Late last year I bought this vintage Needle Notions Christmas wreath canvas. I was intrigued by all the ornaments to add to it. In addition to the ones in the package I have added more, tint wrapped presents, and silk ribbon bows in white and red.
Stitching it, however, is proving to be a challenge. It’s composed entirely of irregular blobs of green. About 2/3’s are a bright green, and 1/3 are a darker green. The darker green posed no problem, I stitched it in a green & silver silk/metallic blend. It sat in that condition for many months.
I picked it up again last Sunday and realized why it’s a UFO. I don’t want to stitch all the other blobs in just one green. I want the wreath below the decoration to have some interest and depth. That means using more than one thread.
No problem. I picked out three pretty green in various threads. With everything painted the same color, how am I going to get a random, irregular distribution of the colors? That’s a tough proposition. Here’s my plan:
- Stitching color by color.
- Skip two or three blobs between each oe you stitch.
- Go all around the wreath before switching to the next thread.
It’s hard to tell because I am only one the first thread and it almost exactly matches the color on the canvas, but I think it will work.