I looked at a quilt book and saw a lovely design that had offset columns of rectangular patches in two colors. I thought it was an idea that could be adapted easily to needlepoint. The background for this bee from Lynda Cook translates this idea to needlepoint.
There are two keys to making this work.
- The Cashmeres should be twice as long as they are high and should cover an even number of threads.
- The threads should be similar in color and different in texture.
I used Mandarin Floss and Lorikeet for the background. As long as your Cashmeres are the right size, any Cashmere can be used. My Cashmere Stitches were four threads high and eight threads wide. The diagram below shows how this would work for Cashmeres that are two threads by four threads.
This brick damask looks like the original quilt or like a brick wall when done in horizontal rows. It can also be done in vertical columns.
ANNOUNCEMENT: I found te Erica Wilson project and we’ll finish up with it the next three Sundays. The back to backgrounds For a bit.
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