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NeedlePaint Perfection — A Beginner Shares Her Creation!

About two weeks ago we featured customizing our Fun Kids Name needlepoint pillow canvas. Much to our surprise this week, at NeedlePaint we received the most beautiful photos of what Paula from Pittsburg, created with not just one, but two canvases with this design!

Paula created this tote for her personal use; featuring her grandchildren’s first names. She is using it to carry around her sewing projects. Take a close look at the front and back of this tote, as Paula has used different colors on each side, not to mention she sewed and finished this tote herself.

Easy Beginner Needlepoint Tote

Grandkids Needlepoint Tote

 

Paula has been sewing since the age of five, and learned from the best . . . . her grandmothers were both creative seamstresses and taught her how to sew doll clothes. She has been sewing her own clothes since she was in the ninth grade, and also loves embroidery, cross-stitch, knitting and crochet.

WOW! I found out this was Paula’s first needlepoint project. She will add needlepoint to her list of crafting, but would like to try a different project next time. “I like trying things I’ve never done before”. 

Grandkids Needlepoint Tote

Colorful Grandkids Needlepoint Tote – Laying Flat

 

A beautiful needlepoint creation Paula; thank you for sharing your truly amazing example of “NeedlePaint inspiration”! 

We love to see what you have been stitching, please feel free to send us your creation photos at: info@needlepaint.com.

 

Customer Spotlight – Childrens Artwork in Needlepoint

We have a great project to share this week, from Becky in Virgina.

The custom needlepoint projects came to us as scans of her childrens’ artwork, and we converted them into needlepoint kits.

The rest is really all her!  I love the colorful framing around the needlepoint.  Her whole family loves the needlepoint pillows!

Please share this and let Becky know how much you enjoy her work!

Needlepoint Kids Art Pillow

Needlepoint Kids Art Pillow

Needlepoint Kids Art

Needlepoint Kids Art

Kids Art

Original Kids Art

Needlepoint Childrens Art Pillow

Needlepoint Childrens Art Pillow

Childrens Art

Original Childrens Art

 

 

 

 

Custom Kids Name Needlepoint Sailboat

We’re back from the holiday and have a lot of fun needlepoint projects to share this week!

Today I’m posting a picture of the Boys Personalized Sailboat Needlepoint Kit stitched by Stemi finished in the winter of 2014.

Look how strait her stitching is.  Landon is sure to cherish this for a long time… Nice stitching Stemi!

Kids Sailboat Custom Needlepoint Project

Kids Sailboat Custom Needlepoint Project

 

Friday Favorites – Kids Needlepoint and other Fun Projects

Looking for great ideas to stitch for your kids?

We’ve got a bunch of kids needlepoint designs ready to be personalized, or if you’ve got a great photo you would like to needlepoint, try it out on our website for free, or email it to us and we’d be happy to help!

Also, we do custom designs upon request, so if you have an idea that you can’t find anywhere let us know.

Below are some of the custom needlepoint canvases we made this week!

Ninja Turtles Legend of Zelda and Mocs Needlepoint

Ninja Turtles Legend of Zelda and Mocs Needlepoint

Kids Photo Needlepoint and Personalzied Wedding Pillow

Kids Photo Needlepoint and Personalized Wedding Pillow

Custom needlepoint belts are fun.  We have done kids designs and children’s sizes.

Fun Custom Needlepoint Belt Kits

Fun Custom Needlepoint Belt Kits

Below is the Busy Bee Personalized Needlepoint Canvas

Kids Flower Pillow Personalized Needlepoint

Kids Flower Pillow Personalized Needlepoint Kit

 

 

 

 

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

 

Fun Kids Needlepoint Designs

We’ve added some fun new needlepoint canvases to our shop today!

These are all new personalized needlepoint designs. We will add your baby’s name and birth details to your order.

Stitch them yourself, or we can do it for you.  Also keep in mind that we can adjust the colors to order, and we stock 20 colors of velvet!

Most of these designs can be stitched and hung on the wall or made into a pillow.

See more of our baby and kids needlepoint products in our shop.

Girls Bird Bath Birth Announcement Needlepoint Pillow

Girls Bird Bath Birth Announcement Needlepoint Pillow

Boys Bird Bath Personalized Baby Pillow

Boys Bird Bath Personalized Baby Pillow

Red Greatest Kid Needlepoint Canvas

Red Greatest Kid Needlepoint Canvas

Blue Green Greatest Kid Needlepoint Kit

Blue Green Greatest Kid Needlepoint Kit

Cute Bunny Baby Birth Announcement Needlepoint Kit

Cute Bunny Baby Birth Announcement Needlepoint Kit

 

 

 

 

Friday Favorites – Kids Needlepoint and Custom Needlepoint Belts

Happy Friday!  We’ve got some really great projects this week to share.

I’m loving the kids needlepoint kits we did this week.  They came out great!

Kids Needlepoint Kits

Personalized Kids Needlepoint Kits

Below are some custom needlepoint projects, click here if you want any help learning how to use NeedlePaint.com to design your own custom canvas.  Also, here is some feedback we got this week from another happy customer:

“The order arrived today and it is indeed beautiful.  The colors are much better in person than on the computer.”  Patricia 5-15-14

Custom Needlepoint Kits

Custom Needlepoint Kits

On to some of my favorite projects; custom needlepoint belts.  The first photo shows three life treasurers belts that we stitched and the second shows some custom belt canvases we made this week, cool ideas.  I really like the stacked monogram, that is a first for us and I think it looks sharp!

Custom Needlepoint Belts

Custom Needlepoint Belts

Needlepoint Belt Canvases

Needlepoint Belt Canvases

Tiger Needlepoint Kit and More

Tiger Needlepoint Kit and More

Last this week is a photo from another happy customer!

“I love it and I think my son will too! Thanks for all your help with the design. I’ll be in touch soon with my next design idea!”  Margaret – 5-12-14

Middlebury Belt

Middlebury Needlepoint Belt

 

 

 

 

Friday Favorites – Nantucket and Sailing Needlepoint Canvases – Nautical Belts – Kids Name Stitched

Happy Friday!  I’ve got a lot of pictures for you today!

First some nice feedback we got this week…

“Just a quick note of thanks for the needlepoint canvas, which my mother is busily working on! Really appreciate your help and patience in making this happen.  Thank you!  Betsy”  4-16-14

But even better we were emailed photos of a finished project that was custom painted for one of our customers!   I love all the different stitches she used!  Great work Judy!

Personalized Kids Needlepoint Art

Personalized Kids Needlepoint Art

Next up are are close to my heart, since I love to sail.  The Nantucket Wedding Pillow Canvas and a custom sailing needlepoint canvas featuring a boat with a bright beautiful spinnaker.

Nantucket and Sailboat Needlepoint Canvases

Nantucket Wedding Pillow and Sailboat with Spinnaker Needlepoint Canvases

On to my other favorite hobby (or job :-), custom needlepoint belts!  If you look closely at the second canvas from the left, you will see a fencing foil setup, and next to that is what I’m calling a liberty belt!  Fun colors and it has a liberty bell and the Grand Union flag from 1776.

Nautical Belt and ofther fun Custom Needlepoint Belt Canvases

Nautical Belt and ofther fun Custom Needlepoint Belt Canvases

There were so many great projects, but this week one took up almost half the workshop table!  This large custom needlepoint kit was made from a photo.  It is going to look amazing when finished.  I liked that they used a lot of colors so details came through.  But there was enough contrast that the colors are still pretty easy to follow on the canvas. (sorry the photo is a bit dark, but you’ll get the idea!)

Large Needlepoint Canvas from Photo

Large Needlepoint Canvas from Photo

If you are a fan of John James Audubon, then you may recognize these two designs!  Most of his art is in the common domain, so let us know if you have a project you’d like to stitch! (again sorry for the darker image)

Audubon Swan and White Pelican Needlepoint Kits

Audubon Swan and White Pelican Needlepoint Kits

Last but not least, we have a custom dog collar from our pink mountain design, and a church logo which will be stitched for the pastors office!

Dog Collar and Logo Canvas for Church

Dog Collar and Logo Canvas for Church

 

How to Choose the Right Needlepoint Canvas

We get a fair amount of orders from people who are purchasing custom needlepoint projects as gifts for other people (especially around Christmas).

One of the most common questions we get is what is the “correct” mesh count to purchase and how “easy” is the design.

To start out, there is no “correct” mesh count as different stitchers prefer different counts.  

For a newbie learning about needlepoint, the mesh count stands for the number of stitches in one linear inch.  That means you measure 1 inch along a line on the canvas, and count the number holes.  A 10 mesh count means there are 10 holes per inch.  A 18 mesh count canvas means that there are 18 holes per inch.  This may not sound like a lot, but to a stitcher it is a HUGE difference.  If you consider that 10 mesh count canvas has 100 stitches in a square inch and 18 mesh count has 324 stitches per sq. in. that means that the stitcher has a LOT more stitching to do if you order 18 mesh count canvas.  Thus, I suggest not ordering 18 count canvas on any design that is wider or taller than 12 inches.  For smaller canvases it is OK to use 18 mesh count because it allows the design to show a lot more detail. Some stitchers do prefer more detail at larger sizes, so this is just a guideline for reference.

Things to consider when choosing mesh count:

  • The stitchers eyesight.  18 count has more stitches per inch, so the holes are a lot smaller and harder to see.  10 mesh has the largest holes.  If she has weakening eyesight, you may want to avoid 18 mesh count canvas.  14 or larger should be OK.
  • Fiber preference.  Needlepointers love to work with a lot of different fibers, the most common are wool, cotton, and silk.  13 and 14 mesh count canvas will work with almost any fiber and are the most commonly used canvas today.  If the stitcher prefers wool, you may want to use a canvas with 14, 12, or 10 mesh count.  With 18 count canvas we only supply cotton, but there are other fibers that will work, just not as many.
  • The design details.  Higher mesh counts (18 and 14) will show more detail than the larger mesh counts (12 and 10).  Belt canvases often come on 18 mesh count canvas because you need the extra stitches to show designs on an area that is so limited in height.  If your design is very detailed or you want to fit a lot into a smaller area, you will want to use 18 mesh count.  But, if you try the 14 mesh count option on the website and still think it looks good, you can use that too.
  • The design size. If you find that you need more detail but have to use larger holes, you can always increase the overall size of the design, this an alternative way to increase the detail, but does add to the cost of the project.  Typically I think the sweet spot for design size is around 12 x 8 inches.
  • To see how to adjust the mesh count and height, watch our how to design a pillow instructional video.
Carrots of Many Colors 10 mesh count vs 18 mesh count canvas

Carrots of Many Colors 10 mesh count vs 18 mesh count canvas. The 18 mesh is on the right and shows a lot more detail.

Next we have the “easy” question, or degree of difficulty.

This is very subjective, but there are some obvious guidelines that can help you determine how difficult a project will be to stitch.

  • The number of colors.  Often, the more colors there are on a canvas the trickier it will be to stitch.  This is especially true with photo needlepoint canvas designs.  The shadowing and gradients get harder to see the more colors there are.  Also the thread colors get very close, so even they get hard to tell apart.  When stitched this looks amazing, but a beginner stitcher may find this very tedious.  Typically I recommend keeping the number of colors below 20 if possible.  If you are using the website and want help, feel free to email us, we’d be happy to help!
  • The nature of the design.  If you are using a photo there is often a lot of intricacy in the placement of the stitches.  Easier canvases will group the colors together in larger blocks, so the stitcher does not need to change thread every third stitch.  Designs and artwork with plain colors and patterns often are the easiest to stitch as the contrast between the colors is big and the patterns are simple to follow.  The dog needlepoint designs we have on our website range from moderate to difficult, the new stitcher can do a moderate design, but it will take them a while.  The original artist needlepoint designs we have licensed are easy to moderate, mostly they go in the easy category.  And our baby and kids designs all are also in the easy realm.
Carrots of Many Colors 25 colors vs 11 colors

Carrots of Many Colors 25 colors on left vs 11 colors on right.  Notice the white carrots loose detail.  Not a very big difference to the eye, but to the stitcher 25 colors would be significantly harder.

If you decide to reduce the number of colors, but notice something that you would like adjusted, go ahead and place your order and email us the image you used, we can touch up the design for you!

Custom Kids Train Needlepoint Pillow

Another fun kids pillow design we created this week.

The kids needlepoint train pillow is a classic, but it not only looks great but is educational!  How many toys do you see with the child’s name spelled out on it?

All our designs are made to order, so if you want to change something on this, just let us know!

KIDS TRAIN PERSONALIZED NEEDLEPOINT PILLOW

KIDS TRAIN PERSONALIZED NEEDLEPOINT PILLOW