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Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas in Needlepoint

Needlepaint’s 12 Days of Christmas needlepoint canvases were inspired a quilt my mother made 25 years ago. Use the 3-inch circular, 18-point ornaments to decorate a tree or the 6 x 6-inch 18-point blocks to hang as a bunting (8 x 8 inch on 14 mesh). They are an ideal size to be  done while traveling, waiting in a doctor’s office, or babysitting a sleeping grandchild.  Or, in the tradition of a quilting bee, canvases can be done by several different needle-pointers.

I stitched and finished the bunting…….

12 Days of Christmas Needlepoint Kits

12 Days of Christmas Needlepoint Kits

The blocks can be stitched with the continental stitch However, I used a variety of stitches using DMC 6-strand floss.Quick-cover stitches for the backgrounds sped up completion and others I chose to provide texture. (Stitches will be described in subsequent blogs.) Beads, sequins, and/or ribbons could also be added for textures and highlights.

Finishing and display options are numerous…  If one has a large wall space or fireplace, a 12-block bunting would be cool, but it is easier to find a place for a shorter 4-block 3 string display. Also, consider a 2-block 6-string or 3 strings of 3 blocks, 4 blocks, and 5 blocks.

In the photo above, the blocks are framed and backed with red felt, hand-stitched together with 3 strands of red DMC floss to match, and strung on a ¾-inch strip of felt. If you are not into buntings, the blocks could be used to decorate a table or sewn together for wall hanging or table runner. Each could be framed in the Mill Hill Wooden 6 x 6-inch frames which are designed for needlework and available online from several vendors, including  JoAnn or Amazon.

Detailed directions and alternatives for finishing will be addressed in a later blog.

 

A Very Needlepoint Christmas to All

Christmas and Hanukkah are almost here!  Our little workshop has shipped over a hundred belts this past week and almost as many needlepoint kits.  We hope they all arrive and bring smiles to families across the country.

We have a lot to be thankful for this year, and are looking forwards to 2017.  We’ll be offering some new services for our needlepointers and for our customers who are looking for fully stitched products.

Those of you thinking of taking up a new hobby, please check out what an art needlepoint really is.  You’re in for a treat, we have a Customer Spotlight at the bottom of this post.

Needlepoint Christmas Belt

Our first Big announcement for 2017 is that we’re now selling fully stitched custom needlepoint stocking!  We’ve sold some over the years, but finally have put a listing online in our Etsy shop.  Our designers are here to work with you, whether you’re trying to match an heirloom needlepoint stocking, or looking for an updated needlepoint design, needlepoint stockings truly are timeless.

Personalized Nutcracker Needlepoint Christmas Stocking

Our Fully Stitched Nutcracker Needlepoint Stockings in wool with velvet backing.

What better to give than a gift of personal memories!  These custom needlepoint pillows are going to a fishing lodge, but I had to sneak some pictures under the tree.

Needlepoint Fishing Pillows

Needlepoint Fishing Pillows

And those of you who made it this far are in for a treat.  Lisa, in New York just finished her second project ever.  She stitched this amazing Clara Nutcracker Stocking!  It is the same design as above (we did customize the background a bit), but you can see her talent in selecting her own colors and especially choosing fun stitches and embellishments that add even more depth and texture to the stocking.  Nice work Lisa!

Needlepoint is Fun and amazing. I hope you share these images with your friends and help inspire them to learn to needlepoint in 2017!

Fun Stitch Needlepoint Christmas Stocking

Fun Stitch Needlepoint Christmas Stocking

Christmas Needlepoint Ideas

Are you looking for that special gift that will be cherished for generations to come?

We’ve got a LOT of ideas here that are sure to not only show off your talent as a needlepointer, but that are all sure to be loved by the younger generations who often seem to be too busy to learn the art of needlepoint.

For the beginner stitcher.  We’ve recently added some great Christmas Needlepoint ideas that are smaller and simple, but for the experienced stitcher, leave plenty of space for fancy stitches to spice up.

Needlepoint Ornaments are small and quick.  Our custom needlepoint ornament listing lets you decide what to stitch!  Think of a favorite photo, pet, old home, sport, or cherished memory.

Christmas Needlepoint Ornament Ideas

Christmas Needlepoint Ornament Ideas

A Custom Needlepoint Belt will be a huge hit under the tree.  We offer custom designed needlepoint belt kits, or fully stitched needlepoint belts.

Custom Needlepoint Golf Belt

Custom Needlepoint Golf Course Belt

Needlepoint Wallets and needlepoint Flasks are both easy projects for beginners and we now offer leather finishing as optional extra.

And the my personal FAVORITE, a Custom Needlepoint Stocking!  We’re now happy to offer fully stitched and custom needlepoint stocking kits.  We’ve got dozens of designs under our Christmas Needlepoint theme that are made to be personalized, and of course we’d love to design something custom for you!

Custom Christmas Needlepoint Stockings

Custom Christmas Needlepoint Stockings

Last but not least, for the more experienced stitcher, you can Needlepoint your own Photo!  Most popular are dogs and cats.  We’ve also done hundreds of homes, landscapes, and art needlepoint projects.  These can be turned into a pillow or hung up on a wall.  We now offer Pillow Finishing and if you don’t needlepoint, even offer fully stitched custom needlepoint pillows.

***Custom needlepoint kits available with standard shipping until Dec. 12th.  Our order deadline for fully stitched products in 2016 was Nov. 1st.  But we do offer custom designed Gift Cards that show your design that is being stitched, so you would not be empty handed if you decide to give the gift of needlepoint but don’t have the time to stitch it yourself.

Also, a special thanks to Jen in VA, who stitched the two custom needlepoint projects below!  Thanks and happy holidays to all!

Custom Needlepoint House and Cats

Custom Needlepoint House and Cats

Merry Christmas, Isaac and Alex – Needlepoint Stockings!

 

Stocking Deck3

The stocking are ready for Santa with time to spare. The finishing touches on Alex’s stocking were:

  • Silver buttons, blue eyes, and a read nose for the snowman
  • A red glass bead nose for Rodolf and bead eyes for all the reindeer
  • A blue glass bead eye for little penguin.

On Isaac’s stocking I added:

  • Glass bead eyes for the penguin
  • A mouth for the ginger bread man out red glass beads stung together
  • Glass bead eyes for Santa
  • Large red beads for the holly berries on the Santa’s airplane

Each needlpoint piece is with light-weight cotton cut on the bias and then the back of each is wool, also cut on the bias. Both are trimmed with gold braid.

To see more about the stitches I chose, click here, here, and here

And click here to see more personalized needlepoint stocking designs!

 

 

Fun Needlepoint Christmas Kits – New Designs!

We’re excited to have started working with some new artists!

These Christmas needlepoint designs are just the beginning, over the next several months you will see a lot of new, original, fun designs available in our shop www.needlepaint.com.

These designs are ripe for choosing non tent stitches and adding embellishments.  Rather than going over the details of each, I’m posting the pictures with a link to our shop page which tells you more.

To start we have the Patch Angel Needlepoint Canvas (or you can buy it with thread for a kit)

Patch Angel Needlepoint Canvas

Patch Angel Needlepoint Canvas

Next up is a modern twist on the 12 days of Christmas in Needlepoint.

12 Days of Christmas Needlepoint Kit

12 Days of Christmas Needlepoint Kit

The holidays are all about sharing and family, so we spelled out some of our favorite things in the Sharing Christmas Tree Needlepoint Kit.

Sharing Christmas Tree Needlepoint Kit

Sharing Christmas Tree Needlepoint Kit

The last design is my personal favorite, a modern version of the three kings.   This still is a work in progress, so not on our shop yet, but if you love it, let us know!

Three Kings Christmas Needlepoint Kit

Three Kings Christmas Needlepoint Kit

Friday Favorites – Christmas Needlepoint Ideas – Custom Dogs – and Cute Kids Projects!

Labor day is here, and while it is sad to see summer coming to a close, we’re feeling very blessed and happy to help design more great new needlepoint projects.

Here is some feedback from our customers last week:

“My needlepoint came this afternoon.  It looks awesome. Hopefully I don’t mess it up too badly. Thanks for all of your help.”  Lynette 8-25-2014

“Loved my belts  They were on my doorstep today” Becky 8-25-2014

“I love them~!” Anna 8-25-2014

“I have finished the canvas and love how it came out. Thanks for your help!” Margo 8-24-2014

Before we get to the Christmas ideas, I want you to see the new fish we designed for needlepoint belts this week.  They are amazing!

If you love to fish, let us know your favorites and we can do a custom needlepoint belt design for you!  Available as DYI needlepoint kit or as a fully stitched needlepoint belt.

Amazing Fishing Needlepoint Belts and More

Amazing Fishing Needlepoint Belts and More

Onto the Christmas Needlepoint ideas.

Georgia Bulldogs Christmas Needlepoint

Georgia Bulldogs Christmas Needlepoint

Christmas Stocking and Vintage Santa Needlepoint Canvases

Christmas Stocking and Vintage Santa Needlepoint Canvases

Below are some fun kids projects we did, we can personalize the rainbow to any name!

Kids Rainbow and Balloons Needlepoint Canvases

Kids Rainbow and Balloons Needlepoint Canvases

The Pomeranian needlepoint canvas is available in shop, click the following link to see more needlepoint dogs!

Pomeranian and Dog Playing Needlepoint Kits

 

 

Classic Lobster Needlepoint Belt

Are you looking for that perfect summer time needlepoint belt or gift idea?

I think I have a new favorite this week, it is our classic lobster needlepoint belt.

This design is available as a finished belt, or as a DIY stitch your own needlepoint kit.

Great design Tracy!

Lobster Needlepoint Belt

Classic Lobster Needlepoint Belt