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!

You're So Tall

Today's stitch is an easy and quick stitch that offers an elegant and clean alternative for an open background.

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I prefer the open centers, as the diagram illustrates.  The horizontal accent adds a little something something.  It is certainly not essential.  It's also an opportunity to add contrasting thread, whether that is color, finish, or both.

If you are #teamfullcoverage, feel free to fill the centers with long vertical stitches.  As with the accent, I encourage you to use a contrasting thread.  The stitched Prescencia Finca Perle 12 with Kreinik Metallics Fine Braid (#8) on 18 mesh.

The height of each diamond makes this a uniquely large stitch.  To get true mileage out of it, I recommend it for a background or another comparable tall space.  It would work on a tall area, such as a coat or dress, the chest of a bird, or a tablecloth.  Flip it 90 degrees on its side and it would work very well for a wide area, such as a tabletop or floor.  Have fun with it.

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

Boo!

Today's stitch is a full coverage stitch I found in a book forever ago.  I had all but forgotten about it until I pulled out my Halloween decorations.

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The stitched sample includes DMC Perle Cotton #8 with Flair.  It's a tricky little stitch.  Do NOT overlook the fact the beetles alternate sizes on the horizontal and vertical axises.  I strongly recommend adding the beetles first (gray lines), and fill in the parallelograms (turquoise lines) when you are done with the beetles.

This full coverage stitch will draw attention to a medium- to large-sized space.  It would be a fantastic coat or bag with rich threads such as Pepper Pot Silk, Very Velvet, Soie D'Alger or Gloriana Silk Floss for the beetles.  Combine those with a strong metallic such as Fyre Werks, Kreinik Metallics Medium Braid (#16), Silk Lame, Rachelette, or Frosty Rays.  It would make a wonderful basket or floor with lighter weight matte threads such as DMC Perle, Elegance, Subtlety, or Prescencia.  Combine colors and finishes to get your desired effect.

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

Ouch

Today's stitch comes from our stitching friend, Ruth Schmuff, of Bedecked and Beadazzled.  I adore everything about this stitch from the offset diamonds on top of diamonds along with the perfect weight of the gold thread.  (Oh, and I adore Ruth.)

I say "ouch" because creating this stitch diagram made my head hurt.  I relied on the stitched sample more than most diagramming projects.  

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There were two keys that helped me navigate this stitch.  First, I stitched the stitch in two distinct steps.  Add the diamonds first (aqua lines), followed by the herringbone accent (gray lines).  Understanding it is a herringbone stitch will help you navigate the crisscrossing threads.

The stitched sample is from a beautiful geisha project from Ruth.  This stitch would be beautiful almost anywhere.  The area will help you determine the thread weight required.  That said, one thing that drew me to this stitch was the lightweight metallic.

The stitched sample establishes it works well for clothing with Soie D'Alger and Kreinik Japan Thread #1.  For a heavier look for clothing (or a bag), consider Very Velvet with Petite Silk Lame.  Another heavier look includes Planet Earth Silk with Rainbow Gallery Neon Rays or Caron Collection Rachele or Rachelette as the accent.  I would love to see it as a floor with an overdyed floss or silk with a solid matte accent such as Rainbow Gallery Subtlety or even a single strand of Impressions. 

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

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!

My Favorite Technique

#teamopenstitches

February focuses on open stitches from pillows on display in my front window for 15+ years as well as a stitch I accidentally created by not transferring a diagram correctly.  (Seriously.)

A little background.  When I returned to the world of needlepoint, I was #teamfullcoverage for several years. I could not get my head around what I called "naked canvas."  Oh, how wrong I was.  Without a doubt, it took some coaxing and hand-holding.  Here I am, twenty-some years later, I can't imagine a single piece of needlepoint I've stitched, or am stitching, without the dreaded...I mean gorgeous...naked canvas.  It's about balance, focus areas, and symmetry.  

I begin with the Pomegranate Stitch.  I have no other name for it.  This is because the stitch is comprised of several small stitches that create a gorgeous pattern and I used it on a pomegranate.  Makes sense, right?

The first diagram is the first group of stitches that would be fine just as they are, especially with a piece with gorgeous shading.

But, no.  I needed more stitches, so I added an Upright Cross (the light gray lines) inside the small diamonds.

Was that the end?  Of course not.  More oblique layered crosses were added.  And some tiny Mosaic stitches.

The stitched sample on Instagram reflects the final diagram.  I included all three steps because I wanted to make a point.  Any of these three combinations work as a group of stitches.  Truth be told, if I re-stitched this piece today, I would stitch it with the middle diagram so I could have more naked canvas.

It's all a matter of taste and your desired coverage level.  What is universal, regardless of which diagram you prefer, is the threads.  When doing open work, it's important to integrate thread weight into the equation.  Generally speaking, I choose lighter weight threads as a secondary way to let the shading show through.  Case in point, I used size 5 pearl cotton and size 12 Kreinik Metallics Tapestry Braid on 13-mesh for the pomegranate.  I would even use size 8 pearl cotton and size 8 Kreinik Metallics on 13-mesh to make a point.  It works, I promise.  And, as with all things needlepoint, it is all a matter of taste.  So, experiment to find what works for you.

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

I Can See Clearly Now

I vividly remember when I was taught how to do glass by Wendy Harwood.  Like it was yesterday.

It was a glass jar full of candy on a Melissa Shirley stocking.  I loved the colors of the candies and looked forward to bringing them to life with bright threads.  In the back of my mind, I was bummed it wouldn't be clear the pretty candies were in a jar, but couldn't verbalize that thought.  Turned out it didn't matter.  Wendy shared a great solution that showed off the pretty candies in what was very clearly a jar.

Open stitches with Kreinik Metallics.

Jars, eye glasses, vases, windows...everything glass.  It was and is a great solution.  My go-to stitch for windows is Reverse Basketweave in a Kreinik Metallic Braid.  My favorite is #032 Very Fine Braid (#4) for 18 mesh and #032 Fine Braid (#8) for 13 mesh.

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Another favorite glass stitch is Alicia's Lace.  It's Plain Needlepoint in alternating directions.  So easy.

Alicia's Lace.jpg

Experiment with some of your favorite open stitches and share what you learn with us!  I hope you enjoy this solution!

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Enjoy!

P.S.  I miss you, Wendy.  A lot.

 

 

Reverse #smallspacesunday

This week's #smallspacesunday post shares the Reverse Basketweave stitch.  

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What I love about this stitch is it adds texture and some dimension to a small space, all the while keeping it very neat and clean.  Consider it for a small basket, hat, gloves, ground cover, bushes (in the background), lamp base, side table, small fruits or vegetables...you get the idea. 

Like other small space stitches, this stitch works well with overdyed threads as it merges the various hues of the thread well and doesn't overpower a piece.  

It is a great stitch to use if you want the shading to show through.  To accomplish that, use a very light thread weight based on the canvas mesh you are using.  For example, use Elegance on a 13-mesh canvas or Kreinik Metallics Very Fine Braid (#4) on 18-mesh.  

As an example, I use this stitch frequently for window glass, especially with a Kreinik Metallic. I use Kreinik Metallics color 032 (Pearl) in a Very Fine Braid (#4) on 18-mesh and Fine Braid (#8) on 13-mesh.  It provides the shiny look of glass all the while allowing the colors of the window as painted to show through.  

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I hope you enjoy the Reverse Basketweave stitch.  Let us know where you use it so we can learn together!

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