Description : This Needlepoint Purse, from Craft, utilizes plastic canvas as a basis. Love the addition of those buttons! They really make the project special.
Craft Link : Needlepoint Purse
When my daughter got married, my sister and I created a needlepoint challah cover for her. A challah cover is a ritual covering for bread used at the Sabbath table. Challah covers are considered customary gifts for new brides amongst orthodox jews.
To make the challah cover we first completed a commercial canvas, with a variety of common and unusual needlepoint stitches. Then my sister’s very talented mother-in-law added a backing, piping and beadwork. Finally, as protection for a very fragile work of art, the challah cover was protected with a removable plastic casing.
It’s hard to tell from the photograph, but this Challah cover is full of wonderful details and symbols from Jewish life. In the upper left hand corner, in hebrew, are the words Shabbot Shalom, meaning “Have a Happy Sabbath.” In the upper right hand corner, is a dove, the symbol of peace. Below the dove is my favorite – a depiction of a shtiebel, or traditional prayer house.
By the way, this canvas was not intended to be a challah cover. It was originally designed as wall art, but we adapted it for our own purposes. And isn’t that what being crafty is all about?
Finished at last! Here is the Completed version of my Free Cross-Stitch Alphabet.
I’m making this alphabet available for (almost) unlimited use. Use it as is, or make changes. If you sell commercial products, feel free to use the alphabet without acknowledgment. If you have a website or blog, you may re-post the alphabet, but with a link back.
I adore commercially manufactured cross-stitch pillow kits. The designs are beautiful, the instructions are clear, the threads are all assembled and most even come with an extra needle.
The problem is, commercial kits are generic. They often clash with my fabrics patterns and color schemes. As a result, though the kits are fun to make up, I usually give away the finished projects.
To solve this dilemma, I’ve started designing my own cross-stitch pillows.
Guidelines For Choosing A Pattern
I like to create patterns appropriate for three colors.
I find cross-stitch stripes look nice with fabrics with small patterns and geometrics. Fabrics with larger patterns look good with checks or some other small, plain, overall decoration. In general, I believe the smaller and simpler the design, the better it blends in with existing home decor fabrics.
After I decide on the basic style, I always make a mock-up on graph paper or the computer before spending the time and money to stitch the project.
(click here for full-size pattern)
( click here for full size pattern)
How To Choose A Color Scheme
When I’m satisfied with the mock-up, I begin to work on the color scheme. Usually, I use the background color of my fabric as the background color of my pattern. Then I use two of the accent colors in the fabric as the accents in my color scheme.
Remember, these guidelines are only suggestions. What really matters is that you make a pillow that you absolutely love. If you need to break every single suggestion in order to do that, go right ahead!
Photo by Crowbeak Sasquatch
Free Plastic Canvas Patterns are scattered throughout the internet. We’ve highlighted over 125 of our favorites. For more free plastic canvas patterns, try converting regular needlepoint to plastic canvas. It works!
Free Plastic Canvas Patterns For Accessories
- Hair Accessories PC Pattern
- X-Stitch On Plastic Canvas Bracelet
- Eyelash Yarn Bag Pattern
- Make A Plastic Canvas Pendant
- Kitty Cell Phone Cozy
- Free Pocket Bag Plastic Canvas Pattern
- Floral Coin Purse From Caron
- Nintendo DS Lite Case Pattern
Free Plastic Patterns For The Home
- Placemats And Coasters
- Ocean And Sailboat Key Holder
- Patchwork Desk Set
- Traditional Quilt-Look Coasters
- Fisherman’s Shadow Box
- Romantic Vase
- Make Your Own Storage Boxes
- Easy Needlepoint Gift Box
- Battenburg Coaster Set
- Boutique Tissue Box Cover
- Free Plastic Canvas Pattern Vase
- Crocus Box Pattern
- Autumn Apples Coasters
- Autumn Showers Coasters
- Star Flower Placemat
- Burst Of Flowers Coasters
- Southwestern Basket
- Victorian Treasures Coasters
- Tetris Magnets Pattern
- Pastel Frame Mini Mirror
- Flowered Lattice
- Blue And Copper Frame
- Sunflower Bird House Frame
- Smyrna Cross Tissue Box
- Summer Calendar
- Pears & Cherries Table Mat
- Fabulous Mini Frame
Free Plastic Canvas Patterns For Outdoors
- Free Plastic Canvas Pattern: Whirler
- Wind Chime Plastic Canvas Spinner
- Halloween Windsock
- Plastic Canvas Snowflake Windsock
- Basket Of Corn Windsock
Free Plastic Patterns For Winter Holidays
- Angel Triptych
- Picture Frame Ornaments
- Chenille Santa
- Plastic Canvas Snowman Ornament
- Plastic Canvas Angel
- Free Plastic Canvas Pattern – Angel
- Vellus Ornament Pattern pdf
- Christmas Frame Ornament
- Plastic Canvas X-mas Tree Pattern
- Caron Stocking Ornament
- Plastic Canvas Gingerbread Pattern
- How To Make A Star From PC
- Gingerbread Goodie House
- Victorian Lace Stocking
- Country Elf Ornament
- Happy Snow Couples Screen
- Country Snowman Ornament
- Country Santa Ornament
- Country Christmas Tic Tac Toe
- Candy Cane Railroad Pattern
- Tiny Treats Candy Box
- Star Tree Topper Free PC Pattern
- Santa Ornaments
- Plastic Canvas Pattern: Coasters
- Country Christmas Garland
- Folk Art Angel
- Angel Shelf Sitter
- Friendly Frosty Coasters
Free Plastic Canvas Patterns For Other Holidays
- Halloween Witch
- Spooktacular Magnets
- Pumpkin Patch Pin
- Boo Hoo Door Hanger
- Witch Holiday Door Hanger
- Welcome Spooks
- Halloween Treat Bags
- Frankenstein Basket
- Witch Magnet Pattern
- Autumn Rain
- Fall Centerpiece
- Autumn Planter
- Li’l Indians Door Stop
- Friendship Feast
- Harvest Wall Hanging
4th Of July
- Patriotic Flag Pin
- American Flag Bookmarks
- Patriotic Pinwheel Napkin Ring
- 4th of July Planter
- Back Pack Flag Decoration
- American Quilt
- Hearts, Stars & Stripes Container
Free Plastic Canvas Patterns For Kids
- Log Cabin Plastic Canvas House
- Three Little Kitten Puppets
- Plastic Canvas Car Tote/Playset
- Ice Dancer Pattern
- Furry Friends Chalkboard
- Plastic Canvas Baby Blocks
- Kid’s Vacation Tote
- Carousel Horses Tissue Box
- Night Teddy Switch Plate
- Football Bookends Pattern
- Girl’s Flamingo Pin Pattern
- On The Farm Tissue Box
- Crayon Tissue Box
- Tanya Tooth Fairy Pattern
- Plastic Canvas Purse For Girls
- Kid’s Tropical Fish Pin
- Kid’s Colorwheel Picture Frame
- Girl’s Treasure Plastic Canvas Box
- Horse Desk Set
- Chicken Tissue Topper
- Happy Hound Towel Holder
- Animal Towel Holders
- Kitten Plastic Canvas Pattern
- Freddy The Frog Light Switch
- Night Light In Plastic Canvas
Free Plastic Canvas Patterns For Cartoon Figures
- Mario Plastic Canvas Pattern
- Dilbert Plastic Canvas Pattern
- Mickey Mouse
- The Jetsons in Plastic Canvas pdf
- Homer Simpson Pattern
- Lisa Simpson Pattern
- Marge Simpson Pattern
- Professor Frink Pattern
- Flintstones In Plastic Canvas pdf
- Hello, Kitty Plastic Canvas pdf
Free Plastic Canvas Patterns For Gifts
- Lady Bug Dreams Journal
- Classic Car Keeper
- Jewelry Box Plastic Canvas Pattern
- Gardener’s Basket
- Buttons & Spools Mouse Pad
- Cute As A Bug Dresser Set
- Metallic Address Book Cover
Plastic Canvas Pattern Sharing Groups
- Plastic Canvas Creations
- PC From The Heart
- Plastic Canvas Addicts
- Plastic Canvas Club
- A Plastic Canvas Group 4u
- AdorABEL Bonus Club
- Plastic Canvas_Designers United
Plastic Canvas Pattern Books
- Vanessa-Ann’s Plastic Canvas from A to Z
- Meg Evans Plastic Canvaswork
- No Place Like Home in Plastic Canvas
I’ve been thinking about charting this pillow design for a couple of weeks. Finally, tonight, I decided to sit down and do it. I hope you enjoy it.
Because the chart lines are hard to see, I’ll tell you the dimensions. The large red squares are 16×16 holes. All of the small squares are 8×8 holes. The yellow and red rectangles are 8×16 holes.
As far as the size of the finished pillow, it depends on the number of holes per inch of the canvas you use. To get the pillow dimensions you want, you may have to double the pattern.
Please leave me a message if you have any questions and I will try to answer them the best I can.
(click here for full size pattern)
Lately, everywhere I look, I’ve been seeing wonderful sewing patterns for banners and bunting. Here is my needlepoint version of that great idea.
The finished needlepoint will be about 1 1/2 tall and can be used for gift tags, embellishing clothing, making jewelry, creating greeting cards or just about anything else your imagination can dream up.
Over the next couple of weeks I will be charting an alphabet to be used with the banner pattern.keep looking »