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Adventures in Tapestry

My first needlepoint kit

You may remember I am working through a series of grid-based crafts for my own amusement. The first one was perler beads and I’ve now moved on to Tapestry*

I’ve gone on about Tapestry so much in the last couple of years that I hoped someone would spare me the decision making and buy me a kit as a gift but it hasn’t happened so far. Luckily, I found a great deal on the new kits by Anna Maria Horner so I ordered one myself (from here). I love her fabric designs and she seems like a sewing pro so I thought it would be a good place to start. It will hopefully look like this when complete.

As suspected, I love Tapestry! It is very much like Picross, only with wool. Also a bit like painting by numbers. I have been having a bit of trouble getting the colour areas to join up properly but I think I’m getting the hang of it now. As you can see below, I’ve done a whole corner in 2 days! I quite like how slow it goes though – it should keep me entertained all year, especially if it keeps snowing. The yellow section in the middle of the pillow gives me the fear though. I’m doing the pink flower area first and then working back.


Anyway, I don’t intend to blog about this often, but if you’re interested I’ll probably instagram some pics now and again. And feel free to leave me any tips and links in the comments – the instructions were not exactly comprehensive.

Also, I have requisitioned my embroidered box to keep my wool and scissors in. It seemed apt. As previously blogged, I got this for a mere £1.

*I’m going with Tapestry – some of you may call this Needlepoint but it says Tapestry Kit on the front so let’s stick with that. I marginally prefer the word Needlepoint myself but that might just be my brain making the leap to Arya. I don’t think you could stab anyone with a tapestry needle though.


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