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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!

Wedding Ornament Needlepoint Kits

Wedding bells are ringing again!
There are a lot of “firsts” for a newly married couple, and the celebration of a first Christmas together is definitely on top of the list. NeedlePaint has designed some new wedding ornament canvases for you to stitch; which are great to go with a wedding gift, or as a gift for Christmas. Weddings are full of tradition, superstitions, and good wishes.
Stitch something special for that very lucky couple!

Hope Doves Needlepoint Ornament Canvas
If a bride tucks a sugar cube into her glove,
the sugar will sweeten the wedding union” — according to Greek culture.

Wedding Doves Needlepoint Ornament Canvas
The English believe a spider found in a wedding dress means good luck.

Wedding Doves Needlepoint Pillow Canvas
Wednesday is considered the best day to marry, although
Monday is for wealth and Tuesday is for health” — according to English tradition.

Formal Wedding Attire Needlepoint Ornament Canvas
“The tradition of a groom carrying his bride across the threshold,
will bravely protect her from evil spirits lurking below.”

Peace Doves Needlepoint Ornament Canvas
“Saturday is the unluckiest wedding day, oddly enough it’s the most popular day
of the week to marry” — according to English folklore.

Our First Christmas Needlepoint Ornament Canvas
“When a bride puts a silver coin from her father and a gold coin from her mother
in each shoe, it will ensure that she’ll never be without money
” — according to Swedish tradition.

Snow Couple Needlepoint Ornament Canvas
“Rain on your wedding day is actually considered good luck” — according to Hindu tradition.

Tree of Life Birds Needlepoint Ornament Canvas
“For a bit of good luck, Egyptian women pinch the bride on her wedding day.”

Wedding Sampler Needlepoint Ornament Canvas
“Wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because
it was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart.”

Tree Of Life Birds Needlepoint Pillow Canvas
In Holland, a pine tree is planted outside of a newly married couple’s home,
as a symbol of luck and fertility.

Create a needlepoint keepsake for a newly married couple!
We would love to help with your wedding ornament or pillow canvases
and do offer finishing services. Please contact us with any questions
you may have at info@needlepaint.com

After all, handmade gifts are the gifts that are remembered!

Eleven Pipers Piping and Twelve Drummers Drumming Christmas Needlepoint

By: Peggy Bond

Day 11, Eleven Pipers Piping

The Day 11 and 12 blocks have many of the same stitches used in the previous one. The Shingle Stitch background – my favorite – also reappears.

Eleven Pipers Piping Christmas Needlepoint

Eleven Pipers Piping Christmas Needlepoint

Day 11 Blog

 

Day 12, Twelve Drummers Drumming

The background for the drum is a new one – Marble Inlay which is diagramed below.

Twelve Drummers Drumming Christmas Needlepoint

Twelve Drummers Drumming Christmas Needlepoint

Day 12 Blog

The Marble Inlay stitch was patterned from a 14th century Italian marble mosaic at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and in the Baptistry of the Cathedral in Florence.

Marble Inlay.fw

Done at last! On to finishing touches…

 

Nine Ladies Dancing and Ten Lords A-Leaping Christmas Needlepoint

By: Peggy Bond

Day 9, Nine Ladies Dancing

The Dancing Lady is stitched with 9 traditional stitches, none of which require explanation.

Nine Ladies Dancing Christmas Needlepoint

Nine Ladies Dancing Christmas Needlepoint

Day 9 Blog

Let her smile keep you happy while stitching.

 

Day 10, Ten Lords A-Leaping

The leaping lord has a few different twists. His hair is done in French knots with 3 twists per stitch. It took me a couple of tries to get them correctly placed to give him a full head of hair. Not noted on the diagram is that the flower and leaves are done in Continental and the center of the flower is another French knot. 

Ten Lords A-Leaping Christmas Needlepoint

Ten Lords A-Leaping Christmas Needlepoint

Day 10 Blog

Winterthur Needlepoint Stockings Out for the Season!

Time to spruce up your holiday mantle!  This season the NeedlePaint team decided to put out the Winterthur line so your  needlepoint stockings can coordinate in style.  Each stocking has a unique snowflake pattern and uses the same color palette to give your mantle a uniformly holiday look!  These needlepoint designs furnish your home with some personally stitched love and winter cheer!

Winterthur NeedlePaint stocking canvas

Winterthur stocking line! Spruce up your mantle!