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Penn State Coaster
November 18, 2022, 4:55 pm
Filed under: Needlework and Textile Guild of Media, Penn State Coaster

Last month (October) at the Needlework and Textile Guild of Media, Sally (also in ANG Main Line Stitchers chapter) did a demo of designing and sizing images for a needlepoint belt. It was really engaging and very informative.  We learned how to choose and adjust images for different sized projects.  Sally’s excellent handout gives step-by-step instructions for calculating image size and placement.  On reflection, we realize that this approach will work for translating images into many types of projects, such as knitting, crocheting, cross stitch, and more.  Way to go, Sally!

Our take home project based on Sally’s demo was creating our own image on a square of plastic canvas. Since the canvas was 7 count, I didn’t want a complicated design. I had this Penn State cookie (more as a decoration) sitting on a shelf. So, I held it under the canvas and used a blue marker to outline the mountain lion.

It probably could have handled 3 strands because the holes are so large but I used 2 strands and had just enough Silk & Ivory, color 01 natural and color 10 classic navy. It is done in basketweave except for the white ear and blue mouth (straight stitches). It wasn’t hard and definitely looks like the model.

Step 1 is find your design. Shrink or enlarge on a copier to fit your space. I didn’t have to do anything to the size.

Outline the image (don’t use Copic markers on plastic canvas unless you want blue fingers). Rough as it was, Bill knew instantly that this was his alma mater’s Nittany Lion.

Stitch the design. Keep looking at the original since this was not “stitch painted” and adjust as needed.

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