Merry, Happy!



needlepoint animation

Merry Christmas!

With Christmas just days away, it’s time to gift wrap those beautiful needlepoint presents.

A needlepoint canvas doesn’t have to be some elaborate production that takes months to complete.  Something plain and simple is often best.

This way, you can have extra presents stashed under the Christmas tree for unexpected visitors bringing you surprise gifts.

As they say in the needlepoint biz, even the most modest needlepoint canvas can be a work of ort, which is definitely how I would not characterize my first attempt at needlepoint animation.  (If you get dizzy looking at it, click on the image to view a more normal display.)

Anyway, doesn’t this rather sassy canvas, from Stitch-Its, look like a giant pinking shear cut a little swatch of fabric?  It does to me, but I can’t decide if the gingham is over the green mat, or the other way around.

Since we’re going unfussy with this, I would choose perle cotton.  I might be tempted, though, to use green metallic for the letters, and give the piece a bit of a glitzy look.  As for the stitching, I might go Milanese stitch for the green border, since it’s a triangular stitch that looks like stacked Christmas trees.

I think this  would look nifty in a red Sudberry hardwood tray — just keep in mind that a framer would have to cut matting for it, to save you having to stitch the extra rows needed to fit the tray.

And…  there you have it.  A needlepoint Christmas gift that’s just so perfect you might want to keep it for yourself.

Merry Xmas to all!

Dasher in a Wreath

© Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016.


About Erin

Owner of Needlepoint Land, LLC. Professional in the field for more than 15 years, during which I have managed and/or worked with various high-end needlepoint shops. I enjoy teaching both beginners and advanced stitchers, and have created numerous stitch guides, with speciality thread selections, for in-store customers and private clients. I maintain contact with an extensive network of needlepoint vendors, custom artists, and, most importantly, reliable, high-quality finishers. I look forward to hearing your comments on my blog!

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