(formerly TW Designworks)
August 2005 (public release)
120H X 80W
PO Box 176, Montoursville, PA 17754. All rights reserved.
Description: A rather exotic sampler-style design featuring a lunette-shaped tropical sunset scene with silhouetted palm trees. Rows of specialty stitches, both pulled and cut-work and some over-one stitching create a design that is both a treat for the eye and interesting to stitch. The design utilizes regular floss, overdyed floss, overdyed pearl cotton, several weights of white pearl cotton, metallic "Ombre" fiber, and seed beads...all in shades reminicent of the lovely island of Bermuda, which inspired the design!
Background Information: This design was originally created for The Bermuda Guild of Stitchery's Spring Workshop, which took place April 2 - 3, 2004. Since I hadn't previously travelled to Bermuda, doing reasearch for this design was a "virtual" vacation! I devoured travel guides, visited on-line sites and read all of the books I could find to get a sense of how to portray elements of this lovely semi-tropical island. I am forever a fan of this beautiful place and the friendly people who live there: I had a wonderful visit and hope to return some day!
Stitching Comments: This piece was designed to appeal to a wide spectrum of stitching interests and abilities. While it's relatively small, it is surprisingly challenging. The design is stitched on a fairly large-count fabric, which in itself is a challenge of sorts: this design really needs to be secured in a frame of some kind and *not* stitched in-hand. The large variety of specialty stitches should hold the interest of the most seasoned stitcher. Along with floss, the design utilizes several weights of pearl cotton and a heavier weight metallic fiber called "Ombre" (manufactured by Kreinik)... you may want to consider using a fiber aid like "Thread Heaven". An introduction to the techniques and stitches used in Tropical Dream can be experienced by stitching the teaching piece I designed for the same seminar: "Tropical Daydream". It can be found in the "Complimentary Designs" section of the website.
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