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- By Kyoko Maruoka Gera
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- Courtney Collection
- Crabapple Hill Studio
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- Cross Eyed Cricket, Inc.
- Cross Eyed Kat
- Cross Stitch Antiques
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- Cross-Point Designs
- Crossed Wing Collection
- Crown & Thistle/R&R
- Cuore E Batticuore
- CW Designs
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- Death By Thread
- Deb Bee's Designs
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- Designing Women
- Designs By Lisa
- Dimensions, Inc.
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- Dragon Dreams Inc.
- Drawn Thread, The
- DRG Publishing
- Dutch Treat
- Elizabeth's Designs
- Enchanting Lair
- Erica Michaels
- Ewe & Eye & Friends
- Ewe all and Udders
- Examplar Dames Design Co.
- Faby Reilly Designs
- Fairy Wool In The Wood
- Fallbrook House Needleplay
- Falling Star Primitives
- Family Tree, The
- Ferdinand Kronemeij
- FireWing Designs
- Flowers 2 Flowers
- Follow The Leader Designs
- Fox and Rabbit Designs
- Foxwood Crossings
- Freda's Fancy Stitching
- Frog Cottage Designs
- From Nancy's Needle
- From The Heart
- Frony Ritter Designs
- Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
- Full Circle Designs
- Gathering Place, The
- Gentle Pursuit Designs
- GERA By Kyoko Maruoka Gera
- Ginger & Spice
- Glendon Place
- Glitter Gulch Needlework
- Glory Bee
- Golden Circle Designs
- Graphs By Barbara & Cheryl
- Great Bear Canada
- Haberdashery Designs
- Hands Across the Sea
- Hands On Design
- Hands to Work
- Happiness Is Heartmade
- Heart In Hand Needleart
- Heart's Content Inc., The
- Heartland House Designs
- Heartstring Primitives
- Heartstring Samplery
- Heaven And Earth Designs
- Heirloom Embroideries
- Hello From Liz Mathews
- Heritage Crafts
- Hermanson Hardanger
- Hillside Samplings
- Hoffman Media
- Hollie Designs
- Hollis Designs
- Homespun Elegance Ltd
- Homespun Samplar
- Images Stitchery Design
- In A Gentle Fashion
- Ink Circles
- Jardin Prive'
- JBW Designs
- Jeannette Douglas Designs
- Joy Of The Needle
- Just Another Button Company
- Just Cross Stitch
- Just Nan
- Just Stitching Along
- Kathy Barrick
- Kathy Schmitz
- Kays Frames and Designs
- Keepsake Stitches
- Kit & Bixby
- Kreative Keepsakes
- Kustom Krafts Inc.
- La D Da
- Ladybug Lane Designs
- Lattuca Designs
- Laura J. Perin Designs
- Lavender and Lace
- Leisure Arts
- Lena Lawson Designs
- Lena Lawson Needlearts
- LenaRose, Designs By
- Les Bons Mots
- Les Petites Croix De Lucie
- Lesley Teare
- Lila's Studio
- Lilli Violette
- Lindy Stitches
- Little House Needleworks
- Little Stitch Girl
- Living Faith Hope & Grace
- Lone Elm Lane
- Long Dog Samplers
- Lucy Beam
- Luhu Stitches
- Luminous Fiber Arts
- Lynn's Prints/Diane Graebner
- Madame Chantilly
- Mani Di Donna
- Margaret & Margaret Inc.
- Marilynn & Jackie's Collection
- MarNic Designs
- Mayberry Designs
- Meredith Downs
- Meridian Designs For Cross Stitc
- Merry Wind Farm
- Michael Powell
- Milady's Needle
- Miles To Go
- Mill Hill
- Mill on the Floss Samplers
- Mirabilia Designs
- Misty Hill Studio
- Monasterium Design
- Monticello Stitches
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- MTV Designs
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- My Mark
- Myrtle Grace Motifs
- Mystic Stitch
- Nancy Spruance Designs
- Nebby Needle, The
- Needle Bling Designs
- Needle Delights Originals
- Needle WorkPress
- Needle's Notion, The
- Needle's Prayse, The
- Needlemade Designs
- New York Dreamer
- Niki's Creations
- Nora Corbett Designs
- Norden- OS
- Northern Expressions
- Noteworthy Needle
- Notforgotten Farm
- October House Fiber Arts
- Of Generations Past
- Paradise Stitchery
- Passione Ricamo
- Pat Roger's Counted Coll
- Patricia Ann Designs
- Paula's Patterns
- Paw Printings
- Pegasus Originals, Inc.
- Periwinkle Promises
- Perrette Samouiloff
- Petal Pusher
- Phyllis Faust Designs
- Pickle Barrel Designs
- Pineberry Lane
- Pinkeep, The
- Plum Pudding Needleart
- Plum Street Samplers
- Poppy Kreations
- Prairie Grove Peddler
- Prairie Schooler
- Praiseworthy Stitches
- Primitive Needleworks
- Primrose Cottage Stitches
- Primrose Needleworks
- Priscilla's Pocket
- Puntini Puntini
- Queenstown Sampler Designs
- R & R Reproductions
- Raise The Roof Designs
- Redbird Designs
- Riverdrift House
- RK Portfolio
- Romy's Creations
- Rosewood Manor Designs
- Rosie & Me Creations
- Ross Originals
- S.P. INK
- Sam Hawkins
- Sampler Girl, The
- Sampler House, The
- Sampler Needlework, The
- Samplers and Such
- Samplers Not Forgotten
- Samplers Remembered
- Samsarah Design Studio
- Satin Stitches
- Scarlett House, The
- Scattered Seed Samplers
- Scholehouse For The Needle
- ScissorTail Designs
- SEBA Designs
- Serenita Di Campagna
- Serenity Stitches
- Shakespeare's Peddler
- Shepherd's Bush
- Sherry Senicar Designs
- Ship's Manor
- Sigrid Designs
- Silver Creek Samplers
- Sister Lou Stiches
- Stacy Nash Primitives
- Stitch & A Prayer, A
- Stitch In Time Designs, A
- Stitcharoo Gifts
- Stitcher's Habit, The
- Stitcherhood, The
- Stitchers Heaven
- Stitches From The Red Barn
- Stitches N Stones
- Stitching Bear, The
- Stitching Parlor Inc., The
- Stitching Studio, The
- Stitching Treasures
- Stitchworks, The
- StitchWorld, Inc.
- Stoney Creek Collection
- Sudberry House
- Sue Hillis Designs
- Summer House Stitche Workes
- Susanamm Cross Stitch
- Suzlet Creations
- Sweet Wing Studio
- Sweetheart Tree, The
- T.A. Smith Designs
- Teddy & Co
- Tellin Emblem
- Tempting Tangles
- Teresa Kogut
- Terri Bay Needlework Designs
- The Gathering Place
- The Primitive Hare
- The Primitive Needle
- Theron Traditions
- Thoughts That Count
- Threadwork Primitives
- Tidewater Originals
- Tiny Modernist
- Told In A Garden
- Trail Creek Farm
- Treasured Samplers
- Treasured Threads
- Tree Of Life Samplings
- Treetrunk Designs
- Trellis & Thyme
- Trilogy, The
- Trinity Designs
- Truswell Needlework Design
- Turquoise Graphics & Designs
- Twin Peak Primitives
- Twisted Threads
- Ursula Michael Design
- Val's Stitchin Stuff
- Valentine Stitchery
- Vetty Creations
- Vickery Collection
- Victoria Sampler, The
- Victorian Rose Needlearts
- Vintage Bliss Designs
- Vintage Designs
- Vintage Needlearts
- Waters Edge
- Waxing Moon Designs
- Whimsey & Wit
- Widgets & Wool Primitives
- Witchy Stitches
- With My Needle
- With Thy Needle & Thread
- Woolen Thread
- Workbasket, The
- Works By ABC
- X's & Oh's
- Stands & Frames
Colour Complements in Canada is a thread company with occasionally free designs for download.
Creative Reflections(4-way Bargello designs from Patricia Hartman and a few designs from Mary Knapp and Julie Blystone)
Cyndi Parker (retired, designed very innovative pieces under the M'Lady Stitches name)
Dakota Rogers Designs (her Bargello cats are classics)
Sorry, the Dakota Rogers website appears to be defunct now but she does have a Facebook page.
Darleen O'Steen (See Needle's Prayse below)
Mostly counted thread but some designs are intended for counted canvaswork.
David McCaskill (primarily a teacher but his counted pieces are lovely)
email David at [email protected] or contact him via his Facebook page
DebBee's Designs (Debbie Rowley)
There are free charts available in the Blog section. "Square 1" is also available from the online video section and if you sign up for her email list you can also get a free design.
Here are more free charts from Debbie.
Duo Designs (See Sandy Arthur below)
Eilene Cross plans to publish several Victorian charts. Here's a free snippet if you like a Berlin woolwork-type bird, possibly a parrot.
Elli Jenks (this New Zealand designer does rugs and dimensional buildings suitable for cross stitch and needlepoint)
Ellie Jollay Designs
Embellished by Needle (see Diane Cunningham)
Estella Saville Designs (charts available only from her Facebook page currently)
Estelle M. Kelley
Eterna Designs or Eterna Silkits (see Yodoma below)
This now defunct silk thread company published charts and kits to promote their silk under the Eterna Silkits name. Here are two of the three Ginko Leaf designs. I believe there were several larger kimono patterns.
Eye Candy (Ada Hayden's company)
Ada mostly designs painted canvases but some of her work has been turned into charts for cross stitch. They'll translate into counted canvaswork pretty easily I think.
Fancy Work and Fantasies (Carol Costello)
Father B Designs (the late NC pastor released several designs through RG as well as his famous book; I think there is a free one on the Rainbow Gallery site)
Finger Step Designs
Fun belt designs and geometric patterns from Steve Oden.
Forever Memories by Design LLC
I know nothing about this company or designer except I've seen geometric charts that seem to be based on quilt patterns under this name on eBay.
Freda's Fancy Stitching (located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
From Molehill to Mountain: A Study in Stitch Variation (classic pattern book from Pam Gardner)
Gail Sirna (teacher who sells some charts and retired teaching pieces)
Gale Stafford (primarily teacher)
Contact her via her Facebook page.
Gay Ann Rogers (retired teacher, sells directly only three times a year)
Gay Ann's Blog
Gayle Bicknell Designs
Genny Morrow Designs (website run by her daughter-in-law, Genny's NOVA is a classic)
Gingerbread Girl (Kathryn Drummond, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
Handblessings (Eileen Gurak)
Hands On Design (Cathy Wutzke Habermann--mostly cross stitch but some counted pieces)
Harbor Light Designs (Paula L. Towner and/or Penny Dougherty-both people seem to have designed under the same name)
Heartfelt Designs (See Carol Storie above) - Canadian teacher and designer
Carol's candy bowl design is a classic and now available in her Etsy store.
Heritage Designs Inc. (see Joan D. Gantt below)
The Horne Collection
Jan Anderson (See Needlepoint Originals by Jan Anderson below)
J and J Designs
Jan Fitzpatrick (see Thread Medley below)
Jane Zimmerman (retired teacher and author who occasionally sells charts)
Janet Granger (specialist in dollhouse rugs and other miniature items)
Janet Zickler Casey Needlepoint Designs (famous for her Santas, old teaching pieces are available on her site)
J. R. Patterson
Jean Farish (Jean Farish Needleworks)
Browse her Etsy store for charts for various types of needlework or her website for free designs.
Jean Hilton (sold by her distributor)
Jean Taggart (charts, teaching pieces sometimes available on eBay)
Jeff Kulick Designs
email him at [email protected]
You can see more of his work here--
Jemini Designs (see Jeannette Rees below)
mostly cross stitch patterns in charts and teaching pieces
Jennifer Riefenberg (primarily a teacher of outlined designs - Her "Carrots" is a wildly popular class.)
Jeannette Rees (Jemini Designs)
Jemini Designs is her line of cross stitch charts but she also teaches
Jeannette Tombaugh (See Mountain Peaks Studio)
Jim Wurth (retired teacher)
Jim's charts and teaching pieces are available exclusively from Threadneedle Street in Palm Desert, California. Email Marianne at [email protected] as the shop doesn't have a website.
Joan D. Gantt (Heritage Designs Inc.)
no longer published, these older charts are classics and well worth watching for on eBay
Joan Masterson (Retired? The only place I've seen her charts is on eBay.)
Joni Stevenson (primarily a teacher, she does sell kits and some class materials can be found on eBay)
Don't miss Joni's fabulous informative blog!
Julie Fera (Canadian designer but I cannot find a website or source to order charts)
Just a Few Stitches Among Friends (collaboration between Suzanne Howren, Tony Minieri, Beth Robertson, and Meredith Willet)
Kaleidoscope (classic Needle Necessities chart, adapted from a Sue Lentz design by Tony Minieri)
Kam Wenzloff - a new free design is at the link below.
Karen D. Dudzinski (see Textured Treasures below)
Karen Hauck (Karen uses a lot of line drawn designs and hand dyed fabrics to create interesting effects)
Karen Hennessey (See Zecca below)
Kathy Holman (See Needle Fantasies)
Kick Back and Stitch (Terry S, Gifford)
Kimono (classic design based on Maggie Lane's outline by Letje Jackovich; the cover page sometimes is labeled Hummingbird House)
Kitty and Me
Patricia Kellog is a cross stitch designer who does some cute shaped designs that translate well to counted canvaswork.
Kurdy Biggs(See Threedles below)
Laura J. Perin Designs
Laura's blog, where she has a series of free designs. One is below in the second link. Search her blog using "mini mystery" to find others.
Laurel Knapp (See Mountain Laurel Designs)
Linda Lachance (See Northern Pine Designs)
She has some particularly lovely Bargello type charts.
Linda K. Reinmiller (Heart Work from My Hand - teacher who sells some designs)
Liz Morrow of LizArt (Bargello and other design styles)
Liz died in December 2020 but transferred her copyrights to Rinda Just so that her designs live on for us to enjoy.
This one's NSFW.
Mountain Laurel Designs (see Laurel Knapp and Christine Day)
Mt. Tam Canvas Workers Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild
This chapter sells original charted designs as a fund raiser. Their current charts are a series of hearts on their home page.
Their "Hats Off to Halloween" witch hat spiral bound book was very popular several years ago and still a classic Halloween series.
Mountain Peaks Studio (see Jeannette Tombaugh)
Nancy Cucci (teacher whose class projects show up on eBay occasionally)
Nancy doesn't have a website but she does have a Facebook page where you can contact her.
Nancy's Needle (Nancy Buhl)
Natalia's Fine Needlework (Natalia Frank)
A designer of dollhouse rugs meant to be stitched on silk gauze, Natalia has quite a few free patterns that will work on larger ground fabrics like needlepoint canvas and Congress cloth. She also sells kits to stitch some of the free patterns if you don't have a source for threads and ground fabrics.
Needle Arts Mystery Retreat (a yearly retreat featuring a mystery project designed by Pat Hartman, Mary Knapp, Linda Reinmiller and Debbie Rowley)
The designers also offer cyber classes.
Needle Delights Originals
Kathy's blog (she has an updated website, so the new blog link is the second one below; the first link will be discontinued shortly-January 2020)
Needle Fantasies (See Kathy Holman above)
Needle's Prayse (See Darleen O'Steen above)
Mostly counted thread but some designs are intended for counted canvaswork.
Needlepoint Now (magazine)
Some popular projects form the magazine are available for purchase as charts.
The magazine also has free designs in their newsletter occasionally.
Needlepoint Originals by Jan J. Anderson (geometric quilt inspired patterns with Hilton type stitch)
Needlework by Nikki (Nicola Fairhurst in the UK)
Needleworks (Sue Hawkins, UK designer of both needlepoint and cross stitch designs)
Neon Flamingo (Pat Timpanaro)
several small and large free designs from Pat
Nina Lee Soltwedel
Northern Pines Designs (Linda Lachance)
She has some particularly lovely Bargello type charts.
Old Town Needlework
Charli at Old Town Needlework has published at least two charts in Southwestern colors.
Orna Designs (Orna Willis)
Orna's Etsy Site, now including charts in PDF form for instant download
Pamela Harding (newly retired from teacher; will hopefully sell charted designs)
Pamela D. Pabst (Angel Thread Designs)
Pamela H. Gardner (See From Molehill to Mountain above)
Pat Mazu Designs
A profile of Pat
A free design from Pat
Patrica Hartman (See Creative Reflections plus Pat helps run the Needle Arts Mystery Retreat)
Pat also teaches for the Shining Needle Society's cyberclasses occasionally.
Patchwork of Piece (classic flag design from Mary Clark Donegan)
Peg Dunayer Designs (famous for her clever needlepoint etui boxes and quilt patterns, some of which were published in Needlepoint Now magazine) - Note that her website has disappeared.
Pippin Studio, famous for their painted canvases, is branching out into charts. Right now two Halloween designs are available. Their website is the second link below but this is for informational purposes only. They sell only wholesale.
Rachel Atkinson (I believe she was primarily a teacher of counted techniques for EGA)
His website is no longer active. Look for his charts in various online stores and on eBay.
Rising River Design Company (silk gauze kits from a company that is out of business now)
Ro Pace (Needlepoint Designs by Ro - teacher who sells retired designs)
Sharon Quick is now selling Ro's charts for her. You may email Sharon to ask what she has available at [email protected] or you can contact her via her Facebook page.
Sharon's Facebook page has a photo album of Ro's charts, by the way.
I am told A Stitching Shop in Denver also sells Ro's charts. They don't have a website, just a Facebook page. Their photo number is 303/727-8500 and their hours are 10-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Their email address is [email protected]
Ro's blog (you can reach her via email at [email protected] or leave a message on Sharon Quick's Facebook page)
Russell House Designs
Ruth Dilts Design (teacher who also sells charts)
Ruth Schmuff (Tis the Season and Classics with a Twist designs)
Sally Corey (See Designing Woman above)
Sally does both painted canvases and charts, some charts are re-released from her 1970s books which are out of print. I think PDF versions of the charts are also on her Etsy page.
Sandy Arthur (Duo Designs)
Although not primarily a counted canvas teacher, Sandy has a fabulous (and free!) sampler designed to help folks learn stitches besides the basic tent stitch. The online lessons are posted on Sandy's blog and here--
Sandy Rodgers or Sandra S. Rodgers (silk and metal embroidery teacher whose designs turn up on eBay occasionally and who will sell instructions and books via her website) - Note that since Sandy's death I'm not sure if her class instructions are still available.
Scarlet Thread (Jeff Kullick's former distributor)
Although now more famous for her painted canvas designs, Sharon Garmize started out in the 1980s designing miniature rugs and working custom pieces for doll house collections on silk gauze. It's worth trying to find some of her rug charts on eBay. You can see one stitched here. Sharon no longer sells the charts although you might enjoy a visit to her SharonG.com website to look at her painted canvases.
Shay Pendray (famous teacher and TV celebrity with several silk and metal charted designs sometimes available on eBay)
Shenandoah Stitchery Designs (Michael Boren)
SJ Designs (Susan Johnson) - counted canvaswork and some perforated paper designs which work on both needlepoint canvas and as cross stitch designs; she also sells wonderful beads and sequins.
Susan Johnson of SJ Designs has posted another free chart on her website. This one celebrates Halloween and is intended to be done all in beads, but of course you can use thread instead of you aren't into beading.
Susan has several free designs and alphabets available for download on her website.
Something Different (Diane Evans)
Stars for a New Millennium (Tony Minieri's classic quilt pattern, a threadaholic's dream)
Stitches By Shipp (Mary Shipp)
Stitchplay Designs - (Michael Boren and Carole Lake collaborative site, teachers who sell some designs)
Sue Dulle (SD Design)
Sue Hawkins Designs (UK cross stitch, counted canvaswork and crewel designer, author of many books- see Needleworks above)
Sue Kerndt (a frequent seminar teacher whose Patches collages--Patches, Holiday Patches (above) and Halloween Patches--are particularly popular) - email her at [email protected]
Sue Lentz (I believe primarily a counted thread designer. Her "Kaleidoscope" modified by Tony Minieri for needlepoint for Needle Necessities to showcase their threads is a classic and very expensive if you can find it. She's also done charts for Rainbow Gallery so you might find a small design by her in their Free Needlepoint Charts section on their website.)
Sue Reed Designs (watch for class projects on eBay; you can also contact Sue via her Facebook page)
Sunshine Needlearts (Elizabeth J. Zafiris)
email her at [email protected]
Quite a few f Susan's charts are in Needlepoint Now magazine but you can see "Heart of the Cabin" here.
teaches occasionally at Nimble Needle in New Jersey
Susan Johnson (SJ Designs) - see above
Susan T. Kerndt Stitching Creations
Terry Dryden (teacher but sells old class materials)
Textured Treasures (see Karen D. Dudzinski above)
Thread Medley (Jan Fitzpatrick, specialist in rug designs - email [email protected])
Jan plans to shut down her website on December 31, 2015.
Jan's Etsy store
Thread Technique Team (T3)
Composted of Ann Caswell, Suzanne Howren and the late Beth Robertson, these three teachers and authors have some interesting charts and also painted canvases (often with stitch guides).
Threedles (Kurdy Biggs)
free design from Kurdy
Kurdy Biggs of Threedles has posted a free chart on her website. This is her 2014 design called Four Friends.
Tink Boord-Dill Needlework (charted alphabets and designs plus painted canvases)
Tink has an Etsy store where you can buy downloads of some (but not all) of her alphabet books for monograms.
Anthony "Tony" Minieri (see Stars for a New Millennium and Kaleidoscope above)http://www.stitchers-paradise.com/Canvas_Embroidery/CEAnthonyMinieri.html
Trish Burr is best known for her needlepointing on linen but she occasionally does pieces on needlepoint canvas. This free design combines needlepoint and linen and a needle painted flower.
Twister (classic design from the late Patricia Spenser)
West End Designs (UK designer and teacher Yvonne Close)
Wiehenburg Designs (German cross stitch company branching out into counted canvas work; also sells lovely hand painted canvas for stitching open designs)
WorksByABC (see Arlene Cohen)
A fabulous stitcher, Arlene never saw a type of needlework she didn't want to try. She sells some of her original designs as charts on Etsy. Visit her website (second link below) to admire her stitching of other folks' designs. By the way, her charts are now available through Hoffman Distributing.
Many of Arlene's designs are available in several versions. Her Gossamer Lace can be done in cross stitch or in blackwork, for example.
Yodamo (see Eterna Designs or Eterna Silkits above)
Yvonne Close (see West End Designs above)
Zecca (Karen Hennessey)
This painted canvas designer also has at least three counted canvas projects. Here is the third on Facebook. Contact Zecca via their website for more information (second link below).
Don't forget the free charts from many famous designers on the ANG and thread company websites. Some teachers have free designs on their sites as well. Here are the links to the best places to explore:
American Needlepoint Guild Stitch of the Month Program
Caron Collection (Look under Designs--for Caron booklets to purchase-- and Free Patterns, Designer Spotlights and Online Classes)
- Nextel rugged phones
- Vintage biscuit barrels
- Parkland chiropractor
- Polar bear powerpoint
- Stevens 620 parts
Counted Canvas Needlepoint, Charted Needlepoint, and Creating Your Own Designs!
Needlepoint is such a fun hobby… and if you’re like me, you want to stitch ALL the pretty canvases! Last week, we chatted about painted canvases and screen-printed designs. And this week, we’re going to explore some other options that I think you’ll L-O-V-E, too! So, what are they? Well, first you have counted canvas needlepoint. Next is charted needlepoint. And finally, if you’re feeling extra creative, you can design your own projects.
Let’s start by taking a closer look at counted canvas needlepoint…
These kinds of needlepoint projects include instructions for creating the design on a piece of blank canvas. Instructions typically include stitch diagrams. And sometimes, you can purchase the project as a kit that comes with both blank canvas and all the threads you’ll need to complete the design.
My friend, Kathy Rees, is the designer behind Needle Delights Originals. Kathy’s counted canvas projects include wonderful instructions and stitch diagrams. She has something for every stitcher – from beginners (check out “Inchies”) to those who have more experience (take a peek at “Graphite”).
Other terrific counted canvas designers include DebBee’s Designs, Amybear Needlepoint, Laura J. Perin Designs, and Lorene Salt Needlearts .
Another possibility is to stitch a counted cross stitch design…
on needlepoint canvas. When choosing this option, you’ll want to use patterns that include only full stitches. (It’s impossible to stitch half stitches in needlepoint unless you’re using Penelope canvas.)
Sampler charts are a terrific place to begin. Many designs are reproductions of antique samplers and they are super fun to stitch. There are literally hundreds of options when it comes to choosing a counted cross stitch chart. The Silver Needle in Tulsa, Oklahoma has an amazing assortment of charts, so if you’re looking for a place to start, I’d check out their website. 😉
There are also books of charted needlepoint designs. Kaffe Fassett and Elizabeth Bradley Designs come to mind first. And, as I mentioned on Needlepoint TV™ last week, Elizabeth Bradley kits come with a printed chart.
And finally, if you’re up for a truly DIY approach….
you can design, paint, choose threads and stitches, and stitch your creations all on your own. Heck – you can even finish them yourself. 🙂
There are lots of different ways to design your own needlepoint project.
You can draw a design on graph paper or plain paper and simply trace over it. Or you can paint the design onto a piece of blank canvas. (I recommend using Liquitex acrylic paint, slightly thinned with water so as not to clog the canvas holes.)
There is also computer software that allows you to create your own designs. You can even turn a photograph into a pattern!
Whether you choose to draw or paint an image or chart a counted canvas needlepoint design, your creation will be a one-of-a-kind heirloom treasure.
All of these different types of needlepoint make terrific gifts…
especially since they’re not as expensive as hand painted canvases – or even screen printed designs.
And speaking of making gifts, you may have seen that I’m hosting a special Christmas in July needlepoint workshop.
During that one-day workshop, I’ll be sharing oodles of stitches that you can use to embellish your holiday canvases.
And I’ll also share ideas for creating counted canvas needlepoint ornaments that you can gift to family and friends.
I think my favorite part of this workshop, though, is the fact that I’ll be sharing tips for how to compensate decorative stitches. Not sure what that means? Compensating is where you adjust the stitches to fit into the spaces on YOUR canvases. 😉
So, if you’d like to learn more, just click here. I’d love to have you join me!
Alrighty – that’s all for now, my friend!
Until next time, happy stitching…
PS: If you want to learn more about my Christmas in July needlepoint workshop, click here.
One of the best things in this needle arts world is celebrating a new shop and learning the story behind it. This week that shop is the Fire Poppies Needlework Boutique and the owner, and our guest, is Susan Winter. In our conversation, we’ll answer your first question: Where did the Fire Poppies name come from? The shop will satisfy your favorite stitching technique from cross stitch to counted-canvas needlepoint, hardanger, and surface embroidery. We also talk about the day Susan decided to open a shop, her needlework interests (she’s a full-coverage fanatic), and the wide variety of activities that have already happened and are planned in the coming months (24-hr. pajama parties). We’ll also make you want to travel to Summerville, SC, to spend some time in that beautiful stitching room. Enjoy the show.–Gary
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This is a general discussion of what a stitcher desiring to try counted canvas work or counted needlepoint would need in order to get started:
STEP ONE: dipping your toe in
First I would suggest choosing a Counted Canvas Work/ Counted Needlepoint design that is relatively simple to get the hang of reading the pattern and learn how to lay threads competently.
A really great designer to start with is:
Nancy's Needle offers a large variety of designs that will introduce you to working on canvas, and all the beautiful threads that are available today for needlepoint. I have done several of these pieces and they always turn out beautiful.
After you get your feet wet and complete your first project, the sky is the limit on Needlepoint Designers. Just google Counted Needlepoint and watch the feed fill with gorgeous designs. Some that you may look up is: Carole Lake of Stitch Play Designs, DebBee's Designs, Gay Ann Rogers, Needle Delights, Kurdy Biggs, Orna Willis...these are just a few of my favorites...there are lots, lots more.
STEP TWO: ground cloth for needlepoint
Most Counted Canvas Work is done on 18 ct. Mono Canvas which 18 ct. and very heavily starched so it is very stiff.
Counted Canvas Work can also be done on Congress Cloth which is typically a 24 ct woven cloth and also heavily starched and stiff.
Both of these ground cloth options come in a variety of colors.
The pattern you choose to stitch will tell you which cloth to stitch your piece on. It will also tell you, exact size of canvas you should purchase. There is no adding on extra allowance for framing or finishing. That takes added stress and anxiety about worrying if you will have enough room to finish your piece.
STEP THREE: stretcher bars
Now mono canvas needs to be mounted on stretcher bars. You buy them in the exact length and width of your project. The come in sets of two. And they look like this:
They have dove tailed ends and any size fits together. So for instance if a piece is: 18 x 10 you would buy a pair of 18 inch bars and a pair of 10 inch bars.
Any shop will be able to help you. If you don't have an LNS just call a shop and they will be able to help and mail you the products you need. I will have a listing of shops available in my tabs section with their websites linked that I do business with and know are fantastic to work with. Remember however that shop owners always can't run to the phone because they are helping other customers, leave a message or send and email to them and they will get back to you: patience is a virtue!
Like all things stitching, there are several other options for stretching your canvas that are higher end products Ever Tight bars, slate frames...and their are more....however to get started these simple stretch bars are good enough.
STEP FOUR: tacks
You will need to purchase brass tacks sometimes referred to as "Japanese tacks"to mount and hold your canvas on the stretcher bars. They look like this:
The little blue plastic piece is the tack "remover". Some people feel that pushing the tacks into the wood hurts their fingers. If that is the case you can find these:
which comes with a magnetic "pusher" and a very nice "extractor". Or you can do what I do and use a hammer :)
STEP FIVE: Needles
Most canvas work is accomplished with two different sizes of tapestry needles: 22 and 24. I have my favorite brand which I will share with you here:
STEP SIX: NEEDLE THREADER
With the threads being used much larger and thicker than what most cross stitchers use, I HIGHLY recommend a needle threader. I prefer this simple one by Loran which is easily found in stores and rests right on my needleminder so always right at hand on my canvas. There others available, of course, so pick your poison - but have one on hand, because you'll need one.
So there you go:
1. pick a simple piece to begin and buy threads indicated
2. buy the ground cloth you need as specified in the chart
3. Get stretcher bars
4. Get Brass tacks
JUMP IN WITH BOTH FEET!! You won't regret that you did!
With each collection of new colours, I always like to show some counted canvas designs to give readers an idea of how the colours co-ordinate.
When I took the spring collection into my stitch group, the ladies decided they would stitch the same pattern but with different variations of colours. Hopefully, all the samples will inspire you to STITCH!
The pattern chosen is Crystal Waters designed by Canadian designer Carolyn Mitchell. It is a collection of seven smaller designs. We selected the scissor fob in the ensemble but added borders to increase the size to approximately three inches on 18 count canvas.
Over the next number of weeks I will be posting each of these samples, four in total.
Today is Susan’s sample using the new spring collection including
What do you think of the colours? Colour #60 is a variegated blend of pale blue/gray. While it is shown combined with the yellow/tan and blue/gray blends, I think it would look really lovely with browns for a more fall appearing sample.
Add additional borders/stitches of your choice and make it larger for a wall hanging or?
Remember, if you would prefer another colour combination, check out the shop.
Thank you Susan!
COLOUR COMPLEMENTS SHOP
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