At last, the elusive unicorn has been captured (in needlepoint) and these charming designs from our Unicorns and Rainbows Needlepoint Collection are sure to capture your heart. Whether you are stitching for yourself, or a fellow unicorn lover, our new designs will bring a magical touch to your needlework.
May there always be unicorns in your heart and dreams although there are those who don’t believe it seems. A rainbow, good luck the tooth fairy and Easter Bunny they all make us smile act a little funny. Santa, hobbits angels and fairies can’t seem to touch them but our faith never varies. Keep dreams in your heart let unicorns run free all the joys of the world will be yours to see. — Patricia Walter
Filled with color, light and magic, the mythical powers of these unicorn and rainbow needlepoint designs are sure to delight all ages!
Wreaths and rings have many common symbolisms: strength, eternity and the never ending love between a couple. Celebrate the joy of an upcoming marriage by stitching a beautiful handmade gift, using one of NeedlePaint’s wedding wreath pillow canvases or wedding wreath Christmas ornament canvases. Creating a heartfelt gift for the newly married couple’s home or holiday tree, will always remind them “how very special they are.”
Ahhh . . . . summer! Bright warm sunshine; plenty of picnics; crops of fresh juicy fruit; carefree longer days; and that special time of year when you don’t have to make excuses for being a bit lazy. Take a break in your routine, slow down a bit, and “needlepoint” as long as you want . . . we won’t tell anyone!
This new NeedlePaint design, “Cheery Cherries” has “summer” written all over it. Bright, cheerful and full of vivid color; we know you’ll enjoy stitching this sweet needlepoint canvas. Perfect as a small picture for that little spot in your kitchen which could use some color; or as a colorful Christmas ornament to remind you of those wonderful summer days when it’s snowing outside.
“Life is like a bowl of cherries!” — Wishing you a wonderful summer of stitching!
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.
With less than a month to do to Christmas, I was getting challenged to finish my goal of 9 personalized needlepoint ornaments. I needed to cut dramatically the time it took to needlepoint the ornaments. Could I do one in 4 hours?
Looking at the needlepoint design choices, I selected the Snowflake Design — not too complex and only 3 colors, but there is a lot of background. If I were to meet my 4-hour goal, I had to come up with something even quicker than the open work I did on Santa in his sleigh .
To the drawing board — the custom needlepoint canvas has a rich dark green background so why cover it up? Add red running stitches in alternating columns of over 3 rows and under one. It looked great and added a new dimensions to the otherwise plain background.
And, canvas on stretcher, I headed off to my flight from Denver to Boston — 3.5 hours. When I landed in Boston, I had finished all but 2 square inches of the background. It only took me another 15 minutes to finish up when I got time at my destination and then another 20 minutes to sew it onto the green fabric stuff it and tie it up. Success!!!
As you can see, I used the same technique on the blue snowflake ornament with light blue on the dark blue background.
Thanksgiving is not here and I am done with the ornament!!
Pink ornament – Parisian stripe with 2 shades of pink
Orange ornament – Byzantine stitch
Dark blue ornament – pavilion diamonds
Background – reversed mosaic
Lettering and ornament tops – continental stitch
The finished canvas is sewn onto a 6 x 11 inch piece of fabric. (Layout is shown below.) Trim the canvas, leaving a ½ inch edge and fold under as shown below. I got carried away with trim and used a 1/8- inch gold ribbon. (If you don’t use a narrow ribbon for trim, the canvas should be bound as described in my blog on Needlepoint Napkin Rings.)
Sew narrow hem at bottom of the fabric and place trim at top. (Optionally the top can be finished with a narrow hem.) With right sides together sew the 6-inch edges of the ornament together along the end of the worked needlepoint. Trim seam to ¼ inch and turn.
Gather the bottom tightly to close and stuff the ornament with a polyester fill or other light weight filler.
Gather top, attach a hanger, and a bow at the bottom. Your Christmas ornament is ready to hang for 2011 and for many more holiday seasons to come!