Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

New Needlepoint Pillows!

I adore needlepoint
And I adore working on needlepoint
Idle hands, after all, are the devil's work!
And it makes road trips go by faster when you stitch away!

Christmas 2012, this was one of my Christmas presents from Husband Jim and Daughter Sarah
I was working on something else and so it sat in a drawer
Waiting . . . 

I finally finished that needlepoint and started on it and because I don't needlepoint constantly,
it does take me a while to finish a project!
But that's good -- for needlepoint pillow canvases are pricey!

And before Spring, I finished it!
And took it to Mary to work her magic.

I brought it home today
And I must say

That it looks smashing in one of the wing chairs!

My needlepointing has two phases --
phase one which was before Sarah was born
And phase two which started in 2011

And as things come and go,
I decided that needlepoint was "old hat" and so those projects I did
BSWB I stored away

And then came Phase Two
I got them out again
And they are displayed around the house on chairs and windswept

In cleaning, however, I found one that I had finished but never did anything with
It, too, went to Mary so she could work her magic!

And it cam home with the other
A magnolia -- in pinks and blues and whites

Perfect for the Master bed!

To keep an Asian inspired pillow 
(also in pinks and blues) company!

The needlepoint I did BSWB is timeless, I think
And I love each piece that I did
But for Phase Two of my needlepointing hobby,
I have a rule --
Only one canvas at a time
I buy another canvas only when I'm almost done . . .
That way I don't have a stash of projects I never get around to
(like I did when I stopped needlepointing when Sarah was small)
that I sell really cheaply at a garage sale!

There is good news and bad news about needlepointing as a hobby
The bad news is that it is really expensive to buy a canvas --
really expensive
The good news is that normally it takes me so long to finish one
that the "per month" cost of entertainment makes it a reasonable hobby!

And I love the different patterns and colors of the pillows
And the styles -- reflecting the time in which they were stitched!

I do, however, find time to stitch Lucy a Christmas ornament every year
It's tradition!


Sandra said...

Your needlepoint is beautiful. Happy you have brought out the older pieces to go with your newer work. They belong together.

Canadian Chickadee said...

Beautifull. I have some needlepoint cushion covers that just need their final finishing touches and they're ready to go. I may give one to some good friends who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year. I know I'm a year late, but better late than never!

Rue said...

I think needlepoint is timeless, but then again, I'm an old-fashioned girl ;) All of your pillows are gorgeous.

My mom taught me how when I was about 10 and I have a few pillows of my own that I did and also quite a few of the ones that she made. She also made Christmas stockings for me and my children. Of course mine is a lot older.

I really need to pick it up again, but you're right... it's expensive!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Those are beautiful. I love needlepoint.

Anonymous said...

This is the most beautiful needlepoint work. You are creating heirlooms.