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Swirling Leaves, Green and Red Leaves
December 13, 2020, 12:01 pm
Filed under: Swirling Leaves

I always feel I have to recap this project because it started in 2015 when I took Janet Perry’s (NAPA Needlepoint) online/cyber Stitch Guide class (offered annually I think). I actually started the background in May 2017 and finished that in October 2019. The blue bubbles got done quickly enough in October 2019 but then the piece was put away for other projects. In my ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter this year, we are encouraging members to bring a painted canvas to the group as we stitch it. We discuss the stitch guide we have for the canvas or discuss options for a painted canvas that doesn’t have a stitch guide. It brings a lively discussion to the meeting. We now have 5 members sharing their canvases at our upcoming Monday Zoom meeting. This is mine and is a wonderful way for me to stay motivated to finally finish my painted canvas!

When Janet discussed perspective, she points out that the green leaves are behind the red ones. Also, cool colors like green recedes while the warm color, red, advances. Since they are related shapes, a similar but a smaller stitch should be behind a larger stitch. So, Janet recommended offset Mosaic for the green and offset Scotch for the red. I started at the top of the green leaves and worked my way down compensating as I went around the swirls. It got a little tricky in the small areas and compensating the red leaves were tougher. I’m so glad that I started at the bottom of the truck and worked up.

Of the threads Janet suggested, I used Pepper Pot Silk 75 Cilantro and 019 Claret.

Believe it or not, I have to put this piece away now because I am waiting for a special order of threads for the swirls that I have never used before to arrive. And, it’s not going to be here until January 2021 at the earliest. But, more on all that in what I hope will be my last post for this piece when I finish stitching.

Swirling Leaves, Baseball, and Blue Bubbles
October 30, 2019, 9:17 am
Filed under: Needlework in Progress, Swirling Leaves

Next up for Swirling Leaves was the blue bubbles which are also in the background. Janet Perry, NAPA Needlepoint during an online class, recommended a couple of options that would serve to bump up the glitz (from the white background) for the bubbles. So, I went with Silk Lame Braid Petite SP98 for the light blue area and a darker Silk Lame Braid Petite SP151 where the bubbles overlap.

The bubbles are in the background as they are lighter in color and not tied to the other elements. I stitched them as Janet recommended with basketweave. However, because my background was not open, my circles look round and I didn’t need to outline each with whipped backstitch.

The flash is allowing some of the sparkle to show.

Swirling Leaves, Baseball, and Backgrounds
October 27, 2019, 12:14 pm
Filed under: Swirling Leaves

Considering that this has leaves in the design, it is Fall, and we’re watching baseball, I decided to stitch the rest of the background.

To recap this piece, in 2015, I took Janet Perry’s cyber class about learning to create your own stitch guide. I submitted a picture of this canvas which she chose for one of the class discussions. It’s Swirling Leaves (DH3825) an Elements canvas by Dream House Ventures Inc.

Janet suggested stitching the background first so that the focal points are on top of the rest of the stitching. However, she suggested an open Tent Stitch pattern. And, I didn’t realize until it was way to late that I didn’t do it correctly. No wonder it took so long to stitch.

So, now it is the Alternating Continental stitch and still a non-directional pattern that she intended (just not open). I had plenty of Elegance E800 and plenty of time watching baseball.

I stitched all the stitches that went from lower left to upper right first. Then, worked the second pass in the opposite direction which went faster than the first pass maybe because I was distracted by baseball. I am glad that background is done.

Swirling Leaves
May 13, 2017, 3:26 pm
Filed under: Needlework in Progress, Swirling Leaves

IN 2015, I took Janet Perry’s cyber class about learning to create your own stitch guide. I submitted a picture of a design which she chose for one of the class discussions. It’s Swirling Leaves (DH3825) an Elements canvas by Dream House Ventures Inc. 

She suggested stitching the background first so that the focal points are on top of the rest of the stitching. However, she suggested an open Tent Stitch pattern. I didn’t realize until now that I didn’t do it correctly. It isn’t open. No wonder it took so long to stitch.  Now, I will just have to stitch Alternating Continental to get the non-directional pattern that she intended. I won’t rip all that out – it just won’t be open. I’m using Elegance. Good thing I bought enough! Near the bottom left corner inside the swirl you can see where I started going the other direction. 

Dragon Fly, Framed
May 12, 2015, 9:22 pm
Filed under: Dragon Fly, Needlework in Progress

Dragon Fly is a Kathryn Molineux painted canvas that I selected at Nimble Needle for a class with Sharon G who provided the stitch guide.

I’ve had this done for a while & was enjoying looking at it but I can only keep so many pieces. So, this went to Anita, another coworker for her birthday! And, now everyone I work with has gotten something I stitched.

The design was exactly 5″ X 7″ & Michael’s cut the mat to fit exactly. I really got lucky with the color of the frame matching my design – also from Michael’s!  I just cut the canvas down & left it unblocked. There isn’t the same amount of space in this type of frame to add another layer of thickness. And, my stitching doesn’t pull the canvas out of shape anyway – so, it should be fine.

Dragon Fly Framed

The Queen is Visiting Woodlawn
February 4, 2015, 7:26 pm
Filed under: Queen's Silhouette

The Queen’s Silhouette is traveling to Woodlawn for the 52nd Annual Needlework Show. She’ll be there for the month of March.

Before the Queen left, she was able to visit the people who I work with including Roya who gave me the piece. She brought it back from Tapisserie in London.

Unfortunately, Queen Elizabeth wasn’t able to visit my ANG stitching friends.

Nancy & Murphy at the Artful Framer in Paoli did a fantastic job with the frame. They were very patient helping us (my husband & )  picking it & the mat out. I really appreciate their efforts. I really recommend deciding on how you will finish a piece before you finish stitching! I switched to an oval but not the same size oval as typical mats come in. But, they figured out a way!

Queen is Framed

Dragon Fly, Ready for Flight
January 31, 2015, 10:22 am
Filed under: Dragon Fly, Melita's Other Completed Pieces

It looks like it could fly away!

The wings were Alicia’s Lace (#8 045) outlined with Gold Rush (202C) & couched with Accentuate  (024).

The body was padded first with long stitches of Crystal Braid (CR08) & covered by straight  (satin) stitches Kreinik  (#8 045).

The head is French Knots (#8 045). It has been 2 years since I’ve done one & they were a snap thanks to a Mary Corbett video for a refresher!

Initially,  the small squares were going to be Rhodes stitch but Sharon G thought they wouldn’t compensate easily & suggested Double Leviathan but that pattern covers 4 threads & the square was 5 threads. So, I did my best with the Rhodes using Gloriana  (#088 Seaweed).

Now, off to the framers & then, where will it land? Hmm

Dragon Fly Finished


Dragon Fly Background
January 18, 2015, 3:23 pm
Filed under: Dragon Fly, Needlework in Progress

According to Sharon G, the background is supposed to look like rain but the notes I took during class didn’t have enough details especially considering that I waited years & not days to get back to stitching this piece. Ideally, I should have stitched some in each area or at least taken better notes!

Now, I realize that the note about the Damask stitch pattern on page 48 referred her book, Simply Essential Needlepoint Stitch Explanations, that I must have bought that day. I just found it while looking for another book. And, I realize that I stitched the whole background differently than Sharon had intended. This stitch pattern would have been on the green background but you can see it is more open & looks like rain.

Dragon Fly Rain

Initially, I stitched the top row gold (using 2 strands of Accentuate) and thought it was too heavy. So, I tried 1 strand (bottom row).

Background options

And, I decided the 1 strand of the Accentuate was better! The green rows are the same thread, 2 strands of Peacock Blue (192) Gloriana. To prevent streaking, Sharon suggested alternating between 5 x 18″ lengths and reversing the direction of the threads.  I have delayed posting this as I contemplated my options: (1) rip it all out & start over – I have enough thread, (2) cover some of the gold with or without adding some gold on top of the green, and (3) do nothing. Oh well, it doesn’t look like rain but I can live with this!! What would you have done?

Dragon Fly Background



Dragon Fly, A Tribute to Kathryn Molineux
January 7, 2015, 10:22 am
Filed under: Dragon Fly, Needlework in Progress

I mentioned in my “Plans for 2015” post, that I had a Dragon Fly painted canvas.  I knew it was from a Sharon G class I had taken at Nimble Needle but had forgotten it was a Kathryn Molineux painted canvas.  Sharon provided the stitch guide.

Since that was the most completed of the works in progress, I decided to start stitching that piece & have been working on it for the past few days. And, I was shocked to read today that Kathryn passed away Dec 26, 2014. So, I am really glad to share my progress as a tribute to her memory.

Dragon Fly progress



The Queen Has Been Crowned
December 26, 2014, 9:25 am
Filed under: Queen's Silhouette

I finally blocked out time & applied the beads. The background just needed the small cross stitches in the Criss-Cross Hungarian pattern. I used 2 silk threads of Au Ver A Soie in a slightly darker blue (510). I just finished the last of that (there were a lot of them) & we are heading to The Artful Framer in Paoli today – one of the women in my ANG chapter uses them.