Right now I'm in a stitching slump. I'm trying to blame it on the busyness of "the season" that each year drains my creative energy--until I have time to recharge my creativity. I have 3 projects currently in progress. They are the star mini-stocking; the 13-mesh silent night pillow; and the personalized key fob.
None of them excite me. I grudgingly pick one or the other up and stitch a strand or two. Then, I put it down. Ho, hum. I've got to find a project that will jump-start my enthusiasm and let me finish each one of these boring projects while alternating my stitching with a more interesting project. What can it be? I have several under consideration, but am hesitant to make a choice since it may turn out to be just as booooring as these.
To fill my stitching void, I'm going to feature a past class project from my pre-blogging years. Amanda Lawford has a series of about 40 or so designs that fit the same format: about 5x5, 13mesh, checkerboard border, dotted border. Other than their individual attractiveness, from a needlepoint class standpoint their major plus is their similarity in design features so one stitch guide fits all.
Amanda has a multitude of designs in the center from this pig to a sheep, flower basket; rooster, and on and on. I actually selected the pig for the model because I thought it would be the least popular with my students.
This is the stitched canvas that has been inserted into a framed pillow. Notice the tiny twisted cord of perle cotton that I had the pillow finisher attach to the join between needlepoint and fabric. Usually I use a tiny fabric cording, but had no matching yellow fabric so fell back on this perle cotton.
This is a cut-out of the border elements. First I did a row of black continental in silk 'n ivory. Next a row of the fern stitch, again in silk 'n ivory. Then a border of alternating Scotch stitch in silk lame braid. Again a row of black continental and then the inner border of diagonal mosaic with a counted pattern of black dots. The dots on the canvas aren't counted--I'm too much a former library cataloger to allow that, so I counted out a pattern.
And the star, Needle Nicely's shop model. If you look closely, you can see the silver push pins we have used to attach this to a wall that features other canvases in this series by Amanda Lawford.