Feb 27, 2011
Writing on the Needlepoint Study Hall blog, Robin King tells us a bit about how she writes a stitch guide. It's fun for other stitch guide writers to see how a peer approaches the task of documenting their road map to a canvas.
Feb 16, 2011
|Beverly Churchfield's Vintage Pears Stitch Guide|
This is a comb-bound booklet, with clear plastic protector sheets on the front and back sides. There is a color photo of the finished canvas on heavy paper inside the front plastic protector sheet. Inside the booklet is a list of the necessary threads and beads on one page, followed by a black and white copy of the canvas with the pears numbered for reference purposes, and ten pages of instructions with hand drawn charts for the stitches that go on each pear or in the background. There is space at the top of each instruction page for you to make notes.
|A peak inside....|
The stitches are both unusual and lovely, and the finished piece is gorgeous. The hand drawn diagrams are clear but the stitches are not always numbered. It is up to the stitcher to figure out how best to execute the recommended stitches. This guide sells for $20-25 depending on where you purchase it.
I would certainly buy one of Beverly's guides for a canvas I wanted to stitch but I am not a beginner. If you are, I can only recommend this guide if you are very determined and have access to a good shop that can help you understand what you should do.
Beverly Churchfield writes several stitch guides for Melissa Shirley painted canvases. Search on Melissa Shirley to see the guides she has written that I know about. Beverly can be reached via Aristeia Needlepoint.
Thanks for the loan of the guide, Marj!