It’s good for kids to see the adults in their lives learning new things. Needlepoint is a craft that young and old (and not-so-old) can get the hang of together.
Mary de Souza of Village Needleworks in Countryside Village carries kid-appropriate needlepoint kits for that very reason. A kitty, fire engine and ballerina are just a few of the simple canvas designs for age 5 and older.
An economical way to show off a completed design is to frame it with wooden needlepoint stretcher bars and brass tacks, de Souza says. The bars are about $8 each, and come in three-fourths-inch and half-inch widths — good proportions for small projects.
Simply size the stretcher bars to fit the piece, then paint and-or decorate the wood. Lay the frame right-side down on a flat surface, position the canvas as you would a photo, stretching the edges across the bars and tacking the canvas into place. Trim any excess canvas flush with the edges of the frame.
Another idea from de Souza is to applique the finished needlework to a tote bag or backpack.
Kits start at about $32 for a finished design of roughly 6 inches square.
This article appeared in the July 2019 issue of the Momaha Magazine.