Stitch of the Month

Debbie Stiehler

This canvas work design is a geometric pattern, using four-way Florentine stitches. The design is 184 x 184 canvas threads square in size. Therefore the finished size of the pattern would be:

  1. On 18 count canvas - slightly larger than 10” x 10”, buy a canvas that is 14” or 16” square.
  2. Congress Cloth - About 7” x 7”, buy a canvas that is 12” or 14” square.

Lesson 1


Canvas - Your choice of color. The canvas will be visible in some areas.

Usual stitching supplies: tapestry needles in various sizes, scissors for cutting metal and regular threads, a laying tool, needlework stand or frame weight to free both hands for stitching. Light and magnification are optional.

THREADS - any type of thread that can be stranded and laid such as six strand embroidery floss, silk, wool, etc. For my models I chose DMC and Anchor cotton floss. Quantities listed below. I do not feel that Overdyed threads are a good choice for this design

Metal threads: Kreinik threads - both 1/16” ribbon and the braids should be the same color.

18 mesh

Congress Cloth

Color selection

You will need 3 color families to work this design.

Main Color - 5 values

Second Color - 4 values

Accent Color -3 values

Methods to select color palette:

  1. Go to your local needlework shop and select from their supply. Color cards come in handy when searching for “Families” of color.
  2. Use a color wheel! Select triadic, split complementary or analogous combinations.
  3. Look in your closet - is there a favorite shirt or dress that has 3 colors that you like?
  4. Visit a fabric store and look at the different color combinations on the bolts of fabric.

My color choices:

First project on 18-count canvas

18 count Cream color canvas

Kreinik Metallic

Anchor six-strand embroidery floss:

Second project on Congress Cloth - This is the stitched version that you will be seeing as the month’s progress. I chose these colors for their boldness in the photography.

Cream color Congress Cloth

Kreinik metallic

Anchor six-strand embroidery floss:

DMC six-strand embroidery floss:

Preparing the canvas

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