Small needlepoint canvases are quicker to stitch and more affordable than large canvases - which is probably why we like them. But, deciding what to do with a small canvas once it's stitched can be tricky. (Drawers stuffed with small stitched canvases, anyone?)
Here are a few ideas for finishing and displaying small needlepoint canvases.1. Stitch a series and frame them as a group.
|Small needlepoint canvases can be framed gallery-style
and hung as a coordinated group.
|For a less costly alternative, find some interesting and eclectic frames,
frame the needlepoint yourself, and hang on the wall in an arrangement that
suits your style.
2. Personalize a bag.
|Forget the frames! Another affordable option is to wrap and glue your canvas to foam board
(you can pad it if you want) and attach them, as a group, to the wall for a contemporary look.
|This DJ Designs Yorkie canvas was made into a bag. Most professional
finishers will be able to do this for you. Some finishers work with leather for
an upscale look.
3. Make an inset pillow.
|This tote bag has had a vintage needlepoint inset.
4. Make a pin cushion or herb sachet.
|A small needlepoint inset into a standard size fabric pillow.
5. Make an ornament.
|A Dragonfly 4" x 4" needlepoint filled with a lavender sachet.
Buy a small hanging frame - you can find them on Amazon and craft stores etc, and create a hanging ornament.
|A hanging frame needlepoint ornament.
Or, here's how to finish a round ornament
without paying for expensive finishing.6. Create a patchwork.
|This sofa is an extreme version of what we mean! You could sew lots of small needlepoint pieces
together to make a patchwork that could ultimately become a pillow, a footstool cover,
almost anything you like. Admittedly, you'll need a few to make a sofa!