I’ve loved Chinese Lattice patterns for almost 50 years. To show you just how easy it is to adapt a Lattice to needlepoint I have two delightful square ornaments stitched based on these patterns. Lattice designs are common in Chinese arts and crafts and are used for ornaments on buildings, as well as for screens, windows, fabric, and fences. Their strong geometrical patterns make them ideal candidates for translation into needlework.
Both ornaments are stitched in one shade of Watercolors and one shade of a solid thread, such as Pearl Cotton. You can stitch them in any combination of colors you like.
For each ornament:
- 7”x7” 18 mesh white Zweigart Orange Line mono needlepoint canvas
- 1 skein Watercolours from The Caron Collection, use 1 ply
- 1 skein #5 solid thread of your choice in an accent color
This pattern (chart at top of article) is made up of four rows of four tiles. The tiles are Cashmere Stitches, revolving around a solid-colored center Mosaic Stitch. The short stitches are made over one intersection of canvas. The longer stitches are made over two intersections of canvas.
Stitch the design in a bright color of Watercolours. Your accent color here should be something that sets off the overdyed thread, but is not necessarily a color in the thread. While black works well as an accent color in many things, it usually is too harsh with overdyes. If you are thinking of using black, consider using a very dark gray, brown, or blue — this looks much better.
This pattern (chart above) comprises three rows of three tiles, separated by a border. The tiles are Cashmere and Mosaic Stitches. The Cashmere Stitches swirl around the center, which comprises five Mosaic Stitches. The Cashmere Stitches in the center have either three or five long stitches in them.
Between each tile is a border. Each tile is separated from the others by a four-intersection-wide border. A row of Tent Stitches in a solid color is immediately next to each tile. In between these rows are Mosaic Stitches (worked at the intersections) and very long Cashmere Stitches (between any two tiles).
The short stitches are made over one intersection of canvas. The longer stitches are made over two intersections of canvas.
One way to work this ornament is to stitch all of the borders first, then begin by filling in one of the squares. This makes the format of the stitches more familiar.
The colors of this ornament rely on a pale color of Watercolours. There are many pastel colors in this thread that have beautiful pale shades. For the border color, pick a medium to dark shade of one of the colors in the overdye. This gives a very harmonious and peaceful design.