Old Dog With A New Trick
Back in September of 2017 I commissioned through Annie Lane Designs a custom piece of needle point featuring the family dog Dagwood. I sent along a picture of Dagwood in his favorite sweater. She was able to incorporate his sweater, fuzzy tail and extra-long nose to her “Rocky Stole My Heart” design. The finished piece was perfect! “Dagwood Stole My Heart” is paws-down one of my favorite pieces.
Threads were purchased through The Needle Works in Austin. Dagwood was brought in so thread could be matched to his coloring. Since treats were involved he was a very willing model.
The background stitch was borrowed from a stitch guide used for Moon Dog (Another Annie Lane Design). This stitch has turned into a personal favorite and will probably appear in lots of my work. I love the dimension it provides and even though it is three steps using three different threads the effect is worth it. Annie Lane Design pieces offer the big open spaces that really let this stitch shine through.
It was a no brainer that the sweater would be a knitted stitch and the thread would be a wool. Colors were also matched to the original sweater.
I knew I wanted to do something special for the big red heart, I just didn’t know what and was stuck…
Fast forward a couple of years to April 2019 and the big red heart problem is solved. After completing the Flying Jewel (see previous posts) I knew the this piece needed to have a 3D element. I originally thought it was going to be the leaves along the bottom. However, I was worried that would accent the wrong part and draw the eye away from the focal point of Dagwood. Then I had one of the “aha!” moments, I was listening to him run around the dining room squeaking his toy. Dagwood loves to make all his toys squeak. In fact, he carries a ball around the house just squeaking it. No fetch or chasing required. Yep! I am putting a squeaker in that big red heart. I’m still looking for the proper sized squeaker (much to Dagwoods’ delight for I am letting him retrieve all the squeakers out of the toys for me) since it must be small enough to fit within the heart and allow for padding and stitching.
The only catch is all the other stitching must be done first. Thank goodness threads and stitches for the grass and leaves have been selected.
I am off to get all that done and to figure out more logistics and to find then get that squeaker attached.