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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!

A Halloween Needlepoint Collection to Delight and to Fright!

Put a unique spin on this year’s Halloween decorations and stitch up an unforgettable night with NeedlePaint’s new collection of Halloween needlepoint kits! Ornaments, door hangers, key fobs and more, check out the new Halloween section on our website.

For some of you, (you know who you are) Halloween is the best night of the year! With the unexplained oddities and plenty of fright, the precursor to upcoming cold winter nights. A strange cast of characters seem to appear that night, and when the sun comes up . . . .  it will once again, be all right! We would like to give a giant thanks to our designer Gwynn, for bringing these designs to life!

Ghostly Boo Halloween Needlepoint Door Hanger Kit
The ghosts are in, but nowhere in sight! With a haunting little chant not saying much tonight,
other than a constant mournful “boo,” and a farewell good night.

Batty Bat Halloween Needlepoint Ornament Kit
Bats get a bad rap, but with each flap of their wings they add great delight!
With an uneven flutter in their unstable flight;
they give the witches competition on this moon filled night.

Be Scary Halloween Needlepoint Door Hanger Kit
Eat, drink and be scary on this Halloween night! We’ll scare you silly with extreme delight;
but can’t guarantee that you won’t go home without a hangover tonight! 

Peter Pumpkin Halloween Needlepoint Ornament Kit
Similar to a snowflake, no two pumpkins are alike. From spooky to goofy,
this pumpkin’s glad to have found a new life outside of the patch! 

Black Widow Halloween Needlepoint Door Hanger Kit
We’ve been waiting for you on this Halloween night! Our usual customers have somehow
vanished into the night. We promise to entertain you and not drain your patience with fright.

Frankenstein’s Halloween Needlepoint Ornament Kit
He’s really not much to look at, and quite a fright at first sight.
You just need to get past the green glow and yellow in his eyes,
when they really should be white. We’ve found this to be certain,
and will share a small secret: when Frank’s bolts are truly fastened tight, 
deep down inside he’s really quite bright.

Enter Halloween Needlepoint Door Hanger Kit
Enter if you dare, but beware this Halloween night, it seems however
that some of the tricker treaters just aren’t right. As a matter of fact we’re pretty certain
that they may not make it home at all tonight! 

Black Cat Halloween Needlepoint Ornament Kit
A black cat’s fright only happens at night,
with the hairs on his back standing straight and upright.
Don’t let him walk in front of you, or you’ll be the one having a bad night!

Witches Hat Halloween Needlepoint Door Hanger Kit
The witch is in, adorned in all black, funny little pointy hat and a wand like a bat.
She’ll concoct a brew especially for you, but don’t make her cross
or you’ll be her next flavor! 

Haunted House Halloween Needlepoint Ornament Kit
A handful of haunted houses line the spooky street!
Each one is illuminated with the full moon’s glowing light.
Guide your way “trick or treating” onto every front porch that’s bright;
but beware of the monster behind you, on the far and distant right! 

Trick or Treat Needlepoint Door Hanger Kit
A treat for a trick, or maybe it’s the other way around!
Candy corn, crunchy corn, orange, yellow, white;
sweet candy confections to delight the young, and old alike.

Here For Boos Halloween Needlepoint Ornament Kit
It’s not big news, I’m pretty sure you know, your costumes on too tight.
The contest competition is really stiff on this dark and gloomy night.
There’s scary, and hairy, and a princess whose far too bright.
We know you don’t care if you win or not, you’re only here for the boos tonight!

Perfect Poison Halloween Needlepoint Ornament Kit
Pick the perfect poison, we’ve got one that’s just right!
It will fill your head with images of a grueling ghostly night.
Some with bubbles, some with troubles, and more that are tweaked just right.
Just a word of warning: take two aspirin before you go home to bed, tonight! 

Wouldn’t you love to get one of these key fobs in your trick or treat bag!

Halloween Candy Corn Needlepoint Key Fob Kit
How do you eat your Halloween tri-colored candy corn;
do you nibble one colored layer at a time, or the entire candy at once?
A Halloween favorite which is as fun to use depicted on a key fob, as the treat is to eat!

Ghostly Boo Halloween Key Fob Kit
The ghosts are in, but nowhere in sight! With a haunting little chatter not saying
much more tonight, other than a mournful “boo,”
to the little spider in the corner and the bat in mid-flight!

Tiny Pumpkins Halloween Key Fob Kit
So similar to a snowflake, no two pumpkins are alike. From spooky to goofy,
from plump to just right. These pumpkin’s are glad to have found
a new life on this key fob canvas, designed just right!

Stitch and add a some serious personality to your Halloween holiday
with these fun and spooky needlepoint kits!

Please feel free to contact us with any questions,
or if you have a special idea that you would like to see come to life, at:
info@needlepaint.com

Happy Halloween!