I've been meaning to tell you about a special project I designed for NORDIC NEEDLE, in Fargo, North Dakota. You all know about Nordic Needle, right? About their fan-tas-tic store, website, and catalog?? If you haven't visited them, go hop, jump, skip over to see their amazing range of stitching merchandise -- virtually everything that the stitcher or embroiderer could ever wish for!!
Well, a few months ago, they asked me to design something really special: an exclusive project that they could use for their first-ever CANVASWORK CLUB! They've got a Hardanger Club and a Cross Stitch Club, and they wanted to start a canvaswork club too. So I did some super-marathon stitching and worked up a really fun 10-month project that uses fresh, festive "Nordic" colors of red, blue and green. Here it is, and it's called NORDIC PANEL:
It's a long piece, about 7" wide by 18" long, and each section has a different and very fun stitch pattern to work up. I specifically used different canvaswork techniques, such as bargello and blackwork, so the stitcher would get a taste of lots of interesting stitch patterns, and have the fun of trying new techniques in small sections. Additionally, each separating border pattern uses different stitch elements, so there's a nice variety of unusual stitches to experience within this panel piece. Here's an up-close look at part of the bargello section and below it, the blackwork section:
I focused on using traditional Nordic elements, like the classic star and floral motifs, combined with a happy checked border. And the colors I chose remind me of those bright Nordic sweaters you see in the winter months... Happy, happy, happy, don't you agree?? (Although I think this project can be displayed equally well in spring, summer, fall and winter!)
Because I wanted to create a project that would appeal to beginning stitchers as well as intermediate stitchers, I kept the stitches simple.... Really, it's just the way that they are combined (and with the use of a variegated thread and a handful of metallics) that makes this piece LOOK complex!
When you sign up for the Nordic Needle Canvaswork Club, you'll initially get the full thread kit (it's only available in this one red/blue/green colorway), which also includes the first lesson. (You'll be using scroll bars on this long piece, so if you don't have a set, you can purchase those from Nordic Needle as well.) After that, you'll need to sign up for the monthly lessons, so you can work on your panel month by month. In addition, as a special club bonus you'll receive four small ornament designs that will come throughout the remainder of the stitching year. The ornaments can be stitched up as separate pieces with threads from your stash, so you have the added pleasure of a few more fun projects to enjoy throughout the year.
What more can I say, except: This is fun, fun, fun to stitch, I gotta tell you! So if you're looking for a fantastic new project to inspire you in 2014, please visit Nordic Needle's website and find out all about their new Canvaswork Club.