Who Knew Bricks Could Be Glamorous?

Today’s stitch is an elegant interpretation of a classic Brick Stitch.

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The stitched sample uses Crystal Braid and Sundance Beads (on 13-mesh). Crystal Braid’s color palette is on the lighter side. I love that because Crystal Braid absorbs and reflects the painted color of the canvas.

This simple stitch is made elegant by the addition of the beads. It would be great for clothing, water that you want to draw attention to, a rooftop, or a bedspread. I would love to see it as a christening gown with Soie D’Alger and pearls. Consider using ThreadWorx overdyed metallic and clear beads for water.

If you want to dress it up even more, consider adding three beads in between the rows of stitches (instead of the one as diagrammed). Another interesting variation would be to alternate colors in the horizontal columns. Combine that with a matte bead and I think you might have a very interesting 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!

Bead:Thread

I’m kinda into the bead to thread ratio in today’s stitch.

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The stitched sample is a monotone palette with three unique threads to add texture. It uses Petite Silk Lame (black lines), Kreinik Metallics Fine Braid (size 8) (turquoise lines), Crystal Braid (gray lines), and Sundance Beads (aqua circles).

This stitch will explode into something spectacular when you mix colors. It will make a gorgeous dress with a pink Trebizond Silk (black lines), red Fyre Werks (turquoise lines), pink Entice (gray lines), and gold beads. How about a dramatic bird tail with turquoise Soie d’Alger (black lines), orange Kreinik Metallics (turquoise lines), orange Silk Lame (gray lines), and purple beads? You can also up the bead glam by using Swarovski round crystals (2mm or 3mm), one of my very favorite embellishments.

It will make an interesting water stitch, especially if the water is slightly choppy. For water, I would return to a monotone palette and use a Petite Silk Lame (black lines), a Kreinik metallic for both the aqua and gray lines, and clear beads.

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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!

Back to, um, Square One

Today’s return to box beads is completely unintentional, but they are perfect. They make a huge (no pun intended) difference in today’s beautiful composite stitch

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Today's stitch comes from the same Melissa Shirley fruit purse from a couple weeks ago. (Note: the stitched purse in the link is not mine.) It’s all metallic and beads. The stitched sample uses Crystal Braid (black lines), Kreinik Metallic (turquoise lines), and Sundance Box Beads (yellow circles).

Yes, the diagram uses a circle to denote the box bead. Really, any oversized bead will do. As size 6 and 8 beads are more common, I chose to use a circle.

Clearly, this is a standout stitch. Use it on an area you want to draw attention to, such as a dramatic dress, coat, or Santa bag. You can replace the single large bead with a 2X2 square of single seed beads. All of the threads in the stitched sample are metallics; consider using a rich Very Velvet or an elegant silk floss for the black lines to give it more contrast.

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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!

It Takes a Village

It's been a little nutty around here for the last few weeks, so I counted on my village of stitcher friends to get me through.  Today's stitch is inspired by a project a friend shared with me a couple years ago.  I've included it on many personal and student projects. It's easy, versatile, and well-behaved.  

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I say well-behaved because this stitch just adapts to whatever area you put it in.  The example above is from a Santa coat, using Vineyard Silk and Shimmer Ribbon.  I've used or recommended it for snowmen with Crystal Braid (gray lines) and Flair (aqua lines), fruit with Soie D'Alger (gray lines) and Trebizond Silk (aqua lines), and backgrounds with Perle Cotton (gray lines ) and Kreinik Metallic (aqua lines).  And they all worked.

You could reduce the texture of the 2X2 square by replacing the Smryna Cross with four tent stitches or a 2X2 Mosaic stitch.  That combination makes me want to try it for a tabletop, a floor, or even a field of grass.  There are a lot of ways to play with this stitch.

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

Start Small

I'm not going to lie...composite stitches used to intimidate me greatly.  I have a few great books on the subject and would read them with wonder.  "How did they think of this?  How did they see this?"

I can't speak for those teachers but I realized at a recent teaching event to "start small."  I knew what I wanted for a Santa hat, but a. didn't have those books nearby and b. would have been mortified pulling out a book.  So I punted.

I started with a group of one of my favorite stitches.  And then I proceeded to stare at the sheet for a minute, knowing I wanted space.  So I added an accent.  And then I was off to the races by simply repeating this pattern, creating this framework.  

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Personally, I loved the initial framework but wanted more.  So more was added including beads and a metallic accent with the final stitch for the Santa hat below.  It combines so many wonderful things that are perfect for the holidays.

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This stitch would work well for most areas where you want to draw attention.  It would make great clothing, large flower, even water.  It would also make very interesting greenery, with or without the bead.  It really depends on how much attention an area deserves.  Thread choices would be dictated by area.  You could combine some wonderful metallics, such as ThreadWorx Kreinik with 1-2 solid colored metallics for a wonderful water.  Greenery could include Lorikeet, Very Velvet, and/or Silk Straw.  Have fun with it!

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

Short & Wide

I can be overly focused on the traditional view of perfectly diagonal stitches (45 degrees) in needlepoint.  It's also clear I'm overly comfortable with straight stitches, as illustrated here, here, and here.  So, yes, I can get bored with myself, I mean my stitches.

This is when oblique stitches save the day.  The beauty of oblique stitches is they are often the perfect stitch for that odd-shaped space.  Today's stitch is a chevron stitch with oblique stitches and a skipped row.

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This stitch would be just perfect for receding landscape (mountain or greenery in the background), water, or sky.  Those are just some thought-starters.  The skipped row is essential here as it lightens the stitch and helps with the shading.  The subtlety here is beautiful.  Despite being minimalist, it makes you look twice.

The stitched sample on Instagram is me playing with threads for a background of a floral piece from Melissa Shirley.  I used Elegance and Crystal Braid on 18-mesh.

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

Dot Dot Dot

Yes, the title is dot, dot, dot.  As in Dotted Swiss.

As you know, I am a huge advocate of Plain Needlepoint in every piece.  It provides balance and a place for the eye to rest.  The stitched sample for this stitch is a perfect example of this philosophy.  It's Melissa Shirley's Vintage Pears with a stitch guide by Beverly Churchfield.  The pears are gorgeous.  If you want to do an exquisite version of that canvas, I strongly encourage you to get Bev's stitch guide.

The background is a Dotted Swiss variation to allow the pears to shine as they are truly extraordinary.  That said, I did add a little sparkle to the background as well.

I used DMC Floss and Crystal Braid with similar color values.  And I love 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!  Enjoy!

A Tramme TBT

Today's TBT is the Tramme Stitch.  

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Enjoy!

More Beads!

Snow stitches beg for beads.  Today's stitch finds its inspiration in earlier posts.  While I wholeheartedly recommend the Baby Bling stitch or Chopsticks (with beads) for snow, let's change the shape of the stitch in between the beads this week.

I present Beads with Diamonds.  

This is an open stitch that is perfect for the wonderful snow shading.  The light blue or gray shading will show through beautifully with this stitch.  Consider using a clear bead, such as Sundance Beads color 131, for the accent.  Frankly, I would use a light sheen Metallic, such as Flair, Frosty Rays, or Crystal Braid, for the diamond itself.

I'm including a couple of variations to (hopefully) inspire you.  The first adds an Upright Cross stitch to the center of the diamond.  I strongly recommend using two different metallics, one for the Upright Cross and one for the Diamond.  

The last variation leaves the center clear but fills in the diagonal stitch between the diamonds.

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It's all a matter of taste.  And your taste is perfect.  

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Enjoy!

Santa's Landing Pad

This stitch is unique, to say the least.  And I love it.  I've used it for a blouse and a piece of fruit.  Yes, random areas but the proportions were perfect.  It also makes a perfect snow covered roof.  

When using this stitch for a roof, I strongly recommend a well-defined thread that keeps its shape, such as a Kreinik Metallic, for the dark gray line.  If you want a little less bling on your roof, I recommend a lightweight Silk Pearl (Elegance, Grandeur, or Gloriana Princess Pearl) for the dark gray line.  For the light gray line, Flair or Crystal Braid have the perfect amount of flexibility to cover the area without overwhelming it.  The final touch is the bead between the rectangles.  A clear, white, or clear opal bead would be perfect.  Consider using light blue beading thread for the bead to add a unique smidge of color.

The two stitch samples are from the obscure objects I mentioned earlier.  The first is from a blouse on a Melissa Shirley Indian Girl. The second is from a pear on Melissa Shirley's Vintage Pears...also known as my cat's favorite napping spot.

 Changing directions on this stitch is especially impactful.  This stitch on the vertical is perfect for a tall, slender area.

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Enjoy!