Here in the Cleveland area we have been having some record breaking heatwaves! But all good things must come to an end and I believe we will see some seasonable temperatures starting tomorrow.
Today I thought we would talk about background stitches. We all love to use T-Stitch for a background stitch. I have been guilty of using this and not looking for something different. So today I have two light coverage background stitches to add to your arsenal. Both work brilliantly for small canvases where you want something that is easy to compensate.
Basketweave Twill is a familiar stitch and is also known as Skip Tent, the difference is in the stitch path. Most books I have found number Skip Tent in a continental manner working in horizontal rows whereas Basketweave Twill is stitched like basketweave thus giving a lighter coverage look. Woven Stitch can be heavier or lighter in coverage depending on your thread choice. Now instead of T-Stitch try Baketweave Twill or Woven Stitch.😺
The stitched sample was kindly stitched by my friend Jane Wood of Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure. Thanks Jane for stitching a wonderful sample!
Basketweave Twill was stitched using DMC #5 in green, very top of photo. Woven Pattern was stitched using Green DMC #5 for the vertical stitches and Red DMC #12 for the horizontal stitches. Both are fast moving light coverage stitches. Below is a sample of my Basketweave Twill stitched using Petite Silk Lamé.
As you can see it is a very light coverage stitch, you see just a little sparkle and texture on the handpainted canvas.
Finally I have one more stitch for you, Darning Pattern H Variation. The original version can be found in Ruth Schmuff’s Stitches Volume 4. Jane had accidentally stitched this a couple of weeks ago. I felt I had to chart it since I had a lovely stitched sample 😁Jane stitched this first instead of the Offset Darning Variation.
Jane used the same threads as last week. The left side is stitched using Ivory Impressions and the right side is stitched using blue Frosty Rays. This is another great background stitch that would work well for sky or water.
Now for some fun, I saw a Falcon in my backyard yesterday! It really was very cool seeing it up close. Here are a couple of photos of it for your viewing pleasure.
My indoor “Tigers” didn’t pay any attention and were sleeping on their posts! Now Beardie was hiding under the deck! She was in a nice safe place, whew!😼
One final picture is of me in a sunflower field. I went to see Maria’s Field of Hope, a field of sunflowers that are dedicated to children who have died of childhood cancer.
I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! Take a little time to do what you love!🌻