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A Halloween Needlepoint Collection to Delight and to Fright!

Put a unique spin on this year’s Halloween decorations and stitch up an unforgettable night with NeedlePaint’s new collection of Halloween needlepoint kits! Ornaments, door hangers, key fobs and more, check out the new Halloween section on our website.

For some of you, (you know who you are) Halloween is the best night of the year! With the unexplained oddities and plenty of fright, the precursor to upcoming cold winter nights. A strange cast of characters seem to appear that night, and when the sun comes up . . . .  it will once again, be all right! We would like to give a giant thanks to our designer Gwynn, for bringing these designs to life!

Ghostly Boo Halloween Needlepoint Door Hanger Kit
The ghosts are in, but nowhere in sight! With a haunting little chant not saying much tonight,
other than a constant mournful “boo,” and a farewell good night.

Batty Bat Halloween Needlepoint Ornament Kit
Bats get a bad rap, but with each flap of their wings they add great delight!
With an uneven flutter in their unstable flight;
they give the witches competition on this moon filled night.

Be Scary Halloween Needlepoint Door Hanger Kit
Eat, drink and be scary on this Halloween night! We’ll scare you silly with extreme delight;
but can’t guarantee that you won’t go home without a hangover tonight! 

Peter Pumpkin Halloween Needlepoint Ornament Kit
Similar to a snowflake, no two pumpkins are alike. From spooky to goofy,
this pumpkin’s glad to have found a new life outside of the patch! 

Black Widow Halloween Needlepoint Door Hanger Kit
We’ve been waiting for you on this Halloween night! Our usual customers have somehow
vanished into the night. We promise to entertain you and not drain your patience with fright.

Frankenstein’s Halloween Needlepoint Ornament Kit
He’s really not much to look at, and quite a fright at first sight.
You just need to get past the green glow and yellow in his eyes,
when they really should be white. We’ve found this to be certain,
and will share a small secret: when Frank’s bolts are truly fastened tight, 
deep down inside he’s really quite bright.

Enter Halloween Needlepoint Door Hanger Kit
Enter if you dare, but beware this Halloween night, it seems however
that some of the tricker treaters just aren’t right. As a matter of fact we’re pretty certain
that they may not make it home at all tonight! 

Black Cat Halloween Needlepoint Ornament Kit
A black cat’s fright only happens at night,
with the hairs on his back standing straight and upright.
Don’t let him walk in front of you, or you’ll be the one having a bad night!

Witches Hat Halloween Needlepoint Door Hanger Kit
The witch is in, adorned in all black, funny little pointy hat and a wand like a bat.
She’ll concoct a brew especially for you, but don’t make her cross
or you’ll be her next flavor! 

Haunted House Halloween Needlepoint Ornament Kit
A handful of haunted houses line the spooky street!
Each one is illuminated with the full moon’s glowing light.
Guide your way “trick or treating” onto every front porch that’s bright;
but beware of the monster behind you, on the far and distant right! 

Trick or Treat Needlepoint Door Hanger Kit
A treat for a trick, or maybe it’s the other way around!
Candy corn, crunchy corn, orange, yellow, white;
sweet candy confections to delight the young, and old alike.

Here For Boos Halloween Needlepoint Ornament Kit
It’s not big news, I’m pretty sure you know, your costumes on too tight.
The contest competition is really stiff on this dark and gloomy night.
There’s scary, and hairy, and a princess whose far too bright.
We know you don’t care if you win or not, you’re only here for the boos tonight!

Perfect Poison Halloween Needlepoint Ornament Kit
Pick the perfect poison, we’ve got one that’s just right!
It will fill your head with images of a grueling ghostly night.
Some with bubbles, some with troubles, and more that are tweaked just right.
Just a word of warning: take two aspirin before you go home to bed, tonight! 

Wouldn’t you love to get one of these key fobs in your trick or treat bag!

Halloween Candy Corn Needlepoint Key Fob Kit
How do you eat your Halloween tri-colored candy corn;
do you nibble one colored layer at a time, or the entire candy at once?
A Halloween favorite which is as fun to use depicted on a key fob, as the treat is to eat!

Ghostly Boo Halloween Key Fob Kit
The ghosts are in, but nowhere in sight! With a haunting little chatter not saying
much more tonight, other than a mournful “boo,”
to the little spider in the corner and the bat in mid-flight!

Tiny Pumpkins Halloween Key Fob Kit
So similar to a snowflake, no two pumpkins are alike. From spooky to goofy,
from plump to just right. These pumpkin’s are glad to have found
a new life on this key fob canvas, designed just right!

Stitch and add a some serious personality to your Halloween holiday
with these fun and spooky needlepoint kits!

Please feel free to contact us with any questions,
or if you have a special idea that you would like to see come to life, at:
info@needlepaint.com

Happy Halloween! 

NeedlePaint Mask Version 2

Written by Peggy BondEscher Mask

The new NeedlePaint mask, inspired by M.C. Escher, is designed for quick stitching and assembly. It is slightly lighter weight with fabric for the nose and chin portions, but the central needlepoint band retains its form to allow freedom of air flow.

Since the band is a 9-1/4” x 2-3/4” rectangle, it can be stitched in about one half of the time of our full NeedlePaint masks. The mask is a little less formal.

The materials needed are:

  • Cotton fabric for liner and strap trim
  • Cotton fabric for filter pocket (optional)
  • Ear strap material
  • Nose clip material (optional)

Step 1. After blocking the finished canvas, trim away excess canvas leaving no more than 1/4” of blank canvas. Cut two 10 “ x  3” strips of cotton fabric which will serve for the nose and chin portions of the mask. (One could go two tone and make the nose and chin portions of different colors.)

With right sides together sew strips to the top and bottom of your needlepoint canvas. Press fabric away from canvas. Do not press seam open. Top stitch the fabric side of each seam.

Position the mask pattern so that the needlepoint band is centered between the nose and chin darts and cut out the mask. The shaped pattern is similar to our Geometric Face Mask shown below. Using the same pattern cut one liner or two if making the optional filter pocket.

Top Sticch

Step 2. Fold the canvas along center line with right-sides together, matching the two upper nose points and the two lower chin points. Stitch 3/8” seam and press open. Repeat for liners and optional filter pocket.

If using the filter pocket, sew a ½” hem on each cheek edge.

Nose Clip

Step 3. Cut a piece of fabric 1” by ½” longer than the selected nose clip. Sew a ¼” hem on each short edge of this fabric nose sleeve. Place the nose sleeve on the liner or filter pocket centered ½” below the nose seam. Sew in place. Press so long edge lines up with top of liner or pocket.

The nose clip will be inserted after the rest of the assembly is completed.

Step 4. Place right sides together, carefully aligning the seams of the nose and chin darts on all pieces. If using the optional filter pocket, it will be the closest to needlepoint mask.

Sew the ¼” seam along the top and bottom of the mask and turn the mask inside out. Be careful not to pull on the edge of the needlepoint canvas as it can separate easily. Press the seamed edges and top stitch.

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Step 5. For the ear strap sleeves, cut two 1-1/2” strip of liner fabric that are ½” longer than the ear edges of the mask. Sew to each ear edge with ¼” seam. Press top and bottom edges down. Then press a ¼’ fold on free edge and fold to back aligning the folded edges with the ear edge stitches. This will leave a ½” sleeve for the ear strap.

The straps can be tucked under the fold before stitching the sleeve in place or can be threaded through with a safety pin after stitching.

Check out these two new designs we have created for you!

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Mosaic Face Mask Panel Needlepoint Canvas

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Geometric Face Mask Needlepoint Canvas

NeedlePaint Masks Unmasked!

Written by Peggy Bond

Two needlepoint face masks

After the initial rush to get cotton masks made for all my neighbors and friends, I was out of material, elastic, and thread. Stores were closed and mail order was going to take at least a week. So into the closet I went and found some 18 and 14 mesh needlepoint canvas and a stash of thread.

Thread Stash

I had been thinking about making a needlepoint mask but wondered how it would hold up with washing. With time on my hands, this was the perfect project for lockdown. The pattern I has used for the cotton masks was not going to work with stiff needlepoint canvas.

Flat tent stitch cropped

Searching the internet, I found a pattern that I thought would work from PrettyHandyGirl.com. I used the Inside Liner pattern from Pretty Handy Girl and then set to work on my Geometric Mask on 18 mesh canvas using random colors from my stash and a classic background Flat/Tent stitch from A Pageant of Pattern for Needlepoint Canvases by Sherlee Lantz.

Geometric Needlepoint Face Mask

The stitching went quickly and soon I was ready to assemble, check the fit, and then wash it. (Finishing options will be the subject of my next blog.) The fit was a little large for me but fit my husband perfectly. Washing was a success. I washed it by hand in Woolite and hot water. Then hung it out to dry. The mask held its shape well, so on to the next one.

Turtle Design Needlepoint Face Mask

For the next mask, I redrew the pattern to make the top more slanted and picked out a NeedlePaint design used on a hatband – my Hawaiian turtles. The turtles were done on 14 mesh canvas using the continental stitch with the background in alternating rows of the Byzantine stitch from Jo Ippolito Christensen’s The Needlepoint Book.

I chose to alternate two different blue threads because that was what I had on hand. Alas, it was not enough and I had to ask for more from the NeedlePaint staff who have been working tirelessly to keep shipping orders while I am in lockdown elsewhere. Many thanks to them!

I am now on my third mask – the lotus blossom shown in the photo at the top of the blog.

Now, sewing it up!

Lotus mask

Remember your mask will not be a replacement for an N95 or surgical mask. 

There are a couple options to consider assembling your NeedlePaint mask – a filter pocket and nose clip. Pretty Handy Girl describes the material choices for the nose clip and straps. I agree with her recommendation to use the coffee bag flat ties for the nose clip. I am not a coffee drinker but luckily my husband is. However, her other suggestion works too. Her discussion of adjustable strap materials is very good. Due to unavailability of any of the materials suggested, I have been opted for ¼ inch ribbons of which I have a stash.

The materials needed are:

  • Cotton fabric for liner and strap trim
  • Cotton fabric for filter pocket (optional)
  • Ear strap material 
  • Nose clip material (optional)
  • ¼ in double fold bias tape or cotton fabric for homemade bias strip

Step 1. After blocking the finished canvas, trim away excess canvas leaving no more than 1/8” of blank canvas. Place on liner material with straight cheek edges aligning with the straight grain of the fabric. Cut one liner.

For optional filter pocket, cut a second liner of the same size. 

Trimmed

Step 2. Fold the canvas along center line with right-side together, matching the two upper nose points and the two lower chin points. Stitch 3/8” seam and press open. Repeat for liners and optional filter pocket.

If using the filter pocket, sew a ½” hem on each cheek edge.

Stiching

Step 3. Optional Nose Clip

Cut a piece of fabric 1” by ½” longer than the selected nose clip. Sew a ¼” hem on each short edge of this fabric nose sleeve. Place the nose sleeve on the liner or filter pocket centered ½” below the nose seam. Sew in place. Press so long edge lines up with top of liner or pocket.

The nose clip will be inserted after the rest of the assembly is completed.

Nose Clip

Step 4. Align NeedlePaint mask and liner with wrong sides together. If including filter pocket, place the pocket on top of the liner. Match nose and chin seams. Baste together.

Bind the upper and lower edges of the mask with the bias tape or strips. If using ¼” double fold tape, place over the edge of the mask and liner (and optional pocket) and stitch through all thicknesses. 

Bias trim 2

The above photo is not of a mask but from another project because I do not have a source of double fold bias tape. The lotus mask was finished with my own bias strip, machine sewn on the canvas side and turned and finished by hand on the liner/pocket side.

The pre-made double fold tap is easier to use but often you can’t find a matching color for your project.

Bian Trim

Step 5. For the ear strap sleeves, cut two 1-1/2” strip of liner fabric that are ½” longer than the ear edged of the masks.  Sew to each ear edge with ¼” seam. Press top and bottom edges down. Then press a ¼’ fold on free edge and fold to back aligning the folded edges with the ear edge stitches. This will leave a ½” sleeve for the ear strap.

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The straps can be tucked under the fold before stitching the sleeve in place or can be threaded through with a safety pin after stitching.

Ear Sleeves

Step 6. Now it is time to insert the nose clip. It should slip easily into sleeve and then sew off the ends by hand. DONE!

Lotus Blossom Face Mask Needlepoint Canvas

Check out our new Lotus Blossom Face Mask and Sea Turtle Face Mask needlepoint canvases available on our website!

Sea Turtle Face Mask Needlepoint Canvas

Happy Stitching!

New Self-Finishing Products For Your NeedlePaint Canvases!

It’s a great time of year to start some new needlepoint projects! NeedlePaint.com is excited to offer new self-finishing kits which are the perfect size for traveling with; to stitch while waiting (let’s face it, we are always waiting for someone), or to get a jump start on those Christmas gifts for everyone on your list. Here are just two examples of our new self-finishing kits among the many that we offer.

NeedlePaint self finishing card wallet

NeedlePaint Loon card wallet

Self finishing card wallet kit!

Stitch your own needlepoint card wallet canvas, for your credit cards, license, or business cards. This is a complete, self finishing do-it-yourself kit, including: a needlepoint canvas for you to stitch, DMC thread (optional) and a colorful leather wallet. (Color choices: black, brown, red, blue, lime)

NeedlePaint self finishing card wallet colorsSimply insert your stitched canvas into the card wallet and your ready to go.

Two design options to choose from when planning your card wallet canvas insert:

Choose a monogram, initials, or we’ll create a custom design just for you:

Great gift idea!

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Self finishing luggage tag kit!

Stitch your own needlepoint luggage tag canvas, and create a finished luggage tag for yourself or the traveler in your family.

This is a complete, self finishing do-it-yourself kit, including: a needlepoint canvas for you to stitch, DMC thread (optional) and a colorful leather luggage tag. (Color choices: blue, lime, black, red, light blue or pink)

Two design options to choose from when planning your luggage tag canvas insert:

Choose a monogram, initials, or we’ll create a custom design just for you:

Great for the traveler!

Check out all of our self-finishing kits on our Etsy shop. Card wallets, luggage tags, checkbook covers, iPad covers, purses of all sizes, Christmas ornaments, coin purses, and more!

Remember we are here to help with all of your needlepointing needs. Feel free to contact us with any of your questions at info@needlepaint.com

Happy Stitching!

New Spring Blossoms at NeedlePaint!

 

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This time of year I become very anxious for signs of spring and some fresh new color. The “winter like” weather still teases us with one warm beautiful sunny day, only to wake up the next day, with blizzard like conditions.

Spring is full of new beginnings! Why not learn how to needlepoint or teach a beginner how to needlepoint. If you’re a veteran stitcher, learn a new stitch or try a new type of thread. Here at NeedlePaint, we have needlepoint projects for all skill levels.

To welcome in spring, we have taken inspiration from those blooms; we are so anxiously awaiting to appear in our gardens. We have created some needlepoint canvases for you to enjoy stitching, and add that much needed color you may have been craving. You’ll love stitching one or all of these three new pillow designs!

Sunflower Needlepoint pillow canvas

“The sunflower is mine, in a way.” — Vincent Van Gogh

Sunflower Needlepoint Pillow Canvas
Truly brilliant and joyful, sunflowers say summer like no other flower!
In the language of flowers; sunflowers represent adoration, loyalty and strength.

Tulip Needlepoint pillow canvas

“A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose.
It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for ever flower.”
— Marianne Williamson

Lacy Tulip Needlepoint Pillow Canvas
Awakening from a long winters nap, and gently announcing springs arrival;
the tulip is always a welcome sight for the new season!

Peony Needlepoint pillow canvas

Marco Polo described peony blossoms as “roses as big as cabbages”.

Peony Needlepoint Pillow Canvas
Layered, fluffy and papery, the peony has an unusually giant blossom. In the language of flowers;
peonies represent romance, prosperity, a happy marriage, riches, honor and compassion.

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“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold,
when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” — Charles Dickens

Remember we are here to help you with all of your needlepoint needs! We do offer a pillow finishing service, creating a finished pillow with your stitched canvas. Feel free to contact us with any of your questions at: info@needlepaint.com.

We hope your spring is full of new beginnings — and many colorful skeins of thread!

 

Personalize a Nautical Flag Needlepoint Pillow For Your Family

I’ve driven by the same local shopping center for over twenty years. When they first moved in, I thought their nautical theme a bit strange as we are located in “landlocked” Denver. Not a location where serious boating happens, but a place where family time is spent skiing down the slopes of the Rocky Mountains. This shopping center’s sign proudly displayed their name “Marina Pointe” flanked with colorful graphic squares, of which I assumed had something to do with boating. I didn’t think much more about this sign, until I noticed all of the nautical belts that customers order here at NeedlePaint. As the placement of these flags varied, I soon realized they were spelling out a message, not just randomly placed; and then the idea for a personalized nautical flag needlepoint pillow began.

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After further exploration (and some help from Seth’s sailing expertise), I discovered these colorful nautical signal flags began before short wave radio, as an easy and safe way to relay messages to other boats and people on shore. Each of these flags represents a letter of the alphabet or a phrase.

IMG_0314Sketching some new ideas for a nautical pillow.

In today’s busy world, it’s important to connect with family members, whether it be spending quality “unplugged” time together at home or through outdoor activities like boating or sailing. When your not sailing, creating a comforting tranquil home environment, and surrounding yourself with the things that are meaningful is key. Incorporating personal items your grandmother made, your kids created in school, or that you have hand stitched; help save the memories your family has created together. This is truly what makes a living space “a home”.

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We’ve created this nautical pillow to remind you of the times your family has spent on the water together. Personalized with your last name and the coordinating nautical flags that represent each letter. Available as a needlepoint canvas for you to stitch, or if you prefer we will do the stitching and create your pillow. Happy Sailing!

 

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 – Halloween Needlepoint and more eye candy

Spooky needlepoint kits and more this week!  I love all the colors in these projects!

Halloween and Video Game Needlepoint Canvases

Halloween and Video Game Needlepoint Canvases

Next are some more custom needlepoint belts.  The Pennsylvania license plates include the stitchers monogram snuck into the design!

Pennsylvania Colorado and Life Treasures Needlepoint Belt Kits

Pennsylvania Colorado and Life Treasures Needlepoint Belt Kits

Below are some custom needlepoint pillow kits, the upper right is an somewhat abstract sailing scene that is going to look great!  The Live Colorfully is a special project that you will see again in the future.

Custom Pillow Needlepoint Kits

Custom Pillow Needlepoint Kits

Custom Needlepoint Kits

Custom Needlepoint Kits

Needlepoint Wallet and Key Fob Needlepoint Kits

Needlepoint Wallet and Key Fob Needlepoint Kits

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Favorites – Needlepoint Coat of Arms – Famous Quotes – New Jersey

This week we had some challenges that made some really beautiful needlepoint kits!

The coat of arms, we had to do a little research but I think we nailed it.

New Jersey Needlepoint Coat of Arms

Needlepoint Coat of Arms and New Jersey Wedding Pillow Needlepoint Canvas

Famous quotes are always fun, one was a great one with Winnie the Pooh, the other is from Louisa May Alcott. This picture is taken along with our geometric heart needlepoint canvas in the picture below.

Fun Needlepoint Winnie the Pooh Heart Not Afraid of Storms Alcott

Fun Needlepoint Winnie the Pooh, Geometric Heart, and I’m Not Afraid of Storms – Alcott

And last but not least, some more really pretty needlepoint kits!

Oh, and here is some feedback from the belt canvas you see in the upper left corner of the picture below  (and I love that crab!):

“Thank you so much. I am so impressed with what you were able to do!” Siri – 4/06/14

Pretty Needlepoint Canvases

Pretty Needlepoint Canvases two from Photos and two from Art

 

Friday Favorites – Custom Belts, Pillows, Reviews, and more

We’re back in the swing of things, and happy with how great the projects we made this week came out.

Not only us, but here are a few more testimonials we received last week.

“Thanks so much for your work on my needlepoint belt last fall!  It’s fully stitched and finished and its recipient LOVES it! ” – Jessica 3-28-14

“The canvas came today and it looks amazing I cannot thank you enough for your help in perfecting the image. I will be sure to send you a picture when it is finished!”  Elise 3-19-14

Anyway, onto the fun stuff, custom needlepoint belts!  Our finishers are gifted, have a look at the belts we did.  The second image shows off the other ends one of which has a statue of liberty design that I love!  (you can see the New York apple on the first image, too)

Custom Needlepoint Belts

Custom Needlepoint Belts

Statue of Liberty Needlepoint

Statue of Liberty Needlepoint

And now onto needlepoint kits.  Below are some of the wonderful projects we made this week that I can’t wait to see once they are finished!

Hunting Needlepoint Belt Canvas

Hunting Needlepoint Belt Canvases

Fun Needlepoint Canvases

Fun Needlepoint Canvases

Custom Needlepoint Logo

Custom Needlepoint Logo

Needlepoint Photo Canvas

Needlepoint Photo Canvas