Free needlepoint projects, lots of new stitches, monthly programs, small projects!
What more could you want. My 2013 series, Learn a Stitch Needlepoint Owl, starts this month with this adorable owl.
Inspired by a patchwork cell phone case, you can make these owls in any colors you like.
Every month four new stitches will be highlighted (one for each area except the eyes.
The monthly project will appear on the fifteenth of every month through 2013. Complete instructions for the piece start below.
Prepare your Canvas
For this project you will need:
- 6 x 8 piece mono canvas in your choice of canvas
- light-colored solid thread for face
- dark-colored solid thread for eyes
- 3 solid or overdyed threads for body areas & triangle
- (optional) metallic to outline body areas
For this owl I used:
- Kreinik #12 in4010HL
- Watercolours in 307 Calypso
- Conjoined Creations in 825M
- Hyla’s High Cotton in Custard (604)
- Ty-Di Just Cotton in 109
Burmilana in 3906
I’m challenging myself to use only threads from my stash for these.
Begin by clicking on the owl template above to get a full-size outline. Use this to trace the outline onto your canvas using a permanent marker made for fabric, such as a Pigma Micron.
Trace all the vertical and horizontal lines, making sure each one is along either one thread of canvas or one column of holes on the canvas.
Mark the dots that are the centers of the eyes.
Mark the intersection that is at the bottom of the triangle. From this point make two diagonal lines for each side of the triangle. This is the easiest way to get a perfect triangle.
Stitch the triangle in Diana, below. This stitch alternates rows of Tent Stitch and Cross Stitch over one thread. Use one of the solid threads for this area.
Eyes & Face
Stitch the center of the eyes, below, in Tent Stitch. Around the Tent Stitched area make a Jessica, below. The diagrammed Jessica has 3 stitches on each side. Yours should be larger, with five stitches per side. The process works the same way for all sizes of Jessicas.
Once the eyes are stitched, fill the centers with Tent Stitch.
Next stitch the face in Domi, below.
Stitch the left side of the body in Anna’s Cashmere, below, using two of your threads.
Stitch the right side of the body in Reverse Offset Arrowhead Scotch, below.
Once you have completed stitching your owl, you may want to add some edging to the colored areas. I did this by making lines of Whipped Backstitch, below, using metallic.
Don’t forget to visit Nuts about Needlepoint every month on the 15th to get next month’s lear a stitch needlepoint owl!