I hope you are having a good week and stitching when you can. Today’s post includes a tribute stitch for my dear friend Judy and a fun new magnet.
It is with a heavy heart that I write this post. I will start at the beginning of how I first met Judy Wald McConnell. She and Cheryl Roler Timko belonged to a Facebook group called Needlepoint Nation, of which I am also a member. Cheryl connected with Judy through this group. I connected with Cheryl when she won a contest on my blog back in December of 2012. We all lived fairly close to each other in the western suburbs of Cleveland and met for lunch in January of 2013. How fortunate I was to have become friends with both ladies.
We became fast friends and Judy was always there to help me in any situation. Judy welcomed me into her family and life with love. We shared common interests of stitching and gardening. Judy loved to Needlepoint and she loved flowers. Her garden was filled with different varieties of beautiful flowering plants and pots. I am so very lucky to have been her close friend. It is with great sadness that I share with you of Judy’s passing last week on Wednesday August 9th, 2017. She bravely fought a terrible disease called Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Judy, we will miss your needlepoint posts, photos of your family, garden, & dogs, Rest In Peace wherever you are!
My birthday cake was baked by Judy, a delicious lemon loaf!
I designed today’s stitch for Judy and named it Floral Brocade in remembrance of her love of flowers and needlepoint. A huge thank you to Jane of Chilly Hollow Needlepoint for stitching the sample for me and giving instructions on how she felt it needs to be stitched.
This second chart adds a bead in the middle of the eyelet stitches.
As I mentioned my friend, Jane Wood,stitched the sample and upon looking at the stitch it looks like flowers with picket fencing. I thought this is a great look since Judy had areas of her garden fenced off so that the dogs wouldn’t run into the flowers 😀
The sample is stitched with a variety of threads as shown in the photo above. The first row was stitched using 1 ply of #8 Perle Cotton. Row two was stitched using 1 strand of Kreinik (#8) Fine Braid for the picket fence and 1 strand of Wildflowers by the Caron Collection for the eyelet. Row three was stitched using 3 plies of Soie d’Alger. Row four was stitched using 2 plies of Soie d’Alger and one size 14/0 bead. If you don’t want to see much canvas you could move the stitch up one thread and the canvas visibility would decrease. I wanted the flowers to stand out which is why I left one thread between rows.
Jane said to follow the numbering on the eyelet stitch closely and stitch from Right to Left always, don’t stitch the next row Left to Right since the flower petals will look irregular, what great advice!
Try using one or two ply of silk or even a size #12 Perle Cotton as a background stitch. Also without the beads it would be a nice stitch for a canvas with large flowers. With the beads this would make a nice small border or it could be a garment. As always have fun with the stitch by trying different threads.
Next I was fortunate enough to receive a great new magnet from my friend Ruth Schmuff who knew I was not having a great week. It arrived last Wednesday just when I needed a smile!
In closing have a great week and take some time out to stitch.
I have been told that cardinals appear when angels are near. I have to say I have seen a few more female cardinals this past week at my bird feeder and bird bath. I have a new angel watching over me now!