Make 2011 the year for you to learn stitches and needlepoint techniques with my free Learn-a-Stitch Mini-Socks, running here on Nuts about Needlepoint. We begin the series with Scotch Stitch Variations done in holiday colors of green, red, and gold.
This post is long, so here is a summary of what’s here:
- Outline & Materials List
- The Stitches
- What’s Coming in Learn-a-Stitch
- Special Offer on canvas for projects
Outline & Material List
I used the LAS mini-sock outline for this stocking. It is stitched on 18 mesh canvas. Click on the thumbnail above to get the full-sized outline.
For this mini-sock I used:
- Planet Earth Silk Opal in Dune (gold)
- Planet Earth Silk Opal in Grass (green)
- Caron Collection Waterlilies in Holiday
- Rainbow Gallery Treasure Braid 12-strands in gold
- Rainbow Gallery Shaded Very Velvet in red
- February – Alternating Diagonal Stitches (Nobuko & friends)
- March – Mosaic
- April – Trammed Stitches
- May – Tied Stitches
- June – Cashmere
- July – Straight Stitches that make Circles
- August – Milanese
- September – Needlepoint Damask
- October – Victorian Step & Shingle
- November – Needlepoint Plaids
- December – Eyelets, Stars, & Fan Vaulting
All these stitches are variations on a Scotch Stitch going over three threads. For each variation the diagram is shown. All stitches should be made like regular Scotch. If more than one thread is used, that is noted.
A block of Scotch Stitch has a very square look about it because all the stitches line up in rows and columns. Break up either the rows of columns and you get a more overall pattern and one that is great for backgrounds.
While you can move the rows any distance you like, in this Offset Scotch the units are moved on thread to the left in each row.
This is one of my favorite Scotch Stitch variations. Privately I call it “Pillow Scotch” because it looks to me as if it is a pillow with a big fat button in the middle. Divided Scotch is easy to make. You just divide the middle stitch of a Scotch over four threads in half. This divides it and creates the indentation where the “button” would be.
The key to Arrowhead Scotch is using a contrasting thread for the “background,” the Tent Stitches in the bottom right corner of each unit. By making the longer stitches in one thread, and adding the single Tent Stitch “shaft” in the same thread, you get a nicely created arrow.
The background for this patch uses the new Shaded Very Velvet from Rainbow Gallery. As you can see in this color the variation is quite subtle.
The technique of “framing” a stitch in needlepoint refers to surrounding units of a stitch, usually in Tent Stitches. Half-framing does not enclose the entire stitch, but partially frames it. When done in a contrasting thread, as in this Half-framed Scotch, it makes for a pretty accent. The framing Backstitches are done in Treasure Braid.
I can’t find where I learned this variation of Framed Scotch or what it is called. So I gave it a new name, Clementina Scotch. If you know, it’s proper name or who designed it, let me know and I’ll correct it.
This stitch looks more complicated than it is. The Scotch Stitches line up in columns, but they are in gently ascending rows. Everything is surrounded by a frame of Tent Stitches. The diagram has the Tent Stitches as thin lines to make them seen more easily.
Begin by making the columns of Scotch Stitches, above. Because the stitch lines up in columns you will only have to “move” the first unit in each column in order to have the entire column line up correctly. Once the Scotch Stitches are complete, fill in the Tent Stitches.
I stitched it all in one color, but you could accent the stitch by using threads in contrasting colors or textures.
The Year in Mini-socks
I thought I’d take a minute to run down the plan for the year. Here’s the breakdown of stitches/techniques planned.
Special Offer on Canvases for the Mini-socks
Recently I scored a limited amount of vintage mono 18 mesh needlepoint canvas from the 70’s. This is top of the line canvas originally bought for a painted canvas designer’s stock and bought from her estate.
It’s Zweigart canvas, the equivalent of today’s orange line. But, because it’s vintage, it is softer than brand new canvas. I saved on it and want to pass the savings on to you.
You can buy the canvas you need to stitch the mini-socks, with the outline drawn on each of them for only $30, including shipping in the US (international shipping will be extra). This works out to less than $2.50 per canvas. That makes it line-drawn canvas for less than the price of a blank piece of new canvas.
With the drawn canvas you will be able simply to pull out a piece of canvas, pick some threads from your stash and go as soon as the projects are posted on-line.
I only have a limited amount of this canvas and when it’s gone I can’t get more and the offer will be withdrawn.
To take advantage of the offer, click on the button below.