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Seashell with Thanks to the Interpreting Color Theory for Needlework Class by Susan Hoekstra

The shell was discussed at the last ANG Seminar class with Susan Hoekstra for her class, Interpreting Color Theory for Needlework.

To create some depth between the center white/yellow area and purple area, texture contrast is employed. A thinner weight thread is used for the purple areas on the sides so they recede a little but the same stitch as the center area is used to maintain the rounded effect. The thicker Vineyard is slightly more forward than the silk which is 3 strands laid and couched of Pearsall’s Filoselle Silk 282A. BTW, there is some strange text on that skein that reads “FAST TO LIGHT AND BOILING”. Thoughts on what that means?

A couple of nights before NJ Needle Fest, I sent out a request to locate a dark purple in DMC Perle #8 or #12. Two members of my other chapter, the NJ Needle Artists, had 3 possible choices & the one from Rosie hit the mark, a # 8 Finca 2720. I added the 6 purple round areas then using a double layered cross with a small cross on top. It was nice to see everyone after missing the 2019 Fest (because of a cruise I took) and the 2020 Fest was canceled due to coronavirus. I signed up for their 2022 NJ Needle Fest and it’ll be back in May.

For the 3 blue round areas, I used the same stitch but with the lighter weight DMC #12, color 3822 to get the lighter color blue compared with the darker purple to recede slightly as that part of the shell is rounding down and away.

Once I got home from EGA’s Seminar and was sitting in my comfy stitching chair, I made good progress on the shell and finished it.

The horizontal rings is an encroaching gobelin with Tiara T106 and Kreinik #8 Braid 212.

Basketweave is used for most of the bottom (Waterlilies 217 Chili and 223 Rye) except for the light, medium, and dark teal areas which used a vertical couch. I used Gloriana Teal Twilight #108 for the dark teal but the lighter portion of the overdyed thread wasn’t light enough to show a difference and had to switch to DMC floss #597 for the medium color and used DMC floss #598 for the lightest teal.

For comparison, I am also sharing my first attempt that didn’t go well! I ripped that out in 2016 & left the canvas sit.

This was one of the three painted canvases discussed at last night’s meeting with my ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter. Good turn out in person and on Zoom. A few technical difficulties but we managed.



Snail Shell
October 8, 2016, 10:41 am
Filed under: ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter, Snail Shell

Our second year-long project at my ANG Main Line Stitchers Chapter will involve each member choosing a small painted canvas and bringing it to every meeting. Each member will have an opportunity to ask the rest of the group to suggest stitches and threads for a specific area of his/her canvas. I look forward to watching and learning from each other’s canvases. Then, we can stitch the area discussed before the next meeting. At the end of the year, each member will have a completed piece based on the suggestions of the group. We’ll also explore selecting background stitches.

A review of some tips on canvas embellishment for painted canvases will be shared at October’s meeting to kick off our painted canvas project. I have Julia Snyder’s new book “Keys To Canvas Embellishment” and “Painted Canvas Embellishment: An Idea Book” by Carole Lake and Michael Boren. If you have books specific to this topic, please leave me a comment & let me know your favorite book(s). By all means, if you are in the area, please visit us! At 7:00 pm on October 10, 2016 (second Monday of the month) at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. GPS: 203 North Valley Forge Road, Devon, PA. For those who can, please join us for dinner at 5:30 pm at Minella’s (320 W Lancaster Ave).

I don’t know who the designer of this canvas – if you know, please leave me a comment. And, if it’s not a snail shell, please let me know! And, if you’d like to make suggestions for an area, please do!! I haven’t done many painted canvases (mainly do counted designs) & hope to learn a lot this year. I have a few painted canvases & want to do something nice with them.

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