Good Morning Needlepoint

I'm sharing about my discovery of needlepoint and beautiful needlepoint threads over on Rainbow Gallery's blog. You can get a glimpse of my nearly finished Rooftops of Paris piece. Plus I'm sharing a diagram for the popcorn stitch, a gorgeous if time consuming stitch! If you're in need of some morning reading, here is the link. I hope yours is as sunny as mine!

Blush Bouquet Hand Embroidery Kits

I’ve been shipping blush bouquet kits around the world (my first order was from Brazil!) and realized I never even announced their existence here on the blog. So, Blush Bouquet kits are now available through my Etsy shop! If you’re in the west Michigan area, Stitched Studio in Grand Rapids now carries my kits and iron on transfers. They are a lovely modern quilt shop, if you are into indie fabric and pattern designers they are definitely worth a stop!

So, what’s inside?

- Instruction booklet with:
In depth Instructions
Step by step photos
Embroidery Stitch Instructions
Stitch and Color Guide (detailing color, stitch, and strand amounts)

- Embroidery needle

- Iron on transfer

- Fabric (high quality embroidery linen)

- Plastic embroidery hoop

- 16 skeins of DMC stranded cotton floss

Packaged in a pretty cellophane bag (which is great if you’re giving this as a gift).

It’s been so fun packaging and sending these out into the world. If you are one of the lovely people who have purchased a kit or pattern (or stitched up one of my free patterns, available here on the blog), hashtag #abigailcecile on social media…I’d love to see what you’ve created!

Spider Web Rose

Have you ever ripped out embroidery even though it looked fabulous? Last summer I ‘dyed’ silk ribbon with permanent art markers then heat set the ribbon with a hot iron. All good, until I started stitching spider web roses on top of my canvas. They looked beautiful and then my fingertips started turning pink. I should have ripped them right out but the roses were so perfect! It wasn't until several months later that I saw the canvas around the ribbon turning pink. At which point I did take action. So I’m back to square one. Well, not entirely. My heart is now pretty set on a classic ribbon rose. I told a friend about my mishap and she gave me some floss to play with. Even though it’s not quite what I have in mind, I'm saving it for later (I have a binder with playing card inserts where I tuck my experimental stitching for future reference).

This is a five spoke spider web rose. The threads are Flair (a nylon thread that is like a netting) and Petite Sparkle Rays (a polyester and nylon thread with sparkle. Don’t confuse it with Sparkle Rays which is slightly wider). Both are made by Rainbow Gallery.  
I started weaving first with the Petite Sparkle Ray, switched to the Flair, and then finished again with the Petite Sparkle Ray, leaving it loose to create more of a petal shape. And that's it!

P.S. I was using Copic art markers, and I did heat set the ribbon with a hot iron. Red is a notorious color when dying but I think I’ll try Prismacolor markers next. Has anyone else tried this technique? Any failures or successes?