Designing your own canvas

Designing my own canvas
Designing my own canvas
Designing my own canvas

Caution! Don’t try this at home…or if you do, be forewarned! It’s really hard to design and paint your own needlepoint canvas. Last week I decided I wanted a canvas with Pop Art/Andy Warhol-esque rubber duckies. (Duckies make me smile so I collect them; see the photo of my bathroom below.)

Rubber duckies in my bathroom
Rubber duckies in my bathroom

To get started on the project, I found a cookie cutter. I used a fine-tipped Sharpie marker and set to work tracing the form. I then carefully marked off the border. Then I hit a bit of a snag as I tried to figure out how to get the other 3 ducks centered. So I put the project aside. I think my best bet is to stitch the outline of the initial ducky and then simply count the spaces and the outline stitches to get the other ducks in place.

While I was pausing on the technical side of things, I moved onto colors. Much more fun to lay out those! I’m using Splendor. Each ducky will be in Basketweave though I’ll stitch the background in a decorative stitch. All stitch ideas welcome; please give me your input!

I’m going to keep moving on this project but if I hit too many snags on the layout, I will have to turn it over to a real painter. Some things are best left to professionals. If you are feeling adventurous and artistic, get out your Sharpie markers and acrylic paint and give it a shot!

Happy designing…happy stitching,
Susan

An Explosion of Lilly!

Barbara Bergsten's Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Shift Dresses

Barbara Bergsten's Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Canvases

Needlepoint artist Barbara Bergsten has created a line of Lilly Pulitzer inspired canvases…aren’t they adorable?! You could make little ornaments out of the shift dresses–I imagine finishing each one so it hangs on a tiny hanger. Or an eyeglass case out of the 3 little dresses canvas. Check out Barbara’s website to see all of her adorable designs!

I really like how the Lilly Pulitzer line combines patterns. I used to be scared to mix prints and patterns; I thought it looked cluttered and chaotic. But done right (and not overdone), you CAN mix. I think the same is true of decorative stitches. Experiment with creating patterns. I urge you to try a new stitch! Maybe start with adding one to just the background. Then on your next project, do the background plus one other area. Just keep evaluating and making sure you aren’t falling victim to adding too much pattern.

You’ll find what’s right for your taste.

I would love to write more but frankly I’m ready to pack my bags for Palm Beach and visit the Lilly HQ!

Happy stitching,
Susan

Extreme Needlepointing!

Headlamp Model

Extreme needlepointing: nerd addition! Well, I will admit it: I took stitching to the next level this weekend. Let me set the scene for you: DC was hit with a fierce storm that knocked out power to +400,000 homes. Our power went out on Friday night (June 29th) and is not expected to be restored until Friday, July 6th!

I can sit in a hot house; I can deal with the darkness but I cannot face that much time without stitching! I foraged in our workout gear bin and found a headlamp (usually reserved for early morning jogs)…perfect, I thought! I donned the lamp and happily needlepointed for several hours. I’m not saying I looked pretty and in fact there is absolutely no photographic evidence. Blackmail material for sure. I’ve just realized this post is also going to show up on The Point of It All’s Facebook page…how humilitating for me.* I don’t think I even looked better than this guy:

 

Headlamp Model
Headlamp Model

 

A needlepointer has got to do what’s she’s got to do! Stay tuned for more extreme stitching stories.

Happy stitching; happy fourth of July,
Susan

PS Associated Talents has an adorable patriotic canvas :

Associated Talents Needlepoint Fourth of July canvas
Associated Talents Needlepoint Fourth of July canvas

 

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