Sunday, May 4, 2014
Designer of the Month - Guess who
My very first needlepoint project was a painted canvas of a horse's head, a gift from my mom when I was 11. I was hooked. My next projects were mainly 3 thread petit point, and then 1 thread petit point on 40ct silk gauze. I stitched during every free moment, gifting everything I stitched to my Grandmother and aunts.
Having restitched many of our favourite designs 4 or 5 times, my mother & I grew tired of the limited patterns available to us. I was still in high school when we started working on our own designs. Once we had 25 designs stitched and printed Gitta's Charted Petit Point was born. These earlier designs were very traditional, mainly scenes and florals.
With my love of 1 thread petit point, I later played with the idea of how small of a scene I could design and not lose detail. From this grew my seasonal series, first Summer by the Lake, then Winter in the City, Fall on the Farm, and finally Spring in the Park.
These are only 61 x 117 stitches, and petit pointed on 40ct silk gauze. Their completed design size is only 1.5" x 3".
To promote Gitta's designs beyond our local area, my mother & I exhibited at Stitching shows across Canada and in the United States. It was at these US shows that I was really taken with Samplers. And when I was told that Samplers can only be cross stitched, my first thought was: why? As long as a design is composed of primarily full stitches, it can also be petit pointed.
It was this fascination with Samplers and my love of nature, especially trees, that inspired my Tree Sampler series.
My newest of these tree samplers is the "Palm" tree. Although I had designed and stitched it 2 years ago, it still needs to be printed, which I plan on working on over the next weeks.
In the last few years my inspiration has been driven by practical applications. Items to embellish that we can use, and not necessarily need to frame, such as biscornus, scissor fobs and cases. Although most are cross stitched with hand-dyed silk threads, one also incorporates specialty stitches. I designed my Dragonfly Needlecase and Scissor fob as the workshop project for Gitta's first stitcher's retreat Getaway. It offers 2 colour options and a full dragonfly alphabet to personalize the scissor fob which is shaped in a biscornu.
I had also started Little Sparrow Designs to separate my cross stitch designs from our traditional petit point patterns, and in the hopes of drawing my daughter in to join my Mom and myself. Although her artistic talents have taken her into a different direction, I am still hopeful that one day she will join the Gitta's team.
In planning my FREE pattern for the Designer Collaboration Sampler I had toyed with the idea and designed several small petit point florals to be stitched over 1 in the continental stitch. I wanted to reflect the early beginnings of Gitta's designs, but once complete it just did not fit in with the other designs. So back to the computer I went to work on another. I'm glad I did, because I love the look of my Floral Medley in the sampler. I'm sure you agree. Here is a peek at the sampler thus far.