Mark the center of the fabric or canvas. It will be four threads (one
hole). Mount the fabric or canvas on a frame or stretcher strips to lessen
distortion of the fabric caused by the stitches.
The stitching can be done from the center out or from the outer border
toward the center. When starting at the outermost border count 36 diagonal
stitches toward the upper right of your canvas and begin stitching at that
point. Your first diagonal satin stitch will cover the 37th through 40th
threads of the canvas.
If you are beginning at the center of the design follow the instructions
BORDER 1 - SATIN STITCH
The satin stitches are worked with one strand of Impressions over four
diagonal threads and can be stitched from right to left or left to right,
but you should be consistent. The vertical sides should be worked from
top to bottom, so it will be necessary to turn your canvas upside down
to work one side. Note that the top left and bottom right corners require
compensating stitches and will not look te same as the other two corners.
BORDER 2 - EYELETS
BORDER 2 - DANISH PLAIT
Start at the upper left corner with compensating stitches. Use one ply
of Watercolours. Follow the numbered diagram below. Once you establish
a rhythm, you will see that the stitches which slant from left to right
go up 8 and to the right 6 threads. Those that slant from right to left
go up 8 and to the left 4 threads. If you are doing the stitch properly,
all of your stitches on the back will be vertical. Notice that the stitches
which slant to the right will share with left-slanting stitches already
completed (i.e. the 7th stitch shares with the 2nd stitch, the 9th with
the 4th and so on).
Odd numbered stitches slant to the right. Even numbered stitches slant
to the left.
#7 shares with #2, #9 shares with #4, etc
- Continue the rhythm of the stitching at the end of the row even if
you are unable to make a complete stitch.
BORDER 3 - RICE STITCH
Use one strand of Candlelight to stitch the base of cross sttiches over
4 threads. Cross the corners with 2 plies of Soie Cristale.
INNER FIELD - EYELETS
Repeat the eyelets in the outer bortder, placing as diagrammed on the
INNER FIELD - SATIN STITCH MOTIF
Again use one strand of Impressions. This time the satin stitches will
be straight instead of slanted.