I have, as long-time readers know, a leather ebook cover from Lee with needlepoint on it. While the needlepoint looks fantastic still, the cover is not in good shape. The elastic that holds my Kindle is stretched out of shape. The leather is scuffed. Since I use the Kindle every day (I review books for NetGalley), this has been getting to be a bigger and bigger problem.
Last year I bought a new Kindle cover. Since then I have been planning to stitch something new for it. But the old cover is now in such bad shape I had to do something.
My first thought was to put the old needlepoint into the new cover. Unhappily, they are not both the same size.
Then I thought I’d work really hard on the piece for the new cover. Even more unhappily, that would mean setting aside other important projects.
I have piles of stitched but unfinished needlepoint. I thought maybe one of those would fit & would look good. I found this quilt from last year’s Quilty Needlepoint Club. It wasn’t a perfect fit, but it was close.
When this happens, I have no problems cutting the needlepoint. I needed to narrow it by one long row of crosses. Don’t be afraid to cut needlepoint. When you stitch you are actually making a fabric. Needlepoint is more sturdy than you might think! If you are wanting to construct something from needlepoint, consider using interlock canvas. It’s thinner and lighter than mono canvas and is easier to sew as a result. Plastic canvas is a gpood choice also because you can stitch the pieces, cut them to the exact dimension and easily sew them together on the outside.
This is why I often stockpile items for finishing. When I need to, or when I have time, I can put together stitched needlepoint and a finishing item to make something that surprises and delights!
Now a needlepoint that was sitting in a box waiting to be framed is prettily on my new ebook cover and ready to go to work!