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Ginkgo Leaves

Ginkgo Leaves is a Lee canvas (design size 8.5″ x 3.75), BR67. In June, at Cleo’s First Tuesday Stitch-in at Busy Lizzie, I found a new thread Line that I haven’t seen anywhere else. It is from Gloriana Threads and is Duchess Silk, a hand-dyed thread. Some colors have more subtle changes in the skein than others. The Antique Black is darker than the canvas but that’s ok. And, I will not use Brick after all because I am using some sparkly threads including Kreinik, Silk Lame Braid, or Snow for the edges of the leaves.

I was thinking basketweave for something easy to stitch but discovered that Duchess Silk is too thick. So, I selected various stitches incorporating a little additional sparkle into four of the eight (different from the edges).

My main goal was to find stitch patterns with stitches over 2 or 3 canvas threads that would create a diagonal effect according to the direction of the leaf. They came from Desert Island Vol 1 and 2 by Carole Lake and Michael Boren, Lone Star’s Grab-n-Go Stitches, Needlepoint Dictionary of Stitches by Susan Sturgeon Roberts, and The Needlepoint Book by Jo Ippolito Christensen

Part of this was stitched at yesterday’s Stitch-in with the ANG Main Line Stitchers. We had 5 in person at Buff’s house because the church is working on the floors. Speaking of Buff, she was quite observant by noticing that I was uncharacteristically stitching “in the well”. It is something that I have done when the canvas has too little around the sides of the design because it makes ending threads easier. When do you work “in the well”?

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I have never tried working “in the well” – maybe I’ll give it a try. Love your choice of stitches so far!

Comment by lpleyer

Thanks Linda. It can be useful.

Comment by melitastitches4fun

I’m in the habit of working ‘in the well’ most of the time. I find it especially helpful for ending threads especially with Hilton-style stitches — easier to slide the needle underneath.

Comment by JoanneP

Ok. Yeah, ending threads can be tricky.

Comment by melitastitches4fun

I’m surprised the folks at the shop didn’t tell you it’s a bit heavy for basketweave on 18-ct canvas. I like the way you’re using it though, which really gives the simple canvas a nice texture and depth.

Comment by Remedial Stitcher

I am sure I didn’t mention that I was thinking of basketweave.

Comment by melitastitches4fun

I too stitch in the well if the selvedge is short or if I am doing a lot of beading as I lean my bead tray against the bars. Like your colors!

Comment by Vicky De Angelis

Good idea when working with a bead tray.

Comment by melitastitches4fun

The design is pretty, and the stitch selection makes it flow.

I don’t stitch in the well. I’ve never actually tried it, but my stitching brain thinks it would make regular stitching more awkward. Ending stitching is not usually problematic. But, I may consider

Comment by craftingwacky

Glad you like the stitch selections so far.

Comment by melitastitches4fun

(continuing from my comment) stitching in the well the next time I don’t have a lot of selvedge.

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