Monday, August 31, 2020

Dawn to Dusk - New Start

If you follow Fiber Talk, you'll know they're doing a SAL right now. They are stitching Karen Dudzinski's Dawn to Dusk. It's a counted canvas design that I happened to have in my stash, having purchased it after seeing the stitched piece in person back in 2017. The design is available in multiple colorways, but the one I really loved is the cream and gold desert sands on black canvas.

It didn't take much to convince me to pull it out, I just needed something to stretch the canvas on. I didn't want to purchase a set of embroidery stretcher bars as I don't really use them very often. Instead, I visited my local art supply shop and got a pair from there. They're also called stretcher bars, but they are used by artists to stretch their own canvases. A little thicker than I need but that's okay.

I've been working on the piece for the last few days and made some good progress on stitching the eight pointed stars. I have one more row to go. I like to do things in order and so it will take me a bit longer to get to the fun stuff which is filling in the stars. So far I'm loving the geometric shapes. It has a middle eastern feel to it, which is also why I went with the colorway I picked. It reminds me of the seashell boxes made in the middle east. 

(click on the post to see the animation below)

I've also been using this piece to practice stitching two handed. It's a great technique to practice on as the canvas holes are very big and the needle is also much bigger than usual. My aim is getting better, I just wish the needle was a little shorter. I've gotten so used to the smaller needles, it's been a while since I've stitched with a no 22.


  1. Yes, the bigger needles balance differently, don't they! It does look rather good, though, even just as far as you've got!

  2. This is a lovely piece. I can see why you wanted to start it. Looking forward to seeing the colours being added.

  3. Oh that is gorgeous! I really need to get into canvas work, these geometric shapes speak to me a lot.