Category Archives: Finishing

Various ways you can finish a needlepoint canvas

You only finish once?


Unlike life, in needlepoint there are do-overs.

Sometimes twice is the ticket  to get a job done just right.  As a result, it does happen that I get asked to refinish a canvas that has already been finished.

No problem.

For example, Cole’s grandmother needlepointed this charming Snow Dude stocking. As you can see from the closeups in the gallery above, it is beautifully stitched.

However, my customer wasn’t entirely thrilled with the finishing that someone else (from “up North” as we say in Fla) had done for it.

So she asked me to give it a makeover.

I had my finisher add a welt around the sides and top, re-line it, and give it a more substantial hanger.

Much, much better!


Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016

Good Golly, Miss Molly!


I can’t wait to see the pics of Miss Molly modeling her new collar. Molly is a French Bulldog and Boston Terrier mix. She is two-years-old and lives in Manhattan. I am very partial to both breeds–love the big ears on the Frenchies… ooh-la-la!

9aI adore this stylish collar!

Notice that it has the nifty KWIK buckle.

I just know that Molly will be the envy of all the pooches  in Central Park.  After all,  it’s only the top dogs that get to wear needlepoint collars!

Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016

Latest finishings


My customers are so talented!!!

Here are  some of their latest finishings…

The “Keep Calm… and Now Panic” gift box stand is a hoot. A two-sided piece has two stitched versions of the famous saying, and it even has little red feet!



And I just love the ladybug embellishment on the bow!


A nice braid on the college crest really makes this pillow extra special.


The crocheted braid looks lovely with the little red heart, two special little touches that make it unique.

heart on pillow

Then there’s the voodoo with a long twist to attach on a golf bag!

voodoo chile

To finish off this gorgeous display, here are two hanging signs. One pineapple…


And one beachy peachy.


Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016

Halo, I love u


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These charming angels from Painted Pony are quite versatile.  They can be made into pillows, hanging ornaments, or placed on a stand (as you see above).

Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016

Pretty in pink


Here are some shots of a lovely finished piece that came in last week.

This angel shelf sitter was put together by someone who loves her craft and never misses a deadline.

I really appreciate that sort of professionalism.

Plus, she doesn’t do “cookie cutter” finishing.  This talented finisher selects great fabrics, ribbons and little embellishments that make each project even more special.

I love the colors that were chosen here, and I think they beautifully complement this excellent needlepoint work.  Isn’t the angel a cutie!

Great stitching job.

Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016

Patrick’s Stocking

needlepointland stocking finishing

Maria’s Awesome Xmas Stocking

Here’s another wonderful stocking stitched by my friend Maria for a very special and lucky little boy.

I had it finished by a real pro, who managed to turn it around for me in record time!

Thanks to my finisher, this lovely stocking made it to young Patrick in time for his very first Christmas.

It’s a Melissa Shirley design.

Maria favors this artist for Christmas stockings, having stitched about 15 or so over the years for relatives and friends.

The piece is backed with navy velvet and lined in a very elegant green moire.

Lots of glitter in this one. The silver moon is well, silver, against the shimmering navy background sky.

Maria uses lots of silk and silk/wool combination threads and that is what you see throughout the stocking.

Santa’s sack is Petite Very Velvet and the bells are stitched in brassy gold Kreinik metallics.  His coat trim is Fancy Fur by Rainbow Gallery.

Finally, notice the way Maria made use of different threads and textures to create the illusion of depth and dimension.  Absolutely superb!

By the way, I was looking at the American Needlepoint Guild (ANG) magazine Needlepointers last night.

It showed pics of finished needlepoint in the Awards Gallery that’s refereed by a panel of judges at their national seminar.

Maria should really consider submitting some of her finished pieces there.

She’s got my vote!

Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016

Needlepoint Wow

Sad Lion

Sad Lion

Earlier this week, I got back this poor Sad Lion figurine from the finisher.  I was fairly happy with him, although he could have used less batting and more weighting, if you get my drift.

I just won’t leave him by an open window.

Recently, I came across the work of Parisian artist Frédérique Morrel.

Morrel recycles vintage canvases to come up with some pretty astonishing creations.

Tony and Eva

Tony and Eva

It’s not all reindeer heads, hunting scenes and wild boars either. She does life-sized  humans too, in a series she calls Ghosts.

It’s a retro chic, hyper-realistic look, and it’s certainly different.  Stuff like this doesn’t come cheap.

Check it out at Bergdorf Goodman’s in NY, but have the smelling salts handy.

Morrel is not the only one to recycle stash to come up with a newish take on needlepoint.

Lindstén Form Studio is an independent design company based in Stockholm, Sweden. They use recycled canvases as backing for functional objects, such as chairs.

Pretty funky, as you can see below, although I have no idea what they were trying to say with their “many hours, many days, many weeks and years have women in older generations spent on embroidery to catch an idyll view.”  Must be a Swedish thing.

Can you imagine these in your kitchen?

Lindsten - Needlepoint Stools

Lindsten – Needlepoint Stools

Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016