Stitch of the Month
June 2007: Flower Basket Pavilion

by Brenda Hart

June stitch of the month is Flower Basket Pavilion. This stitch gives you the opportunity to experiment with many different threads and looks lovely on both 14 mesh and 18 mesh. If you are using a plied silk thread such as Soie d'Alger, I recommend 6 plies on 14 mesh and 4 plies on 18 mesh. I like to use one color for the top of the diamond and a very close darker value of the same color silk for the bottom of the stitch.

I have also used one strand of Watercolour thread on 18 mesh for the top of the diamond, and then used a different thread in one of the colors taken from the Watercolour overdyed thread, and used it for the bottom of the diamonds. The thread for the bottom of the diamond could be 2 strands of size 12 pearl cotton, or 4 plies of coordinating silk or floss. Petite Frosty Rays looks lovely too in all one color on 18 mesh canvas.

If you are working on 14 mesh canvas, I suggest using 2 strands of Watercolour thread, for the top of the diamond, and 6 plies of plain colored floss or silk, or 2 strands of size 8 pearl cotton, or 2 strands of Elegance (similar to a size 8 pearl cotton) which is made of 100% silk for the bottom of the diamond.

You might also try 4mm silk ribbon or 2 strands of Impressions if you are stitching on 14 mesh canvas. If you decide to use the 4mm silk ribbon, try to ease up on your tension a little. Silk ribbon is much prettier and looks softer if a medium tension on the stitches is used. You might also consider using regular Frosty Rays on both top and bottom of the diamonds on 14 mesh canvas.

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