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Jackie’s Ladies in Their Boleros
May 27, 2012, 12:51 pm
Filed under: Jackie's Boleros, Melita's Adaptations

On the unofficial first weekend of summer, I want to blog about this wonderful picture. A woman I work with, Jackie, wanted it translated into needlepoint. Initially, I was going to make her a line drawing until I heard about copic markers.  Another woman I work with and her daughter picked me up the 5 colors I needed with 40% off coupons at Michael’s. They cost about 8 dollars each (before the coupon). They are really nice with double ends – a brush shaped nib on one end and a chisel tip on the other end.

There was no way to track copyright for the picture she wanted to use. However, Jackie is doing this for her own person use & is not planning to enter it into a competition of any kind. Should I wish to stitch this myself  someday & select stitches on my own, I could enter it as an Adaptation. The only problem is that if it were to win a ribbon, it would not get photographed for the magazine. I would not be able to reproduce the design/stitch guide either.

I think the drawing turned out quite good – certainly not as good as a professional painter could have done. But, it should be good enough – and way less expensive. I didn’t charge her! The canvas was only about $3 and I can reuse the markers. I just wanted to see if I could do it! Then, I selected some simple stitch patterns for her for the dresses & hand wrote up a stitch guide (of sorts-certainly not professional quality). Some other areas are simple diagonal or straight stitches. And, even smaller areas I suggested simple basketweave. We met a couple of times to go over the stitches. Jackie practiced them first & now is stitching the design! I am excited to see it.

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Can I send you some stuff to draw for me?! Nice job!

Comment by LInda

I never thought anyone would ask that!

Comment by melitastitches4fun

Hi Melita. The picture of Jackie’s Ladies looks so much like a class I took at seminar last year in San Antonio. It was taught by Sandy Arthur and the class was called “To The Beach”. Below is a picture of my completed and framed project. I absolutely love it! P.S. you may need to copy the full url before pasting it unto your address line

Comment by Brenda M. Cote'

Hi Brenda, That is incredible! Very similiar indeed. I love it & can’t wait to show Jackie. Thanks so much for sharing.

Comment by melitastitches4fun

I love Jackies Ladies….you did a great job with the markers !

Comment by stitchlady

Hi Melita, as I was reading your blog and, I too, was thinking how similar it is to Sandy Arthur’s”To the Beach”. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

Comment by Roseanne

I talked with Sandy Arthur about the origin of the picture and it is clip art. So, it is free to use in any manner. Very interesting.

Comment by melitastitches4fun

That’s great. Seems like you can now do what you please with the beach ladies. Looking forward to see what you do with it.

BTW, you did a great job at seminar. Thank you so much. Brenda M. Ct Millsboro, DE

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Comment by Brenda M. Ct

Hi Brenda, I’m not working on it – it is a coworker that I helped. It was great seeing you again at seminar! Thanks – it was fun!

Comment by melitastitches4fun




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