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Plan Your Next NeedlePaint Project!

There are so many great choices and personal preferences involved when planning a new needlepoint project to stitch. NeedlePaint would love to help you plan your next project!

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NeedlePaint offers Zweigart Mono Deluxe needlepoint canvas.

Project size:
Choosing the overall design size of your canvas — do you want to stitch a belt, pillow, key fob, wallet, flask or maybe even a guitar or purse strap. We can create very large canvases, small canvases and everything in-between.

Canvas Mesh size:
Choose the canvas mesh size that works best for you — The mesh size of the canvas represents the number of stitches per inch. An 18 mesh canvas (with 18 stitches per inch) is usually used for smaller projects that require more detail; and a 10 mesh canvas would be used on something like a large floor pillow. It often depends on what type of thread you want to use, or maybe even what you can see visually.

NeedlePaint DMC thread

NeedlePaint offers DMC embroidery floss, or Waverly wool for your canvas!

Types of thread:
Choosing the type of thread depends on your canvas mesh size and your preference. 10, 12 and 14 canvas mesh sizes work great with wool thread. 14 and 18 mesh sizes work great with DMC embroidery floss. Thread choices are varied, and at Needlepoint we offer two types of thread. You have the option to of DMC embroidery floss, which is a 100% pearl cotton six-strand thread; and Waverly wool, which is 100% wool, and a three ply thread. We also will be happy to create a canvas for you without supplied thread. We know that a many of you like to use thread from your own stash, or simply like to pick the thread type and colors yourself. 

original cat image       NeedlePaint canvas

Original photo on the left, and a printed canvas of that image on the right.

Printed needlepoint canvas: 
NeedlePaint offers a huge selection of stock designs. If you’re looking for custom needlepoint; we can draw it for you, or we can print an image directly onto the canvas for you from a photo, drawing or graphic. We create your design image in a computer file, which assigns each square on the canvas a color. We then print your image onto blank canvas with a heat transfer process, and our computer generated file creates a stitch chart color guide. These charts help with the process of stitching; letting you know what color to use in each square. This is especially helpful if you have a background in cross-stitching, but not needed if you are used to following the colors on on the canvas.

handpainted needlepoint canvas

This is a hand painted needlepoint canvas we did for a customer, who preferred a solid lavender background and wanted to add a decorative border, using the original photo.

Painted needlepoint canvas:
NeedlePaint would be happy to provide you with a hand painted canvas. This is a great option if you prefer to stitch following the colors that are painted on the canvas and you don’t need stitch charts for reference. Although a printed canvas is more cost effective if you are on a budget, a hand painted canvas is always a great option. Let us know if you would prefer a painted canvas, and we will be happy to give you a price quote for your project.

There are so many great options when planning your next NeedlePaint project, feel free to contact us and let us know how we can help at: info@needlepaint.com.

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

Friday Favorites – Native American Needlepoint

I love native american art, and this week we have a few custom needlepoint projects that fit this theme.

First off is a needlepoint kit recently stitched by one of our customers.  More psychedelic in nature than most, but really fun!

In her words “Came out great. It’s hanging in my husbands new office and he has gotten rave reviews.”  Stephanie 2015-04-12

Needlepoint Native American Headdress

Needlepoint Native American Headdress

Next are two canvases we made that are a lot more traditional and what I think of as real native american artwork.  The customer just got them an here is her feedback.

“Wow. Received my two canvases and I could not be happier. Believe me I will tell anybody I know who needlepoints about your business. The canvases came out much better than I expected.”  Sabra 2015-05-05

Custom Native American Artwork Needlepoint Canvases

Custom Native American Artwork Needlepoint Canvases

You can preview your own custom needlepoint design for Free on our website – www.NeedlePaint.com

Friday Favorites – Art Needlepoint and Custom Needlepoint Canves from Photos and more Belts

When the weather is cold outside and we’re stuck inside, what a great time to get some needlepoint done!

This week we’ve got a lot of custom portriats, which are needlepoint canvases from photos.

If you don’t follow our blog or know about NeedlePaint.com and our specialized process for making a needlepoint canvas from a photo, below is why we think our canvases are superior. (For those of you who have ordered from us in the past, you can skip to the pictures below!)

The key to what we do is in the colors.  Our website takes your picture and matches the colors to acutal yarn colors.  When it does this, it account for each and every stitch, so you’ll not only get a canvas with the design on it, but you’ll also get a color chart that tells you all the colors in your kit and where to use it.

We recently purchased a canvas from another company that sells art needlepoint kits and were suprised that their canvas had none of this.  There was just a canvas without any color information.  The quality of the artwork was great, so no companints as long as the stitcher feels comfortable making those types of stitching decisions.

At NeedlePaint.com we’ve found that most of our customers prefer to have the colors matched for them and to have a canvas that is broken up by color with each stitch account for.  We call this a “Stitch Counted Design”.  If you look below, you’ll see how the colors are broken and grouped togather.  Also, if you order the fiber from us, we hand match the colors to the orginal photo, which is a time consuming process, but makes for amazing, realistic, and fun needlepoint!

Please click the following link if you’d like to learn more about our stitch counted canvases.

Onto the fun stuff, below are images of some of our favorite projects this week!

Basketball and Portriat Needlepoint Canvases from Photos

Basketball and Portriat Needlepoint Canvases from Photos

Dog Needlepoint Canvases from Photos

Dog Needlepoint Canvases from Photos

 

Custom Art Needlepoint Canvas

Custom Art Needlepoint Canvas

Fishing and Classic Car Hobby Belt Needlepoint Canvases

Fishing and Classic Car Hobby Belt Needlepoint Canvases

 

Life Belt Needlepoint Canvases

Life Belt Needlepoint Canvases

 

 

 

Friday Favorites – Custom Needlepoint Belts – Pillows – Artwork – Christmas Deadlines

Happy Friday!

We’re halfway thought the holiday season already, just two more week!  Orders placed by Tuesday Dec. 9th will ship by the 13th and still make it in time for Christmas.  (This is for needlepoint canvases only, and does not necessarily include personalized designs).  Orders placed by Dec 16th will need to use FedEx to guarantee delivery by the 24th.  We will email customers the details about your orders if is shipping that week.  If you are ordering a Life Treasures Belt design, please order ASAP, as it takes us 2 – 3 days extra to create your preview.

We’ve been having a great holiday season this year and really appreciate feedback from our customers.  Here is some we received recently.

“The belt came today. It is EXACTLY what I was hoping for. Thank you so much. I am thrilled with it. I will update you after the gift has been received.” Ellie – 2014-12-04

“it took me awhile to finally finish these belts, but my sons love the way they came out.  Thanks very much for designing them…” Karyl – 2014-11-30

“I am very proud of the finished article but wouldn’t have achieved it without the fine canvas!”  Beth – 2014-11-30  See her work below!

“I got it (a needlepoint belt) late yesterday.  LOVE IT.  I hope my son loves it as much.”  Meg – 2014-11-29

“Got it!  Thanks so much Seth for the super service!!!” Eric – 2014-11-24

“I love my canvas! Can’t wait to get started on it!”  Betsy – 2014-11-26

Now is time for a real treat!  Below is a project one of our customers stitched recently.  It was created off a piece of art called Lady with a Letter.  You can see Beth’s very positive feedback above.  Please let her know if you love it as much as I do!

Lady With A Letter Needlepoint

Lady With A Letter Needlepoint

Onto some custom needlepoint belts we finished stitching this week…

Needlepoint Belt Monograms

Needlepoint Belt Monograms

Custom Needlepoint Belt Details

Custom Needlepoint Belt Details

Custom University Needlepoint Belts

Custom University Needlepoint Belts

Finally, a needlepoint pillow that we stitched capturing a happy moment of true friendship.

Custom Dog Needlepoint Pillow

Custom Dog Needlepoint Pillow

 

 

Friday Favorites – Custom Needlepoint Belt Canvas and More

Below are some of the needlepoint canvases we made this week.

I’m inspired by the rehash of a lord of the rings design that we helped recreate for a customer who’s old version had fallen apart.

A few new positive reviews this week before I move onto the pictures:

“Canvas looks awesome. Thank you.” – Shannon 2014-10-23

“IT LOOKS LIKE A WINNER.  IF I GET IT RIGHT, I HOPE TO DO THEIR OTHER PETS.” – Claudia 2014-10-20

Onto the fun stuff!  To start are the custom needlepoint belt canvases we made.

Custom Needlepoint Belt Canvas

Custom Needlepoint Belt Canvas

Personalized Needlepoint Belt Canvas

Personalized Needlepoint Belt Canvas

And onto our favorite custom needlepoint kits from this week.

Custom Needlepoint Kit

Custom Needlepoint Kit

Vintage Lord of the Rings Needlepoint Kit

Vintage Lord of the Rings Needlepoint Kit

Art Needlepoint Canvas

Art Needlepoint Canvas

 

 

 

 

Friday Favorites – Custom Needlepoint Portraits, Pillows, and Beaches

Check out the projects this week!

One pillow that was a beautiful ocean scene stitched by Shanni, in British columbia!  Nice work Shanni!!!

Hernando Needlepoint pillow

Hernando Needlepoint pillow

I love the way custom portraits come out, I think will look amazing when it is done!

Custom Portriat Needlepoint Kit

Custom Portriat Needlepoint Kit

Bridge Players Needlepoint Canvas

Bridge Players Needlepoint Canvas

The next project is another large landscape, the design is 25 inches wide by 16 inches high!

Large Landscape Needlepoint Kit

Large Landscape Needlepoint Kit

Ocean Needlepoint Canvases

Ocean Needlepoint Canvases

German Shepherd and Guinea Pig Canvases

German Shepherd and Guinea Pig Canvases

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

Friday Favorites – Art Needlepoint and NeedlePaint.com Reviews

I’d like to say thanks to our customers for their continued support and feedback!

We’re a small business and our motto is happy customers = repeat customers.  So before the pictures of more amazing new art needlepoint canvas, are some more review testimonials we received recently.

“I received the canvas yesterday and it is absolutely perfect!  I’m so excited to get started and a little nervous about doing this justice.   You have been just great to work with and this looks just the way I wanted it”  Jan – July 15, 2014

“Received the canvases and they look great, thank you.” Paula – July 19, 2014

“Got the belts and they are amazing!!”  Kevin – July 24 2014

“Needlepaint does excellent work! I highly recommend them. They designed a custom belt for me and it was absolutely beautiful. They are very easy to work with and have very quick shipping. Would definitely buy from them again!”  Lisa posted on our blog July 16 2014

“Dear Seth , just let you know that I received my order on Friday , July 18th ! The canvas is absolutely amazing ! I am already working on it ! It will take me a few moths , since I have 4 other projects going ! When it’s ready , I will send picture . Thanks for the beautiful job you did , and if I have more pictures to be printed you will hear from me , thanks to the internet that I found your website ! All best , and keep up the good work !” Mary – July 20, 2014

“The pillow couldn’t be more perfect! I really appreciate your sending such a complete package – wonderful quality thread, a needle and a complete graph of the project! I’ll pass your website along to all my needlepoint friends. Thanks so much” Mary Margaret – July 14 2014

This week, we’re starting out with the girls evergreen needlepoint canvas that a customer just finished.  Nice stitching Patricia!

Girls Evergreen Birth Announcement Needlepoint

Girls Evergreen Birth Announcement Needlepoint

Here are three great photos of some art needlepoint projects.

Christian Art and Tuscan Countryside Needlepoint

Christian Art and Tuscan Countryside Needlepoint

Fun Kids Art and Abstract Art Needlepoint

Fun Kids Art and Abstract Art Needlepoint

Two Cats Art Needlepoint

Two Cats Art Needlepoint

Last is our own “wearable” art, our custom designed needlepoint belt canvases!  See Tuesdays post for an amazing needlepoint belt that we stitched!

Custom Needlepoint Belt Canvases, Colorado and Bow Ties

Custom Needlepoint Belt Canvases, Colorado and Bow Ties

 

Friday Favorites – Custom Cummerbund Needlepoint Kit – Custom Belts – Chihuahua

Welcome back, this week we’ve got a new type custom of project that we designed and I think looks great!

It is a custom needlepoint cummerbund canvas.  You can see it in the bottom right corner of the picture below.  It measured 15.5 inches wide by 5.5 inches high.  I can’t wait to see pictures when it is done!

Cummerbund Needlepoint Kit - Bargello Long Stitch Pillow - Flowers and Art Needlepoint

Cummerbund Needlepoint Kit – Bargello Long Stitch Pillow – Flowers and Art Needlepoint

Next is a beautiful Chihuahua that is going to be stitched into a pillow, using needlepoint for the back and the front!

Chihuahua Needlepoint Pillow Canvases

Chihuahua Needlepoint Pillow Canvases

And last this week are some more great custom needlepoint belt canvases!  There are limitless possibilities and we’re here to help create the perfect belt, so when you get inspired, let us know!  www.NeedlePaint.com

Custom Needlepoint belt Kits

Custom Needlepoint belt Kits

Friday Favorites – Custom Needlepoint Canvases

Our customers have been keeping us busy with some great new custom needlepoint canvases!

We’ve been in touch with a water color artist, who’s art is amazing (see the cat below on the right)  It is tricky to transfer the feel and layers of water color, but I have a felling this is going to be stunning when we stitch it into a pillow!

Before I go on, here are a few great comments we got last week from customers:

“The needlepoint arrived Monday, and thank you very much.  The canvas turned out better than my expectations.  Great job.”  Jane 4-2-14

“I just received the belt and man does it look good! Just wow! You all did an excellent job and I’m so excited to wear it to show it off to all my friends and family who have also been eagerly waiting it’s arrival! I may even be able to refer you some business while I’m at it! haha”  Mitchell – 5-31-14

Cat and Dog Needlepoint Canvases

Cat and Dog Art Needlepoint Canvases

We’ve got an amazing new sailboat and the flags of some sailing destinations in Europe.  Also note the new Elk I designed last week on the hunting belt.

Custom Sailing and Hunting Needlepoint Belt Canvases

Custom Sailing and Hunting Needlepoint Belt Canvases

These are some fun designs, one is for a wedding the others for kids.  I love the tooth ferry pillow, we made an extra little canvas for the pocket to go on the outside!

Fun Needlepoint Canvases

Fun Needlepoint Canvases

Last but not least, the Sydney Opera house and some dogs that came out looking really sharp!  (wool colors on the dogs are hand matched to the dogs and follow the photo not the canvas)

Custom Needlepoint Canvases from Photos

Custom Needlepoint Canvases from Photos