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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

WIP: Wheels of Color (by Genny Morrow)

Today's featured WIP is Wheels of Color, designed by the late Genny Morrow.

Technique/Materials:  Counted canvas, with lots of canvaswork stitches (each wheel is a different stitch) on 18ct mono canvas using a mix of DMC and Anchor cotton floss.

Background:  I started Wheels one week prior to beginning a master's degree program in December 2004, thinking that if I could stitch one wheel per week, I'd finish within a year.  (Uh-huh.  Apparently, the prospect of starting a master's degree program rendered me temporarily stupid.)

Anyway, I really do like this piece, and I decided to stitch the gray background such that it is lightest near the darkest rings, and darkest near the lightest rings (rather than a solid light gray as shown on this website).  The instruction book has a version of this, but has the octagon areas of background moving from dark to light opposite the little squares of background, which change values with the surrounding circles.  My version will have the octagon and square background areas changing in the same direction.  (Wow, that's hard to describe! I know what I'm talking about, and I'm still confused. Let me know if I need to rewrite that.)

Why it's not done:  Did I mention a master's degree program? Yeah, right!  Keeping up with this piece went out the window very quickly.  After the degree, I started having flare-ups with nerve problems, exacerbated by using a laying tool. This is still a slight problem, which is why I'm working on it only a little bit each day now.

What's left to do:  It's only about half-done now. It will eventually be a rectangle, and then there's a border to add.


Cheryl said...

Lovely. And grey is such an up and coming color right now that it looks like something designed this year!

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

Clever idea to vary the shade of gray in the background. It'll be interesting to see how this works up as you add a border.

Karen said...

Jeanne, your WIPs are beautiful, but I especially like this one with all its color. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress.

BTW, Erin looked sooo cute in her pumpkin outfit -- she's a doll!

Cyn said...

Hi Jeanne,

I've always loved this project and I think I have it in my stash. :-)

Windy Meadow

SueFitz said...

What a Lovely piece - I wish I could stitch that well.

linda said...

I am presently working on this project also. I am finished the color wheels and am on the border. I finished the first border (over 2 threads). I am having trouble getting the herringbone border to work out. I am out 1 canvas thread on the long side. Can you help me to figure out how this border is worked?

Sharonkay said...

This been worked on since? Finished? Pics?

Jeanne said...

Thanks for asking, but this piece has seen very little action since I wrote this post. I think I've filled in a few more centers, but that's about it.

Too many projects, too little time!