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Entries in geometric needlepoint (16)


Summer Garden Collage

It has been 2-1/2 months since I last posted an update...way too long.  Time certainly seems to fly once Halloween arrives.  I have gotten far enough along on Summer Garden Collage to post a photo.  I still have to add beads in several places (particularly the flower center).  There will be ribbon flowers in the two remaining areas and one more geometric pattern in the final  empty one.  I will stitch the two wide borders again on the remaining two sides.  The ribbon flower is stitched with wide 13mm River Silks Ribbon and I love the pouf!  The colors are perky, just as hoped for....but I did have to audition several threads to find the ones that wanted to work together!  Did you notice the layered markers in the center areas?  

I have already begun stitching on another new design....a 4-way African inspired geometric (no name as yet)....but had to set it aside while I waited for my square bead and bugle bead orders to arrive.  They're here, so next week I hope to have something to post.  It is a much different color palette....along the lines of Whirlygig.

Wishing everyone a Happy New Years!


Leaf Collage Update 

Since my last posting on May 8, 2010, I attended a workshop (almost) completely unrelated to needlework............a Zentangle(R) Teacher Certification seminar and I am now a CZT or Certified Zentangle Teacher.  I added the "almost" above, because I do see many similarities between the patterns (tangles) created in both a Zentangle and a needlework design.  Here is the link to my new blog reserved for Zentangles.......Terry's Tangles.   So,  it's possible in the future you might see a needlework design which incorporates tangles.

But since returning home on two weeks ago I've been continuing to work on Leaf Collage and have made progress on the upper right quadrant. (The above is only a partial scan, being sure to include all the new stitching).

Granted, I have an overall color sketch for this design, but finding the right threads to achieve the effect in threads, as opposed to paint or colored pencil, is the challenge.  I will continue to work around the bottom right quadrant next week, after I return from teaching Safari this weekend in Dallas.  

Wishing everyone a great week!



Wild Roses Oval Box

In my last entry I was preparing to teach my new guild class featuring Leslie Riley's Transfer Artist Paper, a Ginkgo leaf and a California Poppy.  Well the class was this past Monday night and I'm happy to say everything went well!  Everyone in the class transferred two designs onto separate canvases, and all the transferred designs came out perfect and ready for stitching. 

It is exciting to think of all the possibilities.  I am looking forward to experimenting further.  

But as indicated by the title of this entry I am retiring the Wild Roses Oval Box from my teaching portfolio and will be adding it to Designs and Kits for sale on June 15th.   I will also make up a few thread kits at the same time. 

My last item for today is to let you know I will be removing Moroccan Sands from my Teaching Portfolio for about two years as it has just been chosen to be an upcoming ANG Cyber Workshop.  It will be awhile as it is scheduled for late 2011.  After the Cyber Workshop has concluded it will be moved to Designs and Kits for sale. 

Wishing all of you a happy Mother's Day and time to stitch!