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My daughters and I have been needlepointing a lot lately. They’ve been working on small-scale projects–they are easy to tote and stitch when there’s a free moment. D#1 surprised me with this totally cool needlepointed iPhone 4 case. What a great idea–I love her design! She bought the case from Purl Soho. They come in white, pink, orange and blue. If you would like to see some other ways to finish these cases in needlepoint and cross-stitch, check out this post from Purl Soho.

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She also finally finished this keychain, which was meant to be a birthday gift back in March. D#1 is a perfectionist–when she doesn’t like a design or color choices, she will rip everything out and start over. I don’t have that same drive.

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D#2 decided she wanted to make keychains for a couple of international guests visiting friends of ours this summer.

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For Ursula from the UK who likes pastel colors, we designed her name in a scripty font in melon with a variegated turquoise background. She was especially pleased by the addition of the St. Christopher’s medal, since Christopher is her father’s name.

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For Maia from France, we knew exactly what to do: a chevron background using a muted palette of gray and light blue with her name in dark blue. Based on the advice from an expert at our favorite needlepoint shop, D#2 added a sparkly thread to the dark blue, so her name has just a bit of bling. We really like the effect and plan to use this technique again in the future.

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7 thoughts on “needlepoint gifts

  1. Do you craft the leather part of the key chain or do you buy it somewhere. That is pretty cool, I would love to make some.

  2. What is the canvas made of for the iPhone cases? Plastic or traditional canvas?

  3. My husband just bought one of the Iphone needle point cases to make me a birthday present. I love how yours turned out, I am unsure what mine will look like but I know he bought lots of shiny and glow in the dark thread. It should be interesting!

    • What a thoughtful husband! I hope you will share a picture of it when it’s finished–the glow-in-the-dark floss is a clever idea. It’ll make retrieving the phone from the dark depths of a purse a lot easier!

      • I had not thought of that advantage to the glow in the dark floss. I will definitely share a picture when it is done. It should be very interesting if nothing else!

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