This week we have three charming projects that are stitched adaptations of quilt blocks. They are easy to do, only taking and hour or so each. The two star ornaments are small enough to fit into the Lee Luggage Tag (under 3″ round/ Fish tail is slightly larger and will fit into the Lee 4″ round ornament.
Why not use your scraps of canvas and leftover threads to make some wonderful presents?
I used 4″ squares of Nature’s Palette painted canvas for the ornaments.I couldn’t discover if this company was in business currently or not. You can use the colors , canvas, and threads you like.
I used for
- Nature’s Palette in sunset
- Vineyard Silk Classic
- Nature’s Palette 14K Gold (metallic gold)
- Nature’s Palette Citrine
- Dinky Dyes Silk
- Needlepoint, Inc. silk
Hunter’s Star is a striking pattern, especially when stitched in a single multi-color thread. This design is made entirely of Scotch Stitches and Half-scotch Stitches slanting in both directions.
It’s easiest if you stitch one quadrant at a time. The chart shows a single quadrant, rotate it for each area. The chart is below. Click on it for the full-size chart.
Another name for this design is Double Star because it has additional points around the first star. That makes it look less star-like.
Because the points rotate around the center, this design is enhanced by using threads with directional light, as I did here.
The stitches in this ornament go over four threads. The chart is below. Click on it for the full-size chart.
This is also an eight-point star, but each point is made of three stripes. It’s hard to see this on my model because the changing colors of the overdye mask those stripes. A better choice would be to use three solid or semi-solid threads. The stripes would also show more clearly if there was a greater difference between the overdye and the other threads.
In this ornament the stitches are over five threads. The chart is below. Click on it for the full-size chart.
I had so much fun stitching these that there will be three more next week. Come back Tuesday to get them!
About Janet M Perry
Janet Perry is the Internet's leading authority on needlepoint. She designs, teaches and writes, getting raves from her fans for her innovative techniques, extensive knowledge and generous teaching style. A leading writer of stitch guides, she blogs here and lives on an island in the northeast corner of the SF Bay with her family
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