This is my first big finish of the year, just back from my framer. I'll have the stitch guide ready for sale May 15. I love this piece! Canvas by Kelly Clark.
This tip comes from Meredith Willett. She had me unravel white Snow by the Caron Collection and then use it for the Nobuko stitch. It lets just the right amount of shading to show through.
My first finish of 2018! The canvas is by Strictly Christmas; the stitch guide by June McKnight, with changes by me.
These are definitely inspiring!
Boxes of finishing are arriving almost daily. Here are some of the latest.
This pillow just came back from the finisher--such an elegant wedding gift!
I couldn't resist this canvas by Kelly Clark--I bought one for my very own stash. I am treating myself to a seat in Julia Snyder's embellishment class next month and this is my canvas. It just makes me happy.
You can get one for yourself, too. Check out Kelly Clark canvases on our website.
This is the very top of a Melissa Shirley Halloween cake--I call her Glam Girl.
I used Fuzzy Stuff for her eyelashes. I cut a stitching length and then ran the thread between my fingers to fluff up the fuzzy stuff. My first stitches sank into the pumpkin, so I stitched over them. Too much makeup! I ripped that out and stitched with one strand again, but this time I used a laying tool to help the thread float on top of the other stitches. I then used the laying tool to tease out the fuzz. Ready for her photo shoot!
If you can stitch basketweave, you can stitch Cut Turkey Work. Sally at Rainbow Gallery taught me this trick--she was taught by Susan Portra.
Use a long length of thread--Glisten by Rainbow Gallery makes a wonderful cut turkey work thread. Go down from the front of the canvas, leaving a tail. Stitch basketweave, leaving loops on the front for the canvas.
Hold the loops out of the way as you stitch. When you have stitched the area, cut the loops and trim carefully.
Never fear Turkey Work again!
In teaching my pilot class for the Old Fashioned Christmas tree and writing the stitch guide, I inadvertently created a better stitch for one of the ornaments.
Just received these wonderful finished pieces--so much fun!
Here are my most recent 3 finishes--now I get to pick one new one to start.
Next--finish two WIPs.
Don't know the 3-2-1 rule? Pick 3 unfinished canvases and finish them Your reward is getting to pick one new canvas to start. Then pick 2 unfinished canvases and finish them. Reward: pick one new canvas to start. Pick 1 unfinished project and pick a new one to start. Repeat. We'll see if I stick to this!
It's so much fun opening boxes full of beautiful canvases.
From Ann Wheat Pace, floral hearts to put you in the mood for Spring. I see visions of ribbons and raised work.
I collect boxes of all kinds--Russian, Japanese lacquer, wooden (carved or shaped), porcelain and needlepoint. I love Funda Scully's hinged boxes!
Click here to see Funda Scully box canvases
It's so easy to finish stitching something you love!
I found the perfect stitch and thread for Karyn's Peep. I used the brick stitch and Straw Silk in Bubble Gum. I will use 7mm ribbon for the flower petals, messy beads in the center, Boucle' for the grass. I'm in an Easter frame of mind.
Julia Snyder will be back at the Bristly Thistle this November 13 through 18.
The first three days will be a project class--the Knotty Bouquet.
November 16, 17 and 18 will be Embellishment with Julia.
Come join us on the island!
Julia Snyder was here last week teaching Embellishment classes, which is always wonderful.
One of Julia's students, Gail, explained that she has a 3-2-1 rule for starting and finishing canvases. Here is the Rule: finish 3 canvases, start 1--finish 2 canvases, start 1--finish 1 canvas, start 1. And repeat. Gail's rule inspired me to pick up an Easter bunny to finish stitching. I do think I am going to have to start with finish 6, start 1, however....
Ready, set, finish!
If the canvas you are stitching has a shape drawn on it--say a rectangle, square or round, you can just go with the artist's shape. For the Christmas tree canvas I am working on I need to "draw" my own shape. I don't want all that blank space at the top of the tree. I started with drawing straight vertical lines on either side of the tree, about halfway up. This shape is made more challenging because the star at the top is not centered.
I couldn't find my new favorite for drawing on canvas--a ceramic pencil that will not rub off on thread but can be erased! So I drew the straight lines with my second favorite canvas marker, the micron pen. It is acid free and is suitable for archival pieces. Unfortunately, mistakes must be painted out.
To shape the edges above the straight lines, I took random scraps of Vineyard Silk Classic and tacked them in places. The resulting shape can be manipulated as you go. And of course, I am counting on my finisher to make the final shape choice.
Beading--you love it or you hate it. And to make things confusing, there are a number of ideas about techniques, needles and beading thread. For beading thread I may use clear beading thread, silk treated with beeswax, Nymo or C-lon beading thread. For this project I used mostly clear beading thread.
Needles are also a matter of personal preference. When I first started adding beads to my needlepoint I only knew of the long needles. These tend to bend into a curved shape and can result in bad language, but they do have a job to do when you are beading straight lines.
My favorite needles are the Bohin size 10, but many stitchers prefer a size 28 Tapestry needle.
So, here in photos, are how long needles can give a much better result for straight bead lines.
When I saw these guys at market I burst out laughing. They are too funny!
Each canvas comes with a stitch guide by Laurie Walden and embellishments.
You can find them here at https://www.bristlythistle.com/canvases?tag=Pepperberry+Designs in our web shop.