Sometimes I use needlepoint as a color laboratory. I had such a fun time with this design. It's a take on a classic pinwheel pattern. The common element is a triangular composition of stitches.
Lots of texture make for a more interesting effect so you will find laid stitches using a variety of fibers.
Now, taking the triangle, I turned and flipped in a pinwheel fashion.
Move back and look at the three colorways from afar. Because of the value of the colors I chose, you see a different emphasis in each of the pieces. The top colorway pulls out the entire pinwheel, the one in the center clearly shows off the movement, the curves. The bottom one shows off the inside of the pinwheel, the pattern inside the curves. Do you agree?
I know I've been talking a lot about new designs in the works and you probably don't believe me by now, but REALLY there are some great new ones. So what's keeping them, you ask? All the other parts of my life.
In just 3 weeks husband, child and myself will be departing on a journey into the past. We are going on a week long trip to Poland in search of our roots. It will be an emotional journey to see where my parents were born, where my ancestors lived their lives and where, tragically, some of them perished. We will be 10 family members traveling together. Organizing, planning and executing the details has been overwhelming. From Poland we are taking our yearly trek to Israel to be with my family. Between booking hotels and tours, checking to see which summer cloths my little cutie has grown out of, making arrangements for the bird and making some hand-made gifts for my little nieces, all plans for launching the new designs have been pushed back. Luckily, Alexandra, my trusty assistant, has been taking care of shipping out orders and keeping the studio organized.
Oh, and did I tell you school's out, so keeping Nina busy is yet another chore, albeit a fun one.
So, go out and get some wonderful juicy fruit and enjoy a wonderful summer day!
One fine day, my daughter Shiri brought me a gift. It was a book, a retrospective on the work of Diane Itter. I had never heard of her before but from the first image I was captivated. She used only one technique; knotting using a unique double half-hitch knot. This is what she said: "By limiting myself to one technique and one material I am forced to think of imagery - not any technical tricks or gimmicks." She created miniature masterpieces, celebrations of color and texture as well as form.
She succumbed to cancer at the age of 43. What an inspiration!
This ensemble is by Manish Arora from India. At night, when I dream, this is what I wear...