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!