While working on an Amanda Lawford Santa I wanted something different for his coat.I am calling this stitch Flip-Flop Double Scotch. I am not sure where it came from. I have given several options for the 2x2 opening that is left: beads, Smyrna Cross or a sequin. Use 2 different threads, one for the "/" stitches and another for the "\" stitches.
Durirng my vacation and this past week I have been working on a Paisley Pumpkin from my local painter, Karen. If I had had one more week of vacation I would have gotten it finished but I am almost done and woke up with a couple of more ideas.
The kit will be available mid to late October and if you would like to order, call the store to give us all your information. The canvas and guide are $175.00 and the threads will be additional. I still have a couple to pick out so I don't have a price for the threads yet.
We are heading to a Cash and Carry Trade Show next weekend so be on the lookout for .updates on the Blog and Facebook page.
Well it is back to realty, sort of. We have made it back to Baltimore from our very relaxing week in OBX.
The last evening we went to a beautul little Inn on the sound side of the island call The Inn on Pamlico Sound to have a drink and see the sunset. We have beautful sunsets in the Texas Hill country, but this was beyond anything i had ever seen.
Today we are going to putz around Baltimore and then I head home tonight!
Turkey Work that is. Invariably at some point in your stitching lifetime you are going to compelled or called upon by a teacher to stitch Turkey Work, and will stomp your feet screamimg..."NOOOOOO".
Turkey Work is not as scary as so many people make it out to be. There are several ways to do it but the way we like (The Needle Works) to stitch it is what we call "Fish Eye Turkey Work". Some call it "Jump through the loop Turkey Work".
Work it from the bottom of your area, back and forth. This stitch can be a real thread user upper. To help control how much I use I use a straw to control the size of my loop.This is also helpful if you don't wait to trim your Turkey Work. You will have nice even loops that will make beautiful fur. I I plan on not cutting I like to make my loops a little smaller so I may use a straw with a smaller diamter.
O.K., so now you need to cut it. Once again you start stomping your feet and go running to your instructor begging him or her to cut. Yes I admit the first time I went to cut Turkey Work it was scary but I am going to share a couple of secret weapons (I guess they will no longer be secret).
The key for me to successful Turkey Work trimming is a very sharp scissor and an electric Mustache trimmer. Actually the Mustache trimmer was my Mom's trick. My favorite pait of scissors to cut Turkey Work are from Dahle and have double ground blades for extra precision.
You can call the store to order the scissors and you can get the Mustache trimmer for about $20.00 at a beauty supply store.
Now for a completed piece. Whitney B. got her first piece back from the finisher. She did a magnificent job.
For those of you thinking about taking Back to Basics with Tony in October, we have 2 spots left as of yesterday, so don't hesitate.
I wish I could slow down time so that would have time to get everything done that needs to get done.
This summer is moving by way to fast.
Tony Minieri has been in town teaching in the store for the last three days and we have had a wonderful time. We had some new people in class who had never taken a class from him before and it was wonderful watching them have so much fun and get enthused from being in a large group stitching.
I will finish the Shepherd from the Nativity series this weekend and will be sorry to see it end.
Now that I am finished with the Nativity the pieces will be available indivually. We are taking orders now for The Holy Family. Order by August 1st and we will ship by the end of September or the beginning of October.
Next up to stitch is a Paisley Pumpkin from my local painter Karen. This will be available kitted when completed. After the pumpkin I will dive into the 12 days of Christmas Panels. I can't wait .
Today's stitch is one that I put together for a pumpkin piece that I wrote the guide for this past week. It is a Split Pavilian with tied oblong crosses and beads. In place of the beads you could put a Smyrna Cross or even a sequin.
We got a new shipment of our beautiful hand forged laying tools from Caleb. You can call the store or email us.
Time is running out to sign up for the Halloween Basket class with Laura Taylor in October. We need to get the canvas ordered. Laura is amazingly talented and this piece is sure to be loaded with wonderful stitches.
If you have been wanting to take "Back to Basics 1" now is your chance.
Donna F. got her amazing Cardinal Lady back from the framer. It is amazing. This was a canvas that Donna found in her stash and just knew it would be a perfect gift for her Mother - in -Law.
Anne O. finished a couple of stocking cuffs for her family. Hard to believe she has only been stitching for abut 15 months. She is on a mission. So far she has finished 2 stockings and 2 cuffs. A 3rd stocking is on order for her next project.
We also got the rest of the Angels of the Month that I did several years ago.
These are still available also.
For those of you new to visiting the store, last year I had a Blacksmith forge me Laying Tools and we introduced them last summer. They continue to be popular. We have 2 sizes and a beautiful selection of tops.
I am sorry I did not post this past weekend. I was getting a little family time in visiting family in New Orleans this past weekend. New Orleans has made a wonderful comeback after the storm. Lots of construction and the French Quarter was a bevy of activity.
This morning I did manage to update the main website with class information.
Tony Minieri will be coming back in October to teach his BACK TO BASICS 1 class again along with a fun little half day mystery class.
Happy Memorial Day everyone. I hope everyone takes time to remember those who have fought, are fighting, those who have been wounded or been killed so that WE may live the life we love.
I thought I would go back to the basics for this Share a Stitch and breakdown "Basketweave".
The UNIT stitch the we stitch is called "TENT". In what orientation we do that stitch is what makes it "Continental" or "Basketweave".
It is important to remember that the stitch is done differently if you are Right handed or Left handed.
If you are right handed, Tent is stitched from lower left to upper right crossing the canvas thread intersection (San Diego to New York).
If you are left handed, Tent is stitched from upper right to lower left (New York to San Diego).
If you are right haned you always work CONTINENTAL from right to left (or top to bottom for vertical rows). When you get to the end of your row you turn your canvas so that you are once again going right to left (or top to bottom)
If you are left handed you always work right to left (or bottom to top for vertical rows) and when you get to the end of the row you turn your canvas.
Now, if you have been to a garage sale and picked up an old piece of needlepoint that is cattywompus (sp) it is probably because that piece was worked in nothing but continental. If a piece is working in nothing but continental, and off of a frame, because continental is always worked in one direction it has a tendency to pull the canvas and this is what gets it out of shape.
Now that is not to say that you can't stitch Continental for a whole piece but I would recommend putting it on some type of frame to help cut down on the amount of distortion you will get.
Now the other way to stitch the "Tent" stitch is Basketweave.
Basketweave is worked on the diagonal as opposed to the Horizontal or Vertical and does not distort the canvas the way Continental does.
It is the only stitch in needlepoint that is based on the weave of the canvas, based on my knowledge. If I am incorrect on that fact I apologize now.
If you look at a piece on Mono canvas you will notice that is is WOVEN.
Once again instructions for people who are Right Handed and Left Handed are different.
If you are right handed you start yor stitch in the upper right hand corner of the area you are stitching.
If you are left handed you start in the lower left hand corner of the area you are stitching.
First for the right handers:
Look at the weave of your canvas and find a DIAGONAL row where the canvas thread on top of the intersection is a Horizontal(red on graph) You are going to work this row going up or CLIMBING THE STAIRS.
Now your next row will be a row that the canvas thread on top is a VERTICAL (blue on graph). You are going to work this row by sliding down the poles.
Remember your unit stitch that you are doing always stays the same. Lower left to upper right or San Diego to New York.
If you are left handed is is worked differentlt.
You will work your unit stitch(Tent) going from upper right to lower left (New Your to San Diego) as a explained earlier BUT you will work your diagonal rows as follows.
Working in the lower left hand corner of your design area find a row that the canvas thread on top is a Vertical, you are going to go UP the Vertical row.
The next diagonal row will have a thread on top that is horizontal, you will work down this row.
The hash mark represents how your thread will be traveling on the back of the canvas.
Hopefully I have not confused you too much. There have been a lot of beginners coming into the store lately and I thought for those that wanted to learn to stitch but did not have a LNS (local needlepoint shop) that this might be helpful.
Next time I will talk about starting and stopping your thread when stitching Basketweave.
We have also brought in Silk Straw. So excited to start playing with this new thread. I had a student use it for Coral on a canvas and I had her do Cast On Bullions
Here are the colors I have at the moment.
I think I may play a bit this afternoon.
If you see anything on the pages that I posted that interests you. Send me an email and I will get the informtion for you.
Have a great day!
I almost forgot the biggest news!
Olivia has babies.
Last night I was watching her and heard another owl close by and all of a sudden her mate flew in, dropped something into her owl house and all of a sudden I heard all kinds of commotion coming from the house. All kinds of baby owl sounds. I can;t wait for them to make an appearance. Time to set up the camera on the tri-pod.
Between Llano and Fredericksburg on Highway 16 there is a beautiful road called the Willow City Loop. It meanders through private ranches and it just amazing. The vistas and fields of wildflowers are amazing. Because of the rain and cold winter we had the Bluebonnets are particularly stunning. The white Poppies make the fields look they are covered in snow.