As a stitcher creating circles has always been a problem for me. For example if I want to make something with a larger background I struggle to add those few stitches and have it look even all around. Or if I want to be sure a stitched design will fit into a self-finishing item that’s circulr, I end up with disasterous results at least half the time.
Another really common problem is when I have a needlepoint design that floats on asea of white canvas that Iwant to become a round ornament — how do I make the circle.
My solution for years has been to hoard the clear thin acrylic fronts for Lee items and use them. It wasn’t ideal because it forced me into a narrow selection of sizes, ones that did not always work. I thouoght about using round stencils but in my experience they tend to hang onto each other and get messed up if they are plastic. If they are cardboard, they weaken and tear.
When looking for clear acrylic ruler a few months ago I found thes circle templates from Sew Easy, pictured above. They come in a set of nine, in graduated sizes from 1″ to 5″. the go up in 1/2″ increments.
Each template is clear hot pink acrylic, so they are sturdy and easy to use. The individual templates are divided into eighths and have the size clearly marked on them. They come cleverly packaged in a recloseable plastic case. inside the case, the templates are in a pyramid that is covered by astepped thin plastic case. Tabs on the underside lightky hold it in place. Because space is at a premium for me, I discarded the case and m keeping the templates in a quart-size zipper bag.
As i said at the beginning of the article creating outlines for circle backgruinds is a continuing problem for me. The macaron from My Pink Sugaar Life is an example of one of these. The outer circle is a 4″ round, but I wanted this to be a 3″ round. If I had tried to narrow the background by 1/2″ all aroung it woud have ended up lumpy and weird. I may have even found that it was not big enough for finishing in some places (these have both happened to me).
Ii used thev3″ template to redo the outline.
To do so I selected the correct templare.I placed it on the face of the canvas and moved it so the center was on the center of the macaron. I then used a Pigma Micron pen to trace around the circle. Now it will be easy to finish the design.
If you are wondering what kinds of items you can use these for, think about:
- Planet Earth leather key fob
- Voila and Planet Earth round rattan purses
- Lee round luggage tags, coasters, and many other items
I love this set, it’s an amazingly useful tool for needlepoint. (I bought mine on Amazon, but they are widely available.