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VIVA ZIVA ! newsletter: Volume # 1924: FREE ART DECO EVENING BAGS DESIGNS
April 28, 2019

V I V A Z I V A ! n e w s l e t t e r

▪volume number: 1924▪ FREE ART DECO EVENING BAGS DESIGNS


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We’ll be issuing a newsletter regularly, with a new free design each time... exclusively created for the VIVA ZIVA! newsletter.

Over the last months we’ve had the pleasure of painting several RECENT PAINTINGS…. .

….PLUS…… NEW DESIGNS for A MODERNIST CUSHION DESIGN AND ANOTHER ART NOUVEAU CLUTCH BAG!




FREE ART DECO EVENING BAG DESIGNS

With this one Art Deco design module, we created two exquisite evening bags, called ‘DECO DYNAMICS DUO’ ….. featuring the Couching Stitch’

THIS ONE MODULE CAN GROW! Why not make a larger handbag or even an exquisite ART DECO cushion!



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  • New Designs & Updates
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  • Your Stitch to Try
  • FREE Design
  • Ask the ZIVA DIVA!
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NEW DESIGNS & UPDATES


NEW MODERNIST CUSHION DESIGN



With our new ‘TULIPS IN A SPRING STORM’ design, we’ve created a dynamic contrast of two MODERNIST STYLES!

Compare these semi-abstract tulips depicted in a flat graphic manner in a range of colours from pale yellow, rose and corals to blue and black…….

to the painterly, textured style of greys and browns which represents the strength and intensity of the spring wind and rain in the background.



OR ADD A LARGER BORDER AND HANG IT ON THE WALL! STUNNING!

SNEAK PREVIEW!

NEW ART NOUVEAU CLUTCH BAG COMING SOON!

ANOTHER TULIP DESIGN, BUT A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT STYLE!

This time we’ve adapted an iconic Art Nouveau motif to create a bright, energetic, contemporary clutch bag design called ‘White Tulips’.

The motif is 100% Art Nouveau, and the colours were selected from the classic Art Nouveau palette of gold, mustard, turquoise, duck egg blue, and rusty red.

And yet look how perfectly this youthful design works with to-day’s fashion!

We’ll be finalizing the details of the design and be putting it on our website SOON.




RECENT PAINTINGS


We’ve just had a bonanza of painting the joyous designs of Henri Matisse!

Starting with……



……. MATISSE’S ‘SNAIL’ AND ‘MODERNISM AND MATISSE’ DESIGNS

We took our original square patterns at 24” and adapted them to suit our client’s request for rectangular cushion designs at 12” x 18”.

A SUCCESSFUL RESULT!

……AND MORE MATISSE!

One of our clients wanted two Matisse-inspired cushions for her living room.

She loved ‘Les Silhouettes’ motif and the ‘Ivy in Flower’ motif.

BUT the colours didn’t quite work well together!

Particularly the original yellow background on the Ivy in Flower pattern.

So, we re-worked the colours!

The same bright fuchsia, cool green and cobalt blue were used in both patterns, and we introduced new blues and greens plus more black and grey details into the Ivy motif, including a light grey background.



YOUR STITCH/TECHNIQUE TO TRY


THE COUCHING STITCH


The Couching Stitch is normally used to attach a thread or ribbon that may be too thick or fragile to stitch directly to the canvas.

Referring to the image at right:

  • Lay a length of the thread to be couched along the surface of the canvas. The thread must be longer at each end than the area to be couched.
  • With one ply of the couching thread, come up on one side of the thread to be couched, then loop it back down on the other side. Do not pull the couching thread too tight or the canvas will show.





For this newsletter, we used it as a Feature Stitch for our handbag to create depth and emphasize the ‘ribs’ of the motif.

In the top sample stitch in photo to the left, we used a white satin thread to be couched in 3 – 4 rows, then couched it with a silver thread every second row, so the white satin is still visible.

With the bottom sample stitch, we reversed the yarns to give a more ‘silver deco look’!

Your choice! !







PRACTICE THIS NEW STITCH FIRST!

Keep practicing on a piece of 14hpi canvas until you feel you are ready to stitch the free design.





FREE DESIGN


TWO ART DECO EVENING BAGS



THE DESIGN

SHOULDER BAG

We turned and flipped the basic Art Deco design module (as shown above) to create four small panels at approximately 10” (25.5 cm) square to form this stylish SHOULDER BAG.

Stitch the 4 modules for the front, with a lovely silk fabric for the back or stitch them twice - front and back! Add a satin cord (as shown) or a chain. Très chic!



CLUTCH BAG

Or do you prefer a CLUTCH BAG for evening wear? With just two mirrored-panel modules at approx. 10” wide by 5” high (25.5 cm x 12.5 cm), this stunning clutch bag is created!

You can make it up as a flap or use it as the entire front panel of your clutch bag (as shown).








THE COLOURS

To stay pure to the colours of the ART DECO era, we chose a range of neutrals; black, 3 greys, and white.

We added a warm palette of soft golden wheat and rose colours, again in keeping with the period.

DO YOU WANT MORE ‘BLING’ WITH THE HANDBAG? Why not add silver (on the ribs) and rose metallic threads!

Of course, you may have a certain dress or outfit in mind, so you could change the wheat and rose to suit your wardrobe.





READING THE CHART:

READING THE CHARTS:

  • The top chart shows one module, highlighting where to use the Couching Stitch and Gobelin Stitch.
  • The second chart shows the Two Module motif for the clutch bag, and the bottom chart, the Four Module motif for the handbag.





STITCHING OPTIONS

  • We have used the Basketweave Tent Stitch throughout, except for the angular ‘ribs’.
  • As shown in the two options of our sample Couching stitches above, you can emphasize the silver thread more in the central rib, if you prefer.

  • You also use the silver thread for the other two wide ribs using the Gobelin stitch.
  • Why not add more glitter, by using a Rose ‘light effect’ thread where shown on the charts?
  • You can make both the clutch bag and handbag bigger if you wish, by adding a larger black border.


  • FINISHING IDEAS

    • For the SHOULDER BAG , stitch the 4 panels once, with a lovely black silk or satin fabric for the back or stitch them twice - front and back! Add a satin cord or a chain.
    • For the CLUTCH BAG , you can make it up as a flap or use it as the entire front panel of your clutch bag.




    YARN COLOURS

    All the yarns for the motifs for the Art Deco bag designs were chosen from DMC Mouliné Spécial (Six Strand Embroidery Floss) and DMC Effect Lumière (Light Effects Floss threads) range of colours.

    They are readily available at your local needlepoint shop or online.

    • WHITE B5200
    • SILVER E168 (Light Effects Floss)
    • LIGHT GREY 02
    • MEDIUM GREY 318
    • DARK GREY 414
    • BLACK 310
    • GOLD 3820
    • ROSE 316 OR E316 (Light Effects Floss)

    QUANTITIES

    As a guide, you will require approximately one skein of the rose and white, two skeins each of the 3 greys and silver, four skeins of the black and gold for each module.



    OTHER MATERIALS

    You will also need :

    • White 14 mesh (hpi) evenweave canvas

    • Canvas Sizes: Two modules motif 9” x 16” (23 x 40.5 cm) each: Four Modules: 16” x 16” (40.5 x 40.5 cm)

    • # 20 Needlepoint Needle
    • Masking Tape

    Go to the ZIVA site for more detail info on the MATERIALS required.





    ASK THE ZIVA DIVA!


    QUESTION:


    Hi Ziva,

    I have a lot of ideas for needlepoint for my new home. I really would like to paint the designs myself, but I’ve never done it before, and I don’t know where to start! What do you suggest?

    Thanks, Vanessa, USA

    ANSWER:

    Hi Vanessa,

    Welcome to our world! Once you get into it, you will really enjoy it!

    The first thing I would do, is look for a local needlepoint store or fabric store that might offer a workshop or course for painting on needlepoint canvas. That’s what I did years ago, because I didn’t like most of the printed kits that were available at the time.

    With a workshop or course, they can show you how to set up the canvas, transfer your designs onto the canvas, etc. They will also explain which brushes and paint types and paint consistency will work the best. This is especially beneficial if you’ve never painted anything before!

    If there is nothing locally, you can go through and try the several tutorials available on line. However, I would be cautious and try their various ideas first to see what works for you before starting up your own project.

    STITCH PAINTING – YES OR NO?

    If you are just painting projects for your own home, you may not need to delineate each stitch, as you will also be controlling the stitch placement once you’re stitching.

    However, if you decide to paint projects for others commercially, you would be advised to paint more precisely and depict each stitch, as shown in the image below. (We call it “Stitch Painting”).

    I hope my advice has been helpful! Just jump in, and soon you’ll be on your way!

    Regards, Sylvia McLeod





    WHAT NEXT?


    The next VIVA ZIVA! Newsletter #1925 will be issued in the fall of 2019 .

    I’ll be including:

    • New Designs & Updates
    • A new Stitch/Technique to Try with a
    • Free needlepoint design: to be announced also in the fall of 2019
    • And lots of other features!

    Please contact me if there is a particular stitch you’d like me to use for a free design in a future newsletter!

    Share this newsletter with friends and relatives.
    They can also go to my subscription page on the site to get on the mailing list for the next VIVA ZIVA! Newsletter

    Looking forward to sending you the next newsletter!

    Sylvia McLeod

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