Stitch of the Month
August 2009: Sally’s Diamonds

by Tony Minieri

Stitch the horizontal stitches first then fill in with the slanted stitches. Turn the canvas ¼ turn when stitching the horizontal stitches so you can lay them properly.

When stitching straight stitches, it is usually best to stitch them vertically. You have more control over the laying of the stitch when it is in vertical orientation. Work the slanted stitches in horizontal zigzag rows.

This stitch can be used for clothing and backgrounds.

To stitch on the Mystery Project for 2009

Verify that you are stitching in the correct section by referring to the roadmap diagram here. Be especially careful as this stitch moved from the initial drawing to balance the colors better. The correct location is shown in the referenced diagram.

AREA 7 STITCH 7

Using 1 strand of A3_________________for the horizontal stitch elements and 1 strand of A2____________for the oblique stitch elements, stitch this area in Sally’s Diamonds. Stitch the horizontal stitches first then fill in with the slanted stitches. Turn the canvas ¼ turn when stitching the horizontal stitches so you can lay them properly. When stitching straight stitches, it is usually best to stitch them vertically. You have more control over the laying of the stitch when it is in vertical orientation. Work the slanted stitches in horizontal zigzag rows.

***Do not place a horizontal stitch in the outline of the cuffs. There is couching around the cuffs.

****When you hit the inner outline of the sleeve, break the stitch into two elements where it crosses his line so you can delineate this lien and backstitch it later. Do this for all subsequent pattern that hit either of these design lines.

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