Stitching Sunday

Okay, you caught me. Technically, this was a #stitchingsaturday. I worked on a cute little Plum Stitchery floral piece last night while re-binging Legally Blond (the original, not any of the less than sequels).

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I flipped the diagram 90° to create vertical columns and added a contrasting color for the vertical columns over two rows. Today’s stitched sample uses a single strand of Floche (black lines), pink Petite Silk Lame for the alternating vertical columns, and a size 8 Kreinik (for the other vertical columns and the trios of stitches over two rows). Technically, this is a full coverage stitch and adds interesting detail. However, I purposefully chose lighter threads so it did not overwhelm the flowers. (Canvas is Plum Stitchery Wildflowers 15AA.)

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Happy #stitchingsunday!

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!

Cousins are Great

Today’s stitch comes from my friends at Aristeia in Santa Monica. I spotted this stitch and thought it was this stitch. It’s a very close cousin and, honestly, I wish I had thought of this variation myself.

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The stitched sample used two plies of DMC Floche (black lines) and a Kreinik metallic on 18-mesh. It was a sky on a cute little Vicky Sawyer piece. I think it would make a wonderful solid background on any number of florals. My favorite thread combo for backgrounds is a single strand silk perle, such as Elegance or Grandeur, for the black lines and an appropriate metallic for the aqua lines. If I want the metallic to pop, I go with a Kreinik. For a more subtle accent, consider Rainbow Gallery Flair or Silk Lame.

Consider flipping it 90° for beautiful columns for wallpaper or a floor. I would use a Soie D’Alger for the black lines and Neon Rays for the aqua lines. It will also make a fantastic ground cover, especially for beautifully shaded snow. For the snow, use white Kreinik Metallics Fine Braid (#8) for the black lines and white Flair for the aqua lines. The shading will show through both of those threads and it’s a beautiful effect.

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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!

Open, Open, Open

I love today's stitch for many reasons.  Yes, it's an open stitch and my fondness for open stitches is well documented.  What drew me to it is the fact it challenged me, in a good way, on how open an open stitch can be.  

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The shape of this stitch is very simple and will not define the area it is used in.  I recommend it for an area that is a good size, where you are comfortable with the canvas and/or shading overshadowing the actual stitch, and an area that is not the main focus.    

I was introduced to it on an elegant martini glass.  This stitch on the glass was a charming surprise as my eye went to the olives and other objects near the glass.  

The stitched sample above is me playing with it for a sky with one ply of Floche and size 8 Kreinik Metallic on 18-mesh.  I would absolutely use this stitch for glass (say a martini glass), larger windows (say behind a Christmas tree), or a basket with beautiful shading.  It's a sweet and surprising stitch.

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

Rain, Rain, Don't Go Away

I shared this stitch with a student at a recent embellishment class.  It's an extension of my love of tramme but it added key elements to the student's piece, specifically rain.  It was a perfect solution.

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Your eyes are not deceiving you.  The stitched sample uses two plies of Floche for every single turquoise line on the stitch diagram, resulting in a slightly more full coverage stitch.

I would love to use this stitch for a sky with a single strand of Subtlety and Petite Silk Lame.  Flip the diagram 90 degrees and you have a great stitch for water or grassy plains.  For the water, I would consider a lightweight Kreinik (size 8) in two different blues (one for the base thread and one for the accent thread).  The grassy plains could be brought to life with a solid colored single strand silk, such as Pepper Pot, for the base threads covered with Lorikeet for the accent threads.  I'm playing with thread choices for this stitch for a beach chair.  I'll be playing with combinations including Rainbow Linen or other tweedy threads for that one.  The alternating directions of the accent threads (gray lines) give this stitch a great texture for clothing, baskets, even tree trunks.  I hope these are good thoughtstarters for you.

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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If you like what you see on this blog, want to learn some very creative decorative stitches, and how to put them all together, whimsicalstitch.com sells stitch guides and stitch concepts for Melissa Shirley Designs, Zecca Designs, and Patience Brewster. 47 guides are currently available and more are in the works!

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

Sometimes Simple is Best

Yes, I know.  Technically, this is not a full coverage stitch, as in "full" full coverage stitch.  The spirit is full coverage, so I included it this month.  I really like this stitch as it is a great horizontal alternative to a Cashmere stitch.   It's simple yet there is still little snap to it.

I recommend adding the X's first (the black lines), followed by the aqua lines.  (Here's a refresher on Continental, should you want it.)  The stitched sample on Instagram is stitched with Floche (2-ply) on 13-mesh.

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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, whimsicalstitch.com sells stitch guides for Melissa Shirley Designs, Zecca Designs, and Patience Brewster.  31 guides are currently available and more are in the pipeline.

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