Ready to dive into some stitches that you can use to embellish your needlepoint canvases? Terrific! Me, too. Let’s chat just a minute about stitch families before we get started, though. When you understand how stitches are grouped in families (and how those families relate to each other), it helps make choosing the best ones for your projects much easier. I like to categorize canvas embroidery stitches into these five families: straight, slanted, crossed, looped, and knotted.
Last summer, I hosted my very first in-person Jingle in July needlepoint retreat here in Tuscaloosa. We had oodles of fun stitching a jolly snow girl that Diane Bertelson of Pepperberry Designs created especially for the retreat. Her name is Jingle and, if she looks familiar, it’s because she also made an appearance in the May/June 2020 issue of Needlepoint Now. (That’s her striking a pose with her copy of the magazine.)
Henry Ford famously said, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” Now, you’re probably wondering why I’m starting a needlepoint blog post about texture with a quote from Henry Ford, aren’t you? Well, it actually has more to do with needlepoint than you might think.
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