$1,000 Grand Prize Winner
Nominated by Gingers Needle Arts and Framing
Prize sponsored by The National Needlework Association
Maple Leaves Artist Statement
I first saw Margaret Murtons design,
Maple Leaves, in the book, Fruits of the Harvest, by Hugh Ehrman.
It was done as an eighteen inch square cushion in wool. I had
just taken a class in silk gauze petti-point and knew immediately
that I wanted to translate this design into silks on 42 count
I found close matches to the Appleton wools specified in the
original in Madeira silks except a mauve which, in the silks,
was just a little too purple to go with the other colors. I
decided to try a green that I felt went with the other shades
and conveyed that end-of-summer tired green I wanted.
About half-way through the stitching, I realized that I wanted
a border around the main design. I happened upon a patchwork
quilt pattern book and saw the nine-patch design, Maple Leaf.
Ideal! The border is stitched with two threads in a satin stitch
and, because the stitches are so short, the back of each stitch
was laid as carefully as the front so that no twists would affect
the appearance of the stitch. I then added a four-hole wide
satin stitch around the border so that the gauze would not show
at the edges.
After several years of work, I finally stitched in my initials
and the year, and mounted it just in time to enter it in our
local stitchery guilds biennial show. The judges gave
it a merit ribbon and the attendees awarded it Peoples
Choice. I cried.
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