I just got back from market in Phoenix and let me tell you, you are all in for a treat with all the new “stuff” that will be coming your way in your local needlework shops. Out brilliant and talented canvas artists have once again given us new and wonderful designs to stitch and bring to life with all the techniques, stitches, threads, beads, and ribbons available to us. The very talented thread manufacturers and dyers have given us new threads and colors to enjoy. Look for a new thread from Rainbow Gallery called “Entice”. It is a sparkly blend thread that stitches beautifully and comes in a stunning range of color.
Elizabeth Turner has a new set of “BIG BLING” that is just wonderful (as always) plus a gorgeous array of canvases of dresses, fans, Asian vases, and a stunning geisha.
Lani, Leigh, Melissa Shirley, and all our wonderful artists have given us incredible new canvases and subject matter to ponder, stitch and “WOW” us.
Pam and I worked our way up and down the aisles trying to drink in (and buy) as much as we could. If you have never been to a trade show it is truly like being a kid in a candy store, and for yours truly, it never gets old. I am always recharged and inspired within minutes of getting on the showroom floor.
As most of you know I travel a lot teaching at many wonderful stores, and I am always amazed at how many of my students have not stitched with or used ribbon in their canvas work. It is so much fun and brings a new dimension to your work. River Silks, Planet Earth, Treenway, Dinky Dyes, Gloriana, and Thread Gatherer have 4mm, 7mm and 13mm width ribbons in both solids and overdyes. You need to try them.
You can satin stitch with them, execute some tacked loops to create smaller petals, work Japanese Ribbon stitch for leaves and petals. Whipped spiders, rosette wraps and woven ribbon roses are also possible as are Gathered Ribbon flowers, ruched ribbon flowers and Twisted Knot flowers. There is a myriad of new techniques for you, if you have not tried stitching with ribbon.
Here you can see a few different techniques that I've included in some of my stitch guides: