New Clubs for 2011!

I’m excited to introduce two new clubs for 2011!

Debi has designed some fantastic canvaswork seasonal “snowflakes” (because each one is unique, hehe) that are amazing – she’s got sparklers and fireworks for the 4th of July, a beautiful rose bouquet for Valentine’s, a totally kicking Celtic knotwork piece for St. Patty’s, plus I’ve gotten a sneak peak at the Easter bunny basket (uhyep, adorable) – and many more for the seasons and celebrations throughout the year! And you get to work with all kinds of snazzy fibers and embellishments as well as learn some fun and funky stitches.

Roz has once again created some stunning Hardanger patterns, but this time she has turned them into gorgeous bookmarks and bellpulls. Signature stunning Watnemo designs with vibrant fibers on lacy edged, buttery Lugana!

In addition to these lovely patterns each month, club members also receive special offers and coupons throughout the year just for being part of the club! It can’t get much better than that (unless we could make a stitching-time-creation-machine so we could stitch whenever we wanted! Hmm.. we should work on that ;).

New Clubs for 2011!

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Double Dutch

Double Dutch stitch

Variation 1

Double Dutch stitch

Variation 2

This stitch is fun when used as an airy filler. Turn the stitch whichever way works best for your design. You can also vary the way a stitch looks by the order in which you do your lines. For example, try an experiment stitching the long single stitch first. Then try making that stitch your last. You will be amazed how much different the stitch can look when done in an opposite order.



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Wheat

Wheat stitch

Variation 1

This stitch uses a two-part process where you stitch the “stalks” and then gather them together into the sheaf shape. The number of stalks can vary depending on the space you are trying to fill, so experiment with 3, 4, or 5 stalks. Try varying the length of the center stalks to create a taller stitch.


Wheat stitch

Variation 2

You can also layer them to fill in an entire area as shown in this example.



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Rice

Rice stitch

Small Rice Stitch

The Small Rice stitch not only produces a nice background but will reinforce your canvas. You can work the stitch in two colors for a diamond effect. Stitch the large “X” first and then add the cross-hatches.


Rice stitch

Medium Rice Stitch

The Medium Rice stitch doesn’t cover entirely, which may allow your canvas to show through a bit. Again, work the larger “X” first and then add the cross hatches.


Rice stitch

Large Rice Stitch

The Large Rice stitch is very open and airy, almost lace-like. If you are using multiple ply threads, you will want to strip your threads before stitching so that your threads will lie nicely.


Rice stitch

Variation 1

Rice stitch

Variation 2

Rice stitch

Variation 3

Just like the rice dishes we have today, there are quite a few variations. Here are a few to get you thinking. Experiment with colors, size, and cross hatching to get the coverage and effect you want.



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Leaf

Leaf stitch

Variation 1

Let’s explore our leaf stitches, which are very versatile. Not only can it be used for leaves, but it can create flowers, trees, grasses, even fur and feathers. It all depends on your threads and stitch lengths.

Here are two of the more traditional leaf stitches. This is another stitch you can vary the length and width to fill your design space. Try grouping several together or layering them for further effect. This is a fabulous stitch for experimenting with variegated threads. You can stitch the leaf back and forth so the variegation goes down the leaf. You can also stitch down one side and then up the other which makes the variegation change between sides.


Leaf stitch

Variation 2

This stitch can also be used for special effects. For example, this one could be a feather or a wheathead.


Leaf stitch

Variation 3

This one would be great for grass or perhaps fur.



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