I started needlepointing in the summer of 2017 leading up to our wedding but I’ve never been so prolific as I was during the 2020-2021 pandemic overlapping with my second pregnancy. (I haven’t picked up a canvas since Peter’s arrival but maybe I’ll find a little time this summer?) I’ve always enjoyed needlepoint as a hobby that connects me to Grandy, but this past year it became something of a saving grace when I desperately needed to stop refreshing the news on my phone and busy my hands and mind with something more pleasant. I know a bunch of you picked up needlepoint for the same reasons this past year so I wanted to share a few completed projects I recently picked up! My local needlepoint shop (House of Needlepoint in Darien) is currently taking 3-4 months to finish an ornament so it’s fun to finally see these all finished. I can officially cross #10 and #38 off my 101 in 1001 list!
Peter’s Christmas ornament
I plan to needlepoint an ornament for each of our children and I’m excited to hang this one next to Teddy’s ornament for our first Christmas with both boys! I thought this personalized Christmas tree canvas was simple and sweet — it would be a great project for a beginner!
Nantucket lighthouse ornaments
I picked up these canvases from Erica Wilson last summer on Nantucket and they were a fun project to work on whenever Teddy fell asleep at the beach. You can find the canvases for Brant Point here, Great Point here, and Sankaty here.
My mother-in-law gave me this canvas and I love how it turned out!
American flag key fob
I needlepointed this key fob canvas for my brother Camden and finally got it finished in time for him to move into his first apartment in New York! I think key fobs and ornaments are the perfect place to start if you’re just learning to needlepoint and both make perfect gifts (but seriously, start stitching now if you want them professionally finished in time for Christmas!).
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