My kids and I have always loved making crafts. As we work our
way through history in our homeschool, crafts provide a wonderful
hands-on learning experience to make the history more realistic
to my kids. We recently made Egyptian spoon dolls while studying
ancient Egypt and a delightful rain stick while studying the Mayans.
Harrisville Designs is a New Hampshire company that makes a variety
of craft supplies and kits, including the Needlepoint Kit for Beginners
that we reviewed. The kit includes three plastic canvases, 100%
pure wool yarn, a metal needle, and instructions for three needlepoint
We liked the idea of having everything that is needed included
in one kit, making life much easier for a beginner who just wants
to sample needlepoint. The patterns are for a nice rectangular
bookmark and two squares for mug rugs. All three are bright, colorful
projects with fairly straightforward patterns. We had a challenge
with the bookmark canvas, which was 46 squares by 13 squares instead
of 49 squares by 13 squares as the pattern required. I adjusted
the pattern a bit and was able to make it work. The instructions
were very clear (including good illustrations) about how to begin
and end the stitching, but they were less clear about how to do
the actual stitches, such as making the flowers on the sheep pattern.
As this kit is for beginners, it would be helpful to have the patterns
printed in color, although the color pictures of completed projects
on the cover helped us sort through the colors. The yarn was the
best part of the kit! It is soft wool in beautiful, vibrant colors.
This kit would be suitable for an older child or adult who has
some basic experience with needlepoint or similar crafts (such
as cross stitch) or for anyone who has an experienced helper. The
final products are cute and colorful, and they would be a source
of pride for the crafter.