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Thursday
Jul212011

Announcing New Needlepoint Canvases

Recently I have been drawn, like a moth to a flame, to the hand painted needlepoint canvases by Birds of a Feather. And with excellent reason - these canvases are electric! The intensity of color merges the traditional craft of needlepoint with a truly modern sensibility. These whimsical canvases have me totally hypnotized. Finished as pillows, wall hangings, or seat covers, these designs would add a spark to any room. 

At Purl Soho, we are lucky to have hundreds and hundreds of needlepoint yarns to choose from. Choosing wasn't easy, but it sure was fun. For a majority of the yarn used, we turned to a shop favorite, Koigu Premium Merino. KPM is a hand-dyed merino that comes in two different size skeins, a 175-yard skein and an 11-yard skein. The colors we used and quantities for each canvas are listed below.

Flora and Fauna is a 17-inches x 11-inches, 13:1 mesh, hand-painted canvas. Flora and Fauna was stitched up using:

  • Koigu's Premium Merino 1128, for the rust
  • Koigu's Premium Merino 1153, for the pink
  • Koigu's Premium Merino 1155, for the bright pink
  • Koigu's Premium Merino 1220, for the orange
  • Koigu's Needlepoint Yarn 1156, for the purple
  • Koigu's Needlepoint Yarn 2130, for the bright blue
  • Koigu's Needlepoint Yarn 1201, for the yellow gold (2 skeins)
  • Koigu's Needlepoint Yarn 2192, for the yellow (2 skeins)
  • Koigu's Needlepoint Yarn 1201 for the dark green
  • Koigu's Needlepoint Yarn 4005 for the mint
  • Koigu's Needlepoint Yarn 2351 for the magenta (2 skeins)
  • Koigu's Needlepoint Yarn 1170 for the wine
  • Koigu's Needlepoint Yarn 1120 for the bright red
  • Koigu's Needlepoint Yarn 2220 for the soft turquoise
  • Koigu's Needlepoint Yarn 2420 for the brown

 

Blue Elephant is a 13-inches x 13.5-inches, 13:1 mesh, hand-painted canvas. Blue Elephant was stitched up using:

  • Koigu's Premium  Merino 2132, for the green
  • Koigu's Preminu Merino 2100, for the yellow
  • Koigu's Needlepoint Yarn 1535, for the other green
  • Koigu's Needlepoint Yarn 2400, for the black
  • Koigu's Needlepoint Yarn 0000, for the white
  • Koigu's Needlepoint Yarn 1305, for the brown
  • Koigu's Needlepoint Yarn 1155, for the pink (2 skeins)
  • Koigu's Needlepoint Yarn 1153 for the bright pink (2 skeins)
  • Koigu's Needlepoint Yarn 1150, for the hot pink
  • Koigu's Needlepoint Yarn 1141. for the light pink
  • Koigu's Needlepoint Yarn 2229, for the red
  • Koigu's Needlepoint Yarn 1133, for the bright red
  • Koigu's Needlepoint Yarn 1113, for the orange red
  • Koigu's Needlepoint Yarn 2200, for the orange
  • Koigu's Needlepoint Yarn 1002, for the royal blue
  • Koigu's Needlepoint Yarn 1156, for the purple
  • Spud and Chloe's Fine Calypso, for the blue

It was just two years ago that the Purl Bee proudly announced our venture in to the world of needlepoint. Over the past twenty-four months, as our enthusiasm for needlepoint has grown, so has our collection of inspiring supplies. In addition to Birds of a Feather, Purl Soho offers gorgeous canvases depicting Charley Harper's sophisticated illustrations, quirky and beautiful canvases from Unique NZ Designs, as well as adorable canvases for kids from De Elda. Our painted canvases cover a huge range of subjects from aboriginal textile design to fairy tale illustrations to alphabet samplers to dense garden scenes. No stone goes unturned!

Are you as taken with these canvases as I am, but have never needlepointed? Check out the classes offered at our shop in New York City, or take a look at this easy-to-understand book that will have you needlepointing in no time!   Happy stitching! -Laura

Reader Comments (10)

Might there be any designs for mermaids? I'm looking for something a little whimiscal, and not at all formal, for a bathroom.
July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDivaDar
Do you have any tutorials on designing your own needlepoint? Or on eco-friendly (e.g. certified organic) needlepoint supplies?
July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNina
Hi DivaDar-

Sadly we don't have any mermaids but there are plenty of whimsical non-formal designs. You can check them all out here:
http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/74-needlepoint-painted-canvases

Thanks for your question!
July 21, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Wow! These are adorable designs.
July 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne
Might the yarn quantities be switched for the two pieces? It seems like the one that uses multiple skeins of pink should be the flora and fauna?
July 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
Hi Heather-

The yarn quantities are correct but thanks so much for your question!
July 26, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Nina-

We don't have any tutorials on how to design your own needlepoint canvas but we'd like to do something like that in the future.

None of our needlepoint supplies is organic but our canvas is 100% cotton and the yarn contains no synthetics.

Thanks for your questions!
July 27, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi. I'm attempting to needlepoint the Flora and Fauna piece you have featured above. I'm having trouble trying to figure ohm which light turqouise you have used. The number (2220) that you've listed here is wrong. Can you let me know what you've used. If this color is gone, can you suggest a close substitute? I've tried 2151 and 1055 and am not happy with the result.

Thanks!
Nadia
August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNadia
Hi Nadia.
Sorry about the color confusion. Color 1503 would be a lovely substitute.
Hope this helps.
Laura
August 19, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Thanks so much!

Nadia
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNadia

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