Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Brief Light Coverage Tutorial, Part One

One of today's needlepoint style trends is to not completely cover very detailed and shaded parts of a canvas with thread, but to choose open stitches that allow the shading to show through.   I've noticed people are curious about the technique so I thought I'd give some general  information on light coverage if you want to try it.


Melissa Shirley's "Red Geisha" Close Up

First of all, any stitch can be used for light coverage, even tent stitches.  Just use a lighter weight thread than normal.  Think about basketweave on a face—on 18 count one would normally use 3-4 plies of a cotton floss to cover.  Try using 1-2 plies instead.  Often the features (nose lines especially) will show through the thread and you can easily skip stitching those.  In the example pictured above, this discontinued Melissa Shirley 13 count design had the face stitched with one strand of Impressions, which allowed the expressive facial feature lines to shine through.  The nose, ear and neck lines were not stitched in gray.  You simply see the gray paint showing past the white Impressions.

When you use lighter coverage stitches, you are going to have to use different techniques to start or end threads since often there is no good place to tie off your stitches unless a heavier stitched area is next door.  (Red Geisha's face threads could be buried behind the robe area or her wig since those areas were full coverage.  Here is an older Blog article about starting and ending threads for light coverage stitches.
https://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2010/06/anchoring-ends-when-stitching-light.html

Here's another, more technical explanation from Joni Stevenson.
http://creative-stitch.blogspot.com/2012/10/those-pesky-ending-threads.html


Useful Books for Light Coverage Stitches

There are a whole series of books that talk about light coverage stitches. (See above.)  All three of Brenda Hart's books Favorite Stitches, Favorite Stitches II and Stitches for the Millennium (in the back row) feature stitches that work well in light coverage.  dede Odgen calls light coverage stitches Shadow Stitching and she has two books on the topic.  I own More Shadow Stitching but not Shadow Stitching.  The final book I recommend SuZy Murphy's Lite Stitches.  However, you can use any stitch as a light coverage stitch.  If you like darning stitches, the Finger Step Designs books has one you might be interested in.
http://store.apneedlearts.com/045485.html

Plus Amy Bunger's "Barely There" DVD is very useful as it is all about light coverage.
https://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2009/02/review-amy-bungers-barely-there-dvd.html

If you just want a few stitch ideas, read what Mary Legallet has to say about light coverage stitches, which she calls Open Work.
http://www.whimsicalstitch.com/whimsicalwednesdays/2015/8/19/open-sesame

Tomorrow I'll talk about the problems of mixing light and regular coverage stitches on a canvas.  See you then!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 20, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

iOS 11 ALERT

As Jan at Thread Medley reminds us, the newest version of the Apple mobile device operating system is now available for download. But you should be aware that of all the stitch book apps for Apple devices, Stitch Landscape from Little Shoppe Canvas Company will no longer open once you upgrade.  I don't know if they plan an update to a 64 bit version of their book.
https://threadmedley.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/iphone-ios-11-advice/

You can follow Jan's advice and take photos of the stitches you use a lot, or pick up a hard back version.  This is the best price I found.
http://www.cabbagerow.com/little-shoppe-canvas-book-stitch-landscape.html

Personally I have an old iPod Touch that I cannot upgrade so I'll use the copy of this lovely little book there instead of buying a hard copy.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 20, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Circular Ornament Finishing Tutorials

This cross stitch tutorial shows how to finish a round ornament that is slightly puffy. Ovals are discussed also.  Although the piece finished is on Aida, not needlepoint canvas, the process is the same, even if the needlepoint canvas is stiffer, thus harder to cut, fold and manipulate.
http://pinwheelponders.blogspot.com/2008/12/some-thoughts-on-circular-and-oval.html?m=1

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright August 12, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Debbie Hosts a Stitch In

Debbie at Painted Pony is hosting a stitch in for this darling Mary Charles canvas.  She's posted the threads that Needlepoint This! pulled for her with notes as to what area on the barn canvas they go and is asking for our ideas.  So everyone jump in and help Debbie get to work!
https://debbieppd.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/sunday-stitch-in/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 17, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sheena's Favorites from Dallas

Sheena shows off her favorites from the new releases for last week's Destination Dallas on her blog.  It's always interesting to see what catches each person's eyes, as we all like different things and everyone notices something different.  Enjoy!
http://www.sheenasstitches.com/stitch-market-finds/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
© Copyright September 17, 2017 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.