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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.