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Needlepoint Stitch of the Week

The Slanted Victorian Step stitch produces a strong, directional flow on your needlepoint canvas,  and works beautifully for hills and mountains, clothing (especially on a reclining figure), and,  lends itself well to the use of overdyed threads such as Gloriana Silk, Silk ‘n Colors,  Waterlilies, and Poppies, just to name a few.  In teaching a canvas embellishment class for members of our local ANG group, I suggested this stitch  for the distant mountains in Sharon G’s gorgeous Tuscan Spring canvas – blending thread colors, alternating with Double Cross, it was just divine!   Here it is, diagrammed slanting both ways:

Don’t forget to consider perspective when you have a canvas such as the Tuscan Spring.  Working the areas farthest from front first will allow you to better control the “weight” of each area.  Another trick to make an area seem to recede is to “gray” down the thread, rather than simply darkening the hue.  Try adding a gray thread,  or a shade of your main color with gray already in it to alter perspective – you’ll be amazed what a difference it makes – and keep on stitching!  NPQ

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