Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Four Seasons - in Stitches!
Recently, a stitcher emailed me with an order for four of my rectangular "Impressionist Collection" patterns. She said she wanted to stitch them all and then rotate them each season. Wow, what a great idea! I must confess that I never thought of these four particular designs as seasonal representations, but now that someone has pointed it out to me, I can see how well that works.
Above is MORNING STAR (which could also represent spring).
Below is SAPPHIRE STAR (which could represent summer):
Here's PRAIRIE STAR (which does have an autumn feel to it, doesn't it?):
And finally, here's VICTORIAN STAR (with antique-y Christmasy colors):
Originally, I was focused on trying to create abstract designs that had a stained glass look to them, featuring variegated threads and easy stitch patterns. I also wanted to design something that wasn't so darned SQUARE, for a change of pace -- hence the long rectangular layout. (FYI: each of these designs measures apprx. 7" by 12" on 18 ct. canvas.)
I particularly like PRAIRIE STAR, because it definitely has a Frank Lloyd Wright look to it, and seems to echo the "prairie style" stained glass of that era. And VICTORIAN STAR definitely reminds me of the pieces of stained glass art found in older homes around the turn of the century. I also like that piece because it can be displayed in a horizontal frame as well. Anyway, I'm glad to hear that stitchers are still enjoying stitching these stained glass abstracts!