Sweet Dreams, Ladybug

Susan Battle Needlepoint's Sweet Dreams, Ladybug

Doesn’t every little girl’s nursery need a sweet baby sleeping sign? New from Susan Battle Needlepoint: Sweet dreams, ladybug.

Susan Battle Needlepoint's Sweet Dreams, Ladybug
Susan Battle Needlepoint’s Sweet Dreams, Ladybug

The canvas is available on 13 mesh for $68 from The Point of It All’s online store. Click here! I used Silk & Ivory and Balger braid; it’s all basketweave though you could certainly do a decorative stitch in the stripes.

I love the double ruffle and the mix of fabrics.

Happy stitching!

Do as I say, not as I did!

Ciao Bella Nursery Canvas

Confession: yesterday I did The Thing that I ask customers not to do. I stitched an area on my canvas and wasn’t sure if it looked good. But instead of stopping and evaluating, I KEPT ON STITCHING! For crying out loud, why didn’t I stop?! I wasn’t thrilled with the color and yet I carried on. Now I’m going to have to rip out a big area. What a naughty stitcher!

Ciao Bella Nursery Canvas
Ciao Bella Nursery Canvas

The area in question is the yellow blanket in the bassinet…I think the yellow looks mucky and dirty when I went over the blue. I know it’s hard to see in a photo. This canvas is a Ciao Bella design…that line is now represented by CBK Needlepoint Collections but I believe this specific canvas is discontinued. Bummer; it’s adorable! I’ve changed the colors some so it looks more like the fabrics in my nursery. I’ve also had a lot fun with decorative stitches. More on that later.

Do you think the yellow looks okay or shall I rip it out? Be very careful when ripping out…I use a combination of a needle to lift the stitch and sharp scissors to snip. Never use a seam ripper. It leads to going nuts and slicing your canvas. Repairs of that magnitude are problematic.

Keep calm and stitch on!

Fab Finishing!

Look what just came back from Laura and Carolyn, super-star finishers! This little mitten is from the Elizabeth Turner Collection. L& C added the name in beads across the top, along with a lovely beaded trim. A perfect memento for your sweet baby’s first Christmas.

Personal disclosure: I am not expecting a baby! Every time I showcase anything baby related, customers ask if I am pregnant. I am not but I will keep loyal On Point readers up to date when there is news, I promise!

Happy stitching,

PS Here is a picture of the back…Laura & Carolyn added individual little beads in tiny clusters.

Compensation Techniques

All of my friends are having babies so I am busy making Baby Sleeping signs! I am working on this one (above) for my friend, Betsy, who is having a little girl.

It’s hard to see in a small picture but I had to stitch basketweave in the central white area. I tried doing a different stitch but the compensation was just too awkward. Compensation is what happens when you can only do part of a decorative stitch because you “run into” another color. When you compensate, you do as much of the stitch as you can in the confined space. Take Nobuko for example (diagram above).

The pattern calls for one regular stitch and then one stitch that crosses over 3 intersections of mesh. If I was doing Nobuko in the central white area of the Baby Is Sleeping canvas, I would have to compensate often. For instance, I would run into the blue letters and only be able to cross over 2 intersections at some points.

For this reason, I decided it would take more time to compensate Nobuko than just stitch basketweave. Some stitches are easy to compensate (Diagonal Mosaic for instance) and others are much harder. Until you are really comfortable with decorative stitches, only use them in big areas that need little compensation.

Have fun with these stitches…they can be really fun and they certainly enhance a canvas!

Now, I’m on to my next baby project for my friend, Katya!