Monday, June 18, 2012
Last week was busy but productive: I signed off on the proof for the next issue of Needlepoint Now on Wednesday and submitted the copy and photos for the following issue on Thursday. The subjects for both pieces were original, and my brains were broken!--I needed some soothing stitching to help me decompress.
So I pulled out what probably is my favorite canvas of all time: Nellie's Imari by Judy Harper. The name of the piece is derived from a friend of Judy's mother who owned an antique Imari plate. The design area of the canvas is a whopping 16-1/2 by 16-1/2 inches on 18 ct. canvas. I began stitching it on Sept. 1, 2009, and at first spent quite a bit of time working on it. When my life became more complicated, I'd pick it up and put it down from time to time, last showing it here on the blog when it was about one-quarter finished. As of today, it's about two-thirds completed.
I'm stitching the piece exclusively in Vineyard Silk Classic and Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #002V--all in basketweave. Two and one-half of the side borders and almost all of the center square are finished--I keep adding a little more white background, then switch to another color for some variety. I'm getting close enough to see an end in sight, and would love to have it finished by Sept. 1 of this year. Time will tell!