Rose Pillow



Earlier today, Lynda Richardson, needlepoint designer, avid stitcher, and owner of Dream House Ventures, sent me some pics via email.

She also included the following remarks:

These pics are of a Dard Hunter Rose Pillow (DH3667) canvas I recently finished. It’s stitched with Gumnuts silk floss and embellished with A B hex beads.

I butterfly stitched it and used a T-stitch in the center so it didn’t have a line down the middle.

The finished size is 12 x 12″ on 18m. It’s getting ready to go and get framed.

Hope you like it!

By the way, Lynda’s “butterfly” stitch may have a slightly different meaning than the one you may be used to.

What Lynda is referring to is a technique that ensures that the tent stitches on each side of the canvas are mirror images of one another. To accomplish this, she stitches one side of the canvas first, say, the right half, then the other.

Depending on the design, sometimes, Lynda will even divide a canvas into quarters.

In addition to the T-stitch and butterfly technique, Lynda also used diagonal mosaic in alternating directions throughout the design and the encroaching gobelin in the leaves.

The roses are satin stitched with Gumnuts silk, which is a softly shaded thread that provides subtle gradations of one color. In fact, the entire piece is stitched with Gumnuts.

Each bead in the background of the piece is centered within elongated cross stitches. I can tell you from experience this takes a great deal of time and patience.

Thank you, Lynda, for sharing with us this gorgeous piece!

 © 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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