Happy Memorial Day everyone. I hope everyone takes time to remember those who have fought, are fighting, those who have been wounded or been killed so that WE may live the life we love.
I thought I would go back to the basics for this Share a Stitch and breakdown "Basketweave".
The UNIT stitch the we stitch is called "TENT". In what orientation we do that stitch is what makes it "Continental" or "Basketweave".
It is important to remember that the stitch is done differently if you are Right handed or Left handed.
If you are right handed, Tent is stitched from lower left to upper right crossing the canvas thread intersection (San Diego to New York).
If you are left handed, Tent is stitched from upper right to lower left (New York to San Diego).
If you are right haned you always work CONTINENTAL from right to left (or top to bottom for vertical rows). When you get to the end of your row you turn your canvas so that you are once again going right to left (or top to bottom)
If you are left handed you always work right to left (or bottom to top for vertical rows) and when you get to the end of the row you turn your canvas.
Now, if you have been to a garage sale and picked up an old piece of needlepoint that is cattywompus (sp) it is probably because that piece was worked in nothing but continental. If a piece is working in nothing but continental, and off of a frame, because continental is always worked in one direction it has a tendency to pull the canvas and this is what gets it out of shape.
Now that is not to say that you can't stitch Continental for a whole piece but I would recommend putting it on some type of frame to help cut down on the amount of distortion you will get.
Now the other way to stitch the "Tent" stitch is Basketweave.
Basketweave is worked on the diagonal as opposed to the Horizontal or Vertical and does not distort the canvas the way Continental does.
It is the only stitch in needlepoint that is based on the weave of the canvas, based on my knowledge. If I am incorrect on that fact I apologize now.
If you look at a piece on Mono canvas you will notice that is is WOVEN.
Once again instructions for people who are Right Handed and Left Handed are different.
If you are right handed you start yor stitch in the upper right hand corner of the area you are stitching.
If you are left handed you start in the lower left hand corner of the area you are stitching.
First for the right handers:
Look at the weave of your canvas and find a DIAGONAL row where the canvas thread on top of the intersection is a Horizontal(red on graph) You are going to work this row going up or CLIMBING THE STAIRS.
Now your next row will be a row that the canvas thread on top is a VERTICAL (blue on graph). You are going to work this row by sliding down the poles.
Remember your unit stitch that you are doing always stays the same. Lower left to upper right or San Diego to New York.
If you are left handed is is worked differentlt.
You will work your unit stitch(Tent) going from upper right to lower left (New Your to San Diego) as a explained earlier BUT you will work your diagonal rows as follows.
Working in the lower left hand corner of your design area find a row that the canvas thread on top is a Vertical, you are going to go UP the Vertical row.
The next diagonal row will have a thread on top that is horizontal, you will work down this row.
The hash mark represents how your thread will be traveling on the back of the canvas.
Hopefully I have not confused you too much. There have been a lot of beginners coming into the store lately and I thought for those that wanted to learn to stitch but did not have a LNS (local needlepoint shop) that this might be helpful.
Next time I will talk about starting and stopping your thread when stitching Basketweave.
Happy Stitching Everyone and stay safe.