'Bespoke' Needlepoint
 
Arranging for a custom needlepoint will require a lot of back and forth:  cropping, shade balancing the scan or digital image, deciding on size of needlepoint and other details.  Items below are not for sale.  Prices are in direct proportion to size.  A 6"x8" bespoke needlepoint utilizing 32 shades of hand dyed wool on 18pt canvas would run $2800.  Direct questions and inquiries to JohnLHobson@gmail.com
 
The company name is based on the 9th Elegy, Duino Elegies, Rainer Maria Rilke, as translated by CF MacIntyre
Praise the world to the angel, not the unutterable world;
you cannot astonish him with your glorious feelings;
in the universe, where he feels more sensitively, you're just a beginner.
Therefore, show him the simple thing that is shaped in passing from
father to son, that lives near our hands and eyes as our very own. 
Tell him about the Things...Show him how happy a thing can be.
 
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
216 columns by 144 rows images from Wikimedia Commons
Official Presidential portrait of Thomas Jefferson.  Date:  1800.  http://www.whitehouseresearch.org/assetbank-whha/action/viewHome  Author:  Rembrandt Peale

John Adams, 1823–24, Second President of the US. Painting by Gilbert Stuart (1755–1828).   http://www.cowboybooks.com.au/pictures/JohnAdams.jpg  Oil on canvas; 30 x 25 in.  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Bequest of Charles Francis Adams.

 

18pt canvas
12" wide by 8"
32 shades hand dyed wool
 
 
Ansel Adams - The Tetons and the Snake River
348 columns by 278 rows image from Wikimedia Commons
18pt canvas Ansel Adams The Tetons and the Snake River (1942)
19.3" wide by 15.4" This image is available from the Archival Research Catalog of the National Archives and Records Administration under the ARC Identifier 519904.
32 shades hand dyed wool Ansel Adams took this photograph while employed by the United States Government
   
   
2011 California State Fair
1st place
Best of Division
Best of Show
Golden Needlers Award
 
St Francis
190 columns x 400 rows image from Wikimedia Commons

Description Painting of Saint Francis, Convent of Greccio Date May 2006 Source Own work (Own photo) Author Gunnar Bach Pedersen

 

10.6" x 22.2"
18 pt canvas
32 shades hand dyed wool
 
Image commissioned by the widow Jacopa during the lifetime of Francis - restored in the 14th century.
Nicholas Black Elk
126 Columns by 137 rows image from Wikimedia Commons

Nicholas Black Elk and his wife and daughter circa 1890-1910

18pt canvas
7" x 7.6"
32 shades hand dyed wool
 
 
Ohiyesa
Dr Charles Alex Eastman
  image from Wikimedia Commons

Dr. Charles Alex Eastman - Ohiyesa (The winner)

April 1897

Glass negatives of Indians, collected by the bureau of American Ethnology

http://sirismm.si.edu/naa/baegn/gn_03462a.jpg

18pt canvas
 
32 shades hand dyed wool
 
 
John Trumbull - Declaration of Independence - detail

available only as complete set of 8 needlepoints, 47 portraits:  $ 88,050

original 12'x18' oil on canvas

commissioned in 1817; purchased in 1819; placed in rotunda in 1826

There are 47 figures in this painting. 

Committee of 5
432 columns by 339 rows image from Wikimedia Commons
18 pt canvas Detail of painting by John Trumbull, 1819, depicting the five-man drafting committee of the Declaration of Independence presenting their work to the congress.  The original hangs in the US Capitol rotunda.
finished size: 24" wide by 18.8" high left to right:  John Adams-Massachusets, Roger Sherman-Connecticut, Robert R Livingston-New York, Thomas Jefferson-Virginia, Benjamin Franklin-Pennsylvania
32 shades hand dyed wool  
 

finished 2/15/2011

John Trumbull - Declaration of Independence - detail left left
Detail
300 columns by 150 rows image from Wikimedia Commons
18 pt canvas Detail of painting by John Trumbull, 1819,   The original hangs in the US Capitol rotunda.
finished size: 16.7" wide by 8.3" high George Wythe-Virginia, William Whipple-New Hampshire, Josiah Bartlett-New Hampshire, Thomas Lynch Jr-South Carolina, Benjamin Harrison V-Virginia
32 shades hand dyed wool  
 

 

 

John Trumbull - Declaration of Independence - detail left center
Detail
498 columns by 150 rows image from Wikimedia Commons
18 pt canvas Detail of painting by John Trumbull, 1819,   The original hangs in the US Capitol rotunda.
finished size: 27.7" wide by 8.3" high Richard Henry Lee-Virginia, Samuel Adams-Massachusetts, George Clinton-New York, Thomas Heyward Jr-South Carolina, Charles Carroll-Maryland, George Walton-Georgia, Robert Morris-Pennsylvania, Thomas Willing - Pennsylvania, Benjamin Rush-Pennsylvania
32 shades hand dyed wool
 

 

John Trumbull - Declaration of Independence - detail left right
Detail
435 columns by 111 rows image from Wikimedia Commons
18 pt canvas Detail of painting by John Trumbull, 1819,   The original hangs in the US Capitol rotunda.
finished size: 24.2" wide by 6.2" high from left:  Elbridge Gerry, Robert Treat Paine, Abraham Clark, William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, James Wilson, Francis Hopkinson
32 shades hand dyed wool
 
John Trumbull - Declaration of Independence - detail left top left
Detail
388 columns by 135 rows image from Wikimedia Commons
18 pt canvas Detail of painting by John Trumbull, 1819,   The original hangs in the US Capitol rotunda.
finished size: 21.6" wide by 7.5" high from left:  William Paca, Samual Chase, Lewis Morse, William Floyd, Arthur Middleton
32 shades hand dyed wool
 
John Trumbull - Declaration of Independence - detail left top right
Detail
200 columns by 126 rows image from Wikimedia Commons
18 pt canvas Detail of painting by John Trumbull, 1819,   The original hangs in the US Capitol rotunda.
finished size:  11.1" x 7" from left:  Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery, George Clymer
32 shades hand dyed wool
 
John Trumbull - Declaration of Independence - detail right right
Detail
250 columns by 160 rows image from Wikimedia Commons
18 pt canvas Detail of painting by John Trumbull, 1819,   The original hangs in the US Capitol rotunda.
finished size:  13.9" x 8.9" from left:  Charles Thompson, John Hancock, George Reed, John Dickinson, Edward Rutledge, Thomas McKean, Phillip Livingston
32 shades hand dyed wool
 
John Trumbull - Declaration of Independence - detail right top
Detail
350 columns by 100 rows image from Wikimedia Commons
18 pt canvas Detail of painting by John Trumbull, 1819,   The original hangs in the US Capitol rotunda.
finished size:  19.4" x 5.6" from left:  Richard Stockton, Francis Lewis, John Witherspoon, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
32 shades hand dyed wool
 
Emily Dickinson needlepoint portrait
  Emily Dickinson
188 columns by 216 rows
18pt canvas
10.4" wide by 12"
32 shades hand dyed wool
 
 
image from Wikimedia Commons
Created by William C. North, between December 10, 1846 and late March 1847 (source: Mary Elizabeth Kromer Bernhard, "Lost and Found: Emily Dickinson’s Unknown Daguerreotypist," The New England Quarterly 72:4 (December 1999), pp. 594-601; cited in [1])
Published on May 28, 1932, in Letters of Emily Dickinson (new edition by Mabel Loomis Todd).
The daguerreogue is currently located at Amherst College.
Source of this image: University of Illinois at at Urbana-Champaign, to be specific [2]
 

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson
108 columns by 144 rows image from Wikimedia Commons
18pt canvas
6" wide by 8"
32 shades hand dyed wool
 
 
Ella Grace Goodenough

my fathers grandmother

150 columns by 200 rows
18pt canvas
8.3" wide by 11.1"
32 shades hand dyed wool
 
 
2011 Contra Costa County Fair
1st place
Best of show
Judges Favorite
Thomas Jefferson
18pt canvas
126 columns by 126 rows
7"x7"
32 shades hand dyed wool
 
 
image from Wikimedia Commons
Thomas Jefferson painting by Charles Wilson Peale
Date:  1791
Author:  Charles Wilson Peale
 
 
 
Abraham Lincoln needlepoint portrait
Abraham Lincoln 
108 columns by 144 rows
18pt canvas
6" wide by 8"
32 shades hand dyed wool
 
 
image from Wikimedia Commons
This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs Division under the digital ID cph.3a53289
Date:  1863 Nov. 8
Author:  Alexander Gardner (1821-1882)
 
Abraham Lincoln 
48 columns by 64 rows
18pt canvas
2.7" wide by 3.6"
32 shades hand dyed wool
 
 
image from Wikimedia Commons
This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs Division under the digital ID cph.3a53289
Date:  1863 Nov. 8
Author:  Alexander Gardner (1821-1882)
 

 

Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln 
270 columns by 360 rows
18pt canvas
15" wide by 20"
32 shades hand dyed wool
 
 
image from Wikimedia Commons
This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs Division under the digital ID cph.3a53289
Date:  1863 Nov. 8
Author:  Alexander Gardner (1821-1882)
   
2011 California State Fair
3rd place
 
 
Abraham Lincoln 
48 columns by 64 rows
24pt canvas
2.0" wide by 2.6"
32 shades hand dyed wool
 
 
Description:  one of the last photographs of Abraham Lincoln

Source:  http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a11367

Date:  5 Feb 1865 or 10 Apr 1865

Author:  Alexander Gardner

 
 
Abraham Lincoln
108 columns by 144 rows
18pt canvas
6" wide by 8"
32 shades hand dyed wool
 
 
image from Wikimedia Commons
Abraham Lincoln half length seated
One of the last photographs of Abraham Lincoln
Date:  5 Feb 1865 or 10 Apr 1865
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a11367
Author:  Alexander Gardner
 
   
 
 
Barack Obama needlepoint portrait
Barack Obama
108 columns by 144 rows
18pt canvas
6" wide by 8"
32 shades hand dyed wool
 
 
image from Wikimedia Commons
Official presidential portrait of Barack Obama taken shortly before he
assumed office.
Date: 13 Jan 2009
Author:  Pete Souza, The Obama-Biden Transistion Team
http://change.gov/newsroom/entry/new_official_portrait_released/
   
 
 
George  Washington
108 columns by 144 rows
18pt canvas
6" wide by 8"
32 shades hand dyed wool
 
 
image from Wikimedia Commons
Artist:  Peale, Rembrandt
Title:  George Washington
Year:  1795 - 1823
Technique:  Oil on Canvas
English: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Source the-athenaeum.org
 
John Wesley
108 columns by 144 rows
18pt canvas
6" wide by 8"
32 shades hand dyed wool
 
 
image from Wikimedia Commons
Artist:  John Faber
Year:  1730 - 1756
 
     
Walt Whitman needlepoint portrait
 
Walt Whitman
108 columns by 144 rows
18pt canvas
6" wide by 8"
32 shades hand dyed wool
 
 
image from Wikimedia Commons
Source Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Brady-Handy Photograph Collection. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cwpbh.00752. CALL NUMBER: LC-BH82- 137
Date:  between 1855 and 1865
Author:  [?] Brady, Mathew
Date of birth/death ca. 1823 15 January or 16 Jan 1896
Location of birth/death Warren County, New York New York City
Work period 1844 - ca. 1887
Work location:  New York City and Washington, D.C.
 
John L Hobson/show the angel THINGS
PO Box 237
Lafayette, CA 94549
johnlhobson@gmail.com