Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A New Design

I try to release a new design every month, if possible. And this month I've got something a little different to show you. I call it ONE LONG PANEL (well, really, I was stumped and couldn't think what else to call it). I was inspired to create it after flipping through a home decor magazine one day and seeing a plain, long, rectangular solid color - framed - on the wall of a home. I stopped and thought, "Shoot, a stitched panel would be much prettier than that!" And I promptly set out to design something similar. And I also confess that I happened to have a lovely long frame that would fit the design here's what I came up with:

It's 4.5" x 16" long and I stitched it on 18 ct. tan mono canvas (the old "brown" canvas). I've used a variegated Watercolours (257 - Spearmint) as the foundation color, and then matched up a few solid color #5 pearl cottons, plus a few Ribbon Floss colors and some gold metallics as well.

Here's what some of the sections look like up close:

I picked five fun and elegant main patterns, and as I was stitching I realized I could separate them with four entirely different bands - to create a long band sampler, but one that definitely wasn't traditional or old-fashioned! And frankly, it was kinda fun to stitch something that was long and rectangular, instead of the usual square shape.

And THEN I also realized this design is a truly great one for changing colors. In fact, I've included on the back page four other colorways for this design, in peach, purple, pink, and blue. But you don't have to stop there -- this is a great design for stitchers to choose their OWN colors to match their OWN decor! (Stitchers can also change the canvas color too, if they want a different color background...)

So, if you're interested in a new shape for stitching, please check out my ONE LONG PANEL on my website.


Karen said...

I LOVE THAT!! And a Purple version? Yeah, going straight to the wish list :)

Coni said...


(She faints dead away with her hand dramatically thrown across her forehead....)

This is fabulous! I can't wait to play! Yippeeeeeeee!

Mary said...

It's so different! I love it!

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

How pretty! I am eager to see someone stitch thing in pinks and chocolate myself.

tintocktap said...

Oh wow - that really is gorgeous! I want to play too!!

Rachel said...

Great idea. Much better than just a piece of fabric - where's the fun in that?

Pierrette =^..^= said...

I love the idea of creating a long panel like that one and those colors are just so relaxing to look at.

It makes me think of Monet, of Spring, nature, water, sky and grass to name only a few.

It would certainly be nice in other colors too.

Pierrette =^..^=

Anonymous said...

The shapes of the stitch patterns in this design remind me of Art Deco.