Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Needlepoint cuff class, bright colors

This is the time of year when I start thinking about what classes I'll be teaching next season. 

This is a needlepoint cuff bracelet in pattern stitches.  First I looked at the Silk 'n ivory rack, trying to decide on the colors I thought would look good together.  Then I started flipping through stitch books, looking for stitches that are "rows" of pattern.  I also don't want stitches that are too long that they will snag, or bumpy that they will wear poorly. 

Here's the beginning.  It's 36 stitches (2 inches) wide on 18mesh.  It will eventually be 7 inches long.

I still have about 1 1/2 inches to add to each end.  Looking at this photo, I think the pale aqua is "wimpy" and needs to be replaced with a stronger value.  The lavendar looks bluer in this photo than in person.  I want to finish this before next Wednesday and start another one in shades of black, grey and white that will be translatable to other monotone color selections.  I also need to make some decisions about what to use  to fill in the blank spaces, both in terms of stitches and colors.

Now that the "heavy lifting" is done in creating this design, I'm mentally ready to move on to other class possibilities while my fingers are finishing this.


  1. I love the patterns and colors! I do think your aqua could be a bit brighter, but it looks really nice with the other colors! I love the yellow/pink and green/purple combos! They pop! Can't wait to see it finished- I might need a stitch guide to make one of my own!

  2. I don't think there's anything wrong with the aqua--perhaps there's just not enough of it to compete with the bolder colors? You could add it in the filling stitches in the rows to either side of the aqua stripe.

  3. Neat. Can't wait to see the other colorways.