Tuesday, April 6, 2010

What's Next--Introducing the Stuart Ornament

I was too tired last night to even think about counting out the three sections of pattern couching I need to finish on Stars last night, so I picked up my next painted canvas design (mounted on stretcher bars last week) and started doing some tent stitches on it.  I can do tent stitches even when I am half asleep and I did want to stitch--I just didn't want to have to rip out what I stitched the next day!  More about that later.  I know you are asking, what new painted canvas?!

My next project is a Leigh Designs piece from her Dynasty Ornament series. It's one of the new British Dynasty series, just released at the February trade show.  Leigh sent it to me free to stitch.  It'll go back to her to use as a model at the trade shows and I will eventually write and sell a stitch guide for this ornament.  More about that later.  The entire new series of eight ornaments based on British kings and royal families can be seen in the next link.  My ornament is the Stuart Ornament, first on this page on the Leigh website.

All of the British Dynasty ornaments are painted on 18 count pink "blush" canvas and all are approximately 4 inches in diameter.  Each comes with a little metal loop to attach at the top so they may be finished as an ornament.  (My loop is seen attached to the canvas in the photo above.) They join the other sets of Dynasty ornaments all of which are linked to from this page.  Look under Christmas and then choose whichever country's Dynasty ornaments interest you.  Some of Blog's long time readers will remember the Chinese dragon ornament I did for Leigh last year.

Leigh choose the ornament for me since when we discussed this, they were still being created, so I didn't know which ornament I would receive or what the others looked like at that point.  I think I got lucky--the Stuart Plaid Lion is my favorite of all the ornaments although the Plantagenet ornament is sitting there, whispering "stitch me in goldwork" every time I look at it.  LOL

This is the back side of the Stuart Plaid Lion canvas.  I'm showing it to you because Leigh mentioned in passing that one can always tell a painted canvas by looking on the back side.  Hand painted canvases show blobby paint on the back where it bleeds through.  A printed or silk screened canvas does not.  I thought anyone who was unsure about a canvas they were thinking about buying might like to know this.  Many of the printed canvases today are hard to tell from hand painted ones if they are well done unless you take a very careful look.  This isn't going to help anyone buying online, but it is a good tip for the shopper in a real stitching shop, particularly a beginner who won't necessarily know that such-and-such a designer never sells anything except stitch painted or silk screened or hand painted canvases.

I plain to work on this piece once the Clark Gable block on Stars is finished.  Until then, you might like to read a bit more about the Stuart kings, who include indirectly the ill-fated patroness of needlepoint Mary, Queen of Scots.

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