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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Needlepoint


I am working on a needlepoint of a hydrandea bloom.
I have done so many over the years , its very relaxing to sit and do needlepoint,while you watch tv or listen so some music you might enjoy.
It gives me peaceful time to myself.
This one will be turned into a pillow when its done.

This is the instruction sheet,I take a snip of each color of wool and tape it next to the color chart, I find if you do that before you start it will save you tearing your hair out later on.
I have seen myself chose a color and do a whole section only to discover it was the wrong color.... very frustrating !
This way its very easy to double check.

I also make small bundles of the same color and I put a piece of masking tape with the color name and number attached to avoid confusion.Some colors are almost the same just a tad lighter or darker.


Also what I do is take a highliner pen and as I do a section,and some are very very tiny,just a few stitches...... I highlight each section as I go along.

I use masking tape on the outer edge of the whole piece of needlepoint to avoid unravelling while I work on it.
Some ladies put the the needlepoint piece on a special rack that is tight and keeps it in place,I have several of those in different sizes but I am happier just holding it in my hands to do the work.
What I do later when its all done I spray it gently with water( dont rub) then I will pin it on a wooden board with ordinary thumb tacks to shape it.Wait till its dry to work on it.


I like to do the corners and work inward.There is no right or wrong way to do this.

When I am done this is what it will look like as a pillow.
I just love those colors.

What's keeping your fingers busy and happy??

22 comments:

Julie Harward said...

I love to do this too....I can do it all day long! This is very pretty! :D

ATTIC CLUTTER said...

Diane I love it so much do you ever make them to sell?? (:)??????
Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers~
hugs,Patty

Lois Evensen said...

How pretty! What intricate stitching with such a gorgeous result. I'm glad I happened by your blog. :)

Best,
Lois

sawn61 said...

Diane, I do enjoy doing some needle point on occasion, but it is not at the top of my list. It requires a little more sitting and looking down than my neck and back can stand, but your project turned out so nice.As my 5 year old grandson would say,"Good Job, Meemaw!"

Oklahoma Granny said...

I've never done needlepoint before. You have quite the process and I can see how helpful it is. Great tips!

Dolores said...

Oh my goodness, your work is absolutely gorgeous.... the colors are so life-like.

I WISH I could sit still and do something so creative and beautiful.... I tend to be hyper-active, and can't sit still long.....

Very beautiful!!!

玄雨 said...

thx u very much, i learn a lot

Linda said...

Diane, this is going to be so pretty....I love, love, love the colors you are using. I have to use a highlighter too, my eyes seem to bounce around high lighting really helps.
Enjoy and stitch away....hugs, Linda

Nola @ the Alamo said...

You are so clever! That is beautiful handwork! I tried needlepoint and cross stitch and they both had me frustrated and cross eyed, guess I'll stick to my crochet work.

Lib said...

Wow, How Beautiful! Love the colors!
Happy Crafting!
Blessins',Lib

Cordwood Cabin said...

How beautiful! The colors are so vibrant (and the pattern choice is perfect!)

Sharon said...

That is going to be so pretty and I hope that you will post it again when it is done.
have a great day.

ATTIC CLUTTER said...

Oh thanks Diane..that is s nice of you.. I'll look around ok..
ya I hear ya on the pea/chicken dish yummy ~!
hugs,Patty

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

Typing comments on blogs are keeping my hands busy, Diane! My, you're a fount of information today. I have never tried this craft. But you have yours organized and everything. Want to see the finished product here!
Brenda

Stacey said...

Hi Diane. :) Thanks for visiting me today. Your needlepoint is amazing. I've always admired needlepoint so much. Your work is beautiful.

Denise said...

THAT is beautiful! Thanks for coming by....... I do not have the patience to do needlework..... I crochet.. Make dolls........ That is my passion...

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

Your needlepoint is lovely! Thanks for the tips. I have several that I purchased but never started. I love stitching so I should start on these. It will be much easier with your tips. Blessings, Karen

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BetteJo said...

I feel the need to make some pot holders. Just the old fashioned loops woven on a small metal loom. Nothing nearly so painstaking as needlepoint. But I can see how it would be totally relaxing. And very pretty too!

ATTIC CLUTTER said...

Oh thank you DIane..I like it
-- fun to have a change in hairdo..
So you are letting your hair grow to wear it up again too ..goody(:) hugs,patty

Barbara Jean said...

Diane,
This is GORGEOUS!!!!!

enjoying MY VISIT HERE.
LOVE THE SQUIRRELS UP TOP.

THANKS FOR COMING BY MY PLACE.

BLESSINGS

BARBARA JEAN

OOPS ALL CAPS.
OH WELL

prashant said...

I love to do this too.
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