Another snow storm blew in last night and approximately 5 inches of snow accumulated at my house in the Cleveland suburbs. Since it is a snow day I thought I should post a stitch for you.
Today’s stitch is called Crossed Octagons. The inspiration for this stitch came from a Betty Chen Louis design called “Sea Grapes”.
I need to thank Jane Wood of Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure for stitching the sample and taking the photos for me. Thanks again Jane for helping me out with the stitching portion of Crossed Octagons!
The sample was stitched using one strand of #8 Perle Cotton, Jane informed me that the stitch goes through a lot of thread! Make sure you have enough for whatever project you choose to stitch this on.
Now look closely and you will see two sizes of Octagons!
Below, see how the stitch looks like it is changing color with the crosses becoming more predominant. This is an optical illusion since only one color of thread was used to stitch the whole piece.
Turn your canvas ¼ turn and you have a different stitch.
This stitch works best using a non-pliable thread such as Perle Cotton, Soie Perlee, Kreinik Braid, even Floche would work. To get the optical illusion you need to use one color of thread. I think this would make a great background or border.
Have fun trying out different threads and let me know what you think!
The Kitty crew have been quiet and well-behaved this week. They have been enjoying looking out the windows to watch the birds, squirrels, and Beardie.
As you can see the crew had been enjoying lazing around on a sunny day!
Enjoy the rest of the week and stitch a little when you can!