I did several posts on needlepoint stitch samples in January and mentioned that my Rainforest Crunch project from last year inspired the idea. After stitching a number of very small samples I decided I wanted to expand on the idea as a project for this year.
So, today I’m introducing my needlepoint stitch samples series. I will be sharing several of these stitch samples every month throughout the year, all produced with a variety of both thread and colour combinations. I will be learning new stitches along the way and experimenting with ALL the threads I offer in the shop. This will give you a visual of how the colour combinations look when stitched and perhaps it just may give you an idea of a project for yourself. Later in the year I will share what I will be “doing” with all these needlepoint stitch samples – you never know……
Some of the technical stuff! All the squares are stitched on 18 count mono canvas. Some are published patterns and others are a random selection of stitches from various books. Most I’ll be making up as I go (this has already created some challenges for a newbie canvas worker). I’ll be sharing sources when used.
In the spirit of Valentines Day, today is all about PINKS! I must admit pink is not my most favourite colour combination but interestingly it is “growing on me”! I started by stitching the outer border in a cashmere stitch variation in a size 5 perle cotton colour #144, a combination of fuchsia, purples, blues and wines. This square is approximately 1 1/4 inches (25 count). I filled the center with size 5 perle cotton colour #147 which is a very subtle blend of soft pinks to create a nice contrast. This is an inner woven cross stitch from Ruth Schmuff/Kathy Holicky’s book “Stitches – Volume 1” which you will find on page 287.
There you go – want to join me!?