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Flying Cranes Wedding Kimono by Lee

This kimono, Lee’s Flying Cranes Wedding Kimono, was part of an article published in Needle Pointer’s magazine (Mar/Apr 2020 issue). It was compared by a certified judge to a basketweave stitched canvas of the same design. It’s an interesting discussion if you have not read it. Needle Pointers is a publication for ANG members and well worth joining ANG just for the magazine (6 issues per year)!

It is a 16 count canvas which I hadn’t stitched on before. It felt like stitching on 18 count. The magazine goes into how I applied batiste fabric to the back before couching the golden clouds.

For the background, I selected Trebizond TRA 401 Red (& needed 2 spools). The stitch, Huck Toweling, came from June McKnight’s Backgrounds. She said is resembles a homespun fabric. It was as easy to stitch as she said it would be. And, it was open enough that I could stitch over the swirls and go back later and see where to stitch the swirls. Loved it.

One of Amy Bunger stitch guides and a Facebook post from Nancy Laux with Needle House in Houston recommended piercing Kreinik #16 Braid in the middle to better make curves in needlepoint. I used Kreinik #4 Braid to pierce. Both 017HL. It is a wonderful alternative to the typical couching technique.

The mat was cut out specifically to the shape of the kimono by Dave at Romeo’s Fine Arts in Lansdale, PA. He did a great job!

I was going to submit it to the ANG Seminar exhibit this year which would have ended yesterday and we’d be returning home today. But, as with most events, it was canceled due to coronavirus. By next year, I will probably have something different to submit. So, I will post this now.

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