Thursday, October 20, 2011

Published Today: Til Karin - 4 Elements

Til Karin - 4 Elements
                      Karin Larsson, wife to Carl the famous Swedish painter, wove
                      a tapistry in 1903 that was very modern for her time.
                      The first time I saw this tapestry shown in their home,
                      I thought it was about Pentecost with the
                      cross in the center and the flames. It was much later I 
                      found out it represented Earth, Wind, Fire and Water.
                      It has fascinated me for years. Her piece is shown in nearly
                      every picture of their dining room, on the back of the sofa.
                      It took me about a year to design my version, and
                      another 6 months to stitch the piece.
                      It is done on 36 ct Legacy linen from Picture This Plus,
                      Gentle Arts Sampler threads. The small details are in 
                      Assisi style with some backstitch. It is fairly easy to stitch and
                      to see the colors evolve. Their overdyed thread is a joy to use!
                      Karin has always been my heroine. She had 7 living children.
                      She wove tapestries and embroidered many pieces for the
                      home plus sewed most of the clothing for the family, cooked 
                      and took care of them all. She made the Larsson home a
                      beautiful,  warm environment.
                      The pattern for my embroidery will be at the
                       "Online Needlework show"  today.
                      It may be purchased by shops but viewed by all.
                      It will be available at needlework shops now,
                      but also at my daughters site Ink Circles in the future.



Thursday, October 6, 2011

Stitch Weasels' Retreat at Olivia Beach

Granddaughter and her mum on left stitching
                           Actually it is the Oregon/Washington stitchers
                            but my husband calls us the "Weasels" and says we
                            bite off our threads with our tiny teeth!
                            The house rented for us was a real "Mansion",
                            It sleeps up to 30 and has 7 bathrooms.
                            It was beautifully decorated in Ocean themes.
                            People came from all over Wa, Or, and the coast. 23!
My Tracy with her new release for next week an addition to "Love Letters"

Happily stitching at dinning table
A  Maple leaf from our little Canadian

Some fine finishes!

A lovely piece of counted stitches from Sue

3 more stitchers in a cozy nook

More finishes!

Stairs that take you over the hill to the ocean showing the cottages and park

the beach at Olivia
132 steps down to the beach!
                          I walked down then went to a flat spot to come
                          back. Even then I had shin splints the next day.
                          We went on long walks every day in the SUN!!!

Past and Present, my new start I worked on with threads gathered mostly from silk LE's.
                         I have collected this silk in my stash for years for just such a
My version of our Martina Dey stitch along
                          It is called "Coat of Arms Sampler" on our yahoo group.
                          I have been saving up old patterns to add to something
                          like this and used Carries LE crimson and new solid crimson.
                          I did nearly all this stitching in our 4 day retreat and
                          finished the first lamb last night. I plan on continuing with
                          Martina's chart from here. I am having an addictive
                          spell of stitching! That is what these retreats do to energize
                          you. It is already booked for a repeat next year!!!