The chances are good that you have your gift shopping finished, but in case you have procrastinated I’d like to suggest some charming sources of needlepoint inspiration you might consider.
I found this sleeping cat calendar at Paper Source. Last week I found a bunch more of other animals at a shop in Japantown in San Francisco. It is also available at Urban Outfitters. Made by Greeting Life, a Japanese company, these calendars feature simple outlines and heavy paper. I love this little cat and am planning some kitty needlepoints. I’m taking one card, copying and enlarging it and will use it as a line drawing for making some needlepoint.
Buy one of these calendars for someone and not only do they have a practical gift but the start of some great needlepoint.
Coloring books, if they aren’t too detailed also make great sources for lovely needlepoint. If you know a Charley Harper fan, think about this Charley Harper coloring book. You’ll find many of his popular images, along with some that are less well-known. For stitching for yourself (others have commercial licenses), this is a real treat.
Another great place to look for inspiring books is books made for collectors of various kinds. These books usually feature lots of pictures of items, many of which are adaptable as needlepoint. My bookshelves here in the studio are full of them, including ones on vintage tablecloths, handkerchiefs and menus, one of Southwestern pottery, and one on Zulu telephone wire baskets (pictured above). Today I’m going to a museum exhibit on Japanese-influenced Impressionist prints and I’m getting the book on that with lots more to inspire me.
So how do you know what to buy? Look at the person’s likes and dislikes and find something unusual and inspiring.