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SKINNAMARINK

I’ve been waiting ages to share this creation. I’m glad it has finally been delivered and this post can go to air!

When I found out that my friend Sarah was pregnant with Elizabeth, I wanted to make her a present that was sentimental, but also used up a bit of my stash. After poking around the internet for ideas, I decided to make her a needlepoint pillow for her nursery. While Sarah’s baby shower happened in October, I had to take a break from this project to focus all of my creative energy on Elizabeth’s stocking. In January, I finally finished the whole canvas and sewed it up.

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This project was quite a learning experience. Although I’ve made one needlepoint pillow before, this canvas was much larger to work on. I began by printing out the lyrics of a popular children’s song and tracing them, using a Sharpie, onto the needlepoint canvas.

IMG_1611Then I used colourful yarn, also used for my flowered headband, to fill in the letters and the crescent moon, because this baby yarn is so thin, I had to use to strands per stitch (2 ply) in order to insure the proper coverage. The background yarn was much chunkier, so, I only used one strand per stitch. This led to a very interesting texture difference of the pillow.

IMG_1623After the canvas was fully stitched, I sewed it up using a simple envelope method. The backing fabric is also from my stash, I have no idea where it came from – I’ve been using a large portion of it as a tablecloth for years! It’s so pretty though, I knew it needed to find a better home. I’m also pretty impressed with myself, because the pillow form I used to stuff this cushion, I made out of recycled scraps of fabric.

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Sarah was quite pleased with the pillow, and I’m happy her and Elizabeth will be able to enjoy it.

However, I do feel this project was a learning experience! Most importantly I’ve realized that pale colours on a cream background do not provide a strong platform for text-based pieces. There needs to be a defining line in order to make the message more readable, and allow the stitches to pop. As well, with my needlepoint, I feel the need to explore a variety of background stitches. Mostly because stitching thousands of tent stitches takes an amazing amount of time, but also so that different textures can be a highlight of the project.

How about you? Have you made any projects lately to use up your stash? Any needlepoint pillows which you’d like to share?

 

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10 Comments on “SKINNAMARINK”

  1. Mrs P says:

    Beautiful, beautiful work, I’m not surprised you friend loves it xx

  2. It looks beautiful. What a lovely gift. I have made a few patterns with pastel lettering recently and trying to get the letters to stand out is the challenge! I resorted to a darker background – I found midnight blue the most effective contrast as it wasn’t too severe.

    • eadouglas says:

      Thanks! I can certainly see how midnight blue would be a good companion to paler colours. My Grandma once mentioned using dark purples to enhance the appearance of brighter tones, which follows the same line thinking.

  3. Beth says:

    Wow that must have taken forever!

    • eadouglas says:

      I started it in July and finished it in January, so around just around seven months? It would’ve been completed much more faster if I hadn’t stopped to complete a few other projects.

  4. heypaula21 says:

    It’s a lovely pillow and something I’m sure she’ll keep for years! 🙂
    Most of my stitching this year is all about using up my stash. I haven’t made any hard and fast rules, but I have an embarrassingly large one and it’s time to stop “saving it for some day”!

    • eadouglas says:

      That’s such a good mindset to rid yourself of! While I feel that I’m pretty good about it, my family did experience the flipside of that habit when my great-grandmother passed away. Her house was filled with beautiful things we never got to experience because she was saving them “for best.”


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