Sunday, April 28, 2013

Needlepoint is forever

 

The Who Needs a Pattern, Anyway needlepoint project that I threw together in a half-second so as to hurry up and begin stitching is done.  It took forever.  ForEVER.  How do people get these things finished?  I mean, I spent months on this thing, and it’s only about eight inches across…well, I stand in awe of you needlepointers, is all I can say, and in even more awe than usual of Kaffe Fassett and his wondrous needpoint tapestries.   Any more needlepoint than this little doodad and I would’ve had to give up knitting (never!) just to make the time.  I’m not saying I didn’t love it, because I did, but it progressed at a pace so as to not be noticeable or measurable.  I’d work on it for an hour and it would look just the same as it had before.  I had to change colors every ten seconds, and cut yarn and weave in an end, and then start over in another spot.  Memo for next time:  larger blocks of color equals nice. 

So, it is very small, because the scrap of canvas I started with was small, and also because I couldn’t have gone any longer without screaming.  I made it into a pillow. 

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It’s one of those wee pillows that isn’t really good for anything except looking cute.  I really only like it up close.  I think the triangles could have been a lot bigger.  Next time!  There will be a next time, too.  I just found a giant roll of needlepoint canvas in the thrift store.  A tapestry-sized roll.  I have so many ideas.

30 comments:

  1. Love it! Upon first glance, I was excited to make my own but after reading your tale of "this took way to long", I may reconsider! I do love it tho... love the colors, love the design.... I think it is absolutely divine!

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  2. Wow it's beautiful! !

    Luv Jane xx

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  3. Needlepoint can be very zen. I tend to be more about the journey than the destination, so I enjoy the pace. Your pillow is charming.

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  4. I think it's very beautiful. Especialy the close up. Groetjes, Gerda

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  5. Hi There, It's beautiful!!! Well done!!! Love the way the colors shade each other!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  6. I really like it. The colors are great. I haven't done much needlepoint, I always lose interest in it which is weird because I love cross-stitching.

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  7. Even though it drove you crazy, it looks great. Any kind of needlework like that takes patience. I've not picked up my cross stitch project in years. Maybe I should give it a try again.

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  8. It's gorgeous! It was worth the wait! :)

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  9. It looks very good! What a work... Respect!
    Love the size of the triangles, though!

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  10. It turned out great Kristin! I love the colors and the size is just right. Can you imagine having a needlepoint blog? You would only be able to post like once a month if you were lucky.

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  11. Oh yeah! I remember you starting this a while back. It looks very good. All good things come to those who wait (and toil) Jo x

    http://joeveryday19.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. Omg... It's just yummyness all over...it doesn't matter what size it's . It just look gorgeous...I love all the colors and as always you are such a great artist! Gorgeous!

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  13. It is absolutely lovely and even perhaps especially so because it is a dinky size. I thought this looked like an easy pattern too and thought gosh its aaages since I did some tapestry but after reading the full blog entry there is no way I am using this to ease myself back in.

    http://gonebeading.blogspot.co.uk/

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  14. It's lovely so glad you managed to finish it and share x

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  15. It's very lovely! Thank you for sharing.

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  16. Great results though and it certainly looks nice Kristen. I really like the combination of colours and in all it draws attention as small as it maybe.

    Many thanks for popping in to visit my blog and for your comments. I prefer the cream filling too!

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

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  17. Gosh, that's just so cute! I love the pattern and all those sweet colors too! :)

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  18. It looks like little jewels of colour sparkling on water in the sunshine ... VERY cute, and just the perfect size for the pattern. Wendy

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  19. Finding your blog has been like opening presents on Christmas morning - so many goodies to explore here......! :-)

    Even if the cushion is small, it's beautiful ( and satisfied the urge to stitch, I'd presume!)

    Just spotted the post about the Swing jacket - gobsmackingly gorgeous!

    I'll be back (and now following + added you to my bloglist, too!)

    SueH The Knitting Assassin!

    Twitter – @Librarymaid

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  20. Kristin, I am so glad I clicked over here from the Bunny Mummy site.

    What beautiful creations you make! The little pillow is a gem, with such subtle color changes! I completely agree with you about how slowly needlepoint progresses to completion. (I've got three needlepoint projects that have been "resting" for a year or two while I pursue some knitting and crocheting.)

    I look forward to visiting here again.

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  21. I looks beautiful!! I can't wait to see the projects you're going to make with the new needlepoint canvas. Liefs Else X

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  22. It's just amazing. Kaffe would be so impressed I'm telling you!
    The colour blending is brilliant, and its such a simple design. He'd definitley be impressed!
    You are so multi-talented Kristen!
    Gill xx

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  23. Your needlepoint is beautiful. Unfortunately, not I have caught the urge to start another project.

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  24. This is lovely. I started making a little heart but sadly was never finished. This cushion is real dedication! Heather x

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  25. It's so cute Kristen. I think KT wkuld took amazing in a sea of other less patterned pillows.
    Sheree

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