Winter has the ideal climate for ice and snow. This enchanting free design depicts a stylized needlepoint adaptation of a winter scene with a single bare tree standing a lonely vigil on a cold snowy night. The small project can be completed much quicker than a larger one, which makes it ideal for stitching in spare moments or while on-the-go.
Determining the Needlepoint Design Size
The needlepoint design area is 3.5 inches wide and 4 inches high with a stitch complement that’s 50 stitches by 56 stitches when using #13 mesh mono needlepoint canvas or #14 plastic or perforated paper canvas.
Larger or smaller canvas mesh sizes will change the measurements of the completed needlepoint design.
Take a look at this chart. Needlepoint design dimensions are displayed beginning with finer canvas mesh sizes to Quickpoint. This gives you a lot of ways to work the project and turn it into practical as well as decorative items, from tree ornaments to throw pillows.
|Canvas Size||Design Size|
|#24||2.1 inches by 2.3 inches|
|#22||2.3 inches by 2.5 inches|
|#18||2.8 inches by 3.1 inches|
|#13||3.5 inches by 4 inches|
|#10||5 inches by 5.6 inches|
|#5||10 inches by 11.2 inches|
To further adapt the needlepoint pattern to fit a decorative item you have in mind, simply increase the size of the finished needlepoint by working several additional rows of snow and sky; or adding a winter-themed needlepoint border.
Since the needlepoint design has small stitching sections, tent, continental and basketweave stitch techniques are recommended for use—especially for the tree as well as the snow accents on the branches.
Small French Knots can be made to simulate falling snowflakes.
Before Stitching the Needlepoint Project
Prior to grabbing threads from your needlepoint stash and starting to stitch the design, take a few minutes to carefully look over the stitch placement and details on the free Winter Scene Needlepoint Chart.
Enlarge as needed before printing to better see the distinctions in color ass well as the various design motifs.
You can devise your own stitch combinations or use basic needlepoint stitches to work the project. Simply select the desired stitch techniques and practice them on scrap or “doodle canvas” with the threads and fibers you plan to use until you are comfortable with their position, texture, tension and final appearance.
Assemble all the needlepoint supplies you’ll need in advance and prepare the canvas for stitching. If you are using plastic needlepoint canvas, you can cut it to pattern size and shape before or after stitching. For fabric needlepoint canvas, allow for an additional 2 to 3 inches on all sides before cutting. Wrap the edges with masking tape and mount on stretcher bars or attach to a small scroll frame.
Working the Needlepoint Project
- Find the center stitch on the needlepoint chart (look for it on one of the tree branches) and match it to the appropriate canvas mesh intersection. Start stitching at this point, working outward to complete the entire tree.
- Once the tree has been stitched, work the snow-covered ground followed by the sky. You may decide at this point that you would like to make the sky lighter or darker than charted or what you had originally planned. Whichever color you choose at this time, make sure to cover the sky completely, ignoring the falling snow stitches on the needlepoint chart.
- Work the French Knots randomly on top of the stitched sky to create a three-dimensional effect to the falling snow. If you prefer, instead of the French Knots, sew tiny white seed beads for the snow.
- Turn the finished needlepoint into an inset for a glass-covered trivet, beverage coaster, pin cushion or mini pillow. Make into an applique to sew on a winter sweater, hat or jacket.