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.
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.
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.
Description : This bright little Ducky Needlepoint Pattern would look great both as a pillow or a framed picture.
Craft Link : Ducky Needlepoint Pattern
Description : Click here to see the finished Kilim Needlepoint Pillow.
Craft Link : Free Kilim Needlepoint Pillow Pattern
Description : According to the website, the ancient art of paper folding, known as origami, inspired this needlepoint pattern featuring a bird against a decorative background.
Craft Link : Origami Bird Needlepoint Pattern
Description : The Kokeshi Dolls Needlepoint Pattern was designed by Cheryl C. Fall for About.com.
Craft Link : Kokeshi Dolls Needlepoint Pattern
Craft Link : How To Print Needlepoint Canvases In Your Inkjet
What is a Torah?
Imagine a bible, handwritten on cowskin parchment, and rolled up and stored in a gorgeous velvet (or satin) and gold case.
- strong, blank needlepoint canvas
- needlepoint needle
- white yarn (for the background)
- gold yarn (for the trim)
- brown yarn (for the handles)
- black yarn (for the outlines)
- burgundy or any other color yarn (for center of the Torah)
Left click on the grid to save the pattern. Enlarge the program using Windows Paint or another program. Use the screen as a stitching guide or print out the pattern onto four sheets of paper and tape them together to make a single diagram.
Starting at the lower right edge of the canvas, begin stitching the pattern in the graph onto your canvas.
Bring the needle up from behind the canvas and up through hole #1.
Push the needle down through hole #2.
Repeat this same stitch throughout the entire project.
Note: Do NOT knot the thread. Instead let a short tail of thread hang out the back of the canvas and try to use your subsequent stitching to secure it.
When the graph changes colors, change the color of the yarn. If only a few stitches are required, instead of switching yarn, just jump to the next area.
When ending a piece of yarn, slip an inch or two of it behind nearby stitches in order to secure it in place.
Learn to do your own blocking and framing. You will save hundreds of dollars.
Another way to save money on framing is to create projects that don’t need a frame. Pillows and bell pulls are pretty and cost very little to finish.
If you only enjoy needlepointing pictures, then do a series of 8×11’s instead of one big 24×30. If you do the blocking and framing yourself, using dollar store frames, you will save almost $100.00.
Needlepoint stores will insist you need to use the highest quality yarns only. I don’t see why. I have made needlepoints from skeins of inexpensive yarn and they came out beautifully.
Sometimes you will see a needlepoint kit on a tremendous clearance sale but it is not to your taste. Consider buying it anyway if it is cheap enough. You can often change the colors of the needlepoint to ones you prefer. And, the yarns can be reused in another project.
Try to avoid going into expensive needlepoint shops unless there is a big sale. Prices in these stores will generally be 50% higher than in craft store chains.
Instead, shop on ebay. Ebay has a large selection of needlepoints at extremely reasonable prices.
JoAnn Fabrics and Michaels are also reasonably priced. Even in these stores, however, try to wait till a sale.
When matting your needlepoint, use only acid free board. Acid is what causes needlepoint to yellow prematurely.
One way to save money is to skip buying a canvas altogether. Library books have tons of needlepoint patterns. These patterns are worked similarly to counted cross-stitch.
Consider doing plastic canvas projects instead of needlepoint. Plastic canvas is worked into things(purses, baskets, boxes, etc.) instead of framed. Look for extremely cheap patterns on ebay.
Craft Link : Elephant Needlepoint Chart
Craft Link : Pink Lotus