Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Egyptian Cat Has Jewelry

Tapestry Fair's Egyptian Cat Unstitched

At long last I have finished stitching the jewelry on the Egyptian Cat!  Sorry to have taken so long but summers are very busy in Chilly Hollow.  We have outside chores, house guests, and much more that takes me away from stitching during the summer time.  But at least I've finished the cat's jewelry.  You can see the canvas above without any jewelry.


Catra All Bling'd Out


And here is Catra with her jewelry finished. Oddly, it was the teal green and gold rows on the collar that gave me fits.  I just couldn't get that right.


Testing Palestrina Knots and Detached Buttonhole

First I tried Palestrina Knots on the upper row, left.  Then I tried two rows of detached buttonhole on the lower row, left.  Finally I settled on using Diagonal Mosaic.  I liked the Diagonal Mosaic best.  It gave me the texture of turquoise chips that had holes drilled in them to make jewelry. Hope you like it as much as I do.

Now for the main question--does the orange nose (satin stitches using orange Shimmer Blend ribbon floss) look ok now that the jewelry is in position?

The bottom border is all that remains undone.  Stay tuned!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright July 24, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

GAR's Midsummer Night Sale

If you are a fan of either elegant designs or counted canvaswork, mark your calendars as Gay Ann Rogers will have one of her 2-3 sales per year starting the evening of July 28th.  That's TOMORROW, folks.
http://www.gayannrogers.com/index.html

http://gayannrogers.blogspot.com/2016/07/needlepoint-sale-on-thursday-morning.html

Some of the items in her July sale and some that will be in the October sale are listed in the column on the right side of her home page.  There will be other things, including new designs, available.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright July 18, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Needlepoint America To the Rescue

Melita is on a road trip to Kennebunkport, Maine and needed thread.  Fortunately for her, she found some and fortunately for us, she tells us all about it here.
https://melitastitches4fun.wordpress.com/2016/06/05/forest-glen-and-maine-roadtrip/

Here is the shop website, just in case you need a browse.
http://needlepointamerica.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright June 5, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Gucci or Tess & Thorn?

Tess &Thorn talk about the endless question--couture or custom?
http://www.tessandthorn.com/from-the-studio/2016/04/04/chapter-two

Personally I wouldn't pay for couture--I'd stitch my own.  Even the bag finishing is going to cost much less than a Gucci handbag.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright June 17, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, July 25, 2016

A Tale of Jealousy in Needlepoint

The Baltimore Museum of Art has done a video about a late 17th Century pillow that illustrates the story of Hagar, Abraham and Abraham's wife.
https://hands-across-the-sea-samplers.com/narrative-needlepoint-baltimore-museum-art/

The video narrator talks about the fact that the story all occurs in the same dimension, even though in space and time the story would be laid out more like a cartoon in different panels.    I found that interesting because for us 21st Century needlepointers, the choice of designs is often a window into our mental processes, not a straightforward narrative.  It's also interesting that so few needlepoint designs today tell a story at all, much less in such a compact way.

Some designers do tell stories, of course.  Think about Annie Lane's animal pieces.  "Granny's Wild Ride" is a short story in and of itself.
http://www.wellesleyneedlepoint.com/AnnieLaneDesigns.shtml

But most designers only hint at what is going on, leaving the stitcher to fill in the blanks mentally as they stitch.  A good example of this is "Miami Beach" from Otto Agular/Purple Palm Designs.
http://www.stitchtherapyneedlepoint.com/feature.php?id=31016&title=Miami%20Beach&itemtype=hand%20painted%20canvases

Is the couple walking on the beach breaking up? Sharing secrets?  Or just getting exercise?  Today we mostly add the narrative as we stitch, instead of stitching the narrative.

But I could be wrong.  Have you stitched a story yourself?  One that is as easily interpreted as Hagar's Pillow?

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright June 17, 2016 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.