I’ve finished all the flowers on my PW12 Garden Large Shift. I love how the flowers turned out! I was a little worried the Byzantine Stitch would be to big/busy, but I think it works well! My next area will be the pockets. I have added links for the previous posts where you can find the stitch diagrams.
I’m updating all my needlepoint picture pages. I need your help! Please send me any Barbara Bergsten Designs needlepoint photos. I would love finished needlepoint, but also would love to see any works in progress. I will feature all these pictures soon. Thank you all so much!
I’ve been working on my PW12 Large Shift needlepoint and want to show you my progress.
I finished all the white & pink stripes. I decided to finish all of one area through out the canvas instead of finishing everything in a scroll area. So I have been scrolling up and down the canvas. This way I stay with the one stitch through out the whole canvas. Works better for me because then I stay in the “stitch zone”. I am using the white flannel to protect the stitching when it’s rolled up.
I used the Diagonal Scotch Stitch on the darkest green for the butterfly's body. I liked the way the stitch looked different depending on which way the body was turned.
I used the Nobuko Stitch on the yellow flower centers.
Now, I’m working on the Hot Pink flower petals. I am using the Byzantine Stitch.
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I’ve been working on new “Painted Stitches” canvases for the June TNNA Show. Spending all that time with decorative needlepoint stitches has made me want to try some of the stitches on a big piece. What’s bigger or better than a big shift! Just what I need to feel Spring Fever. I picked my PW12 Garden Large Shift 14” x 17” #14 mesh. I’m going to start with the white and pink background stripes. I want each colored stripe to be similar but a little different and easy to compensate. I picked what I call “sister stitches” Mosaic Stripe Stitch for the white stripes and Diagonal Mosaic Stitch for the pink stripes. I’m going to stitch with Vineyard Silk #C-109 Bright White and Vineyard Silk #C-173 Veil. I’ll keep you posted!!!
An Artist Date (festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you) is a trick I used in art school. Post-show and all the traveling, setup, meeting everyone, tear-down traveling, shipping...I needed a play date!
I found this quilt pattern online. I was drawn to the diagonal pattern, white accents and of course the bright colors.
My daughter’s favorite colors are blue, green and yellow. Ellen found the pattern for me and I picked out colors I hope will work.
I’ll play around with the quilt and I’m sure some new needlepoint designs will bloom from my fun artist date!
If you go on an artist date let me know! I’d love to hear all about it!
“Artist Dates are assigned play.
The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore
something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly
“artistic” — think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the
imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the
play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well
of images and inspiration. When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to ask
yourself, “what sounds fun?” — and then allow yourself to try it.”
Home at last! The TNNA Winter Needlepoint Show was GREAT!!! Here’s a picture of most of my booth and home away from home for four days. It was so great to see so many wonderful needlearts people all in one place.
The Needlepoint Showcase Friday night was a wonderful success! The most beautiful finished needlepoint was displayed. I loved having my “Santa Stitches” part of the group.
As always my candy was a big hit. I brought 11 lbs. and I think only 10 little pieces were left. (see the candy bowl in the left side of each picture!)
There are stacks of needlepoint packed for TNNA Winter Trade Show! Curtains, finished models and price lists are next. Most important is my travel project! I want to bring something easy, very portable and new. BL33 Gingham belt is the perfect choice. Also I need a new pair of flip flops! Flip Flop season in OH is a long way away, but stitching and having flip flops finished takes some advanced planning.
Jane, of Chilly Hollow, has a special page on her blog where she is updating all the show buzz. Here’s her link:
This is the most exciting time of the year. All our new needlepoint designs are revealed. I wanted to share a sneak peek with you all! Which design is your favorite?
New “Painted Stitches” and Lilly inspired needlepoint designs are all organized and ready for the TNNA Winter Trade Show in Long Beach, California February 2 - 4, 2013! I’m in BOOTH 1626. I’m so excited to see everyone in Long Beach!
Please check out my What’s New page. Everything is there!
We are pleased to announce that we now have the a Lily inspired New Jersey Shift by Barbara Bergsten. This colorful shift has both the state flower and insect, violets and bee along with the state abbreviation NJ down the placket. This 5 inch shift is painted on 14 mesh. It is a fun and quick stitch!
Anyone that places an order for a NJ Shift before February 2, will get a 10% discount so show your Jersey pride! If you order threads to go with your canvas they too will be 10% off. The NJ Shift costs $35 and The NJ Postcard is $40.
Call the store at (201) 612-7770 or e-mail Vanessa firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order. These are brand new so Barbara will be painting them to order and we will mail them out in February in plenty of time for your beach stitching.
I just got X45 Elephant back from the finisher! This is the piece we are doing for our next Lilly Sit & Stitch this week. It will also be ready to go to the TNNA Winter Trade Show Long Beach, California the end of the month! I’m in BOOTH 1626. Here’s a picture of all Elephants needlepoint friends!
The TNNA Winter Show is coming up fast! I’m in a flurry trying to get everything ready! New designs on the website, stitch sheets completed ... it’s all coming together. Just finished the needlepoint stitch sheet for X59 Large Santa Stitches.
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.
Today I’m working on the stitch sheets for my Santa Stitches. Each roly poly Santa is dressed in “Painted Stitches”. Stitch sheet includes 2 step 2 color needlepoint stitch diagram (stitch the entire first step and the second step magically appears) and photos of canvas and stitched Santa.
They will be ready for order at BOOTH 1626 February 2 - 4, 2013
I finished my KKG fob. The Kreinik metallic needlepoint threads did the trick! The first picture is the background stitched with Vineyard Silk, the perfect backdrop. The second picture is the fob completed with Kreinik. The focal point, KKG & key, does pop! Just what I wanted. I’m sending it off to be finished as a bookmark with a ribbon backing. Can’t wait to see it!
The Kreinik Needlepoint Thread giveaway ends today, Tuesday 11/13/12.
Recently there as been much discussion about what we as the needlepoint community are doing for the new needlepointer. Jane, of Chilly Hollow, posted a message from a reader and then Don Lynch opened it up on the Needlepoint Facebook Group. I hope we all try to do our part in keeping needlepoint vibrant! The beginner has always been my focus.
I developed my "Painted Stitches" canvases just so learning decorative needlepoint stitches would be easier for any stitcher, especially the beginner. I want to be a resource for the stitcher and our shops! This year I added a teaching guide for one of my canvases so any shop could teach a class.
I started my "Painted Stitches" idea in 2009 after teaching a counted thread class at my local needlepoint shop. Half the class enjoyed the project, but the other half were very frustrated and didn't have a good stitching experience. I wanted everyone to have a great experience and thought, "It would have been easier if I just painted the stitches on the canvas! Then they could have followed the painted color and learned the stitch."
The concept is simple. Think "training wheels" for learning decorative needlepoint stitches. The directions for the decorative needlepoint stitches are painted right on the canvas in two colors. The canvas is uniquely created to highlight each stitch step. The stitch compensation is painted on the canvas. If the stitcher follows the stitches painted on the needlepoint canvas, and refers to the stitch guide, then they will have a successful, beautiful finished piece.
I started the "Painted Stitches" concept because I wanted learning decorative needlepoint stitches to be simple and accessible. I wanted stitchers to try something new and have success with their learning experience. The painted needlepoint canvas is all mapped out for the person who wants to learn decorative stitches. Then, the stitcher can take their expanded needlepoint knowledge, go to their stash or new canvas and have even more fun.
"Painted Stitches Summer Squares - The Bridge from Basketweave to Beyond. Summer Squares incorporates 20 decorative needlepoint stitches from easiest to more complex. Each new stitch builds on knowledge from the previous stitch. Each decorative stitch area is uniquely painted to highlight each stitch step. Using two types of contrasting threads, Caron Snow and Vineyard Silk Classic, Summer Squares 6" x 6" #14 mesh hand-painted needlepoint canvas shimmers and shines with success."
Simple, fun, and colorful Painted Stitch Sampler is surefire way to learn decorative stitches and expand your needlepoint knowledge! The canvas is uniquely created to highlight each stitch step! You will learn 12 decorative stitches, adapting them to specific areas, on this 6” x 6” canvas on #14 mesh. We will be stitching with 14 Vineyard Silk Classic Colors threads. Information pack including 2 step color stitch diagrams and letter chart will be included.
Bright and colorful, PS07 Painted Stitches Palm is a great way to expand your needlepoint knowledge! You will learn 7 decorative stitches, on this 6" x 6" #14 mesh hand-painted needlepoint canvas. The canvas is set up as “Sister Stitches”. “Sister Stitches” are stitches that are similar but somewhat different. By learning the first stitch the second stitch will be easier to learn. Each decorative stitch area is uniquely created to highlight each stitch step, adapting them to specific areas. Compensation is painted on the canvas. 2 step color stitch diagrams included.
PS12 Painted Stitches Ribbon Sampler is a great way to expand your needlepoint knowledge! You will learn 10 decorative stitches, on this 6" x 6" #14 mesh hand-painted needlepoint canvas. This is a new twist on the sampler idea, painted especially for Threadworx Overdyed Vineyard Silk threads and harmonizing Vineyard Silk Classic threads. A sampler of decorative stitches and a sampler of overdyed threads. The bright, colorful ribbons pop off the black background. Each decorative stitch area is uniquely created to highlight each stitch step, adapting them to specific areas. Compensation is painted on the canvas. 2 step color stitch diagrams included.
I love to hear any ideas how I can help and how we can carry on our beloved needlepoint tradition!
I want to show you what I’m stitching with Kreinik metallic needlepoint threads! This is my newest stitching project. Kreinik will make the focal point, KKG & key, pop! Just what I want. I’ll keep you posted!