Primitive Country Scene

Needlepoint Design by Shay Pendray

Design by Shay Pendray

Primitive Country Scene is a canvas my mother and I stitched together in the late 70s.  (Click on the image to enlarge it.)

The design is early Shay Pendray, before the famous needlepoint author, designer, and TV host moved on to much more elaborate metal and Japanese embroidery.

This was pretty straightforward to stitch.

It came kitted, and Betty and I worked off Shay’s stitch guide, the first page of which you see below.

Country Scene Stitch Guide

Country Scene Stitch Guide

Note all the open work on this canvas — fairly novel at the time.

I enjoyed stitching this canvas — it had tweeding, couching, and made use of various fibers, such as Anchor Marlitt, French silk, and flower threads — many of which were new, at least to me…  a time when all sorts of different textured threads were introduced.

The framed picture you see up top is the one I stitched.    Too bad I don’t also have Betty’s to show you!

Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016

About Erin

Owner of Needlepoint Land, LLC. Professional in the field for more than 15 years, during which I have managed and/or worked with various high-end needlepoint shops. I enjoy teaching both beginners and advanced stitchers, and have created numerous stitch guides, with speciality thread selections, for in-store customers and private clients. I maintain contact with an extensive network of needlepoint vendors, custom artists, and, most importantly, reliable, high-quality finishers. I look forward to hearing your comments on my blog!

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