We used the SPLIT STITCH to create this luminescent Art Nouveau Stained Glass motif, called ‘Spring Bling’ …. designed and stitched exclusively for our TWENTY-FIRST FREE VIVA ZIVA ! Newsletter #2117.
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With these stunning stained glass motifs for cushions and wall art, you have many options to create luminous effects with different yarns, colours and stitches.
One of our clients has used silk yarns and a range of stitches to give a magnificient impression of light on and through the ‘glass panels’ for ZIVA’s Autumn Sumac Wall Tapestry.
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.
The size of the case, as shown in the photo above, is 3.25” x 4.5” (approx. 8 cm x 11.5 cm)
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 vibrant colours….. reaching for the warm spring sun!
MAKING UP IDEAS:
Card Holder Case
Our objective was to have the yarn types, colours and stitch types working together to create a radiant stained glass effect.
Here’s how we did it:
1. Yellow Colour:
We combined two yarns, cotton satin and cotton floss using the Brick Stitch, which was stitched vertically and horizontally.
(The brick stitch is ideal to use, with its wide and flat characteristics to catch the light.)
Effect Created: The satin yarn, with its higher sheen, picks up the light, which in turn is affected by changing the direction of the brick stitch
2. Green Colour:
We combined three green cotton floss colours (light, medium and bright) using the Sloping Gobelin Stitch and the Brick Stitch.
By stitching the green from light to dark on a slope, it gives the impression that light is shining through the top.
3. Spring Buds:
The Split Stitch creates small delicate bud shapes for filling with the Tent Stitch and the Sloping Gobelin Stitch in brilliant colours of fuchsia, red-purple, mauve and light blue.
The ‘Light Effects’ yarns in mauve and light icy blue definitely provide the desired luminescent stained glass effect.
Again we used the Brick Stitch in two directions, with random use of ‘light effects’ mauve yarn combined with purple silk and cotton floss yarns
The high sheen of the yarns provides the luminous effect we wanted.
5. and 6.
Turquoise and Blue colours:
The same method as #4 with the random use of ‘light effects’ yarns and a range of colours from light to dark ….. all in vertical or horizontal Brick Stitch.
A translucent sense of transparent light through these panels is created.
If one of our stained glass designs tempt you, I hope these ideas will be of help!
Instructions for creating the split stitch are included in our 21st VIVA ZIVA! newsletter.
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