As expected, I did finish my canvaswork sampler while I was in Amsterdam (pinned here, ready to be blocked) – I think crewel is definitely the style I want to keep exploring, but this canvaswork is such fantastic fun!
It’s so instant-gratification – I’m sure every other sampler I’ve done so far took at least twice as long as this one. And I enjoyed it so much more, just relaxing, stitchy fun.
I think I want to use this cream-and-gray stitch in something large, just as a total all-over pattern. In these exact colors, it’s so delicious!
Sorry I didn’t offer much guidance on this sampler, if you’ve been stitching along at all. The truth is, you really don’t need any more than I linked to earlier. It’s just too simple to need more!
So. Time for June’s Sampler, #9. The thing is … I got nuthin’. No ideas. No inspiration at all. I mean, I have a list of potential styles to ‘sample’, and I want to try them all, but … none of them are grabbing me right now. And everything on that list needs a little more research than I have time for, given that it’s the 2nd of June already and I haven’t started. Any ideas??
(P.S. – I’m working on a new blog design and it’s eating up up all of my blogging time. Posting will be a little light for a while, but I promise, I’m not gone. And if you miss me, you can always find me at Twitter and Instagram!)
Ok, so how come none of you ever told me how much fun this canvaswork is?!?! You were trying to keep it for yourself, I know it!
Seriously, dudes, this one is crazy fun. Big huge needle, fat squishy yarn – BIG FAT STITCHEZ, YO. You can actually squeeze them. Squeezy embroidery!
As I said before, I’m just winging it for this sampler, and it’s a lot of fun working this way. The threads you see in the photo at the top are the only ones I will use (I think), and I’m just choosing stitches and placement as I go. It’s all very relaxing, since I usually do much more formal embroidery projects. With only crewelwork as an exception, this is absolutely my favorite sampler so far.
I’m heading off to Amsterdam for a week to see my Bestest Gal Pal and whatnot, so I’ll see you all in a week or so when I get back. In the meantime, if you haven’t started one of these canvaswork samplers, I seriously suggest you give it a try! (Read my first post about this sampler here.) I love mine so much, I’m even taking it on vacation with me – if you’re in Amsterdam and see someone making gigantic stitches in the park, stop by and say hey!
Well, d’oh. I didn’t finish. I did finish the peachy heart, as you can see – I’m really pleased that its shading shows up in this photo, I was sure photos would never pick it up. It’s not dramatic, but I think the colors are lovely! Anyway, still the gray to go, so I’ll have to keep working on this one as I start Sampler #8: canvaswork.
I haven’t started stitching anything yet, but I have done a little research and made some decisions about my sampler – most importantly, that I won’t be making any decisions about this sampler. Part of the process each month is planning out a design that will suit the embroidery style. But that’s my least favorite part – I need a break! And I never really do any stitching that kind of just goes along as it goes, with no plan to worry about. How lovely it sounds to just sit back and stitch away, not thinking beyond the wool in my hand. Yum!
So that’s the plan for this one – no planning. I have a bit of a neutrals-and-lights color scheme in my head, but I’m just going to wing the specifics. I have gathered together just a few basic resources for us to get started with:
- Because I’m going all improv with this sampler, I won’t do a whole week-by-week stitch-sharing thing. I hope that if you join in, you will just go with the flow with me! But to share stitch ideas and inspiration, I’ve made a Pinterest board just for Needlepoint. (If you check it out now and it’s very sparse, definitely go back later on – Pinterest seems to be having some technical difficulties today and I couldn’t bear to fight with it any more. I’ll keep adding to the board as I go!)
- For further stitch inspiration, find DMC’s needlepoint / canvaswork stitch guide here …
- … and About.com’s here.
- This might not seem like much of a tip, but be sure to scan your stitch dictionaries for canvas stitches – they aren’t always separated into their own section.
I’m going to assume for the moment that if you’re reading this and interested in stitching along, you’ve probably done at least a little cross-stitch, which will give you plenty of background about starting and finishing threads and those sort of basics. But if you do have any questions, please shout – I love to help!
I’m coming along nicely on my crewel shading sampler, so I expect to show you the FO on Monday, which is only a few days behind schedule for Sampler #8. So I’m not ready to start yet, but I like to show you the supplies a bit ahead of time, just in case you want to play along.
Sampler #8 will be canvaswork – what Americans call needlepoint and the British call tapestry (though not woven tapestry, of course). I remember doing some simple tent stitch needlepoint as a child, but I’m more intrigued by the geometric fill stitches like this one I pinned on Pinterest – about two years ago! That pin is by Karen Barbé, who does a lot of canvaswork in this minimalist style that I love and I suspect I will look to her a lot for inspiration while I work on this sampler.
All we’ll need for this is some canvas and tapestry wool – or, as you can see above, Perlé Cotton (thicker types would be best) or Soft Cotton. I’ll probably stick with the wool for the most part, but all of these can be used for canvaswork and I’ve seen some lovely samplers that make use of the different textures the thread types create!