2015 ANG Stitch of the Month - January
by Rozelle Hirschfelt
Water lily is a 3-dimensional piece that is a study of reversible stitches. Some of these stitches are well known to us as being reversible. Some are familiar stitches that can be made reversible by altering the stitching technique or sequence. Some look the same on both sides and some produce a different pattern on the reverse side. With these few examples, you will become aware of the possibilities and - just maybe - become entranced, as I have, in making needlepoint come alive in 3 dimensions.
- General instructions, materials list, pattern, color options
- You will need 3 pieces of canvas: one for each of the two petal layers and one for the base. The model was stitched using 24 count Congress Cloth for the petal
layers and 18 count canvas for the base and is mounted on a box with a 5" x 5" opening. This is the smaller of two sizes included in the instructions.
The larger size would have the same proportions as the model when mounted on a 7" x 7" box. You may choose to use 18 count canvas for the petal layers
for either size.
Original size Larger size Canvas Base 18 count, 8"x8" 18 count, 10" x 10" Top Petal Layer Congress Cloth or 18 count 8" x 8" Congress Cloth or 18 count 10" x 10" Bottom Petal Layer Congress Cloth or 18 count 10" x 10" Congress Cloth or 18 count 12" x 12"
For the base, use a dark blue, dark green or black canvas to avoid canvas show-through in the almost black water.
For the petals use white or a colored canvas that will result in the color of blossom you want.
If you stitch in the sequence given, you will complete the stitching on each piece of canvas before starting the next.
Original size Larger size Petals Floss: 1 skein each of 2 shades of blossom color Floss: 1 or 2 skeins each or 1 ball #8 pearl cotton of 2 shades of blossom color Blossom center Floss: 1 skein Floss: 1 skein Lily Pad 1 skein overdyed floss
1 skein coordinating solid color floss
1 skein overdyed floss
1 skein coordinating solid color floss
Water 3 cards Rainbow Gallery Fyre Werks Soft Sheen 8 cards Rainbow Gallery Fyre Werks Soft Sheen
- The model was stitched with DMC 818 and 776 (pink) for the blossom, DMC 726 (yellow) for the blossom center, ThreadworX floss 11621 and DMC 470 (green) floss for the lily pad and Fyre Werks FT11 (black) for the water.
- Finishing supplies
- mat board to fit box top
- felt to fit box top
- box: 5" opening for Congress Cloth lily, 7" opening for the larger canvas lily.
- lacing thread: Choose a strong thread. I used Coats Button and Carpet thread.
- Glue: Choose one that dries clear. Adhesives from the scrapbooking section of a craft store are frequently acid free. I used Aleene's Gel Tacky Glue.
- pins, 22 chenille needle, awl (optional)
- for the alternate finishing option for a tabletop decoration: The same finishing supplies as for a box top plus Ultrasuede for the backing and one skein of floss for the twisted cord (or a purchased cord).
- The petal patterns are provided in both the small and large size. The base pattern has indications for both the 5" and 7" sizes. Be sure to print
the patterns with the “actual size” option rather than the default “fit” option. Check that the small line on each page labeled
“1 inch” is 1 inch long.
- You may transfer the pattern using the method you prefer. Some suggestions can be found on the ANG website. For the model, the petal patterns were traced
using a colored pencil in a shade similar to the darkest floss color. These lines will be covered by the outline stitches but you will still want to use a light
hand when tracing the pattern. For the petals, transfer the outline and the inner circle. Make sure the tips of the vertical petals are positioned on the same
vertical channel of the canvas. Likewise, the tips of the horizontal petals should be on the same horizontal channel.
For the base, use a white chalk pencil to trace the pattern on the dark canvas. These lines should be covered by the stitching.
- The petal patterns are provided in both the small and large size. The base pattern has indications for both the 5" and 7" sizes. Be sure to print the patterns with the “actual size” option rather than the default “fit” option. Check that the small line on each page labeled “1 inch” is 1 inch long.
- You will need 3 pieces of canvas: one for each of the two petal layers and one for the base. The model was stitched using 24 count Congress Cloth for the petal layers and 18 count canvas for the base and is mounted on a box with a 5" x 5" opening. This is the smaller of two sizes included in the instructions. The larger size would have the same proportions as the model when mounted on a 7" x 7" box. You may choose to use 18 count canvas for the petal layers for either size.
- Color options: Water lilies can be found in many colors. An internet search for water lily images will result in thousands of pictures. The pinks, whites and yellows
come to mind readily, but there are darker colors like the deep roses/corals and also periwinkles and purples. Nearly any color will work. You will also notice that the
water in many of the photos looks black.
- General stitching instructions:
- For the model, stitched on Congress Cloth, a single strand of 6 stranded cotton floss was used to stitch the petal patterns, 2 strands for the outlines and 3 strands for the stamens.
- If using 18 count canvas and floss for the petals, use 2 or 3 strands of floss for the petal patterns, 3 or 4 strands for the outlines and 3 or 4 strands for the stamens. If using #8 pearl cotton, use the single strand for everything.
- Begin and end all threads in the center area, just inside the inner circle. Use a pin or L stitch when possible. If you must begin or end a thread elsewhere, use a pin or L stitch in the outline. They will be covered by the outline stitches. The petals of each layer are numbered 1-8 clockwise. You will not stitch them in this order but the instructions will reference this sequence. Notice that petal 1 is not on the vertical or horizontal, but is a diagonal petal. For all the stitch patterns, especially the darning stitches, remember to take one or more “over 1 thread” stitches in the outline to turn at the end of a row. For stitch patterns that require multiple journeys across a row, the numbered stitches are the 1st journey and lettered stitches are the return journey.
To make an L stitch to begin thread: take the needle down just inside the inner circle. Holding the tail, come up and make stitch 1 and then stitch 2. Try to pierce the tail with both stitches. If the tail is secure after a tug, cut it off.
- Bibliography - These are the references I consulted. You may use others in your library.
- Hyman, Davie, The Diagonal Basket Weave. Chesterland, OH: Davie Hyman Designs, 1973.
- Christensen, Jo Ippolito, The Needlepoint Book Revised Edition. New York: Fireside, 1999.
- Snyder, Julia Key H., Categories for Needlepoint Stitches Second Edition. Self published, 2008.
- Strite-Kurz, Ann, Diaper Patterns. Self published, 2007.
- Altherr, Ilse, Reversible Blackwork. Self published, 1985.
- Altherr, Ilse, Blackwork & Holbein Embroidery Book 2. Self published, 1981.