Friday, June 10, 2011

P Is for Pekinese

Pekinese Stitch_2

The coolest, loopiest stitch I learned in Rebecca Ringquist's Stitch Dictionary class at Squam Art Workshops was Pekinese. It makes me so happy, I got carried away and embellished the letter "P" on my sampler with it.

Pekinese Stitch_1

Please don't look too closely at my outline stitch on that sampler! I just couldn't get it right at first and I was going to rip out what I'd done. But when I asked Rebecca to come look at it, she said, "Oh, that's pretty! I like it!" I looked down at my sampler in surprise. Pretty? Really? Rebecca advised me to just keep going. What a nice lesson about regarding your less-than-perfect efforts with patience and kindness.

When I finish this sampler, I'm going to do Rebecca's 2010 Stitch Dictionary sampler, which I got at the Squam Art Fair, prettily tied up in a green ribbon:


Ringquist 2010 Sampler

Queen Anne's lace done with French knots! How cool is that?

In knitting news: I'm almost done with the tank top I've been designing. The pattern is going to a tech editor next week and will be available soon. I had hoped to finish in time to wear it at Squam, but that wasn't really realistic. It was much too cool to wear it there, anyway. Here's a sneak peek at the top in progress:

Tank Top Nearly Done

If you live in the Pioneer Valley and are looking for something fun to do, check out the Northampton Camera Club show at River Valley Market. My Mount Holyoke friend and colleague MJ Maccardini, whose sense of humor and eye for the strangeness of even the most ordinary things never fail to delight, is in the show. It opens tonight with a reception from 5 to 8 pm and runs through June 30.


KPiep said...

Love that p! Embroider is pretty high on my list of things to do this summer!

Karin said...

Love your sampler - that is the most beautiful stitch!
Oh and I want to make that top NOW!!

Tierney Barden said...

I have to know as soon as this gorgeous tank top pattern is available! Bonnie, it looks wonderful!
And keep up the great embroidery work!

Rebecca said...

Bonnie- I love your Pekinese "P"! It looks so good- and the box of thread from Purl is amazing- I have to go find it!

Camille said...

I MUST take at least one embroidery class next year. All the projects I was seeing were really mind-blowing!