This week we finish up our first ever Stitch-along. I’m planning another one, starting in November. Details, including information about buying the canvas will be announced next Sunday
The trunk, using Rainbow Linen, and the background, using Petite Sparkle Braid are covered. These areas are the same for both the striped tree and the blocks tree.
Stitch the trunk in Tiny Vertical Flemish Bond Cashmere, below. Because Cashmere is a rectangular stitch, you want to be sure the long direction of the stitch echoes the direction of the area you are stitching. Because pine trunks have bark with a vertical direction, this stitch is turned 90 degrees from the more expected pattern for bricks.
By the way Flemish Bond is the name for the usual “brick wall” patterns. Many brick patterns have names with bond in them.
Stitch the background in Ida’s Stitch, below.
Because the background is very lightly stitched, it would be great to add a layer of sheer sparkly fabric behind the tag before finishing. With Halloween coming, many fabric shops have exciting sheer fabrics for costumes.
If you plan on framing instead of finishing, use a sparkly paper behind the needlepoint. Have the mat custom cut to fit the outline of the tag. The dimensions of the tag are 3.5″ by 5.5″. It would fit comfortably into a 6×8 frame. If you could find a tag or sticker with a holiday greeting, that wiould make a nice touch along the bottom.
The stitch guide for this tree will be available in the stitch guide section of my Etsy shop after October 7.
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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
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