I have a very sweet little needlepoint bunny to share with you today.
He's just 5 inches tall and will be used as a Christmas tree ornament.
I'd like to show you an easy way to finish your small needlepoint pieces
and turn them into tree ornaments. The same process can be used for
small decorative pillows, pincushions, eyeglass cases, etc.
|This is 18 mesh canvas using wool, cotton and metal threads.|
|Wash and block your finished needlepoint piece.|
|With sharp scissors, clip canvas to 1/4 inch and clip inside corners to, but not into stitches.|
|Finger press canvas to back.|
|Isn't he cute? Close up you can see after the stitching I added French knots and straight stitches.|
|Cut a piece of wool felt or ultra-suede for backing.|
Pin or baste needlepoint to backing.
Snip away 1 inch backing at a time and whip stitch closedwith small, fine stitches using translucent monofilament thread.
|Add hanger to top. Leave opening and stuff with polyester bat, whip stitch to close.|
|I decided he needed a few embellishments affixed with a bit of white glue.|
Years ago I worked in a needlepoint shop and finished hundreds of needlepoint ornaments, pin cushions, Christmas stockings and pillows for customers. Finishing ornaments is one of the easiest things to do, so before you pay someone to do this, please give it a try.
Painted ornament canvases ready to needlepoint are found at any needlepoint shop should you be so lucky to live near one. If not, the internet has them readily available. I found some that knitters will love from Needlepoint.com, each with links.
|Blue Alpine Cardigan.|
|Candy Cane Sweater!|
|Nordic Reindeer Star|
But if you really want to swoon over a mass of beautiful hand painted canvases,
go right here to the source at Needlepoint.com.
I know we are a half year away from Christmas, but I love it so much, I start to miss it in July!
Edited 4/30/15: Great news! This little bunny has gone viral! Even after two years, this particular post still gets several hundred hits a week. The little bunny has been pinned and repinned so many times I get quite giddy when I think of it; plus he's so popular on Facebook, he's called the Facebook Bunny! But this little bunny is my little bunny and I call him Mr. Bunny. The good news is, after getting so many requests, Associated Talents decided to bring back their Brown Bunny for a limited time. Edited 5/1/15. I'm so sorry, I heard this morning that they are sold out. I've called them and they are checking if they can order more. I'll keep you updated.