Saturday, June 11, 2011

Taking an Opportunity

Here you see the latest Raymond Crawford canvas which is part of the calendar series from A Stitch in Time Needlepoint. I am proud of myself for staying caught up so far with this series.

This was another fun canvas. The nasturtiums were all in satin stitch, with beautiful Splendor & Neon Rays +. Kreinik & some an imaginative darning pattern in two different directions makes for a pretty cool bucket. Those bullions....well.

The one thing I've changed from all the stitch guides is that I do the backgrounds first. That makes it easier for accuracy & to keep the pattern of the backgrounds which have all (pleasantly) been quick, open stitches.

Our Teapot Safari class at Stitch by Stitch in Larchmont with Tony Minieri was cancelled this week due to an apparent gigantic traffic jam which kept Tony trapped in Jersey, on the other side of the George Washington Bridge. I had actually (as you know) finished my homework, so now I have a gap in stitching time which I was going to use to do the homework for the next, & last (for this canvas) Tony class in July. So I have two weeks before the Sharon G class at The Nimble Needle to stitch up some Christmas ornaments that were in the lineup. Last night I started one up that I should be able to show you in the next few days.

Today it's gloomy outside, but I am going to Larchmont to visit with my stitching friends and pick up a finished piece. I think what came back is either something of Ashley's or a Christmas gift for my niece. If it's Ashley's I'll put up a photo.

Am enviously watching the blogs for news from Columbus, as I am sure you all are as well. After all, we wouldn't want those stashes to get too small, now would we?

Have a great weekend!



The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

Lovely little piece, Denise. I think you are smart to do the backgrounds first. I almost always do as that seems to be easier for me. It also helps solve the endless background problem.

Hope you get to make up your missed Tony class soon.

Jane, glued to the computer monitor waiting for TNNA news

Silverfox said...

i have two things. one is a question for you and jane of CH abou tdoing backgrounds first. what if yo ufind the backgrodun does not fit the scale of the piece after you complete it? I always awaited and did it last to make sure it worked. i thougth Jane did that on the Geisha Rabbit, too. what would you do? then, # 2, Brenda, i enlarged the picture to see the intersting and beautiful backgrodun and i noticed onthe lower right corner the green slatned stitch, about three rows ina dn two rows up, one of the green slants seems to be going the wrong way... it seems to not match the flow of the others. where did yo uget this background stitch from? i love it and would like to use it on a piece.

Silverfox said...

sorry, typed too fast and did not spell check the last comment... how embarassing

Denise & Linda said...

Hi Silverfox,

I guess you found an error; I will have to go back in to correct it.

The background stitch came with the stitch guide; I did not select it.

Fortunately, I've never had the experience where the background stitch did not fit the scale of the piece. Generally I think background stitches--since they are background--should be small & unobtrusive. So I wouldn't select a large stitch for a background, therefore scale not an issue.

Hope this helps.


Silverfox said...

thank you - you and Chilly Holly and Ruth Schmuff are my three favorite blogs to come to daily - the work you do is phenomenal and so is the work of Jane and Ruth. thank you for always sharing the work - with GREAT photos which is what makes your blogs so great - and the ideas you used and problems you encounter, whcih gives all your readers such insightful guidance. i did not realize that background stitch was part of a package but i agree with you about the scale and i do try to do that. thank you for responding and please keep up the fabulous blog!

Karen Milano said...

Hi Denise, it was so fun and interesting to meet you and Linda today, I really appreciate the distance you came and how you contributed to the class. Now back to these nasturiums; they are lovely and am I correct that these are some of the most awesome bullions? They are amazingly long. You have so much to contribute, thanks for posting.