Are you ready for another fabulous destination on our Threadventure? Terrific! Hop aboard the Serendipity Express with me and we’ll take our magical virtual vacation tour bus to our next stop – lavish Las Vegas! Bright lights, dazzling costumes, spectacular talent, and glittering casinos are waiting for us, so grab your sunglasses and let’s hit the strip!
And here we are! (WOW…that was quick!) 😉
Billed as the Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas is famous for its dazzling nightlife. Not only do you find comedians, showgirls, and singers performing there, but you can also see fantastical theatrical productions.
Over inside the Serendipity Needleworks Facebook group, I asked you to guess what we’ll be exploring Las Vegas.
If you guessed costumes then CONGRATULATIONS! You’re ever so clever. 😉
Choosing the best stitches and threads for fancy clothes can be daunting, but I have some scintillating (tee hee!) stitch suggestions for you that I think you’re going to L-O-V-E!
I love elegant costumes and clothes, don’t you? And they’re especially fun to stitch! You can become an armchair fashion designer when you put a needle to your canvas, so channel your inner Bob Mackie and bring on the glitz!
It’s a simple stitch to execute and it doesn’t take up a lot of space, so you can use it almost anywhere. It adds terrific texture to your canvas and is particularly effective when you use high sheen silk threads with a tight twist.
Upright cross is another one of those stitches that’s a great option if you’re new to using decorative stitches or if you’ve been away from needlepoint for a while. And it’s super-easy to compensate. Just work as many full stitches as you can, then go back and fill in the gaps with your compensating stitches later.
Work each cross as a single unit following numbers on the diagram below.
Elegance is a 100% silk pearl thread that is comparable in size to DMC pearl #8. It works best on 13 – 18 mesh needlepoint canvas. There are 62 gleaming colors of Elegance and each card holds a generous 20 yards. Elegance is dyed to match Grandeur, Subtlety, and Splendor.
Elegance is quite easy to work with. Just remember to cut shorter pieces (16″) because the more passes this thread makes through the canvas, the more likely it is to lose its sheen. If you find that it “kinks” on you, remember to drop your needle and let the thread untwist. Keep an eye on your needle, though – since this is such a lightweight (and smooth!) thread, your needle is liable to slide off while the thread is untwisting. 😉
Paris stitch is another lovely choice for clothes and costumes. Just like our previous stitch, you should work each unit before moving along to the next “stitch”. (Look at the diagram below and you’ll see what I’m talking about.)
Follow the numbers when working Paris stitch and you’ll be golden! The stitch pattern is easy to execute – just stitch the “blue rows”, then go back and fill in the “pink rows”.
A word of caution – notice how the two upright/vertical stitches are worked side by side in the same holes. (Another, and actually more “correct” way to state that is to say that the two vertical stitches are worked side by side in the same channel. The channel is the row of holes between two canvas threads.)
Tiara is a “Z-twist” metallic thread that has a soft hand. What does that mean? Well… you see, lots of metallic threads have a braid construction and they’re on the stiff side, making them a little harder to manipulate than other threads. The beauty of Tiara is that it’s much softer and more pliable. It’s a terrific choice if you struggle with Treasure Braid or Kreinik braids.
Tiara is a 65% viscose/35% polyester blend thread that comes in 52 glittery colors. Each card holds 10 yards and is suitable for 14 – 18 mesh needlepoint canvas.
Use Tiara “as is” directly off the card, but be sure an put a dot of Fray Check or clear nail polish on the ends before you begin stitching. This thread is highly prone to untwisting. Use shorter lengths and use a “stabbing” up and down motion when stitching. (That will prevent damage that might occur from multiple passes through the canvas.)
Did you know that Las Vegas annually ranks as one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations? And while you’re there, you can attend a variety of entertaining shows – everything from musical concerts to Broadway productions.
Double cross isn’t a difficult stitch to execute, but it does involve multiple steps. It’s much easier to understand when you can see it step-by-step, so I’ve included two diagrams for you. Please don’t let the complexity of double cross deter you from using this splendid stitch to create a lacy look on the elaborate garments on your needlepoint projects.
First, work the large cross stitches following the numbers on the diagram below.
Then, come back and work the upright cross stitches (shown in green) to fill in those little spaces and create an intricately lacy pattern.
Imagine how much fun it would be to embellish a fancy dress – like the one Belle is wearing in the picture below – on one of your needlepoint canvases using the double cross stitch.
Nordic Gold is a 52% metallic polyester/48% nylon chain construction thread. It’s stronger than blending filament and is one of the more pleasant metallic threads to work with. And speaking of blending filament, Nordic Gold is a very fine weight thread that is equivalent to 2 – 3 strands of blending filament.
It’s available in 10 colors and each card holds a generous 25 yards. Rainbow Gallery suggests that it’s good for needlepoint up to 24 mesh canvas, which means that it’s a super versatile thread to have you in your stash. 😉
I recommend using Nordic Gold “as is” off the card. It’s not as prone to unraveling as some of the other metallic threads we’re using, but you’ll still probably want to treat the ends for fraying. Oh – and use pieces no longer than 18″.
like you see in the stunning picture below.
First, work the diagonal rows of the mosaic stitch as pictured in the diagram below.
Next, go back and fill in the spaces with more diagonal rows of mosaic stitch, but this time reverse the slant of your stitches to create the alternating mosaic pattern. Follow the numbering on the diagram below to stay on track.
Alternating mosaic creates a pattern that resembles a rich brocade fabric. You can also use it as a background stitch to add texture to your canvas.
Entice is a newish thread from our friends at Rainbow Gallery. I’ve been using it A LOT lately. In fact, it’s so sparkly and pretty that I just naturally gravitate toward it every time I go thread shopping. 😉
Entice is a synthetic blend thread – 67% rayon/33% polyester metallic. It’s available in 101 vibrantly glittery colors and each card holds 12 yards. Rainbow Gallery recommends it for 14 – 18 mesh needlepoint canvas, but you can use it for long stitches on 13 – 18 mesh canvas.
Use Entice “as is” straight off the card, but I highly recommend treating the ends for fraying with either Fray Check or clear nail polish before you begin stitching. And use shorter lengths. It’s also a wee bit prone to snagging, so finish up the thread you’re working with before putting your project back into your project bag. (And watch those tacks on your stretcher frame!)
It’s a fanciful option for adding texture to the luxurious clothes on your needlepoint projects and it’s really fun to work. It’s a largish stitch, so you’ll need a pretty big space to establish the pattern.
There are lots of different options for this stitch. You could work the vertical stitches in one color of thread and the horizontal “tie-down” stitch in another color of thread or you could mix silks and metallics for a totally different look.
Let your imagination go W-I-L-D and see what you can come up with!
Splendor, Rainbow Gallery’s staple divisible 100% silk embroidery thread, is what I’m using to work the long vertical stitches in this pattern. You can read more about it here since this is not its first appearance on our Threadventure.
Coronet Braid 8 is the mid-sized member of the Coronet Braid family and is approximately the same weight as Kreinik #8 braid. It’s a synthetic blend thread – 65% rayon/35% metallic polyester. The visible outer metallic-looking fiber is tightly wrapped around a rayon core, giving it the appearance of a real metal thread. It’s a great fiber to use for outlining and it bends rather well around curved shapes. It’s also excellent for couching.
There are 11 colors of Coronet Braid 8 and each card has 10 yards. It’s suitable for long stitches and couching on 18 – 24 mesh needlepoint canvas. Use it “as is” directly off the card and cut shorter lengths (16″) for the best results. I’m using it as the “tie-down” stitch across the center of each pavilion stitch. (That’s the horizontal green stitch on your stitch diagram.)
It’s been so much fun to share “shimmering” stitches for fancy clothes and costumes with you.
Now, let’s hop on board the Serendipity Express and hit the road to our next Threadventure destination…
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Until next time, happy stitching!
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