Custom Canvases We can have a canvas painted just for you to include your initials, favorite colors, hobbies, sports teams, pets, schools, etc., and we can put your details on just about anything, such as belts, pillows, hand bags, Christmas ornaments, and stockings. Call or e-mail Barbara Sue to get the conversation started. She knows a lot of people, and she can get what you need.
Stitch Guides A stitch guide is a road map to a masterpiece of needlepoint, and B. Sue is the Rick Steeves of your stitching journey. She can create a stitch guide using a variety of embellishment stitches for your canvas, as well as thread selection. She knows exactly what to do in each area of a canvas. This is her oeuvre, y'all. Prices vary, starting from about $10/hour.
As always, thread selection is always free when you purchase your canvas and thread from BSBN.
Stitching Services Sometimes you start a project with great intentions and gusto, but them, um, life gets in the way, and the project languishes. Or you've always wanted a needlepoint belt and simply don't have the time or talent to make it happen. Or are you a compulsive shopper with a drawer full of "new" canvases (you and B. Sue are kindred spirits)? You can come to BSBN for help in completing the stitching of your needlepoint canvas.
Our stitchers charge $2 per square inch of canvas--regardless of gauge or fibers used--as measured by BSBN's expert stitchers. A typical turn-around time is 8-12 weeks, depending on the size of the project and your place in line. A deposit is required to get started.
Refurbishing Canvases Don't throw away your old needlepoint! If it's a piece with a wonderful memory, we can probably save it for you and the next generation of your family. Do you have a canvas your mother started? Did you pick up a great piece at a yard sale but moths got to it? Did your dog chew up the corner of the pillow you made? BSBN can take it apart and build it back up: new filling, trim and fabric plus repair. Outgrown a belt? We can re-leather it.
We do not clean old canvases because of fear of the unknown--we don't know what the materials and fibers are, and we don't know how they'll react to cleaning agents.
Just as with needlepoint, we can finish UFOs (unfinished objects) as long as you have the patterns, or we can knit a pattern from scratch. We can NOT write custom patterns.
Love knitting but can't put the pieces together? We can! We will block your pieces and sew them together.
Rates on all of the above vary depending on yardage and complexity of pattern, and do include blocking.