Monday, January 3, 2011

A recent finish...

to add to the album.


I stitched this for my mother-in-law for Christmas this year.  It's done in silks and cottons and I did all the finishing in silks with a purchased tassel trim.

3 comments:

Mary said...

It's just beautiful!

Robin said...

Dear Summer,
I have just discovered your website thanks to Jane at Chilly Hollow;s mention of it. What beautiful work! Is this particular piece your design? If not, could you tell me anything about it? I have a friend in whose living room it would be spectacular and it's the first needlepoint item that I've found that would appeal to this former New Yorker :) Thanks. Indiana Robin

Summer said...

Thanks ladies!

Robin - I'm so forgetful - I joke but I am serious when I say if I don't write it down I'll forget it. This was a hand-painted canvas (with a solid blue background), but I don't remember the designer. It is fairly small in size - I think the painted area is 6" across? I thought it was LEE but I can't remember now. It was a long work-in-progress.

I stitched it as a companion to a prior pillow I had made her, another Bird of Paradise, that time from Sophia Designs.
http://www.summerlouise.com/albums/stitching/designers/sophiadesigns.html

I looked up Bird of Paradise canvases and found some listings. Keep in mind I haven't bought from any of these companies so I can't vouch for them:

I love the bright colors on this one:
http://www.artneedlepoint.com/florals/bird-of-paradise-by-dawn-wood

http://cgi.ebay.com/BIRD-PARADISE-FLOWER-HAND-PAINTED-NEEDLEPOINT-CANVAS-/150545155720#ht_3681wt_1026

Jane Nichols 14"x14"
http://www.silk-road-needle.com/Jane%20Nichols%20Designs.htm

Free one, charted for (10x9)
http://needlepoint.about.com/od/patternsbytype/ss/BirdOfParadise.htm

I buy most of my canvases from The Needlepointer, a shop up in Everett, Washington. It's worth giving them a call to see if they have any Birds of Paradise in stock.

Hope that helps!