Book of Hours Color Twinchy – Sneak Peek at New Color & Thread Club

illustration from medieval book of hours

Originally posted 2012-01-24 09:20:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Going from the earth and mineral colors that predominated the palettes of Ancient Egypt and Greece, the High Middle Ages seem to burst in a world of color and light. I have adored the bright, rich blues of medieval prayer books, or Books of Hours, since […]

Finishing Up the Log Cabin Sampler

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This week we come to the end of this great project with a stitch that is perfect for roofs, buildings and backgrounds. Stitch the remaining log in Diagonal Shingle, below, using the darkest shade of the main color. Follow the Series On-line! Introduction, materials and outlining Corner Block Genny’s Scotch Double Brick & Upright Milanese […]

Make Like a Basket in Log Cabin Sampler

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This week is another straight stitch. It has blocks of stitches running in both directions. Stitches that change direction are fantastic in threads that have directional light. T This quality means that the color looks different depending on the direction of the stitch. Pearl cotton, most silks and many other threads have this characteristic. To […]

Great Stitch for Round Areas – Log Cabin Sampler

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Finding great stitches that play well with rounded shapes can be a real challenge. Tis is especially true when it comes to backgrounds. Think about it: how many stitches can you think of that would look great behind a round vases full of flowers (which are also round)? That’s why I love this week’s stitch, […]

Double Smyrna Blocks in Log Cabin Needlepoint Sampler

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The third log in the major color for our sampler uses a variation of Smyrna Cross, but groups them into blocks that create a bold, highly textured grid. Stitch the log in Double Smyrna Cross, below, using the third lightest color thread in your major color. Smyrna Cross uses a block that is 2 threads […]