I just finished stitching X45 Elephant. It’s off to the finisher! This is the needlepoint canvas that we will be doing for the next Lilly Sit & Stitch. Here’s a picture of all the canvases in the group.
I love to see my designs stitched. It is such a treat to see them come alive with threads and stitches. Suzy Mast Lee, a needlepoint friend from the needlepoint group on Facebook, has taken “changing up the canvas” to new heights!
Suzy stitches at a great shop in Miami, FL, Absolutely Needlepoint (http://www.absolutelyneedlepoint.com) A group, at the shop, have been working with owner, Holly, on Stitch of the Week. Holly gives them a stitch and then each stitcher picks out their own colors and threads to use on the stitch. What a great idea!
What really impresses me the most about this crab canvas is Suzy is using the general colors and layout of the crab, but she is not following the design verbatim!
Here is BB04 Gingham Large Needlepoint Crab painted canvas:
Here is Suzy’s interpretation using decorative needlepoint stitches and a fabulous array of threads:
Here’s a close up:
Watching this canvas come alive is a huge inspiration! It’s helped me think outside the box! I hope it gives you, as it has me, the courage to try something new, change a color or pattern. Most of all make each of your needlepoint canvases your own! I’d love to see any of your ideas for “Making Needlepoint Your Own!”
I posted this on the Needlepoint Facebook Group yesterday: “I have a question for the group: I'm starting a new project. Stitching a sample for a new shape. It's a needlepoint bag. My question is should I do it all in tent/basketweave? (I like stitching tent/basketweave) or can I do it with some decorative stitches? I'm worried about use/snagging? I've never stitched a bag/purse before. Any suggestions are so appreciated!!! Thank you!!”
I got GREAT suggestions from: all basketweave to don’t go larger than over 3 mesh threads. Armed with all this great information I thought I would play around with some ideas. I pulled up Skitch app http://evernote.com/skitch/
First I had to get the count right. I’ll always choose fooling around with stitches on the computer than on the canvas. I hate ripping out. Somehow I just think better working ideas out this way. And thanks to Robin King’s blog for showing me how! http://needlepointstudyhall.blogspot.com
I still thought I wanted to do something with a little texture, interest and speed for the stripes. I looked through my little library of needlepoint stitches on my website.
The Corduroy Stitch is one of my favorites for a stripe. I really wanted to work it in. The way things were counting out I picked Mosaic Stitch to border the Corduroy Stitch.
The navy stripes were harder to visualize. I thought I would try to mimic the Corduroy Stitch, but the count wouldn’t work. Then I thought divide the navy stripe with the Mosaic Stitch. That gave me 6 on each side. The Corduroy Stitch still wouldn’t work, but Scotch Stitch would work. I’m going to try staggering them.
Here’s the thread pull. The navy looks black in the picture, but it's a really pretty navy. I’ll be stitching this while driving down to school with my daughter. I’ll post progress! If you have any ideas I’d love to hear them!!!
Where does my Needlepoint Inspiration come from? Everywhere! Sometimes I'm drawn to a color or a pattern, sometimes an object. If the idea stays with me for a couple of days then I work out some needlepoint details. Would other people like the idea too? What size? What will it be? Is it just one idea or can more ideas grow from it? That's what I call "Legs". I try to imagine it in my house. I imagine the threads and stitching it. This all happens before I even tape canvas to a board. Bathing Beauty 1 is a wind sock that hangings in my bathroom. She's been there for a couple of years! Yesterday I thought...she'd make a great needlepoint design! Maybe a door stop. Couldn't get the thought out of my head. She could have some friends!! Painted Stitches on her bathing suit?? Away I go! I'll keep you posted!
I heard last night, on a sitcom, that Valentine's Day is the official end of Christmas. I'm not sure that is the case in the needlepoint world because many of us are busy stitching Christmas needlepoint for those deadlines that are quickly approaching!
Valentine's Day is one of my favorites. My mom always surprised us with a gift that spoke of warmer weather to come. New flip flops, a bathing suit cover up...anything that wasn't winter! It didn't matter if the groundhog saw his shadow or not. We knew that spring was coming soon!
The world of needlepoint has a crazy calendar. Needlepoint must be stitched far ahead of time. Christmas decorations are still up and the Easter finishing deadline is looming! I just have time to stitch up a needlepoint Kiss. Here is my thread pull for K08 Candy Kiss. It's on #14 canvas. All Kisses are now on #14 and #18 mesh. I'll keep you posted!
I have a new theme going for new #needlepoint design ideas. All are works in progress. We've had very cool, gloomy, rainy weather here in Cleveland. I think I'm trying to paint BRIGHT to overcome the dullness here!
This is my newest needlepoint project. I need something little, easy to carry around, and simple to finish! A little 3" round is the answer. A trip to my stash and the thread pull was a snap. I also had the Lee Bag Tag in another drawer. I always like to have the leather piece when I pull threads. That way I can match the thread and the leather. Vineyard Silk C-197 English Ivy is a perfect match!
Working out a new needlepoint shape is fun and exciting, but... what if it doesn't work out the way I'd hoped???
I came up with this "kiss" shape. Each canvas will have a different "Painted Stitches" top and a different word on the front. The half circle wraps around into a "kiss". The finisher would put a ribbon coming out of the top. I painted it, stitched it and sent it off. I think it turned out so cute!!
I was thinking of doing 12 Valentine's Day "kisses" but now think I'll do 4 Valentine's Day "kisses", 4 Halloween "kisses" and 4 Christmas "kisses" or should I do 4 Easter "kisses". Would love your opinion!! I need to paint FAST for the show.
Everyone needs a little beach house! This is mine...PS15 Needlepoint Beach House. It's a "Painted Stitches" canvas. I'm going to try some decorative stitches in some other areas too. I'm also going to try and use some specialty threads.
This is how I work out my stitches before the Stitch Guide is written. Helps to keep me on the right track. Next is the thread pull. I'll keep you posted!