Farmhouse with Green Shutters


farmhouse needlepoint canvas

This 7″x 8″design is a custom needlepoint interpretation of someone’s actual house.  I love its simplicity, which is why I’m choosing it to start the New Year on my blog.

Here’s how I stitched it.

The blue sky is Impressions, in basketweave.

The roof is Watercolors, done in a triple-brick.

The clapboard is slanted Gobelin, over three.

The shutters are just a straight Gobelin, over two.

The windows are a light and a darker color of blue Flair.

The foundations and chimney are overdyed Impressions.  I used the Gobelin stitch again, six spaces wide, and then on the next row, I started in the middle, to create a brick effect.  This worked out nicely.

The stairs are a slanted Gobelin, over two, filled in with a single row of the same Watercolors used in the roof.

The flagstone path is diagonal mosaic, in Watercolors, again using the same color as the roof.

crosstitch needleworkThe shrubbery is Needlepoint Inc silk, in basketweave.

Finally, the grass is the oriental stitch, done in Impressions.

The piece took me two weeks to stitch, off and on.

I love stitching old-fashioned needlepoint houses.

The thumbnail pic to the left is a teaser peek at another, more elaborate, and much larger one, that I did in crosstitch.

Will tell you more about it when I post next.

© 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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