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Gentle Waves Begins
October 18, 2014, 7:36 pm
Filed under: Gentle Waves, Melita's Designs

I still have water on the brain. Perhaps that is due, in part, to the 2015 ANG Seminar being in Myrtle Beach!

This is the basic pattern of the water for my next original design. I saw someone use the pattern on Facebook’s Needlepoint Nation for snow and liked it immediately for water! It is the Snow 20 from Stitch Landscape which is almost identical to the Water 25 pattern except that water is completely symmetrical. No wonder I saw water even though it was “snow”! But, I prefer the asymmetrical Snow pattern because water is more unpredictable.

I practiced making a sample which I gave to our (ANG Main Line chapter) charity gift tag effort.

Snow 20

I tried the pattern with basketweave but the threads, Petite Facets and Kreinik Micro Ice Chenille,  that I wanted to use isn’t appropriate for that stitch. The threads are too thick. But, I wanted a bumpy effect for part of the waves so I switched the stitch pattern. It was still difficult to stitch with for 2 reasons.

One, the Petite Facets didn’t go through the eye of the needle easily but occasionally it was a little easier. I thought maybe I was imagining it but that is what I just read in the tip from the Portable Stitches app (that I found quite by accident). There is a larger opening on one side of the needle making it a tad easier to go in on that side.

Two, even using a large needle (#13 tapestry), I am opening the hole in the canvas with the tip of the laying tool in order to decrease the wear on the thread especially for the Kreinik Micro Ice Chenille which sheds easily.

I also used Planet Earth Silk Opal that has little sparkles throughout which you can see better when you click on the image and see it larger.


The close-up allows you to see the variations in threads which you can see better when you click on the image and see it larger.


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