Dusting Off This Jewel
When I first saw this piece of needlepoint, Flying Jewel by Kimberly Smith, I immediately thought of my son. That giant dragonfly was amazing! I showed him the picture and luckily he liked it. Since stitching something guys will like is a challenge, I immediately signed up for the Cyber Class through Bedecked and Beadazzled in Baltimore. Flying Jewel would be my Christmas present for 2017 (always a big present under the tree for me!) and classes would start in February of 2017.
I LOVED working through all the lessons.
The string art along the top in a single color of thread is a neat effect. I moved on to the background lines and bubbles. Tried a giant bubble, but random is really hard.
Light green stems went quickly and more string art along the tops was not as daunting after the top border. Flower centers were a new stitch to me, heck most of this has been new to me, but I powered on. In March the Cyber Class was completed and by May I was distracted by a new project (probably ornament season). I worked on Jewel a few more times and then it got pushed aside.
Fast forward to February 2019; Kimberly Smith is coming to Austin to teach Flying Jewel in person! I dusted off my Jewel in January in hopes to get most of it completed so I can focus on learning how to do the 3D techniques in the wings. Lately I’ve been fascinated with 3D needlework. There is also a chance I can get this piece done during class. Time to catch up!
Picking up where I left off tackling the giant bubbles with random stars. Not a huge fan of random but with some planning and a lot of letting go they were not too bad. They went really fast. Dark green leaves were next. With no time to over-think the leaves went quickly too. I did the smaller leaves on the left and the right before moving on to the center. This would allow me to master the stitches before I did the center, the center being the focus where everyone looks first.
With most of the stitching done in the main part of the piece, I can tackle the flowers. I don’t have a lot of experience with ribbon but I do enjoy working with it. I eventually had to stop looking at the directions and just focus on getting the petals to look the way I wanted them to. My second attempt is pictured.
Class is next weekend (February 22-24) so the push is on to get the rest of the flowers done and the beginning stitching on the dragonfly. Can’t wait to see Kimberly and work on the wings and body of the bug. I will let you know if I finish!