Peachtree Presbyterian is a church in Atlanta. Seventeen stitchers got together to stitch this charming 23-piece needlepoint nativity, seen here. A lovely article from the Atlanta Constitution and available here tells the story behind this lovely and enduring legacy to the church. The pieces use 58 different stitches, 20 kinds of threads, and 129 colors. Not only is it a gift to the church, it was part of an initiative to raise money for My Sister’s House, a transitional home for homeless women and children. It took about eight months to stitch, with many of the stitchers meeting together to stitch twice a month. It was completed in 2010 and has a display that includes a stable made of wood from the Holy Land. This is such a lovely project and a real testament to the faith of the stitchers. My thanks to my friend William Swords for letting me
Originally posted 2009-08-14 07:08:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Awhile ago a friend asked me about religious cross stitch. This got me thinking about religious needlepoint, more specifically the timeless image of Mary and Jesus, the Madonna and Child. So I went on an internet search for needlepoint Madonnas and found several. Designing Women has a charming small icon-like Madonna. They don’t have a website, but my friend Jane stitched it awhile ago and the link is to her finished one Jane and I have also both stitched Designs by Petei’s Our Lady of Guadelupe. Mine is the picture at the top of this post. The link is to Petei’s page that has it Sundance Designs has many canvases that will work as Madonnas. In their De Grazia line, there are many charming ones. Their are also several Tish canvases that will work as Madonnas. I like this one because
Needledeeva makes tremendously charming canvases and I have created many stitch guides for sets (and backgrounds) for several of their series for Halloween, Easter, and Christmas. You can see the canvases pictured on their site. Here are the ones available (the canvas numbers are listed after the title): Halloween Halloween Parade (402-414) Halloween Blocks (461A-L) Witches’ Brew (417, 421, 423, 424, 426-428) Trick or Treat (460 and 460A-H) BItchy Witchy Sisters Basket (441C) Christmas Nativity (1350, 1350A-P) Gingerbread House & Gingerbread People (1352, 1352A-D) Snowmen in Snowflakes (1345A-F) Easter The Bunny Box with Easter Eggs (630, 630A-F) E. Rabbit’s Residence & Family (603, 603A-G) The stitch guides are available both in print (with cardstock covers and separate material lists in a zipper bag) and as PDFs. They are also available at wholesale for shops. Please contact me for details on the ones of interest to you
Originally posted 2010-01-31 07:12:44. Republished by Blog Post Promoter I’ve been a good girl and I’ve managed tyo make a bit of a dent in the UFO pile, have stitched some new projects, and generally gotten more of my to do pile done. And California is having and El Nino winter and so it rains. Lots. To top it all off, here on Mare Island, we have what I call “san Francisco with wind” weather. Add wind, as in knocking small trees down wind, to the rain and I need something new. So I’m going to take an idea from Spinster Stitcher and Jane of Chilly Hollow and bog stitch a canvas from my stash. I’ll have occasional posts about it, so you can learn how I approach the project and maybe even stitch along with me. But I want you to help me decide which to stitch. The first
I have a large collection of nativities. My family knows this and indulges this collection in a way they don’t for other things, say, my collection of needlepoint canvases. And among the folk art nativities, I also look for needlepoint nativities. This is the first figure from a small set I’m needlepointing from a free PDF from Wild Olive. The nativity is line drawings of the the manger, Mary, Joseph, and a shepherd. I traced them onto canvas and have started filling them in with stitches using threads from the stash. In this picture from Wild Olive you can see the four figures cut out and finished simply as ornaments. While I like the simplicity of the four figures, I always want more, so I’m going to make more than one shepherd and maybe a couple more sheep. Then I might add some more Josephs to become the three kings>
Judee of Needledeeva is one of my favorite designers and I was blown away by her new pieces which will be premiering at TNNA next week. I want so many of them I can hardly stand it. First off, there are the new Christmas stockings. If you like her small Christmas figures there are stocking to match many of them. If you’re looking for something elegant, look at the birds on black (my daughter’s favorite). And there are lots of others. Thoughfully for those with less time, they are done on 13 mesh. Then there is the new larger set of nativity figures. And more new Easter figures and houses. What a great collection to make and add to your existing ones. I’d love to make a village of the houses (now up to six) as the focus of my decorations. Also for Easter there are the new needlepoint baskets.
This is a new canvas from Needledeeva (http://www.needledeeva.com) which is part of a stitch guide I’ve written. The canvases are being stitched as models for next month’s TNNA market. They arenâ€™t quite done (hair and borders still left to do), but I think she is so adorable. I love all the great effects in Mary’s dress and Jesus’ blanket. The halos just glow and the Nordic Gold use for accents in the background makes it look like a piercingly cold Winter night. Appropriately enough I started stitching her on the way to Mass on Christmas morning. In this series, there are angels, the three kings, Joseph and a sheep. There is also a great stable background. We’re planning more figures for next year, so this can be a collectible Christmas series. I love nativities (I have about 30 of them from all over the world), but I have always resisted