Background Sampler II is another study in different stitches, as well as in the use of overdye threads. The individual stitches stand on their own as a learning project, although there is extensive information provided with regard to the use of these stitches – not only as backgrounds on painted canvases, but also in their uses with different weights of threads in developing ideas on how to have some objects to come forward in a design and others to recede. David’s instructions also include many of his ideas for the use of these stitches.
The piece is essentially monochromatic, with the threads chosen being coordinated with the canvas color chosen (several choices). The threads include cotton floss, an overdye floss, pearl 5 and pearl 8 threads, and a kreinik thread. The finished piece is generally finished as either a pillow or framed.
Background Sampler II was offered by ANG as a cyberclass in 2019-2020. Meanwhile, our own Cathryn Curia has led the project several times working with David and graciously offered to teach the class for us over 3 days – 2 in September and 1 in November 2020 at Needleworker’s Delight – a great stitching (and shopping) location with wonderful shop owners as hosts. Then came Covid-19 and we were all confined to our homes!
Taking advantage of the latest virtual technologies, Cathryn led about 15 NJNA members through the class. We learned a lot in terms of how to execute and use the stitches as well as how to best hold a needlepoint class on Zoom!
Here are several of the finished products:
These were done by Sylvia (Red), Rosie (Sage), Noelle (Red), Linda (Grey), and Janet (Red). Note that Janet cleverly changed the center and used the ANG 2019 SOTM design for her center.