done in two shades of brown. 

I will post a the completed chickadee when I know the name of my niece.

We would love to help you with all of your needlepoint holiday decorations.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have at: info@needlepaint.com

Happy Stitching!

New 3-Dimensional Needlepoint Kits!

Written by Peggy Bond

Santa Claus is Coming To Town And He Has New Wheels!
Santa’s reindeer refused to work in the summer heat, so Santa Claus had to find new wheels. NeedlePaint came to his rescue with their newly designed 3-D needlepoint station wagon, stitched on 18 mesh canvas with DMC thread. After Santa is done using it for warm weather transport, it will make an unforgettable stocking stuffer toy or Christmas mantle decoration.

Stitched car canvas: 
The main body of the car and window were stitched with only four strands of the DMC thread, so that it will be less bulky to sew together. Santa, his dog, and the remainder of the car were stitched with all six strands of the DMC thread which makes them stand out from the background. The brick stitch is used for the wood panel on the car, and the double brick stitch is used for the light blue underbody of the car.

Inside-out: 
Finishing the car was a bit more challenging than finishing a brick door stop, because there was not a solid frame and the car has curves. I trimmed the canvas closer to the stitching, leaving at least a ¾ inch of blank canvas. Folding the stitched portion of the canvas with right sides together to join the hood and trunk to the sides, is a delicate operation requiring that the curves are the same for each side. It took me a couple of tries to get that right. The stitching was done with thread of the same color as the sections being joined. For example, the front window was joined with dark grey, the hood and side with blue, and the underbody with light blue. There were a lot of tiny stitches and knots!

Sew car inside-out:
To prepare the car form before stuffing, I pressed the seams open and tacked down the corners as shown.

Addition of Pellon stiffeners:
I inserted 3 pieces of heavyweight Pellon interfacing to give the car some rigidity. It is not necessary, but I found this gives the car sharper edges. More rigid inserts would give even sharper edges. It is a matter of taste!

Stuffing in progress:
I used heavy felt for the bottom of the car, similar to the finishing technique I used for the needlepoint brick covers. I stitch most of the bottom in place, leaving a four inch opening on one side before stuffing the car.

Stuffed and sewn up!
I gave Santa and the car another steaming to crispen up the edges of the roof and seams. He says that his new wheels and helpful dog will guarantee a Merry Christmas to All!

Santa’s New Ride Three Dimensional Needlepoint Kit

Red Truck Three Dimensional Needlepoint Kit

We would love to help you with all of your holiday decorations!
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have at: info@needlepaint.com

Stitch up some magic this holiday season!

Wedding Ornament Needlepoint Kits

Wedding bells are ringing again!
There are a lot of “firsts” for a newly married couple, and the celebration of a first Christmas together is definitely on top of the list. NeedlePaint has designed some new wedding ornament canvases for you to stitch; which are great to go with a wedding gift, or as a gift for Christmas. Weddings are full of tradition, superstitions, and good wishes.
Stitch something special for that very lucky couple!

Hope Doves Needlepoint Ornament Canvas
If a bride tucks a sugar cube into her glove,
the sugar will sweeten the wedding union” — according to Greek culture.

Wedding Doves Needlepoint Ornament Canvas
The English believe a spider found in a wedding dress means good luck.

Wedding Doves Needlepoint Pillow Canvas
Wednesday is considered the best day to marry, although
Monday is for wealth and Tuesday is for health” — according to English tradition.

Formal Wedding Attire Needlepoint Ornament Canvas
“The tradition of a groom carrying his bride across the threshold,
will bravely protect her from evil spirits lurking below.”

Peace Doves Needlepoint Ornament Canvas
“Saturday is the unluckiest wedding day, oddly enough it’s the most popular day
of the week to marry” — according to English folklore.

Our First Christmas Needlepoint Ornament Canvas
“When a bride puts a silver coin from her father and a gold coin from her mother
in each shoe, it will ensure that she’ll never be without money
” — according to Swedish tradition.

Snow Couple Needlepoint Ornament Canvas
“Rain on your wedding day is actually considered good luck” — according to Hindu tradition.

Tree of Life Birds Needlepoint Ornament Canvas
“For a bit of good luck, Egyptian women pinch the bride on her wedding day.”

Wedding Sampler Needlepoint Ornament Canvas
“Wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because
it was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart.”

Tree Of Life Birds Needlepoint Pillow Canvas
In Holland, a pine tree is planted outside of a newly married couple’s home,
as a symbol of luck and fertility.

Create a needlepoint keepsake for a newly married couple!
We would love to help with your wedding ornament or pillow canvases
and do offer finishing services. Please contact us with any questions
you may have at info@needlepaint.com

After all, handmade gifts are the gifts that are remembered!

NeedlePaint Wedding Wreath Gift Ideas!

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!

Welcome to the NeedlePaint Family!

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 !

NeedlePaint’s New Gentleman Critter Needlepoint Collection!

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!

US Travel Rounds — Needlepoint Destination Ornament Collection

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!