Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunday Sampler of counted designs

Our Japanese Embroidery and Beading class is here so please stop in to see what we are all working on in class. Here is a collage of projects- a fan, beaded purse project, metal work , and Mary Alice's fun and colorful current project. The class is on through Monday at 5pm so see you soon!
Looking for a new counted projects . Here are two to tempt you!

Dots, Spots and Blocks shows many ways to create "dotted" effects using stitches, threads and color placement. It is a collection of stitch patterns that will create a visual pattern that mimics "dots', "spots" and "blocks". The 26 pages in this package contain project instructions and 222 stitch patterns. So many uses for these stitches on your projects.

 Another choice is Not Exactly Blackwork.Blackwork Embroidery is an embroidery technique originally used to decorate clothes and bed linens. It was meant to imitate lace where lace would have been too expensive or impractical. Today, Blackwork is mostly used as fills in counted thread designs where outlined areas are given texture and density, or as shapes and shadings in their own right. The stitches in this "Not Exactly Blackwork" project pack are mostly inspired by needlepoint stitches. Some are used almost as their original with only changes in spacing. Other counted thread stitches are used in new and interesting groups. Although Blackwork is traditionally a counted thread on fabric technique, the author/designer has effectively used it on needlepoint canvas also. So many uses as well for this stitches.

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