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). 

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! And happy, happy 2018!

Pretty as a Peach

Today's stitch is a denser variation of the Elongated X's I shared with you last September.   

Just as the original post, this stitch is up six rows and over two.  Tying down the X's with three horizontal stitches over two rows is a way to brighten it up for the peach that inspired this post.

As you can see, thread weights play a huge role in the openness of this denser stitch.  I used size 8 DMC Pearl Cotton and size 8 Kreinik Metallics, resulting in an almost full coverage stitch looking barely there.  And, for certain artists, this is the way to stitch.  There is some beautiful shading out there.  There are times I feel guilty covering it up.  

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

Small Tramme

Truth be told, most Tramme stitches qualify as small space stitches.  However, I singled this background out as a small Tramme background because the stitched sample is an ornament I did many years ago.

The stitch is very straightforward.

Sequence: 1. Dark gray vertical lines (aka base threads) 2. Yellow lines (aka accent threads) 3. Black lines

Sequence: 1. Dark gray vertical lines (aka base threads) 2. Yellow lines (aka accent threads) 3. Black lines

The vertical rows are over three to add a smoothness to the background and moderate the tramme rows in the stitch.  That is a personal choice; you can do over more or fewer rows in your own piece.

The stitched sample is a combination of three different finishes in the same color family.  

The threads are DMC Pearl #8, Very Velvet, and Kreinik Metallics Very Fine Braid, all in a very light blue.  The Kreinik is a very subtle touch and may be hard to see.  That was purposeful...the light weight creates a very subtle metallic pop to the background that I love. 

The possible thread combinations and color combos are endless.  This stitch makes a fantastic background (obviously), but would also be adorable on a pair of pants with the base thread of the tramme row in a contrasting color.  It would serve well as a wallpaper, floor, rooftop (yes, again with the rooftops), or ground cover.  Its strength lies in the tramme rows, which add definition and strength to the stitch.  If you want a strong vertical (or horizontal) design element, this stitch is for you.

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

 

 

Diamond Columns

This stitch is one of my favorite backgrounds, especially white-on-white.

The background is columns of diamonds connected by straight lines.  It is best to work this stitch vertically by column.

Create the diamond in the diagrammed sequence (numbered steps), illustrated in left diagram.  The next step (the lettered steps) adds the connector.  When done with B, return to A and repeat the numbered steps.  Repeat until the area is full of diamonds.  Add the Upright Crosses inside each diamond to complete the stitch. 

You can adjust the length of the connectors to suit your space.  I've done connectors over three rows, four rows (as diagrammed above), and as many as six rows.  It depends on the size of the space and the amount of open canvas you want to display.

This stitch works for baskets, floors, foliage (with a short connector), or clothing with large areas to stitch so there is room for the pattern to emerge.  More often than not, I use this as a background stitch, as illustrated by the stitched sample on Instagram.    

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Enjoy!

Horizontal Brick

Not the most clever of blog post titles, but it's early here.  :)

Today's stitch is one of those universal solutions.  Depending on the thread combination, it can be clothing, a background, a tabletop, a piece of fruit (as illustrated on Instagram), or foliage.

It's really simple.

As I mentioned earlier, the thread combination defines its use.  For an area you'd like to recede a little, I recommend a lightweight pearl silk or cotton, such as Elegance, Thread Gatherer Silken Pearl, DMC (or Anchor) Pearl #8 for the gray lines and a lightweight metallic for the yellow lines, such as Neon Rays, Shimmer, or Kreinik Metallics #4 or #8. 

For a more intense area, such as a coat, Very Velvet, Pepper Pot Silk, Vineyard Silk, or a multi-ply wool are great alternatives.  Flair, Frosty Rays, Kreinik Metallics #12 or #16 balance these threads well.  

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Enjoy!

Cross My Heart...Again!

Today's stitch is Tied Oblong Crosses.  As I diagrammed this stitch, I quickly realized I could have added an indefinite number of variations, so please consider these nothing more than thought starters!

Scalability and versatility define this stitch.  The three possibilities illustrated below include oblong crosses five rows high and two rows wide.  You can make it as small as three rows high and literally as tall as he space.  

The chart on the left includes three base patterns that differ based on their accent stitches (the gray lines).  You can center the accents on the vertical, horizontal, or both.  To make the vertical accent work, the underlying cross (the aqua lines) needs to be at least two rows wide (as illustrated).  The diagram on the right illustrates how a base pattern is put together to create the overall look.   

Generally speaking, I prefer a matte thread for the crosses and a metallic thread for the accent stitches.  If you use the bottom pattern with two accent threads, be sure to use threads with enough color contrast between them to distinguish the look.

The stitched sample on Instagram is from a roof on piece I'm currently stitching.  It would make a great border stitch, especially on clothing.  There is so much you can do with this...let your imagination go wild!

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Enjoy!

Connections Part 1

I am a huge fan of open stitches, especially for backgrounds.  Open stitches are a way to integrate wonderful stitches without completely obscuring truly beautiful painting, especially skies, by our favorite needlepoint artists.  It also is a tactic to draw the eye to a desired area by downplaying the area the open stitch is covering.  The most understandable example for the second reason are backgrounds.  

Today's stitch is one of my favorite backgrounds.  It's an easy pattern to pick up, fills up an area quickly due to its deceivingly large size, and is evenly spaced.  It's also very easy to determine if you missed a stitch within the the pattern.  I call it Diamond Connections.  

It's also a very appealing combination of vertical and diagonal stitches, which adds a nice texture to the area.  Consider rotating the diagram 90 degrees and having horizontal connectors instead of vertical!  There are no rules here.  The stitched sample on Instagram is from one of Melissa Shirley's recent holiday baskets.

This stitch diagram, along with other #whimsicalwednesday and #smallspacesunday stitch diagrams, can also be found on www.pinterest.com/whimsicalstitch/whimsicalwednesday.  

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Enjoy!