Just discovered www.janesassaman.com. LOVE her fabric. Especially this fabric above from her Early Birds line. Wouldn't it make a great painted canvas? I love the way the greens in the leaves change from light to dark and every little space in the background is filled with something interesting to look at. I can see the spiky flowers done with Frosty Rays with French knots in the centers and the smaller white and pink flowers done with ribbonwork.
Here is another fabric from the same line. Notice how each leaf is half dark and half medium green with the light veins and the ripply light edges. And even the irregularly spaced green dots in the background draw you in.
I think loving fabric and loving needlepoint goes together so well because so many of the design elements overlap. - Sandy
I worked a few more of the lighter colored petals last night with Iced Lavender and Moonglow. BTW, I was wrong yesterday when I said the background was Dawn. It is actually a much lighter version of Moonglow.
Between working 10 hour days, transporting DS to band camp, and a quick trip out of town this week, I haven't gotten much stitching done. I did have a chance to pay my respects to a fine woman, my mother's youngest sister, as her family said their goodbyes to her earthly body. We all know she is now in a better place with our Father. And we'll have to live with our memories until the day when we meet up with her and other dear ones who have gone before.
I also had a chance to visit with my sister that I haven't seen for about 5 years and other cousins. That was great even though it was a sad occasion. My sister, who is several pounds ahead of me on our Weight Watchers journey, is looking fabulous!
I was able to start on this little canvas:
I am using all Watercolors on this except for some white Kreinik in the background and several shades of Kreinik to outline each petal.
This canvas came last weekend from Pocket Full of Stitches. Thanks to Steph I found this canvas I've been wanting. Then I splurged and ordered the stitch guide by Diana Bosworth and threads from The French Knot in Fort Worth. I hope you can see some of the fabulous threads. I've never done bullion knots with Kreinik but that is what gives the hot peppers such a realistic look.
My friend Barbara gave me this little Santa and I have been stitching on him during our guild's once a month stitch-ins. I need a white fuzzy thread for his beard and to finish the black outline. Maybe I can get to my LNS tomorrow after work.
I am a 50+ woman who enjoys various forms of needlework, including cross-stitch, needlepoint and quilting. I've even been known to sew my own draperies. I have been married for almost 30 years and have one teenaged son and one furry four-legged daughter.