Modern needlepoint

My daughter turned 6 in May. She is an suburb artist, skilled in jewelry making (stretch bracelets, rings and necklaces), painting (acrylics of whatever), and drawing (of whatever). I am well skilled at sewing (all aspects), jewelry making (wire wrap) and crochet. I was taught to sew at a young age. I started doing needlepoint at about my daughter's age. It was during a semi-annual visit from my grandmother and great aunt that they decided it was time that I learn. My great aunt used to make all sorts of little needlepoint things...mostly gifts and decorations. I wish I still had some of them. Anyway, after I learned how to needlepoint, I moved on to hand sewing/embroidery, then machine sewing and eventually got my college degree in Fashion Design. I'm not leading my daughter towards Fashion Design, but I do plan on teaching her all the skills I have because I think she deserves to have a vast range of useful skills. Also, a large amount of my family members know how to sew, so it's a given that she will learn that too.

My dad is especially excited that I'm teaching her and the way in which I plan to teach her what I know...needlepoint, embroidery, hand sewing, machine stitching, project design...etc. I know it sounds odd for a guy to be excited about that type of stuff...a guy who is a veteran Marine of Vietnam for that matter..., but his mom made all her kids (3 boys and 1 girl) learn how to sew. He also knows how to knit...which he just recently told me and would like me to hand over my knitting machine that I was unable to get to work. He wants to make scarfs or something. I must remember to give that to him. Anyway, he is more excited that my mom is. I think that is cool and I can imagine him know teaching her (and me) how to knit as well as assisting her on embroidery projects. He has this pretty pillow he made with 2 horses on it. Both him and 1 brother made ones. I think it is very neat.

I bought Alex (Alexzandria), my daughter, a needlepoint kit like most parents would. It looked like a good idea until we started doing it. I do mean "WE" because well she is just learning, so the weird places in the design have been done by me. The kit comes with a printed plastic canvas (a butterfly), matching yarn, a plastic needle, the wrong instructions (which I promptly ditched) and a plastic frame. The butterfly is printed centered on the holes vs the intersections, so the stitching of the design has become quiet wonky and off. It's frustrating for me, but more frustrating for my daughter because I keep having to borrow her canvas to work thorough the poorly designed bits. Then it hit me, why not finish this wonky butterfly, save it (It will be cute later when she is older...heck it's cute now.), and make our own project that is more modern, geometrical and overall simpler to accomplish without sacrificing style. So, I started looking up modern canvas designs.

I already have some blank canvases upstairs and plenty of yarn. Though getting some sturdier yarn will be better, I just have soft yarn reserved for scarfs and tactile projects that will rest aside skin for longer than the completion of a project. So, this is the part where I include pictures of my wonderful finds with artist credits. Call it a visual brain storm...

Carrie Wolf
ModernNeedlepoint on Etsy

Black Berry purse

Nicole Gastonguay

Shrimp Lo Mein


TV Dinner

Modern Dose

Link Pillow

123 Creations

Blue Dot Armchair

Jonathan Adler


mp3 case

We are finishing up our butterfly with gusto and lots of redoing stitches. First timers don't always make the back look pretty along with the front.



  1. you might like to try one of our contemporary needlepoint kits. They were designed with the beginner in mind and come with a full set of directions- the canvases are stitch printed so that the design is easy to follow. Check out our kits at

  2. Hi there

    I've just launched a company selling modern needlepoint kits that you might be interesed in. The designs include skulls, union jacks and graffiti lettering.

    My website is
    My etsy shop is:

    I really hope you like the designs.

    Best, Alex

  3. Hi Abby

    Lovely t hear you're teaching your daughter to needlepoint- I really think it's important to keep the craft going and introduce young people to it.

    You might like to take a look at some of my designs available from the kits are quite big projects so not particularly suitable for little ones (maybe for mum!), but I have a cute free project that I've just uploaded and lots of needlepoint advice. I'm also just developing a range of charted letter designs that you might like. I also have an etsy store- just follow the link on my home page.

    I'd love to hear any feedback if you have time!

    Best wishes
    Felicity Hall

  4. Thank you all for your comments. I am not looking to purchase a kit since I am a designer and capable of making my own needle point patterns. I have been needle pointing for over 20 years now, so I'm very good at it, hence being able to easily teach my daugther the craft. Feel free to read the rest of my blog. I'm an advid crafter and have many skills.


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