2015 ANG Stitch of the Month -- December
Water Lily

by Rozelle Hirschfelt

Stitching the base and final assembly

Right side of cleft

Left side of cleft

View of back of laced base canvas

Pattern for mounting holes

Twisted cord with 'wiggles' before doubling on itself

Finished cord

Be sure to keep the thread taut all through this step and the next ones. Holding the thread taut with one hand, use the other hand to keep the thread taut as you move the end you are holding to the pin. Still keeping the thread taut and the ends together (you can remove the pinned end, pin and all, if you think you can keep them together. The hand that you used to keep the threads taut should be holding the thread at the loop formed when you brought the ends together. Little by little, pinch the cord and work the fingers of this hand toward the pin end, like an inch worm, releasing the thread as you go so that it twists around itself. If you let go of too much too soon you will have a jumbled mess. Not to worry. If that happens, you can fix it. When your 'taut maintaining' hand is free, wrap a piece of transparent tape around the ends. If you were successful in releasing the thread gradually, you now have a completed twisted cord. If it got away from you, just tightly hold the cord at the point where the jumble starts, insert a finger between the two parts of the cord and work your way to the end. You can go either direction on the cord, so go toward the closest end. And there you have it. To attach the cord to the edge of the base, insert pins through the cord into the base between the canvas and the Ultrasuede. The sharp ends of the pins should be inside so that you won't be sticking yourself with them as you sew the cord in place. Where the two ends meet, overlap the cord so that the twist looks continuous, tucking the ends in between the canvas and the Ultrasuede. Sew the remaining opening closed and then attach the cord. Here's how I do it: using a sharp needle, insert the needle into the cord perpendicular to the edge and bring it out, catching a bit of the Ultrasuede. The needle should go down in a valley so that the sewing thread will drop down between the twists of the cord. Make a stitch in every valley. See the photo below. For these photos I used white cording and black thread for contrast.

Sewing cording to backing

Front view

Thank you for stitching Water Lily. I hope you enjoyed learning about reversible stitching and adding dimension to your needlepoint. Display your lily with pride. I hope you smile every time you see it.