Small needlepoint projects are always popular, but a bigger problem is figuring out what to do with them.
If you stitch holiday-themed pieces you can, at least, put many of them out as decorations. But what do you do when the tree (or trees) are dripping with needlepoint, you have stockings for everyone, but you still love those small projects.
The folks at the Florida shop, Needle Nicely, have been working on a marvelous idea; they have been stitching starfish to make a garland.They are not using painted canvases to do it but drawing the shape on canvas and then filling it with an interesting stitch.
Even if you use another shape, you could easily adopt this idea as the basis of your own garland.Just find a shape and fill it.
Recently they put up a post that is of tremendous help in planning this kind of project. It discusses how to plan the finishing so the garland will look nice.
This advice is great for any project where you will be doing a group of items that will be displayed together.
To this I’d add some additional steps in planning.
Think out your unifying theme. For this garland it’s starfish shapes. But any grouping should have something that unifies them. If you have lots of pieces, it can be eclectic (look at my mini-socks garland pictured here). If it’s designed as a set, the unifier is already there. You can use that as a jumping off point to extend the idea.
Often the unifying theme is not enough. You should look to other aspects: color, one stitch (not Tent) used in every piece), similar cording, the same type of embellishment, etc. The more the pieces of needlepoint look as if they go together, the better your finished garland will look.