I love small needlepoint pieces but I am constantly frustrated by finding ways to finish them. That’s why I love this clever idea from Gingerbread Snowflakes. You can create charming pressed tin frames using tooling foil, tacky glue and tools you have around the house. Designed for ATCs (Artist Trading Cards), this will work for any small piece of needlepoint. You can make each one unique and hang your work in small groups or make them into nicely finished ornaments. If you are doing this with a piece on interlock canvas, just cut the canvas close to the edge of the stitching. If you are using mono canvas, you could cut about three canvas threads from the edge if the piece will get light use. If it will have heavier use, finish the edges. These frames are so clever & so distinctive, you’ll want to make dozens. Get the illustrated
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You read about the FATC exchange yesterday and the idea intrigues you, BUT you do needlepoint and needlepoint can be “finishing unfriendly.” It is and it isn’t. Here are several ideas you can use to make your FATC while still doing needlepoint. 1. Use interlock canvas. Because of the construction of the canvas you can cut your needlepoint almost to the edge (leave a margin of one unstitched thread all around) without ravelling. 2. Use counted cross stitch cloth and do needlepoint on it. I used to do this all the time and it is pretty easy, if a bit strange at first. It’s more like stitching on perforated paper or plastic canvas than needlepoint canvas. 3. Use plastic canvas or perforated paper. If you do this, be sure you arte comfortable with the color of the paper or plastic. 4. Use silk gauze. It comes in meshes as large
You’ve read the great information about Fiber Artist Trading Cards (FATC) posted earlier this month. Now it’s your turn to participate. Since this is a new thing, we’ll only have four exchanges this year, one each quarter. For each exchange there will be a theme, picked by one of the participants or a designer. You will be paired with a person. By the deadline, you will send your FATC to your partner. That person will send an FATC to you. To Join just send me an email (napaneedlepoint @ gmail.com – remove spaces) before February 29, 2008 and let me know. I’ll put your on the list and send you an acknoledgment. Each exchange you will be paired with a different partner. The rules are these: 1. FATCs must be 2.5″ x 3.5″ and the design can be finished as either portrait or landscape. 2. All pieces must be finished.