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NeedlePaint’s Nutcracker Suite Collection

NeedlePaint would like to introduce a series of needlepoint ornament canvases that coordinate with our Nutcracker Suite Stocking canvases. Now you can stitch the beauty of this beautiful ballet, and add some magic to your holiday decor!

One of Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions, and perhaps one of the most famous ballets in the world; the Nutcracker Suite is a holiday classic. Many families have a holiday tradition that begins with a visit to the local ballet to see the Nutcracker Suite. Of course everyone has their favorite character, and with this collection, you can choose to stitch one canvas or the entire group.

Our Nutcracker Suite Clara ornament canvas (above) and stocking canvas (below) features the main character Clara, dancing with the Nutcracker that she has received as a Christmas gift from her grandfather.

Our Nutcracker Suite Nutcracker Prince ornament canvas (above) and stocking canvas (below), The Nutcracker Prince begins as a young man (prince) named “Hans”, who is transformed into a nutcracker by an army of mice. The only way to break that spell is for the Nutcracker to slay the Mouse King. A battle pursues among the Nutcracker and the Mouse King, but quickly comes to a halt when Clara hits the Mouse King square in the head with her slipper. Ending the conflict, the transformation is made back from Nutcracker to Prince. 

Our Nutcracker Suite Herr Drosselmeyer ornament canvas (above) and stocking canvas (below), continues with this magician-like figure, with cape and eye patch. A character of great mystery and intrigue. In the Nutcracker Suite story, Herr Drosselmeyer is known as Clara’s grandfather (depending on which version of the story you are familiar with, he is sometimes known as Clara’s uncle or godfather). He arrives at the family holiday party with gifts for all, and for Clara he brings a wooden nutcracker in the shape of a little man. 

Our Nutcracker Suite Mouse King ornament canvas (above) and stocking canvas (below), has what every great story needs — a villain! In Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, the Mouse King plays this part perfectly. When the clock strikes midnight things become alive. The Mouse King corners the beloved Nutcracker and battle pursues. Things quickly come to a halt when Clara throws her slipper at the Mouse King, hitting him square in the head. The Mouse King is taken away by his army of mice thus ending the conflict. 

Our Nutcracker Suite Sugar Plum Fairy ornament canvas (above) and stocking canvas (below), story continues as the Nutcracker turns into a prince and escorts Clara to the Land of Sweets. They are promptly greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy. After she learns about their daring battle with the Mouse King and his mice, the Sugar Plum Fairy rewards Clara and the Prince with a celebration of dances. 

These strong and complex characters, have been portrayed on our Nutcracker Suite needlepoint ornament and stocking canvases. Wonderful pieces to stitch and be displayed on your fireplace and Christmas tree, as a stand alone or the entire collection.

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

Happy Stitching!

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!

Merry X Mask! Stanta Stocking and Ornament Collection

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!

Travel Rounds – Destination Ornament Collection

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!

 

 

NeedlePaint’s New Winter Woodland Christmas Collection!

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!

Sweet Summer Stitching at NeedlePaint!

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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!

Hoop Them Up! NeedlePaint’s DIY Christmas Ornaments

12 Days of Christmas 3%22 ornamentsWritten by Peggy Bond

It’s not basketball season, but time to start planning new decorations for Christmas. At NeedlePaint, our 12 Days of Christmas motifs have been resized to be 3-inch Christmas tree ornaments. And, embroidery hoops are a great way to finish them.

The designs are printed on an 18-point canvas of 2 columns and 6 rows. Each row can be cut and each row of 2 worked individually on a scroll frame or stretcher.  When stitching, cover the grey circular boarder to ensure that there will be no unstitched canvas.

Our previous blogs for the 12-Day blocks have suggestions for a variety of stitches that can be used but I found myself using the Continental stitch because of the small size of the ornaments. 

DIY Christmas Ornament Supplies

Supplies for finishing the ornaments are:

• 3-inch bamboo hoops which are available from several suppliers including JoAnn Fabrics, Etsy, and Amazon and in Europe Cloud Craft.

• Fabric for the back side, preferable felt or felted wool. It is best to use a fabric that does not ravel.

• Padding such as quilt batting or polyester stuffing (optional).

• Strung glitter sequins, ribbon, or similar for hanging the ornament.

• Fabric glue.

Stitched Ornament 

Once stitched, cut the ornaments apart leaving them as squares with at least 1 inch of unfinished canvas around each ornament.  It is tempting to trim the finished canvas into a circle, but having the long corners makes it easier to place  evenly around the inner hoop. 

Before hooping the canvas, use the inside of the inner hoop as a guide to cut padding. The padding will give the ornament some roundness and makes affixing the felt backing easier.

Folding back

 Loosen the screw fastener of the outer hoop as far as possible. Position the canvas over the inner hoop. Then put the outer hoop in place and tighten. Turn over the ornament and fold in the edges of the canvas. I found that steaming the canvas helps make it more pliable when trying to get the edges turned to the backside of the hoop and once it dries, it will hold its shape. 

Finished Oranments

 If you are using padding, place it inside the inner hoop on top of the back of the stitched canvas. Then, trace the hoop on your felt backing and cut it out. Glue the felt backing to the outer hoop’s edge, following the instructions of the glue manufacturer. 

I used strung glitter sequins for hangers. I had originally purchased the sequins to glue to the outer hoop but decided that I like the look of the natural bamboo. One could also stain or paint the outer hoop. Many more options out there. Let your imaginations go wild!