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Give The Gift Of Needlepoint This Mother’s Day!

“Mom’s smiles can brighten any moment,
Mom’s hugs put joy in our days,
Mom’s love will stay with us forever
and touch our lives in precious ways” . . . . 

This year skip the flowers and the candy — stitch a thoughtful gift to show your mom how much you love her today and the other 364 days of the year! These NeedlePaint Mother’s Day Kits will look great finished as a door hanger, a charming ornament, or even perhaps a softly scented sachet. 

Best Mom Ever Needlepoint Ornament Kit

“Once upon a memory, someone wiped away a tear.
Held me close and loved me, thank you mother dear.”

Soccer Mom Needlepoint Ornament Kit

“There is no blessing quite so dear, as a mom like you to love year after year.”

Mother Needlepoint Ornament Kit

“Of all the special joys in life, the big ones and the small,
a mother’s love and tenderness is the greatest of them all.” 

Number One Mom Needlepoint Ornament Kit

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.”

Super Mom Needlepoint Ornament Kit

“A mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend.”

I Love Mom Needlepoint Ornament Kit

“Mom you’ve given me two things. One is roots, the other wings.”

Is your mother the one in the family who loves to stitch?
Give her a needlepoint gift certificate that will lead to hours of enjoyment!

Contact us with any questions that you may have. If you would like to purchase a gift certificate that can be printed out on your home computer, please let us know at: info@needlepaint.com

Stitch a thoughtful gift for your Mom!

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!

Endangered and Threatened Species Needlepoint Ornament Collection

Written and designed by Gwynn Goodner

Our Threatened and Endangered Species Needlepoint Ornament Collection highlights some of the rarest and most beautiful creatures on the planet. This offering features animals that are on the brink of extinction, with a goal of raising awareness and funds toward their preservation and conservation. Every purchase of a needlepoint ornament canvas from this collection will have a portion of the proceeds donated to wildlife foundations to ensure that these amazing animals are here for future generations. 

Amur Leopard Needlepoint Ornament Kit
5″ x 5″ on 18 mesh canvas, using 12 colors

The Amur Leopard is one of the most critically endangered species on the planet, with as few as 110 individuals alive in the wild. Native to Southeastern Russia and Northern China, this beautiful big cat has been driven to near extinction by fires lit to clear its forest habitat for agriculture and grazing. It can be distinguished from other leopard species by its thick, luxuriant coat, useful in its chilly habitat.

Whooping Crane Needlepoint Ornament Kit
5″ x 5″ on 18 mesh canvas, using 10 colors

Whooping Cranes are North America’s tallest bird and were driven to near extinction by 1941 when the population was reduced to a mere 23 specimens. This magnificent species, noted for its red crest and black wing tips has had a slow rebound to 800 birds with the careful breeding and conservation programs. Migration routes range from Mexico and southern Florida to Canada.

Siberian Tiger Needlepoint Ornament Kit
5″ x 5″ on 18 mesh canvas, using 16 colors

The Siberian Tiger, unlike its tropical cousins, is at home in the deep snows of far Eastern Russia and Northern China. This apex predator requires a large territory to survive in the wild. Development and governments turning a blind eye to illegal deforestation and poaching, have led to a small population of roughly about 520 survivors.

Atlantic Ridley Sea Turtle Needlepoint Ornament Kit
5″ x 5″ on 18 mesh canvas, using 14 colors

Although many sea turtles are threatened or endangered, few are as rare as the Atlantic Ridley Sea Turtle (also known as the Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle). The precise number of individuals left in the wild is unknown, but this small sea turtle has been listed as critically endangered since 1970. Most of these aquatic reptiles are found in the Gulf of Mexico where there is a single beach that acts as the nursery for nearly the entire species.

Gray Wolf Needlepoint Ornament Kit
5″ x 5″ on 18 mesh canvas, using 12 colors

Though not as critically at risk as it once was, the Gray Wolf remains a threatened species and is protected in most of its widespread range throughout the Northern Hemisphere. The Gray Wolf lives in close social groups where they are at an advantage in hunting large prey in packs. Wolf populations have been on a significant rise in recent decades and now are part of a healthy ecosystem in many countries.

Giant Panda Needlepoint Ornament Kit
5″ x 5″ on 18 mesh canvas, using 11 colors

The cuddly, lovable Giant Panda has become the flagship species for animal conservation and a symbol for ecology worldwide. Native to only a few mountain ranges in China, the Giant Panda has had a successful recovery from the brink of extinction. Careful breeding programs and strict protection of habitat have allowed wild populations to grow to an estimated 3,000 individuals.

Orca Needlepoint Ornament Kit
5″ x 5″ on 18 mesh canvas, using 15 colors

The Orca is not a whale, rather the largest of oceanic dolphin species. Its distinctive black and white markings and remarkable intelligence has made it one of the world’s most recognizable marine mammals. In spite of its worldwide distribution, pollution, overfishing and prey depletion have led to its threatened status in North America. Orcas are never threats to humans in the wild and they live in the most stable social groups of any animal alive.

Polar Bear Needlepoint Ornament Kit
5″ x 5″ on 18 mesh canvas, using 15 colors

The Polar Bear is the land largest carnivore on the planet, with large males often exceeding 1,500 pounds. Though this native was once common to the entire Arctic Circle, their population has been greatly reduced in the last few decades by global warming. Polar Bears are born on land, but spend most of their lives on sea ice where they hunt. Melting sea ice has caused many bears to die of starvation and future warming may reduce the wild population further in coming decades. 

Hawaiian Monk Seal Needlepoint Ornament Kit
5″ x 5″ on 18 mesh canvas, using 9 colors

The Hawaiian Monk Seal is a critically endangered species with populations dwindling to about 1100 animals. Intense hunting in the 19th century lead to its initial decline, with island development and accidental capture in fishing nets further reducing the number. Fortunately Hawaiian state law has favored the animals, and beaches are cleared if this shy seal visits to sunbathe or nurse pups. 

These hand stitched ornaments will be treasured by your family for years to come. We offer an ornament finishing service for your completed canvases, and would love to help with any questions that you may have at: info@needlepaint.com

Stitch your favorite design or the entire collection!

Sweet Valentine Needlepoint Details!

It’s February and we are LOVING our new candy “conversation” heart canvases!
This needlepoint collection is a great way to practice decorative stitches,
without having to work around too much design detail.

We thought you would enjoy this stitched sample, showing the options that are possible with the Be Mine Valentine canvas. We’d love to see this collection finished as a set to use as Valentine ornaments on a garland, or even as a darling toss pillow finished with a box edge. That’s what we love about needlepoint — endless personal options. 

Please contact us with any questions that you may have,
or if our designer can create a special message for you to stitch,
let us know at: info@needlepaint.com

Stitch a little something sweet,
for someone special who has capture your heart! 

“Egg”ceptional Easter Needlepoint Kits!

During the long winter months, we anxiously await in great anticipation for spring to arrive! A season of new hope, new growth and new beginnings. Welcome in the spring holiday season this year, by stitching a needlepoint door hanger or ornament kit designed with fresh lively color! NeedlePaint’s new Easter needlepoint ornament collection features charming needlepoint kits for stitchers of all skill levels.

Happy Easter Needlepoint Ornament Kit
5″ x 5″ on 18 mesh canvas, using 8 colors

This friendly bunny will warmly welcome guests into your home, this Easter holiday! 

ZigZag Easter Egg Needlepoint Ornament Kit
4″ x 5″ on 18 mesh canvas, using 7 colors

Zig this way, zag that way, it’s spring time again! 

Bunny Hop Needlepoint Easter Door Hanger Kit
6″ x 3″ on 18 mesh canvas, using 11 colors

Hop, hop, hop on down the bunny trail. This little bunny will bring an Easter full of surprises!

Ukrainian Easter egg Needlepoint Ornament Kit
4″ x 5″ on 18 mesh canvas, using 9 colors

This ornament that will catch your eye with its very unique folk design.

Chocolate Bunny Needlepoint Easter Door Hanger Kit
6.06″ x 3.78″ on 18 mesh canvas, using 10 colors

It’s when you bite into a chocolate Easter bunny, that the real fun begins! 

Easter Daisies Needlepoint Ornament Kit
4″ x 5″ on 18 mesh canvas, using 6 colors

Waking up from a long winter’s nap, everything is coming up daisies! 

Easter Cross Needlepoint Door Hanger Kit
3.78″ x 6.06″ on 18 mesh canvas, using 8 colors

Easter is a season of new hope, new beginnings, and new life! 

Easter Chick Needlepoint Ornament Kit
4″ x 5.06″ on 18 mesh canvas, using 9 colors

He’s a sweet little guy with a sparkle in his eye, wishing you an Easter full of surprise! 

Brilliant Easter Egg Needlepoint Ornament Kit
4″ x 5″ on 18 mesh canvas, using 8 colors

“Egg”ceptional! A needlepoint ornament with fun lively color! 

Cottontail Bunny Needlepoint Easter Ornament Kit
3.5″ x 5″ on 18 mesh canvas, using 7 colors

With a spring in his step and a cute colored coat,
this little cottontail bunny will help welcome the Easter celebrations!

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

Welcome in the spring holiday season, one colorful stitch at a time!

Love is in the Air With These New Needlepoint Valentine Kits!

Start this year’s Valentine’s Day conversation by stitching a little something sweet, for that special someone who has captured your heart! These fun new Needlepoint kits will look great finished with a box edge for a “real piece of candy” look, or a delightful Valentine door hanger. Each canvas is 5.56” x 5” on 18 mesh canvas. 

Sweet Heart Valentine Needlepoint Ornament Kit
You’ll always be my “Sweet Heart”! 

“Love is fire. But whether it is going to warm your heart or
burn down your house, you can never tell.”  — Joan Crawford

Pizza Valentine Needlepoint Ornament Kit
This friendly lighthearted mysterious message, will keep them guessing!

“Lots of people want to ride with you in a limo, but what you want is someone who
will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”  — Oprah Winfrey

Hot Stuff Valentine Needlepoint Ornament Kit
Love is in the air . . . just tell it like it is! 

“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get — only with what
you are expecting to give, which is everything.”  — Katharine Hepburn

Love You Valentine Needlepoint Ornament Kit
You know I will always “Love You”! 

 “It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous
that you realize just how much you love them.”   — Agatha Christie

Be Mine Valentine Needlepoint Ornament Kit
Love is in the air . . . “Be Mine” dear Valentine!

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

Stitch a little something sweet for your special Valentine!

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

New Chinoiserie Easter Egg Needlepoint Kits!

With a unique fusion of Eastern Asian artistic traditions and Western design; Chinoiserie brings a timeless style and sense of luxury to any home’s interior. Stitch one or stitch them all, NeedlePaint’s new Chinoiserie Easter Egg Needlepoint Kits will add a classic touch to your Easter holiday’s decorative style!

Happiness Chinoiserie Needlepoint Ornament Kit

The Chinese character for “double happiness” is a symbol that bestows the
blessing of good luck, love and success
.

Floral Chinoiserie Needlepoint Ornament Kit

Stylized floral and bird motifs capture the enduring beauty of nature; and represent
feminine beauty, integrity, long life and fidelity. 

Ginger Jar Chinoiserie Needlepoint Ornament Kit

Primarily functional as a storage vessel for spices in ancient China; the utilitarian ginger jar became
a dazzling decorative object with rich colors and vibrant patterns. 

Mosaic Chinoiserie Needlepoint Ornament Kit

Creative and adaptive to changing situations, the mosaic pattern is a spiritual symbol
of life, signifying the various patterns in which we live.

Pagoda Chinoiserie Needlepoint Ornament Kit 

As an integral part of Asian architecture, the pagoda is a symbol used for protection;
helps enhance one’s fortune and bestows the blessing of good luck. 

These canvases are designed on 18 mesh canvas, with the option to include DMC embroidery floss. When you have finished stitching your canvases, ask us about our ornament finishing services. 

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

This Easter holiday elevate your decorations to a new sophisticated style!

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!