Are you ready for an explosion of colour? Framed Sevens is a new colourful needlepoint design created by the talented Melita Glavin featured in the March/April 2022 issue of Needlepoint Now. The pattern is designed exclusively with Colour Complements threads.

I’ll let Melita introduce Framed Sevens. Here is what she had to say below:

After stitching Prime Examples (September/October 2021 issue of Needlepoint Now) based on Mary Legallet’s magical 7 by 7 stitches (July/August 2020 issue of Needlepoint Now), I came across her article “A few of my favorite stitches” (November/December 2019 issue of Needlepoint Now).

Her sky stitch 3 creates a frame around a 7 by 7 open area which was another opportunity to play with 7s. Although Framed Sevens is square, I didn’t want a completely symmetrical design. So, I have the top and bottom symmetrical with each other and the sides with each other. I think it adds more interest.

I had recently stitched Rainbow Ribbons by Kam Wenzloff (also published in November/December 2019 issue) and so did other members of my ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter.

We’d all selected various colours from Colour Complements – each one was prettier than the next. Using combinations of hand-dyed threads is a challenge but with Colour Complements threads, Lorraine intentionally dyes colour combinations that will work well with other colours in her collection. I selected 7 hand-dyed threads from Colour Complements. Three of the seven are monochromatic “semi-solid” overdyed thread meaning that they have very subtle colour changes.

By combining those with overdyed threads that have more varied colours, the design is more cohesive. I like how the different greens go well together and blend throughout the design with touches of blue breaking through in the corners.

The transition from the reds and pinks to reds and oranges occurred seamlessly because of the orange that is in the Pink Yellow Floss. The colours were so vibrant – they made me happy as I stitched!

A custom thread kit is available in the shop for Framed Sevens.

What do you need in addition to the above

  • 18 count mono canvas 11×11 inches (design measures 6 ¼ inches)
  • Kreinik Size 8 braid colour #220 (black) = 2 spools
  • The pattern is available in the March/April 2022 issue of Needlepoint Now

I hope you enjoy Framed Sevens. Thank you, Melita.

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