Stitches – K through O! from the Traveling Needle

Stitches K-O

 

As I craft this blog post cozy smells of Thanksgiving break are filling the air in my house…both of my daughters are home for the holiday break and I have put them in charge of the traditional pumpkin pie as well as the scrumptious fudge pie.  Hearing their laughter, chatter and the resounding clanging of the pans truly fills this mamas heart!!

 

OK, back to stitching!  We left off with stitches F-J, and those were some fun stitches right??  How many of you have tried them and which ones did you like the best?  I’d love to hear from you!  You can shoot me a message on The Traveling Needle Facebook page or thru the blog site www.thetravelingneedle.com.

 

K

The Kathy Stitch:  This is a beautiful stitch for samples or just an isolated placement within a pattern.  For example I used the Kathy stitch within a small frame above a mantle on a Christmas stocking to act as a “piece of art”.

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When you stitch this, please keep in mind that the Kathy is not equal on all sides.  Exercise caution when stitching.

To create, make the straight, centerlines in a color.  The slanted V’s should be stitched in another color or thread, and the French knot in the center is made in another. Sometimes I like to place a bead in the center instead of a French knot Take care when counting-it can be a bit tricky.

 

L

 

The Leaf Stitch:  My favorite use for this stitch is on birds but it can also be used for foliage, rolling hills, backgrounds and of course leaves!

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To stitch, start with the tip of the leaf and work your way down.  Stitch on both sides of the leaf as you travel to the lower portion of the leaf.  You may need to use your fingernail to move the lower portion of the leaf as you stitch a new tip.

Careful counting will create a lovely pattern on your canvas.  Try using an over dyed thread for an interesting effect.

 

M

 

I could not find a stitch that started with an “M” so I decided that for this letter we would talk about good canvas Maintenance while stitching. Keep in mind this blog is for the ultra beginner as well as the advanced stitcher, so some of this tips will be well known and for others revelations!  Good canvas maintenance starts with taping the edges of your canvas prior to stitching.  Most needlepoint shops will tape for you; ask them if they don’t automatically do it.  The taping keeps the canvas from fraying and the edges breaking down.  I ALWAYS stitch on a frame!  This keeps the canvas from being folded or the threads being pulled too tight, framing makes for an even finish.  I use both the frames that require the canvas to be tacked onto the wood frame as well as a roll frame, for my larger pieces. Either type of frame is good whatever suits your preference.  Lastly, many of us stitch in groups at a local needlepoint shop or with friends at a recreation center.  If you stitch away from home be sure to transport your framed canvas in a clean bag.  I place my canvas in a pillow case or kitchen trash bag and then in a large tote bag so that it stays clean and free from dust and my potentially spilled coffee!!

 

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The Norwich (aka Waffle) Stitch:  This stitch is best used in a block or as an isolated stitch.  I have seen the Norwich used for buildings, foliage or fields.

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Follow the numbers by coming up at 1 and back down at 2.  You will come back up at 2 and down at 4.  Continue to do so until you have come out at 27.  Before you place your needle at 28, weave the needle under the 21-22 bars.  This will give your stitch a continuous woven look.

 

O

The Oriental Stitch:  This is a beautiful stitch, especially when done in two colors for clothes, foliage and backgrounds.

 

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Start with the red stitches first.  Once this is laid out, all you will need to do is fill in with the black stitches. Oriental is great when created in one or two colors.

I can tell you that I am excited about using the oriental stitch in white and blue glisten for some backgrounds on a Christmas stocking I’m working on!  But first I need to go do some pie testing!!

Happy and safe travels to all of you that will be traveling over this Thanksgiving holiday!  Don’t forget to take your needles, thread, yarn, and canvases’ and please let the traveling needle know what you’ve found along the way – we will be sure to do the same!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow the numbers by coming up at 1 and back down at 2.  You will come back up at 2 and down at 4.  Continue to do so until you have come out at 27.  Before you place your needle at 28, weave the needle under the 21-22 bars.  This will give your stitch a continuous woven look.

 

O

The Oriental Stitch:  This is a beautiful stitch, especially when done in two colors for clothes, foliage and backgrounds.

 

 

Start with the red stitches first.  Once this is laid out, all you will need to do is fill in with the black stitches.

 

Oriental is great when created in one or two colors.

 

I can tell you that I am excited about using the oriental stitch in white and blue glisten for some backgrounds on a Christmas stocking I’m working on!  But first I need to go do some pie testing!!

 

Happy and safe travels to all of you that will be traveling over this Thanksgiving holiday!  Don’t forget to take your needles, thread, yarn, and canvases’ and please let the traveling needle know what you’ve found along the way – we will be sure to do the same!!