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Needlepoint Craft Ideas

By: Roxanne McDonald - Updated: 27 Aug 2010 | comments*Discuss
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Lots of frequent crafters will have a list of needlepoint craft ideas in their head, along with a few in-progress projects. But if you get stuck or tired of those, how about spicing up your repertoire with even more unique possibilities?

Needlepoint pillow – is still a classic but can also be a classy and unique offering:

  • personalise pillows and bed sheets by embroidering small monograms in the corners
  • make a cultural statement with the colours and styles of a person’s country of origin—Swiss cross stitch in red floss on white pillows or cases; Celtic knots on couch pillows; Victorian blue borders on bed pillows.
Needlepoint PillowNeedlepoint pattern –There are hundreds of unique needlepoint patterns for covering or decorating items such as the following:

eyeglass cases – a short-term needlepoint project that you can make from scratch by creating the whole spectacle case or that you can make as a design you glue onto an already existing case.

clock faces – easy to do, the needlepoint design can be made to fit a department store clock you can dismantle, decorate, and reassemble for a great one-of-a-kind gift.

seat covers – rich, warm, and comfortable, seat covers can be embroidered or creweled for anything from kitschy to classy décor.

clutch bags – embroidered bags can be embellished with beads or turned into carry-alls for knitting, toys, or any specialty collection.

Christmas ornaments – another idea that takes the plastic and ceramic material out of the equation and replaces it with warmer, more personal gifts great for anything from baby’s first Christmas to a thank-you gift to a party host.

Christmas stockings – these are classics in the needlepoint craft ideas category, but can be modified, personalised, and made as Christmassy or as generic (for other holidays) as you wish.

covered boxes – boxes, pill bottles, even a dried oats cylinder will be transformed with needlepoint designs on a piece of material you can pre-cut to fit and glue to dress up.

wall hangings –seemingly done to death, a wall hanging can be made unique with a rod made of local driftwood or a cultural flair such as an Asian motif.

mobiles – not only decorative in general, mobiles from needlepoint are ideal for babies’ cots or prams because they are soft and malleable and present no danger.

embroidered book covers – you can decorate anything from the Bible to the TV Guide…with your friend’s favourite quote or show.

wall borders – One popular trend is to put wallpaper borders at the top of the walls/near the ceiling; but who says we have to stick to wallpaper of stencils? Needlepointed patterns would surely set the theme or tone of any room in the most personal of ways.

curtain tiebacks – will surely put a special touch to living room.

herb box decoration –a planter box can be more than just painted; a needlepoint banner that is glued to the box sides will give the room a cosy, friendly feel.

bookmarks – especially easy and nice are the personalised cloth bookmark with frayed edges or laminated for protection.

game boards – what a quick and simple project this will be; and what a unique chess or checker experience for the players!

drawer liners -- replace those plastic liners with needlepointed material. Then add a homemade potpourri pouch for extra special furniture décor and delight.

dressing screens/room dividers – seemingly a more daunting project, a simple design on solid-coloured material will decorate or divide a spacious room, giving it the illusion of two rooms or a more cosy atmosphere.

gift bags, tags, and cards -- again, who says we have to stick to paper and plastic? Make unique and personalised wrappers, greeting cards, even place holders for a dinner party. These will surely not be thrown out or recycled.

Needlepoint kit -- You can of course get a needlepoint kit that includes the pattern for anything from kid clothing to custom-made household items and toys. And if you love the design but don’t want to limit yourself to the included materials, you can always change the pattern, choose different thread colours, or add your own personal touch.

The key is to find needlepoint projects that appeal to you…long enough that you get them finished and off your list!

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