Green is in the air when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day; and these surprise needlepoint designs celebrate the holiday with a variety of green shades and complementary colors. The simple projects are quite portable; you can work them at any time and place when you just need something to needlepoint!
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St. Patrick’s Day Puppy Needlepoint Pattern
Look at this adorable puppy—all dressed in green for St. Patrick’s Day. The cute needlepoint design can easily be worked in your favorite shades from forest to lime green and a few odd ones tinted with a bit of yellow in between.
Charted for 14-mesh mono needlepoint canvas, the simple 7.14-inch by 10.79-inch needlepoint project is ideal for using a combination of basic tent needlepoint stitches and a few decorative stitches to imitate dog fur. While you’re at it, try experimenting with French... Knots and simple color blending using one or two different shades of brown to stitch the entire puppy needlepoint motif.
Download the free needlepoint chart and print a couple of copies; then make up a project bag with canvas, stretcher bars, an assortment of needlepoint threads and regular stitching supplies. Keep it in your tote bag, briefcase or purse—just in case—to stitch in spare moments.
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Yummy Green Cupcake Needlepoint Chart
You’ve heard of green beer for St. Patrick’s Day; well, here is a yummy green cupcake needlepoint project to make your mouth water while stitching. The real thing is made with chocolate devil’s food cake mix topped with green buttercream icing.
The interesting needlepoint design can be made to look just like the real thing—especially if it is finished into a stand-up figure. So, gather any deep dark brown Persian Yarn you may have for the small areas of chocolate that peep out from the top of... the design.
If you do not have deep chocolate colored threads, use any shade of brown. Avoid black because it will make the cupcake look as if it is burnt. Use a few shades of green for the four leaf clover, cupcake wrapper, and icing needlepoint motifs.
Work a simple hassle-free needlepoint background that will accent the cupcake and make the completed needlework into a kitchen item for St. Patrick’s Day decorating. Download the 5.36-inch square needlepoint chart from this link.
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Adorable St. Patrick’s Day Bear Needlepoint Pattern
This little needlepoint teddy bear is kicking up his heels to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Dressed in a green jacket, pants, and hat, the7.14-inch by 8.50-inch needlepoint pattern is just waiting to be worked with novelty yarns and specialty stitches.
Work the bear with two strands of different colored brown in the needle using the Continental or Basketweave tent needlepoint stitches, or Encroaching Gobelin, Brick or Chain Stitches. When you have finished the entire bear, take a small “thread... fuzzer” to fluff the wool fibers and turn them into fur.
The completed needlepoint project would look great finished into a small pillow or stuffed toy. Blocking and finishing it this way is not nearly as difficult as you think; so you can easily do it yourself rather than send it out to be professionally made into a pillow or toy.
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Golden Clover Needlepoint Design
Imagine a large iron cooking pot filled with gold coins and a four-leaf clover for luck and you’ll have a good idea of what this surprise St. Patrick’s Day needlepoint design represents. The 7.14-inch square design can be reduced to smaller sizes if worked on 18 to 24-mesh needlepoint canvas.
Use washable cotton embroidery floss (all 6 strands, if working on 14-mesh canvas; 3 or less for finer canvas) and finish into a mug rug to hold a cup of coffee and an apple-cinnamon pastry—YUM! Mug rugs are... not only beautiful, they are also quite practical.
Back the completed needlepoint with a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil to deflect the heat from hot beverages, and rubber kitchen shelf grip liner to keep the mug rug from sliding. The cotton threads will absorb moisture or condensation from glasses and mugs without staining the needlepoint.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Friendly Leprechaun Needlepoint Project
Complete with top hat and pipe, this friendly leprechaun will keep a smile on your face as you stitch. The7.14-inch by 7.50-inch needlepoint chart is 100 stitches wide and 105 stitches high.
Consider working it as a patch to sew on a green jacket or sweater for St. Patrick’s Day. A patch is one of the easiest needlepoint projects to complete as it can be finished by hand immediately after blocking has been done.
The black band around the top hat can be stitched with Patent Leather novelty thread... with gold metallic super-imposed needlepoint couching for the buckle.