By stitching the fancy background stitch first, I can count where the stitches need to go through the mesh areas taken up by the letters. This simplifies the fancy stitching.
I decided to use a variegated metallic gold thread for the background of the cross, and to use one of my favorite fancy stitches to get a rich, tapestry-like effect for the cross. Having stitched many of the letters, I began stitching the background of the cross, and immediately started hitting problems keeping the fancy stitch pattern going across the letters.
Usually when stitching needlepoint, I learned to start with small areas first, then fill in the background around them. So that would indicate that I should stitch the letters first, as you can see here.
I designed and painted this piece in October, for a sufferer from chronic illness.
I have been stitching it since, and will be showing some techniques I’m using on this piece. Following posts will illustrate.
This is my latest design in progress…
This is the “rainbow” version.
Here I’ve used a limited palette where God is always white, you purple, things to avoid blue, and things given green.
Another option suggested by Rheba Kelley – thanks Rhe!
Here is the painted canvas for the multicolored version of this design. It is painted on decorative canvas with metallic silver threading.
The painted rainbow version, also in decorative canvas.