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.
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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.
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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
Free Plastic Patterns For The Home
Plastic Canvas Frames and Mirrors
Plastic Canvas Coasters
Plastic Canvas Tissue Boxes
Plastic Canvas Boxes and Baskets
Plastic Canvas Vases
Free Plastic Canvas Patterns For Outdoors
Plastic Canvas For The Holidays
4th Of July
Free Plastic Canvas Patterns For Kids
Free Plastic Canvas Patterns For Gifts
Plastic Canvas Pattern Sharing Groups
Plastic Canvas Pattern Books
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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!
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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.
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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 pdf file.
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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.
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