The next step in creating our needlepoint stained glass magnolia is to “frame” the needlepoint with a stitched area around the window.
This accomplishes several things. First, it allows you to use a ready-made frame, making finishing the project easy and inexpensive. Second, creating a non-rectangular mat is expensive and difficult, so a stitched mat is a great choice. Finally, with a stitched mat you can get the color and texture you like.
I wanted a light but open texture. I’m using JL Walsh silk/wool (no longer made) in Background Stitch, below, with two strands. It’s very pretty and open. I didn’t include a picture because you won’t be able to see it at this point.
I first saw this stitch in one of SuZy Murphy’s books and this is her name. I think of it as an exploded Four-way Continental because each Tent Stitch is separated from the others by one thread. This means that all your stitches will be on either vertical-on-top or horizontal-on-top intersections.
Next week we’ll finish up the piece with the border around the window and framing instructions.