While I am the first to sing the praises of buying needlepoint from consignment sites and on eBay, some times it is immensely frustrating. This is particularly true when you are stitching a set with several canvases in it. Right now I have this problem with the Princess & Me nativity. More specifically with this figure.
Look at him, he’s a shepherd. You can tell that because he has a crook. Unhappily when I bought the canvases there was no St. Joseph available. I decided that the shepherd could be St. Joseph. All that would be needed would be to change the crook into a staff because St. Joseph is usually depicted carrying a staff.
No biggie, right?
That was before I got the different backgrounds idea (read about it here). The background I was thinking to use on a canvas was T Stitch. That won’t work because some of the crook will be exposed.
So what should I do? Pick a different background stitch? But I can’t find more of the thread. Paint out the crook and hope no one will notice the whites don’t match perfectly? What would you do?