Thank You

Visiting stores across the country, whether as a teacher or an intrigued tourist, is always enjoyable. I love to get a grasp of the local style through what canvases and threads the stores carry. The stitched samples are often the best representations...and provide ongoing stitch inspiration.

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Today's stitch and stitched sample come from Becky Booth of The Knotted Needle in Grosse Point. It uses overdyed silk floss (likely Gloriana or ThreadWorx). This is a background on a rather large piece. Using a single thread keeps the stitch interesting yet doesn't allow it to overwhelm the remainder of the piece.

If you wanted to dress this up a bit, alternate finishes between horizontal columns of stitches. This would also be beautiful with an overdyed silk floss and Petite Silk Lame or a lightweight Kreinik. I think this would be a fantastic stitch for a large body of water; the offset of the columns enhances the shapes of the "wave" stitches. 

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch!  Please enjoy!  

A Note about Diagrams
I use color in diagrams to make them as clear as possible.  The primary function of different colored lines is to illustrate a stitch sequence.  For example, layering of colors demonstrates you add them in that order.  They can also provide ideas on how to integrate additional threads (one line for each color).  Or, you can use the same thread for all color lines.  That's where I encourage you to use your imagination for the space you are stitching!

What a Lovely Mistake

Today's post is the mistake I mentioned in an earlier post. If this is a mistake, I don't want to be right! 

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I wish all of my mistakes were this pretty. The stitched sample uses Splendor (gray lines), two colors of Petite Silk Lame (turquoise and dark gray lines), and a Sundance bead (aqua circle) with transparent beading thread (on 18-mesh). To give an idea of size, the stitched sample is about the width of an Apple watch face (42mm). So, surprisingly small...meaning it has many more applications than you might expect. 

The most obvious (to me) application would be for clothing, such as a coat or dress. A great example would be the coat on a larger double-sided Santa. You can create a beautiful coat with rich colors using silk floss (for the light gray lines), a heavy metallic such as size 12 Kreinik (on 18-mesh) or size 16 (on 13-mesh) (for the turquoise lines, and a Silk Opal (for the dark gray lines). 

It would make a very interesting rug. Yes, rug. The symmetry of this stitch, along with the subtle texture of the Upright Crosses, play right into this application. I would replace the bead with another Upright Cross. Think of the fun color combinations for a rug!   

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch!  Please enjoy!  

A Note about Diagrams
I use color in diagrams to make them as clear as possible.  The primary function of different colored lines is to illustrate a stitch sequence.  For example, layering of colors demonstrates you add them in that order.  They can also provide ideas on how to integrate additional threads (one line for each color).  Or, you can use the same thread for all color lines.  That's where I encourage you to use your imagination for the space you are stitching!

Skinny Minnie

Today's stitch and stitched sample may look very familiar to you.  It's a cute stitch that happened to be in the background of a recent post. 

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I named it Skinny Byzantine because if you stitched all the stitches over two rows, it would be a small Byzantine stitch.  That is also a guide to how the stitches match in subsequent diagonal columns.  All stitches over two rows are aligned on the diagonal as well as the stitches over one row.

The stitched sample uses two plies of silk floss on a Rebecca Woods stocking (18-mesh).  I would love, love, love to see this as a tiny body of water with Petite Silk Lame or a lightweight Kreinik.  It would also make a lovely cloud with silk floss or silk perle.  In addition to walls (as illustrated on the stitched sample), other architectural elements that it would be great for include pathways or roofs. 

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

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch!  Please enjoy!  

A Note about Diagrams
I use color in diagrams to make them as clear as possible.  The primary function of different colored lines is to illustrate a stitch sequence.  For example, layering of colors demonstrates you add them in that order.  They can also provide ideas on how to integrate additional threads (one line for each color).  Or, you can use the same thread for all color lines.  That's where I encourage you to use your imagination for the space you are stitching!

Oui Oui!

The final post for July includes the last open stitch example from the I-Will-Never-Finish white flower project. The stitch is a cousin of both the Parisian and Brick stitch.

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There are three things I like about this stitch. The first is the primary stitch element (over 2-2-4-4-2-2 rows) is not a perfect pair. Check. On the off chance you didn't know, I'm always a fan of skipping a row between columns. Check. The oblique Upright Cross between the primary elements is a pleasant surprise. Check. The stitched sample uses Kreinik Metallics Fine Braid (#8), Trebizond Silk, and Flair.

I would love to see this stitch as a roof with a mix of textures, solid colors, and variegated colors, such as Rainbow Linen, Treenway Tranquility, and maybe a little Burmilana thrown in for good measure.  It would also make wonderful water with my water favorites of Kreinik Metallics and Petite Silk Lame.  I would use Flair for the oblique Upright Cross in that example. 

My last idea is to rotate the stitch 45° and stitch it in vertical columns for clothing.  I would love to see this stitch as pants on Santa or a nutcracker.  Here my mind is playing with Petite Very Velvet, Pepper Pot Silk, and Fyre Werks.  

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch!  Please enjoy!  

A Note about Diagrams
I use color in diagrams to make them as clear as possible.  The primary function of different colored lines is to illustrate a stitch sequence.  For example, layering of colors demonstrates you add them in that order.  They can also provide ideas on how to integrate additional threads (one line for each color).  Or, you can use the same thread for all color lines.  That's where I encourage you to use your imagination for the space you are stitching!

Large and in Charge

It's always fun to see how the same base stitch looks with different fills. Today's stitch is a distant cousin of one of the early #whimsicalwednesdays.  Today's stitch is the "just right" between full and empty in the center. Truth be told, all choices are great. 

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The common denominator between the two versions is the double diamond (with stitches over five rows on all sides).   

Today's stitched sample is from a large floral. As you can see, it draws attention to the beautiful shading.  It uses Trebizond Silk (turquoise lines), Kreinik Metallics Fine Braid (#8) (dark gray lines), and a Sundance size 11 bead (aqua circle). I chose lighter threads with an open stitch to draw attention to the shading yet still offer an interesting pattern in the larger area.

As mentioned in the first post, I love these large diamonds as background stitches. They add visual interest, yet are subtle. For backgrounds, I like to use a Perle cotton, such as DMC or Prescencia Perle Cotton size 8 on 18-mesh and size 5 on 13-mesh.  More often than not, I add a Smyrna Cross in a subtle metallic to the 2X2 intersection and then play with the inside of the diamond with some sort of metallic. 

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch!  Please enjoy!  

A Note about Diagrams
I use color in diagrams to make them as clear as possible.  The primary function of different colored lines is to illustrate a stitch sequence.  For example, layering of colors demonstrates you add them in that order.  They can also provide ideas on how to integrate additional threads (one line for each color).  Or, you can use the same thread for all color lines.  That's where I encourage you to use your imagination for the space you are stitching!

I Can't Wait to Show You the Wrong One!

A funny thing happened on the way to creating today's diagram.  I got it way wrong.  I would have kept going down that path...because it was pretty fantastic...were it not for the already stitched sample.  I promise to share my mistake once I'm able to stitch it up.  In the interim, please enjoy today's stitch.

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The stitched sample uses Trebizond Silk (light gray lines), Kreinik Metallics Fine Braid (#8) (turquoise lines), and Flair (dark gray lines) on 18-mesh.  Continuing the theme from last week, this is another fantastic open stitch to highlight some of our industry's most beautiful painting.

This stitch could be very intriguing as water, as the Upright Crosses could add a little choppiness to said water.  I would play with Petite Silk Lame, Kreinik, and maybe some Soie D'Alger or Princess Perle.  Stitches like these lend themselves to dramatic clothing.  Very Velvet or any single strand silk would add a richness in color and weight that would make this stand out even more. The center X would be great with Entice or Fyre Werks. I would replace the Upright Cross that is in the center of the diamonds with a bead in that scenario.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch!  Please enjoy!  

A Note about Diagrams
I use color in diagrams to make them as clear as possible.  The primary function of different colored lines is to illustrate a stitch sequence.  For example, layering of colors demonstrates you add them in that order.  They can also provide ideas on how to integrate additional threads (one line for each color).  Or, you can use the same thread for all color lines.  That's where I encourage you to use your imagination for the space you are stitching!

Order the Profiteroles

I finally assembled today's blog at 11:00 last night.  Why?  Because I ordered the profiteroles at dinner last week instead of scampering home and writing the blog.  I regret it...kinda.  The good news is you have your stitch, I had my profiteroles (my all-time favorite dessert) with the one and only Ginabean, and it's a holiday today!  Let's celebrate all of the above with a super fun tramme stitch.

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The stitched sample uses Elegance (dark gray lines), Trebizond Silk (turquoise lines), and Kreinik Metallics Fine Braid (#8) on 18-mesh.  It's a wonderful tone on tone combo that highlights the beautiful shading of the flowers.

This stitch would be even more dramatic with different colors and/or finishes.  I would love to see it as a roof with Very Velvet, Silk Straw, and maybe some Fine Kid (by & more threads).  Another idea is for a coat or bag with Sparkle Rays for the base thread (dark gray line) with Soie D'Alger (turquoise lines) and a dramatic Kreinik Metallic for the center accent stitch (the aqua line).  I'm thinking a Kreinik holographic threads (indicated by an L after the color number) would be perfect.  They are a wonderful burst of even more color than the "typical" Kreinik. 

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch!  Please enjoy and have a happy and safe 4th!  

A Note about Diagrams
I use color in diagrams to make them as clear as possible.  The primary function of different colored lines is to illustrate a stitch sequence.  For example, layering of colors demonstrates you add them in that order.  They can also provide ideas on how to integrate additional threads (one line for each color).  Or, you can use the same thread for all color lines.  That's where I encourage you to use your imagination for the space you are stitching!

Big Red

I can't decide if today's column is about a stitch (it is) or about threads (it is).  Because, frankly, the diagram is kinda boring.  The stitched sample is far from boring.

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The stitched sample uses DMC Perle #5 (light gray lines), Neon Rays (black lines), and Fyre Werks (turquoise lines).  The layering for this stitch is very important. Start with the light gray (vertical) lines, followed by the black (horizontal) lines, and end with the X's on top (aqua lines). The stitched sample is from the retired Linda Carter Holman piece I've featured in a few posts recently (here and here). 

More often than not, I use the same threads for the straight stitches in a layered stitch.  Today's sample is an exception to my typical pattern...and I like it. Two distinct threads for the straight stitches add contrast, especially the Neon Rays. The two rows of Neon Rays merge together to look like a wide ribbon, a fun contrast to the distinct shape of the DMC Perle. Clearly, a laying tool played a role here. 

This stitch would be so much fun with different colors.  Imagine it as a coat for a Santa with Very Velvet (vertical lines), Vineyard Silk (horizontal lines), and an oversized Kreinik in a contrasting color, such as gold, for the X.  Consider using two colors for the stripes, say blue for the vertical and green for the horizontal, tied down with a third color for a bedspread or decorative pillow.  Combine some really unique textures, such as Rainbow Linen and Impressions for the straight lines, and tie it down with Wisper or Fuzzy Stuff for a very au natural roof.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch!  Please enjoy!

A Note about Diagrams
I use color in diagrams to make them as clear as possible.  The primary function of different colored lines is to illustrate a stitch sequence.  For example, layering of colors demonstrates you add them in that order.  They can also provide ideas on how to integrate additional threads (one line for each color).  Or, you can use the same thread for all color lines.  That's where I encourage you to use your imagination for the space you are stitching!

Wide, Wide Open

Today's stitch came from two places.  A stitching friend used it on a background for a floral piece. My plan was to borrow it from her piece.  Imagine the very pleasant surprise when I realized I had it on one of my very own pillows!  (You probably aren't surprised to learn I have more than my fair share of needlepoint pillows.)

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The stitched sample is a single petal from a retired Melissa Shirley floral.  (It's not on her site, but it is a cousin of this, this, and this canvas.  (I have a sneaky suspicion I have at least one of cousins in my stash somewhere.)

The stitched sample uses a single strand of Impressions (turquoise lines in the diagram) and Kreinik Metallics Tapestry Braid (#12) (gray lines).  I recommend adding the diamonds in halves across the horizontal axis and following up with the Kreinik, weaving around the Impressions on the back of the canvas to minimize dragged threads.  I absolutely love the end result. Quick tip on choosing the thread to use in dramatic open work.  I gravitate towards the dominant color.  In this case, for the entire flower, the dominant color was the yellow.

As I mentioned earlier, a stitching friend used this stitch for a lovely open background on a floral still life.  It would also make a wonderful floor, wall, or roof.  Clearly, it lends itself to use in a sampler.  I would love to see it in the center of said sampler with other fun open stitches surrounding it.

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

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch!  Please enjoy!

A Note about Diagrams
I use color in diagrams to make them as clear as possible.  The primary function of different colored lines is to illustrate a stitch sequence.  For example, layering of colors demonstrates you add them in that order.  They can also provide ideas on how to integrate additional threads (one line for each color).  Or, you can use the same thread for all color lines.  That's where I encourage you to use your imagination for the space you are stitching!

Straight Yet Diagonal

Today's stitch is fun and different, while also deceiving.  It's nothing but straight stitches yet delicate diagonal columns emerge. 

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The columns consist of pairs of stitches (on the horizontal axis).  The pairs are over five rows and over two rows or pairs of two stitches over two rows.  To make the columns work, it's really important to remember to leave an empty row in between the columns.

The stitched sample is from the sky of a sweet little Christmas ornament and uses Petite Silk Lame.  It's not quite as obvious as the diagram.  That said, I love how subtle and elegant the stitch is.

This stitch would make a great tabletop, using two colors of Burmilana in alternating columns.  It would also make lovely, yet discreet, water, especially in a wide but short space.  Don't be afraid to flip it 90° and use it for a different sky, greenery, or walkways.  

I added a disclaimer about diagrams at the bottom of all recent blog posts.  Today's diagram is a perfect example of that disclaimer.  The colors in the diagram help differentiate the pattern and illustrate the diagonal columns.  

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch!  Please enjoy!

A Note about Diagrams
I use color in diagrams to make them as clear as possible.  The primary function of different colored lines is to illustrate a stitch sequence.  For example, layering of colors demonstrates you add them in that order.  They can also provide ideas on how to integrate additional threads (one line for each color).  Or, you can use the same thread for all color lines.  That's where I encourage you to use your imagination for the space you are stitching!