Thanksgiving in January

Last week was Halloween so, of course, this week is Thanksgiving, right?

Today's stitch comes from an apron on a vintage Melissa Shirley Thanksgiving stand-up.  It's a wonderful balance of open, interesting, and sweet.  

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I recommend adding the gray lines first.  Fill the smaller diamond with a single Upright Cross, followed by four Upright Crosses in the larger diamond.  The stitched sample uses DMC Perle Cotton #8 with Shimmer Ribbon as the accent thread (on 18-mesh). 

I love the mix of thread finishes in the stitched sample.  The single hue makes for a classic look.  Along these lines, I see this stitch (and single hue combo) as perfect for a shirt, field of grass or dirt, tablecloth, clouds, maybe even water.  It strikes the right balance between open and full coverage stitches, allowing the shading to play a role in your final stitched piece.

Mixing colors and finishes would make this a great stitch for more dramatic clothing such as a coat or dress.  I imagine the gray lines with a rich red velvet, the group of four Upright Crosses in a deep red metallic, and the single Upright Cross in a gold or silver metallic.  Try it for a roof or basket with Rainbow Linen for the diagonal lines, Straw Silk for the single Upright Cross, and an overdyed Perle Cotton for the group of four Upright Crosses.  Just a few thought-starters for you!

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

Halloween in January

The blog posts for the remainder of the month unveil a secret about me.  I've been negligent in returning my Christmas decorations...okay, some Halloween decorations as well...to storage.  The good news for me is I didn't have to scrounge for stitched samples.  The good news for you is today is Halloween!

Today's stitch is illustrated as a background for a vintage Melissa Shirley Halloween ornament.

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It is very simple.  The core stitch element is five straight stitches six rows high (on the vertical).  After the core elements are complete, add an accent thread across the top in the middle on the horizontal axis.  Voila!  Perfect background, floor, wallpaper, basket, dress...even a large window!

The stitched sample uses DMC Perle Cotton #8 with Shimmer Ribbon as the accent thread (on 18-mesh). 

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy! And happy, happy 2018!

Sometimes Being Right Isn't Everything

And that's because today's stitch comes from another mistake!  The diagram below was my first attempt at diagramming this adorable window stitch, it wasn't quite right.  It wasn't right because it didn't match the stitched sample, but it's still a cute stitch on its own merits.  So meet the Patterned Cross Stitch's cousin, the Patterned Cross Stitch!

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My counsel for this version is the same as the cousin.  Use it to help an area recede, such as a sky or a horizon behind a beautiful landscape, or to let how the canvas is painted standout.  The pink area of this canvas was so cute that I didn't want to overdo it.  It's also a foolproof way to highlight shading in a small area.  A stitch like this is always top of mind for water or windows.  I recommend using lightweight threads with a stitch this gentle.  For example, the stitched sample uses Trebizond Silk on 18-mesh.  Depending on what you are stitching, consider Petite Silk Lame, Silk Straw, 2-3 strands of your favorite silk floss or wool.  

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

Or Not

Welcome to a new year of #whimsicalwednesdays!  Let's kick off the year with open stitches, sparkly threads, and beads, shall we?

Let's start with the first stitch.  The stitch is connected octagons with all sides over two rows.  While I am aware the primary shape is the octagon, I see the diamonds first, hence the name.

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This version would be great for nature, especially areas that don't need a heavy stitch.  Think water, sky, clouds.  It's a wonderful way to show off the canvas painting.  The stitched sample uses Sparkle! Braid for a sky on 18-mesh.

Make it the "Or Not" version by adding an Upright Tied Cross in the center and a bead inside the diamond.  It's really something, especially when you mix threads and add beads.  A stitcher friend shared a wonderful sample with me.

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The first stitched sample uses Kreinik Metallics Medium Braid for the diamonds, Rachel for the Upright Tied Cross, and a Sundance Bead.  It's exquisite and inspiring.  She is using it for a large flower petal.  It would be great for clothing, especially dresses or dramatic coats.  Replace the bead with an Upright Cross and change the focus to matte threads, such as Pepper Pot, Gloriana Silk Floss, or even Straw Silk, and you would have fantastic greenery.  

The second stitched sample is an illustration of thread weights.  The sample includes Soie D'Alger and a Sundance Bead.  The octagons are two plies of Soie D'Alger and the Upright Tied Cross is a single strand of the same Soie D'Alger.  I love the lightness of it.  And the shading shines through beautifully.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy! And happy, happy 2018!

Boom!

I'm ending December with a bang.  And by bang, I mean another fabulous large stitch.  Today's stitch is a riff on my recent obsession with layered stitches and diamonds.

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I assembled this stitch for the background on a large Santa stand-up.  The stitch provides combines lightness with clean lines that could work as a sky, roof, even still water.  The stitched sample uses includes Princess Pearl (narrow gray lines), with Flair (dark gray lines), and Kreinik 1/16" metallic ribbon (turquoise lines).  The stitch sequence is light gray lines, followed by the dark gray lines, and end with the turquoise lines.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

Sweet Scallops

Today's stitch integrates a technique I often do when I feel a stitch is too predictable.  I alternate rows in height, thread, or both.  I talked about this a tiny bit in my first post about Scallop stitches.  

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Scallop stitches are cute on their own.  My preference is to include empty rows in a scallop pattern.  It emphasizes the scallop pattern and is a great way to integrate the shading of the canvas.   Another fun technique is to add rows of alternating heights to the mix.  It's cute pattern and, more importantly, it offers an opportunity to add another color or finish.  The stitched sample uses Pepper Pot Silk and Flair. 

This stitch works well for many pieces of clothing, especially dresses, coats, and pants.  It's lovely for water, especially with the directional element provided by the shape of the stitch.  It's also a current favorite of mine for vases.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

You're So Tall

Today's stitch is an easy and quick stitch that offers an elegant and clean alternative for an open background.

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I prefer the open centers, as the diagram illustrates.  The horizontal accent adds a little something something.  It is certainly not essential.  It's also an opportunity to add contrasting thread, whether that is color, finish, or both.

If you are #teamfullcoverage, feel free to fill the centers with long vertical stitches.  As with the accent, I encourage you to use a contrasting thread.  The stitched Prescencia Finca Perle 12 with Kreinik Metallics Fine Braid (#8) on 18 mesh.

The height of each diamond makes this a uniquely large stitch.  To get true mileage out of it, I recommend it for a background or another comparable tall space.  It would work on a tall area, such as a coat or dress, the chest of a bird, or a tablecloth.  Flip it 90 degrees on its side and it would work very well for a wide area, such as a tabletop or floor.  Have fun with it.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

Go Greek

I'm not trying to make your neck snap.  And, yes, this stitch is about as small as last Wednesday's post was large. 

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I shared this stitch as a candidate for a border stitch over one row.  And then I forgot about it. Seriously. I stumbled back across the border stitch while looking for a small space stitch for the tiniest of houses that just so happened had vertical stripes in alternating colors.  Voila.  

I stitched the sample with two dramatically different colors of Trebizond Silk to reinforce that point.  It would be very cool with two colors or two finishes, or both.  As I write this, I ask myself why not make it three colors or finishes?  And I say to myself, "Why not?"  (Cue everyone on the plane looking at me as if I'm crazy.)

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

Start Big!

Welcome to December!  All but one of the stitches this month come from work I've done on Stitch Concepts (guides I write to accompany a formal embellishment class at a local store).  I want to share them with you so you can play with them as well.

We begin with the combination of Diamonds and Chevrons.  And it's a big stitch!

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Honestly, this came to be because I wanted to do something different for a background.  I knew it needed to be large and I wanted to do something I hadn't seen.  I wasn't planning on adding the Upright Crosses in the diamonds but that space called out to be filled...and what a perfect way to add a contrasting color or finish (or both as I did in the stitched sample).

This stitch was created for a large solid colored background.  It would be beautiful behind a floral still life.  This stitch would work well for architectural elements such as a floor, wall, or even a roof.   You could scale it down a little by reducing the height of the vertical connectors.  Those connectors are four rows high in the diagram (and sample).  Reduce them to two rows high, resulting in a more compact and useful design.  I can see that version as clothing or even glass/windows.  

On a side note, diagramming and stitching this reinforced how deceptive diagrams can be.  As I was working on the diagram, I honestly thought this stitch may not be feasible as it would be too large. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it fit.  It's even more of a shock with small stitches.  They look so BIG in diagrams, yet they aren't.  

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

Twinkle Season

It's the most sparkly time of the year!  Today's stitch comes from my Christmas tree.  Literally. 

I combined bugle beads and a small pearl for a fun take on a Parisian stitch for the white stripes on a Melissa Shirley ornament.  I strongly recommend adding the beads on the horizontal axis.  Start with the bugle beads and end with the pearls.  This would be darling with mixed colors.  

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

#stitchingsunday

Welcome back to another episode of #stitchingsunday.  This recently added Sunday theme* highlights stitches from blog posts in current stitching projects.

Today's #stitchingsunday uses a variation of the Double V Stitch I originally shared with you last April.  I love the use of a Smyrna Cross instead of the Upright Cross. The stitcher used the stitch on a sweet Christmas stocking for her grandson.

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Today's example used Vineyard Silk and Kreinik Metallics Tapestry Braid (#12).  The original stitch diagram, as well as the variation, along with all other #whimsicalwednesday, #smallspacesunday, and #stitchingsunday stitch diagrams, can be found on a Pinterest board here.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

* Don't worry.  #smallspacesunday hasn't disappeared.  I like to mix it up a little.

Nothing Wrong with More Diamonds

Welcome to more diamonds.  While I love the stitch, this post is really a story of threads.  

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Take a close look at the stitched sample.  It is an interesting exercise in thread weights and distinct finishes. 

The parallelograms surrounding the 6X6 diamonds are two different grays on the diagram and two different matte threads on the stitched sample.  The dark gray lines represent DMC Perle Cotton and the light gray line represents Vineyard Silk.  The diamond is filled with two different metallic threads.  The aqua lines are Shimmer Ribbon and the teal lines are Kreinik Metallics Tapestry Braid (#12). 

This is not the only way to stitch this stitch. Feel free to stitch the parallelograms in a single thread.  Depending on which part of the stitch (the parallelograms or the diamonds) you want to pop, adjust the thread weights accordingly.  Consider metallic parallelograms with velvet diamonds.  Try two different colors of a matte thread for the parallelograms with one color (but two threads) for the diamonds.  There are so many things you can do with this stitch.  It's great for any number of large areas...large fruit (as illustrated in the stitched sample), clothing, baskets, roofs, or floors, just as thought-starters.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

Boo!

Today's stitch is a full coverage stitch I found in a book forever ago.  I had all but forgotten about it until I pulled out my Halloween decorations.

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The stitched sample includes DMC Perle Cotton #8 with Flair.  It's a tricky little stitch.  Do NOT overlook the fact the beetles alternate sizes on the horizontal and vertical axises.  I strongly recommend adding the beetles first (gray lines), and fill in the parallelograms (turquoise lines) when you are done with the beetles.

This full coverage stitch will draw attention to a medium- to large-sized space.  It would be a fantastic coat or bag with rich threads such as Pepper Pot Silk, Very Velvet, Soie D'Alger or Gloriana Silk Floss for the beetles.  Combine those with a strong metallic such as Fyre Werks, Kreinik Metallics Medium Braid (#16), Silk Lame, Rachelette, or Frosty Rays.  It would make a wonderful basket or floor with lighter weight matte threads such as DMC Perle, Elegance, Subtlety, or Prescencia.  Combine colors and finishes to get your desired effect.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

Christy's Window

I always love it when I stumble on a new (to me) small space stitch and it's more fun when it comes from one of my favorite stitchers.  I just love this stitch.  

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I named it the Diagonal Cross Stitch because of the gentle slope of the stitches.

This stitch would be great for a window (as illustrated).  It's also a great stitch for any area you want to recede.  As an example, I shared it with a student for a small hill in the background of a country landscape.  It would be a charming way to honor beautifully shaded clouds or small bodies of water.  I recommend to use lightweight threads with a stitch this gentle.  For example, the stitched sample uses Kreinik Metallics Very Fine Braid (#4).  Depending on what you are stitching, consider Petite Silk Lame, Silk Straw, 2-3 strands of your favorite silk floss or wool.  

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

Open Diamonds!

Today's open stitch comes from a Aristeia workshop from several years ago.  It's a great stitch that strikes the perfect balance of an interesting stitch and the beautiful shading on the canvas.

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I recommend stitching the gray lines first, followed by the aqua lines, and ending with the bead.

The stitched sample includes Vineyard Silk, Shimmer Ribbon, and a Sundance Bead.  This stitch is great for many larger spaces, whether they are are a solid color or deeply shaded.   It could be gorgeous for a large tree with Vineyard Silk or Pepper Pot Silk (gray lines) and Painters Thread or a subtly overdyed Silk Floss (e.g., Gloriana Silk Floss or Dinky Dyes Silk Floss).   For a rich coat you want to stand out, try Very Velvet and Fyre Werks or Kreinik 1/16" metallic ribbon.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

Just Right

Today's stitch is great for small, medium, and larg-ish areas.  In other words, it's just right.

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The stitched sample includes Gloriana Florimell Silk Floss (gray lines) and Kreinik Metallics Medium Braid (#16) (aqua lines) on 13-mesh.

This stitch could work for so many things.  I see it as water with Petite Silk Lame and a lightweight Kreinik.  The combination of Burmilana (gray lines) and Gloriana Lorikeet (aqua lines) would make an attractive hillside or field.  Using the same thread for all the stitches, such as a Pepper Pot or an Appleton Tapestry Wool, would make a great beard.  I hope these thought-starters help you come up with something perfect for your space!

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

#stitchingsunday

Welcome back to another episode of #stitchingsunday.  This recently added Sunday theme* highlights stitches from blog posts in current stitching projects.

I always enjoy hearing when a reader shares one of my stitches was perfect for their project. What's more fun is to see how it is used.  Today's stitch example uses the Darning with Backstitch and comes from Amy Poore.  What is even better is that Amy used it for a background and on the vertical axis, neither of which I mentioned as possibilities in the original post.  And I absolutely love it.

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Today's version provides more coverage with Perle Cotton and Flair.  The horizontal columns would lend themselves to wallpaper, chimneys, fireplace mantles, tree trunks, pants...anything tall and/or narrow.  

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

* Don't worry.  #smallspacesunday hasn't disappeared.  I want to mix it up a little.

More Trifecta Goodness

Part of the joy of traveling to teach at stores outside of my neighborhood is seeing a variety of thread inventories, learning about regional nuances (for me, the use of the pin stitch) and seeing lovely stitched samples (the most fun).

The stitch below combines several things I came across during recent travels.  It includes overlapping diamonds (shades of a recent post), a tramme (a long time favorite of mine), and open work. 

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The stitched sample includes Rainbow Gallery's Cashmere (aqua lines), Princess Perle (dark gray lines), and Entice (light gray lines).  

I used two different colors for the base threads to mix it up a little bit.  While this stitch is complex, it would still serve well as a background with 2-3 different threads in the same color.  Or stitch the dark gray base thread in a contrasting metallic.  It would make a great basket or ground cover with matte thread combinations such as Lorikeet, Soie D'Alger, Planet Earth Merino Wool, or Rainbow Linen.  Use it for clothing with Very Velvet, silk perles, and Kreinik.  I hope these thought-starters help you come up with something perfect for your space!

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

Amy's Stitch

Today's stitch and stitched sample come from a new whimsicalstitch.com friend, Amy Poore, of www.apooregirlpaintsneedlepointdesigns.com.  Her designs are adorable and designed to appeal to a new generation of needlepointers.  They are sweet and easy stitch pieces.  

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Just like her designs, the background stitch is crisp and clean.  The small accent and the skipped row are a delightful surprise.  The stitched sample uses DMC Perle Cotton for the gray lines and Glisten for the accent stitch (gray lines).

This stitch would work on so many areas.  Of the top of my head, ideas include animal fur (with solid colored wool for the gray lines) and a variegated wool for the small accent stitch or a floor with two shades of Princess Perle.  It would make an interesting stitch for a larger tree or even water.  I just love stitches that have so many applications.  

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!

Itty Bitty Oblique

This stitch is another wonderful stitch that adds a tiny little oomph to a small area. 

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The stitched sample uses six plies of Gloriana Silk Floss on 13-mesh.  This stitch is a great universal stitch; it would make a great chimney, small grass, tiny bag or basket, a tall narrow leaf, or even glass.  Do not forget to make it fit the space by using rotating it to fit the space.

If you want to dress it up a little, use a contrasting thread for the single stitch.  It could be really cute!

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!