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More Mosaic Needlepoint Projects

By Peggy Bond

Geometric designs occur frequently in Pompeii as well was throughout ancient civilizations. Most often they are used as floors and many are black and white. In Pompeii are several polychrome mosaic floor treatments. One was found at the House of Publius Fannius Synistor where it was a threshold in the summer dining area. The mosaic stones were red, green, yellow, and gray on a white and black background. Discovered when the villa was excavated by Vincenzo de Prisco in 1894-5, the mosaic was removed to the excavator’s residence where is resided until acquired by the Archaeological Commission of Pompeii. The NeedlePaint recreation of this mosaic is a 22 x 40 inch 10 point canvas to be worked in Waverly wool and suitable for a rug or wall hanging.

Threshold from the House of Publius Fannius Synistor

Threshold from the House of Publius Fannius Synistor

Pompeii Mosaic Needlepoint Rug Kit

Pompeii Mosaic Needlepoint Rug Kit

Another distinctive geometric polychrome mosaic treatment is found on the columns in the appropriately name House of the Mosaic Columns. The columns are on display in the National Archeological Museum of Naples. The Needlepaint mosaic design is the section of the base of a column and is a 16 x 16 inch 14-point canvas to be worked in DMC threads or 2 stands of Waverly wool, ideal for a colorful pillow.

Column section from the House of the Mosaic Columns

Column section from the House of the Mosaic Columns

Polychrome Mosaic Needlepoint Pillow

Mosaic Column Needlepoint Pillow

These canvases are designed to be stitched using the mosaic stitch and thus much quicker to stitch than using the traditional continental for tent stitches.

Custom Needlepoint College Bell Pull

We designed an amazing project for Hallie in VA recently and I am excited to share the story!

She wanted to stitch a needlepoint bell pull that is 38 inches long x 8.5 inches wide, on 18 count canvas.

This is something special for two Oberlin College grads that are married.  It will be a cherished decoration to go in their home and features some campus highlights and sports memories.  If you are interested in how we create a really unique custom needlepoint canvas like this, please read more details about how this design was created below.  First, the photo of the custom needlepoint bell pull canvas!

Custom Needlepoint College Bell Pull Oberlin College

Custom Needlepoint College Bell Pull

Hallie emailed us the names of some buildings, and a lot of very specific details about how to layout the design and where to place the images, (including the drawing below).

Then we reviewed what would work best, including straightening out the photos, so the buildings will look better in needlepoint, and some design ideas for the sports.

Next I found some images online of the buildings she requested, which she picked her favorites and then we got started!  You can see the building images we used for reference below the template, and then the digital preview we sent to her of the design for her approval.

We emailed the preview to her and made a few minor revisions (made the trees in fall colors and adjusted the spacing of the college name so the top can be rolled over a pole).

And Voila!  An amazing project that she loves:  “The bell pull arrived today in perfect condition. It is truly lovely. I will take it with me to my local yarn shop tomorrow to pick my yarns. I will send you a photo when it is done.  Thanks again!!!!”  Hallie – 2016-03-14

I can’t wait to see this when it is complete!

Bell Pull Template

Customer’s Bell Pull Template

 

Wilder Hall

Wilder Hall Photo

Tappan Square 2

Tappan Square 2

Oberlin Tappan Square

Oberlin Tappan Square

 

Phys Ed Building

Phys Ed Building

Oberlin College Bell Pull Needlepoint Canvas Preview

Oberlin College Bell Pull Needlepoint Canvas Preview

Needlepaint a Quilt

After Needlepaint began carrying the Brown Sheep Waverly wool, I decided that I needed to attack a large project — a 20” by 24” rug on 12 point canvas. For design ideas, I turned to my quilting sister, Mary Sue Suit https://marysuequiltgallery.wordpress.com/, who never ceases to amaze me with her unique designs based on triangles.

We finally chose her Pansy Quilt which was quilted by Judy Woodworth. Why we chose it, I don’t know, but maybe it had something to do with pansies being one of my favorite flowers and my granddaughter loves purple. Usually Mary Sue gives her quilts names but this one is nameless…. We welcome suggestions.

Pansies Quilt

Pansies Quilt

The straight lines of the triangles meant the quilt design transferred easily to a custom needlepoint canvas.  I worked the canvas with all 3 strands of the Waverly wool and chose one of the variegated colors for the light lavender of the above design. For the backing we used medium-weight wool. The finished rug makes a beautiful accent to the spectacular quilt.  The same pattern could be down sized for an 18 point miniature needlepoint hanging. Or, one could turn the center pansy medallion into a 12 or 14 point pillow. The possibilities are limited only by one’s tolerance for pansies which don’t have to be purple.

 

Pansy Quilt Rig Color Guide

Pansy Quilt Rig Color Guide

 

Needlepaint can print canvases up to 36” by 40” and we recommend 10 or 12 point canvas for rugs. I chose 12 point canvas because I wanted the finished rug to be firm without having to use a heavy backing or filler.

Needlepoint Rug and Quilt

Needlepoint Rug and Quilt

Needlepoint Peacock Stitches Update!

Lauren has been busy on her peacock canvas.

This custom needlepoint kit is based on one of her paintings.

Nice work Lauren, I can’t wait to see the next update!

You can preview your own custom needlepoint project on our website –  www.needlepaint.com

Needlepoint Peacock Stitches

Needlepoint Peacock Stitches

Friday Favorites – Custom Needlepoint Kits

Happy Friday!

We’re enjoying the warmth of spring, and are in the process of a little website spring cleaning!

You may notice improvments and we appologize for any bumps along the way.

I hope these projects help inspire your next project for those long summer trips!

See our wedding needlepoint designs here, or create a custom needlepoint project here.  Previews are free!

Custom Wedding Needlepoint Kit

Custom Wedding Needlepoint Kit

Custom Art Needlepoint Kit

Custom Art Needlepoint Kit

Custom Dog Needlepoint Kit

Custom Dog Needlepoint Kit

 

 

Friday Favorites – Custom and Personalized Needlepoint Canvases

Happy Friday!  Snow is staring to fall this weekend in Denver, and it will be great weekend to get out the project I’ve been putting off…

First is a great review we recieved recently:

“…got the two photo canvas’ today. They are gorgeous! Really nice job!!!! …. Either way, you will be hearing from me soon and I’m posting these on my Facebook wall with ur contact info…..thanks again for all of your time and patience!”  Beth 2015-02-09

And now are some of our favorite custom needlepoint canvases we made last week.

Check out these two custom needlepoint family crests!

Coat of Arms Needlepoint Canvas

Coat of Arms Needlepoint Canvas

Below is a modified black damask wedding canvas and an girls evergreen baby needlepoint canvas.

Personalized Needlepoint Canvases

Personalized Needlepoint Canvases

And check out the new shark belt design, that will be going on our website soon!

Custom Needlepoint Belt Canvases

Custom Needlepoint Belt Canvases

 

 

Friday Favorites – Dogs – Classic Cars and More Custom Needlepoint!

We’re a little late this week with our favorite projects, but by no means short of fun new ideas!

Attached are some of our favorite custom needlepoint projects we made last week on NeedlePaint.com

Classic Cars - Surfing - Georgia - Dog Needlepoint Belts

Classic Cars – Surfing – Georgia – Dog Needlepoint Belts

Fun Needlepoint Kits

Fun Needlepoint Kits including a Vintage Life Magazine Cover.

Dog and Cat Needlepoint Kit

Dog and Cat Needlepoint Kit

Christmas and Kids Custom Needlepoint Kits

Christmas and Kids Custom Needlepoint Kits

 

 

 

Friday Favorites – NeedlePaint.com Reviews and New Custom Needlepoint Projects

Last week we got a lot of lovely feedback, it really makes Karen and I smile to know our customers are loving their custom needlepoint kits and belts that we make at NeedlePaint.com.

“My project arrived and looks great. I appreciate to detailed map of colors.”  Lynn – Aug. 21, 2014

“I just wanted to let you know that my husband has been wearing his beautiful belt all the time and he always gets comments-everyone loves it. I also wanted to let you know how well it wears!! It still looks brand new.”  Kathryn – Aug. 19, 2014

“I just got the needlepoint canvas and I am so pleased! The picture details on the canvas are actually clearer than the image I sent you. Since the picture I chose has subtle color changes, I wasn’t at all sure the result was going to be easy to work. But you did a brilliant job with it and I am going to thoroughly enjoy doing the needlepoint. Thank you so much for the outstanding work and the great customer service.”  Janis – Aug. 18 2014

“The needlepoint arrived today & it’s great!” Joyce Aug. 18, 2014

“The canvas is perfect.  Thanks so much.  You are the nicest guy I meet online.  I hope Needlepaint is a big success.”  Barbara – Aug. 17, 2014

“The canvas looks beautiful! Thank you!” Alison – Aug. 12, 2014

“I received the needlepoint belt kit today, and I love it!”  Ellen – Aug. 11, 2014

This week we have some more eye candy for you, too!

Needlepoint Belt Canvases

Needlepoint Belt Canvases

Custom Needlepoint Kits

Custom Needlepoint Kits

Custom Needlepoint Brick Cover Kits

Custom Needlepoint Brick Cover Kits

Needlepoint Canveses from Photos of Dogs

Needlepoint Canveses from Photos of Dogs

 

 

 

Those Red Shoes Needlepoint Pillow

Do you remember the custom needlepoint canvas I loved and posted about a while back?

If you don’t remember, here is the link.

The customer said it was a labor of love, but totally worth it!  Look at the pillow she made and tell her if you love it!

Thanks for sharing the photo Gloria, and great stitching!

Red Shoes Needlepoint Pillow

Red Shoes Needlepoint Pillow

Needlepoint Photo Portraits

Stitchers are always looking for fun new projects, and boy do we have great ideas!

This week, I want to show off some of the photo needlepoint portraits that we’ve made recently.

You can see three of the canvases on our workshop table.

 

Photo Needlepoint Portraits and Other Fun Projects!

Photo Needlepoint Portraits and Other Fun Projects!

There is one important thing if you are creating a photo needlepoint project that these three have in common.  This is that each of these is a close up of a single face or upper body.  This allows you to really catch the detail of the subject and not worry about the background.  In some cases, you can get two people to come out as well as these, but most often a single subject is the best.

If you want help taking your photo to needlepoint, you can try our website NeedlePaint.com and see the preview of your custom needlepoint canvas for free!

If you don’t like how the colors are coming out, or want help cropping or editing your photo, or even want help starting from scratch, you can contact us directly, and we’d be happy to assist.

Also note, we match every kit that is a portrait (both human and animal) to the photo.  So, if the colors seem a little off, don’t worry, we’ll adjust them.  Computers are great tools, but still no substitute for the human eye!