Friday, January 8, 2016

Stumpwork revealed!

More about Stumpwork... which is the art of bringing dimension to your canvas.  Kelly Clark had an illustrative slide presentation for us before the stitching and demonstrations started.  Almost anything can be incorporated into your canvas work, and Stumpwork will provide us a place to use those charms, buttons, vintage fabrics and wire work (anyone still have their jewelry/beading equipment?).

Flower Sampler
Kelly took us through the various materials that can be used, as well as equipment and types of thread.  We had a lesson on wire gauge (smaller number - is that thick wire? ) and we reviewed and remembered terms like "trapunto." 

It is almost a combination of the best parts of embroidery, with an updated flair of needlepoint embellishment!

The red gerbera daisy on the right side of this picture is shown close up below....ask Marci about that technique. She completed several of her flower petals on Thursday afternoon.... (overachieving...).

Beads are also an integral part of Kelly's vision of this work, although she leaves the needle artist open to work his/her magic. 

Also, look around in your needlepoint tool kit -- you may have some needles that you haven't used in a while, and stumpwork will challenge you to do something new with them.  (That super long one is a bouillon needle...and that little sharp one is a beading needle! )

Challenges await in 2016 -- let's do something new!

Below is a close up of  needleweaving in a red  Gloriana thread....

More TNNA news coming this weekend!

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