If you’ve ever worked a needlepoint canvas using a professional stitch guide, you know the difference that decorative stitches and fancy threads can make in your finished project. The added texture and sparkle bring a flat 2-dimensional design to life and transform a plain needlepoint canvas into a hand-stitched work of art.
Maybe you’ve even taken a class from a guest instructor at a needlepoint shop or guild meeting. You got all inspired to branch out and try new stitches and embellishments. You bought new canvases and threads – the works!
So why does the idea of actually picking your own stitches and threads have you quaking in your boots?
- You love the idea of using different stitches on your canvas, but you have no idea where to start when choosing them yourself.
- You know how to do the stitches, but you can’t make them fit on your canvas – and forget about compensating! That totally blows your mind.
- You like trying new things, but there’s not a needlepoint shop nearby, so you don’t have anywhere to go to for help.
In my experience, I’ve found that four major myths are to blame for stitchers getting stuck when it comes to choosing decorative stitches and threads for their needlepoint projects.
I’m going to debunk those myths for you, and show you how to replace them with truly effective practices that will not only reward all your hard work, but have you out of your chair with excitement.
Needlepoint Myth #1: Choosing decorative stitches for needlepoint canvases requires highly specialized skills and years of experience.
Most view choosing stitches and threads as just the actual “working the canvas” component. In fact, choosing your materials and which stitches to use constitutes little more than half of an entire, well-integrated STRATEGY.
A truly effective strategy involves 5 Key Stages (evaluating the canvas, exploring stitch and thread options, making your plan, stitching the piece, and finishing), all of which MUST come together in perfect harmony in order for your project to turn out as you envision it.
My system is so much more than just picking a bunch of stitches and threads that I think will look good on a particular canvas. In fact, I’ve given it a name – I call it The Needlepoint Success System.
Specifically, my Needlepoint Success System includes strategic planning that is precisely aligned with The Stitcher’s Club. It includes a color theory component, a canvas evaluation plan, a materials strategy, a focus on working the canvas and how it will be finished, and so much more.
Needlepoint Myth #2: Choosing stitches and threads for needlepoint projects takes a TON of effort and entirely too much time.
True. Choosing stitches and threads ISN’T easy.
From pairing together the most affordable and reliable information resources to knowing exactly which kind of threads to use to maximize canvas enhancement, a step-by-step blueprint can take an otherwise COMPLEX strategy and make it attainable for even the most time-starved stitcher.
And for the stitcher that possesses such a blueprint, the “complexity” of choosing stitches and threads for your projects actually becomes a huge creative advantage, giving them the unique chance to be able to write their very own stitch guides effectively and with confidence.
And on a final note, YES, executing the Needlepoint Success Strategy requires effort…but you’ve already proven that you’re willing to put in effort – you just need the reassurance of knowing that every bit of energy you put into developing your skills will come back to you tenfold.
Needlepoint Myth #3: I’m fine; I’ve taken lots of classes and stitched several canvases using stitch guides.
While it’s awesome that you got a head start on learning to use decorative stitches and novelty threads a while back, relying on others to create stitch guides for you can actually become a detriment to your stitching success.
Your choices are limited to the whims of professional stitch guide writers…
On-site classes can be expensive…
Custom stitch guides can also be quite expensive…
Older designs (even those released as recently as 2 years ago) are regarded as passé…
it’s not the solution to being able to choose your very own stitches and threads for YOUR projects.
Hint: It’s not enough to just use professional stitch guides or take project based classes and expect to be able to eventually do it yourself.
Which quickly helps us dispel our next myth…
Needlepoint Myth #4: It’s too late. I could never learn how to choose decorative stitches for my canvases.
Sure, you missed the boat by using professional stitch guides and classes as a tactic…
…but there’s always another boat coming!
And that next boat is…wait for it…
Choosing stitches and threads strategically using a needlepoint success process.
And if you’re reading this post RIGHT NOW, then you’re in a unique position to take advantage of this strategic approach, and in doing so, stake your claim to conquer overwhelm and frustration so you can finally stitch with confidence!
How so? Well, I’m offering a new workshop at the end of this month. You’ll hear more about it later this week, so keep an eye out for how you can join. 😉
Chances are that, even if you feel like you’ll never be able to choose stitches and threads for your canvases to create one-of-a-kind needlepoint treasures, you can up your game by implementing the strategies that I’ll share inside this workshop.
Alrighty – that’s all for now, my friend!
Have a terrific week and, until next time…