I've fancied trying out needlepoint for a while. It's another of those slightly old fashioned crafts which you tend to associate with your grandmother and twee floral designs. Over recent years however a few modern designs have come onto the market and I've been really tempted to buy a kit on several occasions. I'd never tried it before though and with many cushion kits retailing for £80-100 I'd decided that it was too much of a gamble.
Then I visited this year's Knitting & Stitching Show and came across Pompom Designs. Not only are the designs of their kits right up my street but they also do these cute little ones, which are inexpensive and perfect if you just want to try the craft out.
Here's what I got in my kit:
Pre printed canvas, tapestry yarn, a needlepoint needle and full instructions (the kits they sell online also include stuffing and backing to make your mini cushion but as I already had heaps of these things at home I opted for the very basic kit).
To start off they recommend you make a shade card using the right hand strip of the canvas - this is to help identify the correct colours when you're stitching and it came in useful when I was working on it in the evenings.
And then I got cracking with it straight away!
As it was a little kit I decided not to stitch it on a frame - I think I might want to use one if I did a larger cushion. It took me a few minutes to get into the swing of the Basketweave Tent Stitch which they recommend (and which I had a chance to try at the show) but once I got going there was no stopping me...
I had it finished in about three evenings.
Here's the back (which is reasonably neat!).
I decided to make up the little cushion using some of my old Park Hill fabric in orange (you can still pick up a bit from the clearance section of my shop if you'd like some) as it went well with the paler orange shades in the needlepoint. I think these would look great framed as pictures too.
So I now have my eye on the larger kits! I'll obviously need something to do on those dark, quiet January evenings! I think this one is my favourite.
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