One of my needlepoint tea cosies is an ideal project for a needlepoint beginner. Give one a try!

My friend Anne, a needlepoint novice, asked me to create a needlepoint design for her French country home. As we were sitting over a cup of tea chatting on what it should be, the answer became obvious.

A tea cosy!

 We agreed that it would be an excellent first needlepoint project for her because of its size.

So how to come up with a design that would fit into the décor of her home, and still be easy for her to create?

Some of the decorative elements of her kitchen gave me the inspiration.

She had already subtly introduced the ‘fleur-de-lis’ motif for her table cloth, napkins, napkin rings, kitchen table, and armoire. The French kitchen’s colour scheme has a mix of warm stone and tile colours, with accents of blues and turquoises on her chairs, and cups and saucers.

So let me show you what I came up with!

Because of the fleur-de-lis’ medieval royalist roots, I decided to shape the tea cosy like a Gothic stone arch.

Within the arch, I wanted the needlepoint design to appear like a heraldic royal tapestry.



So I created a simple repetitive diagonal pattern of several fleur-de- lis, with a gold one in the centre!

Each fleur-de-lis is framed with French blue and turquoise diagonals to ‘tie in’ with the kitchen colours.


This tea cosy was an excellent first project for needlepoint beginner Anne...

and a unique addition to her French country kitchen!

From the Fleur-de-Lis needlepoint tea cosy page, go back to the TEA COSIES main page to see other designs in this collection.


If you're a needlepoint beginner, click here for info on basic stitches.

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