When I learned needlepoint, back in the early 70’s, shading was considered an advanced technique. It was only when forced by necessity (there wasn’t a floss in the color I needed) that I ventured into needleblending, the most common form of shading.
I know I’m not alone in thinking this technique is only for advanced stitchers because I hear the same thing from many of you.
I’m going to let you in on a big secret — needlepoint shading isn’t that hard.
If you can do Tent Stitch (Continental or Basketweave) and are comfortable using stranded threads, such as floss, you can shade!
My upcoming class on basic shading will teach you three easy shading techniques, ones that can be used by any stitcher. You’ll love how knowing how to shade will make your needlepoint look so much better. You’ll be able to create colors that don’t exist in your thread. Your faces will no longer have “clown cheeks.” You’ll create lovely skies and backgrounds.
This class is three lessons long and will be sent to your email. It begins August 1, 2016 and lasts just three weeks. By the end of the class you will have this delightful plum pudding project completed and you’ll know great techniques you can put to work in your very next project.
The class is only $20. Use the button at the end of the article to register via PayPal. If you would like to pay another way, please email me using the address in the box above for more information.
Come join me in learning these wonderful techniques!