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Category Archives: florals
Kirk & Bradley released these canvases back in January/June and I could hardly wait to see them stitched. They read “Life is better by the sea” and “In the garden.” We’ve been working away at Needlepoint.Com and they are back from the finisher and available as kits.
Whenever I’m picking a background stitch, I like to try and choose something that fits with the theme of the piece. We ended up deciding on a Trellis background for “In the Garden” and a Bargello Pattern that mimics waves for “Life is better by the sea.” They definitely help capture the feeling of the design. On another note, the text of both of the signs is stitched in a Threadworx Overdyed Metallic Braid. It’s basically an overdyed Kreinik #8 Braid. This is one of my favorite threads to use- it is so easy to work with and gives such a cool effect. If you don’t have any in your stash- you need to get some!
While we finished both of these canvases as hanging signs, I would love to have also seen them as easel backs like the nativity I just finished. I also think they would make lovely pillows, if you finished them inset with 2″ of fabric around the entire design.
When our sister company Elizabeth Bradley Designs was invited to exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show, we knew that Kirk & Bradley would have to paint something special to commemorate the event! This special canvas was designed as a result, and is modeled after the Chelsea Eccentric Garden by Harrods from the 2016 show, and was released at January Market earlier this year. Isn’t it pretty? I love the way Vernon gave it a sampler feel, while still keeping the main design of the garden in the center. Just perfect for any gardening enthusiasts out there! Needlepoint.Com has it available as the Chelsea Eccentric Garden Kit and it’s on sale right now.
I was so excited to get this canvas to work on, and was even more excited when it came back in the mail from the finisher! I think the trim definitely pulls the whole piece together.
Being on 13 count, the whole piece really moved right along. The majority of the piece is worked in silk, and there is a little bit of ribbonwork on there as well! I think it really helps to bring the flowers to life.
The kit is on sale right now for 20% off, (along with lots of other fun goodies!) and can be found on the Needlepoint.Com website here. Call the shop at 919-828-5538 for more information!
The Poppy design was inspired by last year’s Chelsea Flower Show. Did you all see the amazing carpet of crocheted poppies that was displayed there? It truly was incredible looking! Fiber artists from all over the world submitted over 5,000 poppies to be part of the exhibit. The poppy carries special significance as a tribute of respect and remembrance to members of the armed forces. You can read more about the exhibit here!
The new mini kit is a 6 x 6 square design. Kit includes canvas, thread, a chart card and needles. Basically everything that you would need to complete your project. I just love how the finished product came together with beautiful red fabric and that fun pom pom trim. So unique.
Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! Those of you who follow along with my Instagram will know that I have just finished stitching this gorgeous Kirk and Bradley English Garden Ribbon Canvas! I’m so pleased with how it came out!
I’ll be teaching this piece along with the Kirk and Bradley Mews Houses at Needlepoint.Com’s Raleigh Retreat this coming March. Class will be held Sunday March 19th from 9:30-3:00 at our Raleigh Store. The class fee is $335, which includes canvas (painted on 18 count!), threads, stitch guide, lunch and instruction.
I’d love to see you there.
Since the ribbons are too delicate to have this canvas finished into a pillow, I’m planning on having it finished into a shadow box. Headed out this afternoon to see our amazing framer and play with some frame and mat options!
If you’re thinking about coming to the class but have never worked with silk ribbon before, you might want to give one of our online classes a shot before you commit!
I’ve been working with Needlepoint.Com to bring you all a beginner and an advanced English Garden Round Ribbonwork Kit! These two pieces compliment the original one I taught last year at the Needlepoint.Com Raleigh Retreat. Aren’t the three of them just gorgeous together!? They’re without a doubt one of my favorite projects I’ve ever worked on to date!
Ribbons are one of the best fibers to work with on needlepoint canvas, but I’ve found in my teaching that people are easily intimidated when they see them! They can be a little fussy to use at first, but once you know how, you get a lot of effect without much work!
All three kits now come with login access to an online class with instructional videos on how to do each of the stitches, as well as a printed stitch guide- so there is no need to be intimidated about working with them at all!
It’s been such an amazing experience to collaborate with Katie (one of the artists for Kirk and Bradley) on these. Since she knows exactly what ribbon technique I’m going to use before she ever paints- she has made sure that she paints in a way that makes it as easy as possible for you all to stitch! Basically a needlepointer’s dream!
If you’ve ever wanted to learn to use ribbons, now’s the time to do it! These kits are exclusive to Needlepoint.Com and cannot be found anywhere else. Order yours today here:
Let your stitching bloom this summer with our new kits and online classes!
Happy Monday everyone! Today on the blog, I’m sharing my favorite florals for spring! Nothing makes me happier to have fresh flowers in the house, and the best thing about these flowers is that they can be enjoyed year round!
Originally I had intended on sharing just my top ten, but I couldn’t narrow the list down… so here are my top thirteen!