Looking for a quick and easy project to add to your holiday decorations? Here it is…
All you’ll need for this project is a frame, fabric to fit the frame, blank needlepoint canvas (any size mesh), needlepoint thread (anything appropriate for your mesh size, a great way to use up some of your stash), a hot glue gun and a permanent marker.
Step 1: Measure your frame to determine the size of your letters. Then pick your word. I chose “joy”, but it could be any short festive words: noel, peace, shalom, merry, cheer.
Step 2: Mark your shapes on your canvas, you can use diamonds, circles, anything. Be sure to leave at least one inch between your shapes so you’ll have plenty of canvas to fold under later. Draw one letter per shape. If you have access to a computer, you may want to find a festive font. Simply print it large enough to fit in your shape and trace it onto your canvas.
Step 3: Stitch. Here’s where you can be really creative. Mine are simple stripes in basketweave, but you can use any stitches. The stripes can go vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. If you’d like them to like up, as shown, be sure to make notes on how many stitches wide each row is.
Step 4: Cut out each shape leaving 1/2″ to 1″ allowance around each shape. Fold allowance under and adhere with hot glue. Be careful not to burn yourself, or push the hot glue through the holes on the front of the canvas. Curved edges may need to be notched to allow a smooth edge.
Step 5: Cover the backing board of your frame with your fabric. A festive print works best. Fabric can simply be held in place on the back with some tape. The frame will keep if from shifting once everything is put together.
Step 6: Attach your letters to the fabric. Be careful to line them up. If you would like to add distance, attach scrap pieces of foam core to the back of the letters before attaching them to the fabric. This will create a shadow box effect.
TA DA!!! That’s it. Simple and easy. You can also use this project for a child’s name, other holidays, or use numbers to commemorate a special day or to address your house. Happy stitching!
Photo by Jade McCully.