ANG Stitch of the Month 2014 - February

by Mary K. Campbell

Bracelet #1: Spring Has Sprung

Define the diamond areas:

Beginning on the left side of the rectangle, stitch large X’s in a series of back stitches over 10 threads. They are on the true diagonal and will touch the top of every other Ray Stitch point. You will end up with a number of diamonds and a 1/2 diamond on the end where you started. Be sure that you do not put any stitches inside the 1/2 diamond on the end, as that is where the clasp or fastener will be attached.

Grow your flowers:

Think of these diamonds as frames for your spring flowers. Use variations on the Spider Stitch to add your flowers.

If you want your flowers to be round, attempt to keep all of the legs of the spider the same length. The diagrams show only one option for the size and spacing of the legs. Making the straight stitches over 6 threads and the diagonal stitches over 4 threads fills in one diamond nicely.

Change colors in the middle of the flower, or change from one spider type to another, or both!

Make your legs green and let them show through a skimpy spider.

The base for both the Ridged Spider and Smooth Spider is the same:

For a Ridged Spider Stitch, think “forward under 2, back over 1, forward under 2, back over 1” to form ridges over each of the legs.

For a Smooth Spider Stitch, think “forward over 2, back under 1, forward over 2, back under 1” to form a smooth flower without ridges.

If you have an even number of diamonds, make a larger spider over the intersection between the two center diamonds. Use the white threads as 4 of the spokes for it. Add Wound Crosses as fillers in these 2 diamonds. Or put Wound Crosses in some of the diamonds instead of the Spider Stitches. Make larger Wound Crosses by having the legs over 3 threads.

Next Month: Ideas for beads and fillings