Hand-needlepointed accessories and gifts become immediate heirlooms thanks to their ingredients of durability, handcrafted quality and thoughtfulness. We’ve waxed poetic many a time about this classic craft, especially when it comes to a Christmas tree full of needlepointed ornaments. Some needlepointed treasures are cheeky and fun, like those the Glam Pad showcased recently. Others like those I ran across this summer are sacred and commemorative.
Stained Glass Window Banner
Fellow chorister vCa bestowed a breathtaking heirloom banner to our church designed after this
stained glass window in the chapel.
The banner measures 3′ x 5′. vCa gave a photo of the window to her favorite needlepoint shop in Washington, DC, The Point of it All, and they painted the canvas. She devoted nine months to stitching the banner, and St. James’s Episcopal Church dedicated it in late May 2016.
I was fascinated with the needlepointed pew cushions,
and chair covers
that we discovered during my choir’s week-long residence in Worcester Cathedral in July. These labors of love personalized the majestic interior of the cathedral with so many intriguing themes and styles that left me wishing to know about the history and crafter behind each of them. Since returning from our trip, I’ve learned that St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church here in Richmond organized a Needlepoint Guild to create covers for kneelers in their recently renovated sanctuary.
Sunset Beach Christmas Ornament
In August we celebrated 25 years of vacationing at Sunset Beach with lDd and family. She surprised me with this keepsake.
It has already become a cherished reminder of a beloved family and tradition. I expect my girls to fight over who gets it in the years to come.
My recent needlepoint encounters have me itching to stitch. In our disposable and instant, next-day culture, you can’t help but pause to appreciate the time and talent that even a small ornament takes. Whether the canvas is large or small, cheeky or sacred, a hand-needlepointed gift will always define the term labor of love.
August 24, 2016