To debut our First Project, Diana Clarke (one of the .Com Employees) posts the following:
"Having worked at Needlepoint.com for just over a year now….and wanting to buy and try every new canvas and thread that comes in the store, I set my sights on Kelly Clark’s Woodland Santa Stocking.
All three of my (almost grown) children have needlepoint stockings (but way back then I just had to “fill-in” the background). It was time to upgrade my husband’s stocking and eventually mine!
In Raleigh, NC …you’re fortunate to be halfway between the mountains or the beach.
My family loves the mountains….so Kelly Clark’s Woodland Santa Stocking seemed just perfect for my husband.He’s rather be in the NC mountains than anywhere on earth I believe.
Generally, I’m a basketweave kinda gal. I love to watch Tarheel basketball and basketweave to my hearts content. I brought the stocking into the store on one of the days that I work to show off the beautifully “basketwoven background” that I had done. Nancy and Marilyn asked me what kind of cool stitches were in my plans for the main part of the design. Sheepishly, I was going to contentedly stitch more basketweave. Once the seeds of different stitches were planted in my head….I decided to make a bold move….try a few. Personally, I think when you’re using different threads….or different stitches you need to use them sparingly and spaced evenly throughout the piece. I used Woven Plait/Diagonal Weave on Santa’s basket ….using Paternayan wool for the stitches. For Santa’s beard, first I stitched it using basketweave…then, to add dimension…..randomly Stitched French knots. I really liked the effect.
The “stepping-out-of-the-box-stitch” that I’m proudest of is the tree. Following the lead from my co-workers….I threaded 3 needles with varying green Gumnut colors and then proceeded to work from the top to the bottom of the tree…. free form (VERY CHALLENGING for a Basketweave Lover) with long and short stitches. I just love, love, love how it turned out! I’ve recommended this type of approach to “trees” to several customers….and so far everyone has been pleased with their results. My one hint? Put aside a large chunk of time to do trees in this fashion. I can see how stopping and starting it from day to day can change the “flow” of the tree….you’d have a different tension….or your view of the “look” of the tree could change. Start and stop a tree all in one sitting.
Can hardly wait to fill up this stocking for Bruce with lots of goodies....and then....just maybe, start on another Kelly Clark stocking FOR ME!"