Hi, an update with a picture of my cross stitch design in the latest edition GOLD magazine. A pretty vintage design, of soft pink and white roses that have a shabby – chic feel to them. The design has been stitched onto a lovely spotted Zweigart linen fabric. If you don’t want to opt for patterned fabric, complete the whole chart, including the dots that are shown on the chart. I can just imagine the finished cushion against an old armchair or a classic wicker seat like the one in the picture. I think it is going to look particularly nice in my little cottage………….I’m pleased.
I have placed this design in this section as it is suitable for those of you that prefer needlepoint. This chart will be ideal, as this easy design has a very modest palette and uses just whole stitches…………..remember you will need extra wool to fill in the background…………
The Toile de Jouy design that I displayed on my ‘About me’ section recently has proved of interest to many of you.
We know it as a type of decorating pattern consisting of a white background on which a repeated pattern of small scenes are depicted, usually of a pastoral theme.
This type of pattern consists of a single colour and in my original design it is in shades of blue, but here I have shown you an example of a section of the design in a pink / red colour way. Do try and change designs, especially with colours if they aren’t quite the right shades for you. Pink and reds were as popular as the blue but greens and browns will work just as well. If you aren’t too sure about choosing the stranded threads yourself then any good needlework shop will help you find the right shades.
Nature is a great influence in my life and I love to spend my time when possible in my garden or walking in the countryside. I get a lot of inspiration when I’m outside; there are always lots of ideas bouncing around in my head and a walk is one way of sorting out the ones that I wish to create into a final design.
This chart is in the latest edition of Gold magazine and it is based on one of the loves of my life; oriental design. This bird design was one concept that came from moments in the garden looking at the birds feeding. The main flowers are peonies which seemed a natural choice for this picture as they are a blooms that embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen for good fortune and a happy marriage in Japan. I think all of the colours echo that oriental feel and the sprinkling of gold sequins adds an unusual touch, but one that I think suits the style of this design and is a very effective addition.
TIP: When attaching sequins, bring your thread up through the fabric at the point indicated on the chart. Thread on a sequin, then take the needle down at the outside of the sequin to hold it in place. Repeat twice more around the sequin to attach it securely.
If you would like to try to stitch this chart from the cross stitch one available from ‘The Making Spot’ – but using tapestry wools onto 10 count canvas then omit all of the backstitched lines from the chart. You will also need to remember that with this technique the background requires filling in. Just check the over all size to start with, as depending on the size of your cushion pad, you may need to add more of the stitched surround to fill the canvas completely. A good needlework shop will help you with the amount of skeins you will require.
Please send through any pictures of finished stitched designs that you have done of MY work as I am hoping to get a gallery of pieces showing your stitched work soon……….looking forward to hearing from you, Lx
UPDATE on the blackwork angel design. I have had such a lovely response to my blackwork designs and in particular this angel. The following stitched sections are courtesy of http://aveena.wordpress.com/2013/02/15/blackwork-christmas-angel/ It is lovely to see the stitched work in progress and what is even better is that if you go onto her website you will find lots of gorgeous recipes to read……. just the thing to think about whilst stitching and wondering what to have for supper……….thanks Aveena
LOOKING FOWARD TO SEEING THE END RESULTAt a suggestion from a World of Cross Stitching reader, I have altered the colours of the irises from mauve to lilac for her. I think this is a really pretty colourway – much softer than my original colours. The replacement stranded cottons for all of the mauve / blue shades are given from the lightest to darkest shades and are as follows: 211, 210, 209, 208, 3837 and 550. 550 also replaces the backstitch 820 to 550
The Iris design can be found in the latest World of Cross Stitching – issue 199
Spring is on its way!!
This stylish cushion shows you my latest design which can be found in The World of Cross Stitching this month with a group of lovely irises.
Looking at these blooms, it’s easy to see why so many artists found them irresistible.
Just see how much you can change a design by change of colour. This could be in cross stitch but by using the original cross stitch chart it will be ideal for those of you who like needlepoint as well. Here I have used DMC wools on a 10 count canvas and extended the design to fit a 14 inch (35.5cm) square. The original colours of the design may be copied, but here, I am trying to show you how different one design can look by just changing the colours. We don’t need the backstitches with needlepoint, but remember to fill the background in completely with stitches. Use a Tent stitch to apply the wools to the canvas area.
Hi all, I have been meaning to edit and add a bit about my friends needlepoint Lion design. I found out that the gold thread was couched…….this is where a thicker thread, that will not go through the fabric easily, is laid on top and ‘couched’ down with a finer thread. So in other words – and it takes skill – the gold has been placed down in a line and then a needle, threaded with a stranded cotton in a similar colour, small stitches are placed at regular intervals to hold the thicker thread down………….more to come soon.
For another look at needlepoint, then check out how my cross stitch poppy design from Bothy Threads looks when charted as a needlepoint cushion. I have added a deeper border on this occasion and Kate has chosen Appleton wools to use on 10 count canvas for the design.
Any of my cross stitch flower kits will convert to this technique so, if you have the chart from Bothy Threads you need only to convert the stranded cottons to wools and you will get two items from this chart. Any good haberdashery shop will be able to advise, but, just choose the tones that you think work well and are the nearest to the stranded cotton shades. Both DMC, Anchor and Appleton wools can be used: remember you will need extra wool to cover the background- area, a cream shade is used on the Bothy kit.
But as an example for you, I’m showing the conversion to DMC wools here for the original cross stitch purple poppy and you are now able see that I have added a cream wool to the background area. If you want to make this into a 14 inch / 35 cm square cushion then continue to add rows of cream stitching around the design until the correct size is completely covered with stitching – make up into a cushion by adding a backing fabric and insert a cushion pad.
Use a tent stitch with the DMC and Anchor wools
Cross stitch with two strands of Appleton wools:
Yesterday a friend brought her needlepoint picture that she had just finished to show me. I had originally drawn the outlines of the design on to her canvas so she was keen for me to see the finished design. She has worked on a series of these from original drawings from the Medieval period. I love the way she has used different stitches to fill the shapes, and the gold long stitches really help emphasize the letter. I started designing needlepoint pictures many years ago for DMC and I so wish it would become popular again. This design is traditional but my friend has used her needlework skills in finishing the picture as she wishes to let her creativity come out in the individual stitches.
Some new designers are making head way slowly with this technique and Kirstie Allsop has done her bit to advertise this lovely method of using wools on canvas to make up designs that can be indiviual, creative and durable and because of this they will be the heirlooms for the future.