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Finishing a Needlepoint Yarmulke

By Peggy Bond:

How to finish off a needlepoint kippah.

As an example the mosaic needlepoint yarlmuke has been made with four blank triangular areas. These are the “darts” which will be sewn together to give the yarmulke its shape.

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After your yarmulke canvas has been stitched and blocked, trim the canvas leaving a ¼ boarder beyond the stitching. Save this extra canvas and use it as a pattern for the lining. I recommend using 100% quilting-weight cotton for the lining.

Mark darts on the lining to match those of the yarmulke.

Yarmulke with darts sewn

Sew the dart on the canvas together. Steam press the edges of the darts to one side, so they lay flat and form a smooth rounded shape on the top of the yarmulke. Repeat for the lining, pressing the dart in the opposite direction of the direction that you pressed the canvas. 

With wrong sides together, stitch the lining and canvas together at the edge of the needlepointing. Trim as needed so that the ¼ inch bias tape can be attached to the outside edge, covering the unstitched canvas.

Finished yarmulke

The materials I used were:

1 black fat quarter of cotton quilting-weight fabric
1 package Wrights’ ¼ inch double fold bias tape.

I stitched the yarmulke, lining, and bias tape on my home sewing machine, but it can also be hand stitched, which will take just a little bit longer.

At NeedlePaint, let us create a custom yarmulke canvas for you to stitch!

Custom Needlepoint Wallets

We’ve shown a lot of needlepoint belts on our website, but if you are looking for another fun easy idea for a new project, Kathy at Leatherprize just emailed me some pictures of needlepoint wallets that she finished recently.  Don’t they look great?!!

Custom Needlepoint Wallet

Custom Needlepoint Wallet

These are simple projects for beginners to advanced stitchers who want to stitch something that can be used in the day to day…

We can design a custom needlepoint canvas for you.  The design size (including an extra stitch to fold the edge over with) is 9.1 x 3.5 inches.  Normally you can repeat a design on both sides, or we can do two different designs!

Monograms, favorite sports, hobies, or teams are a few ideas for mens wallets.

Needlepoint Wallet Front

Needlepoint Wallet Front

Needlepoint Wallet Inside

Needlepoint Wallet Inside

If you are looking for a great needlepoint belt finisher Kathy is your person.  We’ve been sending our customers to her and have had great reviews.  Poke around her website, there are lots of ideas there that we’d be happy to help design the canvas for you to stitch and have her finish.

Contact us if you’d like help designing your own needlepoint kit for a belt or wallet.

 

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!

Spring Ribbon Needlepoint Ring Bearer Pillow

It has been a while since we last posted a new ring bearer pillow design.

Here is a new beautiful Spring Ribbon ring bearer pillow needlepoint canvas design.  It was inspired by a customer’s request.

The picture is of a needlepoint pillow that we stitched for a wedding in California this year, and I do have to say that I love it!

Spring Ribbon Needlepoint Ring Bearer Pillow

Spring Ribbon Needlepoint Ring Bearer Pillow

If you are interested in a custom needlepoint pillow, please contact us.

How to Measure a Needlepoint Belt

We’ve really had a great time designing needlepoint belts this year.  One request we keep sending out is to show people how to measure a needlepoint belt.

I figured that we may as well write a blog post about this, so more people who are searching can learn how to measure a belt.

Actually, this was a mystery for me for a long time, as some companies belt sizes seem to vary from others, and I never understood why.

Basically, the key to figuring out a belt size, is to measure from the end of the belt (not the belt buckle – see left side marked A) to the center hole (see  right side marked B).  Click on the image below to see it more clearly.

How to measure a Needlepoint Belt

How to measure a Needlepoint Belt

This explains why some companies with longer metal buckles would have differences from belt size to belt size.

If you are stitching a custom needlepoint belt canvas and having it finished with leather belt ends, you’ll also want to know how much to stitch.

With our leather belt ends, you can calculate this by subtracting 8 inches from the belt size.  This is what we refer to as the visible area.  Then from here, we add two extra inches of background color to each side (the belt buckle will cover up this area).

Also, I’ve been going back and forth with finishers on a rolled edge vs using a binding stitch.  We have found a finisher who does not charge extra for doing a rolled edge, so it is a matter of preference.

Needlepoint Belt Binding Stitch

Needlepoint Belt Binding Stitch

Needlepoint Belt Rolled Edge

Needlepoint Belt Rolled Edge

If you prefer the rolled edge, then you will need to stitch two extra rows above and below the design, so the finisher can wrap the canvas under.

If you are looking for needlepoint belt ideas, check out our needlepoint belt canvas section, or have a look through our needlepoint belt blog posts.  If you have something else in mind, we’d be happy to design a custom belt canvas for you!

Daisy Needlepoint Pillow

Check out our new summery, colorful, and fun new design, the Daisy Needlepoint Pillow Kit!

The design was inspired by the great summer weather and beautiful wildflowers that are now abundant in Colorado.  This design is perfect to brighten up a sun room or add a summer spin to anything!

This design is now available on our website.

Daisy Needlepoint Pillow Kit

Custom Golf Needlepoint Belts

Have you been looking for a great project or gift your favorite golfer ? (not the professional one, but the one who you live with 🙂 )

Consider a custom needlepoint golf belt.  These are great projects to learn how to needlepoint, as they are fast, easy, and the needlepoint belts looks amazing!

If you love the idea, but do not have the time, we can make it for you! (Contact us for pricing)

Ideas for what to put on the custom belt are:  Monogram, Favorite Golf Club Logos (see our needlepoint belt design library), Golf Balls, Golf Clubs, or anything else you can think of!

Designing your own custom belt is easy, simply purchase the golf belt needlepoint canvas in NeedlePaint.com’s shop, and then email us the designs, colors, and other items you would like to be included, and we will create a digital preview for your approval.  If you don’t love our designs, you will not be charged!

Custom Needlepoint Golf Belt Canvas

Custom Needlepoint Golf Belt Canvas

Finished Preview of a Custom Golf Needlepoint Belt

Finished Preview of a Custom Golf Needlepoint Belt

Please note, on the actual belt, the buckle will cover up more of the background color than in the preview.  And the golf clubs in the upper right are followed by the tree on the lower left.

 

Waverly Needlepoint Wool Custom Needlepoint Kits

If you have been on our website today, you will notice three changes.

#1.  We now offer Waverly needlepoint wool for our custom needlepoint kits.  This is a 3 ply wool that is similar to Paternayan.  The main difference with Waverly, is that all three plys are the same thickness.  It is made by the Brown Sheep Company right next door in Nebraska.  The wool is actually raised in our home state of Colorado!

Waverly Needlepoint Wool

Waverly Needlepoint Wool

#2.  10 and 12 mesh canvas are available on our online needlepoint designer. (see below)

#3.  The maximum needlepoint canvas size is no longer 13 x 19 inches, we’ve increased the maximum size to 40 inches wide!

This is brand new and we are still testing it, so if you encounter any problems, please email us.  Your help is greatly appreciated!

Needlepoint Canvas Mesh Count

Announce Baby’s Birth with Needlepoint Keepsakes

Every proud mother, grandmother, aunt, or loved one would love to preserve that special day when a new addition was made to the family.  We have just launched a line of birth announcement needlepoint canvases.  These designs can be personalized with your little one’s name, birth date, weight and length.  Wanna add something else?  Just send us your request and we’ll make it happen!

The birth announcement canvasses can be used as pillows like seen above or can be framed and hung in a nursery or special place to commemorate the date.  Happy Stitching…

Girls Evergreen Baby Needlepoint Canvas

Where’s the Color Come From?

We have some new needlepoint designs that use similar color choices and that is every bit intentional!  I like to get color concepts and trends from historic, vintage and even ancient art.  So here’s a bit about where the color is coming from this week…

The latest needlepoint pillow kits use the same color seen in ancient Turkish Iznik art.  Cobalt blue, red, and white are the main colors used and these beautiful designs.   The Iznik design can be seen tiled above doors and painted on pottery.   Sometimes lighter shades of blue and a bit of green are added into the mix, making a balanced blend of bright colors.  We loved the intricacy of the patterns in Iznik art and the colors seem to pop nicely for an accent pillow!

Iznik plate design

Iznik flower motif

These designs are even seen  adorning walls, walkways and doors.  I thought it could be quite fun and challenging to try to stitch one of these in needlepoint.  Below is Needlepaint’s take on the Iznik color.  Enjoy!