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To the Shore- Peter Ashe

Good morning everyone and happy weekend!

This is really a very exciting post for me, because my Peter Ashe house is home from the framer. This piece is titled “To the Shore” and is distributed by Julia’s Needleworks.

To the Shore
When this piece came back from market last summer, I just knew that I had to stitch it. I’m sure you all have all found those pieces that just “speak” to you too, for one reason or another. If only it was as sunny and warm outside now, as it is in this scene. I’m so sick of the snow!

To the Shore
I’m really glad I chose the frame and the matte that I did. I wanted the piece to have a sort of “old time” feel, which I think a less contemporary frame really helped capture. I think this piece will live in my house forever!

As always, a huge thank you to Troy Fine Art in Fairfield, CT for their exceptional work.

A family heirloom?

I had forgotten until recently, that many years ago my mom stitched my dad a cummerbund.

I remember being about 8 years old and waiting for my parents to get dressed up to go out for a black tie work function.

My dad came downstairs in his tuxedo, and his needlepoint cummerbund. I vaguely remember a lot of bright colors, flowers and the image of a woman.

It wasn’t until recently at work, when we were discussing old “ghosts of needlepoint past” that memories of it started resurfacing….

Uhhhhm… WHAT were my parents thinking?!

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Firstly, I can’t believe that my mom not only purchased this canvas, but also stitched it and had it finished…

Second of all, I can’t believe my father actually wore it… and to a black tie event at the office, no less?

Apparently, this lovely needlepoint treasure is based on a very famous Rousseau painting called “The Dream”, which can now be found at the MOMA in New York City.

(Yes, I found this information out as my mother tried to justify her decision to me…)

A family heirloom

Really though…? Who thought it was a great idea to put a naked lady on a cummerbund?

How about the peeping animals spying on her from the bushes? And I’m really not quite sure what’s going on with the man over there on the right hand side…

family heirloom naked lady

family heirloom man in corner

Guys, I wish I had a better explanation for this one, but I’m really at a loss.

Who knows?

Maybe one day my children will look at my projects and say the same thing!

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

One thing’s for sure though… I don’t think I’ll ever let my parents live this one down!

off to the framer

I’m excited to share that I finished up my Purple Palm piece!

I took it off to the framer just the other day. Initially, I was pretty positive that I wanted to have it matted and framed white on white. I thought that that would provide a really clean look on which to have the stitching displayed.

But then I got there and started playing around with different mattes and frames, and (to my disappointment) I found that it looked much to stark. The colors were already so bright that when they were surrounded with white, they almost looked neon. (NOT a look I was going for!)

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I ended up deciding on this pale purple matte and a white frame. I thought it really brought out the colors in the sky and warmed up the entire piece.

I guess the lesson to be learned here is that you never know until you try!

I can hardly wait to see it all finished up in the New Year!

Fish or cut bait

As much as I love stitching in the season, with all this cold weather, I’m starting to wish I was somewhere sunny and warm!

I wanted to share this piece I’ve been working on by Purple Palm Designs. The image on the canvas was originally a watercolor pained by artist Ellen Negley. More of her original work can be found here.

I had the pleasure of working on this canvas with Meredith Willett , who provided me with lots of inspiration from which to work! If you ever have the opportunity to work with her… take it! I don’t think I could come up with a needlepoint question she wouldn’t have an answer to!

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