Sunday, August 29, 2010

Funny what a little color change will do....

I had this idea when I first decided to stitch the Harvest Colors Puzzle as a mystery class at Bedecked and Beadazzled that it would be a fun counted canvaswork design. 

As I stitched on the painted canvas I wrote the instructions a second time so that it could be done on blank canvas.  Here's the results.

It was stitched on JAR Designs hand dyed canvas in tenacious teal dark.

JAR Designs does beautiful colored canvases.  The only drawback is that they are soft.  You really, really need to use a light tension when stitching otherwise the holes will stretch.

If you are a counted canvas person the chart for this design will be available soon.  We're working on translating other EyeCandy handpainted canvases into charted designs so there will be more in the series!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Now what to do with this?

The Harvest Colors Puzzle Mystery is complete!  It really is pretty.  The colors sort of glow, they are so bright and inviting.

Normally I have an idea when I start a canvas, where it's going, what it's going to be etc... But this time I don't have anything!  Or maybe I have too many things.  What's interesting is how different this piece looks when held vertically vs horizontally. 

I really love it when I view it vertically, it seems to glow!  It would look great in a dark brown suede matte.  Very rich, but where to put it?

There is an HP box that is perfect for it.  It's a rich chocolate brown.  You can see it here.

Of course it would be a beautiful pillow with wonderful fabrics and trims, or maybe I could finish it as a stitch book to hold Needle Notes.  There are just too many fun ideas!

I'm also toying with appliqueing it to a tote.  Geez!!! Just a few ideas.  I guess we'll have to wait and see which idea ultimately speaks to me.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Needleartworks is a wonderful website started several years ago by the late Jennifer Ashley Taylor.  Jennifer had a vision of a place on the web where talented designers could come together and sell their needlework designs.  Each designer is still completely independent so it's sort of like a needlepoint shopping mall filled with many little stores.

Ann Strite-Kurz, dede Ogden, Marion Scoular, Carole Lake, Genny Morrow Designs, Luan Callery and Tristan Brooks Designs are the designers currently represented on the site.  Many of the projects featured here are retired teaching pieces.  So, if you missed a project at seminar this is a great resource. 

Earlier this year Jennifer passed the baton to me and asked me to take care of the site and the designers on it.  She was no longer in a position to give it the attention it deserved.

I've given the site a face-lift and hope you will check it out.  I know all the designers would love to see you there.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

The Puzzle is Coming Together

We're making progress on the Harvest Colors Puzzle Mystery Class.  Today was the second class and we tackled more areas! 

For me the fun of this piece is selecting stitches that play off of one another.  Most of the stitches are either Satin Stitches or variations of certain sizes of Cross Stitches.  By selecting stitches that are variations of one another and allowing for areas of Tent and Satin Stitches we are able to keep the piece from getting busy.

Good news, there is still enough going on to keep us all entertained!!!  You know my attention span :-)

Next time you see this it will be finished. That's when it all comes together.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Wow, now there's a project......

We all do it, we should be working and then the next thing you know you are whiling away hours browsing from site to site.  It all starts innocently enough, you are catching up on your blog reading then wham!!!!!!

There's something you see that you just have to have.  

A few clicks of the mouse later and its yours.  Aaaah, the sweet feeling of victory.

So, since we are all in this together, I thought I would share.  I'm happily reading Susan Elliot's blogPlays with Needles.  Susan is wonderfully talented with thread and needle and color and camera.  And blessed with the most fun personality.  The current post linked to an older one from 2008 about a great book in her collection.

Oh no, the vortex is sucking me in!  I can feel it.  Here I go, off to order the books, okay what's a few more books, right.  But wait, the books come from Japan.  I have some great needlework and beadwork books from Japan and France.  This is worth it right?  Now here's the challenge, navigating in Japanese!!!! 

I did it.  Will let you know when the books arrive.  :-)

Oh and did I mention that one book is only available at amazon france????
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