Friday, September 5, 2014

Time for a New Cyber Class!

Many years ago (well, 14 to be precise) I designed a monochromatic geometric piece called PINK PARFAIT:

Over the years it's been a consistently popular piece, even though it takes some time to stitch it on the finer 24 ct. Congress Cloth and is worked with only two DMC floss solid colors and one fine metallic thread.

Just recently a stitcher emailed me about her interest in stitching PINK PARFAIT but didn't want to work it on 24 ct. Congress Cloth; could it be stitched on 18 ct. canvas instead?   So I pulled out the model and propped it in my office.  As I studied it, I wondered how it would look if I updated the design a bit -- revising some the stitch patterns, and using variegated silk threads on 18 ct. eggshell canvas this time around.

Well, folks, here's how it turned out:

(Please note: the photo of the pink version is turned "on point"; although the piece is actually stitched in the direction shown in the teal version above.  With this project you have the option of framing it either way -- and how cool is that?)

And I must say, even though the 11.5" size is almost the same as the 12" one done on Congress Cloth, it definitely worked up a LOT faster!  And was VERY fun to stitch using a subtle variegated Waterlilies silk, with two matching Splendor silks and two different metallic ribbons.  Here's a peek at it up-close:

And after I had it stitched up, it occurred to me that this would be a really fun cyber class.  So  TA DA, that's how I'm presenting it to you:  as a new cyber class for November 2014, called PATCHWORK PARFAIT.

The stitching on this piece is very easy and soothing; nothing difficult here except the counting of the borders... In fact, the hardest thing about this piece was deciding which color of variegated thread I wanted to stitch it in!!  I wanted to stay with more monochromatic color skeins, so there weren't any big jumps in the color sections.  Ultimately, I whittled it down to these five luscious colorways, so stitchers have these choices for their piece:

So, Geometric Stitchers, if you are in the mood for a yummy new project that's lots of fun to stitch, please visit my website, Laura J. Perin Designs, and click on the LJP CYBER CLASS section to find out more about this upcoming PATCHWORK PARFAIT class.  Registration is open from September 5th until October 18th.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Back At the Beach (again)...

I promised you a look at my finished new canvas (and the resulting stitch guide)....
          so here it is -- SHELLSCAPE, by Sandra Gilmore:

This was soooo fun to work on; and very different from the stuff I usually stitch!
There are lots of areas that need to be done in Tent/Basketweave Stitch, but I truly
enjoyed the simplicity of those sections.  Although I did jazz it up a bit
by using lots of "blended needle" work -- mixing thread types or colors, to add
subtle depth and texture to the large flat areas like the dunes, sea, and clouds....

And I used a LOT of variegated threads -- for the sea, sand, borders, shells, coral  -- 
well, almost everything!  Even the table ledge with its enlarged blackwork pattern is done 
with a "driftwood" looking variegated #8 pearl cotton by ThreadworX.

And you can see that most of the items are slightly padded as well.  I was surprised how fun 
the conch shell was to pad and stitch; if you look closely you can see that I used 
two variegated peachy threads for the outer conch shell - the lighter one on the top half,
 and the slightly darker one on the lower half:

I left the big white flowers for last, and I'm very glad I did.  Barbara Elmore, a designer 
who I consider to be the Queen of Embellishment, was kind enough to send me a sample
of a new ribbon she is marketing (through Sundance Designs) called RETRO RIBBON.
She suggested I give it a try for my floppy flowers -- and 
she was soooo right -- it was perfect!!

The 5/8" wide couture ribbon really mimicked the crinkly petals of a mantilla poppy; 
and I very carefully flattened, twisted or poofed each petal in place, before tacking them 
down with small couching stitches.  The ribbon also has a slightly transparent texture, 
so the yellow painted canvas showed through enough to create an interesting effect 
as well...  I was so impressed with the finished look of the flowers, that I asked Barbara 
to send me a bit of green RETRO RIBBON to add a few dimensional leaves!

So if you want to celebrate the end of a lovely summer
or perhaps you just love a good beach canvas,
please contact your local stitchery store to get this SHELLSCAPE 
canvas and stitch guide from FLEUR DE PARIS.
You can also order just the stitch guide from my website....