There was a snappy layout in Harper's Bazaar recently featuring Sarah Jessica Parker as Diana Vreeland. This particularly terrific needlepoint pillow was part of the styling.
The inspiration for the photo, above, was chocked full of needlepoint treasures.
The card pillows would be a breeze to whip up yourself. Super easy to enlarge a copy of a card, place under the canvas, outline the pattern and stitch away. Be sure to leave plenty of room around the pattern for finishing as the Studio has gotten after me a couple of times for this.
Needlepoint is a very personal gift, though one of my friends said once, "You should only stitch for someone who needlepoints; no one else will understand what it means."
I haven't ever signed a piece, but seeing Vreeland's stitched signature here is quite endearing.
No time? No energy? No interest? Then follow Vreeland's lead on parrot tulips which are never a bad choice.
Image, top, Harper's Bazaar, photograph by Peter Lindbergh. Other images, House & Garden, May, 1988, photographs by Oberto Gili.