Stitching For Effect
By Beth Robertson and Suzanne Howren
Suzanne Howren and Beth Robertson,owners of "SHEAR Creations" and authors of the books "Stitches for Effect" and "More Stitches for Effect", specialize in the design of stitch and thread guides for painted canvas. They teach classes for The National Needlework Association, and at local shops and guilds. Both have won awards for their needlework and are active in their local chapters of the EGA and the ANG Guilds. If you are tired of Basketweaving with wool and you want to create realistic effects by using textured stitches and exciting threads that add dimension to your needlework, then this article is for you.
ALTERNATING OBLONG CROSS: This is an excellent clothing stitch. The light play on your thread sometimes looks as though you have used more than one shade, especially when using silk. Coats, jackets, and dresses are fabulous in this stitch. Consider using two close color values to really add depth to your piece. Tightly twisted threads are not as effective in this stitch. Try softer twist threads such as Watercolours and Impressions This is also a good stitch for landscapes, shrubs, and architectural columns; try an overdyed thread with appropriate coverage for your ground size.
DIAGONAL HUNGARIAN GROUND: One of the many variations of the Hungarian stitch, this stitch shows best when worked in two different threads of the same color or two different colors of thread. The colors can be close in value, contrasting or complementing, whichever works best for the design. Some thread combination suggestions: Waterlilies with Soie Cristale, Impressions with Waterlilies, Soie Cristale with Candlelight or Rachel with Rachelette. Try this stitch for fields, mountains, fruit trees, starry skies, water, clothing and Santa's robe. It is also an excellent background stitch.
DUTCH: This stitch drastically changes appearance with thread choice. It can be worked all in the same color or with a different color or thread for the tie down. Consider this stitch for baskets, stone walls, shrubbery, mountains, borders and clothing. For a dramatic look choose an overdyed thread such as Waterlilies, Watercolours or Impressions for the cross. Select a matching solid color Soie Cristale, or a metallic thread such as Candlelight or Antica for the tie-down. Also think about using two color values of the same or different threads. This is an excellent background stitch for simple designs.
NOBUKO: The woven result created by this stitch is very effective in many places such as fish, water, mountains, trees, and sky as well as gingerbread houses, stucco houses and large areas of woodwork. It provides great texture for meadows, lawns, and snow covered areas. Try this stitch in any of the overdyed threads for water and sky. When using one of the overdyed threads, try reversing some of the plies or strands in your needle to create a mottled or tweeded effect. Fish are great in shiny thread such as Soie Cristale, Antica or Candlelight Try a subtle overdyed Watercolours for gingerbread or stucco houses. Use subtle shades of overdyed thread for woodwork. Try Rachel or Snow for snowy areas. This is also a wonderful background stitch and a great stitch with which to experiment.
These are only a few of the many different effects
that you can achieve through the combination of stitch and thread selection. Stitches For Effect and More Stitches For Effect contain
hundreds of effects, stitches and thread suggestions from which to choose.
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