Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Visit to Positano

I think I've mentioned that I really love Positano, a lovely village on the Amalfi coast. I've enjoyed this Sharon G canvas, which very vividly evokes images of this pretty place. I started this canvas last June, when Linda & I went to Amy's. Amy wrote a fabulous stitch guide, and I was challenged by her creativity. There was one technique which I did not follow; Amy wrote the guide with Sorbello knots on the potted tree. I struggled with these, and did master the technique but was not happy with the look. I'm sure I missed something. In any event I did the tree in french & colonial knots, & I think it looks lovely. The flowers on the tree are a cup stitch, another new technique. I can see why Linda loves those Home Study projects, as Amy challenges you but does not overwhelm you.

Our LNS, Stitch by Stitch has a Tapestry Tent trunk show going on, so I added to my stash this past weekend. I got a pretty pansy canvas that I intend to use as an insert to my Italian leather Lee handbag. I also got a tiger belt that I want to do as a strap for another handbag. And I am working on collars for Cara & Mia. These are my basketweave projects.

But I intend to stick to my plan to stitch up some Christmas canvases. I had signed up for a Raymond Crawford monthly club last year and did not even one in 2010. I have completed one canvas so far and want to get as many of these done as I can before this Christmas finishing cut off; the snow is barely melted here & I am already thinking of Christmas cut off dates---what is WRONG with me?!!

Happy Stitching!



Robin said...

Looks great, Denise. Thanks for sharing. I feel like I've visited Italy through your stitching.

Anonymous said...


I've enjoyed watching you stitch this canvas and it is gorgeous. Beautiful stitching. Thanks so much for sharing

Sue VanderNoor

Sharon G said...

Denise, Amy is a great teacher and did this canvas proud. Your stitching is perfect. PS, I like your tree.

Kelly said...

Your stitching is beautiful! You had better think about finishing cut off dates because they keep getting earlier and earlier in some stores. OK, maybe it is just the accounting/organized side coming out but I am already thinking about the deadlines too.

Melinda said...

Denise - Cudos to you, Sharon G, and Amy! Your stitching does them both proud I know. This is a beautiful piece that will take you back to Positano each time you look at it. Thanks for sharing the process with us!

Missy Gray said...

Positano looks magnificent. Love the tree.
It is never too early to think about Christmas. Happy stitching.