Category Archives: canvaswork

Four-Sided Stitches Complete!


At last. Here’s the reason why my last few posts have been a bit skimpy (as this one will be!). I’ve been plugging away at four-sided stitches on Ruskin Garden Square from Gay Ann Rogers for the better part of a week.  Who knew that such a simple stitch could take up so much time?…

A Couple Quick Progress Pics


In the interest of actually stitching a bit, tonight’s post will be short and sweet. I leave you with a couple of quick peeks at Magi #3 and his companions… Enjoy!

Fun with Composite Stitches


So what is a composite stitch, you ask? It’s a stitch that is made up of combinations of other stitches, often layered on top of each other. The sleeve on Magi #3 is stitched with a fairly simple composite stitch. It starts out with a simple lattice of a medium weight metallic in gold. This…

Stitch Study: Four-Sided Stitch


Simplicity and elegance are two words that come to mind when I think of four-sided stitch. Simple, because the stitch really only has three steps. Elegant, because of the clean lines and lacy look of this beautiful stitch. Since four-sided stitch is often worked as a pulled-thread stitch, I like to use a needle that’s…

Ocean Waves: The Finale


Don’t you hate it when you don’t know the ending? Somebody leads you along, telling you a story, and then just stops, and you’re left saying, “And then what?”? Sorry. I kinda did that. In the early months of this year, I wrote up a number of posts describing my progress on Judy Souliotis’s Ocean…

The Pros and Cons of Basting a Design


If you do a lot of counted canvaswork, sometimes it seems as if every other pattern you pick up calls for some sort of basting lines to be put in before you start stitching the actual design. My confession: For the vast majority of these, I completely ignore the instructions to baste. Why? Well, for…