Tag Archive | Needle Painting

Rose Trio – DONE

2 years of on and off stitching on this,  thousands upon thousands of stiches,  probably 100+ hours total hand work, and my Rose Trio is finally done! 

It turned out mostly as I imagined it.  I did make a few changes along the way,  adding in a couple more greens and a brown to the stems, and adding some extra stitches at the end to the pink rose to get it more in line with what I wanted. It’s amazing how a few stitches (or 20) can slightly change the look. 

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After:

There are a few wrinkles I need to steam out then get it framed,  but it is DONE! FINALLY! 

Am I excited? You bet! Now to pick my next needlepainting project.  

My current thoughts are drawing this out and needlepainting it: 

Or doing this one as needlepainting:

Or a  few other ideas that I have pictures of buried deep in the almost 3,000 pictures on my phone. Decisions.  

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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.  

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.

Ready, Set, Panic

That’s how my weekend was!  The craft group I’m a member of, Fiber Art Junkies  (recently changed from Eye For Fiber),  we are having an art show at the local gallery, Gallery 194, and we have all spent the last week and weekend frantically getting things ready for our deadline.

We had to drop off all our Fiber art by noon yesterday.  I was up until 3am Saturday night/Sunday morning!  But I was able to have 9 embroidery projects and a few wall hangings ready. 

Now I’m sitting here thinking. .. now what? 

Well,  I think I’m going to do another needle painting using my own drawing again.

This is a rose I have been fiddling with:

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I don’t know if I want to stick with one range of color,  like an all yellow shaded rose.

Or. .. i do love the looks of rainbow roses.  So i made a second copy of my rose and grabbed the colored pencils:

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What do you think?  Rainbow rose or pick a color and stick within that range?

I’m also working on a drawing of a tiger lily.  This is the rough draft of it so far:

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54+ Hours Later…

54.16666….. hours of stitching.  Yes,  I kept track this time! 

I started with a photo from a friend,  and came up with this drawing:

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54+ Hours later and I have put the last stitch into the amaryllis flower!  FINALLY!

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Now I just need to get it backed and bound by Saturday night,  along with a bunch of other projects haha. We drop our art off at the local gallery on Sunday for our Fiber Art Junkies gallery show,  which will last for the whole month of April.

I think I have my next needle painting project figured out as well.  I was doodling the other day and it led to this:

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I still need to adjust some lines,  which I’ll do once I transfer it to my sketch book. 

I may take a couple days off stitching though.  Fingers are tired! 

Amaryllis Progress

Once again,  my phone decided to lose a whole post.  Let’s try this again.

I haven’t made as much progress add I would like on the amaryllis.  I picked up a third company to contract to,  and between the the companies, they are keeping me busy.

So first up,  the current progress on the amaryllis :

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I’m actually just a little further now,  that petal on the right is almost done. 

I’ve also made some pillow cases.  These first four were made for my husband:

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I also made another pillow case for my mom,  using some cute flamingo fabric:

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And last but not least,  I made two matching kitty fabric pillow cases,  kept one and gave one to my sewing-sister Shelby.

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