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Give The Gift Of Needlepoint This Mother’s Day!

“Mom’s smiles can brighten any moment,
Mom’s hugs put joy in our days,
Mom’s love will stay with us forever
and touch our lives in precious ways” . . . . 

This year skip the flowers and the candy — stitch a thoughtful gift to show your mom how much you love her today and the other 364 days of the year! These NeedlePaint Mother’s Day Kits will look great finished as a door hanger, a charming ornament, or even perhaps a softly scented sachet. 

Best Mom Ever Needlepoint Ornament Kit

“Once upon a memory, someone wiped away a tear.
Held me close and loved me, thank you mother dear.”

Soccer Mom Needlepoint Ornament Kit

“There is no blessing quite so dear, as a mom like you to love year after year.”

Mother Needlepoint Ornament Kit

“Of all the special joys in life, the big ones and the small,
a mother’s love and tenderness is the greatest of them all.” 

Number One Mom Needlepoint Ornament Kit

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.”

Super Mom Needlepoint Ornament Kit

“A mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend.”

I Love Mom Needlepoint Ornament Kit

“Mom you’ve given me two things. One is roots, the other wings.”

Is your mother the one in the family who loves to stitch?
Give her a needlepoint gift certificate that will lead to hours of enjoyment!

Contact us with any questions that you may have. If you would like to purchase a gift certificate that can be printed out on your home computer, please let us know at: info@needlepaint.com

Stitch a thoughtful gift for your Mom!

Endangered and Threatened Species Needlepoint Ornament Collection

Written and designed by Gwynn Goodner

Our Threatened and Endangered Species Needlepoint Ornament Collection highlights some of the rarest and most beautiful creatures on the planet. This offering features animals that are on the brink of extinction, with a goal of raising awareness and funds toward their preservation and conservation. Every purchase of a needlepoint ornament canvas from this collection will have a portion of the proceeds donated to wildlife foundations to ensure that these amazing animals are here for future generations. 

Amur Leopard Needlepoint Ornament Kit
5″ x 5″ on 18 mesh canvas, using 12 colors

The Amur Leopard is one of the most critically endangered species on the planet, with as few as 110 individuals alive in the wild. Native to Southeastern Russia and Northern China, this beautiful big cat has been driven to near extinction by fires lit to clear its forest habitat for agriculture and grazing. It can be distinguished from other leopard species by its thick, luxuriant coat, useful in its chilly habitat.

Whooping Crane Needlepoint Ornament Kit
5″ x 5″ on 18 mesh canvas, using 10 colors

Whooping Cranes are North America’s tallest bird and were driven to near extinction by 1941 when the population was reduced to a mere 23 specimens. This magnificent species, noted for its red crest and black wing tips has had a slow rebound to 800 birds with the careful breeding and conservation programs. Migration routes range from Mexico and southern Florida to Canada.

Siberian Tiger Needlepoint Ornament Kit
5″ x 5″ on 18 mesh canvas, using 16 colors

The Siberian Tiger, unlike its tropical cousins, is at home in the deep snows of far Eastern Russia and Northern China. This apex predator requires a large territory to survive in the wild. Development and governments turning a blind eye to illegal deforestation and poaching, have led to a small population of roughly about 520 survivors.

Atlantic Ridley Sea Turtle Needlepoint Ornament Kit
5″ x 5″ on 18 mesh canvas, using 14 colors

Although many sea turtles are threatened or endangered, few are as rare as the Atlantic Ridley Sea Turtle (also known as the Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle). The precise number of individuals left in the wild is unknown, but this small sea turtle has been listed as critically endangered since 1970. Most of these aquatic reptiles are found in the Gulf of Mexico where there is a single beach that acts as the nursery for nearly the entire species.

Gray Wolf Needlepoint Ornament Kit
5″ x 5″ on 18 mesh canvas, using 12 colors

Though not as critically at risk as it once was, the Gray Wolf remains a threatened species and is protected in most of its widespread range throughout the Northern Hemisphere. The Gray Wolf lives in close social groups where they are at an advantage in hunting large prey in packs. Wolf populations have been on a significant rise in recent decades and now are part of a healthy ecosystem in many countries.

Giant Panda Needlepoint Ornament Kit
5″ x 5″ on 18 mesh canvas, using 11 colors

The cuddly, lovable Giant Panda has become the flagship species for animal conservation and a symbol for ecology worldwide. Native to only a few mountain ranges in China, the Giant Panda has had a successful recovery from the brink of extinction. Careful breeding programs and strict protection of habitat have allowed wild populations to grow to an estimated 3,000 individuals.

Orca Needlepoint Ornament Kit
5″ x 5″ on 18 mesh canvas, using 15 colors

The Orca is not a whale, rather the largest of oceanic dolphin species. Its distinctive black and white markings and remarkable intelligence has made it one of the world’s most recognizable marine mammals. In spite of its worldwide distribution, pollution, overfishing and prey depletion have led to its threatened status in North America. Orcas are never threats to humans in the wild and they live in the most stable social groups of any animal alive.

Polar Bear Needlepoint Ornament Kit
5″ x 5″ on 18 mesh canvas, using 15 colors

The Polar Bear is the land largest carnivore on the planet, with large males often exceeding 1,500 pounds. Though this native was once common to the entire Arctic Circle, their population has been greatly reduced in the last few decades by global warming. Polar Bears are born on land, but spend most of their lives on sea ice where they hunt. Melting sea ice has caused many bears to die of starvation and future warming may reduce the wild population further in coming decades. 

Hawaiian Monk Seal Needlepoint Ornament Kit
5″ x 5″ on 18 mesh canvas, using 9 colors

The Hawaiian Monk Seal is a critically endangered species with populations dwindling to about 1100 animals. Intense hunting in the 19th century lead to its initial decline, with island development and accidental capture in fishing nets further reducing the number. Fortunately Hawaiian state law has favored the animals, and beaches are cleared if this shy seal visits to sunbathe or nurse pups. 

These hand stitched ornaments will be treasured by your family for years to come. We offer an ornament finishing service for your completed canvases, and would love to help with any questions that you may have at: info@needlepaint.com

Stitch your favorite design or the entire collection!

Sweet Valentine Needlepoint Details!

It’s February and we are LOVING our new candy “conversation” heart canvases!
This needlepoint collection is a great way to practice decorative stitches,
without having to work around too much design detail.

We thought you would enjoy this stitched sample, showing the options that are possible with the Be Mine Valentine canvas. We’d love to see this collection finished as a set to use as Valentine ornaments on a garland, or even as a darling toss pillow finished with a box edge. That’s what we love about needlepoint — endless personal options. 

Please contact us with any questions that you may have,
or if our designer can create a special message for you to stitch,
let us know at: info@needlepaint.com

Stitch a little something sweet,
for someone special who has capture your heart! 

Love is in the Air With These New Needlepoint Valentine Kits!

Start this year’s Valentine’s Day conversation by stitching a little something sweet, for that special someone who has captured your heart! These fun new Needlepoint kits will look great finished with a box edge for a “real piece of candy” look, or a delightful Valentine door hanger. Each canvas is 5.56” x 5” on 18 mesh canvas. 

Sweet Heart Valentine Needlepoint Ornament Kit
You’ll always be my “Sweet Heart”! 

“Love is fire. But whether it is going to warm your heart or
burn down your house, you can never tell.”  — Joan Crawford

Pizza Valentine Needlepoint Ornament Kit
This friendly lighthearted mysterious message, will keep them guessing!

“Lots of people want to ride with you in a limo, but what you want is someone who
will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”  — Oprah Winfrey

Hot Stuff Valentine Needlepoint Ornament Kit
Love is in the air . . . just tell it like it is! 

“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get — only with what
you are expecting to give, which is everything.”  — Katharine Hepburn

Love You Valentine Needlepoint Ornament Kit
You know I will always “Love You”! 

 “It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous
that you realize just how much you love them.”   — Agatha Christie

Be Mine Valentine Needlepoint Ornament Kit
Love is in the air . . . “Be Mine” dear Valentine!

Feel free to contact us with any questions, 
or if our designers can create a special message for you to stitch, 
let us know at: info@needlepaint.com

Stitch a little something sweet for your special Valentine!

Christmas Needlepoint Ideas

Are you looking for that special gift that will be cherished for generations to come?

We’ve got a LOT of ideas here that are sure to not only show off your talent as a needlepointer, but that are all sure to be loved by the younger generations who often seem to be too busy to learn the art of needlepoint.

For the beginner stitcher.  We’ve recently added some great Christmas Needlepoint ideas that are smaller and simple, but for the experienced stitcher, leave plenty of space for fancy stitches to spice up.

Needlepoint Ornaments are small and quick.  Our custom needlepoint ornament listing lets you decide what to stitch!  Think of a favorite photo, pet, old home, sport, or cherished memory.

Christmas Needlepoint Ornament Ideas

Christmas Needlepoint Ornament Ideas

A Custom Needlepoint Belt will be a huge hit under the tree.  We offer custom designed needlepoint belt kits, or fully stitched needlepoint belts.

Custom Needlepoint Golf Belt

Custom Needlepoint Golf Course Belt

Needlepoint Wallets and needlepoint Flasks are both easy projects for beginners and we now offer leather finishing as optional extra.

And the my personal FAVORITE, a Custom Needlepoint Stocking!  We’re now happy to offer fully stitched and custom needlepoint stocking kits.  We’ve got dozens of designs under our Christmas Needlepoint theme that are made to be personalized, and of course we’d love to design something custom for you!

Custom Christmas Needlepoint Stockings

Custom Christmas Needlepoint Stockings

Last but not least, for the more experienced stitcher, you can Needlepoint your own Photo!  Most popular are dogs and cats.  We’ve also done hundreds of homes, landscapes, and art needlepoint projects.  These can be turned into a pillow or hung up on a wall.  We now offer Pillow Finishing and if you don’t needlepoint, even offer fully stitched custom needlepoint pillows.

***Custom needlepoint kits available with standard shipping until Dec. 12th.  Our order deadline for fully stitched products in 2016 was Nov. 1st.  But we do offer custom designed Gift Cards that show your design that is being stitched, so you would not be empty handed if you decide to give the gift of needlepoint but don’t have the time to stitch it yourself.

Also, a special thanks to Jen in VA, who stitched the two custom needlepoint projects below!  Thanks and happy holidays to all!

Custom Needlepoint House and Cats

Custom Needlepoint House and Cats

Needlepoint Flags for Christmas Ornament Tradition

I was working on a project this week and just had to share the idea (with the customers excitement to pass it on, too!).

Every year, the family stitches new needlepoint ornaments and this year and hopefully going forwards she will be stitching needlepoint flags of places that her children visited.

The needlepoint flag ornament designs are 4 inches wide, and about 2.7 inches high.

Visit NeedlePaint.com to design your own custom needlepoint kits!  (or email us ideas and we’d be happy to design them for you)

Flag Ornament Needlepoint Canvases

Flag Ornament Needlepoint Canvases

Uganda Flag Needlepoint Kit

Uganda Flag Needlepoint Kit

Malawi Flag Needlepoint Christmas Ornament

Malawi Flag Needlepoint Christmas Ornament

Peru Flag Needlepoint Canvas

Peru Flag Needlepoint Canvas

 

 

Needlepoint Christmas Ornament Photos!

Peggy has finished all of her quick stitch needlepoint ornaments, and while you may have seen some of them already, there are more great pictures in this post!

In case you want to learn about how to make the personalized needlepoint ornaments you can click the links below:

How to make a Quick Stitch Needlepoint Ornament

Using Quick Stitches

The Four Hour Needlepoint Ornament

Also, if you want to see the whole needlepoint canvas design, they are all available on our personalized needlepoint shop as needlepoint kits or needlepoint canvases.

Candy Cane and Christmas Trees

Santa's Sleigh

Penguin Needlepoint Ornament

Green Snowflake Ornament

Personalized Train

Personalized Christmas Ornament

Santa's Airplane

Flying Christmas Angel

Blue Snowflake Personalized Needlepoint Ornament

The whole collection of Needlepoint Ornaments!

 

The Four Hour Needlepoint Ornament

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!!

Personalized Needlepoint Christmas Stocking Shop

Today NeedlePaint.com announced today that we have launched a new personalized needlepoint shop!  In this shop there are many pre-designed Christmas needlepoint canvases to which customers can add their own names and also have the shop modify the colors before printing.  Some of the designs even allow for the customer to add their own photos into the canvas design!

We have already posted about a few of these projects in our blog, but now we have made it easy to order them at the NeedlePaint.com personalized needlepoint shop!

New Designs for Personalized Needlepoint Stockings and Ornaments

This month we are featuring Christmas stockings and needlepoint ornament designs. In the past, personalized needlepoint stocking kits have required the stitcher to actually use a stencil and draw in a name, with very plain letters. Customers buying from NeedlePaint.com have their choice of over 100 styles of letters and 400 colors.  Customers will also be happy to know that their names will be printed onto the canvas, and that the needlepoint kits will include not only the canvas and thread, but they will also come with a counted stitch guide, counted color aid, and DMC matched color guide.

Our blogs explain how to make these so follow the links below:

Needlepoint Christmas Ornaments Using Quick Stitches

How to make Needlepoint Christmas Ornaments

Personalized Needelpoint Chrismas Stocking

Needlepoint Christmas Ornaments Using Quick Stitches

With December rapidly approaching, I realized that I was going to have to speed up if my goal of 12 personalized needlepoint ornaments for Christmas gifts was to be met. I have now completed 5 and my needle is flying.

The key to speed – quick backgrounds!  Three fast background stitches came from The Needlepoint Book by Joe Ippolito Christensen.

On the Penguin Needlepoint Ornament, I used a variation on the Four-way Bargello for the sky, and n0t so quick was the diagonal mosaic for the ice bergs and snow. Still faster than the traditional continental stitch!


The background for the angel ornament is  the Victorian Step which was even quicker.

But, the ultimate speed came with the open work on the Santa ornament. This is a modification of the Four-Sided Over Three stitch from A Pageant of Pattern for Needlepoint Canvas by Sherlee Lantz. It does not cover the canvas but lets the printed background show through.

                                      Four-Sided Over Three Stitch

I also came up with some other ideas to dress them up quickly:

  • Beads for stars or snowflakes on Santa and the Penguins.
  • Beads on the Angels dress.
  • Jingle bells hanging from the Penguins bottom ties (not shown in the picture above).
  • Beads for eyes.
  • Beads for Santa’s Christmas tree.

Yes, I got into beads. I never thought I would, but I did follow the advice of my quilting sister Mary Sue Suit  “Don’t get carried away. Beads can be additive!” And, I could still be beading if other ornaments weren’t calling.

Next up is going to be Snowflake ornament on 14 pt with lots of open work and metallic threat. Stay tuned!

To read how easy it is to make these ornaments, please see our blog that explains how to make a needlepoint Christmas ornament.

Personalized needlepoint kits on 14 pt and 18 pt canvas will be available on NeedlePaint.com very soon!