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Dogwoods in Springtime
April 9, 2010, 11:03 am
Filed under: Dogwood Festival

As the Cherry Blossom Festival winds down in Washington, the Dogwood Festivals further south are about to begin. So, I present ‘Dogwoods in Springtime’. And, please forgive me if dogwoods only have 4 petals. I looked for a flower that had 5 white petals but decided dogwood is close enough for me! I have a few rose bushes out back – that’s all. I like looking at flowers but don’t need to know their names to enjoy them at the annual Philadelphia Flower Show or for the occassional trek to Longwood Gardens. If someone knows the name of the flower, please leave a comment.

This another example of a “Pinsations” original design & stitch selection. The pin is added to the piece so that the pin can be removed, worn, & replaced. Although for this one, Mary Ann, a co-worker, asked me to use 2 of her pins in the same design. I asked her how she thought the 2 pins related to each other & she saw the cat sitting under a tree. For me, the challenge was the relative size of the one pin to the other.  A flower wouldn’t be bigger than a cat! So, I placed the tree in the forefront so the flowers would appear larger. And, I put the cat on a grassy slope well behind the tree so that the cat would appear farther away (& smaller).  If you remove the cat pin, a stitched cat sits underneath. And, if you remove the dogwood pin, enough other stitches flowers remain.

This isn’t a large piece – about 6″x8″. I used overdyed thread for sky & tree trunk & overdyed boucle for grass. I started stitching that back & forth horizontally from the bottom up & realized that I was getting a streaky look which wasn’t thrilling me. So, I stayed with the same stitch but switched to more of a clumping of the dark area together to get the effect of clouds on the grass.  

Mary Ann was very happy with the piece. I do like the people I work with! I’ve worked with most of them for about 15 years.

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Something’s Fishy
April 6, 2010, 11:35 am
Filed under: Fishbowl

I thought why hide your favorite jewelry in a box when you can wear it and display it! To accomplish this, I incorporate pins into my needlework designs & have named them, “Pinsations”. The pin is added to the piece so that the pin can be removed, worn, & replaced. And, without the pin, it still looks like a finished needlepoint piece. 

In this piece, the frog pin is one I’ve had since I was a child & the legs move.  It’s not a large piece, about 6″x6″, & sits in a holder just like a fishbowl. I had to keep this piece – I just love it.

I used a variety of threads including DMC floss, DMC Cotton Perle #5, Kreinik, & Snow. I can’t find a list of stitches used although I recognize a darning pattern for the little fish on the top (in the air). The plant life looks like whipped running stitch & featherstitch. The water looks like whipped running with DMC Cotton Perle white as the base stitch placed horizontally but shifting row by row always one thread to the right to create the slope for movement & Snow whipped through it to get the shimmer effect.

As with the crosses, this was made on 14 count vinyl canvas. The canvas is available from www.crafterspride.com (under Fabrics). I cut an identically shaped 2nd piece, stitched my name & date on it, placed poster board placed between the 2 pieces to be rigid enough to stand without framing, and tacked them together, with small stitches along all sides using a vinyl thread.



Crosses
April 3, 2010, 10:20 am
Filed under: Crosses

These crosses were made for a dear lady, Marty, who helped take care of my mother for several years and for my niece, Molly, for her First Holy Communion.

For these, I was playing with saturation (intensity) within a hue (color) (another learning applied from Mary Shipp). I added embellishment in the form of charm or pin. I used the Triangle stitch for center portion & a Plaited Gobelin from Stitches To Go by Suzanne Howren & Beth Robertson.

They were made into wall hangings on 14 count vinyl canvas with DMC Perle #5. The canvas is available from www.crafterspride.com (under Fabrics). I cut an identically shaped 2nd piece, stitched my name & date on it, placed poster board placed between the 2 pieces to be rigid enough to hang without framing, and tacked them together, with small stitches along all sides using a vinyl thread.



Easter Egg Tree
April 2, 2010, 2:15 pm
Filed under: Easter Eggs

There are a dozen eggs made using DMC floss and Mill Hill Beads on perforated paper (all purchased at AC Moore) for my Easter egg tree (from the Lillian Vernon catalogue years ago).  These were done before any ANG classes.  I used regular graph paper to chart out the designs (which I still have & found in my pile). The tricky part was cutting each small egg exactly the same so that I could sew them back to back after I was done.  The front design did not match the back.  Now that I think about it, perhaps I could have stitched the beads first on one side & then on the second side.  It must be possible but that actually doesn’t sound easy either.  I didn’t do a whole bunch with beads but managed to gather a stash of them!



Calendar for April
April 1, 2010, 4:21 pm
Filed under: Calendar, Melita's Adaptations

Easter always meant Easter egg baskets as a kid.  So, I switched the design entirely on this one. The eggs are my own design.

I used:

  • square chain stitch for tree trunk
  • whipped running stitch for tree branches
  • cross stitch for eggs
  • straight stitch for white background
  • diamond ray for purple background
  • 6-trip herringbone for outer border