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Do You Need a Good Clothing Stitch? Try the Needlepoint Stitch of the Week

Try Diagonal Scotch with Cross Stitch Variation.  Just to clarify the name of the stitch, all Scotch Stitches are diagonal; it is referred to as Diagonal Scotch when the group of individual Scotch Stitches moves in a diagonal flow.  I used this stitch on my Scheherazade (Melissa Shirley Wild Women series) canvas for the red jacket – it really lends itself to the use of a very subtly over-dyed thread (In The Reds by Silk ‘n Colors on that particular piece).  You get just a hint of color change as the stitches progress, and a bit more when the slant is changed (the red jacket was stitched with the bodice in one slant, the sleeves in the opposite slant – changing the stitch direction makes the delineation between areas more apparent).  On that piece, the small Cross Stitches were added with Kreinik #8 braid (since you can’t be too rich, too thin, or have too much glitz on your needlepoint…..).  This stitch is very versatile as it offers ease in changing size, direction, thread, covers the canvas quickly, etc.  It looks great using two different colors of thread, or, one color in two types of thread, alternating  from row to row. Think of it for tree tops, carpet, billowing clouds – you’ll find lots of places to use it.

Here in the Deep South, we are fighting prickly heat and heat stroke – don’t remember when it’s been so hot for so, so long!  Best solution (to my way of thinking) is to stay inside and stitch – so, you keep on stitching, ’cause I sure will!  NPQ

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