It's Hard to Not Smile

Today’s stitch makes me smile. It’s light, airy, and oh so pretty.

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Ruth Schmuff, an FOW (friend of whimsicalstitch.com), integrated this stitch for a background in her guide for Sudden Realization by David Galchutt. It uses Gloriana Silk Floss (black lines) and Petite Silk Lame (gray lines) (on 18-mesh).

The intriguing pattern belies its delicateness. I’m integrating it into teapot that has beautiful shading for an upcoming Stitch Concept, using a solid color silk floss (black lines) and a ThreadWorx overdyed metallic (gray lines). I’m also adding a bead in the center of the smaller flowers. Using clear beading thread for the beads provides the ability to drag the beading thread across the canvas. If you are using solid beading thread, add the beads up and down vertical columns or from right to left and back in the horizontal columns.

I would love to see it for a solid background with a Silk Perle (black lines) and a bright Kreinik Metallic or Fyre Werks (gray lines). It could make a very pretty sky with overdyed pearl cotton or solid silk floss (black lines) and light metallic (gray lines).

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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!

Ruff Ruff!

Today’s #stitchingsunday is one of the darling pooches from Ruff Life in the Wine Country featuring Tall Short from a #smallspacesunday in 2017.

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Today’s Tall Short stitch uses Gloriana Lorikeet (on 18-mesh) for a dog’s ear. It will also make great tree trunk, small sweater or socks, or a window.

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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!

Squares Can Be Cool

I am a complete square…always have and always will be. But today’s square stitch, unlike me, is very cool.

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The inspiration for today’s stitch was an embroidery diagram I found on Pinterest. It’s another example of what I call Pattern Stitching. I wrote several posts about that a couple years ago (here, here, and here) that provide you with additional insight and ideas for pattern stitching.

The precise pattern makes a beautiful floor, especially if there is gorgeous shading to be shared (as the stitched sample illustrates). A tone on tone version, while more subtle, serves well as a back drop, such as a sky, wall, bed or seat cover, or roof.

The stitched sample uses Princess Perle on 18-mesh. I like single strand threads for stitches like this. I like the added height that single strand threads, such as perle cotton, silk perle, single strand silk, and metallic braids add to an area.

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!

Hello Gorgeous!

Today’s stitch is beautiful…and deceptive. The truth is that it is far easier than either the diagram or the stitched sample portray.

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Once I saw the pattern as blocks of diagonal stitches six rows high instead of separate blocks of red stitches (three rows high) and blocks of pink stitches (also three rows high), it all came together for me. It took a couple false starts before this was obvious to me. I think the effect is far more dramatic if you use contrasting colors (as the stitch sample illustrates) versus contrasting finishes in the same color family.

The stitched sample is me playing on blank canvas with Very Velvet (aqua lines) and Shimmer Ribbon (black lines).

This is truly an all purpose full coverage stitch. It would make a wonderful pair of pants with a Gloriana Lorikeet with a Vineyard Silk a or a Soie D’Alger paired with a Gloriana Pashmina. It will make a great tree or ground cover with a combo of a solid Burmilana and a ThreadWorx overdyed Floss or Perle Cotton. Consider using it for a wall with lightweight thread combos, such as size 8 or size 12 silk or cotton perle along with a lightweight metallic, such as Petite Silk Lame or a size 8 Kreinik Metallic.

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!

Ho Ho Ho

Today's stitch is a quick and easy full coverage stitch for a long, narrow space. The French Knots are a nice little surprise that add texture and a little extra something to what could be a boring area.

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The stitched sample is a Santa beard with three plies of Burmilana for the horizontal stitches (black lines) and two plies of the same Burmilana for the French Knots (gray circles). Typically, I add an extra ply of a thread when I am doing a straight stitch to make sure there is full coverage.

It's easy and cute.  I think it would be darling as cowboy pants with a lovely brown or blue variegated wool, such as Lorikeet or ThreadWorx Merino Wool.  It would make a cute hillside or roof.  Soie Cristale and beads (instead of French Knots) would make a gorgeous and elegant dress.  Another variation would be to replace the French Knots with a Cross Stitch for a more subtle variation.

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hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Enjoy!  Happy #smallspacesunday!

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 Minny

I needed something different for a narrow and tall tree.  I love the Upright Cross Stitch for a tree, so I just put it on a diet. 

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The stitched sample uses six plies of DMC Cotton Floss and a cute pearl from SJ Designs on 13-mesh.  The open intersection is 2X2 rows.  If a large embellishment isn't the right thing for your space, consider a size 11 bead over two rows, four French Knots, four beads, an Upright Cross, or even a Smryna Cross.  If you would like less texture, consider four tent stitches, a 2X2 Mosaic stitch, or leaving it open.

In case you haven't figured it out yet, I love Lorikeet for greenery.  In my opinion, mixing Lorikeet with a solid color thread is always a good look.  Consider Lorikeet for the gray lines and Glisten or Planet Earth Silk Opal for the accent stitch.   

This would make really pretty clothing with silk floss, such as Soie D'Alger or Waterlilies, combined with beads or a bright metallic.

Flip it 90 degrees and I think you have a wonderful water stitch.  For that, I would use a lightweight metallic and a bead, such as Kreinik size 8 and a size 11 bead (on 13-mesh) or Kreinik size 4 and a size 14/15 bead (on 18-mesh).   

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

Blackwork...in Blue & Gold

Today's stitch is another adventure down my favorite rabbit hole of pattern stitching (aka blackwork).  This is a beautiful embroidery pattern I discovered on Pinterest and translated for needlepoint.

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The stitched sample uses Gloriana Duchess Silk and Kreinik Metallics Medium Braid (#16).  Let's talk about the sequence for a moment.  Speaking from my vast experience stitching this stitch (okay...the stitched sample), I strongly recommend adding the pinwheels first (black lines on the diagram/blue lines on the stitched sample).  Since the pinwheels fit into each other and are offset, there's no easy way to do this.  I strongly recommend starting near the center and stitching outwards. 

With the diagram nearby, use a simple backstitch to create the pinwheels.  Drag the thread as needed to begin or connect new pinwheels.  The stitch sequence will vary with each pinwheel, so be patient and pay close attention to the diagram.  Try to stay one step ahead of a pinwheel, meaning always look for the pinwheel shape to guide your stitching.  (I hope that will make sense as you stitch it.)  Adding the large X's in the center will be so easy when you're done! 

This stitch would be wonderful for so many areas.  The first thing that pops into my head is what a wonderful floor it would make, using a silk or cotton perle in two different colors.  It would make a wonderful coat with Very Velvet, Pepper Pot Silk, or Gloriana Duchess Silk and a rich Kreinik Metallic. Have fun with it.  It's a really special stitch.

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

Baby Leaves!

I love finding new (to me) small stitches as it is always good to expand your repertoire beyond your traditional small stitches.  I continue to be amazed at how many small space stitches are out there.  Today's is especially cute!

I love a good leaf stitch and today's is a perfect one for a small space.  It's offers generous coverage and is just plain cute.

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The diagram is colored to offer clarity on the steps.  Personally, I would stitch the diamonds first (dark gray lines) and add the leaves afterwards (light gray lines).  As always, thread selection truly depends on the look you are going for. 

Clearly, this stitch would make a great tree or shrub.  A single overdyed floss or silk would be lovely (for the entire stitch).  If the area has room for more personality, consider using two different shades of a single color.  The stitched sample uses three plies of Soie D'Alger on 18-mesh.  Adding one more ply certainly wouldn't hurt.  

The diamonds around the small leaves extend its appeal beyond greenery.  If this isn't going to be foliage, for goodness sake, have fun with dramatic color and finish combinations. Frankly, it would make an adorable coat or a floor covering.  For the coat, I think a combo of Very Velvet plus a deep Kreinik Metallic or Entice would be gorgeous.  For a lighter look, try silk perle (Rainbow Gallery Elegance or Subtlety, or Gloriana Princess Perle) for the diamond and a Petite Silk Lame for the inside.   

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