After you have completed stitching the background, you will need to outline the window. This is done using the same metallic you used for the leading and Whipped Backstitch, below.
This stitch is done in two steps. First make Backstitch over two threads around the edge of the design. It’s easiest to begin at one corner on the long side. Stitch the long sides and around the top in one pass. Then wrap it.
After this step is completed, you will wrap the outline. Begin by bringing your needle out of the canvas under your first stitch and emerge on the inside of this stitch. Go over the first stitch ands under the second, re-emerging on the inside of the second stitch.
Continue in this way, wrapping until these stitches are wrapped.
By stitching the bottom edge separately, you will get sharp corners. Repeat both steps of the stitch for the bottom edge.
With this your project is complete.
This project is designed to go into a ready-made 4×6 inch frame. Pre-cut mats with a 4×6 opening could also be used. These will usually fit 5×7 ready-made frames.
If you are using a mat:
- Trim the needlepoint to have a 1/2″ margin all around.
- Use the red double-sided tape for scrapbooking to tape the edges of the needlepoint to in inside of the cut part of the mat.
- Find a solid-colored piece of paper to put behind your needlepoint. Tape this if necessary to the back of the mat.
- Remove glass and pop in the frame to finish.
If you are framing only:
- Use the paper inset that came with your frame to trim the canvas to fit.
- Use the paper as a pattern and trace onto the back of a solid-colored piece of papewr and cut out.
- Remove the glass from the frame and place the needlepoint inside. Adjust if necessary.
- Put in the colored paper.
- Pop on the back of the frame.
Come back next week for the start of a new project!