If you have been following the three hearts published in Needlepoint Now this year then you will know that the Carnival Needlepoint Design is the third and final heart in the series.

It is stitched with a bolder colour palette than the previous two so aptly named as it reflects a Carnival of colours!

Susan frequently stitches projects with her favourite palette, blue/green. This happens to be one of my favourites as well.  So, after she completed Cleopatra’s Heart and Mardi Gras, I challenged her to go out of her comfort zone for a brighter, bolder palette! 

Challenge is good, right???

Carnival is the result and I must admit, my favourite!  While this is a great stash buster project, I feel the colours chosen work beautifully. This heart is the most complex of the three to stitch so will appeal to intermediate/advanced stitchers. 

Having said this, are you a beginner and are quickly picking up stitching techniques? Are you up for a challenge?

While the Carnival needlepoint design gives you plenty of room to play around with colours of your choice, you can also recreate the pattern that I’ve featured on this blog with my Carnival Thread Kit.

Here are the colours included to achieve the Carnival needlepoint  design:

  • Size 5 perle cotton colours – 32, 37, 39, 44, 45, 46, 137, 187, 188, 189
  • Size 8 perle cotton colours – 18, 37, 46, 137, 183, 187
  • 6 strand cotton floss colours – 39, 44, 46, 188
  • Total of 180 meters/196.85 yards

The pattern is available in the May/June issue of Needlepoint Now so make sure you pick up your copy.

You will also need to purchase 18-count mono canvas in the colour of your choice. Susan used aquamarine for the sample but you could opt for white as all the stitching will cover the canvas.


The thread kit contents include ALL the threads required to stitch the heart with the exception of a very small amount of Kreinik braid. You could use any found in your stash. There should be sufficient threads to complete TWO hearts as all the stitches use small amounts of any one colour.

Susan and I would like to extend our thanks. All three hearts have proven very popular. I think I may have to encourage Susan to design some more patterns, what do YOU think? 

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