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She is still on the stretcher bars, but I couldn't keep her to myself.


cirque du fleur_2

The first stitched version of a new design is always a mess. This one in particular because I didn't compromise on design and kept ripping and ripping, until I got it just the way I wanted. I am so very happy with Madame.

I hope to get this Cyberworkshop to you within the month. Clear off your needlepoint calendars because this one is sure to be a real treat!

I am now working on a second colorway. I am using one of the new Zweigart overdye 18 count canvases. The colors are magnificent. I'm not a big colored canvas designer. I mostly use brown, however, who could resist?


The unfortunate news is that I may have to resist. After speaking with the manufacturers, it turns out that the first step in the process of hand dying canvas is to take out the sizing so that the color will adhere. There is no way to bring the stiffness back to the canvas once it's been dyed. The result is that the canvas pulls, it's very flimsy and most of all, the holes expand with every stitch that's a bit more intricate.

What's a girl to do? Let me know what you think. Should I continue using the canvas for this and other designs, (says she, after ordering yards of various colors...)?



Carol in Indian Springs Village  – (November 4, 2009 at 6:49 PM)  

Oh wow, the colored canvas is beautiful! I think it is worth the risk for that beautiful color! I just hope you do kits for this class so we can have the same wonderful threads that you do. Can't wait to see the cyberclass!

BFromM  – (November 4, 2009 at 7:02 PM)  

Oh, my! It is absolutely beautiful. I, too, think the overdyed canvas is worth possible pulls. I've only seen it on websites, but I definitely want to use it.

Orna Willis  – (November 5, 2009 at 4:36 AM)  

From the emails and the comments I guess it's a go for the overdye canvas. Good!
As for kits for the class, absolutely! There is also appliques of Ultrasuede going on so I'll offer all materials.

Thanks for your comments!

Monica  – (November 5, 2009 at 9:42 AM)  

i would not use the canvas - after spending all tht time and money and love on a project, when i hold it up and frame it my eye will hit onthe "defect" everytime and i would not be happy with the gaps and holes fromt eh pulls. just my persnickety ways but i want my pieces to do justice to the designer and my eye. stick with sized fabric. that's my 2 cents.

Coni  – (November 5, 2009 at 1:10 PM)  

Oh, holey schmoley! I'd write more, but I need to go breathe into a paper bag....

Wow. These are stunning and I think the colored canvas is fabulous!

Perhaps the softness of the canvas will be challenging, but maybe it's also an invitation to be mindful of tension?

What the....?

Oh, go for it! If it pulls, we can always pull it back!

barbi  – (November 6, 2009 at 10:50 AM)  

I'm wondering if ... they still have cans of spray starch for ironing (dating myself here) but what about testing a small swatch to see if it alters the overdye color & gives the canvas a wee bit of stiffness back. Yes, its a wild thought but never hurts to throw ideas out there!

Mary  – (November 7, 2009 at 5:11 PM)  

I would use acrylic craft paint and sponge it on the canvas. I have used this method and I love it. You can get exactly the color you want and it does not soften the canvas. When dry, it is permanent.

Mary Corbet  – (November 15, 2009 at 5:54 AM)  

I love the yellow canvas piece! It's GORGEOUS!!!!

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