Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Beautiful Needlepoint

Needlepoint is a type of embroidery that goes way back in time.

Signs of needlepoint pieces have been found that date to 1500 years B.C. 

It's very intricate and, as one can only imagine, exceedingly time consuming to do. While not one of my talents, it's enjoyable to look at and appreciate needlepoint pieces, particularly pillow covers.

At an annual nearby church yard sale,  never to be missed , one can usually find very nice quality things.  On the last day and during the last few hours of the sale, one can fill up a bag for $1.00.

At one such sale at the church last year, a beautifully framed needlepoint with gorgeous deep pink roses against a black background,  miraculously remained on one of the tables.

Picking it up, I figured just the frame, alone, merited stuffing it into a bag. 

It was impossible not to wonder who made this exquisite piece?

 Who sat for hours upon hours, weaving the thread in and out of the canvas?

 How much time did it take to complete? 

These are questions which will probably never be answered.

Now that it's been home for awhile, the plan is take it out of the frame and bring it somewhere to be made into an exquisite pillow cover.

The pink roses against the black background are absolutely stunning.

It's easy to envision this as an artistic pillow in the corner of the living room couch, don't you think?



diane stetson said...

We have an aunt that still does needlepoint even though she is well into her 80's. I love the pink roses on the one you found.

Richard Cottrell said...

I love and adore needlepoint. i do not do much of it anymore, but I love to collect the old pieces. Richard from my old Historic house.

Eva Ason said...

Beautiful needlepoint work! I can imagine that it is very time consuming. Love the roses!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

That is truly beautiful. I don't do much of any kind of needlework but admire it tremendously!

Chatty Crone said...

My mother used to needlepoint - and let me tell you that person worked hours with love on that. It looked so hard a tedious to me, but I have so many wonderful things my mom made and I am so thankful for them now.

Susan, that is a beautiful piece.


T's Daily Treasures said...

Oh my, Susan! That needlepoint is absolutely gorgeous. I wonder why no one bought it? I would have snapped it up. Many, many years ago, I cross-stitched a magnolia on black linen and framed it as a gift for my then mother-in-law. It was so beautiful but I know I couldn't do it now. Very hard to work on a black background. This piece will make a wonderful pillow. Best wishes, Tammy

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