mini needlepoint gallery

Wow, I’ve never published a gallery before, that was quite cool! Reason I did, I got a phone call yesterday out of the blue from someone who used to give embroidery lessons in my old shop. She has a friend who wants to make a needlepoint cushion but only likes African designs and can’t find one anywhere. Since designing and painting canvases used to be my favourite thing to do, Jane thought of me. Her phone call led me to scuffle through the boxes of stuff in my garage, where I found three canvases that her pal might like. I’m not sure what I’d saved them for, perhaps I thought I might take needlepoint up again some day – but it’s been over 7 years and I haven’t felt the urge yet! I did so much in the past that I’m completely stitched out.

Anyhow, after finding the canvases, I embarked on a long walk down memory lane.  I dug out the finished cushions I’d made; they used to live on an old oak bench in the shop, all 24 or 25 of them, to inspire my customers. Here are some pictures, not great quality, but you get the idea.

So, what I’m now wondering is – are there still lots of people out there still needlepointing away (despite the high cost of the tapestry wool)? I had a look for handpainted canvases on Etsy, and there is very little available (that isn’t ribboned lavender posies and bluebells, at least) . Might it be time for me to look for my paints and brushes and stencils again…? Any comments from you crafty lot?

To be continued…  






7 thoughts on “mini needlepoint gallery

  1. Patch

    Wow, so colourful. When people mention needlepoint you always think muted, earthy tones and leaves/flowers/berries etc. I especially like the patchworky square cushions.

  2. Patch

    Not sure I’m qualified to judge that. Sounds like there might be an unexploited niche on Etsy though if there wasn’t much to be found there. Or you could try through a local craft shop maybe?? They certainly seem to be much younger and more hip than any designs I’ve seen but I’m not a needlepointer so not an expert.

  3. creative pixie

    The canvases are so colourful and would not be out of place on the Ehrman Tapestry website. I’m sure they would sell if you put them on Etsy as they are not the typical floral/countryside tapestries that are usually available in craft shops.


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