New needlepoint – cats & birds to stitch!

Quite some time since I wrote about anything here so I have some catching up to do!

This summer I was approached by a lovely independent needlepoint company called Cleopatra’s Needle based in Scotland about creating some new designs for them. I had made two cat themed cushion designs for them many years ago and these were recently discontinued to make way for something new (although I still have a couple in stock myself if anyone is looking for them!) so I knuckled down to some new ideas.

As with all design work, the theme has to be carefully considered and I played with several different ideas until coming up with Tiger, Bella and Smokey. The cats are all hiding behind garden flowers which came from drawings in my summer sketchbook in my own garden. The shapes had to be simplified, as did the colour range, to be suitable for Cleopatra’s needle to interpret in wool. The final kits consist of the full colour printed Zweigart canvas, beautiful Appletons pure wool tapestry yarns, a needle and instructions. The picture is 6” square and can either be framed or incorporated into a fabric frame as a cushion panel. The kit is simple enough to be taken on by a beginner yet would still be fun for a more experienced needleworker to do as a quick project.  All 3 look fabulous as a framed trio and are currently on offer if purchased together.

The second set of designs I came up with is based on a folk art bird theme and consists of a spectacle (or mobile phone) case and a pincushion kit. Both of these kits include all of the materials required to make the complete item and both would make a lovely gift, either as the kit or the finished article. I’m absolutely delighted with the way my designs have been translated into stitch and love to think of needle workers around the world enjoying making them.

Please visit my website to see the whole range and browse my handmade designs.

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