Acanthus & Birds

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Needlepoint kit for rug or wall hanging

Acanthus & Birds is inspired by an intriguing William Morris drawing, now in the possession of the V&A Museum London. It is thought that he designed it as his first weaving project but later rejected it in favour of Acanthus & Vine. The complexity and number of colours might have been daunting for a first attempt at a new skill, but provides lots of interest and challenges for experienced needlepointers.

I have had great fun converting Morris’ drawing into needlepoint. As many of you who have been following my Design Diary know, it took me a great deal of time to reduce the number of colours, to make this design possible to print on canvas and still be a practical size.

I am delighted with the finished result and cannot decide if it looks better as a wall hanging, framed, a fire screen, or even inset onto a very large square floor cushion.


CANVAS: 12# /in Zweigart deluxe printed canvas, 30 x 24in (76 x 61cm)
DESIGN: 26 x 20in (66 x 51cm)
STITCH: Tent/Basketweave with 1 thread tapestry wool (background 4 threads of crewel wool).
WOOLS: Appleton tapestry & crewel, 44 colours.
CHART: A printed chart is provided to help with the positioning of the colours.
INSTRUCTIONS: English Instructions

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