ZIVA presents a unique collection of needlepoint art inspired by the modernist art and architectural movements from the early 20th century.  

With suggested decorative stitches from ZIVA, and with your custom finishing, you will create an exclusive work of textile art!  

Many of the tapestries are shown in room settings to give you an idea of their scale, how best to feature them, and what colour schemes they work well with.

Always remember with ZIVA, CUSTOM SIZES ARE AVAILABLE. Contact us  with your dimensions and we’ll hand-paint an individual piece of needlepoint art just for you.                                       



We are introducing three stained glass patterns for wall art inspired by two iconic architects and designers from the early 20th century….

Frank Lloyd Wright and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.  

These creative geniuses, not only designed avant-garde structures, but also designed many of the interior elements of their buildings, such as ...

furniture, textiles and stained glass. 


Modernist designs flavoured with Art Nouveau touches and adventurous abstractionism!

Ziva creates seven French modernist art and textile designs originating from the 1920’s.   

These modernist textile designs translate elegantly into needlepoint art for your contemporary home!




Inspired by the eloquent simplicity of Japanese designs from the 1920’s, ZIVA offers two minimalist designs for creating textile art.


Exquisite texture and style for today’s interiors!


To give these painterly designs your own originality and creativity, your ZIVA Kit will include varied suggestions of the types of threads and decorative stitches you could use (with instructions).

A chance to create a unique piece of needlepoint art!



The stitches you use, your choices in making-up the final tapestry and the décor of your home will all contribute in creating textile art with flair and individuality. 

For making-up, talk to a professional framer or upholsterer or work with a needlepoint shop that specializes in finishing. (Not all do.)

You’ve worked long and hard to create a beautiful piece of needlework, so find someone who has experience in how you want to finish it.

Here are a few ideas and suggestions that may help get you thinking what will work in your home.


A very clever way and less expensive than traditional framing is having a piece of needlepoint made into a wall hanging.

NOTE: Friends, admiring your handiwork will want to touch it, so keep that in mind when determining where you might want to hang it! 


You could sew a fabric sleeve at the top of the tapestry and slide the rod through as shown above…..
Or you could sew several fabric tabs or loops to the top to expose the decorative rod more (to right).

In some cases another rod can be added to the bottom of the wall hanging to keep it taut, and to add a decorative touch.

 OR you could sew Velcro to your finished wall hanging and attach it to a Velcro-stapled wood strip on your wall.

Another idea is to add wool felt as an interfacing to the back of the tapestry to serve as padding, and give it depth.

NOTE: Decorative Rods and finials come in a great variety of sizes and finishes, both in traditional and contemporary styles for you to choose from, depending on your décor.



Stretched needlework is supported on two or four sides over a rigid frame. Wall hangings stretched to their full dimensions give the effect of unframed pictures.

You can have your finished tapestry stretched and wrapped around artists’ stretcher bars which come in incremental sizes e.g. 18”, 20”, 24”, 28”, 30” etc., or have a custom wood frame made to fit the finished tapestry dimensions.

You can wrap the exposed frame in fabric in a colour to blend with the hanging…

OR you could sew the finished wall hanging to a larger colour-coordinated fabric backing which would wrap around the frame.

There are several helpful products and special techniques for stretching the canvas on a frame.

NOTE: Needlepoint can also be stretched on sheets of masonite, MDF board, peg board, or plywood as long as the wood is sealed beforehand to prevent acid deterioration of your needlework in time.

Again, have a professional framer or upholsterer do it for you, unless you have experience yourself. They will have the expertise and the correct stretching tools to do the job properly.



There are a lot of options to consider when using a traditional frame, whether it’s in wood or metal.

Cost is always a consideration, but be sure to discuss the following options/possibilities with your framer:

  • The backing material the framer will be using. Natural wood can cause acid deterioration to your needlework in time. (brown spots, brittleness). The wood should be coated with polyurethane varnish or shellac first to combat this. 
  • Framing material, width and colour including type of mat to complement both your needlework and your décor
  • Museum glass (most expensive) vs non-glare glass vs standard glass. Or maybe you prefer to have no glass.
  • You don’t want the glass to touch the needlework. Your canvas and yarn are natural fibres, so they have to 'breathe'. Your framer can use spacers with regular frames or consider shadow box frames which are deeper.  

Lots of methods and styles to consider!

As you’re making your decisions about how your needlework is to be made up, keep focused on where it’s going in your home and your overall colour scheme.

I’m confident you will be pleased with the results!


If you like this painterly style, but want to stitch something smaller...

you may like to look at ZIVA's Modernist Cushion Designs.




Looking for other finishing ideas for your stitched tapestry? Go to Finishing and Sewing Needlepoint for other ideas and tips.

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