Someone posted on Facebook Needlepoint the other night a photo of a Carol Costello design. Carol designed about 35-40 years ago. The photo shown was of "Patchouli", perhaps one of her more popular designs. I have taught it several times at Needle Nicely. This is a photo of our shop model stitched by Trubey, over a weekend, but "in hand", rather than on a frame. If you look closely, you can easily discern that the straight outline stitches are not quite straight because the inner stitches are distorting the canvas. This offers another good reason to stitch on a frame!
Eterna--My absolute favorite of Carol's designs is one that she did, I have always heard, in collaboration with Jean Hilton. And that I really believe--the center is Jean's "mistake stitch" and everything flows like Jean's patterns. Everything is 12s and is marvelously geometric. One time when I taught this, I had a student who absolutely could not see the difference between 11 and 13 stitches. To me, it just pops out. I had to take her class piece home and stitch enough to establish her count. Naturally, she couldn't understand why I was so concerned! I could look at it forever!
Obviously, I didn't stitch this Needle Nicely model!
I have booklets for most of these designs. Just give me a call.