Jun 12, 2008


My new selection for last night was Laura J. Perin's "Primrose Path". Laura J. Perin is one of my very favorite designers, and I think I have done about twenty of her charts. I watched the creation of this newest design on her blog, so I couldn't wait to get my paws on it.

Unfortunately, my DVR had other ideas for my stitchy progress last night, since I decided to watch a documentary on the writer/historian David McCullough. I've not yet read anything by this man, but within five minutes of listening to him, I was hooked. So, naturally, I spent the next forty-five minutes going through my bookshelves to see if I had anything that he's written. Turns out I have "1776", which I will start soon.

So my stitching was done rather half-a**ed, I'm sorry to say. In the morning light, I have decided to change the canvas for this to a marbled effect rather than just plain canvas. I'm working with marbled canvas on another Laura J. Perin, "Lily of the Valley Collage", so methinks it would be a good idea to try it on this one too. Here's a pic of what that looks like:

This will be one of the first times I'm going to use the metallics that the pattern calls for. I am not very metallic-proficient, so keep your fingers crossed for me. I usually switch anything metallic on canvas to Rainbow Gallery's Flair. I love Flair. It's my metallic and I'm not afraid to use it. I think it is pretty and subtle. Although I'm all about the fancy, I'm just not a gold lame' kind of gal when it comes to my stitching.

I keep promising myself to make a stitch book of metallics. I have the canvas pieces cut and several different kinds of metallics to try, but I just haven't made myself sit down and do it. The idea is to take a 3" X 5" piece of canvas and "doodle" a few stitches on it with the various threads to see what the effect will be. As usual with me, I'm on the launch pad with my helmet on and seat belt fastened, but I just can't seem to hit the "go" button. Oey.


  1. Coni - I was wondering if you would be interested in attending a class our guild is having with La D Da. We have a special project that she has created just for us. The event will be on Saturday, July 12th in Schererville IN. We have been advertising it at House of Stitches and you can see a picture of the project there. If you want to get in touch with me please go to my blog and find my e-mail address. We have five more spots left. This is a luncheon and day of fun. It would be nice to meet you there. If anyone else is interested besides Coni (and maybe her sister) please go to www.sunflowercross.blogspot.com.

  2. I love your new project, i'll be watching this one grow with great interest

  3. Pretty project! I;mlooking forward to watcing your progress.
    Heck, ya'll just might convert this linen snob to canvas...
    don't hold your breath!
    I enjoy your blog and look forward to hearing more from Master Stewey!

  4. Primrose Path is gorgeous! I can't wait to see your progress.

  5. I can't wait to see what you think of '1776', I've been wanting to read it!

    Love the marbled canvas!

  6. I have never seen this designer before. It's very pretty. I think I'll go google her. xx

  7. Great start on Primrose Path - gorgeous colours.

  8. I've never seen marbled canvas before, what a great effect it gives ;)

  9. I've just started my first Laura J. Perin canvas - Amethyst Dreams. But mine's not going to be amethyst. I've got it kitted up with blacks, grays, and silvers.

  10. Hi Coni,

    Just found your blog and I'm excited to see another needleworker who also needlepoints! Wahoo!

    Aren't Laura's charts wonderful and I enjoy watching the designs come together on her blog. I really wish I could design like that.

    Glad to see that someone else out there is as AR as me! My major project this summer is to finally get my stitching stuff organized. I've found wonderful new containers at Michael's and at Target. More on these later on my blog.

    Windy Meadow