I promised you guys I would provide you with some resources for finishing. While I’m not terribly good at finishing myself, there are lots of places with information you can use to complete your own projects.
There are lots of instructions for finishing available on-line. Anna Marie Winter has just made available her instructions for finishing ornaments on foam core (PDF format). On her Tips & Tricks page she has many other articles about finishing. This site has some really great resources for some of my favorite finishes including those very elegant “floating” mounts.
The late Sandy Higgins wrote one of the best finishing books out there, Sandy’s Finishing Touches. There is no site for the book but I see ads for it in the different needlepoint magazines. Another good one is by Pat Mazu, Finishing 101. It has tons of great step-by-step instructions. It is by far my favorite finishing book.
Marcia Brown of The Binding Stitch has videos, courses, and supplies for finishing.
Do you have a small bit of needlepoint which would make a great bookmark? Find instructions on how to make a needlework one here. The sample is cross stitch, but the sane instructions will work for a stitched needlepoint.
Or for another quick idea, how about a needlework refrigerator magnet? The Cyberstitchers chapter of EGA has instructions which can be adapted for needlepoint.
I am very fond of leather and fabric items which allow for needlepoint inserts. Two companies which make great ones are Planet Earth Fiber and Lee’s Needle Arts. In my finishing bin I have lots of these items that I can use to make quick gifts.
I don’t know if they are made any more, I couldn’t find a source, but a British company, Framecraft, made lovely porcelain boxes that had tops which could hold needlework. You can often find these on Etsy and eBay. They come in satin-lined gift boxes, so they are lovely for gifts. The picture at the top of the article is one I made.
Finally keep your eyes out for items like photo albums, travel coffee mugs, or jewelry boxes, with openings or inserts to personalize. Depending on how deep they are (they should be deep enough to hold the folded over needlepoint) you can use them as a great way to finish your stitching.