Tag Archive: charted needlepoint

Napa Needlepoint Etsy Shop Grand Opening

Thanks to all of you for your comments and support. I’m opening my Etsy shop today, August 24. I’m still populating it as fast as I can and I still have some things to figure out. The shop is now open! As of today, most of the stitch guides are there. Also a good number […]

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What Happens if I Change Mesh Sizes?

If you like vintage books and projects, as I do, often you will find that they call for mesh sizes you can’t find. Projects from the 1970’s often want 10 or 12 mesh. These days 10-mesh is almost impossible to find, although it’s still made. 12 mesh is easier to find, but often isn’t stocked […]

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Reading Four-way Bargello Charts

I struggle with Four-way Bargello, as I know many of you do. In fact most of my efforts to do it have been abandoned part-way through. The patterns are so lovely and they look as if they should be easy — then why aren’t they? For me the first problem was how I approached stitching […]

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The Pink of Perfection Scrap Bag Needlepoint

This month’s free Scrap Bag Needlepoint is a perfect small project when you have plenty of scraps in one color. The design is based on a quilt and has a lovely sweep of squares in three different sizes in shades of a single color. How to pick your threads is explained in the next section. […]

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Cool Runnings Free Scrap Bag Needlepoint Project

This month’s Scrap Bag Needlepoint uses an analogous color scheme to create a square deign that uses a variety of non-metallic threads in a cool color scheme. The design starts with diagonal rows of Reverse Giant Pillow Scotch and Giant Pillow Scotch, below left and right. Each diagonal should be stitched in one thread. The […]

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Tapestry, Canvaswork, or Needlepoint?

Read enough and you’ll come upon several names for the stitching we do. Tapestry, canvaswork, or needlepoint all look like words for the same thing — but are they? Tapestry Using the word “tapestry” for Tent Stitch needlepoint is fairly common in the UK and Europe, but it came about because of a mistake. Properly […]

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Let’s Talk Plaids!

Plaids may go in and out of style in clothing, but they never go away completely. You’ll always find kilts in traditional tartans, plaid flannel shirts, Madras plaid shorts, and plaid school uniforms. In fact they are so enduring that to many plaids are the iconic fashion pattern. But just because they are iconic doesn’t […]

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Sally’s Roll-up Ornaments

I just love this quintet of roll-up ornaments by Sally London of Rainbow Gallery. They use a variety of threads and stitches. You could make them in any color scheme you like. Ornaments this shape are a nice change from round ornaments. I’m also thinking that you could make them as stitched candies in different […]

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Implied Squares Scrap Bag Ornament

This month’s Scrap Bag Needlepoint ™ uses a contemporary quilt block as the basis for an Amish-style ornament. What Makes it Amish? Two aspects of the design make it a needlepoint version of an Amish quilt. First the colors range from green through red; there is no orange, white, or yellow. In the most traditional […]

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Comparing Costs of Painted and Charted Needlepoint

The following article was published by Nordic Needle in their weekly e-mail newsletter. Permission was granted to share this article in Nuts about Needlepoint. For information on subscribing to their newsletter, visit www.nordicneedle.com. Let’s talk about painted canvas! Perhaps an initial thought is: “why would someone buy a painted canvas?” This list of Pros and […]

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Scrap Bag Tulips Free Needlepoint Project

Creating wonderful quilts from your odds and ends of fabric is a great tradition. These quilts, called scrap bag quilts display a wide variety of colors. It’s a tradition we needlepointers should adopt. How often do we find ourselves a yard or two of thread taking up space in our stashes. With this monthly series […]

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Free Projects in 2017

This year’s free projects will be a little different. There will be two monthly series, alternating on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. The first series, Mindy’s Minis (pictured above), is perfect for lovers of painted canvas. These 2″ square designs call on many influences including Art Nouveau and oriental art. You’ll get […]

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Free Pattern Alert – Tribal Needlepoint Phone Case

Sometimes just playing with patterns can yield something wonderful. That’s what Charlotte of Sweet Sundays was doing when she came up with this charming tribal pattern. She stitched it in the colors shown, but you could stitch it in any colors you like. If you are making the phone case or other hard-wearing item, pick […]

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Free Pattern Alert – Tribal Needlepoint Phone Case

Sometimes just playing with patterns can yield something wonderful. That’s what Charlotte of Sweet Sundays was doing when she came up with this charming tribal pattern. She stitched it in the colors shown, but you could stitch it in any colors you like. If you are making the phone case or other hard-wearing item, pick […]

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Christmas Freebies from Napa Needlepoint

Over the 10+ years of Nuts about Needlepoint, I’ve featured lots of free designs. But finding the ones with specific Christmas themes can be hard. Today you’ll find links to many of these, all in handy list form. Designs in Holiday Colors Try-a-Stitch Package Ornament German Feather Tree Holiday Rick-rack Mini-sock Cardinal Quilt Twinchy All […]

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Construction Sale on Needlepoint

Unhappily these days the Internet is too full of folks who do’t understand what they are doing, let alone how the Internet works. Throughout the spring, as regular readers of this blog know, I was the victim of my scummy host providers. One victim, unknown by me until it was too late, was my entire […]

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Make a Birthday Plaid Frameweight

As a gift to students attending a class at The Needle Works in Austin, birthday plaid frameweights were made. These little pieces use the date for both directions of the plaid to make a charming symmetrical plaid. Pick your favorite colors, stitch it, and you have a frameweight, pincushion, or even a herbal pillow. You […]

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Great Border Stitch in Free Needlepoint Sampler

The patch in the bottom left corner looks, at first glance, like Alternating Scotch, but look again. Under the Scotches is a very large Cross Stitch, making this a Rice Stitch variation. I call it Crossed Corners. You can really bring out the Cross by stitching it in a contrasting color. If you do this, […]

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Rainbow Bricks Free Needlepoint Ornament

Rainbow Bricks Free Needlepoint Ornament is based on a quilt layout I found on Pinterest, below, from Felt Magnet. I loved the Lego-like feel of the groups of four bricks, but I wasn’t crazy about the colors. Adapting to Needlepoint Because the pattern is made of rectangles, Cashmere Stitch makes a great choice for the […]

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Mod Coasters Great in Plastic Canvas

These delightful mod coasters are a free pattern from the folks at Cross-Stitch & Needlework magazine. Get the plastic canvas pattern to print out. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2016Original content here is published under these license terms: X License Type:5License Summary:

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Traditional Needlepoint Stitch in Sampler Patch

Next to the Linenfold Patch is an interesting Straight Stitch, Hungarian Ground. You know Hungarian, it’s those little diamonds that can be made with vertical or horizontal stitches. I like it because I think the diamond pattern is very pretty. Hungarian Ground is different. It has Hungarians, but they are set off by zig-zag lines […]

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A Different Stitch Sampler

I used to have a job where a flew across the country almost every week (and yes I got lots of needlepoint done). As I flew I looked down at the patchwork of fields and I would think “This would be a fantastic needlepoint sampler!” I guess Laura Perin thinks so too because this wonderful […]

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Laura Perin Designer Profile

This profile is reprinted with permission from Nordic Needle‘s newsletter. “I’ve been drawing, painting, sewing, and stitching all my life. While I enjoy all types of stitchery, I’ve always been partial to working on canvas – which is why the majority of my designs are canvaswork designs. There is something so exciting about starting a […]

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Little Amish Box – Needlepoint Gift in a Day

With just a few items and a couple of hours, you can make a charming gift like this little Amish box. It uses a classic Diamond in a Square quilt pattern and a brown cardboard box You can make it in any colors you like. It’s so easy any stitcher can make it. You’ll need: […]

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Yoshigire Free Needlepoint Stitch Sampler Patch 1

Today we start with the first patch in our Free Needlepoint Stitch Sampler based on oriental crazy quilts. You might be wondering why Silk & Ivory was chosen for this sampler. It’s because it has a very appealing quality to it, one often called “life” in thread, fabric, and fibers. It refers to the way […]

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Previews of Upcoming Needlepoint Classes

The rest of this year has some fantastic opportunities to learn while stitching great needlepoint. I came back from vacation so jazzed about the upcoming needlepoint classes, I just wanted to share them with you. 25 Stitches There are two more 25 Stitches classes this year. The first 25 Cross Stitches begins June 15 and […]

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Scrappy Squares Needlepoint Quilt

Scrappy Squares Needlepoint Quilt is a quilt portrait needlepoint. I love patchwork and quilts but don’t have the sewing ability to make them. Therefore, using quilts as my inspiration I turn them into needlepoint. Many of my free projects on this blog, as well as ebooks and club projects draw on this rich store of […]

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Follow this DMC Stitch-Along

Originally posted 2013-03-22 07:35:30. Republished by Blog Post PromoterAlthough it’s designed to go on 18-count evenweave fabric, you could easily adapt this design to colord 18-mesh canvas. It features four shades of DMC’s Color Variations thread. Get the entire piece on-line: Central medallion Borders Just these two parts and you’re done!

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Colonial Brick House in Needlepoint – Part 1

Originally posted 2009-12-02 08:41:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter The first house is a brick house. This one has two stories, two chimneys, and a shallow roof. In addition to the threads in the last column, you will need dark gray Tapestry (#12) metallic for the windows and a black #5 perke cotton for the […]

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Two Delightful Small Charts – Free Design

Originally posted 2011-06-24 07:14:45. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Carol is an Australian needlepoint designer. She has posted this small design on her blog for all of use to enjoy. You can also just get the chart in a second post. Cheryl Fall from About.com Needlepoint has this charming design, Square One, part of a […]

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