Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Banner Year

This book is one of my favorite needlepoint books. In it, Brenda Hart provides stitch guides for the 12 monthly banners by Rebecca Woods. So of course, you could use it as just that.

But I prefer to think of it as a coffee table stitching book, like those fabulous recipe books I may never cook from but love to look at. The use of threads and stitches is just wonderful and will inspire you as you consider your own canvases. For example, for the Turkey in the November banner, Brenda uses Q-tips to pad the turkey's feet. When I did the November paper doll, I used Q-tips to pad the leg of the cooked turkey. Obviously, the turkeys look very different -- but the idea was certainly adaptable.
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