A Terrific Needlepoint Stitch For Trees…

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Apr 9, 2019
"Careen's Cottage" by Sandra Gilmore

Spring has sprung in Alabama…

The trees are sporting bright green leaves, the azaleas are in full bloom, and the birds are singing, so let’s have some more fun with springtime stitches and threads! Whaddya say we take a peek at a stitch that you can use for the trees on your needlepoint canvases, like this one by Maggie and Company. ????

A Superb Stitch For Grass On Your Painted Canvases

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Mar 12, 2019

Well hello there, lovely! It’s so nice to have you here with me today. ????

Can you believe that next Wednesday is the first day of spring?

I’m so, sooo glad, too! I just love it when everything starts to bloom and grow. The trees in my yard are beginning to sprout tiny little leaves and that sparked an idea. Whaddya’ say we have some fun with stitches and threads for the season? You know – colorful flowers, bright green grass, and sparkling blue skies, just to name a few. ????

Azaleas are blooming at Bellingrath Gardens in Mobile, Alabama.

And since the grass is starting to turn green here…

we’ll start with a stitch for grass on your painted canvases. The Bellingrath grass stitch is really simple, but it’s a medium size stitch so you’ll need plenty of space to establish the pattern. It’s also a straight stitch, so you’ll need to use thicker thread (or more strands) than you normally would use if you want full coverage.

The Bellingrath Grass stitch is a terrific medium size needlepoint stitch for the grassy areas on your painted canvases.

For example, a single strand of Silk and Ivory on 18 mesh canvas would work quite well. Or you could use 6 – 8 strands of Splendor on 13 mesh. If you plan to use multiple strands of thread, be sure and use a laying tool. Straight stitches like this one are much prettier when all of the strands of your thread lay smoothly on the surface of your canvas.

The diagram above shows the order in which you should execute the steps of this superb stitch for grass.

Start at the top right edge of the area you wish to cover and work the first blue vertical row. Three short stitches pair with one long stitch to create the repeat for the row. When you get to the bottom of the area you’re covering, it’s time to work your way back up the pink row. This time, though, you’ll work three long stitches and one short stitch.

Notice how the short stitches share holes with long stitches so that every time you make a short stitch, it sits right next to a long stitch – and vice versa. Use that little visual clue to help you keep the pattern straight in your head – and once you get the first two rows in place, you can fly with the Bellingrath Grass stitch.

Now, back to the different threads you can use on this stitch for grass.

You already know that you need to use thicker thread (or more strands of thread) if you want to achieve full coverage on your canvas. And if you want to let some of the artist’s shading peek through your stitches, you can use just about any type of thread you want.

Some of my favorite threads for stitching grass are…

  • Splendor
  • Watercolours
  • Waterlilies
  • Rainbow Linen
  • DMC Cotton Embroidery Floss
  • Impressions
  • Planet Earth Silk
  • Pepper Pot Silk
  • Soie Cristale
  • Threadworx Overdyed Floss

If you’d like to watch me demonstrate the Bellingrath Grass stitch, be sure and tune in to this week’s episode of Serendipi-TV on Thursday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. CDT. I’ll be broadcasting live from the Serendipity Needleworks Facebook page.

And if you’d like to be able to choose the best stitches and threads for your projects, you might want to join me for the Needlepoint Success Challenge. I’ll share my step-by-step Needlepoint Success System with you and help you create your very own stitch guide for a painted canvas. Click here to join. (It’s FREE, so you don’t have anything to lose, right?! ????)

Before you go, I’d like to ask you a question…

What’s your favorite stitch for stitching the grassy areas on your needlepoint canvases? I’d really like to know – and I’ll enter your name into the drawing for a fun prize (on March 31) if you share it with me in the comments box below. Sound good? Terrific! I can’t wait to hear from you.

Until next time, happy stitching!

XOXO!!!❤️
Stitch with a smile!

Are You Up For A Challenge?

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Feb 26, 2019
The Needlepoint Success Challenge kicks off on March 25th!

Hello there, lovely – and happy Tuesday!

I hope you’re having a fantabulous week. I can’t tell you how great it is to be here with you!

Really – I mean that, from the bottom of my heart! Every day, I jot down three things I’m thankful for in my journal. (It helps start my day off on the right foot.????)

Did you know that you’re always on that list? Yep – wonderful Y-O-U!!!

It’s such an honor (and a privilege!) to be able to share my love of needlepoint with somebody who “gets” my obsession.

If you’re a “gung-ho” stitcher like me, I’ll bet you can relate to…

  • squealing with excitement when you find the perfect canvas to stitch for your best friend’s birthday.
  • being on a first-name basis with your mailman and the UPS guy – or the staff at your local needlework shop, if you’re lucky enough to have one nearby.
  • that sinking feeling when you realize the stitch you chose for the purple flower isn’t gonna work after all.
  • carefully frogging hours of stitching (sometimes muttering a few choice expletives that would make your mother cringe ????) – all so you can try again for the perfect outcome.
  • jumping for joy when you finish a project!

That feeling of elation that comes from creating a one-of-a-kind heirloom treasure is pretty powerful, isn’t it?!

And speaking of creating…

Have you seen the brand new Serendipity Needleworks manifesto?

It captures the essence of what Serendipity is all about and I’m super excited to share it with you.

The Serendipity Needleworks manifesto captures the mission and vision for where we're going on this fantabulous adventure!

I’m over-the-moon thrilled to announce something else new, too.  It’s coming your way in March.

Cue the drumroll… ????

It’s my brand new 5-day Needlepoint Success Challenge.

I hope you’ll join me. It’ll help jumpstart your creativity – and get you on the road (or back on track!) to success with your needlepoint hobby.

Whether you’re just starting out, are stuck in a rut, or wanna develop your needlepoint skills, I guarantee you’ll learn something new. It’s gonna be oodles of F-U-N and it won’t take a ton of your time. Pinky promise! ????

What’s the challenge all about?

Great question! For five days in March, you’ll learn tips and tricks that will help you write your very own stitch guide for a painted canvas.

If you’re up for the challenge, tell me in the comments box below. All you have to do is type “I’m IN!” and I’ll give you a ????!

Then, click here to pre-register for the Needlepoint Success Challenge and I’ll see you on the inside!

Until next time, happy stitching.

XOXO!!!❤️
Stitch with a smile!

 

 

 

PS: The Needlepoint Success Challenge is free, so what are you waiting for?! Click here to pre-register now!

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