Can you believe it is August????? School will be starting soon and then we will be entering Pumpkin Spice Season aka "bring out the holiday decorations"!!! I just love this time of year, and I am thrilled it is almost here. This week's stitches are great for Fall and Christmas canvases, so let's get to it!
The first stitch is called Flower Columns Variation on page 31 of Whimsical Stitches Volume 3 by Mary Legallet. The flowers in this stitch also remind me of Snowflakes. This stitch is a great background for ornaments which don't have a painted background. I love the linear aspect of the stitch along with the snowflakes. In addition, you could turn the stitch, so the columns run horizontally and use for snow on the ground. This stitch was taught on Saturday at the Shop of July 30, 2022.
Our next stitch is called Hungarian Grid with Cross Stitches on page 32. I am a sucker for anything which looks like a trellis stitch, and this one is no different. It is so different how Mary turns the hungarian stitch to outline the trellis, so clever! The tiny cross stitches look great stitched in an accent thread (e.g. Kreinik, Silk Lame, etc). While this is a great background stitch, I also think it would look great on an object like a Hot Air Balloon, sofa, chair or Santa Coat.
The third stitch is called Hungarian Milanese Compositie on page 33. I have to be honest, this was a hard one for me. There is a subtle diagonal pattern, but I kept having to look at the graph. There is supposed to be beads in the empty holes which I did for half the canvas and then left the other half open. I think either was looks good. This stitch reminds me a Criss Cross Hungarian. Not sure I will ever use this stitch due to it's difficulty. Having said this, every stitcher sees stitches differently, so what is difficult one me, may not seem difficult to you, so give it a whirl! This would be really pretty on clothing, geometric areas, snowman and trees.
The final stitch is called Lined Diamonds on page 34. This is a great stitch for backgrounds or stocking sky. I love that there is an opportunity to use 3 different types of threads. I can't wait to use this stitch!!