Tuesday, July 27, 2010
The class, taught by the delightful SuZy Murphy, was called "Santa in a Martini Glass". The canvas was provided by CBK Needlepoint.
This was a breeze to stitch and will look great finished as a stand-up for our bar.
Since stitch guides are just that, guides, I made a couple of changes to SuZy's stitch guide.
SuZy stitched her glass with Water 'n Ice from Rainbow Gallery, which gave the glass a frosted effect. I decided to stay with the bright holiday colors and stitched my glass with Petite Frosty Rays to match the painted canvas. The base of the glass is painted a bright royal blue. Although I have seen martini glasses that are painted exactly that way, I had to agree with SuZy that no matter what thread you pull in blue, the base just screams "look at me first...and second...and third."
The second change I made was to use a darning stitch from Brenda Hart's book "Stitches for the Millennium". Appropriately enough, it's a martini glass pattern. I chose to stitch Lemon Drops instead o Appletiniis in honor of my stitching friend Linda B.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
"Mine" by Sandra Gilmore of Once in a Blue Moon designed this very cute canvas that had been languishing in my stash for a couple of years. I had started the Jacquard stitch for the sky and then left it as a UFO (UnFinished Object) for over a year. I was inspired to pick it up again when we had the Patty Paints trunk show in Florida. I purchased two of her sparkly pumpkins with the idea of having 3 coordinating pillows made.
I had intended to leave the tent stitches in between the Jacquard blank, but I don't know how exposed canvas holds together over time. I first tried a Kreinik #16 for the tent stitches, but the color was wrong and the braid too fat. I had a Neon Rays that was a good color, but the thought of stitching that much with the slippery devil of a ribbon took all the fun out of that section of canvas. I settled on Treasure Braid, taking two stitches over the exposed star areas. I liked the richer shade and its lower profile. I haven't decided whether or not to add star buttons or to leave it as is.
The cat's eyes (and the pumpkin's) are Kreinik glow-in-the-dark braid with 005HL for the black slits. Her nose and gray outline are tent stitched with Very Velvet. I love the stitch I used for the cat's fur. I found it on a blog "Melita Stitches 4 Fun." It is shown, with permission by David McCaskill, in her blog about her sunflower canvas. I had toyed with the idea of using a different stitch for each section of the cat, but I love the overall pattern I got from using just this one stitch with black Silk & Ivory.
The pumpkin was not painted with a glittery finish, so I used Gold Rush 14 to tie it to the sparkly canvases by Patty Paints. I used the Nobuko stitch for the main body, but I didn't love stitching it (the Gold Rush was hard to pull through) and I think I could have chosen something that would look better. However, these camvases are just for fun and I could hear my friend Linda using her favorite line when I want to rip something out--"What are you NUTS???"
Next up: the purple polka dot pumpkin.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Here are some of the stitches I used:
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
The garland is stitched entirely in French knots using Tone on Tone Vineyard Silk in Landscape. The berries are also French knots using a red #16 Kreinik braid.
I was taught a long time ago that white-white stocking tops usually draw your eye first, a bad thing when the stocking should be the focus. I used Natural Silk & Ivory and the Nobuko stitch for the cuff. The name and the area around it are basketweave. Trying to carry a specialty stitch with its compensating stitches into small areas results in a mess, so the area around “Evelyn” is just plain basketweave.
Next week - stitches I used on this project.
Now on to the new project--I’m thinking Halloween.