Needlepoint is one of my favourite crafts. I’m not talking about old fashioned cross-stitch (not that I have anything particularly against it) but an updated, more modern take on tapestry sewing. It’s a bit like paint by numbers but I don’t think that its simplicity is a negative thing – it’s relaxing and somewhat therapeutic! I enjoy doing it in the evenings or whilst watching The Real Housewives of just about everywhere. I use blanket stitch in my projects which is a singular diagonal stitch and creates a uniform texture. There are plenty of other more complicated stitches you can incorporate to create different textures and effects; I’m hoping to try some out on my next project.
Below is a really, really old example of some needlepoint. My Grandmother bought it when she was young at an antiques market. I think its threadbare and faded look adds to its charm!
Once you’re comfortable following patterns and using basic stitches there’s plenty of scope to be more creative; you can create your own patterns or try much larger projects such as rugs or large-scale throws. At the moment I’m enjoying creating smaller cushion covers. I enjoy the satisfaction of completing them relatively quickly and the excitement of starting something new!
This Rose design is almost complete, just a few more rows of the cream colour to finish at the bottom. I’ll create a tutorial post when I make it into a cushion cover some time this week. I found two books of needlepoint designs in a charity shop and that’s where the pattern for this Rose came from. I’m making it for my Mum, she’s created a couple of needlepoint cushion covers in the past and I like the idea that mine will end up sitting next to hers. This Elephant cushion is one she made when I was really little!
My last project was a cushion cover for my sister’s birthday present, next time I’m at her place I’ll take some photos and upload a post about it. My boyfriend has officially caught the needlepoint bug too and has just started a project of his own but that’s another story!