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Dragon Fly Background
January 18, 2015, 3:23 pm
Filed under: Dragon Fly, Needlework in Progress

According to Sharon G, the background is supposed to look like rain but the notes I took during class didn’t have enough details especially considering that I waited years & not days to get back to stitching this piece. Ideally, I should have stitched some in each area or at least taken better notes!

Now, I realize that the note about the Damask stitch pattern on page 48 referred her book, Simply Essential Needlepoint Stitch Explanations, that I must have bought that day. I just found it while looking for another book. And, I realize that I stitched the whole background differently than Sharon had intended. This stitch pattern would have been on the green background but you can see it is more open & looks like rain.

Dragon Fly Rain

Initially, I stitched the top row gold (using 2 strands of Accentuate) and thought it was too heavy. So, I tried 1 strand (bottom row).

Background options

And, I decided the 1 strand of the Accentuate was better! The green rows are the same thread, 2 strands of Peacock Blue (192) Gloriana. To prevent streaking, Sharon suggested alternating between 5 x 18″ lengths and reversing the direction of the threads.  I have delayed posting this as I contemplated my options: (1) rip it all out & start over – I have enough thread, (2) cover some of the gold with or without adding some gold on top of the green, and (3) do nothing. Oh well, it doesn’t look like rain but I can live with this!! What would you have done?

Dragon Fly Background



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Hi Melita. If you never said it was supposed to look like rain, I would say it looks wonderful. Now that I know, I think it still looks great. I suggest leaving it as it is and save lots of time.

Comment by brendasneedlepointstudioblog

Glad to hear it! I really did take several days to come to that decision too. Lessons learned though!

Comment by melitastitches4fun

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