Try different stitches or techniques with my free needlepoint designs!
Each Viva Ziva ! Newsletter will include a free design with instructions on a new stitch or technique to learn!
Take a look at the newsletter back issues to get a better idea what's in the ZIVA newsletter and also you can find one of our earlier newsletters with a design you might like to stitch!
You'll also have a lovely small tapestry when you’re finished!
BASED ON THE COLOURS FROM THE ART NOUVEAU PERIOD
Based on our colour research of this period, we used warm colours in our cuff bracelet Art Nouveau design, called ‘ORANGE BRANCHES’.
We used a palette of medium brown, yellow-orange and red-oranges with accents of a grey blue, and green.
We also couldn’t resist adding our own contemporary colour versions to this classic art nouveau design!
Have a look!
INSPIRED BY MACKINTOSH’S STYLIZED ICONIC ROSES
We adapted a handkerchief border design by Mackintosh to create this elegant ‘Mackintosh Rose’ collar necklace design.
With Mackintosh’s flowing designs in the back of our minds, we reshaped and simplified the handkerchief design, to the human shape and scale …. but still using his basic colours and design elements including his iconic rose!
We subdued the strong yellow of the hankie and added more black to appeal to today’s taste in colours.
Wear it with a jacket or your favourite little black dress!
INSPIRED BY PICASSO PAINTING!
We were inspired by a 1962 Picasso painting of a woman to create two sides of a glasses case design - each side with different features of the same face - called ‘Two Face’!
A CLASSIC PICASSO IMAGE THAT STILL WORKS TODAY!
INSPIRED BY MACKINTOSH’S STYLIZED FLOWERS
We created several stunning necklace designs....with crisp contemporary colours.... called ‘STYLIZED TULIPS’, inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s drawings of stylized flowers.
Although most of his fabrics have not survived, fortunately, a large group of Mackintosh’s original drawings for a well-known British textile firm, designed between 1915 and 1923, have survived in several art galleries and museums in Great Britain.
FEATURE STITCH AND TECHNIQUE
For the lovely curved stems, we used, quite obviously...... the Stem Stitch!
And then we used it again as a Feature Technique to fill in the 'tulips', called 'Stem Stitch Filling', to emphasize the fluid nature of the design.
Our free necklace designs offer lots of possible combinations for many different looks!
Great gift ideas for Christmas or a special birthday!
With JUST one ART DECO design module, we created two exquisite evening bags motifs, called ‘DECO DYNAMICS DUO’.....
..... a shoulder bag or clutch bag – your choice!
Plus, try out our Feature Stitch ... the Couching Stitch!
These elegant Art Deco evening bags designs were inspired by the fashion and interior designers from the decorative arts of the 1920's and 1930's in Europe and America.
We were inspired by the surreal women’s faces in Picasso’s art and created our own interpretation for this cutting-edge design called ‘40 Winks’!
We selected a rainbow of vibrant colours in silk ........
and feature the UPRIGHT CROSS STITCH for the closed eye as your new stitch to try!
A BOLD YOUTHFUL DESIGN THAT'S FUN TO WEAR!
We’ve created a luminous stained glass free design called ‘SPRING BLING’ for a coin purse or card holder case featuring a new stitch to learn….. the SPLIT STITCH.
The split stitch, because of its delicacy and fineness, works perfectly as the ‘lead’ to outline the ‘stained glass’ panels.
We adapted an original Art Nouveau stained glass panel to create a dynamic motif of spring buds emerging through the ground in a blaze of dazzling colours….. reaching for the warm spring sun!
With one modular pattern, this free needlepoint design, called ‘Liquorice Allsorts’, can ‘grow’----- from earrings, to hair barrettes, or hair bands (right), or a bracelet! Your choice!
You will learn a new stitch, the RHODES Stitch, along with old favourites, the Bargello and Milanese Stitches.
All quick and easy stitches!
Simplicity and discipline define the Prairie Style!
We’ve created this classic Prairie Style motif, called ‘Ginkgo Prairie’, for your glasses or cell phone as our next free design.
Its simple, dynamic geometric pattern is a perfect contrast to the gentle rhythmic shapes of the ginkgo leaves.
Two stitches helped create this contrast….the Couching Stitch for the bold, linear ginkgo stems and the Long and Short stitch used for its delicacy in the shape and shading of the ginkgo leaves.
Inspired by Gustav Klimt’s Symbolist paintings, we created this stunning small makeup case ‘Klimt’s Chains’ as our next free design. You can make it in 2 different sizes… your choice!
The Chain Stitch lends itself perfectly to all the twists and swirls that Klimt’s spirals demand!
Stitch this vivid Early-Modernist hat band design inspired by the Glasgow Four using a new stitch to learn…. the Scotch Stitch!
I’ve purposely incorporated today’s popular hat colours (black, white or straw colour) into the pattern colours, for a coordinated fashion effect.
Check out the many different options for stitching and wearing this dynamic hat band!
This classic Art Nouveau design is ideal for creating an elegant needlepoint belt, featuring the ‘EYELET STITCH’.
I’m showcasing several ways to wear it….. have a look!
The MOSAIC STITCH is perfect stitched with pewter and silver metallic threads to create a sophisticated sparkling jewel–like pattern for this dramatic necklace.
It’s very easy and a lot of fun to stitch!
And you’ll have a dynamic necklace
for your next party!
Check out the different ways you can wear it!
The uncluttered effect of the CROSS STITCH creates a tote bag with youthful, funky flair...
a perfect combo for today’s vibrant wardrobe!
A bold and exotic needlepoint cuff bracelet design that is easy to stitch with the basic Basketweave stitch.
Great for needlepoint beginners!
Wear it on your belt or put it in your handbag… either way its sizzling hot colours will set off your summer whites, or complement the vibrant colours we love to wear when it’s hot!
This time you will learn the Bargello stitch… a great stitch for showing off the brilliant yarn colours of the ‘Hot Links’ cell phone case design.
And it’s not difficult!
We’ve taken you through our design process of this free design!
After extensive research, we developed Chinese designs by combining two classic Chinese design elements and adapting them to create an exclusive free design, two called ‘Ancient Chinese Star’ Square with Spiral Flower.
AND A THIRD FOR BEGINNERS TO NEEDLEPOINT!
We’ve added a third design “Ancient Chinese Star with Traditional Circle”, which is simpler to stitch for all stitchers, particularly if you’re a beginner!
HAVE A LOOK!
Also, based on our colour research of Chinese traditional colours, we developed 2 colour schemes for you to choose from!
YOU CAN STITCH ALL THREE DESIGNS.....
The BAUHAUS MOVEMENT championed a geometric, abstract style, which focused on simple, rational, functional design, geometric forms such as the triangle, square, and circle and favoring asymmetry over symmetry.
With this one colourful and bold design called, ‘Bauhaus Two Centres’, we created many possible uses,…… from a framed piece of tapestry art, a clutch bag, a serving tray or a large cushion ……based on the Bauhaus Movement’s geometric, abstract style.
The NUMBER THREE was the key to creating this design!
We adapted the symbolic three-legged ‘TRISKELE’ from ancient Celtic Culture…
and combined it with the three primary colours (red, yellow and blue) together with their three complementary colours (green, purple and orange)….
to give you a sparkling needlepoint pincushion design called ‘Celtic Tri-Couleur’!
You can make the same size up for either a wrist pincushion or you could attach it to a base (from Sudberry House), as shown.
Having difficulty creating circles and curves when stitching?
Always a problem creating these shapes on a square grid needlepoint canvas! We face it every day when ‘stitch painting’!
In our free ZIVA newsletter #29, we will provide you TIPS on how to stitch curves and circles on various gauges of canvas.
A POPULAR ZIVA CLASSIC DESIGN!
A Persian carpet ‘Tabriz’ has been our inspiration to create designs for piano benches, seat benches and cushions!
These beautiful needlepoint canvases, many with different dimensions and background colours have been created several times thanks to this one very elegant motif!
WE’VE NOW RECREATED THE TABRIZ PATTERN AGAIN FOR YOU AS TWO FREE DESIGNS!
For all our subscribers who love timeless traditional designs, we’ve adapted the Tabriz pattern again for free classic coasters and trivet designs for your home.
Enjoy stitching them!
We wanted to create a very tactile design to appeal to a child’s senses!
How did we do it? Together with the stitched areas and textures, we are suggesting adding tassels or pom-poms, beads, ribbons and even a Christmas bell!
Also, to add to the effect, we left the canvas exposed in some of the backgrounds of the motifs and painted them red, silver and gold!
We are also featuring the Penelope canvas to get the details on Santa Claus’ face just right for our "A NOTE TO SANTA" design!
This FREE carriage clock design “PERSIAN STAR” combines the traditional mahogany wood and classic lines of the small carriage clock from Sudberry House with an intricate Persian motif for the clock face.
An elegant timepiece for your home!
Stitch this traditional Art Nouveau French design, ‘Poppies and Lavender’, to create a scented sachet to be filled with dried lavender flowers.
We’re introducing a technique of leaving some of the natural-canvas exposed as part of the motif and colour scheme, giving the stitching a ‘bas-relief’ effect.
This technique allows more scent from the lavender to perfume your linen or clothing drawers and wardrobes.
This stylized motif will work well in both traditional and contemporary homes!
A stitch sampler like no other!
It’s bold, colourful and MODERN!
We’ve selected a variety of TEN stitches including TWO new ones for a cutting edge free design for a small contemporary BLACK TRAY.
Big thanks to Mondrian and his abstract paintings!
Don't miss this free 'Sixties Illusions' pattern ... and create this FREE 'OP ART' Cushion design using the Brick Stitch.
A funky retro design inspired by the Swinging Sixties!
The SATIN STITCH enabled me to create the ‘shading' I wanted for an impressionistic effect of water lily petals.
My tribute to Monet and his water garden at Giverny!
The MILANESE STITCH creates a 30’s chic design, perfect as an insert to complement this stylized jewellery box.
This stitch is easy to learn and quick to stitch, with very exquisite results!
The 'BYZANTINE STITCH' with its strong zigzag diagonal design, creates an ideal Art Deco ‘look’ for 2 needlepoint place mat designs and matching coaster
The 'GOBELIN STITCH’ is perfect for creating a shimmering table runner border design of mistletoe leaves and berries as the finishing touch to your holiday decorations!
‘DECO DIAMONDS’ PICTURE FRAME DESIGN
This simple decorative stitch called the
2-4-6-8 Stitch creates an elegant picture frame of subtle colours and textured diamond shapes.
Its symmetrical design means you can frame small photos vertically or horizontally.
A delicate background for your favourite photo!
Stitch this festive napkin ring design with its rainbow of colours for your next casual lunch, brunch or barbeque!
All its bright colours will go perfectly with all your napkin colours!
This time you learn a simple edge stitch which adds a colourful finishing touch to the vibrant napkin ring design.
‘CAMILLE’ NAPKIN RING DESIGN
You will learn two new stitches...
the STEM STITCH and the FRENCH KNOT...
while creating this traditional napkin ring in regal colours of gold and royal blue
… accented with silver and gold metallic threads.
An elegant final touch to an elegant dinner setting!
These free designs have been created exclusively for the Viva Ziva ! Newsletter, for your stitchng pleasure.
It’s your opportunity to create a custom tapestry and learn a new stitch all at the same time!
However, these free designs were not created for re-sale.
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WITH MANY USES...
TRAY, FRAMED, CLUTCH BAG OR CUSHION!
FOR YOUR WRIST OR ON A BASE
INSPIRED BY A PICASSO PAINTING!
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INSPIRED BY MACKINTOSH!
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