Category Archives: canvaswork

Another Little Something I Started…

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With so few posts this year, it’s easy to find something to write about these days. When all else fails, talk about a project not previously shared! This past spring, Jane Zimmerman offered her former seminar class project, A Garden of Babylon, as an online course with Shining Needle Society. I liked the design, but…

Ruskin Garden Square Progress

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Just a quick progress picture tonight, folks! Enjoy!

Breaking Up Repetitive Stitching

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“Unity” is one of the basic principles of design. One way to achieve unity in a needlework design, particularly in a geometric design, is through the use of repetition. Unfortunately for stitchers, repetition sometimes gets a bit, well, repetitive. Tedious. Boring. In my last post about Ruskin Garden Square, I mentioned that I have several…

How Do You Manage Your Pattern While Stitching?

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Many professional designers, especially those designing counted canvas work, offer a project’s instructions as just a set of loose pages. As far as I can tell, this is for a number of reasons: Good counted canvas instructions, particularly for complex designs, take a lot of pages. (Ruskin Garden Square, for example, has 70 pages of…

A Quick Peek at Another Upcoming Project

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Okay, folks, NaBloPoMo is starting to take its toll. I actually had a pretty good topic for tonight’s post, but if I actually wrote that post tonight, it would be far less than stellar due to the author (a.k. a. me) falling asleep every other line. I’ll leave you tonight with a brief look at…

Preparing for a Ruskin Lace (or Reticello) Cutout

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If you’ve ever done any Hardanger embroidery, you’re familiar with the idea that cutwork areas need to be “hemmed” with little blocks of satin stitches called kloster blocks. The preparation of a cutwork area for Ruskin lace or reticello is a bit similar, except that it is padded first and that buttonhole stitch is used…