Friday, October 24, 2008

I am learning Needlepoint.

I have been reading Janet's blog Nuts about Needlepoint. I try to read it every day. Since I am switching from Comcast to Verizon Fios my Internet connection is temporary disconnected.

You never realize how much you use the Internet until it not available at your every whim. So I have been following my blogs at work which is frustrating because work gets in the way.

I love Janet blogs because she is always encouraging. One time she wrote about how Needlepoint is thought of as a craft and not a work of art. You should read it because she is right.

Take the time to do a little bit of research and you will find some amazing works of art.

Each time I see and amazing needlepoint, I would say I wish I could do that.

SL does beautiful cross stitch and she was always telling me to get a counted cross stitch kit as a start.

One day we were in Pat Catan and I found one in the clearance section. So I started!
I was excited until I opened the kit. It had the thread separated on a chip board card. Each thread was in a circle cut away with the corresponding number beside it. The graft of the picture. The Aida cloth. The cloth had nothing on it! It was totally blank so where do I start? Do I have to count all those little squares?

I read the papers and I guess they assumed if you bought it you knew how to do it. But I did not know how to do it. Susan explained that I needed to start in the center. Fold the cloth to find the center and then use the graft of the pattern and find the center and start from that point. Ok got it. So I started?

I had miscounted some stitches and had to pull those stitches out and redo that. start again?

After a while I decided that I will not pull any more stitches. I don't know if that is a good idea or not but it was no fun pulling out stitches because you thought you had done something wrong only to find that you did not do it wrong or thinking everything is okay only to realize that 3 color changes ago you should have stitch 3 yellow and you did 5. It was not fun. I am sure that you will agree with me who wants a stressful hobby.

Despite that I still want to finish this cross stitch. I want to learn how to add hand work embroidery to the clothes that I make. I have and probably will continue to use the iron applique but its a goal o mine to hand stitch something and then put it on a jacket or skirt.

Back to Nuts about Needlepoint she is showing me how to take a design and transfer it on the canvas and how to needlepoint the design!

I am learning Needlepoint. She give great direction on the type of picture to use for the design. Lots of link to different web sites. I think I am going to take her information and create my Saffron flower so that I can Needlepoint a makeup case.

I am learning Needlepoint. Thanks to Janet for being my virtual teacher and to SL for getting me started!

1 comment:

familyoftwo98 said...

Glad to be of service. Oh now you will enter into the world of waste cloth :)