For the New Year I’ve just started working on my new Compass needlepoint project. This is another big project (fresh on the heels of completing my Ancora Imparo project), but I’m going to be using some fun needlepoint stitches that should speed up the stitching (a bit).
The pattern is based on a compass rose made of tile pieces on the patio of a charming hotel in France. An interesting twist on a typical compass pattern is that north will not point straight up on this project. You’ll just have to stay tuned to see how this will look!
For this center part of the stitching, I’m using the double stitch. The double stitch combines a long cross stitch and a small cross stitch into a neat woven effect. You can see a finished example of how this stitch looks in my Denver Bronco Cross Stitch project post.
I’m doing the long stitches now, and will go back and fill the small cross stitches later. I won’t reveal the color of the small cross stitches yet, but I can guarantee it won’t be bright Bronco orange!
To find these pretty stitches I’m using Hope Hanley’s book 101 Needlepoint Stitches and How to Use Them.I haven’t figured out all the stitches I’ll be using yet, but I’m hoping to have a lot of fun with this part of the project. I wrote a little bit about this book in a post about my favorite books and in a post about books that I’ve made projects from – take a look!
I hope you’ll follow my adventures with this new Compass needlepoint project. I’ll be posting updates as I get various parts complete. I’m excited about this one…
Update: Next installment on my progress is here!
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