These delightful small canvases are designed by Hummingbird House and are distributed by Danji. The hand-painted canvases are new and create an affordable needlepoint project that easy to stitch and finish.
There is a wide variety of designs, including cupcakes (some with embellishments), birds, citrus slices, birdhouses, and lots more. Currently, there are more than 20 designs available. I’m hoping for more because they are addictive.
Each canvas is 4″ square, with the designs fitting easily into 2″ squares or rounds. They might also fit into 2.5″ rounds, but I have not tried that. The canvases come packaged with a cover sheet containing a picture. Both are in a plastic bag.
Because I have some 2″ square ornament frames, I decided to use these fpr my projects. As you can see by the picture above, I traced out the squares using an extra fine pen. I was able to put the canvas easily on 4″ mini stretcher bars.
I had many false starts in stitching these. Everything went well until I started stitching the bird. I found that because the space is small, most textured stitches do not work well. There just isn’t enough room for them to look good. I finally settled on the very simple: Reverse Tent using Au Ver a Soie silk for the body and Diagonal Mosaic using Gentle Art floss for the wing.
To finish, I used a Studio Decor ornament frame. These frames, but in different styles, are available at Michel’s. I used the cardboard inside as a template to cut out the stitched needlepoint. I placed it in the frames, attached the back, and the ornament is finished.
I just loved this project. You can stitch it in an evening or so and finish it in less than five minutes. The designs are wonderful and the packaging great. I could easily see them as a perfect first needlepoint, a plane or car project, or a quick gift.
I can’t wait to get more!
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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