Thursday, November 3, 2016

Covering a Canvas with Boxes

Ruth Schmuff just showed off a student's new Kimberly Santini rabbit, stitched with a Brenda Hart technique of covering a highly detailed and shaded canvas with little boxes.  This was stitched with a doubled strand of Accentuate.  Ruth even includes a stitch diagram.

Here is another canvas stitched using Brenda's simple boxed stitch technique.  This will give you an idea of the type of canvas that looks best stitched this way and shows off how the stitch changes in the light to diamonds instead of squares.  I think this was stitched with a thin gold metallic from Madeira.

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  1. When I first saw this on Ruth's blog, I didn't like the technique at all. I've since modified my impression. Though I would never stitch a canvas this way (somehow it seems like "cheating" to me), I realize that I should appreciate that needlework encompasses all sorts of techniques and ideas new and old. Just because I wouldn't stitch a canvas this way doesn't mean it wouldn't be the correct way for someone else.

    1. With the right canvas, it is a spectacular look. But it isn't traditional, it is not sturdy in the way tent stitches are, and it doesn't good good with all designs. It's needlepoint, but it isn't needlepoint for everyone, that's for sure!