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Rose Trio – Update

After working my butt off the last few months or so, I finally have some good downtime to craft! I’ve made a quilt top (will appear in another post some day), finished another chemo hat, planted flowers, beaded a butterfly or two (another future post.  No real butterflies were harmed), and finally got back to work on my needlepainting embroidery. 

If you know me, you know I love needlepainting. Especially roses. 

At last update, I think we were about here on the Trio of Roses: 

The color part of each flower is now complete! I’m not happy with the red/pink one still, but I’ll worry about tinkering with that one once everything is done. 


Now on to filling in the leaves and stems! 

Yes,  I Knot

I debated whether or not to post this as this is a topic that has people in both camps and they don’t always agree.  But normally it’s not nasty disagreements.  It’s just “I do it this way. You do it your way. Both ways work.” 

But judging by the nasty look and venom-dipped comment I received yesterday,  I have committed a horendous sin in the world of embroidery.  The look told me I should be tarred and feathered,  burned at the stake,  buried ten feet under.  

At least that’s how the tone of voice in the comment and the look made me feel. 

Honestly,  I think that whether you knot or not should be your own personal preference. You knot?  Great for you. You do not knot?  Also great for you.  Does your end result make you happy whether you knot or not?  That’s what matters,  right?  

So,  why do I knot?  Well, for me I just feel more secure about my embroidery when I knot my threads.  I’ve pulled my threads out accidently a few times when I’ve tried not knotting. 

I also park my threads to the side of my work instead of ending the thread if I know I’ll use the color again in the same area.  That helps result in less knots on the back.  

In needle painting,  since I’m using only one single thread at a time the resulting knots are small and do not result in a lump.  

And the front isn’t lumpy either.  🙂 This is my current progress on the trio of roses.  

So,  knot or not,  which do you prefer?  Either way you go,  I’m sure your work is beautiful.  

Trio of Roses – Progress

Last night I was able to do a little more work on my needle painting trio of roses.  I’m not real happy with how the red/pink rose is turning out.  But I’ll see what I can do to fix it once it’s done and I see the overall effect. 

Yellow rose:

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Red/pink rose:

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The third rose is going to be in orange tones:

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And the current full picture:

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About to start working on the red/pink rose some more now. 

Finally, Some Crafting Time

This year is proving to be even busier than last year for work,  especially Wednesdays and Thursdays.  So I haven’t had much time to do very much crafting of any sort in months.  Just a little here and there. 

I’ve done a little crocheting:

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I did some sewing back in January at our sewing retreat (Sew Crazy quilt store sewing retreat).  I finished one quilt top that I can’t share because it’s a gift for someone.  I also worked on trying to design something new.

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Last night I finally took some time to myself and worked on some needle painting embroidery again.  My rose trio was feeling neglected.  I added a bit more to the greenery and started filling in one of the roses. 

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Remember my telling you about the new feral kitten my hubby brought home? She’s growing up nicely and had become my little velcro shadow.  I finally have a lap kitty! 

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Finished! Silver-Blue Rose

I didn’t keep track of my time on this one,  but I know it was faster than the amaryllis.

Starting with a simple drawing :

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Then adding a range of colors:

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Plus some wash-a-way stabilizer:

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And a few minutes ago I finished up my silver-blue rose.
The stabilizer made it a little difficult to see how it would look in the end because it hid the black background.

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But once I washed it away,  dried it,  ironed it onto some peltex,  it now looks like this:

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Doesn’t that just POP? I am so excited!

What would I do different? I would wash away the stabilizer as soon as the outline was done. Since needle painting makes the stitches so dense,  it didn’t wash away from under the design and it made the rose feel a little tacky to the touch.   It’s going to hang in my house though once I get a frame for it, so I’m not worried about how it feels.  Just how it looks. 🙂 And it makes me happy!

Update: I would not use this wash-a-way stuff again for needle painting, even though it says it’s great to use for it. The stuff that was under the stitching could not wash away properly, the rose became tacky, and then once it dried, the threads were ‘glued’ together. If I do use it again, I’ll use it just to get the outline done on dark backgrounds, then wash it away, dry it, then do the needling painting.   I’ll try to get the name of the stuff today. I don’t have a package of it, I was just given a sheet of it from Gwyn (Sew Crazy, LLC) to try out to see if I liked it or not.

Just a Quick Update

Last week on Friday we had our artist reception up at the gallery.  I took lots of pictures, with my regular camera,  intending to share them here.

Hm… i don’t have an SD card slot on my desktop or my new laptop. My old laptop won’t recognize the SD card as being connected. 

I have lost the cord to the camera that would let me connect it via USB.

/sigh.  So,  you’ll have to wait a bit for the pictures from the gallery until I figure this little dilemma out.

I do have an update though for the silver-blue-rose. 

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I’m a little further along now than that picture.  I can’t wait to see how it looks on the black background!

I’ve also been working on a couple more drawings for future needle paintings.

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Can you tell by now that I’m partial to roses? 

Silver-Blue Rose

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I finally figured out what color range to do with my most recent rose.  I’m going with a somewhat subtle range of silver,  blue,  and a bit of purple. 

I have black as the background so I’m using a sheet of some wash-a-way stuff that is supposed to wash completely away with cold water.  I only have one sheet of it and it was given to me so I’ll have to find out the name of it from Gwyn.

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This is the color range in the above photo. 

And here is my current progress:

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The color doesn’t show to its best because of the light gray appearance of the wash-a-way sheet.

So I put a piece of the background against the stitching.

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I think it’s going to really pop once it’s finished.