Needlepoint sleep mask

Small needlepoint projects are always popular and for good reason as they are:

  • ideal for those who are not quite sure they want to commit the time or money to a larger project
  • perfectly portable for travel either on your daily commute or for longer holiday projects
  • quick to stitch so are ideal for a gift for that special someone.

A new design from studio stitches

Before and after; the hand painted canvas with the finished mask

The Camellia sleep mask is my latest small project.

It is inspired by a lovely Liberty sleep mask I received for Mother’s Day a few years ago which quickly became one of my favourite things.

My mask lives in my bedside table just in case a nap is required, and it always comes with me on my travels.

Thanks Homespun magazine

When the lovely team form Homespun asked if I had any new ideas for needlepoint projects a sleep mask seemed the perfect project.

The editor thought so too and the Camellia mask appeared in the February 2017 edition.

From sketch to kit

Camellia’s are one of my favourite shrubs and while I was thinking about the mask project they burst into bloom. I did a number of sketches of the blooms in my garden and the sketches quickly developed into the finished design which I have hand painted onto each canvas.

Cascade House Embroidery

For sometime I had been looking for an Australian alternative to DMC wool, which is made in France. We do have rather a lot of wool in Australia so why was no-one making tapestry wool?

I was thrilled when the lovely people at Cascade House approached me suggesting I might like to try their tapestry wools.

Cascade House wools

I was only too happy to experiment with a variety of their beautiful yarns including wools, silks and cottons. The colours and textures are beautiful. They are more expensive than DMC but for this luxury item it seemed ideal to include them in the kit. I’m confident like me, you’ll think it’s well worth the little extra.

What’s in a kit?

The boxed kit ready to post

As with all my kits the Camellia kit includes every thing you need to do the needlepoint including:

  • the hand painted mono 10 count canvas
  • Cascade tapestry wools
  • 2 tapestry needles
  • detailed instructions

You add the extras

After you finish the needlepoint you will need to do a little easy sewing to make up the mask.

Materials include:

  • a small amount of fabric
  • light weight batting
  • elastic for the band.

I really enjoyed sewing this project.  I even did a little hand quilting on the backing fabric, which was fun to do and added a little more soft luxury.

This is a project you can go to town on with your choice of beautiful fabric, trims and details to make your own unique mask.

The price of your Camellia kit is $72.00 plus postage.  Click here for the link.

It must be time for that nap and my sleep mask?

Enjoy your stitching!

Barbara

 

 

 

 

 

 

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