There is a lot to be said for simple straight stitches.

This particular heart focuses on straight stitches.  It is a quick and easy design to stitch up.  Dominique chose a pastel selection of colours including Colour #60 which is part of my spring collection this year.  I love the colour transition – do you?  It’s stitched on 18 count mono canvas. 

I believe the pattern is a bordered pavilion diamonds.  I have no doubt you can find this charted online with a little research although you may very well be able to determine how it is stitched simply using the photograph.  I find the Stitches books by Ruth Schmuff and Kathy Holicky very helpful so might want to check these out too.

The Hearts for Hospice project was initiated in 2015 by the Greater Kansas City Needlepoint Guild to fulfill a need at a local hospice center.  Since then it has grown significantly.  I am starting to see lots of hearts in my Facebook groups – so much inspiration!

If you are new to my Hearts for Hospice series you can find all my posts in the right side bar under categories – needlepoint – hearts for hospice.  Hopefully these designs will give you inspiration and ideas to stitch a heart yourself.  Remember, all of these hearts can be stitched with left over threads so they make great stash buster projects!

Go forth with some straight stitches and see what you come up with!

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