Well hello there!
Did you see last week’s blog post? If you didn’t, you might want to click here to read it first. And if you did read it, well – we’ll just go ahead and dive right into how to stitch those weird little shapes on your needlepoint canvases in diagonal tent stitch/basketweave.
Sound good? Terrific… let’s get started!
First, here’s a new picture for you. I posted it over on Instagram last week, but if you don’t follow me, then you probably missed it.
Notice anything different from last week’s picture?
Yep… I frogged that little gold motif in the bottom righthand corner so I could show you how I stitch these little buggers step-by-step.
Stitching oddball shapes in diagonal tent stitch can be a wee bit of a challenge…
especially when you’re working with more than one color. And that’s just exactly what the situation is with this canvas. Each little diamond shape motif on this design features three colors – light gold, medium gold, and dark gold.
Usually, I recommend that you begin with the lightest color, but since the light gold is only an outline here, I’m starting with the medium shade of gold.
And I’ll bet you’re wondering why I’m doing that, aren’t you?
That’s a terrific question – and it’s because I’d like to have a decent size place to end my threads when I stitch the outline of the motif. I’ll weave the tail of my light gold thread over and under the stitches on the back side of the medium gold area.
Make sense? Great!
Remember to work your diagonal tent stitches “up the steps and down the poles”.
The first three stitches in this motif are single stitches, but as the shape widens, there are enough stitches in a row to begin implementing the “up the steps/down the poles” method.
This picture shows me in position to work a three stitch “up the steps” sequence…
And here’s how I work my way around the dark gold areas inside the motif…
Notice how I’m stitching from the top of the shape down toward the bottom…
and that I’m skipping the dark gold areas?
You see, I don’t like carrying my thread across more than three or four canvas threads and if I were to stitch in true diagonal rows, there are some places I’d have to carry my thread too far.
Are you still with me? Terrific!
And remember, if you have a question – you can always leave me a comment down below ???? or send me an email.
Alrighty – now, let’s take a peek at working my way down the other side of the motif…
My needle is in place and I’m picking up where I broke away to stitch the bottom half of the motif.
I’m using my trusty “up the steps/down the poles” method and when I finish filling in all of the missing medium gold stitches, my rows will meet seamlessly.
Pretty nifty, huh?!
Sooo – whenever you stitch “up the steps” and “down the poles”, your rows will always meet up! I’ve never run into a situation where it didn’t work out.
Kinda like magic, isn’t it? ????
Okey dokey – now it’s time to work the light gold outline…
I’m using continental tent stitch to work the outline.
You can see, in this picture, that the canvas isn’t stitch painted precisely.
I’m eyeballing it and making the necessary adjustments to ensure that the stitched motif is symmetrical.
(Note: The tails on my waste knot are too long, but they’re that way because my fingernails are really short and I need those little tails to pull on when I’m ready to clip the knot. I’m just super careful to keep them out of the way.)
And here’s another picture for you with more of the outline stitches in place…
Always remember to keep an eye on the back of your canvas to make sure you’re working in continental tent stitch and not half-cross. ????
All I have left to do now is stitch the dark gold areas.
And Voilà! Here’s the finished motif. ????????????
Next time, we’ll chat about filling in the background around all those irregular shapes using diagonal tent stitch. Sound good?
Oh – and before you go, be sure and let me know what your biggest takeaway is from this post about using diagonal tent stitch in irregular shapes. Did you have any “aha” moments?
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I can hardly wait to hear what you have to say. I read all of your notes and appreciate each and every one of them so very much! ❤️
Until next time, happy stitching!