Fab Finishing: Coordinate your pillows with your furniture!

Amanda Lawford sunflower canvas

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Amanda Lawford pillow on chair

Miriam, a Point of It All customer and outstanding stitcher, just picked up this marvelous pillow. She had selected the Splendor silk colors to coordinate with the Pierre Deux fabric she used to recover her living room chair. Doesn’t it look amazing?!

The canvas is from Amanda Lawford. Miriam used the Byzantine stitch for the border. The fabric is reversible so we used the predominately yellow side for the gusset and back of the pillow. The cording is from one of our trim books–we have tons of trim and fabric books.

Well done, Miriam!

Happy stitching,
Susan

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

Fab Finishing

Oh, how I love this pillow! As many of you know, anything in animal print speaks to me! This darling little canvas is from the fabulous Kathy Schenkel…this one is 18 mesh but she also makes a slightly larger version in 13 mesh. She has tons and tons of inspirational words in her most adorable line…click here.

I stitched this little canvas in one night, using Rainbow Gallery Splendor (a plyable silk).

The finishing is outstanding…a lot of impact for only a little stitching!

Stunning Peacock

I am working with an artist to develop my own line of canvases, Susan Battle Needlepoint. Terribly clever name, don’t you think?! I’ll highlight these canvases in future posts. First up is a stunning peacock. This regal bird is stitch-painted on 18 mesh. The price is $250 and the painted size is 16″ x 16″. Right now these designs are available exclusively through The Point of It All. Email me if you would like to order one. I am stitching this canvas in Splendor silk…I will take a picture once he’s stitched and “pillowed”!

Happy stitching,
Susan