Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Graph Paper

Just a quick word about Graph Paper! I see a lot of people "Googling" graph paper. I have a wonderful site I've gone to for several years, where I can custom design my own graph paper - to the size squares per inch I need.

Also, there is a feature where one can go to uneven size and print out graph paper for knitting design patterns. For knitting, as some of you know already, it's asymmetric in that the squares have to be wider than tall. It's a simple process.

Anyway, for your custom graph paper needs, go to Incompetech and design and print out your own. For asymmetric graph paper for knitting patterns go to THIS LINK.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

An Ornament with Beads

This is a piece that is offered in a previous post under "Ornaments" on the side bar. I wanted to show how very different the same design can look when stitched with entirely different materials.
The progress in stitching is being presented on the other blog, so do go see it: Possibilities, Etc.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Back to Halloween: Napkin Rings Painted

I spent most of yesterday painting these napkin rings, and now am ready to stitch one or two. You already have the drawn pattern, so here is what they look like painted. ("jeweled" ones included)

I had called Colleen, owner of the LNS here in Austin, to see if she could find me something wonderful in "pumpkin" color - and she sent me the PVV in a perfect orange - so that decision is made (This arrived, of course, overnight).
I'll stitch the dividing lines - the grooves and cutting mark at the top, in darker orange cotton floss, and the black features probably in DMC Satin Floss, as it shines, and will be a nice contrast to the velvet of the orange thread. The lines around each pumpkin will be Kreinik 002V #12 braid, and the background some kind of upright stitches in sparkly black and whatever else I can find that's suitable.

I can't decide what to do about the backgrounds of the little pumpkin designs, but am thinking dark green silk. I'll wait on that until the rest of it is done. The candy corn will probably be best stitched with DMC Satin Floss to make it shine, with something sparkly on the black backgrounds. The main background I'm not sure yet - but will probably, again, use a long upright stitch resembling bargello and using maybe Petite Frosty Rays in black, orange - whatever I can find in my stash that looks right.

The next project is to add a bat, a witch, a spider, and whatever other motifs I can fit properly into that tiny space. Also, if you want to make bracelets - elongate the piece to the required length for you.

I also painted the jeweled napkin rings, and they really came to life by the time I put the gold on them. I'll use beads for the jewels except for the pearls, as they are prettiest in Renaissance white Shimmer. I think the emeralds with diamonds is my favorite, and so appropriate for my older daughter.

The jewels could, of course, be painted a different color for different jewels, with appropriately colored backgrounds. I thought about each jewel I'm familiar with, and each suggests a typical shape one usually finds in the cuts.

A gift of someone's birthday jewels in a set of napkin rings would be fun! - or even a set of them for a family with the birthday jewel for each member.
The string of pearls is pretty on the soft, Caribbean colors, but would also be lovely on shades of pink/coral! Garnets just had to be on a "lavolier" looking antique necklace effect - and peridots would also work well this way.
I have already posted the patterns for these jeweled pieces, and this is what they look like in color!!
Now to stitch a few for gifts. They are small and quickly done, and one could carry them in a purse on a trip.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Halloween Time for Needlepoint!

I've neglected both my blogs due to being awfully busy lately, plus Texas heat making me sluggish and lazy. I have drawn some napkin rings (that can also be elongated to bracelets) but didn't get them painted yet.
I thought you could go ahead and look, print them out, whatever, and I'll paint them tomorrow. Also, I'm waiting for some thread I ordered to figure out what I'd use on these. Lots of fun! There will be more motifs soon for fun table settings in October. The first one is candy corn - rather effective when painted in it's usual colors.
The second is jack-0-lanterns, which I'm thinking of putting on a black background. I wanted to do black canvas, but couldn't see to count dots on it.
These are both on 18 mesh canvas, and are 5 1/2" long x 1 1/2" wide, but could easily be elongated to 7" or 8" for cuff or bangle bracelets - counting out from the center, of course.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

August in July (with Silk Ribbon)

My computer has been in ICU - very sick for a while, and I haven't made up any new Freebies until today - and will post them tomorrow, as Halloween approaches for those of us who needlepoint and X-stitch.
The year gets all confused, but after so many years, I'm used to it. I'm showing as a header the August Crazy Quilt birthday heart, as I didn't finish July - and it's summertime anyway where I am - HOT summer, so the colors suit!
For anyone who hasn't followed my birthday CQ pieces on the other blog, this is August with it's peridots and gladiolus. (Sword Lily). The flowers are made with silk ribbon from River Silks.
July is my own birthday month, but I got distracted and didn't finish the design. Also need to go backward and do May.