Pattern Couching for Small Areas in Focal Point

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A recent post on Tony Minieri’s blog pointed out the usefulness of Pattern Couching when you have a small area needing attention. We tend to think of couching as a necessary evil used when a thread won’t go through the canvas. Pattern couching is somewhat different. Yes, you still have one thread that sits on […]

Needlepoint Japanese Landscapes

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Originally posted 2012-12-03 06:56:32. Republished by Blog Post PromoterIt’s an on-going question: How do I convey in needlepoint elements in art so they don’t look flat and dull? The problem happens because needlepoint stitches and threads have texture, giving it a third dimension, while works of art are two-dimensional. All too often something gets lost […]

When Words Don’t Fail You

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This vintage canvas by dede gives you a head start to create a lovely but easy Tent Stitch background. All you need when the words are already there is two threads the same color with contrasting textures. The one that is more attention grabbing is used for the letters, the other is used for the […]

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 […]

Quick Stitch Reference & More Quick Stitch Reference – Books Review

Originally posted 2012-02-21 06:45:49. Republished by Blog Post PromoterWhile there are several small stitch reference books out there, they generally fall into two categories. Some are designed for beginning stitchers. The other type includes only diagrams, but no explanations. Into this world come these two books. I got mine from Thistle Needleworks, but your shop […]