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I am excited about these Beginner Needlepoint Designs Patt and I have been working on. This is the first of them and I think it is wonderful.
We started with one of her excellent designs, the Shower Cat and simplified it, took out most of the exacting and difficult to stitch detail, to make this perfect for a novice needlepointer. Of course, an experienced stitcher can easily add their own details, and customize this. The design area is 7 X 8.25 inches. The entire canvas is 13 X 11 inches, it is 16 mesh.
We both thought that adding the text was the thing to do. We though the cat's startled expression perfectly illustrated it.
The Patt and Lee Designs needlepoint canvases are Glicee Original Design Needlepoint. These are superior needlepoint canvases, the edges and the colors are crisp and clean.
This canvas is an easy way for a beginner to learn to stitch. The canvas is adorable, which always makes stitching easier, for some reason. I would not recommend it for an absolute beginner. For them one of my small very beginner beginner's needlepoint canvases would probably be better but for a second or third project, this is perfect.
I have assembled this kit with DMC #5 Perle Cotton Floss. The design has 10 colors and the crisp stitch edges and slight sheen from stitching with Perle Cotton will be wonderful here, plus this thread is a joy to stitch with.
The It's Always Something Needlepoint Kit will include my pretty good basic needlepoint instruction booklet.
Experienced stitchers should feel free to ignore them.
Dry Blocking is recommended when finishing your project. Do not use excessive water.
All NewNeedlepoint canvases have taped or machine hemmed edges or carefully taped canvases edges. I prefer to hem them when there is enough extra canvas to permit it.
Each kit includes the correct size needle for this canvas.
The amounts of floss or yarn shown in the pictures are for color only, the actual amounts sent may vary from what is shown. The colors will not vary.
Needlepoint thread coverage is not an exact science. I try to make sure there is plenty to finish each canvas with some to spare. If you run short e-mail me and I will send you more at no extra cost.
Remember to stitch 2-3 additional lines all around the completed canvas for finishing.
For free Needlepoint Instruction and a catalog of the most popular stitches and how to do them, I like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Needlepoint
Large needlepoint canvases will be rolled and sent in a mailing tube, smaller canvases will be sent flat in a padded envelope.