The Morning After

Hi Everyone! 

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:

Ruche ribbon: Use a single strand of thread and stitch a running stitch about ⅛" from the edge of the ribbon. Gently pull it to create the effect you want. Tack it to the canvas.

Ruche ribbon: Use a single strand of thread and stitch a running stitch about ⅛" from the edge of the ribbon. Gently pull it to create the effect you want. Tack it to the canvas.

Ruffled Ribbon: After stitching the running stitch, manipulate the ribbon back and forth to create a ruffle. Attach to your canvas.

Ruffled Ribbon: After stitching the running stitch, manipulate the ribbon back and forth to create a ruffle. Attach to your canvas.

One very important thing to remember when working with ribbon is a gentle touch. Ribbon should always look like it is floating on the surface and never look like it has been jammed down onto the canvas.

Ribbon Loops: Be gentle! Don't pull too tightly!

Ribbon Loops: Be gentle! Don't pull too tightly!

Japanese Ribbon Stitch: The diagram shows how you pierce the ribbon with your needle (chenille) and go back through the canvas. A very gentle touch will create lovely folds at the top of the ribbon.

Japanese Ribbon Stitch: The diagram shows how you pierce the ribbon with your needle (chenille) and go back through the canvas. A very gentle touch will create lovely folds at the top of the ribbon.

SO much to remember to tell you about market but one last item I must share with you is that the very talented Don Lynch has started using the 3MM bugle beads to stitch patterns. Each bead goes comfortably over 2 canvas threads diagonally on 14 count canvas and over 3 threads vertically and horizontally on 18 count canvas. An incredible look.

Aren’t you excited by all this? 

I sure am!!!!

Happy Stitching!

Love,

Tony

PS - Have you visited Kazoo's Store? It's open! So far, we have my DVD series and about 175 Stitch & Thread Guides available as well as Lou's incredibly stunning chatelaines. Be sure and visit Kazoo's Store! We are adding more every week!

PSS - Here's a lovely example of ribbon use. Beth Cartwright has executed gorgeous flowers in the hair of the Geisha Choko, Leigh Designs #5003. Photo courtesy of Beth. 

Choko5003Leigh1