I am so sorry to miss the TNNA Summer NeedleArts Trade Show in Columbus. I hope you all are having a great time! I had unexpected abdominal surgery last week. The results are back and I’m fine and relieved. But, missing you all! Here is a link to my What’s New for June needlepoint designs. Sorry not to show you all in person!
I’m on a BIG search for pictures of Barbara Bergsten Designs stitched needlepoint canvases. I’d really like to get my Finished Page on my web site all spiffed up and feature all the hard work from all you wonderful stitchers! If you have any please post or send me a picture. Thank you!!!
This winter I took a “Quiltcation”. I was wandering around the world wide wide looking for post winter show inspiration and came across The Modern Quilt Movement*. I learned to quilt about 10 years ago and admired the art quilts that were so popular. I tried my hand at traditional and nontraditional quilting. I liked it, alot. Life went on and needlepoint became my focus. I carved out a week this winter and made a quilt for my daughter. This was happening during the Quiltcon in Austin. There was so much energy and inspiration at this first ever Quiltcon I got swept away. The whole experience was great fun.
Sally's quilt front
Sally’s quilt back
The “Quiltcation” did the trick! I have new needlepoint designs inspired by The Modern Quilt Movement for the TNNA Summer NeedleArts Trade Show Booth #1509. (PS. needlepoint canvases are a more manageable size than a quilts.)
Some quilts that energized me!
*“Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. "Modern traditionalism" or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.”
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This year, we are offering a week-long camp for middle-schoolers and older. We will be working on this painted stitches palm tree canvas. Students will learn basic and decorative stitches that can be used in other projects. Camp will be offered the week of June 17th for $150. All supplies will be included.
6700 Fairview Road, Suite 106
Charlotte, NC 28210
Located in the Allen Tate Building at Phillips Place
Needlepoint Basics- How To Thread Your Needle"-Saturday June 8 10:00-2:00 In this 4 hour class Emeline will teach the fundamentals of Needlepoint. This class is perfect for the absolute beginner or anyone who would like to learn Basketweave.
We are proud to announce our new Beginner Class. It is a 3 part class with sessions on Wednesday, June 5, 12 and 19. The canvas, by Barbara Bergsten, features clearly stitch painted areas and incorporates 20 decorative stitches from easiest to more complex. Each new stitch builds on knowledge from the previous stitch. Each decorative stitch is uniquely painted to highlight each stitch step. This fun and cheerful canvas is 6x6 on 14 mesh and can be personalized with your initial.
Needlepointers, we would love to add lots more needlepoint NAMPs. We provide a complete kit to young people wanting to learn how. To find out how to start your own group, http://www.needleartsmentoring.org/
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.”