These cross-stitched london scene cushions from Snowden Flood are a great example of how effective simple embroidered designs can be, I really like the contrasting borders.
More needlepoint bag inspiration!...I found these beautiful vintage needlepoint handbags available from Enoki World, I especially love the bracelet handle bag on the bottom right.
Whilst browsing on the internet for inspiration I came across this beautiful vintage needlepoint clutch bag by Valentino- I can't find it available anywhere but it's definitely got my creative juices flowing! I'm going to design and stitch a clutch bag over the Christmas holidays, I'll post an image of the finished article!
Sneak preview...Here's a little taster of some needlepoint brooches I'm currently designing.The brooch kits will be online early next year. For more info e-mail us at email@example.com.
Even Fendi have latched on to the crafting trend, they've developed this limited edition Mezzo Punto bag 'kit' the kit includes a canvas baguette, needle, thread and charts...for $995! Photo courtesy of handbag Dujour.
We've finally finished sorting out a new batch of wool into hanks! When we receive it from our supplier it comes in big balls of colour and we have to individually separate and twist each one into hanks and then match each shade to the code and give each one a batch number! It takes time but eventually we end up with this beautiful twisted rainbow!
This needlepoint cushion designed in the style of a french postcard by Ballard Designs would be a lovely reminder of a trip to Paris.
These needlepoint dog silhouette cushions from Williams Sonoma are simple but fun.
These butterfly needlepoint cushions from DL Rhein will look great grouped with my 'InThe Frame' needlepoint design.
A little birdie tells me that a new free project section has arrived! Turn this cute Christmas design into a needlepoint ornament, you could even add beads or metallic wool to give it some added sparkle! I'm stitching a few with different background colours to hang on my tree.
These bird needlepoint cushions from Gracious Style are really sweet and could easily work in a more modern interior to add some character.
My needlepoint chart letters are coming along nicely, Sign up to my newsletter to know the minute they are online!
These printed cushions from Bonjour mon coussin, proove how striking typography inspired designs can be.
Thank you to all at Crafts Beautiful magazine for my mention on their shopping pages!
These lovely handmade porcelian bowls by Samantha Robinson would make beautiful trinket bowls to keep all your spare needles, pins and threaders in.
I'm always on the look out for intricately detailed scissors and these examples from Plumo are so unique- especially those on the left as they are hand-made. A very welcome addition to any needlepoint bag!
These hand embroidered linen cushions and bone inlayed furniture from Nikki Jones are just beautiful, each piece is hand-made making them unique items. I would love this chest of drawers to display my framed metallic needlepoint designs on!
This 'Skeins Unfurled Hobo bag' from my favourite shop Anthropologie is so fun- perfect for housing a lovely needlepoint project.
House Industries designers cleverly combine cultural, musical and graphical elements to create their typography. Create a retro, bookish feel to a living room or study by combining one of their screenprinted posters, neutraface slab pillows and my Alpha needlepoint designs.
Add a nautical feel to an interior with these geometric needlepoint cushions by Heraldic Needlepoint, the folded design creates a clever optical illusion- I had to zoom in to believe it!
Jessica Hische is a typographer and illustrator that designs an illustrative initial every day on her website the Daily Drop Cap. She's really inspired me as I'm currently designing a range of charted letters for needlepoint (I'm not sure I'll finish one a day though!)
I am so inspired by the works of art created over at Squint, I love the fact that each piece is unique and a testament to the nature of couture craftsmanship. In my dreams I would commission a sofa covered in all different stripes and linear printed fabric to go with my Cuban car needlepoint cushions!
I am a big fan of Paul Smith, I love the way he uses colour and pattern in his designs. This 'Love' needlepoint wall hanging is so striking and would take ages to stitch! I'm so pleased designers are now starting to recognise needlepoint as a textural medium.
Unfortunately I don't think Ethan Allen ships to the UK, although this cow print needlepoint cushion would be an easy one to recreate, just draw some irregular curved shapes onto the canvas with a permanent marker and fill in with brown wool.