Can you believe it? Not even sure when I last blogged about needlepoint, but I am back in action. I have been wanting to create something with these great turquoise and chocolate yarns and this is what I have come up with so far. I realized that if I ever want to be able to stitch these little purses in a timely manner, I will have to use less pattern and color changes, so thus the big stripes of color. Not sure how it will turn out yet, but it feels good to do some stitching.
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Have you tried Swedish Weaving or Huck Embroidery? These beautiful towels were stitched by Katherine Kennedy who has recently opened her shop Swedish Weave Designs and is selling her awesome designs and finished products. She was kind enough to send me the chartpack for “Kate’s Garden” (named after my mom!) which combines huck and cross-stitch. Gorgeous. You have to check out her site and get inspired!
Finished the first part of the back of the purse – have to repeat that section again and then figure out what to do for the front flap. I am trying to see how much I can get done before having to go back to work tomorrow 🙁
Just found this awesome modern photo blog – scroll down about 2/3rds of the page to see our pic for Modernneedleppoint.com at blueantstudio
I just love having the doors open, of course Theo does too. It is really quiet outside except for the birds singing like crazy! It is misting and overcast which is perfect birding and coffee weather.
Here is the update on Gram's purse - got a little more done yesterday and this morning. I realized that the pattern I am creating with this one reminds me of smocking. I really like the blog Posie Gets Cozy and she has been working on smocking which I just love. I think this is my inspiration for this little purse. I love how patterns cross all kinds of mediums.
I would have gotten further on stitching yesterday, but I took it upon myself to reorg the studio/office space and am thrilled with how it has turned out! Look at the beautiful wool!
Has begun! I can’t tell you how excited I am to give the ol’ work-a-day world NO THOUGHT over the next 4 days and just indulge in craftiness and relaxation. I will be drinking alot of this…if you have not tried it yet, I highly suggest that you do.
I will also be spending some time on the patio with Theo bugs, (he has just spent the last couple minutes running laps around the house for his morning exercise, I wish I was that disciplined)
I definitely need to clean up and make my office space more inspiring. We just moved the single bed out of here so I can set up my studio/office space properly rather than be crammed into this corner. And no, it does not always look like this...
I am going to spend some time here on my favorite mod couch...
Working on a cute little purse for Gram's B-day on the 24th (better get crackin'!)
Hopefully getting inspired to create more of these...
Which creates wonderful nesting material like this...(hoping to lure the Bewick's Wrens back again this year). The Titmice, Carolina Wrens and the Chickadees were all up on the patio yesterday looking for nesting materials, the Titmice especially liked the cowhide rug and were tugging at it trying to get some cow hairs to line their nests.
And while sipping my coffee, there is nothing better than watching the birds. Ahhhhh...bliss.
So this is a pattern called Pebbles that I had designed a ways back and now it has transformed itself into my latest cuff bracelet design. I really like this one!
Ugh – I just hate it when this happens. I had been riding a wonderful wave of creativity and sometime last week I came crashing back down to earth. I have figured out that my creativity wanes in direct correlation to increased work stress, so when my brain is being asked to be very analytical, it seems to suck all the creative juices with it.
Until just now, I forgot my own rule about this, and that is when I am not able to generate any new ideas, fall back on the excess ideas that I generated while I was in the creative flow. I have been a good little squirrel and have many nuts stashed, so to keep on, I just need to pull one out and mindlessly stitch until I can get my groove on again. Hope it comes back soon.
Until then, I think Theo has the right idea.
I have had multiple questions on where I get my wool and what kind I use so I figured a quick post would not hurt! I use Paternayan 3-ply persian wool. I get it at www.discountneedlework.com who offer a great price of $10/quarter pound hank (which is a nice chunk of wool). They have 400+ colors to choose from so anything you can think of, you can probably find.
Thanks Rachel for your visit and I hope you have fun with needlepoint – it is really awesome. There are unfortunately not many designers working on modern non-cutesy patterns, so that is the area that I am concentrating on most. Patterns that look nice in a modern home with an updated look and feel. I am hoping that by developing new modern designs, people will start getting more interested in buying needlepoint and also trying it out themselves, in the same way that knitting and crochet have come back into fashion.
Check back as I am starting work on designs to sell in my Etsy shop.
Dean told me last night that I am never without projects. Seems to be more than ever these days! My new addiction is poring trough the Etsy Treasury and seeing all the cool stuff that is out there. Just looking at all of the colors and patterns keeps my brain inspired and coming up with new ideas! Need to get some of them posted here – hopefully the long New Years weekend will help us get some posts done.
Well, it took some doing, but my Etsy shop ModernNeedlepoint is finally up and running. Dean and I had fun getting it all set up this past weekend (well maybe I had more fun) and at the very least I am finally getting my work out there. I am enjoying the designing and stitching and am thankful I have a husband that is a crack photographer. More to come, but for now, back to stitching!
To get to my Etsy shop go to ModernNeedlepoint.etsy.com
Can you tell it does not feel like the holidays here in TX? We have been in the mid-80’s and I am having a hard time coming up with holiday cold-weather designs! Pincushions are what I have been designing lately, I love how they look in my needlework basket but also just sitting and looking pretty on the shelf above my desk in my office. I am trying to figure out some more 3D designs – the butterflies are awesome but take forever to put together.