I design many of my needlepoint designs with "Painted Stitches". These are decorative needlepoint stitches, where the actual stitches are painted for the stitcher to follow. They also have stitch guides for each needlepoint design. What happens if you follow all the colors but do the canvas in tent stitch instead of the decorative stitches? That's just what my Mom did on this belt. I've always wondered if the colors and designs could stitch up with tent and be as interesting. They are!! Great job Mom!!
I asked Jean to explain how she did the needlepoint self-finishing for the Stirling inserts:
"I use a rotary mat ( usually used for quilting ) so I can get the piece even. Then I use a steam iron, pull the piece into shape, then put it back on the rotary mat to make sure it is all even. Then into the piece, using a wooden coffee stirrer to make sure the corners are in good and tight. Last step is putting a small amount of Barge glue around any leather edging, then put something weighty ( like a dictionary or a couple of novels) on top for an hour or so. Remove, and it should be perfect."
My friend Jean just finished putting the needlepoint Ribbon Sampler into a Stirling Folio. This is a great canvas to learn stitches and try out overdyed threads! The 6"x6" size is so versatile. I loved designing and stitching this needlepoint canvas.
Here's the links to past posts about the Ribbon Sampler:
I think this is one of the greatest beginner projects ever! It is self finishing. ( I added a little fabric glue to the top to keep the flap down) These are small canvases. Not too overwhelming for a beginner. The checkbooks are reasonably priced. The first six of my needlepoint checkbook designs are painted to help the stitcher learn basketweave. This is the last of my finishing before the show this weekend. Now I need to pack!
Stirling products make for easy needlepoint finishing! What am I doing two days before the TNNA Show in Columbus??? Begging my sister, Sarah, to help me finish last minute canvases. There are some great self-finishing products on the market. They are great last minute gifts or professional looking items for yourself. The best part is you don't have to wait weeks for your needlepoint to come back from the finisher. Now I'm off to pack up for this weekend. Hope to see you there!
I just got these back from the finisher. Just in time for the TNNA Show in Columbus. This is my newest belt design, BL28 Palm Trees. All my belts are on #14 mesh. They stitch up quickly and are perfect for flip flops.
I wanted to post this picture on Saturday, but my hard drive crashed!! I had some things backed up, but not everything. Thankfully, Joe at my local Geek Squad was able to recover everything on my hard drive. It's been a lot of work reinstalling programs and putting things back the way they were, the way I like them. I can't stress how important a backup strategy is!! Now, I'm a safety girl.
Yesterday I came home and there was a box from the finisher! I'm always so excited to see stitched needlepoint completely finished, in the form I envisioned it while stitching. But I always open the box with a little fear. What is it didn't really work? Yesterday's package was perfect!
My mom stitched NPT01 Pink Tropical Fish and wanted it finished as a doorstop. It looks great. I can't wait for her to see it.
A waddled of Penguins arrived. They each have their own little personality. I'm so pleased with them.
Next is the S22 Stitching Goddess. I hope more people embrace #10 mesh canvas. It looks great finished.
Lastly, is the FP10 October Flower Plantstand. I stitched it all in Vineyard Merino wool and like the traditional needlepoint look. Someone could also go crazy with threads on these canvases.
Jean is bringing me the purse on Friday. I'm also waiting for my Palm tree Flip Flops. Then I think all outstanding finishing will be in. Just in time for Destination Dallas!
Small Retro Flower is off to Jean to be put in the new Stirling purse. I learned from my last mistake and stitched two extra rows around the canvas with the pink thread that matches the purse. Hopefully I'll be able to show this complete soon. I haven't seen a stitched canvas in the new Stirling purse yet!
I'm a big believer in wearable needlepoint. Needlepoint is very durable. Colors can be chosen to match your color style not a designers dictate. Your stitching passion becomes a useful item.
This week Neiman Marcus introduced the Fendi Baguette Needlepoint Kit, Price: $995.00. It's big news to have needlepoint acknowledged by haute couture. It's great to get the needlepoint idea out to the fashion public.
There are many self-finishing bags and totes that are just crying out for your needlepoint style to be worn! I have many wearable needlepoint items on my finished page, but that's just a small example. What needlepoint are you wearing? Send me a picture, firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll have a little picture fashion show. I can't wait for the snow to melt and slip on my needlepoint flip flops. Wear your needlepoint proudly!
Small Retro Flower is a great size canvas. 6" x 6" is very versatile for finishing. I have lots of 6" x 6" squares in my line. I'm going to finish it as a needlepoint insert for the new Stirling shoulder purse. It is a great size and the leather has a texture.
I originally pulled the threads without the purse. I broke my own cardinal rule. If at all possible always have your fabric, trim, leather, etc. when you pull threads. This stops disappointment at finishing time. Nothing is worse than feeling so so about a finished piece because the colors are a little off. I had to switch one of my pinks. I changed my favorite Hot Pink for Chateau which matches the leather perfectly.
Carolyn, owner of Simply Needlepoint in Winston Salem, NC, just sent me these pictures of Beach Girls 2. She stitch this needlepoint pillow for her daughter's birthday. I love it when a stitcher changes up the colors to suit them! I wish I would of thought of a red umbrella. I love it!
My large needlepoint tote is finally finished. Thank you so much to Jean for your patience & ability!! It's very hard to stitch on a canvas that has been cut to fit and blocked. All the sizing is gone and the mesh threads keep shedding. I'm going to add more rows to my next insert (the color of the leather) just in case I run into the same problem. Thank you again Jean!! I love it.
Margaret asked, "Can I call it finished" a couple of days ago. I agree with her! But, when is finished needlepoint not finished? When it doesn't fit! My dear friend Jean kindly finishes all my Stirling inserts. This is the first large insert I've stitch with Vineyard Merino. It measured the right size when painted, but must have contracted a bit in the blocking process. Now I need two more rows of black all around. This is a challenge since the tape is removed and it has been cut. I'm returning it to Jean tonight and hopefully will show it completely finished soon!
My Palm Tree belt is also stitched and off to become Eliza B flip flops! My favorite use of needlepoint belt canvases.
I'm down to just one WIP. (Sally's nautical flag pillow) But have been painting some new designs so I'll need to stitch some new samples!
My Mom finished NPT08 Large Flower Plantstand Needlepoint Insert. Needlepoint in Paradise finished the canvas and put it in a large Stirling self-finishing tote. I love the way it looks. Great job, Mom!
Last night I finished my needlepoint Stitch Tangle! Another WIP checked of the list. I think I might have this framed. I learned a lot about variegated threads and think I might use them with confidence soon. Also I used on of every thread in my turquoise stash. Great learning experience for me. If you want to make your own Stitch Tangle click on my old post Needlepoint Stitch Tangle.
I just got my new needlepoint shoes in the mail from the finisher! I am so excited. They turn out prettier than I imagined.
I just received this picture from Threads Needlepoint. Needlepoint sayings make great pillows. It's wonderful to see one of my designs all stitched and finished. Thank you Threads Needlepoint for sharing this!
Yesterday I finished two needlepoint WIPs!! All 4 penguins are off to the finisher to become ornaments and Stitching Goddess will become a door hanger. I also sent the plantstand to become a door hanger. It feels so good to send these off!
I'm sending my needlepoint loafer tops off to the finisher, Stitch N' Leather, today.
A tracing of my feet and 4 measurements (ball, waist, low instep, high instep, I didn't even know a foot had a waist) are required. Then you get to pick out your leather colors. I want these to be jazzy but not too over the top. The outside is going to be black with black trim to tie all the black lines together. (I hope) the inside is going to be aqua and the inside sole will be pink. Now that I write it not really all that jazzy, but I'll know they are wild inside! I am not a shoe person, flip flops are my mainstay. I'm very excited to see them finished.