|Leigh Designs' European Dragon|
Here are the three stitches Sandy liked again, working from her favorite to her least favorite.
"Eye" stitch on base of bird wings-
|Sundance's Eye Stitch|
Spiky stitch that looks like dragon spikes or feathers, background right under the spear the figure holds-
UPDATE: This appears to be Slanted Gobelin stitch, five stitches stacked vertically facing another five stitches that slant the other way. Skip a thread and do another / \ pair. Ruth Dilts diagrams this stitch on page 25 of her Needlepoint 101 book. In her book the slant covers two boxes (or three threads, depending on how you count) but as used by Sundance it appears to cover three boxes (or five threads). This is a good stitch to play with to find the perfect amount of thread to cover and the right size for one's canvas. However, because this stitch skips a thread, it won't cover the background entirely, which might be a problem for Sandy. Enlarge the photo in the Sundance album and see what you think, Sandy.
The optical cubes stitch on the catcus-
UPDATE: I found this in More Stitches for Effects, page 43. Suzanne Howren and Beth Robertson and call it "Fancy Stitch." It is diagrammed turned another way but if you turn the page so that the right side is on top, it is the same stitch.
Now we all need to go through our stitch books and find examples of these stitches. Post in the comments (or email me directly at chilly hollow athotmail dotcom) when you find one so Sandy will know which book you found it in.
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