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Molecules of Fiber a design by Orna Willis

a design by Orna Willis

list of materials:

The following fibers:
THREAD #1 - Waterlilies Woodlands THREAD #2 - Watercolors Distant Hills
THREAD #3 - Waterlilies Holiday THREAD #4 - Watercolors Pomegranate
THREAD #5 - Waterlilies Harvest THREAD #6 - Waterlilies Forest Fire
THREAD #7 - Waterlilies Pomegranate THREAD #8 - Waterlilies Slate
THREAD #9 - Watercolors Copper THREAD #10 - Watercolors Carnival
THREAD #11 - Watercolors Kelp

18 ct. brown canvas(or any 18 count fabric or canvas)

Click here for the CHART

BEADS - Mill Hill

This design is comprised of two main elements: crescents and fillings.
Begin your design in the center of your canvas.

All your work with Waterlilies will be done by laying the fiber. You will strip the silk and use 6 ply at a time.
How to strip? Take a hold of the end of your Waterlilies fiber. Fan the tip out and grasp one of the ply with your fingers. While holding the rest of the strand between your thumb and index finger of your other hand, gently pull the ply away from the rest until it is free. Continue this way until you have 6 ply. Remember to lay all the ply in the same direction. Now, with your laying tool at hand, let's start.

1. Stitch a diamond cushion stitch around the center hole of your canvas, carefully laying your fibers as you go along. Now at the four tips of your first cushion stitch, lay another four diamonds that will share holes with your center one. See your master chart for exact placement and study Diagram 1 for the diamond cushion stitch. For this step, use THREAD #1.

2. Stitch 4 crescents around each of the cushion stitches you just finished. See your master chart for their location. See Diagram 2 for the stitching guide to these crescents. For this step use THREAD #2, only one ply at a time!

3. From here on in, you only need to follow the master chart for the location of each of the various fillings. The crescent stitches all stay the same, they just change their positioning and directions. Use the color key chart for indication of which fiber to use for each of the stitches. Remember: All Waterlilies are stripped and laid, using 6 ply at a time. For the Watercolors use 1 ply at a time.

4. There are two fillings that you will need a diagram for. These are the hexagon Rhodes on the four sides of the central motif you stitched already. See Diagram 3 for this stitch. Also there is the half fan which is located all around the exterior of the design. Look at Diagram 4 for this stitch.

5. Using THREAD # 11, stitch the outer border of the design following the master chart. Use, as usual, only 1 ply of the fiber at a time.

The yellow circles on the Master Chart represent the locations for your beads . Use beads # 1 for the black outlined circles and beads #2 for the pink circles. How to bead: you may use a beading or regular sewing thread and needle. Thread your needle and double the thread, knotting it at the ends. Bring your needle up at A and go through the bead, coming down at B. Come up again at A. Split your threads so that a single thread is on each side of the bead. Come down at B again. As the thread comes down, it hugs the bead, causing it to stand straight.


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