Today is March 30 National Stitching-In Day so what a better way than to talk about my last big needlepoint project. I started this project last spring March 2017 but could not share because it was a present for my grandson and his bride on their first anniversary. I had seen this Raymond Crawford (http://www.raymondcrawford.com/) canvas before they were married and with my new love of beading I knew I would have to bead this project. I would guess it took me six months to completely finish this canvas. Beading needlepoint is a long process and why I chose 18 count when 13 count was available I’ll never know.
First I had to find the right beads and I first purchased 11/0 beads for the project but they were too big so back to square one and size 15/0.
I stitched every bead twice in Basketweave style. Why Basketweave? I did not want to stitch Continental and have the canvas warp; I knew blocking would have been impossible. So I took the extra time to stitch Basketweave beading. I used a double strand of beading thread that I had stretched and waxed. If you don’t stretch your beading thread over time it can become loose and your beads will droop; also strech thread before waxing. I stitched every bead twice to secure each bead in place (see diagram). I also started every letter on the right side so my basketweave was always being stitched into a previously work hole. I did this for two reasons: I wanted all the beads to slant same direction and I was very careful not to pierce thread from previous row. Here are two or more days of stitching on the &, some days I only got in 10 to 15 beads. Beading is a long arduous process for me; it was tiring on the eyes and also just a slow, labor intensive process.
When I went to stitch the border I noticed on the left there was one empty thread between the M in Mrs and the start of the border, but on the right the & was right next to the border (no empty thread.) This bothered me so I just decided to I stitched the border one thread further out. It wouldn’t show because I planned on stitching all the background with silk. I also changed the direction of the border stitches at the center of the design area; this allowed me to stitch around the corner without compensation. As I recall, it was not an even count divide , so I always try and make the
odd count to the right of center and/or lower of center. I don’t remember if both counts were off or just the left –right borders (top & bottom) I used Kreinik #12 braid in 3 colors: 221, 202HL and 102 and the stitch was a Diagonal Gobelin over 2 threads.
I stitched the background last in basketweave with 4 ply Rainbow Gallery Splendor S800.
It seemed like it took me forever to stitch, but I love they way it looks finished. I had a mat made and framed it myself and it now is safely residing in Michigan.
When I gather up another project I did for my guild I will share the different methods of beading needlepoint with you.
After I finished this project, I thought I would swear off beading forever…but forever is a long long time. 😉
Have a blessed Passover or Happy Easter.
Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have time to stitch today.