Stitch of the Month
December 1999: Barbara’s Patchwork

by Barbara Richardson

The December edition of the ANG Stitch of the Month is a special holiday present to all our visitors. "Barbara’s Patchwork" uses many of the stitches that have been featured on this page during 1999 and gives you an opportunity to try them in a lovely geometric design based on the Log Cabin quilt pattern.

To complete Barbara’s Patchwork, you will need:

The finished design is approximately 5.25" by 5.25". Experiment with stitches and with colors; but most of all have fun and enjoy! The creator of Barbara's Patchwork, Barbara Richardson, and the members of the ANG Internet Committee worked the design using a variety of threads and colors. Take a look at our results!

Use 1 strand of Pearl Cotton. Use the number of strands of floss needed to give you the coverage you want. Start by using the number suggested in the instructions. Depending on your tension and ability to lay threads, you may need to add or subtract strands. If you are not happy with the way your stitching looks, change the number of strands.

There are charts associated with each step of the instructions. In addition, there is a full-size image of the finished piece for your convenience while stitching. Many of the charts use colored symbols. If you do not have a color printer, you may find it helpful to use markers to color your black and white charts to match the colors used on the screen.

Outline: Find center of canvas, count up 7 threads. Begin working over the 8th thread in Continental stitch using #5 pearl cotton light Color A. This center square will have 14 empty threads enclosed by the Continental. Referring to chart at right, the numbers indicated will be the empty threads in each area and the letters identify the areas to be stitched. Total outside thread count is 88 x 88. Click to print a master chart showing all the outlining.
Area A: Center motif is Slanted Gobelin with a Scotch Stitch in each corner. The Scotch Stitch is done in 3-ply floss Color B medium (green lines on chart). Refer to graph, these stitches change direction. Next, work a row of Slanted Gobelin, over two canvas threads using 3 ply floss Color A medium (purple lines on chart). The center rows are also over two canvas threads using 3 ply floss Color A dark (red lines on chart). Note on the chart that the stitches slant to the outside corners, the same as the Scotch Stitch.

The chart shows the entire area.

Area B: The small flowers are done in 3 ply floss:

Begin the two threads down and four threads over from the upper left corner with petal color, this is the position of the center petal and is done over three threads. Note the compensation in the center motif.

Using one ply of Color A light floss, work a small border design (white lines) at the top and bottom of the area.

The chart shows the entire area.

Area C: The base of Elongated Cross stitch is done in pearl cotton Color A dark (black lines) and is two threads wide by nine threads long. The tie down is done in 3 ply floss Color B medium (green lines). This is done over two canvas threads pulling the cross to the side, leaving two empty threads between the cross stitches. The center is done in an Irregular Smyrna (yellow lines) using 3 ply floss Color B light. Using 2 ply floss Color B dark, do a long stitch (blue lines) over the intersection where the crosses meet. Over this in two ply floss Color A medium is an elongated cross stitch (purple lines).

The chart shows the entire area.

Area D: The Rhodes Hearts use 4 ply floss Color A medium (purple lines) and begin from three threads up and four threads over from the lower left corner. Come up here and count up seven threads and two threads to the right. This sets up the first step. Now proceed up the left side of the heart and cross over previous stitches to go down on the right side. After completing stitch 19 to 20, the last stitch drops down one at the top and bottom to give the heart shape.

Between the two hearts are two overlapping cross stitches (white lines). Beginning from the straight side of the heart, count over one thread and down one for stitch 1 to 2; this is done in 4 ply Color A light.

The last heart is started four threads over and two threads down from the lower right side of the center motif.

Using one ply of Color A light floss, work a small eyelet design (white lines) in the empty spaces in between. Refer to graph.

The chart shows the entire area.

Area E: Lay a grid of long stitches using pearl cotton Color A dark (black lines). Begin two threads down from the upper right corner. Go over two threads on the diagonal, then come up four threads to the left and cross back to the right four threads down from previous stitch. Continue this pattern to bottom of rectangle. The last stitch in this direction goes over one intersection and is worked from upper left to lower right. Follow the numbers on the chart to get started.

To chance direction, count over 8 threads along the bottom of the area and work a diagonal stitch over three intersections (A to B on chart, continue with C to D, and then follow the pattern). This makes a diamond shape grid which is then tied down with an Upright Cross over the intersections. Use 2 ply floss:

  • Color A dark (red lines)
  • Color A medium (purple lines)
  • Color B dark (blue lines)
  • Color B medium (green lines)

The last step is done with a Cross Stitch (yellow lines) over two threads by two threads using 2 ply floss Color B light.

The chart shows the entire area.

Area F: This is a patterned Bargello using 4 to 5 ply of floss (depends on your tension to get the proper coverage). Refer to the chart below as the number of threads covered varies as to the design element. Floss used from bottom to top:

The chart below shows the entire area from top to bottom. The gray rectangle indicates the center channel of the area. Note that the stitch pattern is compensated to allow it to evenly fit in the area.

Area G: The Byzantine Stitch is done over two threads and has a filler Eyelet stitch (refer to the full-size image and to the chart for this placement). Start in upper left corner to get the pattern established. All rows after will slant the same way and have the same count except where the Eyelet square is left. Use 3 to 4 ply of floss (depends on your tension to get the proper coverage). The first row (white lines) was done in Color A light and then follow graph for placement of colors:
  • Color B light (yellow lines)
  • Color A medium (purple lines)
  • Color A dark (red lines)

The Eyelet portion is done in 2 ply floss Color B medium (green lines) and is done only from the corner to center hole and from center sides to center hole. ( I did not do every hole as it was too crowded for this area.)

The chart at right shows the entire area from left to right. Continue pattern to fill area vertically.

Area H: The Florentine or Bargello Stitch is done over three threads using 4 to 5 ply floss. To establish this pattern begin one thread from the Continental border and one thread up. Use Color A dark value floss (red lines). The pattern is then up four stitches (going over three threads), back down sharing with the border stitch on this one. Note the compensation at the top and bottom. Refer to chart for placement and colors:

The chart below shows the entire area from top to bottom.Continue pattern to fill area horizontally.

Area I: The Woven Stitch (red lines) is done using 3 ply floss Color A dark. Begin from the upper left corner. Count down five threads and one thread from the left. Come up here and count up over four threads on the diagonal (refer to chart). From this position count three threads to the left (#3 on graph), this is also down over four threads on the diagonal.

Refer to graph for the order of stitching. The fourth leg slides underneath the first stitch to give the woven appearance. Across the row there are two Woven Stitches separated by three empty threads. The next rows share stitches with the previous, so watch graph carefully.

The fill in stitch is a Double Straight Stitch (yellow lines) over three threads in 4 ply floss Color B light, which has a cross stitch (blue lines) in 1 ply floss Color B dark.

The chart at right shows the entire area from left to right. Continue pattern to fill area vertically.

Area J: The small outside borders are all the same -- a tied down Rice Stitch. The large cross stitch foundation is done in pearl cotton Color A dark (black lines) and is 6 threads by 6 threads, except for the center one which is 6 by 7 (gray background area on chart). The tie down (yellow lines) is done in 3 ply floss Color B light and is done center side to center top (or bottom) of the large cross stitch. Next an Upright Cross is put over the center of the large cross stitch using 2 ply floss Color A medium (purple lines). The final step in done with 1 ply floss Color B dark and is only over one intersection (blue lines) to tie down the larger tie down.

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