What is needlepoint?
Needlepoint is a form of counted thread embroidery in which the wool is stitched through a stiff, open weave canvas - making it an ideal fabric for upholstery. It has been worked for centuries, the roots of which extend back to the ancient Egyptians.
What can you do with the needlepoint?
We treat the needlepoint just like any other fabric and upholster it onto almost anything from headboards, armchairs, club fenders, drop-in chair seats, ottomans, window seats, footstools, cushions etc. You can supply your own piece of furniture (antique or modern) or we can have some pieces made up for you, from scratch.
All our needlepoint is worked in wool making it very durable. As a result, it lasts for generations and that is something to really shout about.
What is Tent stitch?
Needlepoint can be worked in a huge variety of stitches but the half cross stitch is the most commonly used - it is a simple, diagonal stitch called the ‘Tent’ stitch.
Can you send me wool samples?
Yes. We have a huge selection of 100% pure new wool all spun and dyed in England. More than 420 shades in total. We also have an extensive collection of metallic and florescent threads.
Are all your products hand stitched?
Every single Hunt & Hope design is stitched by hand.
Do you have a minimum order?
We don’t believe in a minimum order. No order is too small.
Can you give me an idea on price?
We charge 16.5p per cm2 / £1650 per m2 for the actual area of stitched needlepoint. This excludes the blocking and the upholstery costs.
What if I want one of your designs but in a different colourway?
No problem. We can send you wool samples to help you decide on the colours. We can also prepare small hand-stitched wool swatches (£35 per sample) which can be repeated until you are entirely happy with your choice.
What if I want a completely new, bespoke design?
Absolutely possible. This is a one off design fee. The price of this can vary hugely depending on the complexity of the design you have in mind and the time it takes to finalise the commission.
Do you have a team of upholsterers you can recommend?
Yes. Our specialist upholsterers are very used to handling needlepoint and we wholeheartedly recommend them. An essential part of upholstering with needlepoint is a process called ‘Blocking’. (see below). We will give you a separate quote for all the upholstery/blocking costs.
We strongly encourage our Clients to use our own team of upholsterers - principally because they have extensive needlepoint experience. We cannot take responsibility for our needlepoint that has been badly upholstered elsewhere.
As for Blocking, it is vital that all needlepoint is blocked and Hunt & Hope insist that all the blocking is done with them.
What is blocking?
Once the needlepoint is complete the canvas needs to be ‘blocked’ (also known as ‘stretching’). Blocking is a key part of the process. It’s the method that ensures that the canvas is straight and returned to its original shape after it has been stitched. One ends up with a distorted pattern / design without it. This stage takes place prior to your commission being upholstered.
How long will my order take?
Everything is made to order. It depends on the size of your order but please allow up to 18 weeks from order to installation.
How can I care for my needlepoint?
Like any natural fibre, the wool will gently fade over a long period of time if it is exposed to direct sunlight.
You can gently vacuum (on a low power) the needlepoint to remove any dust. You can also lightly dab the needlepoint with a damp absorbent towel. Do not apply too much pressure. This in not advisable when the needlepoint has specialist stitches or gold/silver threads.
We only use wools that are moth resistant.
Do you ship worldwide?
Yes. Deliveries to all international destinations will take longer but we try to send all orders by the quickest and most reliable routes possible. The price of shipping internationally is calculated by volumetric weight.
How do I place an order?
By telephone or by email.
What if I have further questions?
Please do just email or telephone us.