Thursday, June 7, 2012

1st handpainted canvas and a giveaway


Hi All!  I'm posting a rare Thursday message to share my excitement over starting on my very first handpainted canvas, purchased in Fall 2010 at EGA National in San Francisco.  One thing I know for sure is that I am not a needlepointer so even though this is a very small luggage tag, it was with great trepidation that I made the decision to bring it home.  As much as I know I'm not a needlepointer, I am a confessed and convicted flosstitute.  I love Love LOVE threads of all varieties and have a pretty respectful cache just waiting for the right projects to come along.  I'm told this is a very good thing for anyone getting into canvaswork.  And, as I admire all those perfectly gorgeous pieces of canvaswork out there on the web, I can see why.  There's nothing like a handpainted canvas to show off a multitude of splendid threads. 

I'm very pleased with how the eagle head has turned out.  I used a combination of DMC floche and Mandarin Floss for everything but his beak. It is stitched with #5 perle cotton.  The Hungarian ground stitch (white and gray part) seemed to work out great for what I had in mind.  Now, I'm on to the hard part... the stars and bars.  I think I must have 11,001 reds, whites and blues to pick from.  Not to mention all the sparkle-y, metallic threads that could be added for impact.  I'm also stumped about what kind of stitches to use for the flag.  Seriously wish that this little project had come with a stitch guide...

So, if any of you seasoned canvas workers have any suggestions for me, I am all ears!  For every suggestion I get, I'll put a patriotic "something" in a giveaway bag and pull from the list of commenters at the end of the month.  Please encourage your canvaswork friends to drop by and comment too.  The more suggestions, the more swag in the giveaway... 

I told you I was desperate...

Happy (almost) Weekend Friends! 

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