Friday, December 28, 2012

“I must have flowers, always, and always.”

*quote from Claude Monet

In the middle of winter it's nice to have a beautiful bouquet of flowers to remind you of spring. There are so many gorgeous floral canvases to be stitched that would remind you of spring year round!

 This Orange Hibiscus canvas by HP Designs is gorgeous. I can just imagine how beautiful it looks stitched. It's a 5 x 5 canvas, so you could either have it framed, made into a small pillow, or have it mounted in one of HP's lovely lacquered boxes. This canvas is perfect for an advanced stitcher who does not necessarily need a stitch painted design. Blend threads together to create seamless shading in the petals. Soie Dalger would be lovely.

This isn't necessarily a spring setup, but these Sunflowers by Melissa Shirley are really beautiful. Melissa Shirley has such a reputation for having truly great painted canvases. This is no exception. Try some beading on the "center/seeds" of the sunflowers and some ribbon work with Flair on the petals. Also, a woven stitch would look beautiful on the border.

This adorable canvas called "West Porch August" is by Maggie & Co. I love its whimsical flair. The colors are really bright and cheerful. Try some special stitches in the stripes on the watering can. Also, a fun shiny thread like Kreinik (perhaps this color) would look nice for the polka dots. This piece is just 4 x 4, so it would be great as a coaster or a small framed piece. This piece would be a very nice pick me up during the long cold months of winter and would be a quick fun stitching project.

This gorgeous Lenten Rose canvas by Barbara Russell is really stunning. Barbara Russell does a great job with stitch painting, so this canvas would be great for someone who likes doing larger projects but does not like shading or deciding where one color starts and another stops. Try some silks to really make the different flower parts pop out. I'm sure some special stitches would also look nice, but because there is so much going on in the design of this piece, you don't necessarily need to have special stitches to make this project special.
Flowers are a great way to make a dreary winter day feel bright and cheerful. Perhaps a flower canvas would help enliven the mood of the day!

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