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Technique Issue: Variations
December 1, 2019, 3:47 pm
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At Seminar 2019, Cynthia Thomas introduced us to Stitch Manipulation in a 1-day class. It was lots of fun and I posted a couple of my favorite diagrams from class back in August. I’ve been playing with designs on my computer but haven’t had time to stitch any yet.

In the meantime, I just found a chapter in Needlepoint and Beyond 27 Lessons in Advanced Canvas Work by Edith Anderson Feisner entitled Variations in which she describes varying a stitch by size, by direction, by proportion, and by combination. In fact, she stitched a small landscape in all white using all variations of only cross stitch. I realize now that my design only changed by direction and by size of a straight stitch.

I wonder if Cynthia read this book too and developed it into a class!

Has anyone tried this technique?

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I will have to check out the book. I think I came up with the idea myself with reinforcement from a Tony Minieri class. It’s much easier to do on the computer than with pencil and paper. If I have problems working out an area on a canvas, I will sometimes take a picture and use Paint to figure out what stitches look good there. It can get addictive and you can come up with different ideas without ripping.

Comment by Cynthia

It’s a good book. I’d like to find time to do her exercises. Yes, I love working it out on the computer! Love your classes!!

Comment by melitastitches4fun

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