I always find it astonishing how a few additions to my needlepoint makes such a huge difference to how it looks. Yesterday it looked like measles, and now I’ve added some Amadeus and it looks so different.
Where does the Waltz come into it? I am following a pattern by Peg Dunayer, called An Evening’s Waltz – it featured on the cover of Needlepoint Now back in Jan/Feb 2006. Peg’s is in white, ecru and gold on black congress cloth and is stunningly elegant.
My version doesn’t have that elegance but I think I am going to like it anyway – and I’ve made a few changes. It’s on sage green Lugana evenweave (25ct) and I am using pinky mauves and a coppery/bronzy/gold metallic. The waffles (yesterday’s ‘measles’) are in DMC Perle 12, #316, and the metallic will be one of DMC’s Antique Effects. The Amadeus are rayon floss from Madeira and there will also be some Gumnut Yarn’s Poppies (a wool/silk mix).
The other big change is that Peg’s orginal is square and I have added a repeat so that it becomes rectangular. I’m hoping to make it into some sort of bag or tote, but we will see how that goes.