Jane B (knally) wrote,
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New Stitches Issue 157

Link to Issue 157

The first big pattern in this issue is a study of three waterlilies. It's one of these complex designs that I admire from afar, but which I'll never attempt :-) However I did take enough time to look at how the reflections were handled, and there is a combination of techniques. Single stranded cross stitches are used instead of the usual two strands which I've seen before, but the first half cross stitch is laid down in one colour then the completing half is another colour depending on whether the reflection is inside or outside the shadow. It's one of those things that you just take for granted when you look at the picture but are fascinating to investigate.
The next design I liked was the pattern by Lynda Bodkin which uses satin stitch as the main 'bones' of the design, but other varieties of stitches to embellish the gaps. I particularly liked the elements which combined to make stylised flower baskets, and might be tempted just to use those and omit some of the other filling patterns.
In the Cross Stitch Gallery section are some studies of tulips which can be stitched individually, or combined to make a picture. With a bit of forward planning, and studying where the leaves overlap you could come up with your own combinations.
I usually use these updates to record patterns I may wish to stitch in the future, but I feel I have to say the Floral Fabric cards do nothing for me and I can't really put my finger on why. However there are some nice sampler motif cards which I would look through if I needed a card for someone.

A surprisingly effective sampler is the Master Class experiment that was done with multi-coloured threads to see how they combined together. This was just repetitions of the same small pattern in different shades, but the finished effect was actually rather attractive. Another intriguing pattern in this section was the seahorse, again using multi-coloured threads, which shows how the stitches appear to be in stripes if you just work them normally, but will be more natural if you change to working in a spiral. I think I may try this seahorse just to see that effect. (I can always use it as a card.)

The Santa Maria Novella from Florence is a clever combination of blackwork and sepia coloured cross stitch. There is a photograph of the church on page 19, and the stitching does appear to recreate the original design quite well, although the building itself appears a little taller.
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