Catherine Lenore has a wonderful collection of over 200 small needlepoint canvases. The computer-printed canvases are available as kits, canvas only, or canvas + thread. in addition, you can choose the size of your design, and the mesh used. The designs are simple and charming. A beginning stitcher could easily stitch these in Tent and get a great result. More experienced stitchers can use stash threads and textured stitches to make a unique project.
Because the sizes are standard, it’s easy to find options for self-finishing. I used a vintage ornament frame, my own threads, and textured stitches to stitch the package, below.
The kits are as nicely packaged as you can see from the picture at the top of the article. In them you’ll find the canvas, printed with generous margins, that’s already taped. The kits come with a canvas bag that’s about 7×9″ and zips shut. This is big enough to fit the smallest size of projects including the canvas, or your supplies for the larger canvases.
The kits come with full skeins of floss in each color needed. if you plan on using your own threads, squares of each color are printed on the canvas.
The most thoughtful part of the kit comes in an organza bag and is packed inside the canvas bag. There you’ll find a small folding pair of scissors, a needle, and a needle threader. I’d prefer that instead of a soft-wire sewing threader, that the threader was a needlepoint threader, but this threader will work.
If you stitch in hand, you have everything you need to stitch the project. If you use stretch bars, all you need to add is stretcher bars to stitch the canvas.
The styles of designs in the shop are varied, so it’s easy to fins one or more projects you just have to stitch.
Stop by the shop to find a wonderful summer project1
About Janet M Perry
Janet Perry is the Internet's leading authority on needlepoint. She designs, teaches and writes, getting raves from her fans for her innovative techniques, extensive knowledge and generous teaching style. A leading writer of stitch guides, she blogs here and lives on an island in the northeast corner of the SF Bay with her family
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