Dimensional Needlepoint


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Isn’t the world of needlework fabulous right now? You can stitch anything, on anything, with anything. With the internet, you can share what you make, discover what others are making, shop for supplies or learn a new technique 24/7. As they say, this ain’t your grandma’s needlework world, but we think she’d admire the creativity anyway.

Needlepoint is an embroidery technique that has evolved fabulously. No more flat-paneled nature scenes stitched in fuzzy wool and mounted in plain wood frames, or pillows that are just for show, or dining room chair covers you aren’t allowed to sit on. Needlepoint projects today are often finished as objects to use: shoes, belts, keychains, purses, wallets, and grown-up toys. No, no…I don’t mean that, I mean stuffed animals, stand-up characters, and other 3-dimensional designs.

You know you love crochet or knit amigurumi, so take a look at these images of needlepointed “toys.” They are all designs and models from Sew Much Fun, a Canadian needlepoint company known for 3-D animals, characters and bean-bag creatures. They use lots of sparkly Kreinik threads in their models, which adds to the fun, color, texture, and dimension of each design. I bet you can spot the Kreinik metallic threads in the photos.

Scotty the Dog is a needlepoint canvas by Randi Gelman of Sew Much Fun. Stitch this painted canvas in fun fibers, like Kreinik metallic threads.
Scotty the Dog is a needlepoint canvas by Randi Gelman of Sew Much Fun. Randi’s sister is also in the needlework biz: she owns Cindy’s Needle Art store, http://www.cindysneedleart.com/

The creative team behind Sew Much Fun is designer Randi Gelman and her sister Cindy Saltzman, who owns the needlework shop Cindy’s Needle Art. Cindy opened the store in Canada more than 18 years ago. She sells Randi’s needlepoint canvases, plus threads, other designs, giftware and more online and in the Richmond Hill (Ontario) location. The partnership has resulted in some of the most creative, dimensional needlepoint designs on the market.

A design company like Sew Much Fun paints the pattern onto needlepoint canvas. It's almost like getting a painting, a work of art, which is why painted canvases can be so expensive. This Sew Much Fun pattern is called Mikey Monkey.
This Sew Much Fun pattern is called Mikey Monkey. A design company like Sew Much Fun paints the pattern onto needlepoint canvas. It’s almost like getting a painting, an original work of art, which is why painted canvases can be more expensive than computer-generated designs.

Side note: Randi and many other talented needlepoint designers paint their images onto an open-hole canvas. This kind of needlepoint doesn’t have a chart to follow (you can find gorgeous counted needlepoint designs on the market as well). This type of needlepoint is good to stitch when you don’t feel like counting or traveling with charts. If you loved coloring books as a child, you’ll like these. With painted-canvas needlepoint designs, the image is already on the fabric (canvas), and you just fill in with the fun stuff (colored threads and textural stitches).

Don't you love the ribbon mane on this design? It's a painted canvas needlepoint pattern from Sew Much Fun, called "Lion King."
Don’t you love the ribbon mane on this design? It’s a painted canvas needlepoint pattern from Sew Much Fun, called “Lion King.” The color scheme is bright and cheerful. Also note the variety of stitches used on his legs, face and belly, which adds playful visual interest.

“My idea was to introduce needlepoint to the women of Toronto, and breakdown the stereotype that needlepoint was just for grandmas,” Cindy says. From Toronto to The National Needlework Association tradeshows and the world wide web, Cindy’s Needle Art and Sew Much Fun have reached stitchers internationally. “I am so happy to see how excited everyone gets from learning a new stitch, or using a new thread, and seeing their work finished,” Cindy adds.

These creative carolers are part of the Christmas ornament series from needlepoint painted canvas design company Sew Much Fun.
These creative carolers are part of the Christmas ornament series from needlepoint painted canvas design company Sew Much Fun. Find more designs here: http://www.cindysneedleart.com/ornaments.html
This little Lady Bug needlepoint is part of Sew Much Fun's Christmas ornament line.
This little Lady Bug needlepoint is part of Sew Much Fun’s Christmas ornament line. The stitch and thread selection is creative and colorful, but the bead arms and legs are quick and fun embellishments.

And, my goodness, is it about the finishing…This is a tricky step, since it can often be the most expensive or architectural part of a painted-canvas needlepoint project. If you don’t have the sewing expertiseand most of us don’t—the key is to find a good finisher. Many needlework shops offer finishing services, or you can search online for needlework finishing companies. Cindy’s Needle Art offers finishing services, which is perfect for the animals and characters in the Sew Much Fun line.

Petie Puppy is the name of this painted canvas design from Sew Much Fun. He is part of the 3-D Baby Animals line.
Petie Puppy is the name of this painted canvas design from Sew Much Fun. He is part of the 3-D Baby Animals line, shown here: http://www.cindysneedleart.com/babyanimals.html
Penelope Poodle is a made by stitching various needlepoint painted canvases and having them finished as a stuffed animal (with movable legs!).
Penelope Poodle is a made by stitching various needlepoint painted canvas sections and having them finished as a stuffed animal (with movable legs!). It can be expensive for the painted canvas, threads, and finishing…but wouldn’t it look perfect in your Paris apartment…someday….

I hope you enjoyed this little view into the colorful, creative, and contemporary dimensional needlepoint designs of Sew Much Fun. For more information on the designs shown here, visit http://www.cindysneedleart.com/Sewmuchfun.html

Pretty in purple, this daisy stands out for...well, standing out. It's called "3-D Daisy" and is from the design company Sew Much Fun. Can you spot the Kreinik metallics?
Pretty in purple, this daisy stands out for…well, standing out. It’s called “3-D Daisy” and is from the design company Sew Much Fun. Can you spot the Kreinik metallics?

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Dena Lenham, aka KreinikGirl, is Creative Director at Kreinik Manufacturing Company, a family-owned, USA-based business that manufactures high-quality yarns and threads made of metallics, silks and real metals from their West Virginia factory. Dena’s monthly column, Kreinik Calling, sheds light on the fascinating fibres that we all use and love.
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