What is Needlepoint? 2005 - Conversation between Tony Minieri (TM) and Judy Souliotis (JS)

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Conversation Excerpt

104NP (Original Non-Professional)
Natalie Kleinberg
The Tiny Power of One
Honorable Mention
TM – The story of what the box is about is not on the outside. An incredibly well thought-out design in copper wire, gold mesh, beaded, bead work, buttonhole stitch. It is a wonderful composition with freely placed hanging threads in the corners, across the top. The idea of the tzedakah or the box where they collect the coins is just wonderful. It is a breath-taking piece of artwork

107NP (Original Non-Professional)
Nancy Pardue
Altamont Pass California
Honorable Mention
JS – These are the windmills that power, if I am correct, Are these the windmills that power the city in California? Yeah, in Arizona - Air turbines, giant air turbines.
TM – I think the air turbines are in California, though, I don’t think they are in Arizona.
JS – You know when I drove through California, I saw a lot of these way to Palm Springs, a lot of them. She’s depicted it really well, almost against the night sky. A lot of use of texture; a lot of different forms of texture she used different threads and different colors. The use of color is very good. The colors are in harmony with the natural habitat of the area.
TM – I think her choice of color is marvelous. I think she was able to get all the colors of that particular area, the colors of the foliage, the colors of the earth, colors of the ground, she mixed them beautifully. At the same time, she made sure that the windmills were never, ever pushed into the background. Even though they are never overwhelmed by what surrounds them. I think that she was able to capture the idea of foliage. She brought all the plant life forward with the proper amount of texture. She used all of her scotches and cushion stitches, her mosaic and her cashmeres very well.  She did some random slanted work which I thought was marvelous. At the same time she made sure that none of the areas surrounding any of the windmills used the same slant as the line of the windmill blade. I think that was very clever. Making sure that they never blended into the background.

1003P (Original Professional)
Pamela Gardner
Autumn Jewels
Small Masterpiece Award
TM – The shading and light play on it is wonderful. It just moves so beautifully across the leaves. And she chose the simplest of stitches, using a black background and was able to maintain the quality of the design. I love the way she shaded into the center from the orange into the red. And I think the gold leaves at the top are just marvelous. I love to see people using yellow oranges.

1013P (Original Professional)
Gay Ann Rogers
The Guardian Angel of Hollyhock House
Second Place
JS – Oh Gay Ann’s lovely doll house or whatever you call it.  All done in very muted tones of silk and in Gay Ann’s own inimitable way, has created this absolutely lovely sampler assortment.
TM – A house full of samplers
JS – With stitching done over, I think she used lots of one ply over one.
TM – Lots of single strand stitching.
JS – Over one, And yet the border, the flowers they’re a little bit heavier but yet they don’t take away from the rest of the house and what’s inside the house.  And I love the fireplace…
TM – The fireplace is …….
JS – The little andirons
TM – Yes, the fireplace is wonderful. And she kept that traditional look of steps and grass outside with the straight stitches.  She kept the border simple at the top and bottom, just that nice moving border. It’s almost like arcaded.
JS – And an exquisite outer border.
TM – Just marvelous.  As always, Gay Ann triumphs no matter what she does, it is just beautiful.

1014P (Original Professional)
Mary Ellen Searcy
Woman of the Desert Winds
Third Place
TM – Without looking at the booklet, I tend to think this is a Mary Ellen Searcy piece. It has her artistic flair. The colors are just phenomenal for me. Her use of texture, her use of line, her use of random quality, is amazing; her application of free stone. It almost looks like a soft sculpture face that sets into the body so you can see the body moving out. It looks like there is some Japanese paper on there. The mixed media is just wonderful. It is a marvelous piece of art. I think the density that she uses; against the simplicity of the single strand stitching in the back is just wonderful. The subject is so well delineated it’s just a joy to look at.

1020P (Original Professional)
Rosalyn Cherry-Soliel
Honorable Mention
JS – I absolutely love…. She’s taken this picture, which I assume is a picture and probably transferred it onto a fabric. And then has this border, wonderful border. The greens in here are wonderful. She’s got to be an artist, because I think she has hand painted these vein lines onto these leaves which are absolutely…..
TM – And look at the marvelous couched border.
JS – Stunning
TM – Look at the color play on that couched border,
JS – Just wonderful
TM – How wonderful. And I love the extension of the ocean into the tent stitch. She extended it out. The colors are right on. Her blending of color is incredible. Her use of texture is incredible. She couched outlines that are just marvelous. She pulled forward the elements that she needed and at the same time she forsook none of the colors from the original design. She was able to needle blend all of that color in.
JS – All of these are needle blended.
TM – They would have to be
JS – Wonderful job of needle blending
TM – Incredible job of needle blending.  Both very, very worthy
JS – Just fabulous

1021P (Original Professional)
Rosalyn Cherry-Soliel
Babes in the Woods
First Place, Judges Choice Award, Best in Show

JS – Wow
TM – Wow, It’s just amazing. How wonderful to see mixed disciplines, the mixed media, incredible use of fabric, wonderful composition, carrying all the colors into the simplicity of the needlepoint stitched background.
JS – It’s so nice to see a piece that goes beyond and stretches your imagination and she has captured that in this piece because she has just done things that haven’t been done before
TM – Right
JS – And made them work
TM – Last year she had a small piece that was totally not recognized and she had started this type of work then. And she was showing this work and I was very impressed by it last year. I am so pleased that she put more in and was finally recognized. The use of color is………
JS – The color is great, just great
TM – Just amazing. The motifs that she was able to highlight with the free stitching, the primitive quality of it is where its charm lies. The sophistication is the way she was able to work with the color and use all of the colors into that background. It’s just absolutely marvelous.
JS – And just the hint of metallic
TM – Yes, just the hint
JS – And her other piece (ED continued on Reflecting)

204NP (Adaptation Non-Professional)
Joanna Roberts
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Ceiling
First Place, Creative Inspiration Award, Tennessee State Award
TM – This incredibly huge work of the Sistine Chapel, the amount of dedication that went into this shows.  She tried to be as faithful as she possibly could. She did wonderful over one stitching on the faces. She was able to capture some of the features incredibly well.
JS – It has a dramatic effect when you turn the corner and come into the room and see this. And if you’ve been to the Sistine Chapel, you can appreciate the time and work.
TM – Oh, The work is amazing, absolutely amazing. The amount of time, the dedication blows my mind.

208NP (Adaptation Non-Professional)
Faye Robinson
Into the Garden
Second Place
TM –  An absolute gem. This is a gem. From beginning to end, her short explanation of a class that she took with Susan Goodman in how to scan a picture and transfer it
JS – To canvas….
TM – To heat sensitive paper and then put it on canvas is just amazing. Of course the light plan is wonderful, but her very controlled use of French knots, and straight stitch, and beads and outline is absolutely wonderful.
JS – It reminds me of Kincade’s (ED – painter Thomas Kincade)
TM – Yes
JS – Where you have this light and she get’s the light coming right through the gate. It’s almost like you are going through the gates of heaven.
TM – Absolutely, it would have won a first place with me, because I think it’s just absolutely excellent.
JS – These big strong colors that she has on here, it makes it simple.
TM – And she shows you the piece in the back and I think that she interpreted it beautifully. I don’t think that she missed anything on it. I am very, very impressed.
JS – It almost seems like she’s taken the picture which has more fall tones, muted tones to it
TM – Right
JS – And turned it into spring.
TM – Absolutely
JS – Because she could have had this it seems like from the picture, there are drabs
TM – Right
JS – In there. And she has taken the color but yet used the more vibrant tone of it.
TM – Absolutely. And I think, I think she entitled it, I think she entitled it something about spring, too. No she entitled it ‘Into the Garden’, but it definitely has a much more spring look that the original did, and with the vibrancy of the fuchsia’s and the red violets is marvelous.

302NP (Independent Project Non-Professional)
Ellen Daniels
The Lady and the Castle in an Autumn Landscape
First Place, Princess Grace Award, Delegates Choice Award
Design by Scarlett Letter
JS – This was the Princess Grace Award for all tent stitch. Oh good, that helps. This is all done in rows of continental from what I can see
TM – Definitely rows of continental, because if you get close enough, I can’t decide whether it is tent or one by one cross stitch. I think its tent, because I see the top slant
JS – Its tent alright, it has to be done in tent for the Princess Grace
TM – And it looks like it’s done on, would you call that a 32 count or 28 count ground
JS – At least.
TM – The tent stitching is phenomenally even
JS – Impeccably; it is very, very well executed.
TM – Especially, especially on a fabric ground. The verticals and horizontal lines are as straight as they could possibly be. The evenness of tension is incredible. The beauty of that simple border just moves in that wonderful soft scroll. And the period, the quality of, the period that it’s from is just wonderful. I think it’s interesting, when you step back, how just a small amount of the natural grain of the fabric comes through just a little bit.
JS – You can see a little of it.
TM – Just a little bit of the grain of the fabric which is to be expected when you are stitching that small over one. I think it is amazing, amazing piece.
JS – I think that she, especially when she had to deal with the darker colors to get good coverage. She might have had to increase
TM – Especially down in here
JS – I think she might have had to increase that.
TM – Just, just wonderful
JS – She got wonderful coverage.
TM – Wonderful, wonderful, certainly deserving of its award

303NP (Independent Project Non-Professional)
Sue Goss
Honorable Mention
Design by John Clayton
JS – It is definitely a harvest scene with the orange. Good use of the orange color blending in
TM – Into the yellow orange right into the yellow. Beautiful shading in the mid-ground area.
JS – And the only color that she’s put in for effect are those, what look like poppies.
TM – Right
JS – Down at the bottom to give it a nice base. I like those poppies down there.
TM – Do you know what’s marvelous about them? Is they, with the yellow orange, and the yellow green, and red orange, there should have been some blue green to make it a double complementary composition, and yet she threw in true reds, with a little touch of blue to them which I think is really wonderful. Again, I don’t know whether she chose the colors or these were the colors of the chart, since obviously it is a charted cross stitch piece, but again, but again it is very well executed

304NP (Independent Project Non-Professional)
Sue Goss
Blue Ribbon Sampler
Second Place
Design by Olwyn Horwood
JS – An adaptation of a sampler. Filled with, does she have some beads in there? In the middle?
TM – I can’t tell, it could be.
JS – In the middle section, down here?
TM – No. It’s just a strong clear value of yellow that comes forward and looks like beads.  Very strong.  Her Russian work, the Russian drawn work is absolutely beautiful.
JS – Yes
TM – Again, the gray green is so close to the value level of the fabric, yet none of it is lost. It’s interesting, that right in here, you would have thought that that back stitch……
JS – That it would have washed out
TM –It’s very strong, it’s nice and clear. I don’t know whether she chose the colors or these were the original colors of the Blue Ribbon Sampler.  Whether it’s not, the execution of the work is just quite beautiful.
JS – The color is wonderful and the stitching is……
TM – The stitching is marvelous. And you cannot see one finishing thread. All her tails are totally hidden, so the technique is really, really well maintained. throughout, And again, very, beautifully even cross stitches
JS – I’m wondering if this is the same person that did (ED – pointing to The Lady and the Castle) this piece. Is this the same person?
TM – No, I don’t think so, but I believe they are friends.
JS – Look at the ground. From looking at the ground fabric it looks the same.
TM – The ground fabric is the same, I think these two are friends, but I think she did that one also (ED – Pointing to Tuscany)

3003P (Independent Project Professional))
Debby Powell Franklin
Flavor of the Month – Florentine Flavors
Second Place
Design by Debbie Stiehler
TM – This is a Debbie Stiehler design, it’s a study in Bargello, mostly vertical Bargello,  She used a brick stitch up here in a very simple aurora borealis style Bargello, One diagonal bargello. If I’m not mistaken, I believe the bottom most dip of ice cream, the color was changed from the original. And all the rest of them are absolutely the same. That seems to be the only one. And I think it’s interesting she used a button up on top for the cherry.
JS – Oh I love that, yes.
TM – But her execution of her bargello…….
JS – She stitched it very, very well,
TM – Very, very well
JS – Her technique if very good.
TM – Yes it is, and she has a nice natural line to the outside of the ice cream cone.
JS – And of course the framer did a wonderful job
TM – What a great job cutting that mat.
JS – Cut that mat to match the shape……
TM – And also what I love is the really soft color that hits the center most dip of the ice cream. Because, it is a hard piece to frame because what color do you pull out. She went right to the center of it, which makes you enter here and see everything. I thought it was a wonderful choice of frame and again, a great, great mat cutting.

3005P (Independent Project Professional)
Toni Gerdes
Independence Day
First Place
Design by Laura Perin
JS – I keep missing this one
TM – That’s alright, it’s your age.
JS – That why you are here to correct me.
JS – Fourth of July, Fireworks, Striking,  The colors are wonderful. Good use of color, because those are all the colors that you see on the Fourth of July. Especially when I watch it on TV in Boston.
TM – Yes
JS – I don’t know if this is … Independent Project Professional. So that she has made choices of stitches. Which I think she has done a wonderful job of what choices she used plus what colors she used.
TM – Well, she’s done primaries, She’s done primaries and she’s added one of the secondary’s but she made pretty much primaries, and yet the colors are so nice and strong that the blue back ground, the blue ground that she used fades back enough to allow all the colors to come forward and even if I step back from it (ED -as he steps back away from the piece), not one color is lost. Not one part of the design disappears. If anything, the background behind the large yellow spray in the right corner comes forward and the excitement is so wonderful it looks like a whole bunch of glittering lights.
JS – Those little stitches
TM –The little stitches
JS – Actually become bigger almost bigger than the bigger stitches
TM – They glow, which to me makes it so successful because still you do not lose the large sprays and explosions of fireworks but you still get the idea that there is a whole bunch of people down there, a city watching these
JS – I tried to figure out if the vertical and horizontal lines mean that she is looking out the window at the fireworks.
TM – It almost looks like in New York, when the fireworks happen that these two are the banks of the river because the wavy lines to me, suggest water. And then usually the fireworks are…….
JS – The banks of the Charles, what are you talking about
TM – Isn’t that funny, I thought it was the banks of the Hudson. (Laughter) Charles…., Hudson……

3007P (Independent Project Professional)
Penny M Boswinkle
Imperial Topaz
Third Place
Design by Sue Reed
JS –Well, I’m a black person. Black and gold I think is very dramatic. And I just love the border around, that couched border. She used a copper metallic thread under there. I think that is a very effective patterning. The shading of her colors, she did that very well, from the darker gold outward to the lighter.
TM – I love the light gold and black mixed, alternating is it alternating scotch and alternating mosaic in the inner area. It has the look of an old, old pavement or old mosaic. I think that is wonderful. I love the balance of the colors together, just absolutely marvelous.
JS – This tweeding effect you are talking about?
TM – Yes, the tweeding effect, I love that.
JS – It’s just wonderful. Very nice.
TM – Again, you put black in it and the drama raises really high. She did a wonderful job on that, marvelous

406NP (Painted Canvas without Stitch Guide Non-Professional)
Mary Carol Kluesner
Third Place
Design by Creative Needle
TM – Interesting use of texture. Everything is really well placed. The background stitch stays back where it belongs. The value level of the green is really well used. It sits back where it belongs with just small highlighted areas of green grass in a slightly stronger green.
JS – I love how she has taken that border and taken it from the ruffle that she used around the pillow and used the same pattern.
TM – The finishing really worked in beautifully with the border. Nice movement in her the outline stitch, split stitch, excuse me, in the head of the rooster. And really powerfully strong cox comb and …….
JS – Wattle
TM – Yes wattle, thank you I blanked out on the word

411NP (Painted Canvas without Stitch Guide Non-Professional)
Rena Sukenik
Oriental Cranes Kimono
Second Place, Judges Choice Award
Design by Lee
TM – No honey, I’m going to let you talk on this one.
JS – Well being an oriental enthusiast, I love the kimono and it depicts the kimono very well, very strong,  But they are in essence very strong, especially the formal kimono. I like the background stitch. It looks nice.
TM – Well I think the background stitch does mirror the flight of the cranes.
JS – Yes
TM – I thing it’s very interesting how certain parts of the water are stitched in double Parisian obviously bringing that section of the water a little bit more turbulent a little farther forward. And it’s also scattered, very much in the Japanese tradition.
JS – Yes
TM – The cranes are all beads, I noticed that
JS – Very nice, very nice

413NP (Painted Canvas without Stitch Guide Non-Professional)
Becky L. Worsham
Jack Meets Bargello
First Place
Design by Sandra Gilmore
JS – Little Pumpkin with the hat on. Very whimsical. It’s whimsical in color. It’s whimsical in stitch choice. And she’s picked up all of the colors on that fringe that are inside the design.
TM –The finishing is marvelous on it. I like the way the bargello pattern comes out over the inner border and continues on. I love the couching of the background pattern of the. It looks very much like she used a Bijoux over black. I think it is a really good use of the yellow orange and violet in the hat band and that explosion of purple in the background in four-way bargello really sets it off very well and continues the idea of the purple moving out into the outer boarder. I thought that part was really clever. And of course, the candy corn is so well stitched; it looks like it is beaded.
JS – Yes
TM – And it’s not. Marvelous

4003P (Painted Canvas without Stitch Guide Professional)
Pamela D Pabst
Second Place
Design by
TM – Beautifully shaded cut turkey work. Very impressive, very strong.
JS – And a wonderful frame.
TM – Wonderful, the framing is absolutely perfect. The whole piece is all tones. It’s marvelous. The movement of the stitches used in the swirl of the neck warp in the front worked right with them and move right around even though it is a Byzantine; the Byzantine expands and moves right around with the line. I think that’s great.
JS – Yes
TM – The very simple patterning in the back keeps everything back where it belongs and makes her move forward. Her eyes are just marvelous, the shape of them are beautifully done. And that strong Turquoise is very interesting as it moves around her face and brought down into the jacket. I’m just going nuts about that.
JS – Love the fur
TM – The fur is wonderful
JS – Love the fur. Not only is it sculptured, and she even shaded it.
TM –Shaded it and textured it.
JS – Highs and lows
TM – Almost looks like Persian lamb. It’s marvelous

4004P (Painted Canvas without Stitch Guide Professional)
Pamela D Pabst
First Place
Design by Terry Enfield
JS – Oriental Influence, very strong oriental influence in color.
TM – Nice, Very, very nice movement in the gold area of the kimono
JS –The gold is nice, I like that. And the face is wonderful
TM – And the use of Victorian Step in the kimono itself, again moves along with the way the gold moves, so does the line of the sub pattern of the Victorian step creates that oblique slanted line that’s just absolutely wonderful. The simplicity of the satin stitch in this taupe area is lovely. And the overall look that the criss cross Hungarian gives this red area is marvelous. It is a simple stitch and yet nothing really detracts from her.
JS – Nice presentation. The mat repeats the colors that are in the piece
TM – And the hair is never repeated, so it really puts a highlight and focus on that.

502NP (Painted Canvas with Stitch Guide Non-Professional)
Robin King
Design by Maggie Co
Stitch Guide by
TM – I think it is just wonderful.
JS – It stopped both of us as we turned the corner and we just couldn’t figure out why there wasn’t a ribbon. It is so clever. She’s got blood-shot eyes. And the two cats, three cats and she’s knitting and she has the wooden, and the small wood knitting needles, the hands, the sculptured effect of the hands, the nose and the chin. The Basic stitches, it’s just so clever, it’s cute.
TM –It does. It makes you smile. I think particularly the cat lying on the floor with the argyle sweater on is incredible. I think the use of bringing the knitted scarf over the mat is just wonderful. I think that the original concept of the painter was really maintained. The lines in the face, the chenille robe. It’s wonderful I think.
JS – All the colored lines in the rocking chair
TM –Absolutely,
JS – Colored wood
TM – She missed nothing. She missed absolutely nothing. And it makes your eye constantly rove around looking.
JS – But the purple hair really did it
TM – The purple hair is incredible. Yet, this still, the rug is still a resting place. I think it is a wonderful piece, I’m sorry it didn’t win anything

504NP (Painted Canvas with Stitch Guide Non-Professional)
Cheri White
Whimsical Wizards
First Place
Design by Janet Haycock Perry
Stitch Guide by
TM – These wizards are characters from James C. Christensen, Journey to the Imagination. ( ED – the book’s title is A Journey of the Imagination : The Art of James Christensen ) He also has a second book called Voyage of the Basset. I think
JS – Clever buttons on his coat
TM – Clever buttons on the one on the left. The wizard with the butterfly on his had. I think he, she, the stitcher got a lot of incredible action in the bird that is right near his hat. Her satin padding with the stripping over it is beautifully rounded, gives some nice texture to all the turbans on his head. I think it is a very interesting background.
JS – She didn’t overdo it,
TM – No
JS – Where she could have done a lot with texture. She could have really gone overboard with texture, but she really minimized it. And she kept the thread light and not heavy and clunky. And it made it a little more delicate. And you can see the stitches better. It is just wonderful.
TM – She exercised a lot of control, which was marvelous. And yet the textures that need to come forward indeed did. The lines that she needed to maintain flowed very well. And these pieces are very complex because that’s how Christianson draws. And yet she was able to make the tassels, while not exactly made into tassels, just stitched, move far forward. And she put enough texture in the arm that is in front of the cat, that the cat stays where it belongs, behind the hand inside the arm. Wonderful

5002P (Painted Canvas with Stitch Guide Professional)
Katherine Becker
Halloween Village
First Place, Peoples Choice Award
Design by Melissa Shirley
Stitch Guide by Emily Pannier
JS – This is the village, the Halloween village. And I think this is spectacular. I just finished roofing my granddaughter’s doll house, so I know what it’s like to take every one of these shingles and glue them on. It’s painstaking. But not only did she do that, she painted them the colors that reflect back from the piece itself. And each base is hand painted. And so the presentation…Oh on the back too,
TM – It’s amazing.
JS – They’re wonderful. Turn them around.
TM – And on each one of them she worked the right stitches for architectural work. The colors are right. The areas that need to reflect do. There is not one of them that does not have absolutely the right colors. I think the thread choices were wonderful.
JS – The embellishments…….
TM – The embellishment is perfect. She did enough attachments of found objects and all the characters are painted on congress. And she handled that very, very, very well. I think these are just marvelous. It makes you smile looking at them which is so cool. And right here in the candles window, all she did was stitch the window over it in a very simple stitch and everything inside looks like it is behind the window. That’s great!
JS – Yes
TM – I think it is so clever. The inspiration for everything is just marvelous. I am so thrilled to see this so well done.
JS – This is like a life-time project that she spent a lot of time on it.
TM – She had to have.
JS – It was worth it.
TM – It was marvelous
JS – It was worth it.
TM – Sure it was. And I loved the trim, the finishing,  and the silk ribbon.
JS – We never picked them up so we did not turn them around to see how all of the backgrounds, every one of them.
TM – The spider webs on the smaller ones. And all these marvelous little signs she made. Just an incredibly well thought out
JS – Great presentation
TM – Phenomenal presentation; Phenomenal presentation; it was just wonderful
TM - Excellent

603NP (Class Project Non-Professional)
Dorothy Bull
Stumpwork Iris
Third Place, Founders Award
Design by Michelle Roberts
JS – Just stunning, stunning Iris. Very well done, lovely
TM – A beautiful design from Michelle Roberts
JS – One of my favorite flowers too.
TM – and beautifully executed by the stitcher
JS – She did a fabulous job,
TM – Her treatment of the goldwork is amazing and of course the use of the goldwork to border each one of the motifs in the border is marvelous and the raised character of it is just amazing, just absolutely amazing. I love the clean work, the very clean work on the each one petals of the Iris
JS – Yes each one of the petals is finished
TM – Absolutely
JS – Even the leaves
TM – The leaves are wonderful.
JS – You don’t see the edging at all
TM - The chipping, the chipping that was used for the beard of the Iris is marvelous and what an incredible idea to use chipping for the beard, but executed beautifully. You can look into the Iris anywhere you want and every end is hidden, every tail is hidden. It is just wonderful. Beautiful composition and executed incredibly well.

612NP (Class Project Non-Professional)
Kim Guhmam
Prelude to Peace
Second Place
Design by Jim Wurth
TM – Love the blending of the red violet to the yellow green, to the grayed out yellow green in the corner to a bargello
JS – The combination of the two together
TM – Beautiful, and they are complements and it should have mudded them out.
JS – Yes, It should have but it didn’t
TM – It did not because
JS – It’s amazing how it didn’t
TM – Right, I believe her selection - her selection of value levels was absolutely right on. It made it absolutely wonderful. That was the first thing that I noticed I said ‘Wow, That should have muddied it right out, because of that but it didn’t.  And the same thing in here, which is interesting. This one get’s a little bit darker and dramatic. The center that uses the darkest of the red-violets does make the yellow green get a little bit muddy, but it’s OK, because it lights out right to here and here. And surrounded by all of the lightness around it, it works just fine. And the fleur-de-lis crescents are very well stitched.
JS – Yes, very nice. They are laid nice.
TM – I think this is a Ro Pace design, I’m not sure, but I’m think this is a Ro Pace design. And the elements out here that fill in are just so pretty and delicate in the middle of all that. And again, it’s a wonderful use of bargello.

(ED – It is actually by Jim Wurth and not Ro Pace as Tony mentioned)

621NP (Class Project Non-Professional)
Judy Kotick
Fall Foliage
Honorable Mention
Design by Judy Souliotis
JS – It just so happens it is one of the students in my class, Fall Foliage. I absolutely love her heavy bark frame to go along with the tree trunks. She did an absolutely wonderful job stitching her trees.  She got a nice line, nice curve to them. And you can see the trees coming through in the background. She did a great job, it really looks nice.
TM – What’s the technique that is used on that tree on the right?
JS – It’s just random.
TM – Just random…..
JS – Yes, a lot of it is random. Some of it is rows of outline stitches, but that happened to be just a random stitch.
TM – It’s marvelous. The texture on that tree is incredible. Her shading is beautiful. Her source of light is never lost throughout the whole. It’s just……
JS – What’s nice about this tree is this one is going horizontal, the others are all vertical.
TM – Right
JS – It changes it, but they don’t oppose each other.
TM – And I love the lone birch tree that you can see through the scrim which I think is wonderful, and her beautiful positioning of her yellow into yellow orange leaves is just wonderful. And her……
JS – It must have been the teacher (Laughter)
TM – Couldn’t possibly have been, couldn’t possibly have been. Because the teacher that taught that class is usually very fresh. (More laughter from both.). The red-orange leaves, the lighter red orange leaves in the upper corner actually, the amount of light that they capture is so exciting.
JS – Yes it is nice
TM – As I came around when I first looked at it, I went ‘Wow’!
JS – Like an electric light change
TM – Exactly, Then I started to look through it. And I went what a wonderful, wonderful, execution of the design. And then again, the finishing is marvelous, the framing is absolutely marvelous.
JS – She changed the color nicely from the darker greens in here along the bottom up into the lighter greens.
TM – Oh yes, wonderful
JS – In the grounding down below, she did a good job.

623NP (Class Project Non-Professional)
Susan Marks
Lost River Canyon
First Place
Design by Joan Thomasson
JS – Her trees are wonderful. Doing the wrapping is difficult -  I know, I’ve tried to do it and mine did not come out as nice as that, wonderful.
TM – Marvelous. The use of color up the tree, the positioning of it, again interesting having the lighter colors back and the darker colors move forward. As I’m looking at it, I’m seeing the reason is that we have some tones going on in the lighter tree. We’re having slightly clearer colors in the dark tree so they should move forward. Her use of stitches for the different areas of the design is marvelous. The execution of all of her techniques is absolutely beautiful. Her ultra suede rocks are couched just gorgeously. And her positioning again, she triangulated the element which is absolutely important to the design and the movement of her path down the side
JS – The wall,
TM – is beautifully shaded.
JS – Is that a wall, is it?
TM – Well, no I believe it is a walkway,
JS – Oh, a walkway, Yes
TM – Right, with a handrail with a boardwalk walk type walkway. And the movement of the cascade into the pool then the slow descent of the water as it moves down
JS – And this tree back here is so fine that it sets it back nicely.
TM – Alright
JS – From everything else that…….
TM – And even thought it’s very stark, it still sits back beautifully because she raised this so much.
JS – And the color, the use of that color…..
TM – Absolutely, how marvelous she used those really dark grayed out red violets and the dark grayed out blued grays which brought all the wonderful, the orange of this tree forward. Which is absolutely outstanding, And then re-using this grape again, but in a slightly a lighter grayed out value and moving it over to the side and then lighter again yet and doing some shading and mixing here and then bringing just a little touch of metallic down at the bottom as if the rocks became wet with the water splashing.
JS – It looks like the only metallic in there.
TM – Right, because it is like water splashing on the rocks. I think that’s absolutely incredible. The use of that is marvelous. Her positioning of all of her free grass sprigs around the bottom of the trees just, just marvelous. It is really a beautiful piece, beautifully executed. And I know that this was a design class with almost a skeletal set of directions, because Joan really wanted to pull a lot of your own interpretation out of you and…
JS – Well, she certainly did
TM – Obviously very well done, beautifully done
JS – This person did a wonderful job.

6004P (Class Project Professional)
Cathe B McEnerney
Exploring Goldwork: Out of the Box
First Place
Design by Meredith Barnhill-Willett
TM – A mixed media gold work piece. When you step back from it and first see it, you get the idea that it is a butterfly. I’m not quite sure if it is, I haven’t looked. But her goldwork area is wonderful. She has used chipping. She has done some couching of Pearl Purl. She has used different sizes of Pearl Purl. Pearl Purl to create a wonderful, almost organic shape. On the top she has done fabric manipulation, she has some coiling. She has done a lot of free form work and then she took, it almost looks like sequin waste
JS – Yes
TM – And she has fabric manipulated the sequin waste. When I first looked at it, it took me a while to enjoy what I was seeing. I thought that initially, the sequin waste fought what was going on, but when I went back and looked at it again, I found that it really did not. It really added to the ethereal quality of the butterfly. It is the connector between the top and the bottom. The rectangle in the front allows the two, as I’m seeing it, wings to move back and have more; I’m lost for a word for a minute, movement. It allows more movement, especially in the lower wing, by having that very stark solid rectangular shape against these curving flowing shapes.

6005P (Class Project Professional)
Victoria Nessel
Very Berry
Second Place
Design by Susan Kerndt
JS – I love it, it is very sweet, nice flowers berries, nice grapes.
TM – Beautiful Stumpwork technique, beautiful covered buttons, absolutely stunningly worked.
JS – And an Effective Background
TM – Very, very pretty, soft and delicate.
JS – Very Nice
TM – I love the positioning of the two strawberries. I like how they balance against the single strawberry. I think it’s really lovely the way flowers are also triangulated.  I think it is interesting that the darker leaves lift off the canvas rather than the lighter leaves
JS – Yes, Yes