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Just a few weeks ago, I set a small goal for myself: because creativity begets creativity, I need to keep my DIY mojo going with small, doable projects each month. Nothing big, and nothing that derails bigger DIY projects like the office redo, but something that keeps my hands moving and the creative side of me active. And if I can do it while watching Netflix, all the better.

Elizabeth Bradley anemone needlepoint kit DIY

For January, I randomly selected this colorful needlepoint kit from Elizabeth Bradley. I work with a small number of advertising networks on this blog, and each Christmas, they often send a box of things to try out just for fun. Sometimes it’s a hideous pillow that gets promptly given to Goodwill, and sometimes it’s (literally) a box of chocolates. This time, it was a project that Jeff Winger would call “doable and passable.” So for January, it was perfect.

The kit comes with everything needed to complete the project in a sort of stitch-by-numbers setup: the canvas is printed with an overlay of the image that you stitch over with the actual yarn (or “tapestry wool” as they call it), color-coded and pre-cut lengths of yarn, needles, and a printed guide in case the image wasn’t foolproof enough.

It took me about a week and a half to complete, doing small sections each evening before bed. Needlepoint/cross stitch is something my grandmother taught me how to do when I was little (she used to create elaborate works of art like this for every member of the family), so I found it to be both relaxing and nostalgic. Before long, my little anemone was complete and ready for framing.

I lucked out on my trip to Goodwill and found a frame with a 6×6 matting, exactly the size of my finished needlepoint.

goodwill frame

After painting the frame (which I think I’m going to paint again to something more matte) and trimming down the canvas to fit, my January DIY project is complete.

Elizabeth Bradley anemone needlepoint kit DIY

Elizabeth Bradley needlepoint kit

And wouldn’t you know it? Without something to work on each night, I immediately jumped into ideas for February. More on this one next month!

February watercolor project

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5 Comments

  1. Lia, you continue to amaze me! Needlepoint is so beyond my patience point but I so appreciate it when I see it – and the art. What cant you do? It must be hard to keep all the projects apart and not start painting little woodland animals, etc. You are top of my list wonderful!

    1. Lia? :)

      Thank you for the compliment though! I was just thinking of creating a little wooden duckling for my office (because of the blog name, of course). Not quite a woodland creature, but close enough. Ha!

  2. I, too, learned needlepoint (a few different ways) cross stitch and counted cross stitch when young. The anemone is beautiful! Agree about a matte sheen.

    1. Thanks! The sheen didn’t bother me until I started photographing. Serves me for grabbing the first black paint I had on hand!

  3. Very nice job. My advise is don´t do the stich very tight. It happens with my first and it´s very hard to undone.