If you are going to stitch a needlepoint ornament, making it square or rectangular is easy; just follow some canvas threads. Circles are harder but our houses are full of circular things we can use as templates. But sometimes the design just requires an oval.
And it’s a problem. Ovals come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. So drawing one free hand is something most of us can’t do. It’s also pretty likely that we don’t have any ornament-sized ovals around to act as templates. You might find egg outlines pretty easily, but eggs aren’t ovals (they are elipsoids – thank you St. John’s College).
What’s a person to do?
In a recent post on Brenda Cote’s blog she shows us step-by-step exactly how she created an oval template, sized it and used to to create a perfectly centered needlepoint ornament.
I have a pile of possible designs I have been avoiding because they need to be in ovals. Now I can finally do them!
About Janet M Perry
Janet Perry is the Internet's leading authority on needlepoint. She designs, teaches and writes, getting raves from her fans for her innovative techniques, extensive knowledge and generous teaching style. A leading writer of stitch guides, she blogs here and lives on an island in the northeast corner of the SF Bay with her family
Brenda's Needlepoint Studio says
Thanks Janet for writing about my blog post. If anyone has any questions about my “Cool Ruler”, I hope they’ll feel free to contact.
In the meantime, I love your Needlepoint News articles, but discovered I’m unable to leave comments there–cannot find the blocks to leave the required information (email address, etc.). Broken?
So I’ll ask my question here–is it possible to add the city, address and phone number of the shops that are having sales, etc.? Thanks so much.
Janet M Perry says
Thanks, Brenda. I try to include the city for the shops in either the headline or the text and then either a link to the shop’s site or their phonr number in the last line of the article. I’ll try to start adding the other stuff as well.
Christina McHenry says
I ama looking for the blog on how to creat an oval but the link doesn’t work. Would love some help!! Chrissie
Janet M Perry says
The link has been corrected in the article. It’s: https://brendasneedlepointstudio.blogspot.com/search?q=oval