Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Design Process

For those of you who have expressed... um..anxiety? . ..about my not posting (and you know who you are...as do I) here's what I have been doing instead of entertaining you with the goings on at Maison Cou Rouge..

I've been working on two needlepoint canvas commissions. The design process is not unlike other media, with the added fun of not only incorporating color and texture, but also the elements of stitches, canvas and thread materials into account.

So how does it work? Well, first of all, I'm blessed that the people I design for pretty much let me run with ideas. They tell me what they are looking for, and rein me in when I go too far afield.

It helps the design process that I am a needlepointer myself. So I know what will work, and what won't.( For example, you're never gonna get a perfect circle out of slanted stitches.) Shapes have to be interpreted and repeats figured out. There's a bit of math involved. And a lot of flying by the seat of my pants.

I always encourage my clients to use the best quality materials. With all "needlesports", I prefer working in silk or wool, because it lasts. When one invests this much time into a project (hundreds, sometimes thousands of hours) one should plan on the work being handed down to one's grandchildren. Yes, I have already warned my own children that if they ever throw out one of my pillows, hangings, or objects d'art, I will come back from the grave to haunt them. I will be a little more forgiving on the knitted objects, but not much... but I digress...

So back to the works at hand. the first one is a wall hanging for a shop that is decorated in the colors of South Beach Miami. Pinks, greens, blues...and flamingos everywhere. Here's what I came up with via my watercolors and my computer...if you look closely by the tail, you can see some penciled notes for threads, stitches, or embellishments..

I'm really loving this chick's face...

Once I get a final approval, I use my incredibly inexpensive lightbox to transfer the painting to canvas (why buy a lightbox when sunlight and a large window in my office will do....) This is another commission..

I trace over my major outlines, making changes for stitch patterns where necessary

Ending up with something like this.
Next, I'll refine my design and get my paint box out...but that's for another day.
So no, my dears, I haven't been lying around eating bonbons all day...or playing on the internet...much.......................

Monday, November 24, 2008

Because I am a Knitter....and a Blonde....

I can post things like this...under the category of "Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves, for they will never cease to be amused...."

A highway patrolman pulled alongside a speeding car on the freeway. Glancing at the car, he was astounded to see that the blonde behind the wheel was knitting!

Realizing that she was oblivious to his flashing lights and siren, the trooper cranked down his window, turned on his bullhorn and yelled, 'PULL OVER!'

"NO!" the blonde yelled back, "IT'S A SCARF!"

Body Statistics

Dear friend Jan sent this to me today...very interesting facts!! ENJOY!


It takes your food seven seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach.

One human hair can support 3 kg (6.6 lb).

The average man's penis is three times the length of his thumb.

Human thighbones are stronger than concrete.

A woman's heart beats faster than a man's.

There are about one trillion bacteria on each of your feet.

Women blink twice as often as men.

The average person's skin weighs twice as much as the brain.

Your body uses 300 muscles to balance itself when you are standing still.

If saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it.


Women reading this will be finished now.

Men who read this are probably still busy checking their thumbs

Because You Asked.....

Yes, I've been on my annual trip to New York with CruiseGran and the girls... and looking back on the photos, it should be no surprise to me that I came down with a kidney infection whilst there, given the number of THESE shops I visited...

The Atlanta Airport

Lexington and 59th


55th and Lexington

Off Times Square

Near the Apartment Madison and 36th

Lexington and 52nd