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How To Finish A Round Needlepoint Ornament As A Picture


Round needlepoint ornament designs are quick to stitch but the cost to get them professionally finished can add up. We are about to show you a quick and easy way to finish a round needlepoint ornament as a picture. 

(Or click here if you want to finish your canvas as a hanging ornament).

how to finish a needlepoint ornament

Supplies:

  • Scissors
  • An iron
  • An embroidery hoop that is approx. 2" in diameter larger than the diameter of your stitched needlepoint
  • Fabric to mount the needlepoint ornament on to.
  • Fabric glue
  • A needle and thread

1. Trim all the way around the canvas about one half inch from the stitches.

how to finish a needlepoint ornament as a picture

2. Then cut notches in the canvas up to the stitches - but take care not to snip them - all the way around.

how to finish a needlepoint ornament as a picture

3. Steam iron the "flaps" back against the reverse side of the canvas using a gentle heat. Manipulate the flaps and ornament into a regular circle. You may need to cut more notches if your edges aren't curving enough.

how to finish a needlepoint ornament as a picture

4. Cut your fabric into a square at least 3" larger than the diameter of the hoop (so there is 1.5" of overlap on all sides). Secure the fabric tightly within the hoop using the top screw.

how to finish a round needlepoint ornament as a picture

5. Use some fabric glue on the back of the stitched ornament to center the ornament within the fabric hoop. Don't press down too firmly as you want the fabric to remain taut.
how to finish a needlepoint ornament as a picture

6. Using a chenille needle and a thread that matches the needlepoint, hand sew the ornament onto the fabric using small over-stitches very close to the ornament edges so the stitches are concealed. Catch the fabric at the back so it is sewn against the back of the hoop (see image two below).

how to finish a needlepoint ornament as a picture

7. When you have stitched all the way around the ornament the stitches should have secured the extra fabric behind the hoop.
how to finish a needlepoint ornament as a picture
You can leave the ornament in the hoop and hang it like this for a contemporary look - the hoop provides a frame and the screw gives you something to hang it by.

how to finish a needlepoint ornament as a picture

Or you can remove the ornament and fabric from the outer hoop frame and finish the edges by applying some trim around it, or some brass tacks; or leave it plain. We used some fabric glue to apply this pom pom trim and made sure we left the join at the bottom where it wouldn't be seen.
how to finish a needlepoint ornament as a picture

how to finish a needlepoint ornament as a picture


how to finish a needlepoint ornament as a picture


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