Several months ago, I wrote a post about my experiment with a new (to me!) stitching technique. This is Anne Stradal’s needleblending technique, which I used for the sky of a conch house canvas, designed by Pat Carsley (of Needle Crossings fame).
Unfortunately, I later noticed that I had mistakenly pulled in a lighter shade of one of the blues. The result was that it looked more tweeded than blended. I also had made a little too dramatic a contrast between the various shades of blue. Most of the time I am not a perfectionist, and do not split hairs or threads for that matter, but if something is just not right, I change it.
When I emailed Anne about my adventures, she wrote back and mentioned other possibilities for needleblending:
‘There are actually only two blue “families” of DMC that give you at least five values to work with successfully: the #3756 to 334 range and the 3753 to 931 range. If you wanted a green-blue for a tropical-looking sky, you’d be hard-pressed to find a DMC family that has enough values to transition smoothly.’
Anne writes a regular column for Needlepoint Now, and always has excellent stitching tips.
She was kind enough to share with me her recipe for a dawn sky, which I intend to try out. If you would like a copy, write her, anne at absdesignsonline dot com.
… meanwhile, back at Needlepoint Land, stay tuned for my upcoming summer blockbuster, Erin’s Key West movie. It’s meant to be light and breezy and fun to watch!
Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016.