For the next several Mondays (more or less), I’m going to have a series of classic needlepoint designs recharted for you all.
The designs are taken from a 1938 magazine packed full of stitched needlepoint designed by Anne Orr.
You might be wondering who Ann was. Born in 1869, she was a life-long resident of Nashville. Both in her position at several women’s magazines and through her own business, Anne Orr Studios, she created delightful designs for many kinds of needlework, including needlepoint, crewel, tatting, cross stitch, and embroidery. She is best known for her distinctive quilting designs, which often featured central appliques.
I first came across her many years ago through a collection of her designs published by Dover. It is no longer in print, but you can find used copies. I also have this magazine in my files. There are very few charts in it, most of the patterns need to be stitched (or charted) from the clear photos of the work.
Most of these patterns are multi-colored, large scale patterns designed as backgrounds and borders. Some of them can be translated to Bargello, others, such as today’s, make great individual motifs.
This design is for a scallop she (click on the picture for a larger chart). The outline and base thread (solid triangles and thin x’s on the chart) should be consistent throughout your design. The fill color (open triangles on chart) can be any color you like. The design is 30 threads wide and 28 threads high, making it about 1.75″ on 18 mesh.
Look for these designs on Mondays.