Stitching the Sky in Tuscaloosa
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So, now we’ve come full circle with this cute little Tuscaloosa canvas…

back to stitching the sky. It’s the last design component I have to decide upon – and it’s what prompted me to share this tiny peek at how I go about choosing threads and stitches for my needlepoint projects with you.

I spent some time noodling it this week and here’s what I came up with.

Remember earlier, when we talked about the descriptive words for each of the design components on the canvas?

I shared that I wanted the sky to be bright blue with big white puffy clouds. Well, a couple of problems presented themselves right out of the gate:

First, the space is pretty small and “Tuscaloosa” is smack dab in the middle of the limited white area available.

Second, the water is already bright blue and, you know  – it’s that old “too much sugar for your nickel” thing. Using another bright blue thread would be waaaay too much of the same color on such a small piece.

What to do?!

Admittedly, I’m pretty darn tickled with what I’m planning to do. You can see the beginnings of it sketched out on the canvas in the picture below.

Stitching the Sky in Tuscaloosa

I finally settled on an over-dyed light blue silk thread from The Caron Collection (Waterlilies; color 044/Ice). Keeping things simple is the key to making this cutie pie ornament really shine. Slanted Gobelin is the stitch I’m using for the blue sky.

Now, are you ready? (Cue the drumroll!)

I’ll use one strand of white Wisper (from Rainbow Gallery) combined with one or two strands of white Bella Lusso to stitch the cloud, then I’ll bead the word “Tuscaloosa” to really make it pop! The slightly fuzzy thread mimics the puffy white clouds of a summer day.

Remember, too, that the word “Tuscaloosa” is the focal point of the design, so when it’s all stitched in bright red beads and surrounded by that fluffy white cloud, it’ll definitely be the first thing to capture your attention.

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Wondering which stitches (and threads!) you can use to stitch the sky – and all the other design components – on your needlepoint projects?

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  1. Susan Larson

    May 18, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    I’m in for the adventure this summer.

    • Ellen Johnson

      May 21, 2018 at 7:50 am

      YAY! So happy to have you joining us, Susan. 🙂 We’re going to have a terrific time!

  2. Lynn Myrick

    May 29, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    I would love to have this print…I needlepoint Christmas gifts every year…They are all Alabama fans…trying to find something different Been looking for Alabama Christmas ornaments too..


    • Ellen Johnson

      May 29, 2018 at 8:48 pm

      Hi Lynn!
      Thank you for your note. I’ll send you an email with details. 🙂


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