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  • How To Stitch Needlepoint To Finish Into An Ornament

    When stitching a needlepoint canvas to finish as an ornament here are a few things you should know.

    1. Ornaments With Smooth Edges

    If your ornament has regular, smooth edges (a round, a square or a rectangle) stitch an extra row of background all the way around. The finisher will take one row of the stitching when neatening the edges, so stitch one row beyond what you want to see on your finished ornament.

    Stitch this extra row in tent stitch, even if you have used decorative stitches on the background. As with this super-cute flamingo ornament, below, you won't see the tent stitched row as it is concealed in the finishing.

    How to finish a needlepoint ornament

    2. Irregular Shaped Ornaments

    If your ornament design has nooks and crannies you need to smooth these out. Some canvases come with an outline already drawn on the canvas to help you with this.

     how to stitch a needlepoint ornament for finishing

    If this outline isn't there, simply stitch 3-6 rows all the way around.

    Stitch these extra rows using a tent stitch and any color you like. Keep in mind these rows will not be hidden in the finishing and will become part of the design.

    how to stitch a needlepoint ornament for finishing

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  • Comments on this post (11 comments)

    • Lynda Bedri says...

      As a newbie I appreciate these helpful hints. Would never had known this. Many thanks.

      February 13, 2019

    • Phyllis Alexander says...

      Helpful information on finishing stitching for ornaments!

      February 13, 2019

    • Betty White says...

      Your instructions on how to stitch a piece for finishing are interesting, but please remember that all finishers do not have the same requirements. I am a professional finisher and I appreciate that you are trying to help, but I do not want extra rows of stitches “to hide” when completing an ornament for a customer. Many of us do not like the extra bulk in the seam — it is unnecessary. A good finisher is able to create crisp edges and tight corners and precise cording, and to make what the customer has created look as beautiful as possible. Thank you for the opportunity to contribute.

      February 13, 2019

    • Judy says...

      Thank you. Very helpful! I want to learn how to finish my small ornaments. Save a lot of money for the bigger ones I need to have professionally done

      February 13, 2019

    • Susan Hays Melsheimer says...

      Does Diana Sagmoe do your needlepoint finishing?
      I would love to have her finish some of my work.
      Thank you!

      February 13, 2019

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