Are you looking for a way to try some stitches but also make something more than just a little sampler?
Why not make a needlepoint package?
This round ornament shows off three square stitches as well as three threads. Once it’s stitched add ribbon and a bow or embellishment to make a unique project.
To make this ornament you’ll need:
- 8″ square piece 14-mesh mono canvas
- three threads in the same color but in contrasting textures (the model used Neon Rays Plus, Kreinik #16 metallic, and Neon Rays
- silk ribbon in a contrasting color, any width will work
- bead or button embellishment, I used a beaded flower found at a crafts store
- 4″ round template
- permanent marker safe for marking canvas.
Stitching the ornament
Use the template and marker to trace a 4″ round on the canvas.
The ornament is made up of stitches covering a 4×4 square. Every other square is stitched with four Smyrna Crosses, below, arranged in a square, creating a check. I used Kreinik for this.
The other stitch alternates in the rows.
Every other row has Tied Scotch, below, using Neon Rays Plus in the open squares. This stitch is made in two steps to get the woven look automatically. Begin by making a large cross stitch going from corner to corner. The top stitch of this cross should slant in the opposite direction of the Scotch Stitch stitches. Once this is made, complete the Scotch Stitch.
The remaining open squares have Rice Stitch, below. I used Neon Rays for this.
Once stitched, the ornament looks like this:
Embellishments can be attached in many ways. The one I used had thin wires to attach it. I straightened the wires and then threaded each end to a #20 needle. I used the needle to plunge the wire to the back. Once both ends were there I twisted them together to secure them.
This embellishment sits above the canvas. When this is true stitch the ribbons after attaching the embellishment. If your embellishment sits flat against the canvas, stitch the ribbons first.
The ribbons should go from the outer edge to inside the outer edge of the embellishment. Make these stitches long enough that their ends cannot be seen.
Be sure the ribbon is not twisted.
The ribbons should look like a wrapped package, going all the way across the canvas and crossing each other.