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VIVA ZIVA ! newsletter: Volume # 1925: FREE MACKINTOSH INSPIRED NECKLACE DESIGNS
October 23, 2019
V I V A Z I V A ! n e w s l e t t e r
▪volume number: 1925▪ FREE NECKLACE DESIGNS ▪
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We’ll be issuing a newsletter regularly, with a new freedesign each time... exclusively created for the VIVA ZIVA! newsletter.
Over the last months we’ve painted several styles from the late 19th and early 20th century…. from Arts and Crafts to Art Nouveau and early Modernism!
We thought you would like to see these RECENT PAINTINGS…. .
….PLUS……A NEW DESIGN for ANOTHER WALL TAPESTRY INSPIRED BY MACKINTOSH !
FREE NECKLACE DESIGNS
With these three Mackintosh inspired design components, we created several bold necklaces, called ‘Stylized Tulips’ ….. featuring a technique ‘Stem Stitch Filling’.
STITCH ONLY ONE OR COMBINE ALL THREE! They’d make wonderful gifts
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WHAT’S IN EACH VIVA ZIVA! NEWSLETTER?
NEW DESIGNS & UPDATES
NEW WALL TAPESTRY INSPIRED BY MACKINTOSH
We just had to add this Mackintosh-inspired ‘Scottish Thistles’ motif to our stained-glass Wall Art Collection!
This motif of the iconic national flower of Scotland dis-plays the fluidity and asymmetry of the Art Nouveau period, and yet it also features curved abstract shapes which evoke characteristics of the early Modernist Movement.
To see our other adapted Mackintosh wall art tapestry ‘Summer Rose’, go to Stained Glass Patterns for Wall Art page.
We have added a palette of cool and warm neutrals to the flowing ‘stained glass’ panels as a backdrop to the stronger range of bright roses, rose-pinks, blues, purples and cool turquoise-green.
NOTE: Custom sizes are available up to 36 “ wide.
What a wonderful dynamic and colourful accent our Scottish Thistles wall tapestry adds to this contemporary bedroom with its neutral palette of taupes and greys!
Two styles from the late 19th and early 20th century……..
The first one above is an ART NOUVEAU cushion design called ‘White Iris’, inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s painting ‘Iris 1889’.
And the second one ‘Dogwood Flowers’ , is a MODERNIST design based on the Abstractionist Art Movements from the early 20th century.
Go to our CUSHION DESIGNS page for more detail about these dynamic designs!
Another strong design movement from this period …… ARTS AND CRAFTS!
Arts and Crafts designers created not just a style, but arguably THE style of 20th century decorative art.
There were many influences that came together to create what came to be known as the “Aesthetic Style”.
The Arts and Crafts Movement played a role in the founding of Bauhaus and Modernism.
At ZIVA, we adapted a stunning early 20th century Gavin Morton-designed Arts & Crafts carpet to create our Morton Donegal Cushion and Area Rug designs.
MORTON DONEGAL CUSHION
The vibrant red field of this design complements the bold Turkish-inspired geometric trellis design of multi-coloured hooked palmettes, and angular vinery…
with one central graphic flower motif in a delicate grey-blue.
MORTON DONEGAL AREA RUG
And the same client also ordered the Morton Donegal Arts and Crafts Area Rug.
We’re just putting the finishing touches on this approx. 24” x 45” (61 x 114 cm) magnificent area rug……it’s ready to stitch!
Go to our Arts and Crafts Area Rugs page for more background on this classic design.
YOUR STITCH/TECHNIQUE TO TRY
STEM STITCH AND STEM STITCH FILLING
The Stem Stitch is normally used to create a fine line, straight or curved, in your stitching. You can add or delete the number of threads on your needle for different thickness affects.
Referring to the image at right,
STEM STITCH FILLING
For this newsletter, we used the Stem Stitch Filling as a Feature Stitch for the large ‘tulips’, both three fuchsia colours and one purple colour, in the pattern.
It works extremely well to fill a space and emphasize the flowing nature of the design.
As shown in the top image to the left, start by outlining the space you want to fill with the standard stem stitch.
Then, working close to that outline, continue to work more rows inside the space until it is full. (bottom image)
Note: Generally, the stem stitch filling is also excellent for subtle shading of colours in an area.
PRACTICE THIS NEW STITCH FIRST!
Keep practicing on a piece of 14hpi canvas until you feel you are ready to stitch the free design.
The free-flowing pattern, called ‘Stylized Tulips’, interacts with all three sections so you can stitch all the components together to create one dynamic collar necklace approximately 5.5” (14 cm) wide........
Or stitch them individually!
Why not stitch just the wider central design and attach it with chains to a silver choker collar necklace as shown?
Also, each smaller end section (approx. 1.5” (3.8 cm) wide) would look fantastic stitched individually or together on a long chain! Lots of possibilities!
We chose fresh crisp contemporary colours of fuchsia, tur-quoise, primary blue and purple for the ‘tulips’, complemented by a range of light to mid greys.
We suggest that the stem stitch on the principal ‘tulip’ and its stems in each sec-tion be in black thread, and the smaller ‘tulips’ and their stems be in a dark grey. This will give an illusion of depth to the design.
More subdued colours to suit a par-ticular outfit?
You could limit the colour palette to one or two accent colours for the large ‘tulips’, complemented again by a range of neutral greys.
READING THE CHART:
COLLAR NECKLACE CHART
INDIVIDUAL NECKLACES CHART
TIP FOR BEST EFFECT
Both charts show standard tent stitch for stems, which can be stitched as shown.
For a more delicate and elegant result, use the stem stitch for all the stems in the design. Using the chart as a guide , draw all the stems on your canvas with a pencil, and follow the lines with the stem stitch to create the curves.
For making up ideas for the necklaces, go to our Eighth Newsletter , ‘City Mosaics’ necklace, for more details on assembling the necklaces.
All the yarns for the motifs for the Mackintosh necklace designs were chosen from DMC Mouliné Spécial (Six Strand Embroidery Floss) range of colours.
They are readily available at your local needlepoint shop or online.
As a guide, you will require approximately the following:
You will also need :
Go to the ZIVA site for more detail info on the MATERIALS required.
ASK THE ZIVA DIVA!
We received this email recently from a client at the last stages of a massive project for a long seat bench. To paraphrase:
The stitching of the whole project is completed!!
The upholsterer is at the house and we have a question for you.
‘Are your paint colours under the stitching colourfast?’
The upholsterer wants to know. Best regards, Y
The paint we always use is acrylic. It is water resistant. It is considered to be water-insoluble when dry.
Normally any stitched canvas, when complete, is dampened quite well for blocking it back into shape, and there is no problem with acrylic paint colours leaking under the stitches. So, there should be no problem for your upholsterer.
Let me know how you get on. I can't wait to see it finished!
Great to hear from you. Sylvia
The next VIVA ZIVA! Newsletter #2026 will be issued in spring of 2020.
I’ll be including:
Please contact me if there is a particular stitch you’d like me to use for a free design in a future newsletter!
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Looking forward to sending you the next newsletter!
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