Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Kelly's Stump-work Sampler

Good Morning, All!
A Few of my Favorite Things Sampler

I have posted several pics of my Stump-work Sampler piece, above, on Stitcherie, and got to thinking it's about time to blog about it.  The idea came to me last summer (August 2010, to be exact!), when doing some research on Stump-work.
Research?  That's a fancy justification for loading up on books at Amazon.com! Ha-ha! LOL!
Anyway, looking through the books, it became apparent that the majority of the work was coming out of Australia, and was worked on linen, in the form of Traditional Embroidery.  What's up with that?  Hum?
We could work the same type imagery into Needlepoint!  What about a Sampler, of sorts?  A sketch was begun with my vision starting to form.  What should I do? Paint a Canvas?  Well, maybe later...I wanted to get started, immediately!...and it was after 11 pm!
There I was pulling out a piece of Ecru 18 Mesh Canvas, drawing the outlines for the Sampler, pulling threads, figuring out some of the stitches.  Stretcher bars?  I didn't have any the right size!  AGH, Darn the luck!  Not to be stopped, I found an old plain wood frame that was roughly the same size...?  Out came the stapler gun, and I was in business! (Don't worry!  
First time Colleen Church saw the piece, she whisked it away from me and put it on a set of proper stretcher bars!!!)  
Here is the beginning with first few backgrounds started:
and then with Rooster in oval, standing in his Silk Rose Garden:

and Rooster today:

One of my goals with the Sampler was to show the same image in several different forms or stitching techniques.  Hence the Pansy in Silk Ribbon, Silk Floss and dimensionally in Needle Lace on wire!  I will continue to blog about and show different sections and why I added them to the Sampler.  Oh!  I collect Roosters, and they are all over my Kitchen and Family Room!

So, that's all for now, Folks!
Happy Stitching!


  1. Hi Kelly,
    This piece is absolutely stunning! I am looking forward to seeing your progress on this piece. I hope you will have this available for us to purchase.
    I am recovering very nicely from surgery and have even started stitching.

  2. I am not much of a rooster/country fan, but this piece is absolutely stunning!!!

  3. You have done some fabulous stump-work on this piece. Will you be doing a stitch guide or technique DVD on this?

  4. This is a really pretty piece! Great work, so creative! Denise

  5. I just LOVE all the different techniques you have used here! Do you offer classes or do you teach at retreats? I'd love to come!

  6. All the components are so stunning - I love the rooster tail! And all the colors work together as a sampler too. A feast for the eyes!

  7. Hi Kelly! I've admired your outstanding painted canvas designs for many years and found your blog through Chilly Hollow! YAY! Visitors to my blog will be thrilled to see you on my list of "Blogmeisters I Love". Congratulations to you on your stumpwork, it's lovely.

  8. bridgewalke@yahoo.caAugust 4, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Wow! Your work is an inspiration, and expands my horizons. Stumpwork on canvas is a new idea to me. I am itching to learn stumpwork, but have not taken the dive yet. Loved your crazy quilt needlepoint also. Hope there are patterns, kits or distance classes in your future. (The Thanksgiving stuff looks lovely, but doesn't appeal to me personally, alas.)

  9. Hi Kelly..... I love this Stump-work Sampler... will you have it available for us (your fans) after you're finished??? it is really beautiful.

    I always wanted to learn to do stump-work. I have a few books, but really need to practice.

  10. Wow, this is just incredible!

  11. Hi this is cool, I'm viewing this blog from my iPhone. Looks good, but I think one of the graphics is busted. Maybe figure out how to gain weight on images to overlay with text for better results.