Saturday, February 26, 2011

Tony Minieri Class - Day1

Today was my first day of a two day class at Family Arts Needlework.  The canvas I had chosen to stitch is "Lupe", a licensed Tapestry Fair design by Manuel Salas. It is a companion piece to "Rosa" pictured above.

We were given our mounted canvases and fibers, which were perfectly organized and labeled, as well as the stitch guides that Tony had written for each of us.  Tony then briefly explained the different techniques and stitches he had planned for each canvas.  I was amazed that he could remember the stitches and fibers for each canvas without notes!

Then it was stitching time.  The ladies in yesterday's class had already started experimenting with some of their stitches - the workmanship was beautiful and Tony's stitch choices were perfect. One of the stitches for MaryLu's horse is a combination of blended fibers that give the effect of painted watercolors.

Barb had started stitching her elephant's blanket, using a stitch that Tony had invented to match the painted count on the canvas.  Today she started the background that he had designed, and we all got a demo of the Hedebo rings that she will be using for some of the jewels.

After a delicious lunch served by the shop - more stitching.  I started stitching Lupe's hair in a directional satin stitch using one and two ply Burmilana so I could move on to the challenge of the sombrero.  Tony got me started on concenric circles in the Van Dyke stitch, which will change color to match the shading that is painted on the canvas.

So far this class has been a terrific experience.  Tony is a wonderful and patient teacher, with a great "eye" for choosing the perfect stitches to turn a painted canvas into a work of art.  More fun tomorrow.

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