Love It

One sen­ti­men­tal keep­sake in­spires an­other.


A beloved work of art takes a new shape.

Long ago, when my daugh­ter, Stephy, was 6 years old, she gave me a paint­ing she had made. I framed it and hung it, be­cause I was so proud of her, and I loved the col­ors and the feel­ing the paint­ing gave me.

A few years later, Stephy’s paint­ing in­spired me to cre­ate a needle­point pil­low to match. The pil­low now has been in my home for more than 40 years. Chil­dren’s cre­ations are one of a kind, and I’m happy I was able to make this one last in a new way.


Needle­point can­vas

Ma­te­rial for back­ing

(heav­ier weight such as vel­vet or cor­duroy)

Pil­low form

Needle­point yarn in de­sired col­ors Ball­point pen

Ta­pes­try nee­dles


1. Copy de­sign onto can­vas with ball­point pen. The pen marks will be cov­ered up on the fin­ished piece. 2.

Cut pil­low back­ing to fit the can­vas. In­clude a 2-in. seam al­lowance on the back­ing and the can­vas for the pil­low form. 3. Stitch the needle­point de­sign onto the can­vas, us­ing the ta­pes­try nee­dles and the yarn. 4.

Stack the can­vas and the back­ing on top of one an­other, with the right sides fac­ing each other. Stitch around all sides ½ in. from the edge, round­ing the cor­ners as you stitch and leav­ing one side par­tially open. 5.

Turn the pil­low cov­er­ing right side out and gen­tly work the pil­low form into the re­sult­ing pocket. Hand stitch the open­ing closed. n

If you look closely, Wynne Crombie even copied her daugh­ter’s sig­na­ture in the cor­ner.

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