Handmade needlepoint items are most flattering to Thanksgiving decorating schemes. They can serve many useful functions as well as become valuable pieces of art. These free Thanksgiving needlepoint designs offer both a realistic Cornucopia as well as a stylized one to enhance your decorating or to surprise your holiday guests.
The Cornucopia or “Horn of Plenty” is a frequent sight at Thanksgiving time; and you can always find pillows, table linens, centerpieces and other objects with cornucopias... to decorate your home for Thanksgiving celebrations. The needlepoint cornucopias make charming decorations for a kitchen or dining area; and they can be adapted for other uses as well.
Choose your own fall colors for these patterns, or use the colors suggested in the free needlepoint charts. You can also have lots of fun trying decorative stitch techniques and experimenting with textured and novelty threads.
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Realistic Cornucopia Needlepoint Project
Stitch a realistic 7.14-inch by 5.64-inch Horn of Plenty needlepoint design that will wow your family and guests. The finished needlepoint can then be fashioned into a fall decorating item of your choice, which can be displayed not only at Thanksgiving, but all through the year.
For example, a needlepoint insert stitched from this pattern and placed in a wooden hot pad tray or acrylic trivet would not only safeguard your kitchen or dining room table; but would harmonize with your Thanksgiving... decor as well.
Use stranded embroidery floss or overdyed thread to work this simple needlepoint chart. With the small and frequent color changes, you really only need to use continental or basketweave needlepoint stitches to work the easy project.
Experienced stitchers will enjoy working with intriguing techniques that use beads and precious metal threads to accent certain motifs of the needlepoint design. For a definite challenge, try stitch-painting the canvas to match the chart, and then work the project with the desired stitches.
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Stylized Horn of Plenty Needlepoint Project
This is a perfect project for a beginner to make a framed needlepoint picture, small pillow or pin cushion by simply counting the stitches of this 6.86-inch by 7.36-inch horn of plenty design. All three of these recommended handmade items are inexpensive gifts that can be made quickly with small pieces of canvas and odd bits of threads and fibers that you or your stitching friends have left over from other projects.
They are bound to be welcome expressions of your creativity as well as fun... conversation pieces! If the finished needlepoint will be a gift, consider personalizing it with an attractive monogram, or extend the project to work a serious or amusing motto or slogan.
Choose needlepoint stitches that are quick and easy for you to work and that fit in small spaces on the canvas. Don’t obsess over fancy techniques; just work with familiar stitches and ones with which you are most comfortable.
Making a Needlepoint Picture
For pictures, select a frame before beginning the project that is close to the size of the needlepoint design area. If you prefer a larger size, choose a colorful mat, or plan to stitch an extended background fill area before final finishing.
The choice is yours whether or not to use glass as part of your frame. You may want to use glass to protect the needlework if it will be displayed in an area that gets a lot of moisture (like a bathroom or kitchen). However, if you used textured threads or just don’t like the idea of glass on your needlework, then frame without it.
Small pillows made from either of these needlepoint designs are especially attractive. The size can be increased by working them on larger mesh canvas, or adding strips of complementary fabric at the final finishing step. When each needlepoint project is complete, turn it on the wrong side and gently hold a steam iron or a very hot iron with a damp cloth draped over it. Do not let the iron touch the needlepoint. Unless the canvas is distorted badly out of shape, you will not need to do heavy blocking for small pieces like these. Let the needlepoint cool and then finish into the desired home decorating item.