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Advanced Needlepoint Stitches
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Needlepoint Water Stitch

Do you want to know how to stitch water in needlepoint? There is a simple stitch called a needlepoint Water Stitch. It is designed to represent flowing, wavy water and it’s very easy to do.

The needlepoint Water Stitch is an open stitch and so the idea is that some of the canvas will peek through. This also means it gobbles up the canvas more quickly than a tent stitch.

The Needlepoint Water Stitch is stitched in two parts.
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Step 2:
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You can see that you get a repetitive, “moving” stitch that looks like flowing water. The problem I have with how I have stitched the water on this canvas is the thread choice I made. I wanted a contrast with the background canvas so you could see the stitch. And I wanted a single ply thread. The thread I used in Step 1 was a Rainbow Gallery Very Velvet. But it is too thick for this stitch on the canvas. Especially when compared with the thread I chose for Step 2 – A Rainbow Gallery Flair Tubular Ribbon - which is a sheer thread.  The two of them together appear unbalanced.

I like the sheer thread, and I used it because it looks a little like the froth on waves. But, if I was stitching this again (and I would be if this wasn’t just for demonstration purposes), I would choose threads of a similar weight, and I would choose threads (single or double ply) that are not too lofty. Something like a perle cotton #5 would be good. This way you get to see the threads and the design being created, and you can still get parts of the canvas peeking through.

The needlepoint Water Stitch will be a useful stitch for your armory
and I hope you get a chance to try it out soon.


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Needlepoint Kalem Stitch

Do you need five reasons to love the needlepoint kalem stitch? Well here they are.

Five Reasons To Love the Needlepoint Kalem Stitch:
-It’s easy. It will take you about two minutes to figure out how this stitch works and then it’s stress-free stitching from there on in. We appreciate a stitch that easily fits in and around other canvas features without a lot of mathematical calculation. This is it!
-It’s fast. And I think we all enjoy a stitch that moves along at a speedy pace.
-It’s not fussy. The needlepoint Kalem Stitch works well with almost any thread choice. Because it’s a long diagonal stitch, you need to pay attention to your thread tension, but aside from that you could use kitchen string and probably get a reasonable effect with this stitch.
-It’s great for backgrounds and large areas - see reasons above. The needlepoint Kalem Stitch is a good choice for geometric designs, and large areas where you want a contrasting stitch.
-The needlepoint Kalem Stitch is also called a knitting stitch - because it looks like knitting (strangely enough). This means it’s a fabulous choice for stitching in images of sweaters or other clothing, as well as tree trunks/limbs.

How To Stitch The Needlepoint Kalem Stitch:
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On this canvas I used two colors to stitch the Kalem Stitch. I did this because this canvas has a lot of geometrical features and I wanted to visually break them up. Also, the color areas on the canvas represent geographical features and I thought, by using two shades of brown, it better represents a varying topography. The point is, you can stitch the Kalem Stitch in all one color, or in two shades as I have done here.

If you stitch in two shades then using color one, stitch every alternate stitch of the entire color area first. (Numbers 1,2 and 5,6 and 9,10 etc. from the diagram above). This photo shows every alternate stitch being laid down using the paler color.

  
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Then fill in the alternate stitches (numbers 3,4 and 7,8 etc) with the complementary shade. You can see from this photo that the first color is laid down, then the second color is being laid down (the two vertical rows on the right).  

If you are stitching in one color then you would obviously not stitch alternate stitches
and it would all be laid down in one step.

We hope you find a use for the needlepoint Kalem Stitch on a canvas near you very soon.

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Needlepoint Curve Stitching
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 Needlepoint is easiest when you are stitching straight lines. But sometimes it throws you a curve.
Here are three great ways to stitch a needlepoint curve

stitch a needlepoint curve1. Stitch A Needlepoint Curve - Zig Zag

Use a tent stitch to follow the curved line as closely as you can, in a step-wise or zig-zag fashion. This is the most common way of stitching a curve or diagonal line in needlepoint.

The zig-zag approach creates a strong-looking line, but it is not a very smooth curve as the stitches are laid down in steps.

backstitch2. Stitch A Needlepoint Curve - Backstitch

stitch a needlepoint curveUsing a backstitch is a great way to stitch a needlepoint curve. Use a long stitch over two or more stitch intersections to follow the arc of the curve.

You can see in this photo (where we have stitched white thread on a green curve so you can see the stitches), that we have used stitches of different lengths and directions to hug the curve. You can find directions on our website for how to do a needlepoint backstitch. It can be done as surface embroidery (stitched on in a finer thread after the canvas is completed), or you can do what I have done here and stitch it directly onto the canvas. See how much smoother the arc of the curve is when you stitch a needlepoint curve using a backstitch?

3. Stitch A Needlepoint Curve - Wrapped Backstitch

If you decide to use a backstitch to stitch a needlepoint curve, you can get a thicker, smoother, more defined line by wrapping the stitches. This is called a Wrapped Backstitch. When you have placed the last backstitch on the curve, go back and wrap the thread around each stitch.

stitch a needlepoint curveTo do this, bring the needle up at the start of the last backstitch you placed and then slide the needle under this last stitch, working from the outside of the curve toward the inside. The needle stays on top of the canvas and just slides under the stitches. You can see in this photo how I am sliding the needle under the stitch.

Wrapping the backstitch forms a thick, ridged curve, and it gives the curve a nice curvy shape! You can imagine that when all the other tent stitches come in around it that this curve will be standing out nicely. Using a wrapped backstitch is a very effective and easy way to stitch a needlepoint curve.

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Stitching a Penelope Needlepoint Canvas

Penelope needlepoint canvas may not be the easiest thing in the world to stitch, 
but the effects can be stunning.

The beauty of a penelope canvas is that the stitcher can use both petit point (small needlepoint stitches) and gros point (large needlepoint stitches) on the same design.

For finely detailed areas, a petit point stitch brings out the detail, and for background or large areas, gros point can allow for a speedier finish.

Penelope Needlepoint - How To


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Penelope needlepoint canvas is also called double canvas because it is made up of double threads that intersect.
 
 
If you only stitch the large holes on the penelope needlepoint canvas, this is called gros point. You might decide to only stitch the large holes when you are working the background and/or other large areas of color that are not the central design feature.
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If you stitch every hole of the penelope needlepoint canvas, large and small, then this is called petit point and you stitch in the fine detail this way. To do petit point you need to "split" the mesh in order to stitch every single hole, big and small.

The best use of a penelope needlepoint canvas is when you use a combination of gros point and petit point, depending on the design area you are stitching.
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In this photo, the upper stitched area is petit point. The stitches look very small and close together. You can imagine this would work well if you had fine detailing to do.

In the lower stitched area, we have done gros point, stitching only the large holes, and it looks like regular needlepoint.

As a general rule, it is best to decide ahead of time which design areas of your penelope needlepoint you will stitch in petit point and do these first, filling in with gros point later.

The only real downside to a penelope needlepoint canvas is that it tends to distort more than mono canvas. Using stretcher bars will help. You may need to block your needlepoint twice to get it back into shape once it is stitched
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SOURCE:  Needlepoint-For-Fun
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