Plain Needlepoint Isn't Always So

As I wandered around the TNNA Winter Trade Show in January, I noticed the use of what I call Plain Needlepoint to create unique patterns.  This month is dedicated to these pattern stitches.  Some are simple patterns from fellow teachers and some are related to Sashiko, a Japanese embroidery technique.   What makes these stitches different is the overt use of plain needlepoint and open spaces.  See?  Even plain needlepoint isn't always so.

Today's stitch comes from the very gracious Carolyn Hedge Baird.  This is from a background and it's a wonderful way to integrate whimsy into an already complex piece.  

There is nothing over complicated about this stitch.  The stitched sample uses two threads with different finishes and related but distinctly different color values.  

This stitch is great for a background, sky, or tabletop as thought starters.  It's most suited for an area you would like to recede.  As an example, I think it works well as a tabletop so any items, whether they are fruit, silverware, or other objects, on the tabletop to stand out.

I hope you enjoy this month's posts.  I promise I will elaborate more on the Japanese embroidery in a couple weeks.

These stitch diagrams, along with all other #whimsicalwednesday and #smallspacesunday stitch diagrams, can also be found on a Pinterest board here.

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If you like what you see on this blog, want to learn some very creative decorative stitches, and how to put them all together, sells stitch guides and stitch concepts for Melissa Shirley Designs, Zecca Designs, and Patience Brewster.  41 guides are currently available and more are in the pipeline.

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