Recently I bought this APC Christmas tree from Canvases be Gone (currently available from Vintage Needlepoint). I have another one from them and I’m planning to finish this as a stand-up to add to my Christmas tree collection.
But while I like the tinsel and garlands and ornaments. I don’t want to stitch them. So I’m planning on using man different embellishments and ideas on it. I’ll be sharing each of these with you in a series of posts as I work on it.
Today we’ll talk about planning the piece. Tomorrow we’ll talk about finding some embellishments and Thursday we’ll cover stitching the tree.
Looking at the canvas I see tinsel, garlands, two sizes each of balls in two colors, star ornaments and a tree topper.
The tinsel will use holographic blending filament. The garland will use Kreinik’s Petite Facets.
I will use different embellishments attached in different ways for the ornaments. I also decided that I might or might not do the stars, so I’ll stitch over them.
But adding all this has important implications for stitching. Since all these things are attached, not stitched, I will have to stitch the entire piece first, then start trimming.
Even though it won’t be done in time for this Christmas, now is the time to plan this kind of project. It’s about the only time of year you can find the sort of doodads you’ll want on your tree.
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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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