I was so excited when I found the vintage canvas on eBay awhile ago. I like it because the stitches are already painted on, much as the wonderful designs of Barbara Bergsten are.
This type of needlepoint has the pattern of the stitch already there on the canvas, you pick your threads and follow along.
In the bottom left corner, you can see a patch I’ve already stitched, in Jacquard. The green line was painted on the canvas, I stitched that first and then filled in the cream.
The patch above will be Framed Scotch, I’m stitching the Scotch Stitches now and the white lines that frame the squares will be in Continental.
For some of the patches here, the stitch to use is quite clear, for others I’ll need to make some choices.
But if you are a beginner, or just want to expand your repertoire of stitches, look at Barbara’s great designs. She’s endlessly inventive and her painted stitches are just perfect and a joy to stitch.
With Painted Stitch canvases and a good stitch dictionary, you’ll learn tons of new stitches quickly.
P.S. In future posts, you’ll see this piece again because I’m using it to test three new threads.