Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Needlepoint/Petit Point

Lately I've been on a mission to clean this house of mine, so while I had some of the pictures down for cleaning I thought I'd share some of my work with readers.  The above tapestry included a small amount of petit point.  The canvas was purchased for me by my mother.  If I had my time over again, I'd have this framed with a mount board, as I do not like the stitching touching the glass.

I purchased this as a kit some years ago.  It was a trammed tapestry, with all but background wools included.  I really didn't like the feel of the wools provided, so I spent some time in a Lincraft store trying to match it with the appropriate DMC tapestry wools [there were no thread numbers included].  Again, a small amount of petit point was worked in some of the more 'detailed' areas.   The kit was to be made into a cushion about 14 inches square.   I just didn't like the chances of a cushion surviving the children, so I decided to stitch the background out into a circle, and then have it framed and presented this way.  I never tire of this piece, and unfortunately, I've never found anything similar, ie favourite Australian birds.

I'd always felt the urge to complete a design in all petit point, and I have to say this piece took me quite a number of years to stitch.  It has been worked using three strands of stranded cotton, approximately 9 stitches to 1 centimetre with an estimated 37,500 stitches.  I don't think I would be in a hurry to do something like this any time soon!!!  It is extremely hard on the eyes.  Choosing the mount boards and framing was a challenge actually.   The narrow gold bevel hopefully alleviates the problem with the green sitting adjacent to the blue sky.  I seem to gravitate towards green mount boards, and I have no idea why.  I like green, but I can't say that it is my most favourite colour.

I hope some readers enjoy seeing some other stitching I've done over the years.  I still have a creative tapestry in progress.  I did a creative tapestry correspondence course some years ago, which was to culminate in a completed piece.....................................  I suppose you'd have to say I haven't actually completed the course to date.

I may be off the computer in a few days as we are having some changes here.  Hopefully, for the better.  


Anonymous said...

I love the house, Linda. I have a soft spot for houses, as you well know.


Karyn said...

Your stitching is lovely; as usual. I have a tapestry on the go; a lady with a green dress that has so many shades in it I am wondering how I will ever work it out! I think it may be done in time for the great grandchildren to have (many many years down the track)

Juliettecherry said...

Lovely to see your previous works Linda. They are treasures.

Ruth said...

These are all lovely but the house one is my favorite.

Dianne said...

It is lovely to see some more of your work LInda. The petit point sounds like a challenging one, but it is so very good - like a painting!!

DIAN said...

Linda, all of these pieces are lovely but I am sure you will guess that I like the Rosella the best.

It is good to see what you have done earlier.

Radka said...

It is very interesting to see all of your work, Linda, thank you for showing us. Very hard on eyes, but beautiful results:))