Denise Beusen

Needlework Resources


Button Ornament
Pulled Stitches Boxtop
Kente Inspiration

Stitching Resources

(all are in PDF format)

An Educational Map for Needlepoint
Caring for Works In Progress
Design, Stitch, and Finish a Picture Frame

Developing a Stitch Guide
Editing a Chapter Newsletter
Finger Pain And Finger Cots
Hungarian Stitch Variations

Judged Needlework Shows in the US

Katrina and a Magical Rug

Mexican Samplers of the 19th Century

Project Log
Taming Stashzilla
Taming Threadzilla
The Aztec Stitch

Button Ornament

Button Ornament image

Instructions for Button Ornament are available in PDF format here.

This project demonstrates the use of a button form to create a simple but elegant Christmas ornament. The stitched design is stretched over a button front, backed with the fabric-covered button back, and finished with decorative cord.

Button Ornament was featured in   the American Needlepoint Guild (ANG) 2003 Chapter Project Booklet.

Pulled Stitches Boxtop

Pulled Stitches Boxtop image

Instructions for Pulled Stitches Boxtop are available in PDF format here.
This small sampler is an introduction to the lacelike world of pulled stitches on canvas. The design size is 3.5 x 3.5, which makes it suitable for a small dark oak box by Sudberry with a 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" opening. This piece stitches up quickly and you can easily finish it yourself, making it an ideal gift for family or friends.

There are four pulled stitch types in this project, each from a different stitch family. In addition, a decorative stitch is used for the center diamond, and each of the stitch areas is outlined by a wrapped chain stitch.

This project was featured in the American Needlepoint Guild (ANG) 2005 Chapter Project Booklet. For information about a chapter near you, check the ANG web site.

Kente Inspiration

Kente Inspiration

Instructions for Kente Inspiration are available in PDF format here.
Kente Inspiration is a comprehensive introduction to needlepoint, inspired by the Kente cloth worn by the royalty of Ghana. Just as the colors and designs of Kente cloth reflect the pride of the maker in his culture, this course will build confidence in beginning needlepointers and enable them to move on to more advanced study.

In this course, the student will study the many facets of needlepoint - terminology, tools, technique, and threads - while learning to execute basic and decorative stitches. He/she will also gain an appreciation of the ethnic art and design concepts employed in the creation of Kente cloth, and how they inspired the project design.