Testing Background Stitches For My New Canvas

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We’re getting an early taste of winter here in Alabama this week. In fact, it’s 33 degrees (F) outside and it’s not going to get above 39 today. Eek! So, while I’m snuggled by the fire with a steaming cup of Vive le Thé, I thought it’d be fun to share one of the background stitches I’m considering for my “Believe” canvas with you…

Here’s a picture of my canvas, in case you haven’t seen it yet.

This canvas will be easy to write a stitch guide for...

It’s by Starke Art. My plan is for it to become a pillow that will live on the paisley chair beside the fireplace or on my bed. (Yep – I’m waffling a little about where I want to put it.) The green thread that I shared with you last week is a little off for the paisley chair. It’s perfect for my bedroom, though.

Since there are only two design components on the entire canvas, you’d think it’d be super-easy to choose the stitches.

What are the design components?

Well, first, let me define “design component” for you. It’s actually very simple. A design component is an item on a canvas. In the case of my “Believe” canvas, the word is the primary design component. And then there’s the background. Some people consider the background a design component and some don’t. I always count it because it’s definitely part of the overall composition.

But I want to make sure that the background stitch doesn’t compete for attention with the design.

“Believe” should be the superstar of this project.

Because the “B” is so fancy, it’s going to be a wee bit on the challenging side to work around, so I want a stitch that isn’t too hard to compensate. (After all, I want this to be an enjoyable project – not an exercise in frustration!)

The reverse giant Scotch stitch fills the bill on both of those pre-requisites for the background.

Here’s a diagram that shows you what it looks like…

Giant reverse Scotch stitch is a great background stitch!

And to get a better idea of what it would look like in a single color here’s the stitch diagram colored in with a green that’s similar to the thread color I’m thinking about using for the background…

The reverse giant Scotch stitch is a good background stitch.

If you have a stitch book, like Grab-n-Go Stitches, you can make photocopies of the pages and color them in with markers or colored pencils to help you get an idea of what the stitch might look like in different colors of thread. (Note: this only works when the stitches aren’t filled in.)

I have a couple of other stitches in mind that I’m considering using for the background, too, but I’ll share those with you later. Right now, I’m off to upload the new November stitch diagrams into the “How-To” Stitch Library for The Stitcher’s Club.

Have a terrific rest of your day and I’ll see you on Thursday over on the Serendipity Needleworks Facebook page for our weekly broadcast where we’ll chat about all things needlepoint…

Until then, happy stitching!

Stitch with a smile!




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Hi, I’m Ellen. A needlepoint teacher and author dedicated to helping motivated but overwhelmed stitchers at every stage find exactly what they need to stitch with confidence. Whether you’re just dipping your toe into the needlepoint world or you’re ready to take your skills to the next level, I’ve fine-tuned a learning experience just for you.

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