Saturday, 29 May 2010

Anna's Travel Inspired Needlepoint

For a long time now, much of my inspiration for new needlepoint designs has come from travel and the rich design heritage of different cultures. I should love to share some of the stories with you and in turn hear what visual stimulus has excited you.

I am new to blogging so your comments and suggestions will be gratefully received.

Some of you however will already know my books Needlepoint Stitch By Stitch (UK / USA) and The Complete Needlepoint Course (UK / USA) are my personal favourites. Others may have attended classes with me either in the UK, USA or Australia.

You may have heard of my work with the 'American Needlepoint Guild' or the 'National Trust of Historic Preservation' in the States, or the 'Needlepoint Network', which I set up in the UK.

Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced stitcher everyone is most welcome to join me in discovering how to see beauty in ordinary every day objects.

My aim in creating this blog is to share my thought processes and how I turn an image into an original work of art. I also plan to share some of the problems I encounter translating my vision into reality.

By sharing this process I hope to enable you also to create your own unique pieces.

I hope to write about new designs and whenever possible the location that has inspired me and lovely exhibitions that you too can visit.

Travelling with my needlepoint has started interesting conversations and made me many new friends - I do hope that this blog will encourage you to join in, send me feed-back and tell me what you would like to hear and share your stories of inspiration.

All the work I share will be my own designs, stitched by me except, on a few occasions, they have been stitched by a friend, I shall be sure to give these lovely people credit!

This first design has a double purpose, it is a 'K' worked on a patchwork ground of painted canvas the lacey stitches allow the background colour to show through.
Why K? Well while having been Pearson for many years I am now married to a lovely man, Robert King, who loves to travel as much as I do and tollerates my needlepoiint addiction.

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