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Friday, April 4, 2008

Open canvas

In response to one of my previous posts, Lelia commented that the idea of coloring the canvas before stitching was interesting. Since I've recently stitched some of the colored areas, the benefits of that coloring can be seen. I've mentioned before that Winds of Color was designed as an exercise in shading. One way to shade needlework is to color the background, then use a stitch that does not completely cover the background.

The areas 13, 14, 14a, and 15, shown at right, are all examples of this open stitch shading. In area 13, only one color of thread and one type of stitch was used. The colored background makes the difference from one end of the area to the other. The same is true for area 14. In area 15, both the background and the thread value changed.


Love to Stitch 99 said...

I must say that this is a really interesting piece that you are working on and love to see the progress on it.

Pierrette =^..^=

tkdchick said...

You make canvaswork soooo beautiful!

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Club said...

Jeanne, it's interesting to see that the various colors are meant to be done on an outlined canvas to help with shading. This is a nice compromise between painted canvases (hard to crank out for students in a class) and line drawings (much easier). Many folks who stitch painted canvases color various areas if they want to use another color or if they think something will show through their light-colored thread, but this is the first time I've noticed anyone paint outlined canvases as part of a technique. Interesting!

Jane, waving from CH