Furniture Commission

I enjoy creating one-of-a-kind commissions, especially for furniture.

This piece is taller and larger than a footstool, and I had fun combining the fancy “B” with flowers inspired by Turkish embroideries. It is stitched in basketweave on 14 count canvas.

Carpe Mañana

Many thanks to my friend Susan K. for being the first to stitch Carpe Mañana. I would like to be the red-hatted woman dozing in the hammock strung between two palm trees, listening to the ocean waves.

I love the variegated fiber and stitch she chose for the palm tree trunks that make the bark look so nubby.

Love Envelope

This hanging piece, my first multidimensional canvas, is a perfect pocket for holding antique valentines.

 If finished as a pocket, the two pieces (front and back) may be joined with a ribbon. It could also be stitched as a 2-sided ornament.

On 18 mesh canvas, it measures 5 1/4 “ x 2 1/2”.

The back features a beaded heart.


Materials included Petite Sparkle Rays, Neon Rays, Pebbly Perle, Watercolours, Petite Very Velvet, Accentuate, Ribbon Floss Shimmer Blend, and a variety of beads.

Santa Fe Heart

This is a close-up of the Santa Fe Heart included in my first post.

This heart was inspired by many aspects of New Mexico – the mountains, the turquoise, and the sun symbol of the Zia Pueblo Indians.

Each mountain is a different cross stitch – double straight cross, checkerboard cross, double stitch, etc. My many thanks to Carolyn Hedge Baird for her stitch suggestions that made this heart so much fun to stitch.

I had fun buying the beads for the turquoise/coral trim in Santa Fe, and enjoyed stitching a double-woven stitch around the edge with Baroque Silk Campfire.

Imari Birds Paperweight

August 9, 2012

Originally designed as an ornament on 13 count canvas, this paperweight (painted on 18) is an elegant addition to my desk. Its jewel tones, subtle sparkle, and Japanese inspiration make me happy every time I see it.

Finished with a 1 3/4” ribbon, it stands almost 2 inches tall.

The distinctive shape is in between a circle and an oval. To set off the edge, I stitched a gold Kreinik ribbon “braid”, which nestles just inside the finishing gold braid.

Materials included silk (Splendor and Baroque), Ultra Sprinkles, Ribbon floss, and Hex beads.

It could also be painted on 16 count canvas.

Measurements: On 13: 4 3/4” x 4 1/2”, on 18: 3 1/2” x 3 1/4”

If you enjoy stitching these birds as a hanging ornament, you might also enjoy stitching a companion piece— the Dragon Fan. It measures 6 3/4” x 4 3/4” on 13 count, and 5” x 3 1/2 “ on 18, and looks fabulous finished with a long tassel hanging from the bottom.

Hello fellow stitchers,

I am writing this blog to connect with other stitchers who love needlepoint and to share photos of my designs that have been stitched. My first canvases for fiori were hanging valentines — simple designs brought to life with elegant stitching and beading.

I am inspired by many things and my canvases are constantly changing.


One canvas may reflect my interest in the mosaics of Ravenna, Italy,

another will recall a childhood letter to Santa Claus,

another will be a turquoise heart inspired by the culture of Santa Fe,

and still another will be a red, white and blue patriotic cupcake with sparklers to celebrate American Independence Day.

 If you have stitched a fiori canvas, please e-mail me a photo — I would love to see your selection of stitches and fibers and hope to begin a gallery of stitched canvases on this site.

Happy stitching!                                                                                                                  Joan Eidman                                                                                                                        fiori needlepoint design

August 6, 2012