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!

X's and O's

I love stitching snow.  The variety of stitches we can use are virtually limitless.  I can't think of a needlepoint artist who doesn't add some sort of secondary color, whether it is gray or blue, to add depth and nuance to the snow.

And those additional colors are exactly why I favor open stitches.  The shading is so beautiful and subtle I don't want to cover it up.  Today's stitch honors that objective and is for a snowman you want to stand out.

Add the base threads (gray lines) first, and follow up with the accent threads (green and yellow lines).  

With most tramme stitches I previously shared with you on this site, I used a matte thread for the base (typically Very Velvet or a heavy Pearl Cotton).  On the stitched sample on Instagram for this stitch, I used all shiny threads.  The base thread is Petite Sparkle Rays.  The green accent thread is Crystal Braid and the yellow accent thread is Shimmer Ribbon.  

When using threads with the same finish, take a moment to make sure they are distinguishable from each other.  As an example, Neon Ray would not work with either Neon Rays + or Shimmer Ribbon as the finishes are too similar.  If you are using contrasting colors, have fun with the colors!  Finish matters less in that scenario.

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Enjoy!