Louise’s Needlepoint in Powell, Ohio has introduced a charming idea, Quick Stitch Kit. These kits include one of Pippin’s small canvases with full packages of the threads needed to finish it, plus a stitch guide.
All you need to do to get stitching is put it onto stretcher bars and add your needle.
Because of my recent trip, I ordered one to stitch on the plane. The canvases are on 13-mesh so they are suitable for beginners. Currently there are four projects available a grey witch’s boot, a heart (currently out of stock) and two Christmas ornaments.
The entire thing fit easily in a small project bag that fit easily in my tote bag.
Stitching the Kit
I tested the heart. It used all Rainbow Gallery threads in variety of textures: Entice, Very Velvet, Splendor, and Sparkle Rays. This variety gave the finished piece lots of variety.
The stitches all work well with the threads. The border uses Very Velvet in Slanted Gobelin for a lovely frame. The hardest stitch was Encroached Gobelin, used for the heart. But this isn’t a very difficult stitch. It made a raised heart with a great texture.
I stitched the project as suggested. I had doubts as I began to stitch most sections whether the threads would cover. Most threads suggested used the coverage I would normally use on 18 mesh. But in fact, the coverage worked perfectly.
The only thread where I used most of the package was the Entice, used for the heart. Even so I still had about 1/4 of the package left.
The only thing I wish it had had was a picture of the stitched canvas.
My problems with the kit had far less to do with the product than with stitching on an airplane. Perhaps it’s older eyes, but it also could be dimmer lights. I often found the canvas hard to see. Next time I plan to bring a portable light.
If you are looking for a quick take-along project, I highly recommend these.