Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Too much detail!

So what do you do when you fall in love with a canvas and you have just the perfect spot picked out to display it, but it's got sooooooo many details and shades that you just can't possibly stitch it and do it justice?

Brenda Hart has this oh-so-cool idea that works like a charm.  You stitch over the entire piece with one stitch in a very light coverage.


Yes, it's sort of shadow stitching but what's different is Brenda's choice of stitch.  If you look close it is a series of concentric squares.  When you look at the finished canvas from any normal viewing angle all you see is a hint of sparkle bringing the beautifully painted canvas to life.  This is a Lani canvas that looks great with a light coat of sparkle stitching.


Think about this for that next canvas that's a stumper and it may just save the day.  Variations of this stitch can be found in Brenda Hart's wonderful stitch books.  Simply adapt the size and shape to fit the scale of your canvas.

Kudos, Brenda. 

9 comments:

Coni said...

AAAACCCCKKKK!

You're killing me, Miss Ruth. You're really killing me. I had finally made peace with the fact that I have a big pile 'o canvases that I'm never going to be able to figure out how to stitch (because of the color/shading/I'm an eejit factor), when you and Miss Brenda come along with the perfect solution.

Now I have absolutely NO EXCUSES as to why I cannot stitch these lovelies -- and stitch them toot sweet!

Yours very sheepishly,
Coni

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

Brenda Hart's a genius.

Goldylox99 said...

I already have at least one canvas in mind. I adore looking at this Lani canvas when I'm at B&B.

palma said...

Awesome. Brenda rocks

nancy said...

Brilliant idea and perfect for the 24 mesh inserts on those "vintage" DEDE stockings that are the views thru windows...

Sheena said...

What an awesome idea. All those beautifully painted canvases that you don't really want to cover up!!

Orna Willis said...

I love this idea!

Steph's Stitching said...

Very interesting. Not covering the canvas goes against every thing I was taught when learning to needlepoint ten million years ago. I think it is such an awesome idea!

Donna said...

Wow! Off to the studio to see what I have to try this on!

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