Saturday, January 14, 2012

Christmas Ornament Club Kits: Medieval Tile and Hearts & Trumpets

I don't have a good description of these Christmas ornaments but apparently they were sold as a club that had kits with line drawn canvas, threads and instructions.  Medieval Tiles was published under the Needle Adventures name as part of the Christmas Heirlooms Collection in September 1993.

Since two folks are going to blog-stitch some of these Christmas ornaments, I thought I'd add information about each below.  I will add further information to this article as I have more about each of the Christmas ornaments in this club.

Christmas Heirlooms Medieval Tile Stocking Cover, Courtesy of Lara Hartley

Christmas Ornament Club Kit - Medieval Tile Stocking
This is being done at the Diet Pepsi and Xanax blog on sparkling white canvas instead of the rose pink in the kit but uses the original Needle Necessities overdyed cotton threads #138 and #158.*   The first posting about the design shows the model photograph.  If you work forward in time, you'll eventually see the finished but unmade up piece below. I'm just sorry the photograph doesn't show the beads well.

Medieval Tile Stocking, Courtesy of Lara Hartley

Below is the finished mini stocking.  It is about six and a half inches tall and finished with a cuff opening and inner lining as a full Christmas stocking.  The finishing was done by Leigh Shafer.  The finished photo is courtesy of Lara Harley.
Lara's Finished Medieval Tile

*Needle Necessities is out of business but you can substitute ThreadworX's overdyed floss Green Tea Latte #1060 for NN'sTapestry Green #138, and substitute ThreadworX's overdyed floss Peony #1102 for NN's Cluny Rose #158 if you wish to stitch to the original colors used by Mrs. Spears.

Medieval Tile Outlined Canvas, Threads and Beads, Courtesy of Lara Hartley

If you would like to see the original NN colors, this online shop maintains a reference page.

Materials List Medieval Tile
8 X 7 piece of 18 count Ash Rose needlepoint canvas
Needle Necessities overdyed floss #158
Needle Necessities overdyed floss #138
Mill Hill glass beads #02016

Hearts and Trumpets, Also Courtesy of lara hartley

Christmas Ornament Club Kit - Hearts and Trumpets
This piece was also stitched by the Diet Pepsi and Xanax blog.  The blog notes the original canvas color was rose but the stitcher saved that to resell with the design on eBay later and went with green instead.  It's a very pretty little thing, isn't it?  As far as I know, this is not part of the Christmas Heirlooms Collection.

Here is a partial photograph of the cover page of Hearts and Trumpets, courtesy of Needleart Nut.


  1. from what i understand from talking with a couple of shop owners, the threadworx fibers are more vibrant colour than the original needle necessities. i think when at all possible, stitchers should try to find the original fibers. they are out there! :-)

  2. the beads show up nicely on my blog - the photo is large enough. but because you have two photos in the post, they will not enlarge to the larger size on your post.

  3. I'll have to look into that, Lara. It didn't used to be the case on Blogger but things are changing there constantly and I am using the new beta version here, not the one I use on Blog.

  4. Lara, I checked the size of a photo before I added a second photo to the same article, then checked the size again after I added Photo #2. They are identical. However, that may be because I am the owner of the Loretta blog. There's no way to know what happens with another computer operating system, monitor, etc. There are just too many variables.