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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.

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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

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

Friday Favorites – Christmas Belt Deadline – Stockings – Belts – Reviews and More

This week was really busy, it seems like the Christmas has arrived and we’d like to announce our deadlines.

Needlepoint Belts – We need orders to be place by Nov. 1 to guarantee they will arrive before Christmas.  We are also offering an express order option to be place by Nov. 17, there will be a $100 fee for this service and only a available for a few belts, we just don’t have enough stitchers.

Needlepoint Kits – Orders placed by Dec. 11 are guaranteed to arrive before Christmas.  Orders placed by Dec. 16th will have the option to pay for 3 Day air to guarantee on time arrival.  (We will use FedEx over Christmas, FedEx 3 day air is a $10 surcharge, Priority Mail may arrive in time, but we cannot guarantee this)

Needlepoint Pillows – Already Past.

Onto the fun stuff!  Here are some reviews that came in this week:

“LOVED the License Plate Canvas! Thanks so much.”  Sarah 2014-10-15

“Got the canvas yesterday!  THANK YOU SO MUCH!  It looks amazing!  I can’t wait to start it (and finish it!!!!).  I’m so happy to have found you and look forward to doing business with you again soon!!!!!  Thanks again!!!”  Tenley 2014-10-15

“I got my canvas in the mail today and it looks awesome! I am so excited to start working on it but also very nervous to mess it up!”  Halie 2014-10-14

Since we’re on the topic of Christmas, we do love to personalized designs.  You can see the two stocking canvas designs below in the Christmas Needlepoint section of our shop.  If you have an idea for a stocking but don’t see anything similar in our shop, let us know we’d be happy to commission a new design for you!

Personalized Needlepoint Christmas Stocking Canvas

French Horn and Christmas Tree Personalized Needlepoint Christmas Stocking Canvas

Next up are lots of needlepoint belt kits!  There are a lot of notable designs, too many to name…  Again, many are available in our needlepoint belt shop section.  These are going to look amazing once they are stitched!

Duck Hunting - Lobsters - Jockey Silks - American Flag Needlepoint Belt Kits

Duck Hunting – Lobsters – Jockey Silks – American Flag Needlepoint Belt Kits

Alabama Campus, Trout, and Custom Needlepoint Belt Canvases

Alabama Campus, Trout, and Custom Needlepoint Belt Canvases

Those of you who follow our website know that we specialize in needlepoint animal portraits created from your own photos!  Too cute!

Dog Portrait Needlepoint Kits

Dog Portrait Needlepoint Kits

Next is a Jackson Hole needlepoint pillow design.

Jackson Hole Wyoming Needlepoint Pillow Kit

Jackson Hole Wyoming Needlepoint Pillow Kit

Last are more custom projects that came out really well!

Custom Needlepoint Kits

Custom Needlepoint Kits

 

 

 

 

 

Needlepoint Flags for Christmas Ornament Tradition

I was working on a project this week and just had to share the idea (with the customers excitement to pass it on, too!).

Every year, the family stitches new needlepoint ornaments and this year and hopefully going forwards she will be stitching needlepoint flags of places that her children visited.

The needlepoint flag ornament designs are 4 inches wide, and about 2.7 inches high.

Visit NeedlePaint.com to design your own custom needlepoint kits!  (or email us ideas and we’d be happy to design them for you)

Flag Ornament Needlepoint Canvases

Flag Ornament Needlepoint Canvases

Uganda Flag Needlepoint Kit

Uganda Flag Needlepoint Kit

Malawi Flag Needlepoint Christmas Ornament

Malawi Flag Needlepoint Christmas Ornament

Peru Flag Needlepoint Canvas

Peru Flag Needlepoint Canvas

 

 

Christmas Needlepoint Order Deadlines

This year it seems like people are shopping for Christmas needlepoint gifts earlier than ever!

We’ve been preparing for the final rush, but if you’re still looking, have no fear.

All orders placed by December 19th will arrive before Christmas, but for those of you who order after December 12th, we’ll request that you please email us to confirm if express shipping is needed.

If you’ve got quick hands, there is still time to make a Quick Stitch Needlepoint Ornament!

Quick Stitch Candy Cane Needlepoint Ornament

Vintage Christmas Needlepoint Kit

We have a lot of needlepoint kits on our Etsy needlepoint shop.  This canvas is one of my favorite needlepoint designs.  In this case the customer had us change the saying at the bottom from a name to read “Merry Christmas”.  The canvas came out so well, I just had to share it!  If you have any custom christmas needlepoint project ideas, let us know, and we’d be happy to desigin needlepoint canvases just for you.

Vintage Christmas Needlepoint Kit

A War and Peace Needlepoint Christmas Stocking

Three weeks before Christmas, my daughter-in-law finally finished the needlepoint design for her daughter’s (my grand-daughter’s) needlepoint Christmas stocking.  So, I put the canvas on my Victorian stretcher frame, began leafing through my favorite needlepoint books ( The Needlepoint Book by Jo Ippolito Christensen and A Pageant of Pattern for Needlepoint Canvas by Sherlee Lantz), and began stitching like mad.

Zoe's Personalized Needlepoint Stocking - BEAUTIFUL!!! (Click on Photo to Enlarge)

Well, not that fast! I took some time to picking out the stitches while I downloaded from my local public library the audio recording of War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy by Blackstone Audio, Inc. Downloadable audio books which can be listened to on your computer, MP3 player, or iPod has allowed me to combine creative stitchery and literature and learning.

War and Peace was 60 hours and 42 minutes long and I finished listening to Tolstoy a couple hours before I finished the stocking. Thus, I have termed the project the Ware and Peace Stocking. Similarly, an afghan which I knitted for a wedding present became The Children’s Book Afghan and I sent a copy the book by A.S. Byatt as an additional gift. Both books are long and dense. I found them much more enjoyable as audio presentations as I stitched away than they would have been had I read the written words. I remember that the first time I read War and Peace in 1968, it took me the entire summer!

Coming soon details of some of the unusual stitches I used on my Ware and Peace Stocking.

Needlepoint Christmas Ornament Photos!

Peggy has finished all of her quick stitch needlepoint ornaments, and while you may have seen some of them already, there are more great pictures in this post!

In case you want to learn about how to make the personalized needlepoint ornaments you can click the links below:

How to make a Quick Stitch Needlepoint Ornament

Using Quick Stitches

The Four Hour Needlepoint Ornament

Also, if you want to see the whole needlepoint canvas design, they are all available on our personalized needlepoint shop as needlepoint kits or needlepoint canvases.

Candy Cane and Christmas Trees

Santa's Sleigh

Penguin Needlepoint Ornament

Green Snowflake Ornament

Personalized Train

Personalized Christmas Ornament

Santa's Airplane

Flying Christmas Angel

Blue Snowflake Personalized Needlepoint Ornament

The whole collection of Needlepoint Ornaments!