We used the COUCHING STITCH to create this elegant Prairie Style motif…. designed and stitched exclusively for our NINETEENTH FREE VIVA ZIVA ! Newsletter #1916.
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THE PRAIRIE SCHOOL, a late 19th and early 20th century architectural style, most common to the Midwestern United States, drew its inspiration from many influences prevalent at the time…namely:
Simplicity and Discipline!
The works of the Prairie School architects were usually marked by horizontal lines, which were thought to evoke and relate to the native prairie landscape.
The window panels (photo above), with their linear geometric patterns suited the design philosophy of the Prairie style.
PRAIRIE STYLE MATERIALS AND COLOURS
Natural materials of wood, brick and stone were predominant and the number of materials was limited. For textiles, they chose a muted earthen palette of browns, warm greys, and wheat-tones for the background, accented by different greens, rusts, and reds… just as you would see when walking in the woods in autumn.
These colours harmonized with the natural materials of the building, providing a calm natural environment to delight the eye.
Go to ZIVA’s Prairie Style seat covers for more background on the Prairie Style Movement.
We’ve created an elegant Prairie Style free design of stylized Ginkgo stems and leaves with a classic Prairie Style geometric border for a glasses or cell phone case featuring two new stitches to learn…..
the Couching stitch and the Long and Short stitch.
The size of the case, as shown in the photo above, is 3.25” x 6.5” (approx. 8 cm x 16.5 cm)
We have slightly updated the colour palette from the classic colours of the Prairie Style earth tones, by accenting the central geometric pattern of the ginkgo stems in black to give it a more modern twist. If you are more of a purist, you could use a dark brown!
A silk and wool thread (50/50) was used on the ginkgo leaves motif and 100% Wool tapestry yarn was used for the rest. The entire case could also be stitched in cotton, or all silk and wool, or all silk.
MAKING UP IDEAS:
LONG AND SHORT STITCH:
The Long and Short stitch was used for all the ginkgo leaves to create a soft, irregular edge for the leaves, and also to create shading in white and light grey or two tones of red.
THE COUCHING STITCH:
The Couching stitch creates a geometric pattern with the crisp, ‘bas relief’ clean lines I was looking for. We used it only on the central stems but you could also use it on the dark green outline on the border motif as well.
The standard Basketweave Tent stitch was used on the rest of the case. But you could also choose a different stitch such a the Cross Stitch.
Instructions for these new stitches are included in the next VIVA ZIVA! newsletter.
Full instructions and chart on how to create this free glasses/cell phone case design, are included in the next VIVA ZIVA! Newsletter.
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Go from this glasses/cell phone case design, featuring the couching stitch, and have a look at other free needlepoint designs included in VIVA ZIVA newsletters!
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